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For ease of viewing the websites mentioned in “Web Watch”, a regular feature of our quarterly journal, the whole article is reproduced below. 

Since websites, their content and their links are prone to frequent change, or even removal, we will only display the articles from the previous four issues of the journal.


Vol 27, No 2:  December 2013


The National Archives –

TNA have launched a new WW1 portal -

They have also revamped their website and online shop.


Ancestry -

Ancestry have added Birmingham parish registers, Irish Censuses for 1901 and 1911 (already on, WW2 Civilian War Deaths (also on, and the Guinness Archive.

Another new release is Non-Conformist Registers and Overseas Returns, TNA Refs RG4, RG5, RG8 and RG32-36, already on BMD Registers, part of S&N.

Although identical databases, using Ancestry gives different search and fuzzy matching options.


Find My Past -

FMP have added 300,000 new Royal Household records from 1526 to 1924.

Newspapers from the British Library now include Irish titles.

Records of ships lost in WW1 from TNA ADM242 have been added


Deceased Online –

New records include those from Sutton (Surrey), Wiltshire and Cleveland.


The Genealogist -

A major new release is their Image Archive which is free.

Other additions include Criminal Records from TNA HO27 etc, Militia Records for 1781-82, Apprenticeship Records from TNA IR1, more parish register transcripts and directories, and WW1 Rolls of Honour.


Origins -

Origins have added 132,000 records from the Devon Wills Project to list what probate materials were originally recorded and most importantly what documents (original document, copy or abstract) survived enemy action in 1942 and where they can be located.


FamilySearch -

Additions include parish registers and non-conformist records for Derbyshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Norfolk.


Official Gazettes -

The London, Edinburgh and Belfast Gazettes have been combined in a new updated website with revised search options.


Audrey Collins blog - when post 1858 wills were at Somerset House -


Richard Heaton's Index to Digitalised British and Irish Newspapers Online -


Oldest in Britain - 

Those over 107 with names and dates of birth.


RAF Cranwell Apprentices -

RAF radio/wireless/radar tradesmen who were at either the Electrical & Wireless School “RAF Flowerdown” between 1922 and 1929, or at “RAF Cranwell” between
1920 and 1952.


Lost Cousins - recent newsletters have useful articles on the calendar -


OS Maps of London at Five feet to the Mile, 1893 to 1896 -


London Medical Reports 1848 to 1972 -

On the Wellcome Library website, you can search by keyword such as name, address or disease.


Old Occupations -


Distribution of surnames in Great Britain, current and historic -


Extract text from images -


Gedcom Analyzer -
What I have wanted for years. A handy tool for analysing occupations, locations, missing census records, data errors, those who might have died in one of the World Wars, ...



Vol 27, No 1:  September 2013


The National Archives –

TNA have released records for 1983 as the first stage of the transition from the 30 year rule to the new 20 year rule.

Records of 7,000 19th century immigrants for 1801 to 1871 from HO1 are available to search and download online.  You can also search ADM48 wills of Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel 1786-1882.


Ancestry -

Ancestry are giving free access to the 1911 census until 14 October.  They now uncovered the Infirmity column and have linked the census to the UK Maps, 1896–1904, supplied by Cassini Historical Maps.

They have released Surrey parish registers for the area outside south London and

records for Civil and Mechanical Engineers.

Another new release is Fleet Marriages and Baptisms, TNA Ref RG7, already on BMD Registers, part of S&N.


Find My Past -

Parish records have been added for Hertfordshire and several other counties.

WW1 - Medal Rolls for 72,000 men in the  Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve have been added, together with 50,000 service records for the Royal Navy Division.  Also London volunteer soldiers records for 1859 to 1955.


Deceased Online –

With TNA they have added 30,000 Military Burial Records from ADM6, ADM73, ADM305 and WO156.  The latter includes Canterbury Garrison for 1808 to 1958.

A major addition is 203,000 burials in Brompton Cemetery, London.  Another cemetery of the “Magnificent Seven” is promised.


The Genealogist -

New additions include Pilots from 1909 to 1936; the Operations Record Book of 617 Squadron - the Dam Busters; 1.5 million railway workers records; 50,000 Jewish records; and 439,000 Royal Navy and Merchant Seamen records covering the years 1851-1911 from BT98, censuses, crew lists and other sources.


Origins -

Origins have added indexes to 50,000 wills for Chichester and Lichfield Consistory Courts.


FamilySearch -

Additions include parish records for Sussex and other counties and Irish wills and Tithe Applotment books.


British Telecom digital archive -

Records from 1846 have been digitised;  probably limited personal details.


Audrey Collins blog on Armed Forces BMDs -


Kent County Council Libraries - British Newspaper Archive.

Only accessible in libraries, but free, unlike the same images on the British Newspaper Archive and FindMyPast.


1818 Map of London -

Also 1846 and 1859 maps of London.


Transcribing tool - 

Genscriber makes it easy to create a CSV file from some downloaded files or by manual input from an image.

A free file type converter -

Vol 26, No 4:  June 2013


The National Archives –

Next of kin claims for unpaid Royal Navy pensions 1830-1860 in ADM45 are now available to search and download. 

