Findmypast.co.uk have been steadily adding parish register transcriptions to their website, but until now there hasn’t really been much to get me excited. That was until last night when I read the news that they had added over 1.4 million Hampshire parish records.
This is great news for my research, having online access to these records is going to be a great boost to my research and especially for tracing my MITCHELL ancestors. Of course these are only transcriptions and would need checking against the original parish register entries, but they represent a great finding aid and starting point.
These records are the work of the Hampshire Genealogical Society and I suspect they are the same records that they publish on CD, which I have previously used at the Hampshire Record Office. Ironically I was very close to buying a couple of the CDs at Who Do You Think You Are? Live last month, but decided I couldn’t justify the cost.
According to the website the collection features:
- 574,192 baptisms (covering the period 1752 to 1851)
- 153,011 marriages (covering the period 1754 to 1837)
- 720,468 burials (covering the period 1400 to 1841)
Links to lists of the actual parishes included can also be found on the announcement page on the website. The cost to view the full entry appears to be 5 credits each or free for those with a subscription.
Deceased Online have completed (almost) the release of 800,000 records from the UK largest cemetery (in terms of the number of burials).
With the exception of approximately 20,000 remaining entries (which are still being added) the records for St Pancras and Islington Cemetery in north London have been made available on the website. Searching the website is free and the amount you pay to view the results depends on just what is found. This should include a scan of the burial register, but might also include photographs of the headstone and/or a map of the exact location of the grave.
St Pancras and Islington Cemetery was the first publicly owned cemetery to be opened in London and was officially opened in July 1854. It seems to have developed in a very piecemeal fashion, involving various parishes and boroughs over the decades, all helping to create a very interesting but complicated history.
The cemetery is now jointly run by the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington, and more details can be found on their websites, including details of the bus service that operates across the 190 acre site. I must put it on my list of places to explores because it sounds like there are some wonderful memorials there.
This addition to Deceased Online, strengthens the position of the site as the place to go online to find UK burial and cremation records, by my calculations this takes the total records on the website to over 1.75 million names from across the UK, but it doesn’t stop there.
According to the website they “are currently digitising 1.6 million burial and cremation records to add to our database, from 14 burial and cremation authorities around the UK. Nearly 2 million further records are due to be added from another 13 authorities. And we are in serious talks with a further 31 authorities about bringing nearly 5.3 million more records to the website.”
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.
The third edition of the National Burial Index (NBI) was released (seemingly without much fanfare) by the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2010.
The NBI is a PC only database available on CD (see the website for system requirements). It is described as a complement to the IGI in that it does for burials what the IGI does for baptisms and marriages.
It is only an index, so don’t expect to find full details, and like any indexing project it is liable to errors, so always check the original.
The third edition contains 18.4 million entries, covering most of England and Wales. Some counties are seriously unrepresented, for example there are only 4,000 entries for Devon and more importantly for me, only 12,000 for Hampshire. I am pleased to say Sussex is now well represented. The FFHS website includes a useful breakdown of the coverage of the NBI, down to which parishes and date ranges are included.
The NBI retails at £30 for the full version and £15 for an upgrade from the second edition (if you return the first CD of the second edition). It is available through the FFHS and other genealogy suppliers. It is also listed on Amazon.co.uk although as I write this it is showing as out of stock.
Findmypast.co.uk includes records from an earlier edition of the NBI, but there is no indication whether this will be updated with the records from the new third edition.
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.