Showing posts from 2009

Free Cheshire Parish Records

Having only found this site today,i have not spent a great deal of time on it. The Cheshire Parish Register looks very useful if you are seeking records from Cheshire.

1901 Irish Census

Good things come to those who wait? The 1901 Census material, with all data transcribed, will be launched between early and mid-2010. Meanwhile parts of the census are avaliable online. Have a look here for parts of the 1901 irish census

Best Genealogy Sites for 2009

As 2009 draws to an end i have been thinking of my Best Genealogy Sites of the year.

Number 1, This has to be Online Parish Clerks for Lancashire. The owner is updating this site constantly with records that i have not seen elsewhere.

Number 2, This has to be Free BMD, it is also being updated constantly. Dates after 1900 ,most have the mothers maiden name.

Number 3, Peter Meaneys Home Page. I have included this in my list as Peter has put a lot of work into his site and this has helped many searching for County Down.

Number 4, This is not a free site but i had been searching for over a year for some records from County Down. I finally paid the fee and within minutes i had the records to view. Well worth paying the fee.

Number 5,This British Forum is a good source of Genealogy. It is free to join and i have found it …

Free BMD Parish Lancashire

This site with Parish Records for Lancashire has just been updated so make sure you take a look


Do you have full membership of Ancestry? Do you feel to be getting good value for money. I would not find it good value at the moment for the time that i would spend on it. I do look quite often to see if there is anything new though.I have tried to contact other researchers, who are doing similar research. I am sure this used to be available to non paying members. Well it is not available now if you are a non paying member. Ancestry seem to be getting a bit mean or maybe they are losing members.
It is very satisfying when you find a record through a free site and the only thing it cost you was time.

Free Holders List Northern Ireland

The Freeholders List for Northern Ireland is free to search online. If your Acestor owned land or leased his land then you may find him on this list at Proni.

Say No to Poll Tax

While looking over Poll Tax Records i came across this article by Mark Wainwright. I had almost forgotten one of the reasons i left England for brighter shores. The medieval Poll Tax was reintroduced by Thacher, taking from the poor and giving to the rich. Take a look at this if you too remember this tax.

Free Cheshire Poll Records

The Cheshire ,England Register of Electors 1842 to 1900 is available here free. If you are unsure of dates or place then just try the name of the person you are looking for .;p=collectionDetails;t=searchable

Free Credits for Scotlands People

Ancestral Scotland is the Official Genealogy site for the Scottish Tourist Board. At the moment they are offering free credit for their site Scotland's People. To take advantage of this free offer you just have to register with Ancestral Scotland.

Free Electoral Rolls New Zealand

The 1881 electoral rolls cover the North Auckland, Auckland Metropolitan and South Auckland areas in to the Waikato. It is the nearest equivalent to the British 1881 Census and only lists males living at a residence for at least six months.

What is the best Paid Genealogy site on the net

I was reading an article the other day about As you can imagine they are the biggest online provider of family research. Its not all good for them as half of their members take out membership and then cancel. Are you one of those departing members, i am, i seem to chop and change. I don't think that they have enough records to keep me interested as i am always on the lookout for something different.
Looking for our Ancestors has become very popular, especially with the Baby Boomers. As they age, more will become interested in this pastime. Ancestry will have to come up with a better service to keep them happy.
So what do you think? have you found a better provider or are you happy staying with Ancestry?

Free BMD Records Lancashire

When you find a good resource like this one , make a note of the web page and return often. I had been looking for a birth record and i found it on this site ,it had only been updated a few days ago. As these site are being updated often you may be surprised to find a record that had not been available on your last visit.

What does Soundex mean

The National Archives uses a system called Soundex to index census records (1880-1930) and some of their passenger arrival records (also called immigration records). The Soundex system is based on the sound of a name rather than the exact spelling. Each Soundex Code contains the first letter of the surname followed by three numbers. Example: the Soundex Code for Hoffmann is H155. To use this system you simply convert the surname you are searching for into a Soundex Code. Then look for the appropriate microfilm roll that contains that code. The easiest way to do this is to use Rootsweb's Soundex Converter. Enter a surname, click on "get soundex code," and the soundex code is returned to you

Free Records 1901 Irish Census,County Down

This site has just been updated so there may be the records here now that you have been searching for.
The new places in County Down are Ballykine Lower, Ballykine Upper and Creevytenant.

Passenger Lists

Unfortunately these records are not free but a good source in tracing your ancestors. It is free to search the records, you have to pay to view the original.

Child Immigrants to Canada

For me the name 'Fairbridge' brings to mind the farm school at Pinjarra in Western Australia. For others it may mean Canada.

I came across a Fairbridge website that had the ships records for Dr Barnardo's children traveling to Canada . This site may be useful if you are researching Child Immigrants to Canada.

Irish Parish Records

The National Library for Ireland is located on Kildare Street in Dublin. For anyone researching Irish Family history its a good place to view Parish Records for Ireland. For those who can only search online the library has links to view the records for a fee. If you have been searching for a while,then you will realise that sometimes its worth paying a small fee to see the record. View the website on line here.

Free County Down Birth Records

'Raymonds County Down Web Site' has been updated for the years 1865 to 1875 on the birth records.
The new records now go as far as surnames starting with the letter H. For my own research i am waiting for the letter L but this site has lots of goodies to search through so take a look.

