Thursday, 9 February 2012

New Warwickshire records at Ancestry

If your genealogy takes you to the county of Warwickshire plan on setting aside some time to examine six databases new at Ancestry, especially if you need to examine those without name indexes.

Warwickshire, England, Land Tax, 1773-1830 is the largest with 248,653 records. Search by name of the landowner or occupier, most often just the surname is given, and find the parish, sometimes the street, the amount of the tax, and the year. The database predates civil registration and the nominal census.

Warwickshire, England, Parish Poor Law, 1546-1904 contains 31,769 unindexed browse records. Information contained varies by record type. Examples of the types of records found include:

  • apprenticeship registers and indentures
  • lists of parish officers
  • churchwardens’ accounts
  • charity deeds and accounts
  • poor law papers
  • overseers' accounts
  • parish account books
  • poor rates
  • removal orders
  • settlement examinations and certificates
  • bastardy bonds
  • constables' accounts
  • parish minutes
  • pauper lunatics
  • lists of poor and apprentices
  • rent books

Warwick, England, Burial Slips from Warwick Cemetery, 1859-1968 contains 14,942 records, each with details on name, age, profession and sometimes residence address, date of death, place of death, date and sometimes time of burial, name of minister officiating at burial, grave details, from what parish removed.

Warwickshire, England, Occupational and Quarter Session Records has 7,283 unindexed records that may be browsed by record type including: boat (canal barge) owners records; flax bounty records; lists of freeholders entitled to vote, largely 18th century; lists of freemasons; hair powder certificates, recording tax levied on everyone using hair powder at the end of the 18th century; gamekeepers records;
hearth tax returns; jurors' lists which can include occupation and street/residence;
printing press owners records.

Warwickshire, England, Bastardy Orders, 1816-1839 contains 1,058 name indexed records with the name of the mother and assumed father, but not the child, the parish and a date for the court action.

Warwickshire, England, Militia, 1776-1825 contains 1,055 name indexed records, primarily certificates verifying a man’s service, account statements related to reimbursements to his family for his service, notices of commissions that were to be printed in a gazette, and documents outlining qualifications to serve as a Deputy Lieutenant.


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