Archive for January 2011

More records at FamilySearch and FindMyPast

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FamilySearch have recently added 90 million records and 18 million digital images from 13 countries. There are over 3 million new digital images of U.S. naturalization records included in the update. Findmypast.com's index to the 1881 and 1891 England and Wales censuses and Ancestry.com's indexes for U.S. border crossings from Canada to U.S. and Mexico to U.S. can now be searched free of charge at FamilySearch.org. Full details can be viewed here.

FindMyPast have recently updated their London docklands parish baptisms collection with 22,645 new records. This brings the total amount of London docklands baptisms on findmypast.co.uk to 503,711. Coverage is as follows:

Bermondsey 23,179
Bethnal Green 12,605
Isle of Dogs 7,963
Limehouse 37,961
Mile End 10,376
Millwall 2,408
Newington, Southwark 15,844
Poplar 20,740
Ratcliff 4,783
Shadwell 35,496
Spitalfields 29,035
Stepney 186,560
Stratford 3,500
Wapping 39,796
Whitechapel 73,465

Find your convict ancestors for free until 31st January

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To celebrate Australia Day you can enjoy free, unlimited access to Australia's most comprehensive online collection of Convict records with Ancestry.com.au until 31st January. With free access to over 2.3 million Convict and related records, including passenger lists from the First Fleet and original documents dating back to 1788, Ancestry.com.au can help you discover if there is a convict relative in your family history.

In order to view a free record image, you need to register (which is also free) or to log in.

Click here to find your convict ancestors.

Ancestry launch the London Land Tax Valuations

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If you have ancestors who lived in London at the turn of the century (that's the 20th century), then you may be interested in the London, England, Land Tax Valuations from 1910 which have just been launched by Ancestry.

This is a collection of land tax valuation rolls in the City of London taken in 1910. The Finance Act 1910 included the taxation in the increase in the value of land and in order to tax the increase the land had to be valued to begin with. These rolls are the baseline valuations of land in the different districts of London. The work was done by the District Valuation Offices of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue. It involved the compilation of field books and maps that listed all property. The Domesday Books that comprise this collection is the summary of this information.

The records contain:
  • District/ward
  • Residence
  • Tax date
  • Proprietor name
  • Tenant name
  • Street
  • Description of property
  • Yearly rent or value

New parish records on FindMyPast.co.uk

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You can now search 126,967 new parish baptism and marriage records for Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Northumberland and Westmorland on FindMyPast.co.uk.

The Northumberland & Durham Family History Society provided findmypast.co.uk with these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies.

The details are as follows:

Type of records: Baptisms
Number of records: 16,383
Years covered: 1773–1959
County covered: Durham
Areas covered: St Andrew, St Helen & St Peter

Type of records: Marriages
Number of records: 110,584
Years covered: 1521–1989
County covered: Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Northumberland, Westmorland
Areas covered: St Andrew, St Helen & St Peter, St Thomas, St Steven, St Paul, Cathedral, St Ignatius, All Saints, Holy Trinity, St Aidan, St Barnabas, St Catherine, St Columba, St Cuthbert, St George, St Hilda, St James, St John, St Margaret, St Mark, St Mary, St Mary-le-Bow, St Mary South Bailey, St Nicholas, St Oswald, Venerable Bede

In addition, FindMyPast.co.uk have compiled a list of 324 parishes which provide 447,108 new baptism records for Durham, Yorkshire, Cumberland, Northumberland and Westmorland which can be viewed here.

New burial records for Warwickshire on FindMyPast.co.uk

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FindMyPast.co.uk have just published 154,074 new parish burial records for Warwickshire. The Birmingham and Midland Family History Society provided these records, in association with the Federation of Family History Societies.

The details are as follows:

Type of records: Burials
Number of records: 154,074
Years covered: 1883–2007
County covered: Warwickshire
Areas covered: Key Hill and Warstone Lane

Follow Friday: GED-GEN Review - GEDCOM to Web Pages

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One of the advantages of having your own independent family tree website is that others will often discover it when inputting a simple name search into search engines such as Google – and we all know how rewarding it is when a distant cousin gets in touch or can offer some further information. Having a tree on a commercial site alone (such as Ancestry, Genes Reunited, etc.) will often limit your audience to other users of those particular websites.

This is where GED-GEN comes into its own. What’s GED-GEN I hear you say?


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