Free Irish Ancestor Records

This site is aimed at those people who are interested in Irish Family History. There is a free search of one million records from Griffiths Valuation, which is available once you have taken a free membership.
With Discussion Forums and links for each County it is well worth having a good look at.

Irish Citizenship

If you have at least one parent, grandparent or, possibly, a great-grandparent who was born in Ireland then you may be eligible to apply for Irish citizenship. Dual citizenship is allowed for many countries, including Ireland the United States and Australia. Once you become an Irish citizen any children born to you (after your citizenship is granted) will also be eligible for citizenship. Citizenship also allows you the right to apply for an Irish passport which grants you membership in the European Union and the right to travel, live or work in any of its fifteen member states: Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Anyone born in Ireland are automatically granted Irish citizenship. You are also automatically considered an Irish citizen if you are born outside of Ireland to a mother or father who was born in Ireland. A person born in Northern Ireland after December 1922 with a pa…

Free Genealogy Help for Lavertys From County Down

Are you researching Lavertys from County Down. We are looking for people who are researching the name Laverty from around the Castlewellan area in the Loughinisland Parish.

We have Lavertys from Dunturk and Drumnaquoile, going back as far as 1811 to today. We would love to hear from you and would include your Lavertys in our research. We could have the missing link that you have been looking for.

Just leave a comment if you would like our help and then we will arrange to contact you

Birth, Death, Marriage Records Ireland

Researchers of Irish Ancestors understand how hard it is to find records for their family line of interest. and have limited information about Ireland. I have been researching the surname Laverty and have been unable to get any further without comformation from a marriage record and a birth record.
The marriage record to confirm the father of the groom and the birth record to confirm the name of his mother.
I had narrowed down the dates for both records using a a couple of sites. One, Emerald ancestors to find out the marriage details. Then i had found the Ancestor in the 1901 and the 1911 census. This had helped narrow down the year of birth. To confirm the father of the groom i could have ordered a marriage certificate from Ireland. This would have cost around 11 pounds .I took a cheaper option, i found the records on Ancestry Ireland. I used the pay as you go method and paid 8 pounds to view 2 records. I was happy with the results but i had been quite s…

Free Lancashire Parish Records updated

This site has Free Lancashire Parish Records. Not all areas and years are covered but the owner of the site is updating all the time. This is a very valuable resource for family research which is free to view and search.

The Witches of Pendle

After researching the Hartley family, i was interested in the Witches of Pendle. The Hartley's, lived on a farm in Barley and came from the same area as the Pendle Witches, although at different times .I have not made a connection with any of the Hartley's and the Witch's but you, reader may be looking for some information for your own research.

The Witches of Pendle lived during the reigns of Elizabeth 1st and James 1st between 1558 and 1625. It was a time of fear and superstition among all classes of society.
Wells, ponds and groups of stones were thought to be a sign of fairies ,elves and goblins. Evil spirits were thought to lurk around the countryside waiting to cause injuries. Charms such as horse shoes were thought to be effective in keeping away bad spirits.

The only true account of what led the 'Witches' to be hanged at Lancaster is a book titled 'The Wonderful Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster'. It was written by Thomas Potts who was …

Australians ,good rates for

I have just taken out a new monthly membership for . With the value of the Australian dollar up, this is a good time to take out membership. World coverage still covers Australia with all the records from England and the USA.

Nelson Girls Drown on Derwentwater

This is a true story that i read in a copy of Northern Life. It interested me as my Grandmother could have been one of these girls had she been born a few years earlier.
On the Friday the 12th August 1898,five girls fron the Lomeshaye area of Nelson,all weavers drowned on Derwentwater.
Nancy Pickles 20, Helena Clegg 21, Frances Crossley 21.Alice Reed 21, Mary Jane Smith 21.The girl were all best friends and were on Holiday at the 'Towers' in portinscale near Keswick.

On the Friday before they returned to Nelson the girls were out on Derwentwater in a
'Skiff' that they had hired.
The boat was 20 feet long,4 feet wide but only 17 inches deep in the middle. It was only supposed to carry six passengers but the boat men said it could safely carry 8.They had 2 men rowing and and another man sat in the bow.

After leaving good weather behind the wind started to blow and the water became choppy.Its unlikely that any of them could swim as their hometown of Nelson did not have any …

Northern Ireland BMD Records

This site is a must for the serious Northern Ireland Researcher. The web site has recently had a fresh up date which is easy to navigate. Its free to search but credit is needed to view the records. You can also take out a paid membership which will reduce the credit needed to view the records We worth a look and time spent.

Griffiths Valuation

Many Irish Researchers would agree that Griffiths Valuation is a resource that they will return to constantly.
The one here is very easy to use. When searching, just put in the information that you know.

1901 Census Ireland

A full microfilm copy of the 1901 Irish Census is available at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. You may order a copy at your local LDS Research Centre.
A partial census is available on line at

The areas it covers in County Down are Loughinislannd, Drumgooland, Kilmegan amd Magherahamlet(partial)

Other Counties are Galway, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Westmeath, wexford.

