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Aug 19 18

Central Criminal Court Records reveal thieves, forgers and serial killers

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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Latest news:

TheGenealogist is adding to its Court and Crimianal Records collection with the release of over 160,000 records of prisoners at the bar and their victims from the CRIM 9 records held by The National Archives. These documents were created by the Central Criminal Court and document the After Trial Calendar of Prisoners

 

Central Criminal Court - TheGenealogist Image Archive

Central Criminal Court – TheGenealogist Image Archive

 

After Trial Calendars give family history researchers details of ancestors who were up before the Old Bailey, revealing the names of prisoners that had appeared before the court, the committing magistrates, offences the prisoner had been indicted for, the date of their trial and who they were tried before. The records give the verdict of the jury, previous convictions and the sentence or order of the court. Other information in these records are the names of the victim and the level of education or ‘Degree of Instruction’ as well as false names that the criminals may have used to try and hide their tracks from the authorities.

 

Use the After Trial Calendar of Prisoners records to

  • Find ancestors accused of crimes ranging from stealing a matchbox to murder
  • Discover people standing trial as forgers, baby farmers, German spies and more
  • Uncover some of the aliases adopted by criminal ancestors
  • See the occupation or trade of the offender
  • Research records covering the period 1855-1915

 

 

Read my article written especially for TheGenealogist about the cycle thief who became a serial wife killer: New Criminal Records reveal Ancestors’ Crimes from Petty theft to Murder

 

 

About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 

 

 About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

 

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Aug 12 18

A Murder in the Rookeries see the Discover Your Ancestors Periodical

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

The latest online periodical from Discover Your Ancestors has been released and this month I have contributed an article about a terrible Victorian murder that took place in St Giles-in-the-Fields, London.

What had drawn me to this research was the scene of the crime – a big house in what was by this time a very poor area. Built for a Richard Dyott before 1665, the house had one been a large respectable dwelling of three stories. By the 1800s, however, it had descended the social scale and was now part of a private landlord’s portfolio of accommodation for the poor and where a bed could be rented for the night in exchange for 3d.

 

Image from The Illustrated London News October 16, 1858 retrieved from TheGenealogist Newspaper and Magazine records

 

I had not intended to write about the murder that took place there, and the records I found that could identify some of the characters in the trail of the accused. Initially I was fascinated by how an area where an ancestor lived can rise and fall in fortunes and was investigating this. Soon, though, the murder at Dyott’s House took over my attention!

 

 

 

The August edition of Discover Your Ancestors is available now and features the following:

Life and work at the beach: Jayne Shrimpton dips a toe into the history of bathing machines, changing tents and beach huts
Murder in the rookeries: Nick Thorne investigates a gruesome death in St Giles, London
Sniffing out the past: Ruth A Symes considers some olfactory routes into family history
Going for gold: The 19th century saw gold discovered in America and Canada – and people flocked from Britain to find their fortune in the goldfields. Nell Darby digs deeper
The two clairvoyants who failed to tell their own fortunes: An Edwardian trial used legislation from larceny to witchcraft to prosecute a husband and wife palm-reading team, writes Nell Darby
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on watches

 

https://discoveryourancestors.co.uk/

 

 

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Aug 4 18

North London 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Records with annotated maps

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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Latest news:

TheGenealogist is releasing the second part of its exciting new record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This major new release can be used to find where an ancestor lived in 1910 in the area around Barnet, Edgware, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Hendon and Totteridge. This unique combination of maps and residential data, held by The National Archives and being digitised by TheGenealogist, can precisely locate your ancestor’s house on large scale and exceptionally detailed hand annotated maps that indicates the exact property.

CLICK TO ENLARGE1910 Valuation Office Maps

1910 Barnet and George Harriott was landlord of the Star Hotel in the High Street.

 

Researchers often can’t find where ancestors lived as road names changed over time, the Blitz saw areas bombed to destruction, developers changed sites out of all resemblance from what had stood there before and lanes and roads were extinguished to build estates and office blocks. All this means that searching for where an ancestor lived using a website linked to modern maps can be frustrating when they fail to pinpoint where the old properties had once been.

