Archive for December 2009

Guest post: What's new online

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Guest contributor: Marie Hickey

New on - Canada Ocean Arrivals 1919-1924.

Unlike previous immigration databases these are digitised copies of the actual arrival cards.

Information given includes: name, age, marital status, if accompanied by spouse their name, current occupation, intended occupation, birthplace, religion, why going to Canada, whether or not they intend to stay, if previously they lived in Canda where, and why did they leave, ports of previous entry and departure from Canada with dates, amount of money in possession, whether they can read, what language, who paid the passage, where in Canada are they going to, which Canadian railway will they be travelling on to their destination, nearest relative in the country they may be coming from, physical or mental defects of self and/or family members travelling at the same time, signature.

The name of the ship is noted on the index page as is the port and the date of arrival.

Else Churchill has written a very informative blog on the Society of Genealogists' website about these records which is well worth

British Army records WWI
All records held at The National Archives, Kew, have now been digitised and indexed. These have been uploaded onto the website which is available at most Auckland City Libraries.

Guest post: London parish registers

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Guest contributor: Marie Hickey

As many of you will be aware, digitised copies of London parish registers held by London Metropolitan Archives are now available through the website, These are separated into four groups; Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538-1812, Marriages and Banns 1754-1921, Births and Baptisms 1812-1906 and Deaths and Burials 1812-1906. Not all parishes are included (for instance, St Margaret, Westminster) and date coverage varies considerably.

It is possible to do a name search in all of these databases except for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538-1812. To learn if your parish is available, scroll to the end of the page (of the section you have chosen) where you will get a list of the parish/es included. Click on the parish and you will then have a choice of years and time periods. You will need to scroll through as you would with the films but at least you now have access to the films which you would not have had in the past and also access to post 1837 marriage certificates.