Irish Leaving Ireland

I have just read an article in the 'Irish Central' newspaper. It appears that history is repeating, new data shows that 500,000 Irish people are set to emigrate from Ireland in 2010.
Ireland's population is set to plunge to its lowest point since the 1950's.
Ireland's Labour Party says that data from the tax authorities and the Central Statistics office shows that nearly 500,000 people will flee the country in 2010.
Joan Burton, who is the party's finance spokesperson, says the mass emigration will include everyone from the "breakfast roll man to the children of the wealthy professional classes '
"Unlike past episodes of emigration which were confined to the poorest under-classes, now figures as diverse as the man with two kids and the 4x4 Jeep who worked in construction, to newly qualified teachers and wealthy professionals are all preparing to emigrate," she said.
She says that cross-party colleagues say that emigration issues is "an increa…

Family History Research

Have you revisited lately research that you did a few years ago. Someone made a comment to me today about a family line that i had researched a couple of years ago. I reviewed this family and found that i had gone back as far as 1746. The names were familiar but it was not a study that i had been drawn to . I have my most intriguing families that i always return too. This family looked very interesting today and i should go back into it as fresh information may be available now that i hadn't used before.
We tend to dwell on the same research, sometimes going round in circles when the information is there .If only we had asked Great Aunt Mabel in the begining we would not have spent all those sunday afternoons searching the internet.
I think i should make a to do list and put in order the research i have to do , should do and i know now which one i will do. The one which is the hardest but one day it will all be solved.

Destination USA

Between 1860 and 1924 twenty five million people crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the USA. You may be looking for that journey, the path your Ancestor took for a new life in a new country . Most of them traveled in Steerage, think of the movie Titanic and you will be able to imagine how the wealthier people traveled. Take a look at this site , read first hand reports by passengers who traveled this route in Steerage

Best Tools For Family Tree

I love starting a new family tree, the pickings are rich and the satisfaction is in the search. If you want to research your own tree or get someone to help you ,the beginning is always the same.

Make notes of what you know already. Begin with yourself , then put in your parents, then your Grandparents. You may know lots about them or just a little bit . Ask any older relative for information that could help you. Names of siblings of your grandparents can be the key to finding your family in the census. The name of a town or County can also be a deciding factor.

As many of us are descended from Irish stock a good place to look for your family is in the Free 1911 Irish Census. It is very easy to use, bear in mind if you don't get results the first couple of times, then drop some of the information entered and try again. Have a look at the 1911 Irish Census .

Your Irish Ancestors free

Find all your Irish Ancestors who were living in Ireland in 1911. The Census Records for all the counties of Ireland are now available online free.

Free Genealogy Records

Family have a pilot site for searching for your Ancestors. Watch this video on how to get the most out of your search

Roll of Honour, New Zealand

These names have been taken from the book 'The Great War' 1914 -1918 New Zealand Expedifionary Force Roll of Honour . The book had originally been published in 1922.

National Library of New Zealand

Search the Catalogues and Directories, explore the Maori world. For the family history researcher there is a Family History Collection.

Order BMD Records New Zealand

The Department of Internal Affairs BMD registers maintain the New Zealand Birth Death and Marriage records. Use this site to request copies of these certificates.

Free BMD Records New Zealand

This site has free Birth ,Death and Marriage Records for New Zealand. To protect Privacy it only has historical records. Births from 100 years ago, Marriages from 80 years ago and deaths from 50 years ago

Free 1901 Census County Down

This site has just been updated. You may have found it useful before or it could have missed records for your townland,
Take another look. The new townlands for the 1901 census are Dromara, Derry, Begrey and Dromara Village.

New Zealand Free Passenger Lists

I have no conection with New Zealand ,so i did not start out intending to cover that area. I have so many New Zealanders reading this blog that i thought i should try to help them too.
This web site has many interesting lists of Passengers who sailed to New Zealand in the hope of a better life.

Australia and its Early Settlers

This site offers a good source of Australian History. It will be able to fill in the gaps for overseas researchers who may not know all the facts about Australia and her beginning.

County Down Passenger lists

Are you looking for the journey of an Ancestor who left Ireland? The Irish left the Emerald Isle in droves in search of work and a better life. Many went to the United Kingdom but they also went to Australia, New Zealand and America. This site has a Database of those leaving from Newry, County Down in 1847 TO 1851.

Publish your own Family History

If you have been researching your family history and feel that you are at the final stages. Then this may be the next step, to publish your own story. I came across this site today, i have not used it but its worth a look if you have been looking for the next stage in your research.
A book about your family history could include photos and personal letters and would make a special gift. .uk

Have you taken out membership of the biggest company for Family Research? What have you thought about the service they give.
I have just been reading about how big they have become and how successful they are. Their biggest rival is a free site
That is an amazing site and one where you will always return to during your family research.
Personally i have found good and bad things about the site. They were very helpful in the beginning of my research but as you progress, their information becomes very limited.
Free sites ,like this one are there to help you and i hope you will find some useful information from the links to Genealogy sites.
If you have had a success in your research, then leave a comment and tell us all about it.

What's new at Ancestry has just released a new collection which will mainly interest people from the United Kingdom and Australia.
It is the Criminal Registers for England and Wales for the years 1791 -1892. You will need membership at Ancestry to be able to search and view the results. They are still offering 14 days free trail. If you have not given them a go before ,then this may be the time to do so. You may be able to find some of your ancestors who were banished to Australia.

Northern Ireland Free Records

This is for all the Northern Ireland family History Researchers.
Valerie Adams the Head of Strategic Development at PRONI gives us a tour of the search rooms.
This may encourage locals researchers to visit but it will only make the rest of us who live overseas, wish we could visit. Valerie gives some useful tips for online searching.

