Better dead than in the workhouse?

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).

Read more on Better dead than in the workhouse?…

The questionable pleasures of data entry

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).

Read more on The questionable pleasures of data entry…

Searching for clues to Ann Harriet Cutlock

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?

Read more on Searching for clues to Ann Harriet Cutlock…

Top family research for 2010 more luck than judgement

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.

Read more on Top family research for 2010 more luck than judgement…