I couldn’t attend the recent meeting of the users of the London Probate Registry at First Avenue House as I was teaching at the Society, so I am grateful to SoG Trustee Di Bouglas for her report of the meeting. It can be read in full on her blog. It’s well worth reading this and her previous post on proposed developments to put the English and Welsh probate calendars online and to digitise SOME of the documents themselves.
Though not fully searchable across all years it seems the eventual online indexes will be free and ultimately up to date. Finally there is the prospect of an online order facility. It’s clear the service is affected by having the Calendars finally and fully searchable from 1858-1941 on Ancestry.co.uk. With no replacement for the current director of the London search room being appointed in the near future, no matter how the service tries to scotch rumours of its closure I find it difficult to believe the Probate Registry at First Avenue House will maintain a public search room for the foreseeable future
The Society of Genealogists has just received the following announcement from the website TheGenealogist that may be of interest to SoG friends and members.
TheGenealogist website www.TheGenealogist.co.uk has launched a major release of parish records, directories, poll books, freemen and jubilee records for its subscribers. The site’s user base has swelled dramatically with the launch of the 1911 census and to celebrate TheGenealogist website www.TheGenealogist.co.uk has announced its time limited special offer of £50 off an annual Diamond subscription, which is valid until the end of September. Just use the code SUMMERSAVER to get the £50 off.
NEW PARISH RECORDS
Nearly half a million Parish Records added to a Diamond subscription. These include baptisms, burials, and marriages (including banns) for:
Cornwall – over 100,000 new entries
Durham – over 12,000 new entries
Lincolnshire – over 32,000 new entries
Northumberland – over 81,000 new entries
Staffordshire – over 13,000 new entries
Surrey – over 72,000 new entries
Warwickshire – over 15,000 new entries
Worcestershire – over 130,500 new entries
Yorkshire – over 46,000 new entries
New Directories for Gold and Diamond subscribers:
Bedfordshire 1898 Kelly’s Directory
Berkshire 1915 & 1920 Kelly’s Directory
Berkshire 1920 Kelly’s Directory
Buckinghamshire 1844 Pigots Directory
Buckinghamshire 1915, 1920 & 1931 Kelly’s Directory
Hertfordshire 1862 Post Office Directory
Kent 1862 Post Office Directory
Kent 1895 Kelly’s Directory
Middlesex 1862 Post Office Directory
Oxford 1915 & 1920 Kelly’s Directory
Scottish & International Directories exclusive to Diamond subscribers:
Aberdeen Post Office Directory 1948-49
Glasgow Post Office Directory 1907-1908
East India Register and Directory 1834
East India Register and Directory 1820
FREEMEN & BURGESSES
A brand new collection launched this month, which currently includes:
Norfolk, Freemen of Norwich 1317-1603
These Freemen were individuals who had earned privileges and the right to work in the city of Norwich. Contains names and occupations of the Freemen.
List of Burgesses, 1875
This book contains a list of burgesses in the borough of Bedford and prominent members of the town. Contains names, addresses and the nature of their property held.
To celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee, the following book is now available to all Diamond subscribers:
The Queen’s Reign
The story of the Victorian Transformation – a literary and pictorial review of the period.
For all Premium subscribers (Starter, Gold + Diamond):
The Queen’s Empire
A photographic record of the British Empire in 1899.
Her Majesty’s Glorious Jubilee 1897
A special edition of the Illustrated London News with wonderful colour plates. Contains over 50 colour illustrations.
Sixty Years a Queen
Details are available in the site’s feature article:
Please feel free to use any content within the article, referenced to TheGenealogist.co.uk
OTHER NEW RECORDS ADDED
Berkshire, Poll for the Knights of the Shire 1798
Air Force List, April 1918
The Society of Genealogists has received the following request. Can you help?
BBC London is delving into the past with a new series called ‘Your London: Your Place in History’ – looking at how YOU can discover the secrets of your past simply by looking through your family album.
Maybe it’s a photo of your great-great uncle whose career was to ring the bells at Bow or your aunt – a flapper girl in the ’30s with a colourful life?
You may have been told stories about them by other members of your family but would like the help of our expert photo-historian to see if the pictures hold any more clues about them.
If so, then get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org – And you and your snaps could be featured on BBC London TV.
Please leave a brief description of the photographs you have and a contact telephone number. You must live in London and willing to be filmed. We regret we will not be able to respond to all emails.
We’re delighted to say that the SoG has been nominated in the category of best genealogy service provider in the 50+ Awards 2012 and we’re unashamedly encouraging all our members and friends to vote for us – as we are really chuffed to bits.
The 50+ Awards 2012
The 50+ Awards 2012 are organised and presented by the 50+ Show, and are solely based on the internet nominations and votes of those who are aged 50+.
The 50+ Awards showcase the best that life has to offer for those who are 50+.
Following a public nomination phase, shortlists of the most nominated in each category are available on the 50+ website http://www.50plus-Awards.com
Voting is now open: Voting closes on 30 June.
We are also told that three lucky voters will be selected at random after the voting closes on 30 June, to receive one of three £50 vouchers.
The winners of the 50+ Awards will be announced and the prizes presented at the 50+ Awards Gala Awards Reception on 13 July at Olympia. For more information on the 50+ Awards, sponsorships and tickets for the Gala Awards Reception visit the 50+Award nominations pages http://www.50plus-Awards.com
Thanks for voting.