Sunday, 19 February 2017

Glasgow Cemeteries Online

Glasgow is the UK's fourth, and Scotland's most populous community.

The best resource found for Glasgow, and many other Scottish burials is
It includes index listings for Carlton, Glasgow Cathedral, Janefield, Lambhill, Necropolis, Ramshorn, Riddrie Park, Sandymount, Shettleston Old Churchyard, Sighthill, Southern Necropolis, Strathblane Churchyard, St. Andrews by the Green Churchyard, St. Kentigern’s, St. Peter’s (Dalbeth), Tollcross and, Western Necropolis.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has Glasgow burials at: Riddrie Park,  St. Kentigern's RC,  St. Peter's RC,  Craigton,  Lambhill,  Cardonald,  Sandymount, Eastwood (Old and New),  Sighthill,  Glenduffhill Jewish, Linn (and crematorium),  Garnethill, Hebrew Congregational, Daldowie (crematorium).

ScotlandsPeople has records for St. Peter’s Dalbeth Cemetery.

The Scotland Billion Graves Index, through Findmypast, has just 899 Glasgow burials.

Neither Ancestry nor Deceased Online have Glasgow cemetery records

Glasgow Jewish cemeteries are included in the listings at

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Findmypast adds Norfolk Electoral Registers and Bishop's Transcripts

Findmypast now has a large collection or printed Norfolk Electoral Registers 1832-1915, indexed with 4,557,906 entries. You can follow year by year the type of property and if owned or rented land or property (such as a freehold, a farm, or a house). For example, my ancestor in Deopham owned a mill which was initially rented out.

Photo credit: milesmilob via Visual Hunt / CC BY-SA
The collection of Bishop's Transcripts for Nelson's county, with images of the original linked, includes:

Baptisms 1685-1941: 647,395 records
Marriages 1685-1941:157,290 records
Burials 1685-1941: 434,357 records

There are a few records for adjacent Suffolk parishes in the Diocese of Norwich included.

Friday, 17 February 2017

UK and Irish records from free this weekend

From now until Monday 20 February you should be able to access UK and Ireland records on without a subscription.  You will need a free registration.

This is an opportunity to search the collections newly added this year:

Web: Moray, Scotland, Local Heritage Index, 1632-2014
Jersey, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1540-1812
Jersey, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915
Jersey, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1940
Jersey, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1940
London, England, Stock Exchange Membership Applications, 1802-1924
London, England, Gamekeepers' Licences, 1727-1839
London, England, TS Exmouth Training Ship Records, 1876-1918

as well as the updated collections

Scotland and Northern Ireland, Death Index, 1989-2015
England and Wales, Death Index, 2007-2015
Beddington, Surrey, England, Royal Female Orphanage List of Children, 1890-1913
Somerset, England, Gaol Registers, 1807-1879
Dorset, England, Bastardy Records, 1725-1853
Gloucestershire, England, Prison Records, 1728-1914
England & Wales, Christening Index, 1530-1980
England & Wales Marriages, 1538-1988
London, England, Stock Exchange Membership Applications, 1802-1924
London, England, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1930

Change at Living DNA

My last blog post about Living DNA showed my autosomal results described as "your DNA mix in the last 4-5 generations." Several bloggers have commented that their results have not matched their expectation in that timeframe.

While the numbers haven't changed they are now described as showing "the areas of the world where you share genetic ancestry in recent times (10 generations)." Ten generations leaves a lot more scope for uncertainty on the far side of known paper-based genealogy.

Change is good. I'd hope the company would be open about providing an explanation of why this change.

Thanks to Wendy Croome for alerting me to the change.

Library and Archives Canada Transcribes Finding Aids

A blog post from LAC announces transcription of some paper-based finding aids that were previously available only in the Reference Room at 395 Wellington Street. Chances are they won't be of interest unless your ancestor was somehow involved with the organisation, but just in case they are:

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Administrative Records
  • Supreme Court Case Files
  • Canadian Hydrographic Service

Read the blog post here,

If you're unsure about how finding aids can help try the LAC post Discover Finding Aids!

Ancestry adds records of Unemployment Relief for Canadian Settlers, 1932-1939

Mention the 1930s in Canada and depression and drought are the words that spring to mind.
This collection documents Canadian settlers who received assistance from the federal government during the period.

"Each sheet contains the name of the settler, where he is settled (Quebec and westward), the date he settled there, what he received, and when he received it. The assistance received may vary from train tickets to groceries to clothing items. There are often multiple sheets for each settler. Some of these records were written in French."

There are 5,610 records in the collection which originates from holdings at Library and Archives Canada, apparently from Department of Labour fonds (R224-0-4-E).

Thursday, 16 February 2017

An East End Murder & A West End Grave

London was a gruesome place in the 1830s, witness murders to provide bodies for dissection by medical students.
An East End Murder & A West End Grave, the latest post on the Spitalfields Life blog tells the story of the Italian Boy, the connection to Charles Dickens and an effort to save another piece of London history from the developer.

Leeds Cemeteries Online

Leeds is the UK's third most populous city, home to nearly three-quarters of a million residents.

Find a list of 24 area cemeteries under the care of Leeds City Council at 16 date from the 19th century.

