Birmingham · Parish Registers

Thursday’s Tips – Birmingham Parish Registers

My 2x great grandmother, Maria Louisa Doyle, was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.  Her father was Irish, but her mother’s family came from Birmingham.  For this branch of the family, I use the following collections held on Ancestry.com, (as well as the census records, and the birth, death and marriage indexes): Birmingham, England, Church of… Continue reading Thursday’s Tips – Birmingham Parish Registers

Parish Registers · West Yorkshire

Thursday’s Tips – West Yorkshire Parish Registers

I am currently researching my 3x great grandparents and their descendants, and I have two sets of 3xgreat grandparents from West Yorkshire – William Sharp and Sarah Crossley, and Mark Oldroyd and Elizabeth Sidebottom. William, Sarah, Mark and Elizabeth lived all their lives in Wakefield, and many of their descendants remained in West Yorkshire, so… Continue reading Thursday’s Tips – West Yorkshire Parish Registers

Ancestry.com.au · London · Parish Registers

Thursday’s Tips – London, England Parish Registers

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… Continue reading Thursday’s Tips – London, England Parish Registers

Ancestry.com.au · Parish Registers · United Kingdom - Somerset

Thursday’s Tips – Somerset, England Parish Registers

I have written in this series about the free sites I use for researching in Australia.  When it comes to my ancestors in England, I find that I need to use a subscription site, and I find most of the collections I need are on Ancestry.com.  As far as I know, no other site has… Continue reading Thursday’s Tips – Somerset, England Parish Registers

Births, deaths, marriages · Censuses and Voter lists · England · Ireland · Parish Registers · Scotland · Wales

Thursday’s Tips – Free UK Genealogy and the GRO Online Indexes

For the United Kingdom, my starting point is the three Free UK Genealogy sites: FreeBMD This site has free indexes to the births, deaths and marriages for England and Wales from since the beginning of civil registration in 1837.  I use this site for marriages. I sometimes use this for births and deaths, if I… Continue reading Thursday’s Tips – Free UK Genealogy and the GRO Online Indexes

Australia · Births, deaths, marriages · Cemeteries · Censuses and Voter lists · England · Free resources · Immigration & Travel · Military · New Zealand · Newspapers · Parish Registers · Scotland · Wales · Wills & probate

Free websites for family history research

In this post, I am sharing the free websites I am currently using.  So far, these websites are for Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales and Scotland.  I am also going to copy this post to my Resources section, and update it as I expand my research into other countries. Births Deaths and Marriages Births Deaths… Continue reading Free websites for family history research

Australia · Births, deaths, marriages · Censuses and Voter lists · Military · Parish Registers · Researching your family history · United Kingdom

My research checklist – an update

When I was researching my great grandparents, Joseph Whimpey and Sarah Jane Sharp, I found I needed to update my checklist. Sarah was born in 1853 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.  She came with her parents to Australia in 1863.  Also, one of Joseph and Sarah’s son had been killed in the First World War.  I… Continue reading My research checklist – an update

Ancestry.com.au · FindMyPast · Ireland · Parish Registers

Catholic Parish Registers in Ireland now available at Ancestry and FindMyPast

On 16 July 2015, I did a post about the Catholic Parish Registers in Ireland.  At that time, these could only be browsed - there was no index. Ancestry and FindMyPast have now added these records to their collections, and these records have now been indexed.  Both sites have made these available for free for a… Continue reading Catholic Parish Registers in Ireland now available at Ancestry and FindMyPast