For those people who like to download their data rather than buying a copy on CD and having to wait for the postal delivery, you may be interested in the two latest parish record downloads available from S&N Genealogy Supplies. There are 2 Parish Registers from the county of Cheshire now available to download- registers of Stockport and Prestbury. The Stockport download covers the years from 1584 to 1619 and the Prestbury data is from 1560 to 1636.
Latest news from TheGenealogist is the release of over one million Apprentice and Master records. It’s a useful set of records if you had an ancestor who went through training to become a skilled worker, as many people did.
This is the largest searchable collection of apprentice records available online, allowing you to view how your ancestors developed their skills and also if they became a master in their profession.
The new addition of apprenticeship records on TheGenealogist now makes over two million searchable records available to view including the apprentices from the census. These can both be searched together by using the keyword “apprentice” in TheGenealogist’s Master Search.
The site helps you find detailed records relating to the occupation of your ancestor. This is the first time you can find apprentices from a whole range of records between 1710 and 1911. The detailed records in IR1 cover the years from 1710 to 1811 giving name, addresses and trades of the masters, the names of the apprentices, along with the sum the master received and the term of the apprenticeship. Until 1752, it was also common to see the names of the apprentices’ parents on the record (often including their occupations).
TheGenealogist has just released over 90,000 criminal records which cover indictable offences in England and Wales between 1782 and 1892. The records also uniquely cover prisoners ‘pardoned’ and those classed as ‘criminal lunatics’. This creates a significant collection of Transportation and Convict records of nearly 500,000 records.
It’s a useful resource if you had an ancestor who fell foul of the law and paid the consequences!
A handy tip for all those new to family history research is always be alert to the fact an ancestor could appear on a census listing more than once. If your ancestor moved around a bit, or lived an unconventional lifestyle there is always the chance they may have ended up listed in the census more than once.
A case in point is that of daring early aviator and showman, Samuel Franklin Cody. American born but living and working in Britain around the turn of the 20th Century. Before becoming employed by The British Army, he worked with his family on a wild west show and regularly toured around Britain and Europe. Samuel Cody then became interested in aviation and subsequently became one of the leading pioneers of British aviation.
However, around 1901, the Cody family, with their show and their lifestyle, inevitably meant moving about quite a bit which may explain his two entries in the 1901 census. Both entries are from the Cheshire census and it looks like the Cody family may have had two temporary places of accommodation as they took their show around the North West of England. Both Samuel (senior) and his son Samuel Frank Leslie Cody appear listed on the 1901 census records in the screenshot below from TheGenealogist.
Samuel Cody 1901 census entries on TheGenealogist
This famous example shows what can occur so always look out for those duplicate records!
The British Library is to ‘harvest’ billions of web pages, blogs and e-books in a bid to preserve and document the nation’s ‘digital memory’.
For centuries, the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine and newspaper published in Britain.
It will also be bound by new regulations to harvest the entire UK web domain to document current events and record the country’s burgeoning collection of online cultural and intellectual works.
The British Library, which has invested £3million in the project during the past two years, plans to collect the material by conducting an annual trawl of the UK web domain – every website ending with ‘.uk’. It will harvest information from another 200 sites – such as online newspapers or journals – on a more regular basis, as often as once a day.
There’s more on the British Library website. What do you think? Is it a great idea to document modern day life in this way?