Ancestry has a database for Beckett Street Cemetery, 1845-1987 with 187,851 entries.

Records for the Leeds General Cemetery, at St George's Fields near Woodhouse Moor, which operated from 1835 to 1969 with 97,146 burials, now converted to a park, are at

Findmypast carries a database for 10,270 burials at Holbeck cemetery, 1895-1921.

Deceased Online has a small database for Bagley Lane Burial Ground taken from the records of removal of graves and tombstones from disused and closed burial grounds and cemeteries, RG37, transcribed from TNA.

Information on 4,727 burials at Lawnswood Cemetery is at

The Yorkshire Indexers have some Leeds and District monumental inscription transcriptions at

Don't overlook the 151,579 entries for Leeds in the National Burial Index, available through Findmypast.

Find information on Jewish burials at

Quinte Branch OGS, February Meeting

"Tales of the Script: Learning the Alphabet" is the Branch February presentation by Carol St Clair.

Learn about old handwriting styles from the 19th century and using that knowledge to navigate handwritten records of the 1800s.
Carol stumbled across graphology in high school and set out to debunk it by taking Handwriting Analysis courses. Ultimately, she became a Certified Master Graphologist and Document Examiner, with an interest in her family history after discovering the handwriting of her great-great grandfather. She has extensive training in bringing old handwriting to life and an addiction to genealogy.

Everyone welcome, bring a friend.  Saturday 18 February, 1-3 pm at Quinte West Public Library.

More at

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Who do you think is being featured in WDYTYA on TLC?

Cable channel TLC announces the new season of the US version of Who Do You Think You Are?

Featured are:
Jessica Biel makes surprising discoveries that change what she thought knew about her heritage.
Julie Bowen uncovers the story of two relatives whose moral codes are from opposite ends of the spectrum.
Courteney Cox traces her maternal line back seven centuries to the Medieval times to discover royalty in her lineage and an unbelievable tale of family drama.
Jennifer Grey uncovers new information about the grandfather she thought she knew, learning how he survived adversity to become a beacon of his community.
Smokey Robinson searches for answers behind the mystery of why his grandfather disappeared from his children’s lives and finds a man tangled in a swirl of controversy.
John Stamos digs into the mystery of how his grandfather became an orphan, and learns of tensions between families that led to a horrible crime.
Liv Tyler learns that her family is tied into the complicated racial narrative of America.
Noah Wyle unravels the mystery of his maternal line, uncovering an ancestor who survived one of America’s bloodiest battles.

The season gets underway on Sunday, 5 March at 10 EST.

via a blog post from Thomas MacEntee.

CEF Service Files Digitization: February 2017 Update

As of 15 February 2017,  404,164 (387,710 last month) of 640,000 files are available online via the LAC Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database.

The latest digitized is from Box 6831 (6526 last month) and last name McGee (Murray). Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order.

16,454 (9,481) files were digitized in the last month. At that rate the project would be complete by May 2018.

Birmingham Cemeteries Online

Birmingham is the UK's second most populous city, over one million inhabitants.

Warstone Lane Cemetery CatacombsThe City Council, has responsibility for cemeteries and crematoria at Brandwood End, Handsworth, Key Hill, Kings Norton, Lodge Hill, Quinton, Sutton Coldfield, Sutton New Hall, Warstone Lane, Witton and Yardley. They are listed at Don't be deceived by the statement "Browse records within Cemeteries and crematoria", it provides basic information on the facility, not those interred.

Key Hill (from 1836) and Warstone Lane (from 1848) were the first cemeteries. In October 2011 I blogged about the Jewellery Quarter Research Group (JQRG) putting online over 11,000 memorial inscriptions for Birmingham's Key Hill Cemetery. In the intervening years the group has been active. The website now has searchable databases of burials and memorial inscriptions for Warstone Lane in addition to Key Hill.

The Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry has an index to four cemeteries
Handsworth Cemetery (1909 – 2010) 73,982 names
Key Hill Cemetery (1836 – 2006) 60,069 names
Warstone Lane Cemetery (1848 – 2007) 91,707 names
Witton Cemetery (1863 – 2011) 467,659 names.

If you find someone of interest the Society offers a look-up service.

If you're looking for earlier burials try the National Burial Index, available through Findmypast, with 195,413 entries for Birmingham.

Also try the records of removal of graves and tombstones from disused and closed burial grounds and cemeteries, RG37, transcribed from TNA by Deceased Online. They are for Brandwood End Cemetery, Handsworth Cemetery, Lodge Hill Cemetery, Mayers Green Congregational Church (West Bromwich),  Sandwell Road (West Bromwich), Society of Friends Burial Ground, St Mary's Burial Ground, St Thomas Churchyard, Witton Cemetery,and Yardley Cemetery

For more recent burials try wirh coverage since the mid 1990s and some earlier/

Find information on Jewish cemeteries at

Kingston Branch OGS February Meeting

The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will meet at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis Street in Kingston, on Saturday, 18 February at 10 a.m.  Annual General Meeting plus Joanne Stanbridge , Local History and Genealogy Librarian at Kingston Frontenac Public Library will speak on "Back to Basics: My Favourite Tips and Strategies."

Visitors welcome.  Further details at