In partnership with University College London, the records in T71 have been put into a database of British Slave Ownership -

Digitisation of First World War unit diaries in WO95 is now complete and they will go online next year.


Ancestry -

Ancestry have added parish records for Manchester and Wiltshire, some Poor Law records for London and Northern Ireland will indexes for 1839 to 1943.


Find My Past -

FMP have now indexed the parish records in the Canterbury Collection, including Folkestone and the northern villages.  They have also added 600,000 new Kent parish records from Kent FHS, including in our area - Appledore CMB, Brenzett MB, Brookland CMB, Burmarsh CMB, Iychurch CMB, Monks Horton CMB, Postling CMB, Snave M.

With TNA they have published over 500,000 Crime, Prisons and Punishment records for 1817-1931 from ADM6, CRIM9, HO140, HO17, MEPO6 and PCOM2.

They have also added more records to the Westminster parish registers and more newspaper pages.


Deceased Online –

They have completed Manor Park Cemetery in east London and also added records for Bedford and Manchester.


The Genealogist -

New categories have been added for 350,000 Naturalisation records, 600,000 from WW1 weekly Casualty records and 120,000 photos of War Memorials.


Origins -

Origins have added 389,000 South London burials 1545 to 1905, plus Will data for Cheshire and Oxfordshire.


FamilySearch -

The LDS have added numerous records in association with other providers, including WW1 Service records, Irish Civil Registration indexes, Merchant Navy Seamen and Cheshire Electors.  Often the images are only viewable at Family History Centres, such as Kew.  But their searches are much more friendly than FMP, for example searching baptisms by parents’ names to find siblings.


London  Boroughs -

List of current boroughs for places, parishes, etc.  Useful for searching on Ancestry where records are grouped by current borough.


Boer War -

Register of the Anglo-Boer War website


The South Eastern Gazette, the forerunner of the Kent Messenger Series, which were published from 1852 to 1912 -  "buy" a sub for zero !


Audrey Collins blog -


Nicknames - 


Sense about DNA -


Test your knowledge with this quiz on marriage law linked to Rebecca Probert's new book Marriage Law for Genealogists -


Help on Quaker dates using numbers and the calendar change in 1752 - and second guide down.


Old File Extensions -
If you have acquired a mystery software file that is potentially full of family tree information, it may have a file extension you don’t recognize.  This is a free website that can help you identify old software files. It even provides free software tools to open many of these old software files.


Old Occupations -


Other websites mentioned in this Journal

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Vol 26, No 3:  March 2013


The National Archives –

New to TNA?  Start here -

Online map showing where Blitz bombs hit London -
A new interactive map of London, devised by The University of Portsmouth in
collaboration with TNA, shows the location of every German bomb that landed in London between 7th October 1940 and 6th June 1941.

Detailed descriptions for nearly 12,000 tithe maps of England and Wales from the 1840s are now available in the Discovery catalogue. 

A useful article on their blog by Audrey Collins - 

On the 1911 census, a number in red ink at the bottom of the sheet towards the left indicates the number of children under 10 in the household having been rechecked by the enumerator.  Where this differs from the named list of under 10s it may  indicate the recording of a deceased child.  The green figure relates to  the number of servants.  (Thanks to Jackie Depelle for this).


Ancestry -

They have added Divorce Records for 1858 to 1911 -  The indexes have been online for some years, now on FMP, but these records from J77 at TNA are the court papers, heavily weeded.  For fuller details use newspaper archives.

Other new additions include Outward Passenger Lists 1890-1960 (already on FMP) and Manchester parish records.


Find My Past -

With TNA, FMP have added more army records for the Boer War from WO128 and for the Chelsea Hospital from WO121, WO122 and WO131.


Deceased Online –

The first part of Manor Park Cemetery in East London has been added - 103,000 records from 1930 onwards.


The Genealogist -

With the 52 million death records for E&W from 1910 to 2005 now available and using their 'SmartSearch' feature, you can now go from the death record to a birth record, to finding the parent's marriage, to tracing siblings in very easy steps.


Scotland’s People -

They have added the usual further year’s images, plus the 1905 Valuation Rolls.


British Library - update on the new newspaper building at Boston Spa -


Origins -

Linked to their pre-1858 National Wills index, they have loaded Jeremy Gibson’s maps of each pre-1974 county showing the ecclesiastical jurisdictions.

Also over 300,000 more baptisms and burials for Middlesex and the City of London.


Lost Cousins -

The newsletters are always worth reading and a recent one had a Master Class on finding pre-1837 baptisms and marriages and some notes on adoption -


FamilySearch -

You can now order copies of all kinds free by e-mail for delivery electronically -


Inner Temple.  The Calendars of Inner Temple Records 1505 to 1845 are now online -

Audrey Collins reminds us that things were a good deal different in the old days -


Tim Forsyth -

Various tools for building websites, verifying Gedcoms for syntax, checking Gedcoms for things like having children after death, estimating birth dates, and listing the censuses in which each person appears.