Last week, I wrote about the Somerset England parish registers that are on Ancestry.com. This week, I am writing about two other collections that I have been using while researching the descendants of William Whimpey and Elizabeth Clements. Their daughter, Mary Ann, was married in Somerset, but by 1861, she and her husband had moved to London, and that is where their daughter Emily lived all her life. William Whimpey and Elizabeth Clements other daughter, Elizabeth, went to the Channel Islands, but her eldest daughter, Mary Jane Prout, went to live in London. There are two collections I have used so far to research this branch of the family:
Mary Jane Prout married Henry William Smith. To make sure I have the children with the right parents, I use the GRO Online Indexes to search for Smith children with mother’s maiden name Prout. From the census records, I know the family lived in Fulham, so that helps me narrow down the results, but because Smith is such a common surname, I also check for a baptism record, to make sure that Henry William and Mary Jane are the parents. I also use the Marriages and Banns collections to search for marriages for the children, checking the father’s name, and the residence, to confirm I have the right person.