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Newgate Prison Records reveal thieves and Marie Antoinette’s libeler

TheGenealogist is adding to its Court and Criminal Records collection with the release of almost 150,000 entries for prisoners locked up in Newgate prison along with any alias they were known by as well as the names of their victims. Sourced from the HO 26 Newgate Prison Registers held by The National Archives, these documents were created over the years 1791 to 1849.

 

Newgate Gaol, London from TheGenealogist’s Image Archive

 

The Newgate Prison Registers give family history researchers details of ancestors who were imprisoned in the fearsome building that once stood next to the Old Bailey in the City of London. The records reveal the names of prisoners, offences the prisoner had been convicted for, the date of their trial and where they were tried. The records also give the name of the victims and any alias that the criminals may have used before.

 

Use the Newgate Prison Registers records to:

  • Find ancestors guilty of crimes ranging from theft, highway robbery, libel and murder
  • Discover the victims of crime
  • Uncover some of the aliases used by criminal ancestors
  • See descriptions of offenders with details of their height, eye colour and complexion
  • Research records covering the period 1791 - 1849

Read TheGenealogist's article about Marie Antoinette’s libeler locked up in Newgate:

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/find-criminal-records-of-ancestors-imprisoned-in-newgate-1007/





About TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!



About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

 

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New release of Parish Records for Warwickshire with images



The Parish Church, Kenilworth.

 

TheGenealogist has added over 1.5 million individuals to their Warwickshire Parish Record Collection to increase the coverage of this Midland county for researchers wanting to find their ancestors baptisms, marriages and burials.

 

This is the final release of records published in association with Warwickshire County Record Office now totalling nearly 5 million individuals which have the benefit of high quality images to complement the transcripts, making them a valuable resource for those with ancestors from this area.

 

These new fully searchable records can be used to find ancestors from the parishes of: Aston Cantlow, Berkswell, Combrook, Coventry All Saints, Coventry St Peter, Coventry St Thomas, Dunchurch, Exhall, Fillongley, Foleshill St Paul, Grandborough, Hampton in Arden, Harbury, Haseley, Hillmorton, Ilmington, Kenilworth St Nicholas, Kineton, Kingsbury, Lapworth, Leamington Hastings, Leamington Spa St Paul, Lighthorne, Lillington, Long Compton, Long Itchington, Meriden, Middleton, Napton-on-the-Hill, Nether Whitacre, Newbold Pacey, Newbold-on-Avon, Newton Regis, Packwood, Polesworth, Preston-on-Stour, Priors Marston, Quinton, Radford Semele, Radway, Rowington, Rugby St Andrew, Ryton-upon-Dunsmore, Salford Priors, Shustoke, Snitterfield, Southam, Stockingford, Stockton, Stoke, Stoneleigh, Stretton-on-Dunsmore, Stretton-on-Fosse, Studley, Tanworth in Arden, Tredington, Tysoe, Walsgrave-on-Sowe, Warmington, Welford, Wolfhamcote, Wolford, Wolston, Wolvey and Wootton Wawen.

 

These new parish records are available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist.

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article that finds the baptism of the poet Rupert Brooke and 1887 burial of one Rugby headmaster who turned the school around:

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/warwickshire-parish-registers-reveals-rupert-brookes-baptism-in-rugby-997/



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TheGenealogist’s new release commemorates the centenary of the ending of the First World War

New records from TheGenealogist

Armistice day

 

To mark the end of World War 1 that came to a close on 11 November 1918 with the signing of the armistice, TheGenealogist has just released over 42,000 records of Officers that died in the Great War, along with additional Rolls of Honour and over 30,000 War Memorials, War Graves plans, maps and listings.

 

These fully searchable records join an already strong WW1 Collection on the site, providing a highly useful resource for those seeking their ancestors caught up in the conflict.

 

This new release will allow researchers to:

 

  • Discover Officers who gave their lives in the First World War
  • View images of the HMSO’s Officers Died in the Great War Part I & II 1914-1918
  • Find an officer’s rank, cause of death, date of death and regiment.
  • Look for names commemorated in Rolls of Honour and War Memorials
  • See War Graves plans, maps and listings

 

Family history researchers with ancestors who fought in the First World War will welcome these fascinating new releases that add to TheGenealogist’s well received collection of World War 1 records.

