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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 29, No 2:  December 2015

Find My Past -

Their major release is the index and images for the 1939 Register, a census of the civilian population in September 1939 to prepare for the issue of Registration Cards and Rationing. Later used as the basis for issuing NHS cards. Not included in any subscription at present and not cheap. List of Registration Districts and codes -

An important local addition is the parish registers for St. Leonard's Hythe.

FMP have loaded images of the Probate Index for England & Wales for 1858 – 1959 with OCR, so you can search for Executors' names or places.

There are 220 million names in Electoral registers for England & Wales 1832 – 1932.

Other additions include 22,000 baptisms and burials for North West Kent, Probate records for Lichfield and Coventry, Ely Marriage Licences, and Absent Voters Lists for 1918 - 1921.

Ancestry -

They have added indexed images of the United Grand Lodge of England Freemason Membership Registers, 1751 - 1921.

Another addition is indexed images of the Scottish Probate [Confirmations and Inventories] for 1876 – 1936. This gives more information than the free index on Scotland's People that covers 1513 – 1925.

Other additions include 1000 Suffragttes arrested in England 1906 -1914 from TNA HO 45/24665, Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy 1824 – 1910 from TNA BT 150/1-53, WWII Civil Defence Gallantry Awards 1940 - 1949 from TNA HO 250, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Baptisms 1739 – 1987, and London Workhouse Admissions and Discharges 1659 – 1930 from LMA.

The Genealogist -

They have added 5 million Emigration records for 1896 – 1909.

Forces War Records -
They have added 500,000 Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers WW1 from TNA MH106.

Deceased Online –

New datasets for London include 4 cemeteries and the crematorium for Lewisham with 385,000 records and Nunhead Cemetery and Honor Oak Crematorium for Southwark with 300,000 records.

Family Search -

The LDS have added parish records for Dorset, Warwickshire and Isle of Man.

Double Records on Family Search -

Richard Heaton - Update to British and Irish Digitalised Online Newspapers Index

Google search tips -

Smith and Baker all over Europe -

Fly through pre Great Fire London -

Vol 29, No 1:  September 2015

Ancestry -

They have added over 300,000 City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005 from the Francis Frith Collection.

Another addition is 340,000 Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy, 1824-1910 from TNA BT 150/1-53.

London Workhouse Admission and Discharges 1659 -1930 - over 7 million records from LMA have been added.

Also WW1 casualty lists, medal rolls and war diaries.

Find My Past -

FMP have added 13,000 WW1 deserters from the Police Gazette.

Over 27,000 records of British Army schoolchildren and schoolmasters 1803-1932 at the Royal Military Asylum (RMA) in Chelsea and the Royal Hibernian Military School (RHMS) in Dublin have been added.

They released 1.9 million new historic crime records from various TNA categories and 16,000 entries from 'Hue and Cry, and Police Gazette’ 1797 -1810.

Also parish records for Kent [including Ashford, Paddlesworth, Newchurch and Aldington] and Staffordshire, Prisoners of War in Peninsular and Napoleonic Wars, and 157,000 additional Merchant Navy Crew, Lists 1861-1913.

The Genealogist -

New additions are 99,500 records of London synagogue seat-holders 1920 – 1939, and 60,000 railway workers' records.

Forces War Records -
A new release is 56,000 Imperial Prisoners of war held in Japan from TNA WO392/23-26.

Deceased Online –

New cemeteries include Camberwell Old and New in London with 300,000 burials.

Baroness Scott -

The prime mover behind the recent Act to modernise BMD certificate availability explains why.

Companies House – free data on directors etc -

Why indexed records and images sometimes disappear from online resources -

First World War medal index cards translation -

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists resources -

Over 150 questions to ask family members -

Flight Magazine 1909 -2005 archive including biographical data -

Parish Register Transciption Society, including Lyminge Marriages 1679 - 1837 -

Glossary of Genealogical Terms from Family Search -

Trade Union Ancestors -

Having found records on FMP, use this site to discover a list of all known unions, their history, mergers, etc.

Blacksmiths Index -

Index and brief details of blacksmiths and allied trades.

Bank of England Court Minutes 1694 - 1987, PDF files with indexes to 1930 - including names of employees.

and finally, Surviving pre-1841 English Census Returns -

including a mention of the 1801 census for Folkestone in Folkestone Library.

