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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 31, No 1:  September 2017

The National Archives -
TNA have added the Northamptonshire section of the Manorial Documents Register.

Ancestry -
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 -
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 and then use the key data to find and view the image on FMP.

The Genealogist -
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 –
They have added 130,000 East Cheshire records including Crewe.

Scotland's People -
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 -

Free tithe maps and apportionments for Wales at and for Cheshire at 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  Useful for unusual occupations from earlier censuses.  Another site is

Confused by armed forces abbreviations?  This site may help -

Photographers 1840 – 1940 -

The National Library of Wales has added journals as a separate database to its free newspaper section -
It has also launched the Places of Wales website - 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 -

From Chris Paton -

Common Latin Words for Genealogical Research -

The Royal Voluntary Service now has an online archive -

How to find genealogy books on 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 -

Vol 30, No 4:  June 2017

Ancestry -
Ancestry have added the Metropolitan Police Pension Registers 1852 – 1932 from TNA MEPO21.  Also UK Military Discharge Index of 371,000 soldiers born between 1866 and 1901 discharged after 1921.  City of London and Tower Hamlets cemetery registers 1841 – 1966 have been added with records from cemeteries in  Manchester, Waltham Forest, Oxford, Great Yarmouth and Ealing.  Wiltshire Parish Registers are now online (both images and indexes) for 1538-1916.

Find My Past -
FMP have added transcripts for Kent parishes Bapchild, Brompton, Chatham, New Gillingham, Kilndown, Tenterden, Wingham and Wittersham, and for North West Kent.  Over a million more parish records have been added for Nottinghamshire.  Also 290,  records for the City of York – taxes, prisoners, apprentices, freemen, deeds, schools and militia rolls.  London livery records for ironmongers cover 1511 – 1939.  Indexes to Wiltshire parish registers provide an alternative to Ancestry's index.  Scottish Catholic and Irish Quaker records have been added.

The Genealogist - 
The Genealogist have added a large collection of records on the British in India, parish records for Durham, Worcestershire and Hampshire (BTs), school and university records for London, and various poll books.
Family Search -
The LDS have added parish records for Warwickshire, Norfolk, Northumberland, Manchester and Essex (BTs) and non-conformist records for Northumberland.

Scotland's People -
Scotland's People have improved the search options for marriages and deaths from 1855 plus other enhancements, with more to come.

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales -   They have uploaded two digital maps showing the boundaries of the commotes (cymydau) and cantrefs (cantrefi) of medieval Wales.

Tips on searching FindMyPast from Peter Calver -
and info on 1939 Register Area Codes -

Graces Guide -
Detailed information on historic businesses, their owners, biographies, photos.
5  free tutorials and other guides to military records.

St. Andrews University -
Alumni for 1747 to 1897.

The Family History Guide -
Free learning, research, and training center for genealogy, especially Family Search.

And finally, origins of strange names -

Vol 30, No 3:  March 2017

New GRO Indexes -

Births for 1916 are now included.

Ancestry -

They have added London Transport Staff Registers for 1863 to 1931. Other London records include Gamekeepers' Licences, Applications for Membership of the Stock Exchange 1802 to 1924, and Freedom of the City Admissions for 1681 to 1930. Parish registers for Somerset and Jersey have been added.

Find My Past -

FMP have added 486,000 records with images for the Royal Irish Constabulary 1816 to 1922. 12,000 records from Scottish Non-Conformist parish registers have been transcribed. 64,000 Methodist baptisms and marriages have been added for Sheffield and Derbyshire. Monumental Inscriptions for St. Nicholas Chiswick have provided 12,000 transcriptions, together with 21,000 transcriptions from Middlesex War Memorials from 1845 to 1998. Gloucestershire Apprenticeship records for 1595 to 1700 has 20,000 records. For 17,000 Scottish black sheep, try the Prison Registers index 1828 to 1884. Kent parishes Wortham, Stansted, Wouldham, Southfleet, and Leybourne have added 36,000 records. The Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers and Irish Dog Licences are now complete. 40,000 more Dorset Monumental Inscriptions have been added and 175,000 more Warwickshire burials with 201,000 Monumental Inscriptions. Parish and probate records for Leicestershire and Rutland total 2.3 million and BTs for Norfolk 1.2 million. With TNA they have added 485,000 records for Royal Navy Allotment Declarations 1795 to 1852, 41,000 records for early emigrants to America and West Indies 1636 to 1815, and 55,000 records for the Royal African Company 1694 to 1743. The first additions for Roman Catholic parish registers cover Birmingham and Westminster. Electoral registers for Norfolk total over 4.5 milion. 295,000 records have been added to the Anglo-Boer War records. The Worcestershire Probate Index spans 1660 to 1858 with 51,000 records.

