Free Search

March 28, 2013

Search Irish and London Burial Records for free over Easter,  Mar 30 – April 1 only.

WARNING: this is a very long URL and is best copy/paste into your browser.

The burial records cover the period 1550 to about 1900 and complement the marriage and baptismal data on

Death date search

April 18, 2012

At least for Canada the coverage is good at:

where I found:




For other countries the coverage is variable, England was very limited. However well worth checking and the search is easy to use. Results are displayed well and are free.

Don in Canada

A site for War Records

April 15, 2012

Fold3  is an American site mainly devoted to War Records which is new to me. The Indices are Free, there is a charge for viewing documents. Easy to use and well organized a search on B__GOOD surnames gave hits:


As a special bonus World War 2 records are free until the end of April 1972.

Well worth visiting soon at:

Waimate, New Zealand early settler’s names – a problem.

March 1, 2012

Some time ago, Don Bedgood who has been helping me with B__GOOD Notes sent me an Email mentioning that he had found a Bedgood reference in Kaitaia, North Island, New Zealand.
In my recollection there were BEDGGOODs but not BEDGOOD at that location, checking my data confirmed this. On the other hand Google Maps found and located a BEDGOOD Park in that town.

Intrigued I sent off an Email to Elizabeth Freebairn asking her to do a quick search of the NZ records. She replied with three significant sources:
These show:  1839         Bedgood John         (Ship) “Patriot”         (Residence) Bay of Islands.
A search on Bedgood Waimate turned up a number of references. John T. Bedgood (1820 – 1900) came with his missionary father in 1836 to Bay of Islands. Also a reference to Martha E. Bedgood 1837 – 1907 born Waimate North Mission.
The above seems to prove that there were Bedgoods in Waimate North which is located about 40 kms. from Kaitaia.
A search for Bedgood births found Albert Henry Bedgood Registration Number 1874/1469 and Eliza Ann Bedgood 1871/1200. Without obtaining the birth records the parentage in unknown.

There is also information at:
Where we find a John BEDGGOOD died 1900, with a daughter Eliza Ann born 1871 died 1947 buried Waimate North.

It seems that there is a possibility that this John Bedggood and his daughter are in fact both of Bedgood surname, and that the Bedgood Park is so named in honour of either John or his missionary father.

I would welcome comments on the above, it raises some interesting questions.

Genealogy Blogs

February 27, 2012 is another Facebook group with a BEDGOOD flavor.

Arizona Birth & Deaths

February 9, 2012

For B__GOOD Names I found 3 BIDGOOD  and 4 BEDGOOD 4 entries with details of Birth and Death dates and places together with parents names and birth places at:

This site is very easy to use and well worth a visit if you think you may have relatives in Arizona, USA. Covers 1855 to 1961.

Home Children – Canada

October 13, 2011

Library and Archives Canada has free searchable passenger list records (1869 – 1930) of “Home Children”. Three BIDGOOD entries were noted. See:

Home Children were orphan and other children who came from Dr Barnado and other agencies in the UK to Canada for domestic and farm employment.