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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 32, No 3:  March 2019

The National Archives - http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
120 volumes of Admiralty Allotment Registers in ADM27 have been indexed by the Friends and 450,000 entries added to Discovery.  Index and images also on FindMyPast.
To find parishes within a Registration District, search Discovery with the year and piece number, e.g. 1871 RG 10/1803.
The contract to digitise, index and publish the 1921 census has been awarded to FMP.  Roll on 1st January 2022.

General Register Office - https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/
GRO has made the pilot of PDF copies of historical birth and death records permanent, but the price has gone up.  Applications for PDF’s cost £7, must be made online and include a GRO index reference.  Births 1837-1918;  deaths 1837-1957.
The price of paper certificates has also increased to £11 or more.

Find My Past - http://www.findmypast.co.uk
For Lancashire and Liverpool FMP have added 1.4m Roman Catholic records, 2.5m workhouse records, 2.2m Church of England records, 646,000 school records and 50,000 Methodist records.  Parish records have been added for Yorkshire [350,000], Middlesbrough Catholic diocese [138,000], Kent including Dover [248,000] and Norfolk [151,000].  38,000 Lancashire wills proved at Chester from 1700 to 1799 have been added.  Additions to the National Burial Index for Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland and Lincolnshire total 717,000.

Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Ancestry have closed the gap 1967 to 1972 in the index of Probate records, so now have a complete run from 1858 to 1995.  London Poor Law Hospital Admissions and Discharges 1842-1918 has 512,000 records.  The UK WW2 Alien Internees 1939 to 1945 from TNA HO396 has 137,000 records.  It is disappointing that 1.9m records in the UK WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards 1914 to 1923 is only available on their Fold3 website.

The Genealogist - http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/index.php  
Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea join the 1910 Valuation Survey with annotated maps.  WW2 Casualty Lists have over 1 million records from TNA WO417.  700,000 records for Prisoners from TNA HO8 have been added.  They have added Colour Tithe Maps for Rutland and Huntingdonshire.  144,000 transcripts of Worcestershire Baptisms have been added.

Deceased Online - https://www.deceasedonline.com/
165,000 burials in West Norwood Cemetery for 1837 to 2005 have been added.

Family Search - https://www.familysearch.org
They have added 2m parish records for Hampshire, 305,000 for Derbyshire, 994,000 for Nortumberland and 93,000 marriage licences for Devon and Cornwall.

British Newspaper Archive - https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/
New additions include the Folkestone Express, Sandgate, Shorncliffe & Hythe Advertiser for most years 1868 to 1924 and the East Kent Gazette for most years 1857 to 1964 .  Also on FMP.

Scotland's People – https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
Images of births for 1918, marriages for 1943 and deaths for 1968 are now available online.

The National Library of Scotland - https://www.nls.uk
They have put online 13,953 Ordnance Survey maps which provide near-complete coverage of England, Scotland and Wales in the 1950s-1960s.

19th Century English Prisons - https://www.prisonhistory.org
Information on nearly 850 English prisons, lock ups and hulks used to confine those accused and convicted of crimes between 1800 and 1899. It not only includes where an institution was located and the jurisdiction, the number of prisoners, but also lists the key primary sources that describe the prison and the location of surviving archives.

Info on 20 years of FreeBMD plus FreeREG and FreeCEN -
http://www.qualifiedgenealogists.org/RQGNews/general/freeukgen

Parliamentary Archives introductory guide for family historians -
https://archives.parliament.uk/research-guides/family-history/

Help in finding those elusive birth certificates.  Peter Calver's Masterclass -
https://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters2/midfeb19news.htm#Masterclass

For Overseas BMDs registered here, see Chris Paton's blog -
http://britishgenes.blogspot.com/2019/01/get-started-overseas-bmds.html

Old Occupations - http://www.rmhh.co.uk/occup/
Rodney Hall has many other interesting links on this site including military, illnesses and medical terms.

A new American-focused genealogy search engine - https://Kincrawler.com

How popular was your forename?  
https://demos.flourish.studio/namehistory/?names=

Top Ten Sins of a Genealogist -
https://www.family-tree.co.uk/how-to-guides/expert-blogs/the-top-ten-sins-of-a-genealogist

And finally, if you haven't won the Lottery - https://www.standard.net/opinion/cartoons/cartoon-checking-ancestry-com/image_ab232287-d5de-5cc8-a362-6b3f4dfe731a.html


Vol 32, No 2:  December 2018

Find My Past - http://www.findmypast.co.uk
FMP have added records for Portsmouth including burials, rate books, hospital, police and directories.  They have also added further parish records for Kent including Lydd, Hythe, Paddlesworth, Sandgate and New Romney, Cheshire, east London, Dorset, Wales, Northumberland and Durham burials, Lothian burials, and 2800 irregular baptisms around the Fleet Prison.  Kent Poor Law records include Elham Union.  Records of 536,000 Marriage Licences have been loaded.  224,000 further records have been added to WW1 Soldiers' Medical Records from TNA MH106.  Royal Air Force Lists from 1919-1922 and 1938-1945 include 62,000 names.  A big addition is 107m records from Electoral Registers for 1920-32.  For Jersey 62,000 German Occupation identity Cards have been transcribed.  110,000 Monumental Inscriptions for Dorset have been transcribed.

Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Ancestry have added the membership records for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1847–1938.  A new database is the UK and Ireland Obituary Index, 2004-2018 sourced from newspapers.  Ancestry now have the 1939 Register with a different index created from redacted images from FMP some months old.

