Wednesday, 1 September 2010

England, Andrews Index Cards, 1790-1976

New on Ancestry, "this unique card index was compiled in England from the 1790s until about 1970 and features a collection of notices from newspapers and various official sources, such as the London Gazette. Approximately 250,000 cards include announcements of births, marriages, obituaries, and deaths abroad; notices of wills, unclaimed estates, and filings under the Colonial Probates Act of 1892 (which recognized probates from courts in British possessions); and advertisements for missing persons and people seeking next of kin. The original newspaper clippings on the cards sometimes include annotations referring to additional information from other sources.

The cards can have content on both the front and back. The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies notes that the index can be “useful for locating information about individuals who seem simply to disappear.”"

There's a free index produced by the Ancestry's volunteer indexing project, so you don't have to have a subscription to search, although you won't see images of the original cards which most often have interesting additional information.

Entries from the 19th century and earlier are scatterred. Most are from the 1930s and later.

You might also be interested to browse the list of other indexes held by the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies at www.ihgs.ac.uk/library/collections_and_indexes.html

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