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Book of the Month – April

The Society of Genealogists’ Book of the Month for April is My Ancestors were Londoners, by Cliff Webb. Now in its sixth edition, this perennially popular title continues to be an invaluable aid to family historians who come across Londoners during the course of their research. A large proportion of the population has always lived in the London area, so the chances of finding a Londoner in your tree are certainly high! Throughout the month of April, My Ancestors were Londoners is available to members of the society for £6.47, or £7.19 for non-members. This book, along with the full range of Society of Genealogists publications, plus many others, is available from our bookshop and online at www.sog.org.uk

Offer ends 30/04/12

 

 

 

 

The National Archives is looking for help to trial online community

The SoG has been asked to pass the following request onto the family history community

The National Archives needs you!

The National Archives is looking for volunteers to take part in an online community pilot. They need your help to trial an online community to see if it could help them develop and improve their online services. They’ll be using the community to get feedback on new features and functions they’re developing, as well as creating a space for generating new ideas. As a test they are controlling the number of people who can sign up, so to start with they only need 100 volunteers who will be signed up on a first come, first served basis. They will also keep the community closed so that only members can view and interact with the content. If you are not selected for the initial trial, you’ll be able to join their waiting list – they’ll then notify you if they decide to expand the community and increase the number of members. The trial will run for six months between March and August 2012. If they then decide that the trial has been successful, they will aim to establish a permanent community as part of their package of online services. Please register your interest to take part in the pilot by providing some basic details by clicking on the following link: http://www.dotsurvey.me/b2mand7-4e3ir3b

 

I hope to be taking part in this exercise too so that TNA’s support for family historians can impove.

 

All the best

 

Else

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Quarter Million New Entries Added to Society of Genealogists’ Data Online

Volunteers have been really busy the SoG in the last couple of months and I’m please to say we’ve uploaded approximately 250,000 new entries to the Society’s online data on MySoG plus images of another 7 poll books.

Access to the Society’s data is available exclusively to members on MySoG as part of the annual membership subscription, although a free surname search will enable non-members to see if the names they are interested in appear on MySoG. More background to the newly uploaded collection can be found in the notes on MySoG. Information about joining the Society can be found on the Society of Genealogists Website

PDF image are now available for the following poll books, comprising some of the most useful genealogical lists for the late 18th and early 19th centuries:-

Ipswich Poll Book 1820
Suffolk East Poll Book 1835
Evesham Poll book 1780
York Poll Book 1758
City of London Poll Book 1837
Newcastle upon Tyne Poll Book 1741
Norfolk West Poll Book 1865
Our volunteers continue to index furiously and the following Datasets with some 247, 000 entries have been uploaded onto MySoG.

  • Hertfordshire marriage index 1538-1837 ( 168,969 entries)
  • Index to The Great Western Railway in WW1 (3,258 entries)

This book (“The Great Western Railway in the First World War” by Sandra Gittins, published by History Press 2010) had no consolidated index, with the majority of the tabulated names divided into those receiving specific gallantry awards and a listing of all employees who died and the names on the Rolls of Honour at stations around the former GWR territory. This index makes the book much more useful, The Great Western Railway in the First World War” by Sandra Gittins, published by History Press 2010 SoG Library Shelfmark PR/RAIL

  • Holborn St Andrew marriages 1813-1837 (expanding the earlier index coverage of 1754-1812) (17,884 entries)

The church of St Andrew, Holborn is the largest of Wren’s parish churches and stands at the western end of Holborn Viaduct by Holborn Circus. It also served one of the biggest parishes in London (it actually spanned the boundary of London and Middlesex) out of which five new parishes were eventually formed. The registers are large and contain many thousands of entries, as the parish has always been a popular place to marry

  • Apprentices of Great Britain 1710-1764: Books 10 & 11 & 1773-1811: Piece 62 (46,000 entries

This is part of the on- going project to rekey and make the old index volumes easier to use. A tax was levied on Apprentices from 1710-1810 paid to the Board of Stamps. In the 1920’s the volumes for the periods 1710-1762 and 1763-1773 at the (then) Public Record Office were transcribed by members of the Society of Genealogists. The typescript index has been on the Library shelves for over 80 years, sorted alphabetically by the names of the Apprentices. The details of masters are found using the separate volumes of the Index to Masters. The original registers are in class IR1 at The National Archives, but the Society of Genealogists holds images of most of the pieces on CD or film. To access the details of Apprentices, it is essential to use the index, as the original is in chronological order or the date when the tax was paid to the Board of Stamps.

