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Another Ancestry.co.uk television advert

13 May

I haven’t watched much television recently, so I was alerted to the latest advert for Ancestry.co.uk by a post on the Ancestry.co.uk blog.

Like the two previous adverts this latest one is available to watch again on YouTube on londonhumdinger’s Channel.

I found this advert quite sad, especially the final picture, with the caption “I’m the one they never talk about”. What do you think?

1910 Land Valuation Survey available for keying in the Ancestry World Archives Project

26 Mar

Ancestry.co.uk have announced that part of the 1910 Land Valuation Survey is now available for keying in the Ancestry World Archives Project. The 1910 Land Valuation Survey is a massive collection, which is of interest to local and house historians as well as genealogists.

Before you get too excited, the records currently available for indexing (known as the Domesday Books) are just a small part of the complete survey. Those currently being indexed cover “land in the City of London and Paddington”. Other Domesday Books, if they have survived, are available at local record offices.

You can find out more about the survey on The National Archives website where they have a research guide which covers the subject. The most important part of the survey are the field books (in IR58) which contain a wealth of details on the land and property involved, but usually very little information about the people involved. According the research guide:

The amount of information entered in the Field Books varies considerably, but usually includes the names of owner and occupier; the owner’s interest (freehold, copyhold, etc.); details of tenancy (term and rent); and the area covered by the property. Other details recorded may include the date of erection of buildings, number of rooms, state of repair, liability for rates, insurance and repairs, date(s) of previous sale(s) and, sometimes, a sketch-plan of the property

It can take some work in finding the correct field book (using maps) but it is usually well worth the effort. The indexing of the Domesday Books (IR91) will help make access easier for those areas covered.

I can only hope that this is the start of a much larger project to digitise the entire survey including the field books and maps.

Ancestry.co.uk now has it’s own blog

18 Mar

For what seems like too long we in the UK have been getting our fix of Ancestry news from the US blog over at Ancestry.com, but now we have our very own blog for Ancestry.co.uk.

The most recent post, by Annabel Bernhardt the PR Manager for Ancestry.co.uk, is about the latest collection to be released on the UK site, Ireland, Famine Relief Commission Papers, 1844-1847. If only I had some Irish ancestors to research!

It is going to be good hearing about the latest UK collections and finding out more details directly from Ancestry.co.uk themselves, and I look forward to reading future posts.

Notes from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010: Ancestry.co.uk

10 Mar

In this series of posts I hope to provide you with some of the highlights from Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010.

Ancestry.co.uk had a large presence at the show (not surprising considering they were main sponsors), with their main stand (with many computer terminals and shop), the Ancestry.co.uk Academy (a small theatre), a members lounge and their scanning service.

The main Ancestry.co.uk stand

You can find out more about what they had to offer at the show on their website. Of particular interest is the Ancestry.co.uk Academy, here you can download copies of the four presentations which could be seen at the show.

  1. The Journey of a Record
  2. The Guide to Using Ancestry.co.uk for Beginners
  3. The Guide to Using Ancestry.co.uk for Intermediate Users
  4. The Guide to Using Ancestry.co.uk for Advanced Users

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Search the Australian Convicts Collection for free on Ancestry until the 31st January

28 Jan

Until the 31st January 2010, users registered with Ancestry.co.uk (and presumably any of the other international sites) have free access to the Australian Convicts Collection.

The collection consists of fifteen separate database:

  • Certificates of Freedom (1827-1867)
  • Convict Registers of Conditional and Absolute Pardons (1791-1867
  • Australian Convict Transportation Registers
    – First Fleet (1787-1788)
    – Second Fleet (1789-1790)
    – Third Fleet (1791)
    – Other Fleets & Ships (1791-1868)
  • England & Wales Criminal Registers (1791-1892)
  • Convict Pardons and Tickets of Leave (1834-1859)
  • Australia Convict Musters (1806-1849)
  • Australia Convict Ship Muster Rolls and Related Records (1790-1849)
  • Convict Death Register (1826-1879)
  • Convict Savings Bank Books (1824-1886)
  • Registers of Convicts’ Applications to Marry (1826-1851)
  • Settler and Convict Lists (1787-1834)
  • List of Convicts with Particulars (1788-1842)

You will notice that the collection includes the England & Wales Criminal Registers (1791-1892), so even if your English ancestors weren’t transported to Australia, you are almost certain to find one of your relatives up to no good (or being accused) at one time or another.