 

 

  • TheGenealogist’s new release will link individual properties to extremely detailed ordnance survey maps used in 1910
  • Shows the original Field book often giving a detailed description of the property
  • Locate an address found in a census or street directory down to a specific house on the map
  • Fully searchable by name, parish and street
  • The maps will zoom down to show the individual properties as they existed in 1910

 

 

 

 

Field Book from the Lloyd George Domesday Survey

Image of an IR58 Field Book

 

The Star Barnet

The Star Inn at Barnet

Complementing the maps on TheGenealogist are the accompanying Field Books that will also provide researchers with detailed information relative to the valuation of each property, including the valuation assessment number, map reference, owner, occupier, situation, description and extent.

 

This mammoth project is ongoing with over 94,500 Field Books, each having hundreds of pages to digitise with associated large scale IR121 annotated OS maps. This second release from TheGenealogist includes these more detailed IR58 Field Books which feature more information about the properties that have been surveyed.

 

The release this month, covers Barnet, Edgware, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Hendon and Totteridge, just to the south of Hertfordshire. These join the City of London and Paddington Index and maps already released. More areas are coming soon for other London Boroughs and the county of Buckinghamshire.

 

Find out more at: TheGenealogist.co.uk  1910Survey page where you can read about the Lloyd George Domesday Survey. Or you can read the article I wrote for TheGenealogist about the Baronet of Barnet

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/lloyd-george-domesday-survey-finds-the-baronet-of-barnet-906/

 

Mark Bayley, Head of Development at TheGenealogist says:

 

“With our English & Welsh Tithe Map collection, we’ve become known for our map based records and this new collection makes a fantastic later addition. The maps show an incredible amount of detail, allowing you to zoom right in on the hand annotated property. The records that go with these maps are just as detailed, allowing you to find out all manner of information about your ancestral home.”

 

The National Archives issued the following statement:

 

“The Lloyd George ‘Domesday Records’ form essentially a census of property for Edwardian England and Wales. The innovative linking of individually searchable property data with associated annotated Ordnance Survey maps will be of huge value to family and local historians alike.”

To find out more about these records, you can visit our informative record collection page at

TheGenealogist 1910 Survey

 

About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 

About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

For the latest stories, follow the Media Team on Twitter @TNAmediaofficer

 

 

 

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Aug 1 18

The Family History Show – London Saturday 22nd September

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Don’t miss The Family History Show London, the major event of the genealogical calendar.

With many new features to help with your research, free lectures, and free parking. This year it’s taking place at the larger Surrey Hall at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, with more exhibitors and an additional lecture area.

It will be a packed day with the Keynote speech being given by the International Genealogy Blogger Dick Eastman on ‘The Future of Genealogy’.

Family History Show London

Family History Show, London

 

Other speakers include Jane Shrimpton (Dating Photographs), Graham Walter, Chris Baker (Military), Keith Gregson (Social History), Mark Bayley (Research Techniques). Sponsored by TheGenealogist and organised by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine the show in York this June was a packed event pleasing both attendees and stallholders alike.

 

These events are attracting family history societies and companies from all over the UK and further afield. Including The Federation of Family History Societies, MOD, Local Record Offices, Archives, Guild of One Name Studies, Family History Book Publishers, Research Organisations, Genealogy Retailers, Online Services and more.

 

Our ‘Ask the Experts’ panel and the ‘Census Detectives’ will be there to help with your research, date photographs and identify medals.

 

There is plenty of free parking and refreshments are available all day.

 

Last year our advanced ticket allocation sold out and the visitor numbers were exceptional, we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

 

Exhibitor numbers have increased with the keenly priced tables. If you wish to attend, space and the reasonably priced tables are rapidly running out. If you would like to book exhibitor’s space at the Family History Show London you can get the booking form here.

