Archive for January, 2009

Lancashire BMD update

Here’s a message from John Marsden, Lancashire BMD:
New data has been added at Lancashire BMD as follows:


23,657 for Wigan & Leigh RD comprising: Ashton (1942-1946); Aspull (1944-1950); Atherton (1920-1946); Hindley (1941-1946); Leigh & Golborne (1941-1946); Orrell (1928-1946); Standish (1941-1948); Wigan (Central) (1941-1946); Wigan (East) (1883-1946); Wigan (West) (1920-1946)



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Cheshire BMD update

A message from Ian Hartas re Cheshire BMD:

Tonight’s update to the Cheshire BMD web site, courtesy of Helen Gill and colleagues is:

502 for Woodchurch, registers at Wirral (1917-1919)
501 for Neston, registers at Wirral (1915-1919)
501 for Wallasey, registers at Wirral (1924-1924)

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Yorkshire BMD update

Here’s a recent message from Ian Hartas, Yorkshire BMD:

Today’s update to the Yorkshire BMD site, courtesy of Liz Wood and colleagues, is:

1,056 for St Mary Magdalene, Campsall, registers at Doncaster (1837-1963)
2,168 for All Saints, Woodlands, registers at Doncaster (1914-1963)
251 for St Leonard and St Jude, Scawsby, registers at Doncaster (1943-1963)
274 for St John’s, Adwick on Dearne, registers at Doncaster (1837-1975)

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I see from next week’s Radio Times that a new sixth series of the family history show Who Do You Think You Are is beginning on Monday 2 February at 9.00 pm on BBC1. The subject of the first programme will be the political impressionist Rory Bremner, followed by newsreader Fiona Bruce, restaurateur Rick Stein and actors Zoe Wanamaker and Kevin Whately (not necessarily in that order).

You can view trailers for the five programmes at the BBC website.


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Here’s a message from Chad Hanna, Berkshire BMD:
The Berkshire Family History Society is pleased to announce that www.BerkshireBMD.org.uk web site has finally gone live with nearly a quarter of a million births, marriages and deaths from the Reading Registration District, including the years 1837 -1939. We plan to add more marriages during February to bring the 7,500 currently online up to a more respectable 50,000.

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Another set of Irish records has just been made available online. You can now search the birth, marriage and death indexes for Ireland’s civil registration at the LDS FamilySearch Pilot site http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=2;t=searchable;c=1408347. The indexes cover all-Ireland from 1845 (for non-Roman Catholic marriages) or 1864 (births, deaths and Catholic marriages) to 1921, and the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland from 1922-58.

You can order Northern Ireland birth, marriage and death certificates online from the General Register Office Northern Ireland www.groni.gov.uk/index/order_certificates.htm. For the Republic, you’ll have to apply to its General Register Office by post. You can download the forms at www.groireland.ie/apply_for_a_cert.htm.


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The service records of around 110,000 Royal Marines have been made available at The National Archives’ website Documents Online www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline. The records cover the period 1842-1936.

Linda and I took a look to see if we could find the service record of the man we think was her great-grandfather, William Freeth, as we hadn’t been able to trace it at The National Archives at Kew. No such luck! We had found him in one of the Royal Marines’ description books, so at least we do know he was in the Marines. I hope you have more success online than we did.


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