Saturday, April 01, 2006

George Bell

from news:soc.genealogy.britain
To all out there some very sad news. George Bell of Original Indexes passed away today, after a brief illness.
Much loved
Carol Yellowley

Original Indexes Home Page

Original Indexes was established in July 1996 to meet the growing demand among local and family historians for indexes to primary sources in a cheap and convenient format - microfiche.

Our policy of publishing a minumum of twelve new titles each quarter means we now have the largest catalogue of its kind in the north-east of England. Standard histories also feature on our catalogue. Originally on microfiche, these are now available on CD-ROM at a fraction of their antiquarian value.

Though based in the north-east of England, our catalogue reflects a range of interests, regional, national and international - as you will gather from browsing the pages on this site. Most reflect our regional base; they are based on the 1911 census returns for the ecclesiastical parishes of the counties of Durham and Northumberland.

Others highlight our private passions and the threads of our own research. They are constantly being updated, so don't take your eyes off them!

Friday, March 31, 2006

vital records for Somerset


To search for other Somerset Parishes that are on-line, try Ian Sage's excellent index site

CROWCOMBE HEATHFIELD STATION: "Crowcombe Heathfield station lies on the preserved West Somerset Railway, the old G.W.R. branch line between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead"

15 is Bumfitt or Tic-a-bub

Yan Tan Tethera - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Yan = one
Tan = two
Tethera = three
and in parts of Britain and surrounding areas, was a traditional numeric jargon used by shepherds to count sheep. Until the Industrial Revolution, the use of specialized traditional number systems was common among shepherds, especially in the dales of the Lake District. It is believed by some to be a remnant of Cumbric language,

gone by about 1910

Danish Nobility

from my email
RootsWeb: Genealogy Mailing Lists: SCANDINAVIAN-NOBILITY
I would like to know how to find documentation for a man who was knighted in Denmark in the 1940's His name is Michael Hennings Jensen he was a newspapereditor/owner in Denmark.

a very quiet list
browsing the list archives
December 2004
3 messages then a BIG GAP TO March 2006 3 messages

I am not in Denmark today so I thought to ask a danish librarian
via and got this excellent answer:-

Dear Hugh Watkins

The Danish "Krak's Blue Book" gives those dates:

Michael Hennings Jensen
Born March 17th 1871, Copenhagen, son of wholesale wine merchant Martin J. (died 1895) and wife Christine (born Dahl, died 1927);
married to Emilie J. (born la Cour Mogensen, 1876-1938).

Died May 26th, 1962.

According to "Krak" MHJ became business manager of the weekly Frem in 1898, and was co-owner of the editorial house Det Schønbergske Forlag 1905-1935.
He held several posts within Booksellers' and Editors' organizations throughout his life, including being editor of Dansk Boghandlertidende [Danish Booksellers' Magazine] 1934-1947, and secretary of Den Danske Forlæggerforening [Danish Editors' Organization] 1935-1947.

He received the Danish order Ridder af Dannebrog [Knight of Dannebrog] on March 24th 1941, according to the
Danish Hof- og Statskalender [the yearly manual of "official" Denmark].
Kind regards
Flemming Gorm Andersen
Tlf: 70 27 07 17
Bemandet åbningstid:
Mandag - torsdag 08 - 22
Fredag 08 - 20
Lørdag 08 - 16
Søndag 14 - 22


I had forgotten I ever had subscribed to that list

The National Archivist website is closing
is going off line on 20 April 2006

from their newsletter

Further to our announcement earlier in the year regarding the purchase of our archives by, we are pleased to announce that the transition of the archives to the website will take place in the next few weeks.
From Thursday 6 April 2006 the National Archivist will no longer be taking new registrations or purchases for credits. If you already have valid credits with us, you may continue to use these as normal on our website.

On Thursday 20 April 2006 the National Archivist website will be closing down and your account will be transferred to along with any units you have remaining.
From this date you will be able to search the archives on the website.

The National Archivist provided online access to a unique collection of archives from the United Kingdom.
Our databases contained digital images of original registers, entry books, indexes and publications, reproduced under license from The National Archives and other organisations.

Available to search at the National Archivist are a range of categories including;
Births, Marriages and Deaths
Military Records
Emigration and Passports
Wills, Administrations and Taxes
British Colonies
Directories and Professionals
Free to View archives

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ancestry news

With over 16 million names, and importantly the first census to be undertaken following the introduction of civil registration in 1837, the 1841 England and Wales census remains one of the most sought after resources for amateur and professional family historians alike.

Ancestry is continuing work on bringing you a key section of the 16 million records. Many of these records are being brought "back to life" through the latest scanning and image capture technology.
Records once illegible due to pencil writing and poor storage will be online in the next couple of months. Be sure to be one of the first to view these

With the recent launch of the 250 million strong birth, marriage and death (BMD) index records, Ancestry has now topped 500 million records for the UK and Ireland.