 

“TheGenealogist has got itself a very interesting collection of niche records that can really help you unlock the story of a soldier.”

Chris Baker from The Long, Long Trail website and www.fourteeneighteen.co.uk

 

Subscribers to TheGenealogist’s Diamond subscription can search 5.4 million Medal Records; 2.4 million Casualty Lists including Wounded, Missing and PoWs; 666,000 Muster & Pay Book records; 624,000 Soldiers died in the Great War; 506,000 War Memorials; 227,000 Roll of Honour transcripts; and Mentioned in Dispatches records.

 

In addition members can search and view Newspapers from the period (Illustrated War News, The Sphere, War Illustrated, Illustrated London News, The B.E.F. TIMES with which are incorporated The Wipers Times, The "New Church" Times, The Kemmel Times & The Somme Times.)

 

TheGenealogist’s subscribers also have access to WW1 Stereoviews, Army, Navy and Air Force Lists, Defence Staff Lists and many Regimental Histories.

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article on Finding Officers that died in the Great War:

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/how-to-find-officers-that-died-in-ww1-983/



About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!



 

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New BT27 Passenger Lists released for the 1950s decade

 

The Union Castle Lines’ Pendennis Castle

TheGenealogist has just released over 4 million BT27 Outbound Passenger List records for the 1950s. These records join the ever expanding suite of Immigration, Emigration, Naturalisation and passenger list resources on TheGenealogist. With the release of this decade of records, researchers can discover ancestors who departed from the UK by ship to destinations across the globe. 

 The fully searchable BT27 records from The National Archives just released will allow researchers to:

 

 

      Locate family members making a journey together using TheGenealogist’s SmartSearch. This unique system is able to recognise family members together on the same trip. In this situation it will display a family icon which allows you to view the entire family with one click.

     Discover people sailing to the USA, Canada, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere in the Outgoing Passenger Lists  from the United Kingdom.

     View images of the original passenger list documents compiled for the Board of Trade's Commercial and Statistical Department and its successors.

     Discover the ages, occupations and address and where the passenger intended to make their permanent residence.

     These fully indexed records allow family historians to search by name, year, country of departure, country of arrival, port of embarkation and port of destination.

 

Those family history researchers with ancestors who sailed from the UK in the 1950’s will welcome this fascinating new release from TheGenealogist, which adds to their current Emigration records that take you back to 1896.

 See their article:

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/the-1950s-passenger-lists-discover-celebrity-voyages-972/

  

About TheGenealogist

 TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 

 About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

 For the latest stories, follow the Media Team on Twitter @TNAmediaofficer

 

 

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A day at The Family History Show, London

 

 

The Family History Show, London has now released a video of interviews with some of the many happy exhibitors. Comments from the stall holders included just how busy they had been throughout the day and what a friendly environment the venue had been. Other exhibitors mentioned what an excellent fair it had been with a good turn out and many interesting stalls that had engaged and impressed those visiting the event.

 

You can see the video on their website (or on YouTube) along with another recorded with international genealogical blogger Dick Eastman who shares his views on the event: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/

 

The large crowds of show visitors testified to the public’s willingness to support this event, now double the size from last years show. Perhaps made more popular by its low cost entry, free car parking and free mini-bus to and from the rail station. The various free talks held in the two good sized lecture theatres were well attended throughout the day as was the new free ‘Ask the Experts’ zone.

 

 

The Family History Show, London is destined to return next year for its third outing on 24th August 2019. To book a table or stand go to: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/booking-form/

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School Registers released online by TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist launches more school registers into its Educational Records adding tens of thousands of additional individuals.

 

  • The records can be used to discover a school pupil or university student’s achievements
  • Educational records will confirm birth dates and sometimes place of birth
  • Give father’s name and address useful when they are missing from the census
  • Give details of their later occupation etc.