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/exhibit/#promo

 

Tickets – Buy One Get One Half Price!

Early Bird offer: Buy your tickets in advance for £5 a person or buy two for £7.50 door price will be £7 each, and don’t forget everyone gets a Goody Bag worth £8 on entrance!

 

To take advantage of this offer:

Go to  www.TheFamilyHistoryShow.com/london

 

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Jul 29 18

Murder, Mystery And My Family recommissioned for second BBC One series

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

This news item is written by the people at the BBC.

BBC One daytime TV hit Murder, Mystery and My Family is to return to our screens in 2019 with twenty brand new episodes.

BBC programme - Murder, Mystery and My Family

Building on the audience’s fascination with the first series, there will also be ten further follow-up episodes in Murder, Mystery and My Family: Case Closed?

The series follows relatives of those convicted of murder and hanged for their crime, as they reinvestigate the evidence using modern forensics and team up with Barristers Jeremy Dein QC and Sasha Wass QC. The first series, produced for the BBC by Chalkboard Television, was a stand-out hit for BBC One daytime, regularly bringing in over two million viewers in a 9.15am slot and striking a chord with crime fans across the country.

Lindsay Bradbury, BBC Commissioning Editor, says: “When Chalkboard Television pitched the territory of murder crimes, they were slightly cautious because it felt so different for a daytime audience. But this type of distinctive format is exactly what we are after. The audience have really got stuck into the intrigue, suspense and emotion so brilliantly brought to life by Sasha and Jeremy.”

In the first series, half of the cases investigated were found to be unsafe by Judge David Radford. Now the team behind the show are on the hunt for new cases and relatives to re-investigate historic crimes and convictions.

The team are looking for murder and serious crime cases from 1970 and earlier, where there is a question mark over the conviction. As part of this they are looking to team up with relatives of the convicted who are keen to learn more about both their family and the safety of the original verdict.

Anyone interested in contacting the show can reach the production team on: familymystery@chalkboardtv.com

Executive Producer for Chalkboard TV, Mike Benson, says: “The response to the first series was more than we ever expected and the cases proved both fascinating and heart-breaking in equal measure. Most of the cases we featured involved capital punishment and many of the convicted went to the gallows desperately pleading their innocence. Now, decades later, the family members and barristers will be scrutinising the evidence using everything from DNA to ballistics in a bid to learn the truth.”

Bringing modern forensic techniques to historic cases is happening more frequently – with the recent arrest of the Golden State Killer in America an example of the power of modern science being applied to historic cases. However for the family members the show represents both an emotional quest to find the truth about their relatives’ guilt and learn more about their family history.

In series one, barristers Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein investigated a Dorset murder case that tragically tore a family apart in the 1930s. When Frederick Bryant died after a mysterious illness, his wife Charlotte was convicted of murdering him using arsenic, and hanged. With both parents dead, the Bryant’s five children were separated and raised in care. As the barristers re-investigated the strange circumstances surrounding Frederick’s death, William Bryant explored his parents’ past, accompanied by his own son David. Revisiting his childhood home, and the final resting places of both his parents, William learned a great deal about his family’s story, which had been hidden from him as a child. Following the transmission of the episode, William and David were contacted by long lost relatives of both Frederick and Charlotte, reuniting a family that had been fractured for over 80 years.

Anyone wishing to get in touch to appear on the new series should email familymystery@chalkboardtv.com

Production credits for series two:

  • Executive Producer – Mike Benson
  • Series Producer – Simon Cooper
  • Producer – Lorna Hartnett
  • Commissioning Editor for the BBC – Lindsay Bradbury
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Jul 22 18

The Family History Researcher Academy’s English/Welsh Family History Course now available on USB – as well as download

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

 

The Family History Researcher Academy has added some new delivery options to their in-depth English & Welsh Family History Course that reveals the best records and resources for searching for your elusive English or Welsh ancestors

Following customer feedback, those who want to pay a one-off fee and receive all the modules in one package can now do so. The new delivery methods would do away with having to wait for the normal weekly scheduled lesson release – though this is still available with the monthly subscription option, for those who preferred this discipline (see below).

