Friday, May 22, 2015

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday 22 May 2015

This Findmypast Friday marks the release over 154,000 fascinating apprenticeship records from two of London’s historic liveries. This week's additions also include mortuary register records from the London borough of Southwark, Royal Navy officer’s award index records and over half a million new passenger list records from Victoria, Australia’s most populous state.

Haberdasher and Ironmonger records

Containing over 136,000 records, City of London Haberdashers, Apprentices and Freemen 1526-1933 lists the details of apprentices who trained with the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers in the City of London. Founded in 1516, the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers is one of London’s twelve historic liveries. Haberdashers sold accessory items such as hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, parasols, needles, buttons and thread. They traded from the shops and stalls around Cheapside and probably worshipped together in the old St Paul’s Cathedral in a chapel to St Catherine of Alexandria, who was to become the Fraternity of Haberdashers’ chosen patron saint. Company membership allowed individuals to become a Freeman; a person who was not tied to land as a villein or serf. Apprentices travelled from all over the country to join the company.

Each record includes an image of the handwritten registers held by the London Metropolitan Archives and a corresponding transcript. The registers list the details of apprentices, masters and freemen from a wide variety of occupations. They reveal when their apprenticeship began and the role they took as well as the names, occupations and addresses of their parents and the names of the masters they trained under. From the early 17th century, the records contain a variety of different occupations, not just haberdashers, as from that time onwards it was possible to become a Company Freeman by invitation, paid membership or patrimony.

Containing over 17,000 records, the City Of London Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen 1511-1923 records contain the details of members of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. One of the ‘great twelve’ London liveries, the company was incorporated under Royal Charter in 1463. The Company’s links with the iron and steel industry go back some 500 years. From the sixteenth century onwards, most iron smelting and founding took place in the Midlands and north of Britain, and the activities of the Company in London were reduced to the administration of charities, participation in the affairs of the City, and its own domestic affairs.

Each record includes an image of the original documents held by the London Metropolitan Archives and a corresponding transcript. The records list the details of apprentices, masters and freemen and reveal when they were admitted to the company, the role they took, the names, occupations and addresses of their parents and the names of their masters. Three types of document are included in the images; Registers of freedom admissions, Apprentices' book of signed oaths and Registers of apprentice bindings.

Southwark, St George the Martyr Mortuary Register

St George the Martyr Southwark Mortuary Register 1880-1891 contain over 1,900 records. The records were compiled using information taken from the mortuary register for the parish of St George’s, Southwark. Each record contains a transcript of the original document that can include the deceased’s name, age, year of birth, date of death, address, entry date and any additional notes. The records will also reveal whether the deceased received a post mortem or inquest.

British Royal Navy, Foreign Awards to Officers Index

Containing over 3,000 records, the Royal Navy Foreign Awards to Officers Index 1914-1922 contains the details of awards presented to officers of the Royal Navy by foreign governments. Each record consists of a transcript that may contain a combination of the following information: name, rank, official number, unit, service branch, foreign award, British awards, date of death, cause of death and any additional notes. A few entries pertain to Naval Other Ranks and Civil Admiralty Staff.

Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923

Over half a million new records have been added to the Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923, consisting of transcripts compiled using information held by Public Record Office Victoria. They form an index now containing the records of over two million assisted and unassisted passengers who arrived in Victoria between 1839 and 1923. The amount of information listed varies. Most transcripts will include a combination of the passenger’s name, age, year of birth, nationality, native place, ship name, departure port, destination port and the month and year of their arrival.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEHGS Commemorates Memorial Day with FREE Access to Important Military Databases on

Family Historians May “Honor the Fallen” by Searching FREE on for Patriots on the Family Tree Who Served in Colonial Times

May 20, 2015—Boston, Massachusetts—In the spirit of Memorial Day and to make ancestral research even more productive this holiday weekend, and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) have made several online military databases accessible FREE to all who wish to search for patriots in early American colonial wars.

Colonial Soldiers and Officers in New England, 1620-1775 is accessible FREE this week through next Wednesday, May 27. Prior to the American Revolution, many men served in the militia and fought against Native Americans, the French, and other opponents. Many of these battles were extensions of European wars. This database contains more than 35,000 records of service for individuals in Massachusetts and other New England states who served from the seventeenth century to the Battle of Lexington and Concord. These records, originally published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society with support from the Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, were compiled from many different sources to create as comprehensive a list as possible.

Massachusetts Revolutionary War Pensioners’ Receipts 1799-1807 and Massachusetts Revolutionary War Pensioners’ Receipts 1829-1837 are also accessible through Wednesday, May 27. Many of the soldiers who served during the Revolutionary War were given pensions from the federal government for their service. These manuscript collections at NEHGS contain a number of original receipts with the soldiers’ signatures, acknowledging the receipt of their pension funds. These two searchable databases contain images of these receipts, including the original signatures or marks of the pensioners.

