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WEBSITES FEATURED IN WEB WATCH

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 31, No 4:  June 2018

Find My Past - http://www.findmypast.co.uk
FMP have added a Map Search feature to the 1939 Register. They have added 2.5 million transcripts of UK deaths from 2007 to 2016. Transcripts of 476,000 Baptisms and 20,000 Feet of Fines for Surrey have been uploaded.
British Army Officers’ Widows’ Pension Forms for 1755 to 1908 from TNA WO42 has over 13,000 transcripts and images of certificates etc. Over 6.7 million records from 1920 England & Wales electoral records have been added with images. 88,000 transcripts and images of Index slips for Prerogative Court of Canterbury administrations from 1660 to 1700 from TNA PROB 6 and 15/72 – many mariners.

Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Ancestry have now obtained the 1939 Register, giving another search option, but note that their index was created from redacted images from some months ago. They have added Norfolk BTs of parish registers and transcripts for Cheshire. They have uploaded more than 23,000 photographs, pen and ink illustrations and sketches from the Fox and Hulton Collections from 1704 to 1989 for UK.

The Genealogist - http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/index.php
From TNA they have added MEPO 6 Criminal Record Office: Habitual Criminals & Habitual Drunkards. Also 1,270,000 records with images of Parish Records for Warwickshire, 29,000 individuals who were decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Lists from 1921 to 1944.

Deceased Online - www.deceasedonline.com
A collection of over 10,000 photographs of 90 Norfolk cemeteries has been added.

Family Search - https://www.familysearch.org
They had added indexes to 4.4 million British Newspaper Archive Family Notices and Obituaries.

Birmingham City Council - www.birminghamburialrecords.co.uk
Their Bereavement Services has launched an online database of over 1.5 million burial and cremation records.

Army Ancestors – BritishArmyAncestors.co.uk
Created by Paul Nixon, this site aims to obtain photographs of soldiers with names between 1850 and 1920 and make them available free.

50 Recommended websites - https://www.family-tree.co.uk/how-to-guides/family-history-week/doing-your-family-history-online-50-best-websites-for-family-history

Property Deeds – ancestorhomes.com
A private collection of digitised property deeds and associated documents for properties throughout England & Wales dating back to the 1660s.

Finding a Grave - https://findthatmi.wordpress.com/finding-a-headstone/
Hints on finding where somebody is buried plus a list of websites covering a single church.

The National Archives - http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/machines-reading-the-archive-handwritten-text-recognition-software/
OCR does not work on handwritten documents but this new technology might learn to transcribe PCC wills.
https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/trustworthy-technology-future-digital-archives/
Will updating obsolescent digital records to current technology alter their content?

Population changes - https://www.populationspast.org/
A map and analysis of Victorian and Edwardian population during a period of major change in the dynamics of the British population.

Law Society - http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/library-services/research-guides/documents/15-how-to-trace-past-solicitors-and-law-firms/
Information on tracing past solicitors and law firms.

And finally, want to know the weather on the day and at the place where you were born or another combination? Go to http://www.wolframalpha.com and enter Weather followed by a date and a location; for example July 1 1976 Folkestone.


Vol 31, No 3:  March 2018

Find My Past - http://www.findmypast.co.uk
FMP are adding Mother's Maiden Name to their England & Wales Birth indexes prior to 1911 Q3 from the new GRO online indexes, but this is probably not yet complete. Using the Civil Birth search form, you can search using only Mother's Maiden Name [which you can't do on the GRO site]. Unlike the GRO site, you are not restricted to one gender and 5 years.
FMP have added 49,000 Kent probate records. 94,000 marriages in London from the College of Arms are an unusual dataset. They have added 400,000 Parish records for Derbyshire, 160,000 more for Yorkshire, 140,000 more for Devon, 210,000 more for Hertfordshire, 400,000 for Jersey, 2.6 million for Manchester area, and transcriptions of 613,000 more Wiltshire baptisms. They have also added 56,000 records for the East India Company. Another addition is 127,000 more overseas and forces births, baptisms and marriages. There is a special collection on Suffragettes. FMP have added 645,000 records for Brompton Cemetery in London; this includes grave purchase records and thus is more comprehensive than the dataset on Deceased Online. 423,000 records for Cheshire schools have been added. Also 243,000 records for Red Cross volunteers in WW1. And finally they have added an Address search on all the censuses.

Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Ancestry have released over 500,000 images of Wiltshire probate records. They have added 600,000 records for the East India Company and India Office 1746 - 1939. Electoral Registers for Liverpool 1832 – 1970 add 8 million entries and those for Edinburgh1832 – 1966 5 million. They have also added indexes for parish registers for Buckinghamshire and Worcestershire. Images of London street directories have been indexed by OCR.

The Genealogist - http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/index.php
The Genealogist have added colour tithe maps for Buckinghamshire. New parish records provide 366,000 for Warwickshire with images and 1.9 million more transcriptions for Sussex. They have added 650,000 records from TNA HO8 quarterly returns of convicts.