The newly released registers on TheGenealogist are: The Register of Tonbridge School, Kent, 1826-1910; Repton School Register Supplement to 1922 edition 1933; Allhallows School Register and Record 1908-1932; A History Of Wigton School 1815-1915; Alumni Felstedienses, Boys Entered at Felsted School, 1897-1903; Leeds Grammar School Registers 1820-1910; The Sherborne Register, Third Edition, 1550-1937; The Roll of St Edwards School 1863-1939; The Lancing Register 1932; Sussex, The Lancing Register, 1848-1900; Chigwell Register 1653-1907; Bury, Directory of the Technical School, Acting Teachers' Classes and School of Art, 1909-1910; Tonbridge School Register 1847-1926; Epsom Girls Grammar School, Auckland 1928; New Zealand, School List Christ's College Grammar School 1850-1921; The Edinburgh Academy Register 1824 - 1914; Summer Fields Register 1864-1929; Lancaster Royal Grammar School; Schola Novocastrensis Newcastle Royal Free School 1545-1699; Cambridge, Leys School, Handbook and Directory 1920; Bromsgrove School Register 1553-1905; Cambridge, The Leys School Directory 1912; Register of Oakham School 1875-1929; Merchiston Castle School Register 1833-1903; The Whitworth Book; Scholars And Teachers Of Ackworth School 1879-1900; A Biographical Register of Peterhouse Men Part I 1284-1574; Album Aberhonddu 1755-1880, Brecon Memorial Book (In Welsh); Bootham School Register, 1935 and Charterhouse Register, 1872-1900

 

 

You can also read our article about finding more about an ancestor from their school days:

 

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/musical--literary-greats-discovered-in-newly-launched-school-records-962/

 

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Talk at the Society of Genealogists in October on Public Servant Ancestors

Public Servants: Excise Officers, Customs Officers and Postmen - A One-hour Lecture on 10 October

The Society of Genealogists (SoG) has announced a one-hour lecture for those of us that have ancestors who were civil servants. If you are in the London area and want to know how to trace the likes of Excise Officers, Customs Officers and Postmen or central government officials then this event could be of use to you. The SoG say in thier publicity that sometimes you can find details of your public servants' families as well.

In this talk, Alan Ruston will be describing:

- The nature of the records;

- The unique and original staff records held at the Society of Genealogists on Customs and Excise staff for the 19th and 20th centuries.

This one-hour talk is on Wednesday, 10 October (2pm) with Alan Ruston.

Cost £8.00/£6.40 SoG members. Places should be pre-booked, through the SoG website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (Tue-Thu & Sat). 

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The 1910 Valuation Office Survey of Brent, released online with annotated maps

TheGenealogist is releasing the third part of its unique online record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This major resource based on records created for the Valuation Office survey can now be used to find where an ancestor lived in 1910 in the area around Brent. This useful combination of maps and residential data from The National Archives is being digitised by TheGenealogist to bring it online for the first time. These records precisely locate an ancestor’s house on a large scale and extraordinarily detailed hand annotated map so pinpointing the exact property.

 

An IR121 map shows Dollis Hill House in a rural Brent in 1910 and surrounded by suburban development in 1936

 

Family historians are often confused by modern maps when looking for where ancestors lived as the road names may have changed over time or been rerouted or extinguished. Wartime bombing saw areas razed to the ground. In the 1960s and onwards, developers changed areas of the country out of all resemblance from what our ancestors would have been used to. The passing of time means that searching for where an ancestor lived using websites linked to modern maps can be discouraging when they fail to identify where the old properties had once been. The area released today was still the location of farms and countryside at the time of the Lloyd George Domesday survey - but with the ever encroaching urbanisation of Brent the council moved to buy land to create a park for the future suburb of London.

 

  • TheGenealogist’s Lloyd George Domesday Survey provides links to individual properties on particularly detailed ordnance survey maps used in 1910
  • Linked to digitised pages from the original Field book often giving a detailed description of the property
  • Allows users to find an address discovered in a census or street directory down to a specific house on the map
  • Fully searchable by name, parish and street.
  • Maps will zoom down to show the individual properties as they existed in 1910

 

Image of an IR58 Field Book


Augmenting the street maps on TheGenealogist are images of the pages from the accompanying Field Books. These can give the researcher detailed information about the property, including the valuation assessment number, map reference, owner, occupier, situation, description and extent.