History on Facebook

Most people who spend time doing their research on line would have heard of 'Facebook'. No doubt quite a few of you will be a member of 'Facebook' too. I have worked out a system for finding old school friends, i look for their children.

This has worked a number of times for me as the 'Children' are now all in the early 20's age group where membership of sites like facebook seem compulsory.

I found an old school friend yesterday we haven't seen each other for 30 years. It was nice to look through the photos that she had on her page. There was one photo there, a group photo taken at our high school reunion in 1991. I did not attend this as i had moved away from the area. It was good to spot old school friends but the thing that stuck me the most was how dated they all looked with the "big hair' and floral dresses.
So try out facebook if you have not all ready and find old friends from your past.

Free BMD Records Northern Ireland

One of the most searched Keywords on my site has been for Free BMD Records for Northern Ireland. At the moment there is not a site out there offering all of these records . These are my favourite sites that offer some information but not all.

Emerald Ancestors offer a free search but to get the most from this site you have to pay for membership. At 10 pounds for one month this is really good value i have found it to have been the best site in finding results. If you have friends who are also researching Northern Ireland, then take it in turns for membership doing look ups for each other.

Ros Davies Co Down Genealogy Research site
Most people researching County Down will have used this site but if you are new to research then this site is full of records. Take the time to search through it and bookmark it .It will be a free resource that you will use constantly.

County Down Census Records 1901

If you are looking for census records for County Down,then take a look at this site. The site owner is researching his own family 'Meaney' but also has databases of the 1901 census.

Lancashire Parish Records Updated

Just called by this site today and there are a great deal of new records that have been added to the Database.
I e-mailed the author of the site a few weeks ago and told him that i found his site really interesting.I asked if he would be updating soon, he replied that he would update as soon as the new information became available.
So stop by and see if the records you are looking for are there.

What Information Do You Need To Find Your Ancestors

When you were beginning your family tree, you gathered together all the information that you could find. Were you lucky enough to find an old letter?

Old letters can set a scene from the past and give us a real insight into the writer's life…The letter or parts of the letter can become a feature on your family tree.

Did any of your Ancestors leave their country and head off in search of a new beginning. If you can find that journey, then that can also become a feature on your family tree. Passenger records are available for you to search through. They can hold some interesting information. Usually the name and age of the person, whom they were travelling with, their occupation, where they were heading to once the ship docked, how much luggage they were taking with them.

English Ancestors at

Who ever said that writing a Blog was easy got it wrong.
I have been going round in circles trying to get my new Custom Domain up and running. This has been time consuming so much that i have not had time to write the blog as well. With some help from the Blogger help forum i am hoping that things will be back to normal soon. is being redirected into
and is also being redirected into
I am sorry if you came across 'pages not found' things should be running well again in a few days.
If you have any questions with your research just leave a comment and i will try to help.

1901 Census For Northern Ireland

As Irish researchers know there is not a great deal on the Internet about the 1901 Irish census. Take a look at this site, the census is available for quite a few places.I was lucky and found the Ancestors that i had been looking for.

Frederick William Pinnington,

In a earlier post i wrote about the research that i had done on Frederick William Pennington. Within a few days the research had drawn comments that i had the wrong parents for my Frederick as they were they parents for his Frederick ,who was not the same one as mine.
After going through my research and notes i agreed with the reader that i had made a mistake. That was a few months ago and since then i have finaly found more records on Frederick.
I had been looking for months for William Pinnington and his wife Ann in the 1851 English Census. Frederick would have been just a baby,so they should have been easy to find. I was on Genealogy forum and i was very thrilled to have this problem solved. The Pinningtons as i have since discovered this was how they spelt their name,were in the 1851 cenus but their name had been copied down as Vinnington.
The marriage certificate revealed that Ann had been Ann Nettle from the Parish of Bidston. This mention of Bidston was the conection that i had b…

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.

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.

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.

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 un…

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

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

1911 Census for Wales now online:

All 13 Welsh counties are now available on













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

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
Click on the number on the record and it will take you to the page where the record is listed . Good Luck

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.

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.

Everton Football Club History

As i write this ,Everton are playing in one of their biggest matches. The FA Cup Final. I have become interested in the Everton Football Club as i have researched people who were from Everton. So here is some of the clubs history and where they came from

Genealogy Centre, Perth, Western Australia

The State library of Western Australia houses an extensive collection of books, journals and microfilm material in its Genealogy Centre.
A useful resource for researching other Australian States, Britain and New Zealand.

Australia Claim A Convict

This is a site full of information that is regular maintained. Find here lists of the convict ships and passengers. Lots of information for finding your convict.

Search BMD Records, NSW, Australia

Step 1)Search the Birth, Marriage and Death records for New South Wales.

Step 2) View the records

Step 3) Purchase the certificates online.

Titanic,the passengers and sinking of the ship

The sinking of the Titanic has always been of great interest to me and no doubt to many others. This site has much about the ship and her passengers. It also has personal accounts of the survivors and what they saw of the great ships last moments.

Australia in WW2

The WW2 Nominal Roll website contains information from the service records of those who served during WW2.

