Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

Archive for July, 2012

Midlothian (Edinburgh), Scotland, Extracted Parish Records

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

This database is a collection of historical parish registers from the county of Midlothian (Edinburgh) in the country of Scotland. The 549,800 records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. Some non-parish records may be included from as early as the twelfth century. Parish records–primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials–provide the best source of vital record information in the centuries before civil registration. The records include baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists, wills, and other miscellaneous types of records. Also included are some records from non-conformist churches. All of the data was converted as it was originally presented in various published registers and books. For this reason, you will find interesting phonetic spellings and large descriptive tables of contents. for more click here

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A Victorian Tourist in Stromness

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

The scenery in the vicinity of Stromness is the finest in Orkney, and I have reserved this district until now as a kind of bonne bouche. for more click here

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Perthshire, Scotland, Cess, Stent and Valuation Rolls, 1650-1899

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

This is a collection of valuation rolls for the County of Perth, Scotland that run from 1885-1988. The rolls contain more information than the cess or stent rolls, which recorded just the tax portion of the valuation, while the valuation rolls deal solely with the value of the property. The valuation rolls name the proprietor or tenant, describe or name the property and give an annual rental value.

The valuation rolls do have some peculiarities, though. Until 1884, tenants or occupiers with a lease less than one year or value of less than £4 per annum were omitted. Street naming and numbering also didn’t come into prevalence until 1930, which makes it difficult to identify some properties. for more click here

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Parish records

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Parish records are the most useful sources for discovering your family history before the 1800s. They’re basically birth, death and marriage records created in local churches — going right back to the time of Henry VIII. for more click here

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A misty shot of the world to come: ‘First ever photo’ featuring French field and dating from 1826

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

What is believed to be the world’s first ever photograph is set to go on display in Germany. The snap called View From The Window At Le Gras dates back to 1826. It was created by photographic pioneer Nicéphore Niépce at his Le Gras country estate in Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, France. for more click here

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Ireland, Prison Registers, 1790-1924

Monday, July 30th, 2012

This is a complation of prison records from collections held in the National Archives of Ireland. Most of the surviving prison records from the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are included in this collection. This project was done in cooperation with www.findmypast.ie. for more click here

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Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Parish records–primarily christenings, marriages, and burials–are the best source of vital record information before the nineteenth century. Before Civil Registration began in 1837, key events in a person’s life were typically recorded by the Church rather than the State. Starting in the sixteenth century, parish records are some of the longest running records available.

Beginning in 1598, clergy were required to send copies of their parish registers to the bishop of their diocese. These copies are known as Bishop’s Transcripts. Bishop’s Transcripts are useful in cases where originals are unreadable or no longer exist.

In 1812, George Rose’s Act called for pre-printed registers to be used for separate baptism, marriage, and burial registers as a way of standardizing records. These standardized registers are included in this collection. For earlier registers, please see the link provided below in the Related Data Collections section.for more click here

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Wales Deaths and Burials, 1586-1885

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Index to selected Wales deaths and burials. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. This collection contains 1,296 records. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. for more click here

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England and Wales, Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8)

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Index to Non-conformist records held at the National Archives, London. This collection contains 3,920,183 records. for more click here

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Channel Islands, Births and Baptisms, 1820-1907

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Index to selected Channel Islands births and baptisms. Only a few localities are included and the time period varies by locality. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few records may be earlier or later. for more click here

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