Welcome• Welcome• Blog update, have a look at:• http://rodneysgenealogyblog.blogspot.co.uk/• Stuff from me• Father Joe Walsh• Stuff from you!
Rodney may be moving• Family reasons• Head back closer to kids and grandkids• House is now on the market• Finish as President of the Rotary Club ofRushden at the end of June• Implications for this Group........• Any volunteers as Group Leader?
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Northampton Family HistoryCentre• We are happy to tell you that we will still be open during thesummer months, though with a restricted timetable.• From July 29th we will be open on Tuesday evenings 7-9 pmand on Wednesdays 10-4 pm. We should resume normalopening hours after September 1st• Subject to staff availability we also welcome groups whowould like to come on other days of the week.• For any group bookings please contact Pete and MoiraDodkins on 01604 587630 or email us at• firstname.lastname@example.org• Pete & Moira Dodkins, Family History Centre Directors.
Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1895• Scotlandspeople have just launched these new records, comprising 2,095,707 indexed names and 75,565 digital images, which cover every kind of building, structure or dwelling that was assessed in 1895 as having a rateable value, andprovide a fascinating picture of Scottish society during the late Victorian era• http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/Content/FAQs/index.aspx?2139
Census Research• Frustratingly, we often encounter problemswhen searching for ancestors in censusreturns. The family cannot be found at theexpected location, or there are too manypossible candidates of the same name to besure you have the correct family.• These tips and information from Jenny Jonesof discover your ancestors.co.uk
Census Research .. Family notfound at the expected location• Check all known information including the last address givenin BMD or burial records. Has this information beenaccurately transcribed online?• Use more than one data website – the information candiffer.• Use trade directories or electoral registers at record offices.• Try to locate the family in earlier and later censuses. Havethey moved around between censuses? Perhaps the childrenhave been born in various places – did the head ofhousehold have an itinerant occupation?
Census Research .. Family notfound at the expected location• Search institutions, e.g. hospitals, workhouses, prisons,asylums in surrounding counties as well as the expectedone..• If in one census and not subsequent ones, consider deathrecords, remarriage of a spouse, emigration, and eventransportations.• Always be aware of errors and omissions in transcription.• Search at a record office if possible – some may havesurname indexes or extra information not available oninternet sites.
Census Research .. Family notfound at the expected location• When using the data sites, use variant spellings forforename and surname – even try forename only orwildcards for surname.• If still not found, broaden the search to include surroundingparishes, even adjacent counties, as county bordersfrequently changed.• Use children’s names to try to locate the family – a child’sunusual first name can often lead to results.• Try finding siblings, too: this might reveal more familymembers.
Census Research .. Where there ismore than one possibility• Go back to basics – check all known information, eliminatingall but the strongest possibilities.• Try to find each possible family in other censuses, baptismand burial records or BMD certificates, in order to eliminatethem.
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BMD searching.....births• Certificates of birth, marriage or death are a mainstay ofgenealogy, providing essential details to aid research.• Obtaining these certificates is fairly straightforward oncethe correct entry is found in indexes compiled by the GROsince July 1837.• Sometimes, however, the entry you are seeking cannot befound – perhaps the surname has been incorrectlytranscribed, or an entry is not found in the expected year, orthe registration district is different from the expectedbirthplace.• These tips and information from Jenny Jones of discoveryour ancestors.co.uk
If you can’t find a birth......• Clues to the birth year/date may be gleaned from baptism,death/ burial records, marriage certificates, censuses etc.• Try all variants – Worton could be indexed under Warton/Wharton/ Werton/ Wooton/ Morton etc. Remember that aperson may have used a nickname but would be registeredunder his correct name.• Births are indexed by registration date, not birth date (abirth on 22 March registered on 8 April will appear in April-June quarter). Late registrations were common, despitefines imposed. Search up to three years either side of theexpected year.
If you can’t find a birth......• Perhaps the birth was never registered – many believedbaptismal records were sufficient. Try baptismal registers forall likely areas.• A child born before the parents’ marriage or where thefather was absent may be registered under the mother’smaiden name.• Children were registered as ‘male’ or ‘female’ when a namehad not been selected before registration.• Births abroad can be traced via e.g.www.thegenealogist.co.uk.• Try local newspaper archives for birth announcements –while brief, they can provide vital information.
If you can’t find a birth......• Use family history forumse.g. www.thegenealogist.co.uk/forums/index.php –someone may have the information you seek, but alwayscheck the information is proven.• School records often give a child’s age – try your local countyrecord office.• Try surrounding registration districts – checkout www.genuki.org.uk and follow links.• Common names may be troublesome. Ask advice from thelocal superintendent registrar; ask them to check all possiblecandidates, giving as much detail as possible.