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New Armagh Ancestry Records

New Armagh Ancestry Records Available Armagh Ancestry have completed the computerization of new Church baptisms, marriages and deaths for county Armagh. These have been added to the online research database and are available to research. The new records added are for the following Churches; Armagh Methodist (Baptisms 1844-1846) Lurgan (High Street) Methodist (Baptisms 1813-1864 + Marriages 1842-1844) Moira Methodist (Baptisms 1827-1844) Newry Methodist (Baptisms 1824-1865 + Deaths 1835) Portadown (Thomas Street) Methodist (Baptisms 1824-1864 + Marriages 1839-1841) Tandragee Methodist (Baptisms 1800-1866 + Marriages 1838-1845) Portadown Primitive Methodist (Baptisms 1847-1878) Eglish Church of Ireland (Baptisms 1803-1865 + Deaths 1803-1805) Kilmore (St Saviours) Church of Ireland (Baptisms 1843-1863) Richhill Congregationalist Church (Baptisms 1845-1867 + Marriages 1850-1876) Lurgan (Quaker) Society of Friends (Baptisms 1607-1862 + Marriages 1634-1848 + Deaths 1697-1898…

Westmorland Records

Since 1974 Westmorland has been incorporated into the present-day county of Cumbria together with Cumberland, the Furness part of Lancashire and a small part of the former West Riding of Yorkshire around Sedbergh

Workington Regiment

The Workington Regiment of local Militia was formed in 1803 This site has names and ranks of the volunteer Infantry.

Cheshire Archives

English Parish Records Online

England, Lancashire Cheshire, Yorkshire, Parish Registers.1603-1910 This is a free records site with an excellent search engine

Parish Records

Record Content Church of England parish register baptism records usually contain the following information: Baptism date Name of the child Sex of the child Legitimacy of the child Marital status of the parents Social class of the parents Name of the father and often mother’s given name May list the residence of the parents, especially after 1812 Church of England parish register marriage records usually contain the following information: Marriage date Name of the bride and groom Age of the bride and groom May list names of parents or other relatives After 1837, the full names of the fathers Residence of the bride and groom Marital status of individuals and couples May list the dates that the marriage was announced (also called “banns published”). This normally took place on three separate occasions prior to the marriage and gave anyone with a valid reason a chance to object to the marriage. After 1754, the full names of witnesses May note if a spouse is single or widowed at the time…


FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed Records. This site is an excellent source of information for every one researching their family history. It is updated regularly and is free.

Finding Your Ancestors For Free

Have you come to an end to your Family Research? are you starting out new? Where to go next. I have been using for my research but lately i have been paying the fees but not using the site. Where can you find records of your Ancestors for free. has links to some of the best free web pages out there on the internet.Starting with England,here are some of the most useful websites to get you started or to reopen the pathway to your family history. Lancashire Parish Clerks is a good free site for you if your Ancestors came from Lancashire. It is being updated all the time,remember to try different spellings of the surnames.

Dictionary Of Old Occupations

This Dictionary of old occupations is available free online and could be a good resource when searching your family tree. It has over 2000 definitions of old Trades and Professions. This site also claims to have lots of free information.What do you think?

Roscommon Genealogy Seminar

This three day interactive seminar offers people with County Roscommon connections, a unique opportunity to get an understanding of genealogy. Whether you are just starting out on your family research, or would like to learn some more about genealogy, there should be something to appeal to you. At Roscommon County Library Abbey Street Roscommon Town On Wednesday 18th September 2013 to Friday 20th September 2013

Irish Ancestors County Down, Laverty or Connor

Laverty or Connor I think this photo is of Margaret Laverty of Dunturk but i am not 100% sure. She is stood in the door way of the Farm at Drumnaquoile belonging to the McMullans. She could be a Connor as they were related to the McMullans. Do you recognise this Ancestor

Free BMD Records

Whats new on the Internet for all you family researchers? The Genealogist,a web site that promises all the records that you need is a site that i have not noticed before. I was lured by the offer of 3 days free,although i didn't see the link for this. Top of their list was the BMD Index for England and Wales 1837-2005. You can view this index,from 1837-1915 for free at or at

BMD Records Ireland

For the period before 1864, church records provide the only record of most baptisms, marriages and burials Catholic Parish Records .Original parochial records (baptisms, marriages and burials) of the Roman Catholic Church remain with the relevant parishes. Microfilms of parochial registers are available at the National Library of Ireland for most Roman Catholic parishes in Ireland for the years up to 1880 and in some cases up to 1900. Church of Ireland parish records Parochial records (baptisms, marriages and burials) of the Church of Ireland (Anglican Church) often remain with the relevant parishes. They survive for about one third of the parishes throughout the country. Those for the pre-1870 period are public records and the registers may also be available in original or microfilm form at the Representative Church Body Library. PRONI holds copies of all surviving Church of Ireland registers for the dioceses of Armagh, Clogher, Connor, Derry, Dromore, Down, Kilmore and Raphoe. As…