Six million viewers recently saw GMTV presenters discover the origins of their family roots through the week-long Ancestry-sponsored Family Roots slot.
GMTV - Top tree tips

Andrea McLean
Andrea discovers her ancestors were Jewish immigrants from Russia - have a look at how she traced her roots

John Stapleton
Trace John Stapleton's ancestors with him in this historic picture gallery

Andrew Castle
Andrew unearthed some very interesting facts about his pioneering great-grandmother

Dr Hilary Jones
Dr Hilary discovers his family have a sporting and seafaring heritage - take a look

Penny Smith
Take a look back at some of Penny's research into her family history

from Monthly Newsletter - March 2006

Society of Genealogists Family History Show (stand number 118-120)
Royal Horticultural Society,
New Hall & Conference Centre, London SW1P 2PE
29th April 2006

also A Taste of Family History
28th April 2006

Genealogy Links from Norway

Genealogy Links with very useful Norwegian connections to archives

especially new to me
Bygdebøker. Oversikt over bygdebøker
(list of local history books with genealogical information)

from Tronds Hjemmeside
The database contain Tove's and Trond's ancestors and relatives. Also our sister-in-law's (Oddfrid Ellingsen, maiden name Vik) ancestors on her mother's side can be found in the database.

These trees currently contains 4434 individuals, in 1299 family groups.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Census 1801 to 1831 in England and Wales

Census schedules and listings,
1801—1831: an introduction  
and guide 
Richard Wall, Matthew Woollard  
and Beatrice Moring 

a big pdf of 151 pages

Crabbit Old Woman

Crabbit Old Woman:

"What do you see, what do you see?
Are you thinking, when you look at me-
A crabbit old woman, not very wise,
Uncertain of habit, with far-away eyes,
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice,
I do wish you'd try.
Who seems not to notice the things that you do
And forever is loosing a stocking or shoe.
Who, unresisting or not; lets you do as you will
With bathing and feeding the long day is fill.
Is that what you're thinking,
Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes,
nurse, you're looking at me. " . . . .

thank you Josephine Bristol_and_Somerset

I have just been watching Esther Rantzen on BBC tv "How to have a Good Death" - Google Search

Open Directory DMOZ

Danish Embassy says

Tracing Your Danish Ancestors

Perhaps no one in the family understands a word of Danish any longer; but even so, old letters from Danish relatives may still be about, and return addresses, maybe even postmarks, may be extremely helpful in suggesting the best starting point for an investigation. Books and documents brought along from Denmark Material of this kind may be in the form of diaries or a family Bible containing entries about memorable events in the family. There may also be draft papers or service records whose almost unintelligible abbreviations may lead to new openings. Photos brought along or sent over by relatives left behind can also give clues, for example through the name of the photographer. It is important that such material be not destroyed; if the family does not want to keep it, the Danes Worldwide Archives (address below) will be happy to receive it; the material will prove useful to emigration research as such, and may be of great help to other emigrants. . . .

Det Danske Udvandrerarkiv
(Danes Worldwide Archives)
Arkivstrade 1
Postboks 1731
DK- 9100

The Danish Emigration Archives

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Saving the Australian Census

Save the Census: "The next Australian census will be conduced on the night of Tuesday 8 August 2006 and will cost in the order of 300 million dollars. It will contain 61 questions, of which all but two will be compulsory except the ones on religion and retention.

The Census Information Legislation Amendement Bill (2005) was introduced into the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament on 3 November 2005 and passed later that month unopposed. It was passed by the Australian Senate on 27 February 2006 and is awaiting Royal Assent before it becomes law.

The Bill amends the Census and Statistics Act (1905) and the Archives Act (1983) relating to the retention of identified census information by the National Archives of Australia. The Bill ensures that name identified information collected in all future Australian censuses will be preserved for future genealogical and other research.

Retention only applies to information supplied by those households that provide explicit consent on the census form. Some 51 percent of Australian's voted 'YES' to the retention of their forms in the 2001 census survey.

As with the 2001 survey, there will be a closed access period of 99 years rather than the usual Archives Act closed-access period. During the 99 year period, the name identified information will not be released under any circumstances."

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Just updated

1861 and 1891 census address search

1837online has completed 1891 England and Wales census

1837online: a quick test of 1861 probaly should be

Blossom Field
Brickhill House
but it is all to easy to quibble with local knowledge

schedule number
"12 Blassom Field Widney Lane Solihull Solihull SIC
9 Brishill House FarmWidney Lane Solihull Solihull SIC
11 Old Farm Widney Lane Solihull Solihull
10 Small Farm Widney Lane Solihull Solihull "

Monday, March 27, 2006

446 stray photos

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Coroner's Court Birmingham

continuing from yesterday's blog seen en passant in Birmingham

and researching

Stephen Taplin aged 75 of 79 Little King Street formerly a farmer who died Monday 20th March 1893 at Birmingham General Hospital thread in soc.genealogy.britain
at Birmingham City Archives

to H M Coroner from informant Albert A Lucas, Resident Surgical Officer, Birmingham General Hospital

to the Police from the Coroner

detail of jurors' names and addresses from the above image and rotated

on the back - who witnessed at the court

verdict of the cause of death - ACCIDENTLY came to his death and not otherwise, with the signatures of 12 jurors

memorandum sent by Police Sergeant Farmer to HM Coroner

my brief precis:-
Stephen Taplin aged 75 [corrected from 77] of 79 Little King Street formerly a farmer died Monday 20th march 1893 at Birmingham general Hospital

