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The new Ancestry.co.uk parish register search

21 Oct

Ancestry.co.uk have added a new search page to their site. This new search focuses on the parish registers in their collection, including the recently added London Parish Registers.

The new search page enables you to search just the parish registers on their site, including not just the London Parish Registers mentioned above, but also Pallot’s Marriage and Baptism indexes and the British Isles Vital Records Index (known on Ancestry as the England & Wales Christening Records and England & Wales Marriage Records).

As well as these major collections, it also covers the many other smaller collections of extracted parish records, that I tend to overlook. The new search page does a great job of drawing all the different collections together.

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!

18 million parish records from Greater London parishes published today on Ancestry.co.uk

16 Sep

This a truly remarkable collection, 18 million parish records dating from 1538 to 1980 from over a 1000 Greater London parishes have today been published on Ancestry.co.uk.

Part of the London Historical Records, 1500s-1900s collection published in partnership with London Metropolitan Archives and the Guildhall Library Manuscripts, this is really going to be a great asset to family history research. I can see that these indexed images are going to open up so much new information that was previously hidden within the sprawling mass that was/is London.

Speaking from personal experience I know how easy it is to lose people in London, but my first search in the new collection turned up three of the six missing baptisms for children of my 3x great grandfather Thomas KINGHORN, including the elusive Wybrants KINGHORN (recorded here as Webrens).

Given time I will no doubt be able to take this further and find the other three baptisms and I am sure marriages and burials will also follow. For now I have not only baptism dates, but birth dates and two new addresses (both in Upper Charlton Street, St Mary-le-bone) for the KINGHORN family.

Just like London itself I can see it is going to take some time to find my way around, and I think I could quite easily get lost in this collection for days on end.

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