Australia in WW1

The Australian War Memorial gives a very intensive report of Australia in WW1.
Search the collections, research an individual person, view the Roll of Honour

Australian National Archives meet Facebook

Sign up With Facebook to connect with The National Archives of Australia. Post your brick wall here.

Poll Books Liverpool, 18th Century

This is a most unusual site and one with lots of information for the 'Liverpool' researcher.'Liverpool in the 'long' 18th Century is well worth a visit.

Australian BMD Records

BMD Records are available from the Resistry of Birth, Marriage and Deaths in each state.
Western Australia

South Australia

Northern Territory

New South Wales


Immigrantion Records , New York City ,USA

Have you searched many times looking for your Ancestors entering the USA through Ellis Island?
There was another Processing centre that was in service before Ellis Island opened. Castle Garden was running from 1830 -1892. Have a look at their website ,be open minded about dates and port of departure.

Australian Records, Free to search and view

Have you got lots of time to Browse?
This site ,the National Archives of Australia has got some really interesting features. Its also free to browse and view the records. Try the name search if you are looking for your family or ancestors.
Take a look here.

Ten Pound Poms, Migration to Australia

Ten Pound Poms also called Ten Pound Tourists is a colloquial term used in Australia to describe British subjects who migrated to Australia after the Second World War under an assisted passage scheme established and operated by the Australian Government. The scheme attracted over one million British migrants between 1945 and 1972 and represented the last substantial scheme for preferential migration from the United Kingdom to Australia
While the term "Ten Pound Pom" is in common use, the scheme was not limited to migrants from the United Kingdom (the usual meaning of "pom"). In fact, most British subjects were eligible and, at the time, that included not only those from Great Britain , but also residents of British colonies such as Malta and Cyprus. Citizens of the Republic of Ireland born before 1949 were eligible as they too were British citizens.
Created as part of the "Populate or Perish" policy, the scheme was designed to substantially increase the pop…

Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra, Western Australia

The first time i saw Fairbridge...
We had been on holiday ,camping down south ,i think we must have been to Bunbury. The boys were only young about 4 and 7. It was a hot day in January for the drive back to Perth. We needed to stop and get some exercise as the car was piled high with camping gear. As we drove down the dusty drive i had no idea where we were going. We parked the car and had a walk around. It suddenly came to me what we were seeing, Fairbridge farm school had been home to young orphan children. They had been shipped out from England to help populate Australia.
Fairbridge had a strange feeling, almost that if you listened carefully you could hear the calls of the children.
Take a look at their website ,its part of our History

Australian Family History

Australian Collection of records covering colonial Australia and beyond.

NSW Assisted Immigrants, 1828 - 1896 NEW First Fleet, 1787-1788 NSW Unassisted Immigrants 1826 - 1922 NEW Second Fleet, 1789-1790 Australia Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936 Third Fleet, 1791 List of Convicts with Particulars, 1788-1842 Census of NSW, 1828 Victoria, Australia Rural Cemetery Records, 1836-1988 NEW Sands Directories: Sydney and NSW ,
This collection of Australian History can be found on, Now would be a good time to have a look at Ancestry as they have an offer on for a 14 day free trail.

Free Genealogy For Australians

This site offers a good place to start researching your Australian Family Tree.
The National Library of Australia has links to usefull Australian Websistes. It also has an online Catalogue that is free to search. Australians who live in Australia can apply online for a free Library card which will enable them to acccess information that is only available to card holders.

How To Find Family

Did you know that in England it is National Family Week on the 25th of May until the 31st of May.
Why not Celebrate with a family reunion on Sunday the 31st of May.
How to find family.

2) Search by name and location or just location

3)Select the record that best matches the person you are looking for

Find Your Ancestors Free

Now would be a good time if you have been thinking of giving the bigest Genealogy site a go.
Ancestry are running their free trial for 14 days again. This is a really good offer as although you have to give them your payment details, if you are not happy with their service you can cancel any time in that period and it will not cost you anything. I am sure though that you will find plenty of resons to continue with the site.Here is the address for the Uk Site

'Who do you think you are' Your Ancestors

Have you seen the tv show 'Who do you think you are'. It was made by the BBC in the United Kingdom. In Australia it is on SBS.
Each program follows a well known person as they begin to follow their family roots. The format is the same for each program. The well know person is introduced to us the viewers with an account of who they are ,what they have been doing in the past few years. Usually, one family line is traced, research takes the personality sometimes far afield in search of their past.
It is a program that i have enjoyed watching and in England it really started many people on their own task of finding their family roots. It is a programme that i would recommend.I have just had a good look at their web site and it has lots of information for the beginner researcher,so take a look.

Migrations of the Scotts,Your Ancestors

So you think that your Ancestors were from Northern Ireland. Maybe they were but maybe they were from Scotland and Migrated to Ireland in the 1600's. Take a look at this site about Migrations of the Scott's. Have a look at the list of Surnames of the settlers from Scotland , you may find your Ancestors Surname there, i did.

Update for BMD Records Lancashire

The Lancashire BMD records have just been updated. You may have looked on this site before with out finding the records that you wanted . I have included a link to all the new information on the site.

Free Parish Records for Liverpool and Lancashire

I came across this site when researching Liverpool. It has a huge data base of Parish Records for Liverpool and all areas in Lancashire. Although i didn't find the records that i wanted today it will be a site that i will return to. All records are free to search. So take a look at the family history that you will find here.