His wife Ann Taplin aged 76 years, stated that he had a severe illness 2 years ago and has not been able to work since,
He had been deaf for some time and his deafness was worse when he had a cold,
which was the case on Sunday when he left home at about 2:15 pm to go for a walk.
witnesses included Thomas Sansom a cable tramcar conductor

Cornelius Alfred McGuire witness and Frank Lewis

Cornelius Alfred McGuire helped pick the deceased up and rode with him to hospital

Frank Lewis of the Tramway Stores B H Hockley Hill age 25 years was the driver of the trap

continuing Frank Lewis, the driver of the horse and trap
He emerged from Icknield Street into Hockley Hill, crossing the tram lines towards Hunters Road between the parked cable car and a moving one. He shouted but the deceased took no notice. He did not pull up because he feared being jammed between the two cable tram cars

A2A Search for Coroner - Results

but the catalogues do not include records from Victoria Courts yet

Birmingham City Archives: Moulton and Keen
1433-1886 17 hit(s)

Birmingham City Archives: Records of the eccesiastical parish of St. Nicholas, King's Norton 1546-1990 2 hit(s)

Birmingham City Archives: Lyttleton of Hagley Hall
1227-1942 1 hit(s)

Birmingham City Archives: W B Bickley, antiquarian [MS 3069/Acc1904-005 - MS 3069/Acc1922-003]
5 hit(s)
Birmingham City Archives: Miscellaneous deeds and other documents relating to Birmingham and the surrounding area
3 hit(s)
Birmingham City Archives: W B Bickley, antiquarian [MS 3069/Acc1926-021 - MS 3069/Acc1935-063]
1 hit(s)
Birmingham City Archives: Wingfield Digby family of Sherborne Castle, Dorset and Coleshill, Warwickshire: the Warwickshire estate papers [MS 3888/A416 - MS 3888/812]
1295-1862 1 hit(s)

Birmingham City Archives: Records of the eccesiastical parish of St. James, Handsworth
1844-1985 1 hit(s)


A Guide to Tracing Your Family History in the Somerset Record Office

Anglican registers of baptism, marriage and burial were ordered to be kept in 1538, although only 21 parishes in Somerset have registers preserved from so early a date. The Record Office holds registers for nearly all of Somerset's ancient parishes, as well as for some 60 Anglican churches founded in the 19th and 20th centuries. Churches which have deposited earlier registers retain those still in use, which can date from as far back as 1813 (baptisms or burials) and 1837 (marriages), particularly in the case of small parishes. Where registers still in parish custody need to be consulted the incumbent's name, address and telephone number can be found in the current edition of the Diocesan Directory, available at the Record Office.

The marriage registers of 103 Somerset parishes, usually up to 1812, have been published in Phillimore's Somerset Marriages (15 vols) and a slip index to these by surname is available in the office.

We also hold register transcripts in whole or part for many parishes. These and other original and copy holdings are listed in the Summary List, available for purchase.

Dr Campbell's Index to baptisms and marriages (before 1900 and excluding marriage registers published by Phillimore) is available for parishes to the west of the Quantocks and in the south of the county.

It can be consulted on microfiche in the microform searchroom, as can virtually all parish registers prior to 1885 and in most cases prior to 1900. In order to save wear and tear, original registers are only produced where the legibility of fiche is poor.

Transcripts of variable accuracy are held for some parishes and are noted in the Summary List.

. . . .
The law of Settlement and Removal, 1662, required that when members of the poorer classes moved into a parish they should bring with them a settlement certificate (or indemnity certificate) from the parish in which they were settled. If they failed to do this or became a financial burden on the parish in which they had arrived they could be moved back again by means of a removal order.

To determine which was their parish of settlement such paupers were questioned and a detailed statement of their life history to date, a settlement examination, was written down.
These three classes of document survive from the late 17th century and are of great help when tracing movements of individuals before the census returns, as well as including details of great human interest.

It must be added, however, that many Somerset parishes, particularly the small ones, have no surviving settlement papers: others, such as Wells St Cuthbert and Shepton Mallet, have them in profusion.

For the illegitimate children of paupers there are also bastardy examinations, bastardy bonds (executed by the putative father), and bastardy orders. These documents are of particular value when the identity of the natural father is not indicated in other sources such as the parish registers.

A name index to settlement and bastardy papers is available, and a selection of such documents is printed in extenso in Thelma Munckton's Somerset Paupers: Unremembered Lives (1994).

Apprenticeship indentures for pauper children apprenticed by parish officers also survive from the 17th century up to 1836. An index is in progress. These are the principal parish sources likely to interest family historians, but details of other types of parish documents will be found in W. E. Tate's The Parish Chest.

seen en passant in Birmingham