Scotland's People - https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
They have released images for 1917 births, 1942 marriages and 1967 deaths. They have also improved their matching of abbreviated and variant forenames.

Family Search - https://www.familysearch.org
Family Search have increased their parish registers for Cornwall to 840,000 and to 1.3 million for Lincolnshire.

Genealogy In Time - http://www.genealogyintime.com
They have upgraded their search engines for records and trees.

Railway Work, Life and Death Project - http://www.railwayaccidents.port.ac.uk/
A database of railway worker accidents in Britain between 1911 and 1915 with 4000 names, ages and roles in a spreadsheet that you can
download.

National Fairground and Circus Archive - http://cdm15847.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p15847coll3
Established in 1994, this is a unique collection of photographic, printed, manuscript and audiovisual material covering all aspects of the culture of travelling showpeople, their organisation as a community, their social history and everyday life; and the artefacts and machinery of fairgrounds.

SS Great Britain - https://www.bristol247.com/lifestyle/family/global-stories-the-ss-great-britains-new-interactive-database-of-the-ships-inhabitants/
Volunteers at the SS Great Britain have created a database with the names and details of every single person that ever travelled on the ship – both crew and passengers.

Getting It Right: Data Entry Standards for Genealogists by Judith Schaefer Phelps - http://www.columbinegenealogy.com/pdfs/Getting%20It%20Right.pdf

And finally the talk by Audrey Collins at RootsTech on Civil Registration indexes -
https://www.rootstech.org/video/civil-registration-indexes-of-england-and-wales


Vol 31, No 2:  December 2017

The National Archives - http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
TNA have re-catalogued the PIN26 army pensions with much fuller detail.

Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Ancestry have extended their records from LMA to include London and Middlesex baptisms 1907-1916 and marriages 1922-1930 plus other updates. They have added indexes of Derbyshire parish registers with images, and Nottinghamshire and
Suffolk parish registers but no images. With the National Maritime Museum they have added the patient records for 1826 to 1930 of the Dreadnought Seamen’s Hospital at Greenwich. Military Discharge Indexes, 1920 to 1971, have 300,000 soldiers who were born before 1901 and discharged after 1920. Absent voters 1918-1925 and 1939 have been added. Also University of London Student Records 1836 to1945.

Find My Past - http://www.findmypast.co.uk
FMP have added over
229,000 records for Lancashire Wills & Probate 1457 to 1858.
They have uploaded more parish records, not all with images :- 0.3m for Bristol, 2.7m for Warwickshire, 0.3m for Herefordshire, and 1.2m for Portsmouth, plus additions to Berkshire, Leicestershire and Thames parish records, Westminster Roman Catholic records, and London and Yorkshire burials.
Kent parish records for Chilham, Stalisfield and Staple have been added with images. 49,000 probate records for Herefordshire. Roman Catholic church registers for the armed forces has 17,000 records from 1836 to 1975. WW1 army medical records from TNA MH106 has 212,000 names. Also various miscellaneous army records.

FMP have changed some of their search options. Peter Calver of Lost Cousins shows how to supercharge your searches for baptisms, 1911 and other censuses -
https://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters2/midnov17news.htm#Masterclass

Another masterclass by Peter Calver on tracking down pre-1837 baptisms and marriages - https://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters2/oct17news.htm

The Genealogist - http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/index.php
TheGenealogist has added over 1.1 million transcriptions to its parish record collection for Sussex in association with The Parish Record Transcription Society.

They have also added over 140,000 parish records for Worcestershire and Warwickshire and 2.2m for Somerset and Dorset. They have used TNA WO10-12 Pay Lists to create worldwide army indexes for 1851, 1861 and 1871; many records have extra information such as place of birth.

An initial release of t
he 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Survey for Paddington and the City of London includes the schedules linked to the maps at 5 feet to the mile.

Deceased Online – https://www.deceasedonline.com/servlet/GSDOSearch
Deceased Online has added over 90,000 records from West Norwood and Lambeth Crematoria
for 1915 to 2012.

Irish Genealogy - https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/civil-search.jsp The database with free images of certificates has been expanded to include Marriages 1870-1881 and Deaths 1878-1890. Also Births for 1916 [all Ireland], and Marriages for 1941 and Deaths for 1966 [Republic only].

Family Search - https://www.familysearch.org
The LDS have added parish records with images for Warwickshire, Manchester, Dorset and Derbyshire, plus BTs for Cambridgeshire and Hampshire. Indexes for Essex parish records do not have images.
The Family Search Wiki has a wealth of information including -

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Wales_Parish_Registers_Not_Published_on_Findmypast_%26_FamilySearch

Details of 20,000 railwaymen killed in WW1 from the National Rail Museum -
http://firstworldwar.nrm.org.uk/fallen-railwaymen/

52 years of the Local Historian magazine free to download -
http://www.balh.org.uk/publications/local-historian

Dorset County Hospital Staff from 1841 to 1948 -
https://historydch.com/dch-staff-database/

Tracing London Convicts in Britain & Australia, 1780 to 1925
https://www.digitalpanopticon.org/

This website allows you to search millions of records from around fifty datasets, relating to the lives of 90,000 convicts from the Old Bailey.