The Genealogist - http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/index.php 
The Genealogist have added the records of 150,000 prisoners in Newgate Prison, London, 1791 to 1849, from TNA HO26.  They have completed Warwickshire parish records with a further 1.5 entries with images.  The Valuation Survey of 1910 has been added for north-west London.

Family Search - https://www.familysearch.org
Family Search have added parish records with images for Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Devon and Cornwall, plus index records for Essex and for non-conformist records for Northamptonshire.  Welsh Marriage Bonds 1650-1900 have been transcribed.  They have added 599,000 burials for Oldham area.  They now have the England & Wales Probate index for 1858 to 1957 and have also indexed the Executors and Administrators [but incorrectly described them as Beneficiaries].

Scottish Indexes - www.scottishindexes.com
The Maxwells have added over 133,000 High Court records including those who were transported during the Victorian period, plus video tutorials.

FreeBMD at 20 - https://www.freeukgenealogy.org.uk/about/pages/conferences/2018
Videos of presentations at the conference including Audrey Collins and Else Churchill.

City of London Cemetery and Crematorium - https://col-burialregisters.uk/
Unindexed images of burial registers with 440,000 records from 24 June 1856 to 7 October 1955.

Isle of Wight Council- https://www.iw-bereavementservices.co.uk/
Index of almost 100,000 burials and cremations.  Digital download costs £3.

Description of extra pages on 1841 census -
https://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters2/nov18news.htm
A Street Near You - https://astreetnearyou.org
This contains nearly 500,000 location records for 410,000 men and women who died whilst serving in the First World War. It was created using data and images sourced from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Imperial War Museum, including their Lives of the First World War project.

Place Name Index to Great Britain - http://www.gazetteer.org.uk/
Over 50,000 entries.

Ten Threats to the Future of Genealogical Research -
https://genealogysstar.blogspot.com/2018/11/ten-threats-to-future-of-genealogical.html

New records for UK - https://ogindex.blogspot.com/ and world-wide -
http://www.genealogyintime.com/records/newest-genealogy-records.html

And finally, Find My Past have loaded images of the Gestapo arrest list ready for when they invaded in 1940.   2300 names including H.G. Wells and Noel Coward.


Vol 32, No 1:  September 2018

Find My Past - http://www.findmypast.co.uk
We have started adding our own data to FMP.
FMP have added 881,000 Clandestine Marriages with images from TNA RG7 for 1667 – 1775. 329,000 deaths and burials for Fife and Lanarkshire 1549 – 1877 have been indexed. Images of 147 Royal Navy Lists from 1824 to 1945 have been added. Parish register additions include 2.5 million records and images for Lancashire (excluding Liverpool and Manchester), 109,000 more Middlesex burials, and 264,000 for Wiltshire Quakers. Social and institutional records for Wiltshire number 422,000. 691,000 records and images have been added to the WW1 Soldiers' Medical records from TNA MH106. The Suffragette Collection has 22,000 more records and images from various TNA series.

Ancestry - http://www.ancestry.co.uk
Ancestry have added 4.2 million Electoral Roll records for Aberdeenshire and Fife. Also 1.7 million Electoral Rolls, Poll Books and Juror Books for Cambridgeshire.

The Genealogist - http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/index.php
They have added 160,000 records and images of Criminal records from TNA CRIM9. Schedules and maps for the 1910 Lloyd George survey have been loaded for north Middlesex. Colour Tithe maps for East and North Ridings of Yorkshire have been added. The Index to Changes of Names 1760 to 1901 published by Phillimore and Fry in 1905 has been digitised with 12,000 names.

Deceased Online - www.deceasedonline.com
They have added 57,000 records and images of burials in 3 Oxford cemeteries.

Family Search - https://www.familysearch.org
The LDS have added 928,000 parish register records for Northumberland and 2.8 million for Warwickshire.

https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
2,400 historic maps, plans and drawings from National Records of Scotland (NRS) collections have been added.

http://www.cassinimaps.co.uk/shop/tnabrowser.asp?rt=tna
In the Lost Cousins newsletter Peter Calver mentioned that 1871 maps showing Registration Sub-Districts (excluding London) from TNA RG18 are available free.

https://www.history.co.uk/shows/ww2-treasure-hunters/articles/london-blitz-where-the-bombs-fell
Information about 43,000 casualties and 50,000 tons of high-explosive bombs that fell on London.

http://www.locatemyname.com
Distribution of names across countries and regions.

https://www.gedcompublisher.com/en/home.htm
Software you can purchase for converting your Gedcom into an e-book.

https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/your-catalogues-rubbish/
Information and advice on TNA's Discovery catalogue.

How To Tell If a Virus Is Actually a False Positive
https://www.howtogeek.com/180162/how-to-tell-if-a-virus-is-actually-a-false-positive/
And check the file with 59 antivirus checkers at https://www.virustotal.com/#/home/upload

Photo of work on the 1939 Register at Smedley Hydro in 1940 -
https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/national-registration-2-a-famous-hotel-somewhere-in-the-news-photo/646276166#national-registration-2-a-famous-hotel-somewhere-in-the-north-of-has-picture-id646276166

And finally, a tree house!
https://mymodernmet.com/family-tree-house-orbdeluxxxe/
The image shows the oldest couple standing at the top of the “tree house” with their six children and spouses standing on the level below them. The third generation are at the bottom, five of which have the fourth generation babies in their arms. Each family is represented by colour-coordinated T-shirts, and arranged in order of oldest to youngest (from left to right).


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.


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