Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
14 Charterhouse Buildings
London EC1M 7BA
If you have a lot of tradesmen in your family, you might want to get a copy of this book:
If you would like to research your ancestor’s company, the National Archives has an index of material held in all archives in the country at their National Register of Archives: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/nra. One of the tabs allows you to search by company name. When I inserted the word ‘Colman,’ I found that the Norfolk Record Office holds documents from the venerable mustard manufacturer. The other tabs let you search by:
This is an interesting site because when looking under personal or family names, you may find diaries which could be invaluable. In larger communities, there may be more than one brewery, for example. A place search might supply all the names of these businesses for you As would a historical directory (See the last post.). According to the website, a place name “search will not retrieve all the records relating to a place. It will only find the archives of families, businesses and organizations based there, as well as diaries of residents and visitors who have on it in detail.” (I added the emphasis.) That seems like a lot of info to me!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
What resources are available about jobs and trades? Since 1841, the British Census has asked about occupation so find your ancestor in all the censuses you can. If you do not understand the term used for his occupation or you are not sure what that job entailed, you can google it or consult one of these references:
The Society of Genealogists publishes a series of books, each title beginning with the phrase, “My Ancestor was a ___________” A private company, Pen and Sword Books, have a series whose title all begin with “Tracing Your _______Ancestors.” I would consult either the National Archives or Amazon as listed above or directly at www.sog.org.uk or www.pen-and-sword.co.uk.
“My Ancestor Was a Merchant Seaman”
“Tracing Your Railway Ancestors”
You will probably wonder whether your ancestor was the only person in his trade in the parish where he lived. You can consult historical directories of the era which are the equivalent of a U.S. city directory. Read more about them in my blog post on 9 Jan 2013. The website www.historicaldirectores.org is changing and was having technical difficulties in mid-November, as I write this post. Generally, the entry for the parish describes it and lists the gentry, professionals and tradesmen living there.
Finding and using apprenticeship records
The National Archives – National Register of Archives
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
www.sfowler.force9.co.uk/page_12.htm - a comprehensive page with links to other resources on this website by Simon Fowler. The page has not been updated recently and some of the external links are broken. Nevertheless, he wrote a book in 2009, Researching Brewery and Publican Ancestors (ISBN: 1860061745 / 1-86006-174-5) (Try www.abebooks.com for a good price used.)
www.pubs.com/history.htm - lengthy, comprehensive article. Across the top, you may want to click on the ‘Pub Heritage” tab and choose from its dropdown menu for further information about signs, etiquette or games.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
· a census once a decade - similar to the 2011 Census but primarily online; or
· a census using existing administrative data and compulsory annual surveys.
“Both approaches would provide annual statistics about the size of the population, nationally and for local authorities, as we do currently. A census using existing data and annual surveys would provide statistics about population characteristics every year. An online census would provide more detailed statistics but only once a decade.” (ONS)
Various users will have different views on the approaches, depending on how they use the data, and ONS welcome input from anyone. They will accept comments until 13th December 2013. You can find the consultation documents and a link to the online questionnaire here.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Lot Number(s): 1,2,3
Where map recorded: Office of the Clerk and Recorder, Lewis and Clark County
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Wharf Road, Chelmsford, UK Cm2 6yt
+44 1245 244644
www.essex.gov.uk (Click on “Libraries and Archives” at left on screen.)
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Friar, Stephen. The Companion to the English Parish Church. London: Chancellor Press, 2000.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Friday, 13 September 2013– Closing of Reading Room at the Royal Free (Hospital) Archive Centre, London
The Royal Free Hospital is transferring its archive collections to London Metropolitan Archives. The collections are due to become available there in early 2014. During the move, the staff will continue to answer as many enquiries as possible, subject to staff and document availability. Contact them at email@example.com
Saturday, 14 September 2013 - Essex Record Office, Chelmsford
75th Anniversary and Open Day, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, free admission; details at www.essexrecordsofficeblog.co.uk/ero75
Essex has one of the longest-established Record Offices in England. This year, it will celebrate 75 years of preserving the county’s past by holding an Open Day with various activities including behind-the-scenes tours, displays, archive films and an opportunity to ask questions at the research helpdesk.