Norfolk Record Office has catalogued 20,250 Norwich Archdeaconry Marriage Licence Bonds - http://nrocat.norfolk.gov.uk/DServe/public/searches/nroadvanced.htm/. Put surname in the “Any text” box and the phrase “Marriage licence bond” in the “Title” box.

Norwich Freemen - http://nfro.norwichfreemen.org.uk 20,000 records.

Abbreviations of forenames -
http://www.genealogyintime.com/dictionaries/list-of-first-name-abbreviations.html

Visiting the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies in Canterbury? Try the virtual tour - http://www.ihgs.ac.uk/about-virtualtour

And finally, if you have regretted laminating something - http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/peeling-away-outdated-conservation-treatment/reversing lamination

 

Vol 31, No 1:  September 2017

The National Archives - http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
TNA have added the Northamptonshire section of the Manorial Documents Register.

Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Ancestry have added  Medway Methodist Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1798 – 1932;  Parish Registers for Dorset and Somerset with images;  transcripts for Parish Registers for Shropshire;  Divorce records for 1916 from TNA J77;  Royal Navy Medical Journals 1817 - 1857 from TNA ADM101;  plus 178,000 School Admissions and Discharges 1840-1918 and 268,000 Poor Law School Registers 1852 – 1918 for London.  Peter Higginbotham has provided 14,000 Long-Term Workhouse Inmates in 1861.

Find My Past - http://www.findmypast.co.uk
FMP have added 46,000 Oxfordshire marriage bonds 1634-1849;  16,000 Middlesex Protestation Returns 1641 – 1642;  173,000 burials for Wiltshire;  Ireland Probate Calendars for 1858 – 1920;  6,000 burials in Sidcup Cemetery;  127,000 Staffordshire Mis; transcripts of Somerset Parish Registers;  121,000 Catholic records for Westminster diocese;  130,000 Wiltshire Probate records 1530 – 1881;  2 million records for Sheffield and East Riding Parish Registers;  200,000 records from various Surrey institutions;  186,000 more extracts from the Esatbourne Gazette;  and the final part of the Crime records 1770 – 1935 from TNA.  They have also added Canadian censuses.  The address search on the 1939 Register now includes 667,000 empty properties.

The search for the British Newspaper Archive on FMP is unfriendly.  Even if you do not have a subscription, you can search free on the main BNA website with better options at http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/advanced and then use the key data to find and view the image on FMP.

The Genealogist - http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/index.php
The Genealogist have released colour tithe maps for the city of York;  100,000 medical and dental directory entries;  1.3 million transcripts of Northumberland Parish Registers and 650,000 transcripts for Nottinghamshire;  and 132,000 more criminal records.

Deceased Online – https://www.deceasedonline.com/servlet/GSDOSearch
They have added 130,000 East Cheshire records including Crewe.

Scotland's People - https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
36,000 new Presbyterian church records for 1744 – 1855 have been added.

FreeCen, the free census transcript site associated with FreeBMD and FreeReg, has had a revamp - https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk/

Free tithe maps and apportionments for Wales at https://places.library.wales/ and for Cheshire at http://maps.cheshire.gov.uk/tithemaps/Default.aspx

www.scottishindexes.com have indexed more Scottish mental health records from 1858 to 1915 making 40,000 entries.

A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population 1921 is available at http://doot.spub.co.uk/  Useful for unusual occupations from earlier censuses.  Another site is http://www.worldthroughthelens.com/family-history/old-occupations.php

Confused by armed forces abbreviations?  This site may help - http://www.wakefieldfhs.org.uk/military%20abbrevations.shtml

Photographers 1840 – 1940 - http://www.cartedevisite.co.uk/

The National Library of Wales has added journals as a separate database to its free newspaper section - https://journals.library.wales/
It has also launched the Places of Wales website -
https://places.library.wales/. This project makes 300,000 records of Welsh tithe maps 1830-1850 searchable online.

The National Library of Scotland has completed its coverage of the 25 inch county map series for England (1841-1952) with 85,279 sheets available free -
http://maps.nls.uk/os/25inch-england-and-wales/index.html

From Chris Paton - http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/blog/17-best-free-online-scottish-resources

Common Latin Words for Genealogical Research -
https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/common-l-2349912570.html

The Royal Voluntary Service now has an online archive -
https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/about-us/our-history

How to find genealogy books on the Internet Archive - https://blog.eogn.com/2017/07/06/how-to-find-genealogy-family-history-and-local-history-books-in-the-internet-archive/

And finally, found an Age at Death in years, months and days?  Here is a site to calculate the Birth Date from the Death Date - http://www.longislandgenealogy.com/birth.html