St Patrick’s Day freebies!!

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Those with Irish ancestry will need to keep off the Guinness so that they have a clear head to make good use of the two St Patrick’s Day offers  made by FindMyPast & Origins !

FindMyPast.ie is offering 50 free credits for use on their site. The code is STPATRICK which you put into the redeem coupon box. Thanks to Chris Paton for this news.

Origins.net is offering free access to their Irish Directories collection from 16 – 18 March.

http://www.origins.net/

 

http://www.findmypast.ie

Trade Directories covering Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire & Worcestershire

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These books can be a great help when compiling a family history.

What are Trade Directories?

Trade directories vary depending on the company which compiled them, but at their best they start with a description of city, town or village including vital information as to when the post box is emptied to when the last train leaves the local station for the day. The parts that gets genealogists excited are the listing of all the tradesmen in the town and also often a street by street listing of who is the main householder in each dwelling.

Some directories charged tradesmen to have an entry in the directory so you can’t be sure that everyone is included and it is best to bear in mind that often there was a gap of up to a year between the gathering of the information and the printing and distribution of the directory.

The directories date from the 1600’s to the 1900’s. The earlier ones have less information and are quite rare, but the Victorian period 1837 – 1901 offers many good examples.

What will I find in Trade Directories?

Below are three screen shots of details that can be discovered using the directories. The first is a transcript of a directory of Bristol dated around the 1790’s. The second is a scan of the original page of the entry for Mevagissey, Cornwall taken from The Universal British Directory 1791. The third is taken from the 1850 Bagshaw’s Directory of Cheshire.

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Where will I find Trade Directories?

Ancestry.co.uk have an extensive collection of directories and it is well worth checking to see if your ancestors feature in the pages.

www.ancestry.co.uk

 

Parish Mouse

Parish Mouse

Until now the only time I have come across a parish mouse is when I have been handling original registers and found nibbling around the edges and a certain, distinctive mousey odour !!

However today I have come across the Parish Mouse website where this particular mouse is putting online transcripts from historical books that he/she has collected over the years. What a lovely idea and how generous of the Mouse to share with fellow family historians.

I had a look around the site, but couldn’t find a name for Parish Mouse, does anyone know who it is ?

http://parishmouse.co.uk/

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Ordnance Survey Ireland Historic Maps

Ordnance Survey Ireland Historic MapsDid you know that the Ordnance Survey of Ireland offer free online access to their historic mapping archive? Of course they would like it if you purchased a map whilst visiting their site, but to view the maps online is free, very helpful to pinpoint where the Irish branch of the family came from.

 

http://shop.osi.ie/Shop/Products/Default.aspx#historic

 

Coventry Family History Society

Coventry Family History SocietyThe Coventry Family History Society has several online databases that you can search for free.

http://www.covfhs.org/

Coventry Family History Society –

This database contains some extracts from the register of boats working the Coventry canal. It covers the years 1879 to 1936 and is searchable on the surname of owners and masters.

Convict Register -

A copy of The Convicts Register is held in Coventry Archives under Reference 1755/1. This gives further information about the convicts including usually their photograph and sometimes details of their convictions. The page shown against each name refers to the page in the register. For a few names no page is shown as it is known to be missing. Some convicts had aliases and these have been included in the index.

Lascelles City Directory 1850 -

Trade directory for Coventry.

Plus details of how to join the Family History Society, their publications and Research Aids.

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