The Genealogist -

They have added Police Letter Books for Hampshire, colour Tithe Maps for Northumberland and Middlesex, parish records for Essex, Worcestershire, Norfolk Hampshire and Cumberland, Quarter Session records for Warwickshire, Middlesex, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Surrey, and re-scanned images of the 1891 Census.

Deceased Online –

Highgate Cemetery alphabetical calendars have been added with 166,000 burials. The date shown is the date that the burial was requested, not the actual date of burial.

Family Search -

The LDS have added parish records for Derbyshire, Manchester, Warwickshire and Cornwall, BTs for Cambridgeshire and Devon, Valuation Office books for Ireland, Bristol Non-Conformist records, Scotland Church Records and Kirk Session Records 1658 to 1919, and the contemporary indexes to part of the Irish Registry of Deeds, for which a partial more detailed index is at

Scotland's People -

Images of births for 1916, marriages for 1941 and deaths for 1966 have been opened.

York's Archbishops Registers -

Over 20,000 images of Registers produced by the Archbishops of York 1225 to 1650, with a growing searchable index of names, etc.

1642 Protestation Rolls -

The House of Lords Archives has 3500 returns for various parishes. The link is to a map of the surviving ones. Peter Calver of Lost Cousins has provided a list of them, some in Kent, with a link to the image -

GRO webpage showing all the BMD records that it holds -

Gibraltar Censuses -

Search for free digitised genealogy books to browse or download -

or search for all types of books -

Examples of various certificates and other documents from Guy Etchells -

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland -

Not open access, but data on 45,000 surnames with frequencies and origins.

Advice on how to index records -

And finally, a free infographic timeline created from a Gedcom -

Vol 30, No 2:  December 2016

New GRO Indexes -

The GRO for England & Wales have released their own indexes covering Births for 1837–1915 and Deaths for 1837–1957. They include all forenames, Mother's Maiden Name for all births and Ages for all deaths. But beware – some ages at death of up to 23 months are recorded as 1–23 years, not 0 or 1 year. You will need to register and log in without charge.

Scotland's People -

A new company has won the contract from the Scottish Government to run the site. The good news is that all searches are now free. Charges for images have increased a little.

Ancestry -

Ancestry have added a database called England & Scotland, Select Cemetery Registers, 1800-2014. Very ‘select’ as it includes just a handful of cemeteries, but has Shepway District Council cemeteries – Cheriton Road, Folkestone; Brenzett; Hawkinge; Lydd; New Romney; and Spring Lane.

They have also added Medway Poor Law records for 1836–1937, Seamen's Rolls of Honour for WW1 and WW2 TNA BT339, Parish Registers for Oxfordshire, various Medical, Midwifery and Dentistry records, Army Lists and registers of Deserters and Courts Martial, Dorset Poor Law Apprentices, and Electoral Rolls for Glasgow, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Norfolk.

Find My Past -

FMP have added records for Aliens and Internees for WW1 and WW2, 1.1m Army Casualty records for WW2 TNA WO417, 1.7m Westminster Poor Law records, 0.2m further burials for Westminster and Greater London, a worldwide British Army census for 1851 with 156,000 records, Monmouthshire workhouse records and electoral rolls, Quaker Annual Records 1813-1918 with obituaries, 25,000 records for Scottish Paternity Decrees 1750–1922, 280,000 Royal Navy Muster Rolls for 1739-1861, 81,000 Royal Navy Reserve records for 1899-1930 from TNA ADM240 and 337, and 185,000 more Royal Navy service and pension records.

Find My Past's old knowledge base is much reduced but Chris Paton has provided this link to the Internet Archive - 

And the Internet Archive now has a word search as well as URL search.

Irish Genealogy -

A major addition is a database with free images of certificates for Births 1864-1915, Marriages 1882-1940 and Deaths 1891-1965. From 1922 this covers the Republic only, but earlier records appear to cover the whole island. Note that certificates of Birth for 1930-1954 are available at the LDS area at TNA, as are most BMD certificates for Northern Ireland for 1922-1959.

A useful map of Irish districts is here -

The Genealogist -

They have uploaded transcriptions of 454,000 records for Nuneaton and North Warwickshire.

Deceased Online –

123,000 records for Bath and North-East Somerset have been added.

Family Search -

Images of Parish Registers for Warwickshire have been added with 1.25m records. Also 0.5m records and images for Oldham, Lancashire cemeteries.

Local BMD Project -

You can now each local site for births using only Mother's Maiden Name.

A tutorial is here -

Government Gazettes -

A guide written by Else Churchill.

Recording old place rooms -

A crowd-sourced project to record names off 6 inch Ordnance Survey maps from around 1900 and add background info.

How to find abandoned villages -

And finally, it was suggested that I recommend a few blogs and newsletters. Some of these can be added to an RSS feed.

Chris Paton's GENES blog -

Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News -

Dick Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter -

Peter Calver's Lost Cousins Newsletter - and click on the Latest Newsletter link at top left.