TheGenealogist’s digitisation of the Lloyd George Domesday Survey is a huge ongoing project with over 94,500 Field Books, each having hundreds of pages to scan with their associated large scale IR121 annotated OS maps. This latest release from TheGenealogist includes these detailed IR58 Field Books that contains a great deal of information about the properties that had been surveyed.

 

The release this month, covers Brent and joins Barnet, Edgware, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Hendon and Totteridge, plus the City of London and Paddington Index and maps that have previously been released by the company. More areas will be released soon for other London Boroughs and the county of Buckinghamshire.

 

Find out more at: TheGenealogist.co.uk/1910Survey/

 

You can also read their article about how the Lloyd George Domesday Survey reveals a rural idyll that disappeared into suburbia here:

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/lloyd-george-domesday-survey-reveals-brent-as-a-rural-idyll-in-1900s-952/




About TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!


About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

 

For the latest stories, follow the Media Team on Twitter @TNAmediaofficer

 

 

 

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The Family History Show - London Saturday 22nd September

Headline sponsor: TheGenealogist

The UK's Biggest Family History Show of 2018 is almost upon us. After last year’s hugely successful event we are back and twice the size! With even more free talks, societies and exhibitors. Come along to discover ways to delve deeper into your family tree and add more detail to your research. Dick Eastman will be giving the keynote speech on 'The Future of Genealogy' and there is a full programme of free talks to help you on your way back to the past. With free car parking and a free minibus from the train station, you won't want to miss this!

Saturday 22nd September 2018 10am to 4.30pm

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

You will find plenty to explore on the day:

  • Double the talks - Two Large Lecture Theatres with Free Talks all day
  • New This Year - Free Ask the Experts Area
  • Announcing The National Archives as a new exhibitor this year
  • Local Archives and Ministry of Defence stands
  • Gain knowledge from the societies and organisations attending
  • Advanced tickets are just 2 for £7.50

 

Announcing our DNA Sponsor - MyHeritage DNA

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We're pleased that MyHeritage will be joining us as our DNA sponsor! They will be available throughout the day and will also be giving a talk in one of our free lecture theatres.

Free Talks throughout the day

There will be free talks throughout the day in our two large lecture theatres.

Keynote - The Future of Genealogy with Dick Eastman

Breaking down brick walls in your family history research with Mark Bayley, Online Expert

Mark describes how to resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using innovative search strategies and unique record sets to find those missing relatives.

Tips & Tricks for Online Research with Keith Gregson, Professional Researcher & Social Historian

Keith shares top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies.

Tracing Your Military Ancestors with Chris Baker, Military Expert & Professional Researcher

Chris draws on his experience from researching thousands of soldiers to explore what can be found when looking for a military ancestor.

Photo Dating with Jayne Shrimpton, Photo Expert and Fashion Historian

Using DNA to Trace Your Ancestry with MyHeritage

5 Killer Apps for Mobile Genealogy with Graham Walter

Many of us have a smart phone with us when we are out doing our genealogy research. What are the apps that will best aid us in our pursuit?

Ask the Experts

New this year will be the Free 'Ask the Experts' section, with Jayne Shrimpton on hand to date photographs, Chris Baker to answer questions regarding Medals and Military Research and Social and Sporting Historian Keith Gregson to help break down your brick walls.

  • Bring along copies of your photographs and have them dated by our expert
  • Have those military queries answered
  • Learn more about the social history of your family

Two Tickets for £7.50!

Buy One Get One Half Price on Tickets! Buy your tickets in advance for £5 a person or buy two for £7.50 (Price on the door will be £7 each). HURRY, this offer ends Midday 19th September!

 

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/tickets/

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New Digital Archive from International Bomber Command Centre

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) has announced a new digital archive that reports stories from those who had been involved in RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War.

The archive was launched at a service at the University of Lincoln on 6 September when Frances Zagni, the daughter of Bomber Command veteran and prisoner of war John Valentine, presented them with a unique collection of her parents' wartime letters.

The IBCC website already offers researchers the chance to gain free access to more than 1,000 interviews with those affected by the bombing, including Bomber Command and Women's Auxiliary Air Force veterans as well as people from the bombed countries.

There is also 2,000 photographs and 1,500 documents, including letters, diaries and log books digitised on the site.

https://internationalbcc.co.uk/

 

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