 

To launch the new options The Family History Researcher Academy is offering two promotions:

 

  1. Students who want the lessons mailed to them on a thumb drive will receive 20% off the full course price.
  2. Those who want to download all 52 lessons online will benefit from a 30% discount.

 

Meanwhile, for those who prefer to log in for a weekly scheduled lesson the £1 for a month’s trial continues. Whichever option you chose this accessible course gives you the knowledge to better research for your English or Welsh ancestors and has received great feedback from students.

 

“Thank you for your detailed study of English research. I have done a lot of English research, yet much of what you have sent is stuff that people don’t know, so thank you very much for your diligence in putting this together.” S Johnston

 

“Great series. Will be reading them again as I work on my English ancestors.” J. Gill

The choice you now have is:

 

  • Take a £1 Trial for a Month and then pay a monthly subscription – lessons released weekly online
  • Buy ALL the lessons on a USB stick mailed to you free – 20% off
  • Pay a one-off amount and download ALL the modules from the website – 30% off

 

Read more about the One-time payment options here:

https://familyhistoryresearcher.com/fhrmembers/one-time-payment-for-full-course-sterling/

 

And for the same but in US dollars:

https://familyhistoryresearcher.com/fhrmembers/one-time-payment-for-full-course-us-dollars/

 

Also available in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand dollars. See links on the website.

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Jul 15 18

Families in British India Society (FIBIS) Conference news

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

In the past many British people went out to India for a period, including some of my ancestors.

My grandparents in Southern India, Tea-planters in the late 1920s and 1930s

 

Thus I was very interested by news of the following:

 

FIBIS 20th anniversary conference takes place at Hawkwell House Hotel, Iffley, Oxford. Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2018.

This weekend conference is for both members and non-members of the Families in British India Society with an interest in the period of British involvement in India from 1600 to 1947. The varied lectures cover family and historical research topics. In this final year of the WWI centenary, the conference showcases the FIBIS project detailing recruits to WWI from the community of Anglo-Indians and domiciled Europeans, a view of the Gurkha Regiment over 200 years and advice on researching Indian Army records. Remembering 1947, there will be a lecture on Partition and Independence viewed through the contemporary newsreel and camera lens.

The Conference also considers different approaches to individual family research, from the science of DNA to the very subjective memories evoked by sharing a kitchen!

The actress Diana Quick also relates her typical Anglo-Indian family story and the research and journeys that it inspired.

Alongside the lecture programme there will be workshops and opportunities for one to one help, and time to network and compare notes with other delegates, buy books, meet the speakers and authors and join in social activities.

You can book for the conference at https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/ 

More Information https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/20th-anniversary-conference-speakers/

https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/20th-anniversary-conference-sponsors/

https://www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk/

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Jul 8 18

The Genealogist releases another batch of Poll Books

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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Latest news:

 

TheGenealogist has just released 116,218 records into its ever growing Poll Book Database. This useful resource for family historians can be used to find ancestors residences from the period before the census collection. The newly released Poll Books range from 1705 to the 1830s, joining records covering periods between census years.

 

The database allows researchers to:

  • Discover ancestors who had the vote
  • Find where they were registered to cast their ballot
  • Discover the nature of their qualification to vote, such as possessing a Corn Warehouse, a Workshop, a House, or owning a Brewhouse
  • These Poll Books range from 1705 to the 1830s.

 

The records cover 18 different registers of people who were entitled to vote in between 1705 and the 1830s and covers constituencies situated in Abingdon, Bristol, Hampshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Maidstone, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire and York.

 

These records have been transcribed by volunteers on the UKindexer.co.uk website which brings benefits to the volunteers as well as the wider family history community.

