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.

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