Time never stands stills in genealogy

26 Jan

Whilst going through my files and getting everything up to date I turned my attention to the SUMMERFIELD family. The family connection is through another TROWER, this time it was Martha, who was sister of Mercy and Mary, who I have mentioned many times already.

It didn’t seem that long ago that I last did some research on James and Martha (although I see it was back in May 2008 that I visited Felbridge, Surrey in search of gravestones), but so much more information is available online now in such a short time, that my research has been left behind.

Starting with their marriage, although James was from Rusper, Sussex and Martha was from Henfield, Sussex the marriage took place in London (it looks like Martha must have been working up in London). Previously I only had the GRO BMD index reference for the marriage, but now of course the London Parish Registers are available on Ancestry.co.uk, including the entry for James and Martha.

The 1911 census has added even more information to their stories. In 1911 they were living in Newdigate, Surrey with their two children Sidney Ambrose (born 1894) and Raymond James (born 1907). The census also revealed that there had been another child who had died by the time of the census, so I have added the task of find him/her to my to-do list.

The eldest son Sidney Ambrose was killed during the First World War, although apparently not whilst on active service. Fortunately his service record survived and is now available on Ancestry.co.uk, although as you can see below it didn’t escape unscathed.

Burnt Documents

It is not going to be easy to pick out the details from these scraps of paper, but it is going onto my to-do list. Hopefully I can find out the details surrounding Sidney’s death.

There are still the updated GRO BMD indexes to search on Ancestry.co.uk, hopefully they will enable me to find descendants of the surviving son Raymond James (possibly even living descendants), another item for the to-do list.

I was surprised that so much more needs to be added to my family tree in such a short time, and it worries me what else needs updating. It also makes me think I need to establish some sort of regular review, either once each new database goes online or after a fixed period of time.

What UK resources can we look forward to in 2010?

15 Jan

The two major players in UK online resources have given us a few teasers about what we can expect to see on their sites in the coming year.

The offerings from Ancestry.co.uk

  • We are pleased to announce that we will be bringing you the 1911 England and Wales Census Summary Books. This content will be available to customers on all of our membership packages for no additional cost.
  • We’re continuing to add significantly more original Parish registers, to help you go even further back into history.
  • We’ll continue to put more fascinating records online from our exclusive London Metropolitan Archives partnership, including Bishop’s Transcripts, School Admissions, Probate and more.
  • We’ll be growing our extensive military collection, adding more Immigration and Occupational records and further developing our international record collections for Worldwide members.

and from findmypast.co.uk

  • We will be significantly expanding our military records, including launching online for the first time anywhere Chelsea Pensioner service records and militia attestation papers (detailed military registration service records, containing personal details and physical descriptions). These are being provided in association with The National Archives.
  • Our BMDs section will be overhauled and improved, including the addition of greatly enhanced maritime records.
  • Irish and Scottish records will be arriving soon, establishing findmypast.co.uk as the primary family history site for the entire UK. And we’re continuing to add even more specialist records to enable you to approach your research from all angles, including more parish records, our forthcoming London probate indexes and our new Merchant Seamen registers.
  • We will be adding more navigation and useability improvements to the site, including improved search screens and results pages, cross census search and saved records.
  • We have new video tutorials on the way, showcasing our site redesign and helping you to get the most from your research.

Probably the highlight this year will be the release of the Chelsea Pensioner service records from findmypast. These have been in the pipeline for several years and will make available online the records for pre-WW1 soldiers similar to those that were released by Ancestry for WW1 soldiers.

Much of this new material is coming out of The National Archives, but don’t forget the volunteers of Ancestry World Archives Project working away on the British Postal Service Appointment Books from the Royal Mail (24% complete as I write this).

No doubt there will be other releases from other sources, although I don’t expect to see any result from the digitisation of the GRO BMD indexes, but we might get some more news from the British Library on the digitisation of their newspaper collection.

I am sure there will be other releases to look forward to during 2010. Do you know of any that I have missed? Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

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