The Genealogist• Have added over 44,000 individuals to marriage records for Worcestershire. This brings the total to over 94,000 individuals, with years ranging from 1501-1961.• Have added over 25,000 Malvern individuals to Parish Record transcripts for Worcestershire , expanding coverage and bringing the total to over 1 million records with years ranging from 1544-1891
The Genealogist Death Transcripts 1970-2005• Over 8 million records added to Death Transcripts - this brings the total to over 21 million records!• These transcripts can be used with a tool that lets you search across all our Birth, Marriage and Death transcripts, with built in SmartSearch technology, automatically showing the partners full name where available, and enabling you to find potential parents from a birth, potential children to a marriage and potential birth records from a death record.
Some tips from “Lost Cousins”• Since findmypast launched their British Newspaper collection 10 days ago the site has been much busier than usual, and whilst searches of other datasets have been unaffected, members searching the newspaper articles have reported quite a few problems. Some of these issues appear to be a result of the high volume of traffic, but others seem to be the sort of faults that inevitably show up in the first few days when a completely new type of dataset is launched.• Whilst findmypast are no doubt beavering away to fix the problems, here are some tips that will greatly reduce the chance that youre affected by them:
Some tips• 1) When youre searching for a named person DONT enter their name in Forename and Surname boxes on the Search form. Instead enter them in the Keywords box, and put double quotes around them. I know it sounds a strange thing to do, but it works!• (2) When youve found an article that youd like to save, instead of clicking the Download image link, use the Print Screen button on your keyboard to copy the preview (having first enlarged the article so that the text is readily legible). You can then paste the screen image into a graphics package.
Some tips• (3) Currently the filtering is lost when you go to the next results page - it needs to be reselected, which is annoying - so if you want to limit your search by county its best to do that by selecting it on the Search form. Even then you may have to re-start the search after looking at an article, so before you do, make a mental note of where you are up to (using the back button in your browser may avoid this problem)
Find my Past Australian Records• Findmypast have added 56 million new records to their Australia & New Zealand collection, available either through findmypast.com.au or - if you have a World subscription - through their other sites.• They include electoral rolls from both countries, births, deaths, and marriages for South Australia, and a wide range of directories and other publications.
Family Search• Scottish Censuses• 1841 1851 1861 1871 are now accessible on www.familysearch.org You will find them under the UK and Ireland Category.
Recent records for Birmingham• Ancestry has launched a collection of over 6 million Electoral Register entries from the Birmingham area covering the period 1832 to 1955• Lost Cousins author Peter Calver says “I found my uncle and aunt living in Handsworth in 1939, and in Edgbaston in 1950.”
Names...• Expect to find different surname systems working in different countries• Take a flexible approach to the form and spelling of a surname• Pay special attention to surname aliases• Consider the possibility that what appears to be an inherited surname may be a name given to a foundling
Names...• Consider the possibility that a surname might have been changed in a person’s lifetime• Don’t be surprised to find your ancestor was known by a nickname• Be on the lookout for hereditary nicknames• Be on the lookout for first name variants• Consider that a person may have changed his or her first name
Names...• Look at first names carefully in their own right• Don’t assume that a person is male or female based upon first-name evidence alone• Be open to the possibility that a number of siblings may have been given the same first name• Be aware that first names, like surnames, may have been inherited
Names...• Look at middle names very carefully. Do they offer useful clues to ancestry?• Look out for an organised pattern of first names in a family 1st son = fathers father 2nd son = mothers father 3rd son = father 4th son = fathers oldest brother 5th son = fathers 2nd oldest brother or mothers oldest brother
The Bailey project• Increase our abilities to conduct genealogy research• Increase our experience of using the range of research tools and databases• Build up our skills at overcoming brick walls• Going beyond genealogy to family history• Learning to piece it all together
How will we do it?• Someone to “own” the project”• Someone for censuses• Someone for BMDs• Someone for parish registers.• Someone to look for tombstones, etc and burial records.• Someone for checking out existing family trees via Genes Reunited, Ancestry, perhaps Rootsweb Mailing Lists.
How will we do it?• Someone to gather and store information in their genealogy application, which should do all of the basics and produce an appropriate book at the end of the exercise.• Someone to explore religious background for various ancestors.• Someone to explore occupations for various ancestors.
How will we do it?• Someone to see if there are any wills for any ancestors.• Someone to check out emi/immigration for the various families• Someone to gather appropriate photos/images for use in a final document
The Bailey Project• Interview with Joyce and Alan• BMD and census work• Legacy family information• Anything else?• Joseph James Benbow• What next?• Who will do it?