Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Irish Ancestors On Headstones

This site has a Database of Ireland's Gravestone Index. It is free to search and you only pay if you want to view the records. Try the search putting in only the surname and it will bring up the full list of people of that surname.


Sunday, June 28, 2009

County Down Genealogy

Lots of information here for the County Down researcher. This site also has links to a County Down Genealogy group at yahoo.The group are very active and are very willing to help others.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Old English Census Occupations

One of the most important pieces of information that we can find in a census record, is the Occupation of the head of the family. This can help you to track the person over a number of years and sometimes into the next census. This is a useful site to visit as it has the many old occupations of England .It may be used to decipher the listed occupation if the handwriting is not clear.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

River Pilots ,River Mersey, Liverpool

Looking out across the River you can see Birkenhead from where the Mersey Ferries ply their trade back and forth. To the left of the ferry terminal you can see the steeple of Birkenhead Priory Chapel. This is the oldest building on Wirral and the first on this side of the peninsula. It was from Birkenhead Priory that the first Mersey Ferries came in 1125, Benedictine monks would row across the river to bring their goods to trade in the markets of Liverpool and take passengers across from Eastham to Liverpool. The journey could take up to three hours even in calm weather. In 1320 the monks were granted the first ferry rights by Edward III. The route was deemed so important that it was designated a royal highway, and to this day it still is, with a crown at the top of the posts of Woodside ferry.

I have been researching an Ancestor from Liverpool .He was born around 1823 in Liverpool Lancashire and he was a Pilot.

Liverpool River Pilots
The main port of the North West was Chester until silting of the Dee forced its closure and Liverpool took over. The River Mersey has evidence of silting too and ships coming in to the river have to be steered in by the River Pilot who boards the ships in the mouth of the river. River Pilots have worked on the Mersey since 1766 today there are 44 who guide ships up and down the river. Ships which attempt to navigate the river themselves often end up stranded, River Pilots have a detailed knowledge of where silt and sandbanks lie in the river, the largest silted area is known as Devils Bank. In addition to these hazards the bed of the river is strewn with wrecked ships, so much so that River Pilots have three different charts. An area of the Mersey is closed to ships anchoring because of debris from vessels destroyed in the Second World War.

The distinctive murky brown colour of the River Mersey is not due to pollution as many believe, instead it’s a result of the silt and sand that is kicked up by the fast current of the river. Although the Mersey was heavily polluted in the past, especially during its busiest times, it is much cleaner today and recently won an award for cleanliness.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Family Research, Marriage Certificates

I have been waiting this week for the morning post. I had ordered a marraige certificate and it came yesterday. It is a big thrill when you open the envelope. A few weeks ago i had orderd a marraige certicate for the same couple i was researching, William and Ann. After a few days i realised that the marriage certificate was for another William and Ann. I am researching a William who was Pilot and on the first certificate William was a Porter.
Well the second certificate came and William on this one is a Pilot.
Sometimes the only way to find out the information after you have been searching in the BMD Records is to take the chance and send for the certicate and then you can eliminate people untill you find the correct marriage certificate for the people you are researching

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Death Records on Ancestry .com

Having signed on with Ancestry.Com for a months full world viewing i am left feeling a little short changed. I am looking for records on one person that i know was definitely in Philadelphia in the time that the 1920 and 1930 census was taken. I am also looking for a death record too for the same person around 1931. The list of results have been way off which makes me wonder what records they (Ancestry) have actually got. What do you think ? have you come across the same problem

Thursday, June 18, 2009

1911 Census for Wales now online:

All 13 Welsh counties are now available on 1911census.co.uk:













These records contain a total of over 2.4 million individuals, and over a million households.

Search for your Welsh ancestors on the 1911 census


New Data Online At Emerald Ancestors

If you are looking for ancestors in County Down the best and most reasonably priced web site is Emerald Ancestor's. If you have visited them before then you may be pleased to know that they have updated their website with the following information

10 June 2009
Markethill First Presbyterian, Mullaghbrack, Co Armagh. Baptisms 1843 - 1887

10 June 2009
Antrim First (Millrow) Presbyterian, Antrim. Baptisms 1845 - 1864

10 June 2009
Long Tower (St Columba's) Roman Catholic Church, Templemore, Co Londonderry, Baptisms 1851 - 1861

9 June 2009
Donagheady Church of Ireland, Co Tyrone. Marriages 1826 to 1921

9 June 2009
Civil Marriage Records Update, 1845 to 1921


Monday, June 15, 2009

Free BMD Records

Since my last post about Free BMD Records i have been spending quite a bit of time looking up records.
I find it so much easier to check records on here rather than use BMD Records on Ancestry.com.
Click on the number on the record and it will take you to the page where the record is listed . Good Luck


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Free search of BMD records England

This must have been one of the first free Genealogy sites that i discovered. I remember that it was a little frustrating as the index's were not complete.
Much has been added since those days and i spent an interesting afternoon on here today. Its easy to use,try different spellings of surnames ,maybe try the surname without the first name. When you have the results click on the number of the page to see the other names when looking at marriage record.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Do you want to be part of Australia's History?

The making of modern Australia. Have you got a story to tell? The ABC is developing a programme about Modern Australian History and they are looking for stories from 1945 onwards. Take a look at the website for the stories so far,you may be tempted to add your own story.