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Ancestry.co.uk extend their London Parish Records Collection to include Non-Conformist Records

26 May

Ancestry.co.uk have today extended their London Parish Records Collection with the addition of approximately 224,000 names of non-conformists worshippers from the collections of the London Metropolitan Archives.

The London Non-Conformist Registers collection includes baptism, marriage and burial registers from a large number of churches of various denominations, and dating from 1694 to 1921. Obviously not every church will have records covering the entire date range, so always check that the period you are interested in is covered.

So if your ancestors were Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, Quakers, Methodists and Unitarians and they lived in the capital, then there is a good chance you will find their records here. In some cases this might be the only record, or in some cases you might be able to avoid the cost of a marriage certificate by finding the marriage entry in the register.

Personally although I have a few non-conformists in my tree, it doesn’t look like any of them made their way to London and it doesn’t look like any of my London ancestors were non-conformists either. Never mind, you can’t win them all. I hope you have better luck than me.

A quick dip into the London Historical Records on Ancestry.co.uk

17 Sep

I only had time for a brief look in the new London Historical Records on Ancestry.co.uk last night, but it has thrown up a few interesting records. All my searches were focused on the family of Thomas KINGHORN my 3x great grandfather.

The marriage of Margaret KINGHORN

I was able to find the marriage entry for Thomas’ daughter Margaret, and confirm that the marriage I had found in the GRO Marriage Index was the correct one. She married Thomas Christopher GREGORY at Saint George, Bloomsbury on the 4th January 1864.

One of the facts that confirmed that this was the correct marriage, apart from her father’s name and occupation, was the fact that one of the witnesses was Margaret’s brother Wybrants. So not only do I have the marriage details for Margaret, I also have another sighting of Wybrants my elusive half 3x great uncle.

Now I can follow the marriage up with census searches to identify what happened to Thomas and Margaret GREGORY during their married life, and I will probably be back into the London parish registers to find their children’s baptisms.

The burial of Eliza KINGHORN x2

I was surprised to find burial records for both Eliza KINGHORNs, Thomas’ second wife and his only daughter by her, in St Marylebone parish in 1851. I had expected to find them in St James Westminster.

The younger Eliza was only 12 days old when she died, and her mother had died when she was only three or four days old and before she had even been baptised. Both died of small pox.

Curiously the abode (Foley Street) given on the burial entry for both mother and daughter is not the same as the address given on the death certificate (10 Great Windmill Street). I have the address in Great Windmill Street from other sources so that has left me puzzled.

I am sure they are the correct individuals, so I can only assume that as they died of small pox they were being cared for (or isolated) elsewhere in Foley Street. That is going to need a bit more investigation.

Missing Westminster parishes

It appears that several of the Westminster parishes that I need to search, such as St Annes Soho and St James Piccadilly, are not available. Whether they ever will be or not I don’t know, I believe the original registers are held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre and not the London Metropolitan Archives. I need to seek some clarification from Ancestry, as well as letting them know there are no source citations for the St George Bloomsbury marriage entries I looked at.

Despite only a brief time spent in the collection it has proved quite fruitful, and I have created myself more work to do in the process!

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