Since 2007 leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has been working in partnership with FFHS to bring millions of parish records transcribed by the volunteer members of local family history societies to the attention of a wider and international audience.
In May 2009 a further 59,000 parish records for the period 1633 to 1930 were added to the site from Dorset, Lancashire, Montgomeryshire and Yorkshire. Now with over 24 million baptisms, marriages and burials dating from 1538, the Parish Records Collection at findmypast.co.uk is the largest online repository of parish records for England & Wales, following the closure of FFHS’s own FamilyHistoryOnline website earlier this year.
Also last month, findmypast.co.uk added an array of unique collections transcribed by local societies, including Army Deserters (1828-1840), Dorset and Somerset Parish Apprentices and Suffolk Testator and Beneficiary Indices 1847-1857. And, in association with Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS), findmypast.co.uk has published online the missing unfilmed records from the 1851 census for Lancashire.
Don’t miss the largest historical event in Europe on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire.
This is a family friendly event with more than 50 different shows each day.
The FFHS will be there, representing our member societies and helping members of the public with their family history enquiries. We hope to see you there!
In 1831 the Post Office created centralised employment records by copying the relevant minute numbers, brief details relating to appointment, transfer, dismissal, resignation, retirement or death. Prior to 1831 appointment records were not kept uniformly over the country.
The records will be fully name searchable and when available will be of real value to all those interested in researching their family history.
The National Register of Archives has recently passed the significant milestone of 100,000 links from its indexes to online resources. The National Register of Archives links to the major UK archive networks, over 50 repositories online catalogues, and resources like the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Royal Historical Society online bibliography.
Linking to the National Register of Archives is a crucial means of bringing history to life for hundreds of thousands of online users, knitting together the sometimes baffling range of online information about archive resources for research into British history.
We would be very pleased to hear from you if you have an online catalogue and would like to discuss automated linking to the National Register of Archives, or to explore other potential links to online resources.
Over 4,000 glass slides covering the social, cultural and architectural history of London compiled and collected by the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) have now been digitised. The project started in 2006 has resulted in a huge and invaluable online resource of visual material of early twentieth century London. Many of the images are hugely impressive, showing detailed colouring which brings the scene to life; although some attempts were less successful, including a rather early slide of proud elderly Beefeater tinted with a bright yellow face and lurid turquoise uniform.
Street scenes, markets, events, recreational activities as well as images of all of the City’s churches are now available via the Bishopsgate library’s online catalogue. .
The STEAM Museum based in Swindon is in the throes of archiving and cataloguing a vast collection of over 10,000 photographs which includes images covering social history, country views, people and scenes relating to industrial engineering. Elaine Arthurs, Acting Curator, praised the team of dedicated volunteers, without whom this project would not be possible. If you have an interest in the Great Western Railway (GWR) and British Railways (Western Region)
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FFHS NEWS -
1911 CENSUS FOR WALES GOES ONLINE
The Surman Index Online at Dr Williams’s Library. The index can now be freely searched online
Charles Surman's extraordinary biographical card index of Congregational ministers includes the names of about 32,000 individuals, and, where known, their dates, details of their education, ministries or other employment, together with the sources used. It covers the period from the mid-seventeenth century to 1972, and though it focuses on England and Wales, it includes Congregational ministers serving abroad provided they trained or served as ministers in Britain. Although intended as an index of Congregational ministers, it also gives details of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Presbyterians.
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