I’ve now had a chance to take more of a look at the new Norfolk records which have appeared recently on familysearch.org (see last blog post). Images of a variety of documents, including Poor Law Union records (workhouse), some Non-Conformist church records (rather limited in Norwich at least – 2 Congregational , 1 Quaker, 1 Unitarian, covering minutes, membership and BMD), Bishops transcripts (which I’m not familiar with) and some more . It is purely an image database – no index other than to location such as parish. Which means you have got to have a reasonable idea already of the data that exists otherwise you are looking for a needle in a haystack (OK possibly quite a small haystack).
This was going to be a very short item about discovering, or re-discovering, useful sources of family history data. But today I took a look at two such, which threw up some immediately relevant material and highlighted an issue on Welsh records.
As if I wasn’t spending enough time on family history topics, last week I took up the suggestion in the recent Ancestry.co.uk newsletter and signed up to their World Archives Project. This involves volunteers transcribing selected data from images of all sorts of records. A recent example of a completed “keying project” is the ‘London, England, Land Tax Valuations, 1910′ set of records which Ancestry is currently promoting on its home page (the credit to volunteers is there, but perhaps not very prominent).
This site is slowly getting there. The main pages now have a reasonable amount of content and I’ve got a few ideas of what I’m going to write about blog-style. And from the web stats (WordPress provides a rather neat summary) visitors are arriving who I haven’t specifically invited – hurrah. I’m intrigued that one of the the first searches to appear on the stats was ‘ann harriet cutlock 1858 norwich’ – so precisely what these pages were set up for, but of course now I want to know who was it searching?
To follow up the traditional year-end top moments, the traditional look forward for 2011.
Some of the possibilities:
- A visit to the Tonypandy area, and Trealaw cemetery in particular (the list of tree members buried there just keeps expanding), really ought to be on the to do list.
Part two of the Top 3 family history discoveries for 2010.
My favourite moment for last year’s research was when I realised I’d cracked who the mysterious “elderly uncle who used to visit London by getting a lift in the early hours on the vegetable lorries going to Covent Garden”, as mentioned in dad’s notes, was. I had taken a large pinch of salt with the accompanying note of such relations living in Burnt House, Newick – surely far too grand a house for our lot. Google that address (in the UK) and at about number 13 you are likely to find the London Gazette notice of the (great) uncle’s death. And further up you’ll find web pages with photos of this Grade II listed property.