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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 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 -

Vol 28, No 2:  December 2014

Probate Index from 1996 -

For England & Wales this gives name, date of death, date of probate, registry, type and number, but not address or names and addresses of executors and administrators.

The National Archives -

TNA have indexed 140,000 army officers records from post-1913 in WO 339.

Ancestry -

They have added records for Fleet, Marshalsea and King's Bench prisons in London from TNA PRIS10 and PRIS11, London Workhouse records for 1738 to 1930 from LMA, a million Liverpool Crew records from 1861 to 1919, and WW1 Women's service records.

Find My Past -

FMP have added the first batch of National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914; 12 counties so far including Kent. Other additions include Yorkshire parish records and numerous records transferred from Origins.

Deceased Online –

New additions are records for Blackburn, Darwen and Nottinghamshire.

The Genealogist -

They have added 1.3 million records for wounded servicemen from Casualty Lists for WW1 and records for recipients of the Territorial Efficiency Medal and Distinguished Conduct Medal. The latter has a link to The London Gazette which in numerous cases contains full details of the heroic deed that won them the medal.

FamilySearch -

New additions include Isle of Man parish records and Durham wills and associated probate records.

Forces War Records -

They have added the first 30,000 medical records for WW1 soldiers from a large collection including MH106 at TNA. There are numerous other records on this site from 1700.

Irish Military Archives -

They have updated the list of Irish Regiments in the British Army, with contact details for regimental associations and links for particular regiments. Download from -

Also records of military pensions.

British Newspaper Archives -

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald has been added for 1909 and 1911.

Newspapers : Elephind, A Digital Newspaper Collections Search Engine -

Blog about Scottish Soldiers' Wills -

Royal College of Physicians -

Obituaries of Fellows of Royal College of Physicians 1518 to date and those of licentiates from 1818 to 1825.

Burke's Commoners published 1834-1838 is online at Google Books -

Radio Times -

Searchable images of 4469 issues of the Radio Times from day 1 in 1923 to 2009.

National Library of Scotland -

Detailed maps of London and Edinburgh at 1:1250 around 1950s.

Wellcome Institute maps -

Various population and disease maps.

Cricket Archive -

Search for players, scorecards, grounds and more.

Rockstar Genealogists -

The results of John Reid's annual poll include several of our past speakers.

Vol 28, No 1:  September 2014

The National Archives –

TNA have added the surviving records of service for over 12,000 servicemen from the Household Cavalry to the catalogue and available view and download. They are in WO400 and cover 1799 to 1920.

Ancestry -

Ancestry have added Naval Officer and Rating Service records for 1802 to 1919 from TNA ADM29. Also Naturalisation Certificates and Declarations for 1870 to 1912 from TNA HO334. A really useful addition is Phillimore's county maps of pre-1832 parishes with a searchable index.

Find My Past -

With TNA they have released 342,000 airmen's service records of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force, dating from 1899 through to 1939, from AIR 79. The index includes any next of kin mentioned. Other additions include 30,000 burials in Gravesend, detailed censuses for Dartford in 1801 and 1821, more Wiltshire baptisms and parish registers for Staffordshire.

Deceased Online –

New additions are records for Hatfield and Welwyn in Hertfordshire.

The Genealogist -

They have added records of over 117,000 individuals awarded the Military Medal in WW1 and over 80,000 records for Prisoners of War in WW1.

FamilySearch -

For Kent images of Manorial Documents for 1241 to 1976 and images and index for Electoral Rolls for 1570 to 1907. Also Parish records for Essex and Isle of Man.

British Newspaper Archives -

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald has been added for 1912 to 1927.

Newspapers - For Australia, try and for New Zealand

The long S is not an F -

Basic guide to scanning including format, compression and DPI -

Surname variants. Instead of Soundex, try NameX at Origins or Steve Archer's Nominex optimised for surnames of British origin -
You can do searches here:

or The Original Record -

The lost letter called Thorn -

Confused by Cousins and Removed? - try this 4 minute video -

Irish Ancestors – free 30 page guide from the Ulster Historical Foundation -

London Cemeteries – a map showing major locations outside central London but not updated for 4 years - and a database of Scottish burial grounds -

The Federation's Really Useful Leaflet for Australasia – download the 20 page guide

London Inhabitants within the Walls 1695, a British Record Society index -

For railway buffs, a list of closed stations -

Adult Paupers in Workhouses in 1861 -

A 10% sample of over 14,000 records with name, place, age and reason for admittance of those aged 16 and over who had been a inmate for over 5 years. The full index is on LDS microfiche 6359376.

Lives of the First World War -

The Imperial War Museum is creating a permanent digital memorial to over 8 million men and women who were involved – and want your contributions.

Another new WW1 website is Every Man Remembered, a collaboration between The Royal British Legion and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission -