In the geographical structure of GENUKI, there can be information about individual towns, places and parishes. This Chapter shows how to get to this information. It also gives examples of some types of information provided. For Aberdeenshire there is a list of parishes, a web page for each parish, an index of place names, a map of the county, and an active map (click on an area of the map to display the web page for that parish). Different county maintainers have chosen to give different types of information. Examples here are a census index, for Llanblethian in Glamorgan; a summary of records available, for Tewkesbury Abbey in Gloucestershire (there is a similar summary for each parish in Gloucestershire); and for Stoke Bruerne in Northamptonshire a reconstruction of families from a variety of records - provided as a link to the compiler's website, outside GENUKI.
The first emphasis in GENUKI has been getting information about each county. This is being extended to places within counties, but at present the coverage varies widely. Also note that some Family History Society web sites have substantial information about each place in their area; it is always worth looking at the relevant Society web page. For this it may be best to look at the list of societies within the individual county page in GENUKI. Sometimes these list local history societies, archaeological societies, and others not on the list of Family History Societies at the UK and Ireland level of GENUKI.
Example 4.1 Choose Scotland, then Aberdeenshire, then at top of page click the button for "Aberdeenshire Towns and Parishes". There is also a link in the body of the Aberdeenshire page under "Names, Geographical".
ABERDEENSHIRE - Parishes
The index below reflects the way information is
organised on these pages.
To aid with the geographical location, a map
of the county (8 kbytes) is available.
Select a letter below to go directly to parishes starting with that letter
|Caption: Example 4.1 (first part) from www.urie.demon.co.uk/genuki/ABD/parishes.html in the GENUKI pages for Aberdeenshire maintained by Dave Anderson|
Choosing A from the example above goes to the relevant part of the same web page. The second part of example 4.1. shows part of this list of parishes starting with A.
|Caption: Example 4.1 (second part)|
Example 4.2 is taken from the active map referred to in example 4.1. (The example is just a part of the image, without the active link).
|Caption: Example 4.2 www.urie.demon.co.uk/genuki/ABD/parishmap1.html gives the active map referred to in example 4.1, from GENUKI Aberdeenshire pages. The example is a small part of the map layout.|
On the original web page, if you click anywhere within the parish, it gives a page starting:
Crathie and Braemar
Contents of this page:
|Caption: Example 4.3 from www.urie.demon.co.uk/genuki/ABD/Crathie/index.html - Examples 4.1 to 4.3 are by Dave Anderson, GENUKI maintainer for Aberdeenshire|
NOTE: Examples 4.4 to 4.7 in this section no longer exist in the Gloucestershire Genuki pages. Since the lists of sources were compiled, Gloucestershire record Office have put their catalogue on line, and this now provides a more current list of sources. What follows for examples 4.4 to 4.7 is that in the original printed book, not what is in current Genuki pages, and many links have been removed. .
The Gloucestershire GENUKI web pages have a summary of the records available for each parish. Example 4.4 introduces the summaries.
|Gloucestershire Towns and Parishes
This Town and Parish List aims to cover all the parishes for which original source material is available at the Gloucestershire Record Office (GRO). The list may therefore include references to some parishes which are now in Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire &c. Parish groupings, and spellings have been adopted as available in the GRO Handlist, but please be aware when consulting other sources that there may be considerable variation to what appears here, both in presentation and in spelling. Specifically, some parishes may have been known by quite different names in the past - for example, the modern day village known as Guiting Power can in some records be found as "Lower Guiting".
|Caption: Example 4.4 from www.gen uki.org.uk/big/eng/GLS/Parishes.html by Rosemary Lockie|
The entries for the individual parishes are compact tables with abbreviations for each source. It is advisable to look first at the introduction to the sources and list of abbreviations, in example 4.5. The same web page continues to give an explanation of each source. It might be helpful to print the page when looking at the summaries for Gloucestershire parishes.
Information about the Guides to Gloucestershire Research Sources.
This collection of Guides is an assembly of information derived from a variety of sources, included, but not limited to a catalogue of Gloucestershire Record Office (GRO) Holdings. It has been compiled by Rosemary Lockie, with additional information supplied by Leslie Mahler (for Bristol records) and Malcolm Farmer (for records lodged in the Worcester Record Office). It is intended for NON-COMMERCIAL use; copies may be made for private research research purposes only.
The following categories are used in the table of sources:-
BIGLAND - BTs - B/MF - GMI - GRO REF - HUNDRED - IGI - MEN & ARMour - MIs - PARISH - PHILLIMORE - Printed Copy - REGs - RM/F - RMI - TITHE AWARD - Typescript - War Mem
|Caption: Example 4.5 formerly at www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/GLS/ROsummary.html|
Examples 4.6 is part of the same web page as 4.5. It is the description of one source, showing that "RMI" is "Roe's Marriage Index". The detailed description describes the index, and tells you where it is available.
|Caption: Example 4.6 formerly from www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/GLS/ROsummary.html|
The entry for each parish uses the abbreviations listed in example 4.5, which are explained in entries like that of example 4.6, to summarise the records available. Example 4.7 is the summary of sources for Tewkesbury Abbey. For example it shows that registers of christenings from 1570 to 1847 are in the International Genealogical Index, with marriages from 1572 to 1850. RM/F and BM/F are microfilms of parish registers and Bishops Transcripts - available at Family History Centres of the LDS Church, so you can look at the detail for yourself. BIGLAND shows there are entries in the books of Ralph Bigland who visited many of Gloucestershire's graveyards in the late 18th Century, and recorded the contents of the Memorials. "Men and Armour" is in effect a list of able bodied men in Gloucestershire in 1608 - a militia list. Once you have had a quick look through the abbreviations, you realise there is a mass of useful information in the summaries.
Please be aware that the information provided above is offered as a guide to your research only. Whilst every care has been taken to provide details which are as accurate as possible, changes and improvements in the services offered by Record Offices and Reference Libraries are likely at all times. Therefore if the exact details of parish record holdings are crucial to your visit, you are strongly advised to confirm this information with the appropriate office beforehand.
|Caption: Example 4.7 formerly at www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/GLS/Tewkesbury/ROAbbeyStMary.html|
Examples 4.4 to 4.7 are by Rosemary Lockie, GENUKI maintainer for Gloucestershire
In some cases there are complete transcripts or indexes of records for one place. Example 4.8 is the transcript and index for the 1851 census for the parish of Llanbethian in Glamorgan. I found the example by using the overall search of GENUKI at www.genuki.org.uk/search/ - putting in "Taylor" and "1851" and "census" as search terms. This is one of the pages found by the search. As the page is an alphabetical index of names followed by a transcript, I had to use the browser "search within the page" to find the entry of interest. The first search for "Taylor" within the page stopped on the alphabetical list entry showing there is a Taylor on folio 482. In this case I could continue to find the next "Taylor" which is in the household extract - for other names it might have been more convenient to search for the folio number "482".
This Taylor family came from Devon. It is worth noting that although "Payhembury" is spelt correctly, "Ailsbeer" is presumably the place in Devon spelt "Aylesbear" or "Aylesbeare". Searches on unusual place names can be powerful - but many place names are spelt wrongly in the census.
1851 Census for Llanblethian
Transcribed by Phil Mustoe
A List of Folio Numbers where each surname can be
Continue down this list to:
|TAYLOR : folio 482|
By continuing down the page, or searching for Taylor, or searching for 482, we find:
|Ref:HO107/2461 f.482 p.21 s.90
Thomas TAYLOR Head Mar 35 Drainer Excavator DEV Ailsbeer Mary TAYLOR Wife Mar 45 DEV Payhembury Thomas PENNINGTON Unm 22 Drainer DEV Payhembury Agnes PENNINGTON Unm 20 At Home DEV Payhembury Jane PENNINGTON Unm 8 Scholar DEV Payhembury Emma TAYLOR Daur Unm 6 Scholar DEV Payhembury Henry TAYLOR Son Unm 9 Mon GLA Llanblethian George GREEN Ldgr Unm 31 Drainer DEV Landkey
|Caption: Example 4.8 from www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/GLA/Llanbleddian/census.1851.html by Phil Mustoe, GENUKI maintainer for Glamorgan|
To show how GENUKI can turn up information you did not even dream existed, here are reconstituted families in Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire. Norman Tew, who lives in Australia, has collated census and parish register information. If you have interests in that parish, his pages are invaluable. Example 4.9 (in two parts) is the description of Stoke Bruerne in the GENUKI Northamptonshire pages, describing Norman Tew's work which is published on his own web pages. Tom Taylor in the family of example 4.10 was born in Brentford, Middlesex but by 1891 he was in Stoke Bruerne in rural Northamptonshire. An unusual progression? The description of the village gives a clue - Stoke Bruerne is on the Grand Union Canal (in fact there is now a canal museum). And where does the canal join the Thames - in Brentford! Use every clue when thinking how your ancestors might have migrated.
In 1902 a young pupil at the village school wrote a description of her home :
"It is a very pretty village situated in South Northamptonshire with a population of 400. The Grand Junction Canal runs straight through the village, it is specially interesting because of its locks and the tunnel, the boats have to be taken through the tunnel by means of a steam tug which goes from 5 am in the morning till 9 pm at night every two hours.
|Caption: Example 4.9 (part 1) http://www.kellner.eclipse.co.uk/genuki/NTH/StokeBruerne/ (The above extract is from 'The Northamptonshire Village Book', compiled by the Northamptonshire Federation of Women's Institutes, published by Countryside Books, Newbury, Berkshire)|
Description and Travel
The Grand Junction Canal is now the Grand Union Canal
Norman Tew, of Sydney, Australia, has produced the following transcripts and indexes, and is willing to share the results of his work with anyone contacting him by e-mail, see lonk at bottom of at Norman Tew reearch page . He has also created a database of individuals contained in the Church Records and Censuses which can be found at the Stoke Bruerne Surnames Index (web address changed since book was published).
|Caption: Example 4.9 (part 2) by Maurice Kellner, GENUKI maintainer for Northamptonshire|
|Caption: Example 4.10, first part|
Families and Individuals of Stoke Bruerne & Shutlanger Northamptonshire,England
There are 7301 individuals and 2223 families representing 872 surnames in this database.
|The individuals here are from the
censuses (1841-1891) and parish records of baptisms,
marriages, and burials from 1700 to 1900. If you wish
details of the records found for any individual please
e-mail me. In some cases people may be linked to the
wrong families, please e-mail me (see below) if you find
errors. Thank you.
The names are shown in family groups.
|Caption: Example 4.10 from pages, later moved to http://www.tech2u.com.au/~normtew/sbn/index.htm|
Choose Name Index S-T, go down in this to the Taylor entries, a section is:
(web pages moved) |
(links have been removed, or changed to point within this web page)
Choose Tom Taylor:
[Parents] was born about 1882 in
Brentford, Middlesex, England. He married Alice Louisa
Alice Louisa was born before 1886. She married Tom Taylor before 1904.
|Caption: Example 4.10 (web pages moved, follow links from www.tech2u.com.au/~normtew/sbn/index.htm ) by Norman Tew, published on his own web pages (link to Parents has been removed|
End of Chapter 4 of GENUKI Book by David Hawgood. Prepared 10 Nov 2005. Amended 17 Dec 2008,
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