Parish Records

There are many readers of Your Ancestors Free.Com who are looking for Marriage Records prior to 1837. 1837 saw the introduction of a national system of civil registration for recording births, deaths and marriages. For the first time, the same information was collected throughout England and Wales. It usually included the names of one or more relatives. Prior to 1837, the main sorce, was Anglican parish registers and similar records kept by other denominations. Hardwicke's Marriage Act in 1753 meant that, for a marriage in England or Wales to be legal, it had to take place in a parish church after banns or with a licence. The result of the Hardwicke Act was that almost all marriages, whether for Anglicans, non-conformists or Roman Catholics, can be found in those Church of England parish registers that have survived from the period 1754-1837. The registers recorded baptism dates not births and burial dates not deaths, although some clergy chose to add birth or d…

Free Ancestry Research This Weekend have opened their online site for free this weekend. Now would be a good time to look for your ancestors.

Valuation Rolls Scotland

Scotlands  People

The Valuation Rolls are now available in Scotland for 1895. These Rolls contain  the names of Owners, Tenants and Occupiers of each Property and in some cases Occupations.

Ships Sail into Liverpool For WW2 Commemoration

War Ships have sailed into Liverpool England to mark the 70th  Anniversary  of the Battle of the Atlantic.The battle was fought over control of supply routes during the 2nd World War.
Below is a link to a video about this Battle.

Lancashire Catholic Parish Records

Catholic Family History is a new site covering Catholic Parish Records in Lancashire. Make a note of this site as it looks like more records will be added.

Whats New At Ancestry has a free trial for 14 days if you have not tried it before. Its ideal for any one who is new  to finding their Ancestors. This site is the biggest one out there with all records that you would need to start your family tree. They also have new and updated records . Some of these are free so even if you do not take out membership it is worth looking at this site.. One updated records is Manchester England Births and Baptisms 1813-1915. These records are taken from Church of England Parish Registers

Message Boards

When researching your Ancestors on the internet, message boards can be very useful Over the years i have made contact with many people using this method of research. A few weeks ago while i was in London , i had a lovely day meeting up with with a lady who was researching  the same family in County Down Ireland. Margaret,it was really good to meet you, we had a lovely time with you in London.

Lady Hamilton

I have always had an interest in the life of Lady Hamilton, the mistress of Lord Nelson. It was on a recent trip to Parkgate on the Wirral to walk the walls and to sample their famous ice cream, that i found the birthplace of Lady Hamilton.
Born "Emily Lyon" the daughter of a Blacksmith who would die soon after her birth. Emily was born at
"Swan Cottage"in the little village of Ness, just around the corner from Parkgate .The Nelson Society has a very interesting web site about Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton.

Welcome to Stonehenge

A visit to Stonehenge has always been on my 'to do' list  and i was able to visit a few weeks ago during a holiday in London.
Stonehenge is near Amesbury Wiltshire  a couple of hours outside London. It is unique, a survivor from a prehistoric culture.
Thought to have been built between 3000BC and 1600 its exact purpose remains a mystery.The fact that it is aligned with the midsummer sunrise and the midwinter sunset could hold some clues. Well worth a visit.

Band leader"s letter from the Titanic fetches 93000 pounds

A letter from the leader of the band on board the Titanic has sold at auction for 93000 pounds. Wallace Hartley,34 described his colleagues as "very nice boys" and a "fine band" in a letter to his parents days before the ship sank on April 15th 1912.
The letter dated April the 10th bears the White Star Line emblem and was bought by a private collector.
Wallace and the musicians performed until the end as passengers filed into lifeboats

Emerald Ancestors Update

The March  News Letter from Emerald Ancestors, has some interesting  information that will be of  value for researchers of County Down.

March 2013Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Census, 1831
In a further addition to our Church Census Collection, we've recently included over 1,000 new records listing members of the 1831 Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Congregation in County Antrim.

Our Exclusive Church Census Collection offers a valuable resource to researchers looking for ancestors during a period of Irish History which is sadly lacking in Official Census records. Look out for our regular updates of further church census records being added during Spring & Summer 2013.

PRONI to release Griffiths Valuation Revision Books online
The Public Record Office of Northern is scheduled to release online access to the Griffith's Valuation Revision (or Cancelled Land) Books from Wednesday 27th March 2013.

Griffith's Valuation lists oc…

Ancestry Ireland

Ancestry Ireland are giving a couple of free talks about starting your family tree. Research Officer Gillian Hunt will be speaking on, 'How to start your family history', at Ards Tourist Information Centre, Saturday 16th February, 11.00am and Belfast City Hall, Monday 18th March, 11.00am. Admission to both talks is free, although it would be advisable to book in advance.
It sounds like it would be beneficial for anyone interested in their family tree

Ancestors From Harrington

Harrington in Cumbria is where my Grandfather was born.. I am planning a trip to the UK this year and i thought it would be nice to visit the little town ,where so many Irish  made their home after leaving Ireland. I have just found on a Harrington Web site a photo of the Towns War Memorial and there was my Great Uncle's name Alan  McMullen.

Your Ancestors Free.Com

HAPPY BIRTHDAY  to Your Ancestors Free.Com,  4 years old today. Thank you to all it's followers and new readers.
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