Waimate New Zealand B__GOOD Early Settlers

September 7, 2013

Gavin has posted a comment on an earlier post Waimate New Zealand B__GOOD Early Settlers

In addition to querying the accuracy of some of the information, he generously offers his own help with NZ BEDGGOOD queries.


US Census Free Access

September 7, 2013

Go to:


for very helpful instructions.

English Non-Conformist Birth Registers

September 5, 2013

Ancestry has just added images of the the English Non-Conformist registers to its site and they do add quite a bit of information, particularly those for Dr. Williams’ library registration.  They can be a wealth of information:
Name, date of birth, where born (typically house of the parents with address)
Father’s occupation and, if relevant, business address
Maternal grandfather’s name, business and business or residential address
Name and address of those present at the birth which is quite often another female family member and can give one another family address.  I’ve picked up aunt’s, grandmother’s (and therefore grandfather’s) home address

There are 89 Bidgood entries (some duplicates), 10 Bedgood and, no doubt, assorted others.

Email from Alison Leedham.

Immigration and Travel Records on Ancestry.com free access.

August 30, 2013

For free access until Sept 2nd. to the Immigration and Travel Records on Ancestry.com go to:


US Census Returns Free Access

August 30, 2013

My Heritage celebrates the Labor Day weekend (Aug 31 thu Sept 2) by offering free access to all US Census returns.

More details at:


The National Archives – a major UK source.

August 30, 2013

A search on each of our B__GOOD names turned up numerous entries. There are many categories including medal awards,  court cases, discharge papers, and 19th Century immigrants. The site is free, and well organized, with an excellent search capability. One usfull option allows you to restrict a search to on-line records.

Well worth checking out at:


UK to New Zealand – Life on board

August 8, 2013

For fascinating accounts of the travel conditions on the immigrant voyages from the UK to New Zealand through the period from the mid 1800’s to the present, together with personal diaries and descriptions of life on board go to:


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August 8, 2013

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Ancestry.com subscription offer

August 6, 2013

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Family History Sitcom on BBC

July 19, 2013

“Family Tree” is a BBC2 sit-com now running which is about the ancestral odyssey that the unemployed and unattached, Tom Chadwick embarks upon when a great-aunt leaves him a box full of curios and old photos.

I wonder if any of the North American networks will be interested following on the success of “Coronation Street”.