15 September 2013 – Spring 2014 - Manchester City Library, Deansgate
The current temporary arrangements will change on 15 September, when the Manchester Room at Central Library, Elliot House, Deansgate, and the Greater Manchester County Record Office will both close. From then until Manchester Central Library re-opens there will be restricted access to their holdings. You can find more details at firstname.lastname@example.org which has a fair number of online resources available.
Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society will remain open during this period.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4P6
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
On 12 Sep 2012, I wrote a blog about the two main resources for Northern Irish research, GRONI and PRONI. The first is the General Register Office Northern Ireland, the place to obtain birth, marriage and death certificates. Today I’d like to update information on the second, PRONI (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland).
- How To Trace Your Family Tree
- 1901 and 1911 Census
- Church Records
- Valuation Records
- 19th Century Census
- 18th & 19th Century Census Substitutes
- Wills and Probate
- Landed Estates
- Street Directories
- Voters, Poll & Freeholders Records
Besides the ‘Family Tree Leaflet’ series, there are series for local history and another for emigration. Print some and take them to the beach!
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
American Revolution 1775-1783
War with Revolutionary France 1793-1802
Napoleonic Wars 1803-1815
Peninsular War 1808-1814
Second Anglo-Maratha War 1803-1805
War of 1812 1812-1814
First Anglo-Afghan War 1839-1842
Crimean War with Russia 1854-1856
Indian Mutiny 1857-1858
Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878-1880
Anglo-Zulu War 1879
With Egypt 1882
Sudan Campaign 1881-1898
First Boer War 1880-1882
Boxer Rebellion 1896-1900
Second Boer War 1899-1902
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Genealogists have to be history
detectives too. A woman in one of my groups recently asked how to date a letter
with no envelope and just the month and day noted at the top of page one. I
think a little history of the U.S. Postal Service and the Royal Mail might
Not having envelopes made postal workers jobs easier because they could determine the number of sheets of paper used and the distance it had come quickly. These two factors determined the postage until the advent of stamps. One piece of paper cost one price and two sheets of paper cost double the first amount. The fee for the distance the missive traveled was harder to calculate.
1855 - Prepayment of postage required
1860 - Pony Express began
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The museum also publishes a series of booklets collectively known as ‘History Notebooks’. There are over 50 titles many of which have a person’s name included, such as ‘The Murder of Sergeant Eves’. Each one is downloadable as a pdf file at no charge.
Becky Wash, Museum Curator
Direct Dial: 01245 457 150
Essex Police Museum, PO Box 2, Headquarters, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6DA
Are there other police museums out there? Yes! I googled ‘police museum UK’ and got the following and a few more.
Greater Manchester Police Museum www.gmpmuseum.com
City of London Police Museum www.citypolicemuseum.org.uk
West Midlands www.westmidlandspolicemuseum.co.uk
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
7th July 2013 - 10am to 6pm.
The 1st JGSGB Family History Fair is supported by ancestry.com, familysearch.org, findmypast.co.uk. myheritage.com and the London Jewish Cultural Council.
If I was going to be in London, I would attend with a smile on my face.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I spoke twice on Saturday about land records and had a large number each time. They applauded at the end so I must have done something right.
Next year’s OGS Conference is in the northern part state in Sandusky at a facility called the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center from April 30-May 4, 2014.
2 . Last year at NGS, I bought a book at the Heritage Productions booth, titled Researching English Non-Anglican Ancestors by Dr. Penelope Christensen. You can see that I referred to it many times through the year as I wrote about researching religious groups in the UK who were not affiliated with the Church of England. This year in Cincinnati, I picked up another of Dr. Christensen’s books, Researching English Poor Law and Parish Chest Records.
This publisher based in Toronto, Ontario, has a huge number of books arranged into a number of series on their website www.genealogystore.com. There are over twenty titles in their General Series, which I would term the non-geographically specific books about organizing data or writing a family history. Then there are a number of books grouped together in the American Series, the Canadian Series, the English Series, the Irish Series and the Scottish Series. Finally there are several books about research in other European countries.
Heritage Productions is an arm of the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. They have online courses which you can take for pleasure or to receive a certificate for genealogy research in either Australia, Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Scotland or the United States. Check this out at www.genealogicalstudies.com.