The Historical Diving Society

clip_image002I subscribe to the Society of Genealogists mailing list and in an email I received from them today was an article about The Historical Diving Society.

This group of enthusiasts have compiled a Diver’s Index containing information on nearly 5,000 divers from census, newspapers etc. It is intended that this will eventually go online on their website, but at the moment you can make an enquiry via email or letter.

I am sure they would be most interested to hear from you if you have diver’s sitting on a branch of your family tree or perhaps they would be delving about in the roots !

The Historical Diving Society – Divers Index

c/o 2 St. Lawrence Way

Bricket Wood

St. Albans, Hertfordshire


Home Tel: 01923 – 400906

Email: [email protected]



Technorati Tags: The Historical Diving Society,Society of Genealogists,,,

Freeman of the City of London

clip_image002I told you so!!! Just tried clicking on another advert that has popped up headed Capital Records and it takes you through to the new dataset.

London, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1925

So entered your family names and see if anyone familiar to you pops up ! Smile


Technorati Tags: ,,,,,London Metropolitian Archives


1890’s Business Index


clip_image002I helped with this project so am pleased to see it now available for viewing on the Findmypast website. This is one of the datasets now online as part of the joint venture between The Society of Genealogists and Findmypast.

Here is the description of the material from the website …

This project is an index to British shopkeepers, businessmen and women, “captains of industry” and their companies. The initial source material is a series of books published in the 1890s by the London Printing and Engraving Company and the Brighton firm of Robinson, Son and Pike which later became W T Pike. They seem to have travelled to large towns and cities all over the British Isles, offering the local corporation and businesses the opportunity to appear in a book containing a history of the area, its attractions, major institutions and its commercial life. There are sometimes details of town councillors, often with vignette-sized photographs and one has a picture of the local football team! Shops, businesses and manufacturers probably had to pay for inclusion, the amount depending on the size of the entry. The proprietor or manager seems to have been visited at work and interviewed to provide the copy for the book.



Apprencticeship Registers 1710 – 1811

I see that have put up a new dataset, Apprenticeship Registers 1710 – 1811. The website says ….

clip_image002Until the 19th century, young apprentices relied on their masters for food and shelter as well as their training — so their happiness depended entirely on their employer. Find out whether your ancestors endured these trying conditions with our new Apprentice Registers.

These documents were created to record a tax paid by the master. They can tell you what trade your forebear learnt, the master’s name and address and even details of the child’s parents.

Ancestry seem to be really getting into occupational records which is great to see and so helpful for putting flesh on the bones of our ancestors lives. I see that there is also a video which described these records.

British Postal Museum & Archive

clip_image002Staying on the subject of the Post Office here is a link to the British Postal Museum & Archive. They are the holders of the original Appointment Books that Ancestry have just added to their collection.

This is a very fine website with lots of information that will interest genealogists. You can view past exhibitions, they have a stamp collection online as well as their catalogue of holdings. Excellent!


Technorati Tags: British Postal Museum & Archive,,