British Genealogy, Forum and Resources

I have only recently found this site. I came across it through the forum pages. It is ideal for the new researcher as it has a well stocked resources page.
The family history forums are easy to navigate, you can read the posts without being a member but i recommend that you join as it does not take long to register.
Follow the prompts and introduce yourself.

Free Records Liverpool, Church, Newspaper Clippings

This site is just jam packed full of information, with church records and newspaper clippings. This would be of great interest to any one researching ancestors in Liverpool. This is one site that i will come back to.

Handwriting , Genealogy, Understanding the Census

Have you had any any problems reading the handwriting on the census or the BMD records. This table of letters may help you to understand the writing of that time.

Looking for William Sutton, Farmer from Liverpool

Do you realise that if you are researching your family tree and you come across a brick wall, then the best way to get help is to publish on the internet. One good idea is to place a posting on many of the free message boards.
Another idea is to create your own blog with your family history. There are thousands of us at all times searching the internet looking for help or the missing link on our family tree.
After viewing all the regular sites then in dispair you google name of Ancestor, place ,year and help! This can really work.
At the moment i am looking for a William Sutton from Liverpool, a farmer,he must have been born around 1800. He had a daughter Ann who married a William Pennington in 1849 in Liverpool. Can anyone help? Please leave a comment if you can help

BDM Records Online

This is for those of you out there who would like to order a Birth, Death or Marriage certificate from the United Kingdom.
You may be feeling a little dubious if you have not ordered any thing on line before. I received a Marriage Certificate today the 14th of February in the post. I had ordered it on the 30th of March, standard price 7 pounds.When it was converted to Australian dollars it was 15.07 dollars.
I think that it was a fairly quick transaction as it was coming to Australia.
It is really satisfying to open the envelope and have all your research confirmed or to have some new leads to work on. Today's certificate has opened up a new line of research for me.
So if you have been considering doing this ,then take the plunge.

Kichens and Appliances

Have you actually thought what life must have been like for our ancestors?
Having gone back as far as 1790 on some of my ancestors,i realise that they lived completely different lives to what we have now in 2009. I always think of Jane Austen when thinking of the past but she had a rather privileged life style. I have been looking at shopping sites on the net as i need some new Dinnerware Think about the quality of the Dinnerware back in those days ,if you had the money.Then think of some poor girl in the kitchen using the Appliances of that time. They would have been hard work compared to our Appliances of today.
I would have hoped that if i had lived in those times that i wouldn't be the one in the kitchen.
Lucky me living in 2009. I do not even have to leave the house to shop as i can shop on line.I have found a really good site for shopping for my dinnerware
Actually when looking at this shopping site, i realised with all the new Appliances out today for the kitchen i am still li…

Ireland, The 1911 Census

You may have had a look at the 1911 Census for Ireland ,it came as an early Christmas present. Go back now and look at all the things that you missed in the excitment.
Take your time and browse through the information there. What was Ireland like in 1911? Read about the Shipbuilders of Belfast and see the construction of the Titanic.
Search through the records,remember to check out the bottom of the form signed by the head of the family. Did they sign in their own hand or did they leave their mark?
Take a look here.

Save Money on BMD Certificates

I have just been researching a marriage record in Hampshire and i came across a web site covering BMD records for North East and South East Hampshire.
They were offering an online certificate order service. All Birth, Marriage and Death certificates were 25 pounds ,a faster service was 40 pounds and the fastest service was 60 pounds.

This is a great deal more than you should be paying as it costs 7 pounds for an English BMD Certificate,and for a faster service it was an extra 4 pounds.
I will give the address below.

McMullan and Connor Family

I have posted some of my own research on English Ancestors. There seems to be a couple that are popular with people who are reading this blog. If you have an interest in any of these then leave a comment and i will get back to you as soon as i can. The postings that have created the interest are the McMullan and Connor familys. I would be interested in any conections that you have to these and any of my research.

North Wales Free BMD Records

The Register Offices of North Wales hold records of local births, marriages and deaths, back to the start of civil registration in 1837.
The records are not complete at the momment. It is hoped that the North Wales BMD database will eventually cover all North Wales births, marriages and deaths for the years 1837 to 1950.

Free BMD Records Staffordshire

The Register Offices in the county of Staffordshire, England hold records of local births, Marriages and Death back to the civil registration in 1837.
The records are not yet complete but will eventually cover all BMD Records for the years 1837 to 1950 and beyond.

Lizzie and Daisy Lewis, Welsh Ancestors

Lizzie Lewis top right

Daisy Lewis bottom right

British losses at Jutland, English Ancestors

British Losses at Jutland, 31st May to 1st June 1916, HMS Indefatigable

Extract from the Official History ‘Naval Operations' by Sir Julian S Corbett 1923

At the other end of the line the duel between the ‘'Indefatigable and the ‘'Von der Tan'' had been growing in intensity till a few minutes after 4.00, the British ship was suddenly hidden in a bust of flame and smoke. A salvo of three shots had fallen on her upper deck and must have penetrated to a magazine. She staggered out of the line, sinking by the stern when another salvo struck her, a second terrible explosion rent her, she turned over and in a moment all trace of her was gone.

The Battle Cruiser lost 57 Officers, 960 men, 5 civilians, only 2 men survived .

28 year old Allan McMullen Stoker 5136S of the Royal Navy Reserve lost his life that day.

