Boer War Records online

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  • Queen’s South Africa medal rolls for: Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia), Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, Maritzburg Ambulance Corps, Natal Field Artillery and Natal Volunteer Hotchkiss Gun Detachment
  • King’s South Africa rolls for: 9th Lancers, 12th Lancers, 10th Hussars, 11th Hussars and Imperial Yeomanry
  • Talana clasp for 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, Leicestershire Regiment and King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Also they have completed the Wepener clasp roll

We have Meurig Jones to thank for allowing FindMyPast to offer these records to subscribers.

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image – The Boer War by Richard Caton Woodville 1856 – 1927

Criminal Records 1817 – 1931

Criminal Records 1817   1931

FindMyPast has just released a new collection of criminal records 1817 – 1931, additional records will be added in the coming months to make the complete dataset 1770 – 1934.

The original records are kept at The National Archives and among the records which will be available online today are:

  • Admiralty registers of convicts in prison hulks between 1818-1831 (ADM 6)
  • After trial calendars of prisoners from the Central criminal court between 1855-1931 (CRIM 9)
  • Calendar of Prisoners in Home Office records 1868-1929 (HO 140)
  • Criminal petitions 1817-1858 (HO 17)
  • Metropolitan Police records of habitual drunkards for the period 1903-1914 (MEPO 6)
  • Prison Commission records for 1880-1885 (PCOM 2)

A search for Henry Matkin gave the following details

Number 72
Name Henry Matkin (indicted with No. 41 in the Calendar)
Age 28
Trade Glazier
Degree of Instruction Imp.
Name & Address of Committing Magistrate J Vaughan Esq. Bow Street Court
Date of Warrant 5 May 1885
When received into Custody 13 May 1885
Offence Assaulting Joseph Payne, a police constable acting in the execution of his duty
Before whom tried J D Fletcher Esq.
Verdict of Jury Not guilty
Previous Convictions —–
Sentence or Order of Court —–

Depending on which type of record you get come up in a search depends on the information given. Some records have accompanying photographs of the accused, sadly there was no such photo of Henry (he is one of my ancestors).

A very interesting set of records to have at our fingertips especially for those who like me have more than their fair share of criminal ancestors!

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London Livery Companies 1400 – 1900

The Institute of Historical Studies have placed online a searchable database of Apprentices and Freemen in the City of London Livery Companies between 1400 and 1900. The database is a work in progress and is a collaboration between The Centre for London Livery Companies 1400   1900<p><!   Google Ads Injected by Adsense Explosion 1.1.5   ><div class=adsxpls id=adsxpls2 style=padding:20px; display: block; margin left: auto; margin right: auto; text align: center;><!   AdSense Plugin Explosion num: 2   ><script type=text/javascript><!  

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The database at the time of this post contains information from The Clothworkers’ Company 1545 – 1908 and The Drapers’ Company 1400 – 1900 and a sample of the data from the The Goldsmiths’ Company 1600 – 1700. More data will be added this later year.

A search for the name Pottinger in the records of the Clothworkers’ Company yielded 32 results. As an example one of the entries in the list of Pottingers gave the following information.

Year of event 1736
Name Eliza Pottinger
Gender Female
Occupation Sawyer
Location Facing The Vine Tavern, Holborn
Company Archive Clothworker
Event Apprenticeship
Role Master
Status Widow

As can be seen quite a lot of useful information can be found just from the index. No doubt further details can be found on application to the Livery Company Archives.

FindMyPast has an Index of Apprenticeship Taxes that has been compiled by the Society of Genealogists. It’s not all that easy to use, be prepared to work through several pages before you hit the surname you require. Below is an example of what you can expect to find.

58/191 – 1772 POTTINGER, Geo to Jn Morbey of Banbury, Oxon tay £5

The original taxation documents are held at the National Archives.

It is worth running a surname search through the A2A website as some Apprenticeship papers show up there with details of where the originals can be found. The index alone gives quite a lot of useful information. An example

Apprenticeship agreement between John Hill of Stratford upon Avon and William George Morris of Stratford upon Avon, scrivener, for a term of 5 years. 1801. The agreement also attests that John Rowden Westbury [the guardian of John Hill] shall provide clothes and wearing apparel.

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p> Admission Papers, 1681-1925 which would be worth searching as many apprenticeship papers are included in the collection plus many apprentices went onto become Freeman of the City. The information that can be found is

  • Surname
  • Date of indenture
  • Parent or guardian’s name
  • County of residence
  • Master’s name

\With this collection you get to see a scan of the original papers which is always preferable to an index or transcript.

Finally should you find an apprentice or master in one of the databases it is always worth looking at their websites, some links below. The sites usually give excellent histories of the company as well as insights into their present work.

http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/main

http://www.londonroll.org/home

http://www.clothworkers.co.uk/

http://www.thedrapers.co.uk/

http://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/

http://www.mercers.co.uk/

http://www.findmypast.co.uk

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a

www.ancestry.co.uk

Do search for Apprentices and Masters in your genealogy, the results can be most rewarding!

 

 

 

New Military Records Online

New Military Records Online

FindMyPast.co.uk has added some new records to their Military Collection. Militia Service Records 1806 – 1915 and Chelsea Pensioners Service Records 1760 – 1913 have been available for some while and very useful they have been to my research. Now there are new additions which should add  to my family history as I think my grandfather was in the Imperial Yeomanry.

  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents 1760-1887
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: pensioners’ discharge documents, foreign regiments 1816-1817
  • War Office: Imperial Yeomanry, soldiers’ documents, South African War 1899-1902
  • Royal Hospital, Chelsea: documents of soldiers awarded deferred pensions 1838-1896

If you do find one of your ancestors featuring in this new set of documents you should be able to inspect the Attestation Form and also the Discharge Papers, these are the forms that were filled in at the beginning and end of their term in the army.

Name, age, previous occupation, next of kin, marriage, children and appearance are some of the personal details the army collected about their soldiers. There is also details of their service, rank, campaigns fought, medal, medical history and conduct. Often army records hold details not found anywhere else or at least not easily found ………  such as my grandfather had a wife and two sons elsewhere that no-one ever knew about !!

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Royal Air Force Nominal Roll

Royal Air Force Nominal Roll

FindMyPast has just released another dataset in their military series. This time it is Royal Air Force Nominal Roll for 1 April 1918. This date was the establishment of the Royal Air Force so recorded on the roll are all the servicemen who part of the very start of the RAF. These records will add to the family history of those with ancestors in the Senior Service.

The collection has records for 181,000+ men and you will be able to find the following information from the roll.

  • Job in the RAF (trade classification)
  • Rank
  • Date and terms of enlistment
  • Rate of pay

Some records may have additional information. The first members of the RAF were originally from the either the Royal Flying Corps or the Royal Naval Air Service as these two organisations were merged to form the RAF.