GENUKI gives access to indexes of names and summaries of documents in a variety of ways. However you get them, remember that there is usually more information in the original document. An index to a marriage will just give the names of bride and groom; the register entry may give their ages, homes, occupations, whether they have been widowed, names of fathers, and names of witnesses. Once you have a reference to a document, you can usually get a copy quite cheaply from the archives holding the original. You can also employ a searcher to look at the original, get you a photocopy, and transcribe additional information. There was a list of professional researchers who discuss or accept commissions by email on John Woodgate's pages at http://www.woodgate.org/FAQs/adverts.html [but this link no longer works]
GENUKI may contain or have links to:
Transcript or abstract ( in date or other original order of the document) as a web page.
Index (usually in alphabetic order of names) as a web page
See examples 3.1 to 3.5. Internet search engines work on indexes and transcripts held as web pages. You may need a browser "find" within the web page to find the entry. A search of GENUKI pages is available at www.genuki.org.uk/search/ .
On-line search of a database not on a web page
Notable examples are Scots Origins, FamilySearch, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. These have their own search, a "fill in a form" web page. They just return the hits, and entries are not found by web search engines. Example 3.6 shows a search of a database of passengers to Victoria, Australia.
Off-line search service: you pay a Family History Society or individual holding the index, to do a search. Usually payment and results are by post. See example 3.7, Northamptonshire FHS Personal Name Database.
Published Index to names: there are thousands of indexes available, mainly from family history societies, as booklets, or microfiche, or computer disks. Example 3.8 shows some marriage indexes available from Bristol and Avon Family History Society. The society also provides a search service. Most societies' web pages list publications available, some with on-line sales.
Example 3.1 is an abstract of the text of wills. Nick Hidden abstracted the text of about 1000 wills from Berkshire and surrounding areas. They are wills for surnames of interest to him, but have other people mentioned - relatives, witnesses, executors, etc.. The one shown in the example is the will of Edward Playstead, but also mentions Francis and Martha Bear.
|1794 edward playstead hungerford brk dean of sarum will comm cod 10350 will, codicil and commision of edward playstead 1) will of edward playstead of hungerford, chapman to my nephew francis bear of hungerford, cordwainer my freehold messuage in hungerford in which i now dwell and all my other messuages in hungerford etc to hold for ever but charged with a legacy of £20 to be paid to my neice martha bear of hungerford, spinster residue to francis bear who is sole executor dated 25 november 1783 sign edward playsteed witnesses: anthony woodroffe francis hahtridge wm deadman junior 2) codicil : revokes legacy of £20 to neice martha bear and gives legacy of £30 to great neice mary bear, daughter of my nephew francis bear (at age of 21 years) 23 march 1791 [testator makes mark] witnesses: richd fullbrook, jno: church, wm: deadman probate 28 october 1794 3) commision - the testator died 31 march 1791|
|Caption: Example 3.1. www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/BRKwills/wa10350.html Abstracts of Berkshire Wills. Abstract prepared by Nick Hidden, and provided by him for publication within GENUKI.|
I found example 3.2 by using a search for "Blackmore" in the Devon pages of GENUKI. One hit was a Pigots Directory for Devonport. It gives the name, profession and address. The list is in alphabetical order of professions, then alphabetical order of names within each profession. The example shows just four names from the list, including the two "Blackmore" entries located by the web search.
|Caption: Example 3.2 - heading|
Name Listing from the Dock (Devonport) Section
of a pre-1830 edition of
Berryman, Richd: Attorney 18 St Aubyn Street Birkhead, R Hawker: Attorney 32 Chapel Street Blackmore, Jn Pym: Attorney 50 Fore Street Blackmore, Walter Pomery: Attorney 6 Morice Street
|Caption: Example 3.2 from www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/genuki/DEV/StokeDamerel/DevonportPigotPre1830.html Extracted and reconstructed by Brian Randell from a file made available by Cornwall Online - the Cornish Internet Magazine|
Another way in to the same transcript is to ask "what lists of names are there for Devonport?". To do this choose England, then Devon, then Stoke Damerel, then Personal Names. (Devonport is in the parish of Stoke Damerel - for ways of finding where places appear in GENUKI, see Chapter 2 examples 2.8 to 2.12).
Devonport Bicycle Licenses - 1937-48, transcribed by the late Ted Wildy. [unfortunately that list was for Devonport, New Zealand, not Devonport, England, so it has been removed]
|Caption: Example 3.3 from www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/genuki/DEV/StokeDamerel/ in the GENUKI pages for Devon, prepared by Brian Randell|
Example 3.4 shows indexes and transcripts of church records for Durham. This is under the topic "Church Records" in the page for the county of Durham.
Note that in looking for indexes you may have to look at different levels. At the top level there is FamilySearch with the IGI including many parish registers, at the county level there is a marriage index, at individual place level there are transcripts for particular parishes.
|Caption: Example 3.4 from www.joinermarriageindex.com/pjoiner/genuki/DUR/#ChurchRecords maintained by Paul Joiner (updated Feb 2007)|
I used the Durham parish register search facility from example 3.4 to search for the surname Lilburn. One hit indicated was in marriages from Sunderland Registers 1830-1837; the first part of example 3.5 shows the head of this page. The entries are in date order as in the original register. To locate the Lilburn entry that made the page a hit, I used the web browser find facility to look for occurrences of the word "Lilburn". The second part of example 3.5 shows a few entries from the register, including that for William Lilburn marrying on 8th May 1830.
|Caption: Example 3.5 pt 1 - page heading|
Marriages from the Sunderland Registers (1830-1837)
This listing is produced from an index that was originally prepared by Bill Rounce and entered onto computer by George Bell with the assistance of Sandra (Hope) Bell. This index is one of a number kindly made available to GENUKI by George Bell from his large collection of Northumberland and Durham indexes.
