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Follow Friday: Scottish 1911 Census arriving on 5th April

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The Registrar General for Scotland has announced that the 1911 census for Scotland will be released on Tuesday 5 April 2011. This will be available at ScotlandsPeople.

This census details information collected from more than 4.7 million Scots and the records will include the name, address, age, occupation, birthplace and marital status of everyone counted in the census, as well as details about their children. For the first time, the census data will be presented in full colour rather than black and white.

Unlike in England and Wales, the individual household schedules for the Scottish 1911 census have been destroyed so it will not be possible to view these. Instead the enumeration books have been digitised, similar to that for the 1901 census, except that the entries for each person go across a double page. This includes the 'fertility' questions for married women, that is years married, number of children and how many were still alive.

Payment will be by pay-per-view credits - there is no plan to introduce subscriptions. It will cost 1 credit to view an index entry for the 1911 census. An image will cost 5 credits. If you live in Scotland, you'll be able to obtain credits at a reduced price from your local library. There is a little publicised Scotlands People Voucher Scheme which allows public libraries to sell discounted vouchers directly to the public for non-commercial use. You have to visit the library in person.

[Why Follow Friday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

Thrifty Thursday: Free census access at Ancestry on 27th March

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Ancestry.co.uk are making their England, Wales and Scotland census index records available for free for 24 hours on the 27th March, which is the night that the 2011 census will be taken.

To view the original pages for England and Wales you'll need to select one of their membership options or pay-as-you-go. However, Ancestry do offer a 14 day free trial so you could always choose that option first.

[Why Thrifty Thursday? This phrase has been included in the title in order to take part in Daily Blogging Prompts at Geneabloggers]

More records from Ireland at Ancestry

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Ancestry have expanded their Irish collections:

Griffiths Valuation,1848-1864
UPDATED - One of the most important surviving 19th century genealogical resources for Ireland, this collection of over 2.5 million records offers a snapshot of ancestors who rented land or property throughout Ireland in the 1850s.

Tithe Applotment Books, 1823-1837
UPDATED - In 1823 a law was enacted requiring all land holders to pay a tax or "tithe" to the Church of Ireland, regardless of their religious affiliation. With details like tithe payer, acreage of their land and amount of their tithe, these records in effect provide a census of pre-famine Ireland.

Lawrence Collection of Photographs, 1870-1910
NEW - This collection of 20,000 images showcases the length and breadth of Ireland through the eyes of William Lawrence's photography studio in Dublin.

Ordnance Survey Maps, 1824-1846
NEW - Almost 2,000 incredibly detailed six-inch-to-the-mile maps of almost the whole of Ireland were produced before and during the Great Famine and take you practically to the spot where your ancestor lived and worked.

FindMyPast.co.uk latest additions

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You can now search 60,523 Bank of England Wills Extracts covering the period 1717-1845 on findmypast.co.uk.

They've also published 54,722 new Lincolnshire parish marriage records spanning the period 1700 to 1837 which cover a total of 139 parishes. View the full list of parishes here.

Search for your Yorkshire ancestors in 40,029 new baptism, marriage and burial records. New parishes covered are:

Warmfield St Peters
Ossett Holy Trinity
Sandal St Helens
Alverthorpe St Pauls
Royston St Johns
Wrenthorpe Chapel
St John & St Michaels
Horbury St Peters
Wakefield All Saints
Flockton St James

TheGenealogist.co.uk recent additions

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The London Illustrated News

TheGenealogist.co.uk has started to release The London Illustrated News for Diamond subscribers. They have added 6 months' worth of the weekly newspaper from 1890 to the site so far with more to follow. They are bookmarked by article and are easily searchable, containing many announcements of Births, Marriages, Deaths, Obituaries, Wills & Bequests.

Birth Transcripts 1973-2005

TheGenealogist.co.uk have now added over 7.6 million birth transcripts, bringing the total number of birth records to over 28 million. They've added these records to a new tool that lets you search across all their Birth, Marriage and Death transcripts with built in SmartSearch technology, automatically showing partner's full name where available, and enabling you to find potential parents from a birth, potential children to a marriage and potential birth records from a death record.

FindMyPast.co.uk latest additions

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You can now search 9,122,481 new records from the Society of Genealogists on findmypast.co.uk...

Apprentices of Great Britain 
Boyd’s Inhabitants of London & Boyd’s Family Units
Boyd’s London Burials
Boyd’s Marriage Index
Boyd’s 1st Misc Series
Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index
St Andrew Holborn Marriage Index
St Leonard’s Shoreditch burials
St Leonard’s Shoreditch workhouse deaths
Teachers’ Registration Council Registers
Trinity House Calendars
Vicar-General Marriage Licence Allegations

There are more new birth, marriage and death records for Derbyshire too...

Amber Valley (Ripley)
Ashbourne
Bakewell
Chesterfield
Erewash (Ilkeston)
High Peak
Mansfield (Notts)
South Derbyshire (Derby)

Ancestor Approved Award

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Ancestor Approved AwardI was recently nominated for an Ancestor Approved Award by Mike at 'You Don't Choose Your Family'. Many thanks to you, Mike.

This award was created by Leslie Ann Ballou of the Ancestors Live Here blog. Recipients are asked to list ten surprising, humbling or enlightening aspects of their research and to pass it along to ten other bloggers who they feel are doing their ancestors proud.

So here's my starter for ten, with a slight twist...
  1. It's official! I'm a genealogy anorak. And to think I was going to trace my family inside 14 days with Ancestry's free trial!
  2. My 4 x great-grandfather left over £24,000 in 1860 (getting on for a double millionaire today). Now I need to know, what became of the money?
  3. Since taking up blogging, there's been no time for actual research. Duh!!
  4. Victorians weren't so straight-laced as they'd like to have made out they were.
  5. What did happen to all the money?
  6. I simply adore stomping about in wet graveyards with soggy socks and the wrong shoes.
  7. And what joy there is waiting for Mr. Postie to deliver that certificate with all the answers, only to leave you with a load more questions.
  8. No really, where did the money go? Just kidding! Lol
  9. I don't know about enlightening moments, I think I've had my share of senior moments.
  10. Now was she my third cousin, three times removed or my second cousin, four times removed? Scrub that, we're related by marriage!
And I'm presenting this award to...
  1. Audrey at The Family Recorder
  2. Caroline at Caro's Family Chronicles
  3. Rosemary at London Roots Research
  4. Brian at One Pilot's War
  5. Jennifer at Climbing My Family Tree > One Branch at at Time
  6. CeCe at Your Genetic Genealogist
  7. Lorlee at Dear Annie...
  8. Emily at Writing Your Memories
  9. Miles at Miles' Genealogy Tips
  10. Lidian at The Virtual Dime Museum

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
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