Sunday, 12 October 2014

Findmypast database additions

Friday saw the posting of several new English resources at Findmypast

London, Archdeaconry Court of London Wills Index, 1700-1807 contains 4,687 surviving wills from the Archdeaconry Court of London. The collection contains the details you need to obtain the original documents from the London Metropolitan Archives. A search produces a transcript of the original index with the person’s name, the year the will was proven in which court, and sometimes the person’s residential or death place, their marital status, occupation and country.

Sussex, Eastbourne Monumental Inscriptions 1610-2008 includes 19,184 records of inscriptions, mostly from Ocklynge cemetery. There are also entries from St Andrew in Jevington and Willingdon Cemetery.

Surrey and City of London Livery Company Association Oath Rolls, 1695/6  contains the signatures of 32,965 tradesmen who signed an oath of loyalty to William of Orange after a series of assassination plots.

London Apprenticeship Abstracts 1442-1850 comprises 486,370 names, including 165,000 apprentices, as well as their masters and parents.

"These records contain vast quantities of valuable genealogical and biographical information on members, over seventy per cent of whom came from outside London.

Each record contains a transcript of the original abstract, which may include the apprentice’s first and last name, year, trade (and additional details), their father’s occupation, birth county and birth country.

The ‘details’ section can provide information such as the apprentice’s father parish, whether their father is deceased, whether the apprentice was discharged, and the duties they were assigned."

London Consistory Court Depositions Index, 1700-1713 has 3,104 depositions from the London Consistory Court. "These include matrimonial matters such as divorce, separation, breach of promise, estate and probate conflicts, defamation, and “criminous conversation”. They include people from all walks of life, from servants, and nurses to sword cutters and gentlemen. The records all contain transcripts of the original indexes. The level of detail in each varies, but most include the name, gender, age, birthplace and year, occupation of the individual (or, in the case of many women, their spouse), the year the deposition or witness statement was given, the person’s marital status, the length of their marriage, additional notes, and an archival reference."

Surrey Peculiars Probate Index 1660-1751 documents 1,900 wills proved in the Peculiars court in Surrey for the parishes of Barnes, Burstow, Charlwood, Cheam, Croydon, East Horsley, Merstham, Mortlake, Church Newington, Putney, Roehampton, Walworth St Peter and Wimbledon. Most include the year, the name of the testator, their occupation, and a residence.

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