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

 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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Anyone who is already registered on the British Newspaper Archives website will have just received an update about acces to the beta test site for the weekend as shown below.

Update: BNA [beta] Access

As you registered early on britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk, we would like to thank
you for your interest and offer you an exclusive preview and the opportunity to
influence the final site when it is released later this year.

The website itself is now close to completion, and we are inviting you to a preview
of the ’beta‘ site (the test version of the site). This will also help us to
identify any problems and make improvements before the full public launch.

There are over 1.6 million fully searchable pages available and we are offering you a
special package of £6.95 for use in the beta period. Please note, searching is
free, however, you will need to register and purchase credits to view images in
our fantastic deep-zoom viewer.

The beta version of the site is available from now, until 10:00am on
Monday, 14th November, so please don‘t forget to make use of your opportunity to
preview the site! Please note, you will not be able to print or download images
during the beta period. You will be able to freely view the articles that you
have purchased for an additional 2 months when the site goes live.

The beta site is available NOW at: http://beta.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

 

There then follows information about personal login to the site. So its all systems go for access to newspapers.

 

Paying for the beta test is a bit cheeky but I suspect it will stop the site falling over and text the payment mechanisms.

Guess what I shall be doing over the weekend. Good hunting everyone

 

Else

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Society of Genealogists update to SoG Data Online

Tim Lawrence , Head of Library Services at the Society of Genealogists has just informed me that he has finished uploading the following family history datasets to SoG Data Online. These can be searched  by members through the Society’s website www.sog.org.uk  following the links to MySoG. Non members can of course make a free search to see if the family surnames they are interested in are represented within any of the datasets.

Datasets now on  SoG Data Online:

Boyd’s Marriage Index (Main series and 1st Miscellaneous Series)

Boyd’s London burials

PCC wills 1750-1800

Vicar General marriage licence allegations index

Faculty Office marriage licence allegations index

St Leonard’s Shoreditch burials 1805-1858

St Andrew Holborn marriages 1754-1812

The following datasets which contain a a large number of  image files will be added to the Society Of Genealogists website more gradually. The completion date for this is May 2011, However, all can now be searched on www.findmypast.co.uk :

Apprentices of Great Britain

Boyd’s Family Units

Boyd’s London Inhabitants

Teachers Registration Council

Trinity House Calendars

Bank of England Wills

The addition of Boyd’s marriage index, by far the largest dataset, has slowed the search engine down slightly but Tim and his team are investigating this and will, hopeful ly, sort the problem out soon.

Tim also tells me he will be publishing more detailed information about each individual data set shortly so do keep an eye on the blog for this news.

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Burke’s peerage updates in the Society of Genealogists’ family history library

Family historians with aristocratic ancestry will know how useful Burke’s Peerage can be as a finding aid. However the printed version can become dated very quickly as people mentioned in its pages have children, are married, divorced or die.

Society of Genealogists’ member Nicholas Newington-Irving has therefore produced 12 volumes of updates to the 1999 and 2003 editions of Burke’s Peerage that list over 57,000 births, deaths and marriages that have occurred between 1999 and 2010. The information has been gleaned from collections of newspaper cuttings in the possession of the compiler.

An online index to these updates has now been made available for the first time on the Society of Genealogists’ Members Area. This contains the surname and forename of the person concerned, together with a note of which volume and page number the updates can be found in. Non members can do a free name search here but it is necessary to become a member to view the full references.

This is just one of a growing number of family history resources to be found on the Society’s Members Area.

Tim Lawrence

Head of Library Services

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Tracing your Wiltshire ancestors with the Society of Genealogists

The Society of Genealogists houses the finest collection of family history records in the country. However in addition to its physical library in London it also makes some of its records available to Members over the internet.

One set of records to be found on the Members’ Area of its website will be of particular interest to those with Wiltshire ancestry. The Wiltshire Wills’ Beneficiaries Index was originally created by Mary Trace and Pat Wilson who donated it to the Society a number of years ago. It is particularly useful to family historians as it lists not just the testator (the person making the will) but also the beneficiaries (those who were left bequests).

Covering thousands of wills, administrations & other probate records of Wiltshire people for the period 1800-1858, the index lists the beneficiary’s relationship to the deceased, his/her place of residence and occupation (if this was recorded in the original document). However it does NOT contain details of the bequests themselves – for this you will need to view the original (held at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre).

Non-members can carry out a basic search here but to view the full record you will need to be a member of the Society of Genealogists

Tim Lawrence

Head of Library Services

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