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Pinpoint ancestors homes from the 1911 census on historic maps 24 December 2021
Travel back in time and locate an ancestor's address from the 1911 England and Wales census using contemporary and georeferenced maps on our Map Explorer™.
For the first time the properties recorded in the 1911 census can now be matched with mapping to show where our English or Welsh ancestors had lived at that time. The majority of London can be seen down to property level, while the rest of the country currently will identify down to parish, road or street with house level matching as new areas are processed.
This groundbreaking feature allows you to pin down your ancestors to properties on a contemporary map at the time of the census in 1911. With this feature family historians are able to walk the streets where their ancestors lived as not only can it be accessed on a computer but also on the move on a mobile phone!
This is an invaluable tool for house historians making it easier than ever to link census records to properties and complementing the already rich georeferenced Lloyd George Domesday Survey and Tithe records that are already available on Map Explorer™.
Watch our short video on the new release and see the records in action :
New Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate 1910 Property Records 10 December 2021
Our latest release sees 60,290 new owner and occupier records added to our unique Lloyd George Domesday Survey record set. The IR58 Inland Revenue Valuation Office records reveal to family historians all sorts of details about their ancestors' home, land, outbuildings and property owned or occupied in Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate at the time of the survey in the 1910s.
These property tax records, taken at a time when the government was seeking to raise funds for the introduction of social welfare programmes, introduced revolutionary taxes on the lands and incomes of Britain's population. To carry out this policy the government used surveyors to catalogue a description of each property in a street and also to plot its location on large-scale OS maps.
Using the IR58 records from The National Archives, these valuable records can now be searched using our Master Search or by clicking on the pins displayed on our powerful Map Explorer™. The ability to switch between georeferenced modern and historic maps means that the family historian can see how the landscape where their ancestors had lived or worked may have changed over time.
This online 1910s property records resource is unique to TheGenealogist and enables the researcher to thoroughly investigate a place in which an ancestor had lived in the 1910s notwithstanding that the streets may have undergone unrecognisable change in the intervening years.
South West London Property Records 29 October 2021
Today's release includes records that let you discover the homes of England's most infamous monarch, English Rugby and the modern home of England's archives!
We have just released over 49,000 records into our unique Lloyd George Domesday Survey records, with the addition of owners and occupiers from the 1910s property tax records for Barnes, Hampton, Richmond upon Thames, Teddington and Twickenham.
These occupier and ownership records can be searched for using the Master Search at TheGenealogist or by clicking on the pins displayed on our powerful Map Explorer™. Only available online from TheGenealogist, these records enable the researcher to thoroughly investigate a place in which an ancestor lived, even if the streets have undergone massive changes in the intervening years.
You can find out more about these collections and discover the humble beginnings of The National Archives Kew in our latest featured article.
New Irish Records 15 October 2021
We have just released nearly 1 million records of baptisms, marriages and burials from Wexford Catholic Parish Records and new Dublin Will and Grant Books to provide a valuable resource for those researching Irish ancestry.
The Wexford Parish records have been newly transcribed and also benefit from our SmartSearch that enables subscribers to look for the parent's potential marriage records from baptism records and also potential siblings. Each result also has a link to view the registers on the National Library of Ireland's website should the researcher wish to see an image of the actual page of the Catholic parish register.
The Dublin wills are from the Deputy Keeper Of Ireland, Index To The Act or Grant Books, and To Original Wills, of The Diocese Of Dublin 1272 -1858 (26th, 30th, and 31st Report) and cover an area that is bigger than the current County of Dublin as the diocese included a sizeable part of County Wicklow, some substantial parts of southern and eastern County Kildare, as well as smaller portions of Counties Carlow, Laois (Queen's County) and Wexford.
You can find out more about these collections and discover George Harrison's Wexford ancestors Irish Parish Records in our latest featured article.
Announcing 1086 Domesday Book records on Map Explorer™ 24 September 2021
The fascinating Domesday Book from 1086 can now be searched as a layer on Map Explorer™ with pins on the maps, linked to transcripts and images of the pages, identifying each entry in this Norman survey.
Pins on the map indicate where a record exists in 1086 and links to records that show holdings before and after the conquest. Discover the name of the Overlord, Tenant in Chief and Lord of areas across England. Find out the numbers of villagers – and even slaves that were the lord's property – for places at the time of William the Conqueror's rule. Researchers can click the link to read the transcripts of the records that give details of the land, see who held it in 1066 and then in 1086, as well as see images of the actual pages from the 1086 Domesday Book.
Over 1.4 Million Norfolk Parish Records Added 24 September 2021
This week we have considerably increased our Norfolk Parish Records coverage by releasing 1,445,523 new individuals into our growing Parish Record Collection. These records, which are released in association with the Norfolk Record Office, are fully searchable and transcribed while also being linked to high quality images making them an extremely valuable resource for researchers of this eastern part of England.
With over 12 million records for Norfolk alone, these Parish Records allow researchers to find their ancestor's baptisms, marriages and burials recorded by the parish church. Some registers will take the family historian back as far as the mid 16th century and up to much more recent times, as our latest feature article discovers when we discover Royals sandwiched on the Parish Register page between Carpenters and Production Operatives.
Over 52,000 new records for Ealing Released 03 September 2021
We have just released 52,429 records for the Borough of Ealing in the west of London for the period just prior to the First World War. This area consists of the seven major towns of Acton, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Northolt, Perivale and Southall as well as the area of Hayes, Norwood and part of Hammersmith. It was once in the county of Middlesex and because it was halfway between city and country, with pleasant greenery, it was often referred to as the 'Queen of the Suburbs'.
The records can be quite revealing for family historians as they give details of houses and other buildings owned in the area by our ancestors at a time when the Government surveyed Ealing in the period between 1910-1915.
To make it easier to understand how areas may have changed over the years, we have also plotted each property onto large scale contemporary Ordnance Survey Maps which are available on our versatile Map Explorer™. This allows users to switch between modern and historical maps so that a researcher is able to see any changes that have taken place in the surrounding neighbourhood with the passing of time.
These land tax records, when used in conjunction with other records on TheGenealogist such as census, street directories etc can build a better picture of the environment in which your ancestors worked, lived or played.
To find out more about these records, read our Featured Article, "The Home of St Trinian's and The Lavender Hill Mob".