Work started at the beginning of 2010 and is now in progress by volunteers from the Society of Genealogists to enter the details contained in the original work by the Society of Genealogists on to a database to make the records of a century of apprentices accessible to a wider audience. Having acquired a set of films of the later work towards the end of 2010, the images from the films are being transcribed at the same time as work progresses on re-keying the original work.

  • Index to Archdeaconry Court of London wills 1750-1781 (1338 entries)

 

  • Association Oath Roll for Monmouth 1696 (226 entrie

Following a Jacobite plot against William III, an Act of Association required all office holders to take a solemn Oath of Association vowing to combine with others ‘for the better preservation of His Majesty’s royal person and government’. Although intended for office holders, the Oath rolls were open for all to sign and in many places most males of some age and standing did so. The originals are held at the National Archives in class C 213, whilst the returns for Monmouthshire are in piece numbers 176-180. This transcript, donated to the Society by Denzil Hollis in 1948 is described as being for ‘The County of Monmouth’. However it is not clear whether this lists inhabit ants of the town of Monmouth, or the county of Monmouthshire.

  • Some Scottish rebels of the 1745 Rebellion

These two lists of Scottish Rebels of the 1745 Rebellion were transcribed from the Patent Rolls of King George II in 1747, held at the National Archives (Class CC 66-3625). They contain the following:

Folio 21 List of Rebels Pardoned on condition of enlistment in Admiral Boscawen’s 12 Independent Companies (sent to fight in India)

Folio 14 List of Rebels Pardoned on Condition of Transportation to the American Colonies.

  • Surname studies on the following surnames by Michael J E Gater:
    Bower (1019 entries)
    Jenks (2120 entries)
    Russell (1418 entries)
    Swancott (813 entries)
    Tassell (2337 entries)
    Usborne (1885 entries)

Information for these studies has been taken from various sources over a period of 40 years. Where the original record has been consulted the exact entry has been given. However it has been necessary to condense some of the longer entries (Census records for example), and in all instances researchers should check the original source. No guarantee is given for any possible errors or omissions which may have occurred during the transcription and typing process of the index. When research on this name commenced, many of the original records were held by the individual parish. The source reference, therefore, merely indicates the record and does not state where it is held at the present time.

 

 

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The Society of Genealogists has been asked to pass on this call for anyone interested in history and genealogy to act as participants for a web usability study. The study will take place between Monday 19th March and Friday 19th April and will culminate in a 60-minute interview in either Brighton (on Friday 20th April) or Manchester (on Tuesday 24th April). The SoG can’t disclose full details of the research but we can assure you that it’s bona fide.

The study will involve documenting your historical research activities in order to improve an online service for searching an extensive collection of records held across a range of archives. People often find taking part in such usability studies interesting and rewarding. By taking part in this study you will not only get a chance to explore a developing online search facility, but will be able to actively help improve the service for researchers like yourself.

You don’t need to be an experienced researcher to take part and if you know anyone else who might be interested please pass the message on.

There will be a cash incentive for taking part in the study.

If you are interested, please answer a few questions about yourself here:

https://www.surveymk.com/s/historical-research

For more information about the study, please contact Emma O’Sullivan, emmao@cogapp.com

For more information about the organisation carrying out the research, please visit www.cogapp.com

 

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Findmypast.co.uk plans to publish 10m Westminster Archive Records

 

Leading UK family history website www.findmypast.co.uk  has today announced that it has been awarded a digitisation contract by the City of Westminster Council and the Westminster Archives Centre. This significant new project will lead to the publication online for the very first time of 10 million historic records from the Archives. The records are expected to launch later this year and will become fully searchable, only at www.findmypast.co.uk .

 

 

* Project announced to increase access to 10 million baptism, marriage, burial and parish chest records dating back to 1538

* First time that images of the original parish records from Westminster will appear online

 

Spanning the years 1538 to 1945, the records cover such London landmark churches as:

* St Anne’s, Soho

* St Clement Danes

* St George’s Hanover Square

* St James’ Westminster

* St Margaret’s Westminster

* St Martin-in-the-Fields

* St Mary-le-Strand

* St Paul’s, Covent Garden

As well as baptisms, marriages and burials, the Westminster Collection includes such gems as rate books, orphan and apprentice records, vestry minutes, cemetery registers, charity documents, workhouse admission and discharge books, settlement examinations, churchwardens’ accounts, bastardy and poor law records, wills, militia and watch records.

Guy Strachan, Digitisation Manager at findmypast.co.uk, said: "The City of Westminster Archives Centre is an absolute treasure trove for family and local historians, and the addition of these amazing records to findmypast.co.uk will greatly enhance the website’s standing as the central resource for UK parish records."

Anyone wishing to be notified when the Westminster Collection becomes available can register online at www.findmypast.co.uk to receive a newsletter.

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