Surrey Historic Records go online in 2013

Surrey Historic Records go online in 2013.

Surrey Historic RecordsIt’s amazing how the internet allows news, good & bad, to whizz round so quickly ! Thanks to Chris Paton & Kathryn Hughes on Twitter for the great news that the Bishop of Guildford has allowed to start to scan and put online the parish registers of Surrey. The Surrey History Centre has also entered into a partnership with Ancestry so that a wide range of Surrey records will be made available next year.

The Surrey History Centre has issued a statement that tells researchers that whilst the process of scanning the images is taking place some records each day will not be available. A phone call in advance of any visit would be advisable.  

The records being scanned are

  • Church of England parish registers from 1538 (baptisms to 1912, marriages to 1937 and burials to 1987)
  • Land tax records 1780-1832
  • Electoral registers 1832-1945
  • Brookwood Hospital Woking, Registers of Admissions 1867-1906
  • Holloway Sanatorium, General Registers 1885-1904
  • Calendar of prisoners: Surrey Sessions and Assizes 1848-1902
  • Freeholders Lists 1696-1824
  • Licensed victuallers 1785-1903
  • Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment enlistment registers 1920-1946
  • Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment transfers in registers 1939-1947
  • Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment World War II Honours Indexes [1939]-1946
  • East Surrey Regiment enlistment registers 1920-1946
  • East Surrey Regiment transfers in registers 1924-1946
  • East Surrey Regiment 21st – 24th Battalions the London Regiment Nominal Rolls of Officers 1914-1919

Great news if you have Surrey ancestors and remember that Surrey has Middlesex as one of it’s neighbours and that means that these records could of great help to those who have lost people in Middlesex/London.

Prisoners of War Records now online

Prisoner of War RecordsFindMyPast has added WW1 & WW2 Prisoners of War records to their military collection. The records were provided by the Naval & Military Press and consist of 7,703 British Army Officers who were Prisoners of War between 1914 and 1918 and over 170,000 records for British Officers and Men held in WW2. The WW2 records include Navy & Air Force personnel as well as Army.

The records vary in amount of information offered, but each entry could contain name, rank, service, section, dates held, death if it occurred in captivity, camp name etc.

This set of records will add much to researching the life of military ancestors.

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More Dorset Records on

Dorset Archives family history

My friend Judy will be so pleased with the latest release on, not that her tree is full of pirates & rascals !! The six new datasets added today are as follows –

Calendars of Prisoners 1854 – 1945
These records take you back to the trials and often include detailed accounts of the offences.

Transportation Records 1730 – 1842

Prison Registers 1782 – 1901

Jury Lists 1719 – 1922
Even if you only have law abiding folk in your family they may appear in this list.

Militia Records 1757 – 1860

Land Tax Returns 1780 – 1832
These records are often under rated by historians, they actually are almost a list of heads of households for an area.

I think Ancestry must be working their way through the Dorset Record Office. What a great joy it is to have access to these records from home.

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Craven Yorkshire website

An interesting article in this months WDYTYA magazine pointed me to this website which is dedicated to the men who fought & died in WW1 and who were from the Craven district of Yorkshire. The Craven district is the area within a 20 mile radius of Skipton in North Yorkshire.

So if you have an interest in this area take a look at this site, it is a great example of what people with an enthusiasm for history can achieve.

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Napoleonic Wars Research

clip_image002This website is authored by the sister of Jill Chambers who is well know to genealogists for her great work on the people involved and affected by the Swing Riots of the 1830’s. However Barbara’s interest is in the men who fought in the Napoleonic Wars, they must have some interesting conversations when they have a family get together in the Chambers households!

The wars were from 1803 – 1815 and ended following Napoleon’s final defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815.

This site is well worth looking at if you think you might be researching these wars.