Registration at is required as a FREE Guest Member to gain access to these valuable resources. Guest User accounts allow web visitors to use a limited suite of databases and access web content such as making purchases from the online store. Unlimited access to all 450+ million records and other benefits is through membership at NEHGS.

Family historians may start their search for their ancestors who bravely served in our country’s colonial times at this site:

News Alert: Hotel Accommodations for 2016 NGS Conference in Fort Lauderdale Will Open 27 May 2015

Last week at the NGS Conference in St. Charles, NGS announced that hotel accommodations for the 2016 NGS Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida would open today, May 20th. Unfortunately, the hotels have advised us of a few technical glitches. We are working with the Convention Visitors Bureau (CVB) in Fort Lauderdale to resolve these issues quickly.

On Wednesday, May 27th, NGS will provide the CVB direct link and all other pertinent information for making hotel reservations for the 2016 conference. Please go to the NGS homepage for that information

In order to streamline the hotel reservation process, the CVB will offer a direct link from the NGS website for booking any of the three hotels offering NGS discounts for the 2016 conference, which are described in the NGS Announcement Brochure. We will also have a telephone number for the CVB, if you prefer to book by telephone. The conference hotels will not be accepting reservations for NGS discounted rooms from their hotel websites or by their regular reservation numbers.

We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that you will join us in Fort Lauderdale for Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time from 4-7 May 2016.

NGS Introduces Four New Research in the States Books: California, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Nebraska

ARLINGTON, VA, 20 MAY 2015—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) is pleased to announce the publication of four, new books as part of its Research in the States series, which now covers research in more than twenty-two states. The newest volumes are Research in California by Sheila Benedict; Research in Missouri, 3rd edition, by Ann Carter Fleming, CGsm, CGLsm, FNGS; Research in Oklahoma, by Kathy Huber, MLS; and Research in Nebraska by Roberta “Bobbi” King. The books are now available in the NGS store in both PDF and print versions. The print versions will ship after 31 May.

Research in California

Research in California covers the State’s history, settlement and migrations, State and National archives, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, an overview of the county, local and religious records, its ethnic records, its Mission system, the movie industry, each county’s genealogical and historic societies, as well as more esoteric topics such as cattle brands, and much more. Author, Sheila Benedict, is a life member and former board member of NGS, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, member of Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, a past President of the California Genealogical Alliance, and a life member of the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society. A part-time archivist at Old Mission Santa InĂ©s in Solvang, California, Benedict is a self-employed historical and forensic genealogist.

Research in Missouri, 3rd edition

Research in Missouri, 3rd edition, contains references to digitized sources, indexes and images that have been made available online within the past seven years. The volume also includes records that were created by the Spanish and French governments prior to the Louisiana Purchase. Other valuable information found in this book includes Missouri’s archives, libraries and societies; major resources such as atlases, gazetteers, maps, censuses, city and county directories; court, ethnic, land, military, and naturalization records, as well as newspapers, tax records, etc. Author, Anne Carter Fleming, is the 2015 Family History Conference Chair, a Fellow of NGS, and a former president, vice-president, and secretary of NGS. A writer, teacher, and lecturer, she has served on the board of several state and local organizations, including the St. Louis Genealogical Society, Missouri State Genealogical Association, and the Friends of Missouri State Archives.

Research in Oklahoma

Research in Oklahoma provides genealogical resources in the context of information on the history and settlement of the state, which was the home of Apache and Kiowa tribes. Once claimed by France and later Spain, Oklahoma was divided into two territories by the U.S. government. The Indian Territory was set aside for Indian tribes from the southern states and later the Midwest who were forcibly resettled. The Oklahoma Territory was settled by white pioneers, new immigrants, and former African American slaves. The Civil War, land rushes, and the discovery of oil all brought changes to the land and its people. Research in Oklahoma offers a wealth of records for genealogists seeking to learn about their ancestral heritage. Author, Kathy Huber, MLS, is a specialist in early Oklahoma records and the Five Civilized Tribes. She has been the Genealogy Librarian for the Tulsa City-County Library for more than twenty years and manages its Genealogy Center, one of the largest genealogy collections in Oklahoma.

Research in Nebraska

Research in Nebraska contains family history resources and information regarding the history and settlement of the state. Numerous Native American tribes were living in the Nebraska territory when the Homestead Act with its promise of cheap land drew Czechs, Germans, and Irish settlers to its lands. Others arrived to work on the railroads. The Union Pacific terminus at Ogallala brought ranchers with their herds of cattle to be shipped to the East. A guide to records for all of these people—including records for various ethnic groups and religious denominations and standard records used in genealogical research—can all be found in Research in Nebraska. Author, Roberta “Bobbi” King, is a third generation Nebraskan, the author of numerous articles on homestead research, and the book review columnist for Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. A member of NGS, she has contributed articles to NGS Quarterly and NGS Magazine.

The Research in the States series editor Barbara Vines Little, CGsm, FNGS, FVGS, is a former NGS president and editor of the Magazine of Virginia Genealogy. Other titles in the series includes Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additional states guides are planned.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.