A criminal ancestor?

April 29, 2015

FindMyPast has published over half million criminal records 1817 – 1931 for England and Wales. Additions in the next few months should increase the total to over two million and the coverage to 1770 – 1934. A search found BIDGOOD (13), BEDGOOD (3) and BEDGGOOD (0) entries. See:


FindMyPast is a pay site so that while search results including names, dates and court locations are free; actual transcripts or record images require payment.

FindmyPast and LostCousins temporary free access.

March 7, 2015

From noon (London time) on Friday 6th March until the same time on Monday 9th March you can access ALL of the historical records and newspaper articles at Findmypast.co.uk – whether they’re British, Irish, American, Canadian, or Australasian! A great opportunity to search for information from  specific sources. Access is free but you will have to register, no credit card needed.

LostCousins.com is also freely available from March 6 to midnight March 10. A good opportunity to see what this site can offer.

UK Wills and Probate Information- new service.

December 13, 2014

The new free UK Government website at:


allows year by year searching of the Index of Wills and Probate Records. Each record has the Probate date and location and the Death Date. A separate index for Soldier’s Wills has  the Regimental Number and Death Date. In either search an entry with surname only brings up all records with that name for the chosen year.

US Census Help

December 11, 2014

Barry Ewell  has an excellent series of Tutorials on using the US Census returns 1790 – 1940. Whether you are a Newbie or a more experienced researcher he has something for everyone.

Sampling the 17900 Tutorial I was intrigued at the USA map showing the location and population size of the main cities. Comparing it with the map for the 1870 Census really brought home the westward expansion.

Access these Tutorials at:


UK WW1 Service Records

December 5, 2014

A release of the Index of Records held by the Ministry of Defence (UK) contains eight large spreadsheets listing the Name, Service Number and Birth date for each service man born before 1901. They appear to be in order of birth date, so that finding B__GOOD entries involves resorting on the name field before scrolling down.

The eight spreadsheets start with: Attachment 1: service personnel indexed data for those with a date of birth date prior to 1901 and follow with Attachment 2 – 8 at:


FindMyPast Special Offer

November 17, 2014

Until midnight (local time) on Wednesday 19th November you can buy a 1 month Local subscription for just £1, $1, or 1€ – that’s a saving of about 90% on the usual price! You don’t need a discount code – just click the appropriate link below to jump to the relevant offer page:



US & Canada

Australia & New Zealand

Each local subscription covers all the records on FindMyPast for that area.

This news by courtesy of LostCousins who have a very informative news letter.

Genealogy Immigration/Migration: English Immigration

November 4, 2014

For an example of the excellent articles that Barry Ewell has on his website view:


The whole site is well worth exploring: he has something for everyone interested in Genealogy.