Family History Research Making Use of the Internet
and Deaths [BMD]
recorded by Church authorities but very patchy
rather than Births – depending on beliefs and resources do the family, the
poor would often baptised by batch to save money
main source of this information is the work of the Church of Latter Day Saints [Mormons] on www.familysearch.com
Sept. 1837-1983 responsibility increasingly of the state
The General Register Office for England
and Wales (GRO) was founded in 1836 by the The Marriage Act
Births and Deaths
Registration Act, and civil registration commenced in Sept 1837 but not compulsory until B& D from 1875.
information is made available by volunteers on www.freeBMD.com – less reliable
in later 20th century.
information allows a researcher to BUY
from the GRO at £9.25p in
2017 [takes less than 3 weeks]
4. for modern [especially post 1983] registrations, I use www.genesreunited.co.uk
Index is F]
2017 only useful for researchers 1841-1911
[& 1939 exceptionally] and only available on commercial sites [S Ancestry and FMP]
Scottish Censuses via FMP
People for 1911 [www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk
[£7.50 for 30 tokens –
5 records] go to Advanced
thanks to volunteers information for Tewkesbury
1841-1901 is available to members on the online
[home and families] recorded but only as accurate as the skill of the paid Enumerator
who may or may not have understood the accent of the heads of household he
interviewed. Until later censuses, street numbers absent or inaccurate.
Census information usually collected at Easter
[which varies each year according to the moon!]
1911 Census is very valuable
because filled in by Head of Household and handed in to Enumerator but thus depended
on his honesty and literacy – but hand writing revealed in an age
benefitting from compulsory education [from 1891]; it also records length of
marriage; and numbers of deceased children.
only available in some county record offices.
Tewkesbury’s has been
photographed by awaits a volunteer to
transcribe from poorly written hand documents.
– only available by S
National Registration Day was 29 September 1939 - having issued forms to
more than 41 million people, the enumerators were charged with the task of
visiting every household in Great Britain and Northern Ireland to collect the
names, addresses, martial statuses and other key details of every civilian in
the country, issuing identity cards on the spot [compulsory until 1952].
However some are closed records for the sake of ‘confidentiality’ - either
because they were born after 1915 and are still alive, or born after 1915
and their death hasn't been recorded in the register.
The 1921 Census should be available for 2022
but will depend on commercial sites for access [S]
Land Tax Records
to the work of member Wendy Snarey, THS
Members can have access to the invaluable ‘Lloyd
George Domesday’ survey undertaken 1909-1913 which recorded property
information and offers names of occupiers and owners.
Electoral Roll Information increasingly
available on S sites such as Ancestry and
War Dead For World Wars available on www.cwgc.org
= 1914-1921 & WWII 1939-c1950; NB for
WWI families charged for inscriptions so poor often had minimum information;
free in WWII [F]
Military Service Records [for WWI 60
destroyed in Blitz] Medal Records & Silver
Wound Badges better on www.Ancestry.co.uk [S]
GI's at Ashchurch
during World War II see John Dixon's website
Wills and Probate
Ancestry [S] seems much better than FMP
Government online website
provides a free index and £10 to
download full document. Covers dates
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) Wills: order copies from the National Archives
Scottish Wills and testaments (1500-1901)
[£7.50 for 30 tokens –
5 records] go to Advanced
- It is impossible to get an
accurate value of money in the past but http://www.measuringworth.com/ukcompare/ tries.
Other useful sites
Birth, Marriage and Death Civil Registration, Free BMD Free, but not comprehensive.
Birth, Marriage and Death Civil Registration, Genes Re-United Its index is a good supplement to FREEBMD which is weak after 1937. Remember all BMD for Tewkesbury after 1937 registered in Cheltenham. If you wish to see detail, then you will need to subscribe.
Most Gloucestershire Birth, Marriages and Deaths are covered by a Glos. Familv History Society Index.
Birth, Marriage and Death Civil Registration, buying Certificates online - Office of National Statistics.
www.familysearch.com free and good for pre-1837.
Tewkesbury online Woodard Database - free to THS Members - ever growing with nearly 90,000 records.
Access to On-line Reference Library using your Library Card. Includes Oxford Dictionary of Biography, Times Archives, 19th century newspapers archive, and more. Ancestry and FMP available too - but only at the library. (Note: you may have to preface your library card number with '77').
British Pathe Database - view and download movie clips from the database of the famous newsreel company. Search on "Tewkesbury" and you will find several items, including Princess Alice opening the Hospital. Only stills are F – movies = S.
National Archives formerly known as Public Record Office.
Gloucestershire Archives formerly County Record Office - always best to ring in advance and discuss needs - free, but car parking and photography attract fees..
G.I. Gateway John Dixon's website concerning GI's at Ashchurch during World War II - free.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission free and even includes civilian dead in WWII - now with information about cemeteries.
British Army World War I service and pension records are online via Ancestry Military Records Searching the name index is free. Pages from the original files are available by subscription or with pay per view from Ancestry.co.uk (WWII getting better).
Wills after 1858: order copies of wills online: https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills
Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) Wills pre-1858: order copies from the National Archives.
It is impossible to get an accurate value of money in the past but http://www.measuringworth.com/ukcompare/ tries hard to give various views. (Website would appreciate a voluntary donation but does not pester.)
 opinions expressed those of the author without prejudice
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