Allan was the son of John and Mary McMullen, Harrington, Cumberland. He is remembered with honour at the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

County Down Surnames,Place names, Free Search

This has got to be the best free site online for County Down. Researchers who are new to Genealogy will find this a wealth of information.
The Database of surnames is very helpful, don't forget to check out the message board. There is a good chance that you will find your Ancestor here.

Nelson Man killed in White Lund Explosion

Firth Dole 1885 to 1917

Edna Dole was the only daughter of Firth Dole and Margaret Dole nee Shackleton.

She was born in 1908 at Nelson, Lancashire.

She would live a long and happy life, her greatest love was singing. There would always be a party at Edna's house, a sing along around the piano. She lived through two world wars and saw many changes in her lifetime. She died in 2003 at the age of 94.

Edna's father Firth was one of nine children born to James J dole and Alice Dole nee Boothman. James J dole was born in 1853 in Sheffeild,Yorkshire. His wife Alice was also from Yorkshire, Navenby. They were both living with their families in Nelson at the time of their marriage in 1873.

I found Firth in the 1891 census for England. He was six years old and living with his family at 18 Russell Street, Nelson. James J Dole his father was listed in the census as a Plummer Glazier Gasfitter. Three of his brothers were listed as Cotton weavers; J.S.J aged 16, Charles 13 and 11 year old Loui…

BMD Records Northern Ireland Order Online

Full BMD certificates for Northern Ireland can be ordered online. The cost is 12 Pounds plus postage.
Birth records are available from 1864.
Non Catholic Marriages are from 1845 and all marriages from 1864.
Death records are available from 1864

BMD records .Order Online

I have had do some research lately so i rejoined This time i just took out the Essentials membership. This cost 10 pounds for one month. Was it worth it? time will tell but i was going around in circles today with out getting any where.
The imformation that i wanted i found on two free sites. and BMD Lancashire. Both are sites that i have recomended and the links are here in older postings.
I wanted to have a look at how much Ancestry were charging for copies of BMD Records as i wanted to order a Marriage Certificate .
Well ,here are the prices , for a standard delivery charge it was 20 english pounds and for the express delivery charge it was 40 pounds. I have also come across the 40 pounds fee on some other Genealogy sites.
Please do not waste your money on these fee's. You can order online for England and Wales for 7 pounds for the standard and i think it was an extra 4 pounds for the express. I will give this link again…

Hartley Family , Barley Lancashire, English Ancestors

The Hartleys of Barley

Samuel Hartley 1875-1948

Renee Hartley was born in 1930. The middle child of three girls born to Enos Hartley and Edna Hartley nee Dole.

Edna and Enos were married in 1928 in Burnley, Lancashire. Enos had been born in 1906 at Haslingden, He was the middle child born to Samuel and Sarah Hartley. Unfortunately, Enos was run over and killed in 1942 in Coventry during the black outs.

Renee remembers her Grandparents as being strict but very kind. They lived in Nelson, Lancashire, in a small Terraced house that looked on to Pendle Hill and the surrounding countryside. Samuel had been born in Bacup, Lancashire. He was one of four children born to John Hartley and Susanna Hartley nee Standing.

I first find Samuel in the 1881 English census. He is six years old and living with his parents in Newchurch, Lancashire. His father John, born in 1849 at Barley, Lancashire is listed in the census as a Stone Quarry Man. Susannah, his mother was born in 1848 at Bacup, Lancashire. She …

1st World War Romance For Station Mistress

Sarah Hannah Lewis

Sarah Hannah Lewis was born into a coalminers family in Hope, Flintshire, Wales in August 1893
George and Ruth Lewis her parents had both been born in the same area. George born in 1865 at Penymunydd and Ruth born in 1867 at Hope, Flintshire.

During the 1st World War most of the male population were involved in fighting for their country.The women who were remained behind on the home front were employed in jobs, that were normally filled by men. Sarah Hannah was made Station Mistress at the Burton Point Station, Burton on the Wirral.
Needing somewhere local to live, Sarah Hannah found accommodation with a family who lived in Neston.

It was while she was employed as Station Mistress that Sarah Hannah met her future husband. Thomas Cottrell was from a local family in Neston. He was a guardsman on the train line, an occupation that kept him away from the Trenches.

Lizzie Lewis was the younger sister of Sarah Hannah. She too left Hope in Wales to take up the position of …

Will's Connor and McMullan, Drumnaquoile

Patrick Connor

He died on 28th November 1908 - Aged 72 - Unmarried

He appointed his nephew Hugh McMullan of 19 Curwen Street, Harrington, Cumberland, Iron Worker, and James Connor of Dunturk as his Executors. (Hugh McMullan made his mark on the Affidavit of Executor.)
"I give and bequeath my holding in Drumnaquoile and any chattels thereon and anything I may die possessed of to my said Nephew Hugh McMullan, subject to him paying my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, he having already advanced me upwards of £30, and subject to his paying my Nephew Patrick Connor of Workington who was injured in Works £10 as a legacy I leave to him."

Will was dated 8th August 1904 and it was signed by Patrick himself in his own hand.

The Farm of Land in Drumnaquoile was held on a yearly judicial tenancy and was 6 acres 0 roods and 20 perches statute measure.

