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.
Talking of distractions, I came across a rather gruesome burial entry in the St Cuthbert’s, Carlisle, Cumberland Bishop’s Transcripts at the weekend.
“A Man Name unknown packed in a Box & brought by a Manchester Coach” was buried at St. Cuthbert’s on the 10th December 1827. His abode was given as “Coffee House Parish of Saint Cuthbert Carlisle”, and his age was “Supposed 50 years”.
I would love to find out more about this burial and the story behind it, but I will resist the urge, even though I am sure there is a really interesting story behind it, I am sure the local newspaper would have covered it.
Am I the only one who sees a story like this and wonders if there is a genealogist somewhere who is looking for this man, cursing the fact that they can’t find a burial record for him?
A day off from work enabled me to make another visit to the City of Westminster Archives Centre in London in search of more information about my 3x great grandfather Thomas KINGHORN.
It is quite strange to think that although I only came away with one new “fact”, it was all things being considered quite a rewarding and enjoyable day. I still do not know where the children from his first marriage were baptised (or if they were) but I do know where they weren’. I am running out of options now, and may do better to wait until ancestry.co.uk release their London records collection (supposedly starting early 2009). It doesn’t help that I cannot find birth registrations for the last two children, who were born after 1837.
Still at least I now know where Thomas KINGHORNs first wife was buried, St James Church, Westminster on the 6th September 1846. Also I discovered the whereabouts of No. 5 George Place (the address on the death certificate), it was/is in Cross Street, Westminster, so there is another address to add to the list of places to visit and get a photograph of.