 

They join the millions of electoral resources on TheGenealogist which include Electoral registers, Voters lists and Absentee Voters.

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article: Researching Poll Books discovers how John Constable’s family voted

 

 

 

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Jul 1 18

Maps and Plans Release from ScotlandsPeople

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

I read the following news with interest as when I research my Scottish ancestors a map is always useful in understanding their environment.

 

From ScotlandsPeople

More than 2,400 historic maps, plans and drawings from National Records of Scotland (NRS) collections have been made available on the ScotlandsPeople website. Many of the maps show the changing Scottish landscape over time. They also record where people lived or worked, so they can throw light on ancestors’ lives and even suggest new avenues for research. The maps and plans cover certain areas of Scotland, but not the whole of the country. They include both country estates and plans of towns and cities, including for example Glasgow. Most of the maps and plans originate in the records of court cases, Scottish government departments, Heritors’ records, as well as in private collections gifted to or purchased by NRS.

If you would like to find out more, read their maps and plans guide, or search the maps and plans.

The maps and plans collection is amongst the finest in the UK and contains the largest number of Scottish manuscript maps and plans held by any single institution. Spanning four centuries, the collections cover both manuscript and printed topographical maps and plans. They are particularly strong in estate and railway plans; architectural drawings; and engineering drawings, particularly of ships, railway engines and rolling stock. More maps and plans will be added to the ScotlandsPeople website.

Plan of the Carron River from Carron works to Grangemouth - 1797 National Records of Scotland

Plan of the Carron River from Carron works to Grangemouth, 1797
National Records of Scotland, RHP242/2

This plan of the Carron River was drawn in 1797 by John Ainslie, one of the foremost mapmakers of his time. His great map of Scotland, drawn between 1787 and 1788, was a landmark in clarifying the outline of Scotland. The River Carron is almost 14 miles in length; rising in the Campsie Fells it is shown here passing what was one of the most important industrial sites in Scotland, the Carron Works which manufactured cast iron goods, and continuing down towards Grangemouth.

 

Read more at: https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/article/news-article-maps-and-plans-release

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Jun 22 18

Finding my ancestor in the newly released Change of Name Database

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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TheGenealogist logo

 

This week I was taking a look around the newly released Change of Name Database on TheGenealogist so that I could put together an article for their website when I came across one of my own collateral ancestors in the database. My maternal line includes a number of fascinating Scots that would seem to have had a bit of money and land. This is stark contrast to others in my tree that had very little in the way of property.

I was thrilled, when using this new resource, to discover the official change of name where my 3x great grandmother’s elder brother was being made a baronet and officially registering a change of name from having a double-barrelled surname to a triple-barrelled one of 26 characters long!

You can read the article on Change of Names here.

 

The reason for my article was to compliment TheGenealogist releasing the new resource for family historians wanting to find ancestors who had officially changed their forename or surname in Britain. Their Change of Name Database covers information gathered from a number of sources including Private Acts of Parliament; Royal Licences published in the London and Dublin Gazettes; notices of changes of name published in The Times after 1861 with a few notices from other newspapers; registers of the Lord Lyon [King of Arms] where Scottish changes of name were commonly recorded; records in the office of the Ulster King at Arms and also some private information.

 

You can use this database to:

  • Discover ancestors that recorded a change of name
  • Find what name had been adopted and the name discarded

 

Their second release this month is to coincide with the return of The Family History Show, York to the racecourse on Saturday 23rd June, which I am attending.

TheGenealogist has now added the Colour Tithe Maps for the North Riding and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Complimenting the already released schedule books and greyscale maps, these colour maps add an attractive visual aid to find where your ancestor lived in the mid 1800s.

 

The fully searchable tithe records released online allow researchers to:

  • Find plots of land owned or occupied by ancestors in early Victorian North Riding and East Riding of Yorkshire on colour maps
  • See where your forebears lived, farmed or perhaps occupied a small cottage or a massive estate.

 

 

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