Vol 28, No 4:  June 2015

Ancestry -

Ancestry have added parish and Cemetery Registers for the Bexley area of Kent.

They have added WW1 War Diaries in conjunction with TNA.

With Cassini and OS they have added OS 1:50,000 maps dated 1919-1926.

Find My Past -

FMP have added Apprenticeship records for the London Worshipful Companies of Haberdashers and Ironmongers from 1511 to 1933.

The first set of records for Irish workhouses has been added covering Dublin.

Further Parish records have been added for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and parts of Yorkshire.

With TNA they have added 43,000 WW1 Prisoner of War records from FO383.

For Essex they have acquired Thora Broughton's index of 156,000 Wills Beneficiaries whose surname differs from that of the testator.

The second batch of National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 has been uploaded.

247,000 records of Bethlem hospital 1683 to 1932 have been included.

The Genealogist -

11 further counties have been added to the project to scan the copies of the Tithe maps in TNA, index the names in the Apportionment documents and link the names to the location of the map.

British Newspaper Archives -

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald has been added for 1895.

Ordnance Survey -

All 16 OS OpenData products are free to view, download and use for commercial, educational and personal purposes.

Two important articles on sources and researching -

Street Names -

A tool to convert current street names to old street names and more importantly old street names to current ones.

And finally -

Note the number of collections from the pillar boxes.

Vol 28, No 3:  March 2015

Probate Index for 1858 to 1995 -

For England & Wales these are images of the printed books and microfiche by year of Probate. The pages are indexed only by the start of the surname, so the search is by year and surname. This gives name, date of death, date of probate, registry and type. There are still problems and the Help screen is a misnomer.

Remember that there is a friendly index on Ancestry for 1858 to 1966.

The National Archives -

Various sources at TNA have been used to create a database of England's Immigrants from 1330 to 1550 with 65,000 names -

Ancestry -

Ancestry have added an index and images of the 800,000 who received the WW1 Silver War Badge following wounds or illness from TNA WO329.

They have added an index and images of the Registers of Soldiers' Effects 1901 to 1929 from the National Army Museum giving the next of kin of 870,000 who died.

Parish registers for Dorset, Gloucestershire and West Yorkshire have been added.

From TNA MH94 they have added Lunacy Patients Admissions Registers 1846 to 1912 with 840,000 entries.

With the National Maritime Museum they have added 280,000 Masters & Mates Certificates 1850 to 1927.

Find My Past -

FMP have added 61,000 records for Trade Union members who died or served in WW1 in association with the University of Warwick.

FMP have released records from TNA for 10,000 children in the Kindertransport refugee programme 1938-39.

They added the Irish Poverty Relief Loans records 1824 to 1871 from TNA T91.

Trade Union Registers for 18 unions with 3.4 million names have been added.

Images have been added to the Civil Service Evidence of Age series.

Women's service records for WW1 have been added from TNA AIR80, ADM336, ADM318 and WO398.

Parish registers for Northamptonshire, Wiltshire, North West Kent, Bristol, Dorset, Warwick, Nottinghamshire and Guernsey.

Using pay records at TNA they have created an index to those in the Army in 1871 as a census substitute, similar to that for 1861.

The Genealogist -

A major new project is to scan the copies of the Tithe maps in TNA, index the names in the Apportionment documents and link the names to the location of the map. The first 4 counties available are Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire, Middlesex and Surrey.

British Newspaper Archives -

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald has been added for 1921, 1928, 1930 and 1931.

ScotlandsPeople -

The usual annual addition covers images for births in 1914, marriages in 1939 and deaths in 1964.

Army abbreviations revealed -

Also look at the other useful info on The Long, Long Trail site.

The Ministry of Defence has released indices of records held for personnel born before 1901 who served after WW1. These give (post WW1) service numbers, name, initials, date of birth and sometimes the unit. The records can be accessed from:
An explanation of the release is given in the 7th item down followed by eight attachments giving the data.

London WW2 bomb maps –

This project is mapping the blitz between 7 Oct 1940 and 6 Jun 1941 previously available only by viewing in the Reading Room at TNA.

Are you looking for a genealogy book? More Than 40,000 digital genealogy books now fully searchable and downloadable for free at

GenGuide - to help find online sources

London streets - lists of those that have disappeared and those with changed names
together with their modern equivalents -

Stuck in London in the 11th Century? Try this familiar looking map -

or this one -