John McMullan

He died on 26th April 1910 - there was no age given on the IR Affidavit. As this was an Administration there was just the …

Irish Ancestor, Daniel McMullan

Discharged for being Drunk and Disorderly

Daniel McMullan was 15 years old when i last found him in the English Census

of 1901. The elder brother to Allan 11 and Michael 9. The two girls Mary and Ellen were 19 and 18 so there was a big age difference between him and his older brothers. Hugh 30, Patrick 28, William 25 and James 21, were still living at home even though they were adults.

Sometime between 1901 and 1910 John and Mary McMullen returned to their homeland of Northern Ireland. Michael returns with them but its unclear if Daniel goes with them too.

Next Daniel is enlisting in the Royal Lancs at Barrow in Furness, number 14846. Source citation here is The British ww1 Pension records 1914-1920.

He was 27 years old. Trade or calling was listed as a Labourer. He answered yes to the question ‘'have you resided out of your father's house for three years”

His father John McMullen had died in Northern Ireland in 1910 and his Mother Mary had died in Northern Ireland in 1913.

The new …

Irish Ancestor, Margaret O'Prey Laverty

A Women of Granite

Margaret O’Prey/Prey was born in Ballymagreeham, under the mountains of Mourne. She was one of nine children born to Patrick William O’Prey and Margaret McEvoy. The family came from a farm that was at the foot of the Morne Mountains .

‘’The Mountains were made of Granite and she was made of Granite too’’
This quotation was made by the grandson of Margaret. No doubt he had been reprimanded by the formidable lady.

Margaret had spent some of her childhood living with her fathers brother in Durham, England. It was here that she attended a private school. At a time when schooling was not compulsory in Ireland this would have been considered unusual.

Margaret’s grandson also remembers that his grandmother was always writing. What we can only imagine and wish that we could recover the thoughts that she put down on paper.

Patrick O’Prey and Margaret McEvoy, Margaret’s parents had been married on the 16th Feb. 1847 at Leitrim Catholic church. Their witness’s had been John and An…

Frederick William Penington, English Ancestor

Frederick William Penington
Born 28th of May 1850, Liverpool ,Lancashire

He would live an eventful life over two continents and two centuries.
The first records we find are of his christening on the 8th of August 1850 at St Peter’s Church in Liverpool. He was the first child born to William Frederick Penington and his wife Ann Penington nee Sutton.William and Ann had married in 1849 at St Philips, Liverpool.

We next find Frederick William Penington in the 1861 English census. Frederick is 10 years old, he has two younger sisters Elizabeth and Litchi .The three children are living with their father William in Everton, Liverpool. William is listed as being 36 years old and a boarder at that address in Everton. There is no mention of a wife for William or a mother for the children. The census records William as being a widower. The Occupation for William here was a Pilot In those days it was a Pilot of the waters and not the sky.

The trail from here goes a little cold on Frede…

Frederick Williams , English Ancestor

Frederick Williams son of Frederick William Penington

Born 1895

Died 1981

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Michael McMullan, Drumnaquoile, Irish Ancestor

Michael McMullen 1892 to 1970

On the 19th September 1945 Eugene McMullan left Belfast, Northern Ireland on route to London. He was 22 years old, strong having been used to farm work and eager to make his fortune.

It had all come down to the toss of a coin, heads would be London, tails had been New York. He had waved goodbye to close friends as they sailed for the big apple.

Chance had chosen London.

Eugene had been born on the 15th April 1923. He was one of nine Children born to Michael and Elizabeth McMullan of Drumnaquoile, Castlewellen. Michael had been born in Harrington, Cumberland. He had moved to Ireland when his parents had returned to their homeland. Here, he had met and married a farmer's daughter from Dunturk. Lizzie Laverty had been 20 years old and Michael 22 when they had married at Drumaroad Catholic Church.

Michael had received a farmhouse and some farming land in Drumnaquoile from an uncle who had died. It was here that Eugene had been born along with his 6 brothers an…

Irish Ancestors

Micheal McMullan with two of his sons, Frances and Tony. Photo was taken outside the farmhouse in Drumnaquoile, County Down , Northern Ireland

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McMullan Family, County Down to Cumberland

John McMullen was born in 1848 in Downpatrick, Down, Ireland.

Mary his wife was born Mary Connor in 1851 in Clough, Loughinisland, Down, Ireland. Clough was a town land of 396 Acres.

The first five boys they had were born in Down, Ireland. John was the first, named after his father. He was born on the 20/09/1868. Then came Hugh 1870, Patrick 1873, William 1876 and James 1880.

The family packed up their possessions and moved over to Cumberland in England some time between 1880 and 1881.

John McMullen and his family were found in the 1881 English Census. The family were living at 169 Sibsons Place, Harrington. In the district of Whitehaven, Cumberland. John was 33 and Mary was 32. John's occupation was listed in the census as a labourer.

Description of Harrington from the National Gazethar of Great Britain and Ireland 1868:

Harrington, a parish and seaport in the ward of Allerdale-above-Derwent, county Cunberland. 2 ½ miles south of Workington and 5 miles North of Whitehaven and is a subp…

English and Irish Ancestors Brick Wall

We all have a brick wall somewhere along the line. I was thinking today that there are not many sites or blogs where you can list your research and post your brick wall. There are plenty of message boards but no one on the other side to give a hand. So why not leave a comment and maybe i could help you. If i get too many walls i will choose a couple and list them here on English Ancestors