5 May 1830 Samuel Doughty = Margaret Towell 5 May 1830 Joseph Potts = Grace Petty 8 May 1830 William Lilburn = Mary Robson 10 May 1830 Martin Mattinson = Cordelia Cook 16 May 1830 Daniel Bowan = Margaret Richardson
|Caption: Example 3.5 from www.cs.ncl.ac.uk/genuki/Transcriptions/DUR/SUN1830.html from a transcript by Bill Rounce, see acknowledgment at the start of the example. Maintained by Brian Pears.|
The next example shows a link from GENUKI to a searchable database outside GENUKI - passengers to Victoria, Australia. In the topic "Emigration and immigration" at the top (UK & Ireland) level of GENUKI shown in example 2.1, we are told that "The Public Record Office of Victoria, Australia has provided an Index to Inward Overseas Passengers from Foreign Ports 1852-1859 (indexed by Surname)." Choosing this gives a choice of databases to search; the preamble to one of them is shown as the first part of example 3.6; the page continues with a form to fill in. I asked for entries for the surname "Excell" and was given the table of seven Excell passengers shown in the second part of example 3.6. It is possible that the William on the ship Essex in 1855 is my wife's ancestor, and that Sophia and Fanny on the Maidstone in 1858 are two of his sisters. The microfiche reference may give me extra information to establish whether these are the right people.
Note that these Excell names do not appear on a web page, so they cannot be found using a web search engine. They can only be found by going to the relevant Public Record Office of Victoria web page and filling in a form on that web page. But the information is supplied immediately from their computer, and is sent to your computer.
|Caption: Example 3.6 - heading|
Immigration to Victoria
British Ports 1852 - 1869
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists
You can search this index for names of unassisted passengers who boarded ships to Victoria from British ports between 1852 and 1869. Enter one or more of Surname, Given names, Ship name, Year, Month and the number of matches you require, then press Search .
Immigration to Victoria
British Ports 1852 - 1869
Index to Unassisted Inward Passenger Lists
|EXCELL||WILLIAM||24||APR||1853||JAMES L BOGERT||B||035||006|
|Caption: Example 3.6. Result of search from the web site http://www.prov.vic.gov.au/ of the Public Record Office of Victoria, Australia|
Example 3.7 shows the description of a search service available from Northamptonshire Family History Society. They have an index on computer covering many different documents for Northamptonshire. The index is not available on the Internet, but you can write in and get a computer print-out of entries matching your requirements, at a reasonable price.
To find this page choose England, then Northamptonshire, then Societies, and Northamptonshire FHS from this; or choose the top level UK & Ireland, then Societies, then Northamptonshire FHS.
PERSONAL NAME DATABASE SEARCH
The Personal Name Database (PND) was started in 1993
as a joint project with the Northamptonshire Record
Office as a service to readers trying to trace their
ancestors. It comprises an index to a variety of material
which can be found at the Record Office. It aims to
record all entries in registers, extant in this county
and instances of personal names in other documents,
including the Christenings Registers from 1813, Militia
List, Quarter Session Book. The information is held in
the database under the following headings SURNAME;
FORENAME; DATE or SOURCE.
|Caption: Example 3.7 from web site of Northamptonshire Family History Society, details moved later to www.northants-fhs.org/searchservices_pnd.html|
There are thousands of indexes available for sale as publications, mainly from Family History Societies. Many societies sell their publications on line through GenFair at www.genfair.com/ , others sell by post. Example 3.8 shows the Bristol Marriages Index 1800-1837, some of the many indexes available from Bristol and Avon FHS. To see the list in GENUKI, choose England then Gloucestershire, go to the topic Societies and follow the link to Bristol & Avon FHS. Within that choose Publications. These are mainly large city parishes. If you know the parish you can get the set of microfiche for two pounds in most cases - postage about another pound - so this is an inexpensive way to get the microfiche index. But if you know you are looking in Bristol, but don't know which parish, you may do better with the search service shown in example 3.9 - for two pounds you get a search of all these 1800-1837 indexes and others back to 1754.
|Bristol Marriages Index 1800 - 1837 (Microfiche)|
|Part 1 - All Saints, Christchurch, St. Mary le Port, St. Nicholas, St. John the Baptist, St. Stephen, St. Werburgh||2.00|
|Part 2 - St. Augustine the Less, St. George Brandon Hill, St. Michael||2.00|
|Part 3 - St. Mary Redcliffe, St. Thomas, Temple||2.00|
|Part 4 - St. James||2.50|
|Part 5 - Society of Friends, St. Peter, Ss. Philip & Jacob, St. Philip - Holy Trinity||2.00|
|Part 6 - St. Paul||2.50|
|Part 7 - Bedminster||2.00|
|Caption: Example 3.8 from www.cix.co.uk/~kgroves/ba/pubfiche.html showing publications available, from the web site of Bristol and Avon Family History Society [now at http://www.bafhs.org.uk/ see http://www.bafhs.org.uk/shop/marriages.htm ]|
|BRISTOL AND AVON MARRIAGE INDEXES
The Society has made indexes of marriages for all of the parishes in Bristol and Avon covering the period 1754 - 1837, with some earlier material for certain parishes and Quaker marriages. Send your enquiry for a particular marriage, giving as many clues as possible.
The normal charge is £2 for each individual marriage enquiry.
|Caption: Example 3.9 - from http://www.bafhs.org.uk/shop/marriages.htm (moved twice since book was printed) showing services available, from the web site of Bristol and Avon Family History Society|
End of Chapter 3 of GENUKI Book by David Hawgood. Updated 17 feb 2008.
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