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Newsletter No. 24
- November 2008.
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Featured Article –
Family Tracing -
The Salvation Army
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The year is drawing to a close and we've had our first snow. Frosts are
becoming more frequent and the leaves have nearly gone.
It's time to reflect on our years research. We've probably added almost
1000 names to our tree. The interesting part for me is finding out what
our ancestors lives were like.
I remember Carol's mum saying things like" we didn't do that in my day"
He He! We found out that someone close to her but shall remain nameless!
was in and out of the army hospital with what is known today as 'STD' and
that he was frequently AWOL.
So nothing has changed, it just gets more publicity these days.
This is the last newsletter of 2008, so I would like to wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and A Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Whilst you are waiting for January's newsletter, why not go through our
archive to see if
there is anything you have missed?
Featured Article – Our advertised article is not available but you should
find this article from the Salvation Army just as interesting.
Established in 1885, no other people finding agency in
the UK reunites as many
families - separated by so many years and countries
- as The Salvation Army
Find one, get more free
Every year, over 3500 new enquiries are
initiated. It is often the case that eight or more people will form
the reunited family. Therefore, over 20,000 members of family enjoy
a restored relationship as a result of enquiries carried out by the
Family Tracing Service each year.
Take time to read our
FAQ before contacting us, to ensure your request falls within
our tracing programme. If you are a resident of the United
Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, the
Channel Islands, or live in a country where there is no
Salvation Army representation, your initial application can be made
by letter, telephone, or by completing our online
If you live outside the United Kingdom or Republic of
Ireland, contact should be made with The Salvation Army in your own
country of residence (see our
website). This procedure applies even if the person sought is
thought to be living in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
Brian Mooreland, from Scotland,
remembers waving to his sisters as a small child when they were
fostered and he went into a care home. He never saw his sisters
until his care worker Betty chatted with him and he shared his
background. Betty suggested The Salvation Army Family Tracing
Service could help, and they found his sisters who came to visit
just before Christmas 2006. Later they brought a niece and
nephew to visit. Betty has since taken Brian to visit them at
their home in Dumfries. Betty says Brian is more confident now
and is exceptionally happy to find he has a whole new family.
Now he has plenty of visitors and his sisters telephone every
The Family Tracing Service will look for blood relatives, but due
to lack of records and our limited resources, does not normally
become involved in traces for: friends; where adoption has taken
place; alleged fathers of non-marital children; young people under
18 years; former husbands or wives; spouses for divorce purposes;
and estate or similar business matters.
Start your search here
for a Family Tracing Service
The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service
101 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BN
Telephone: 0845 634 4747
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500 Years of London History to Launch Online
Ancestry has been chosen to host City of London’s historical ‘London
records’- the largest collection of London records in existence,
consisting of 77 million names. Following a lengthy tendering process,
Ancestry secured the exclusive online rights to digitise and host key
records from London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) and Guildhall Library
Manuscripts. The collection covers 500 years of the city’s history and
will take several years to image and index. The records detail the lives
of both princes and paupers, dating from the early 16th Century through
to 2006. Included are parish records, school records, electoral
registers, wills, lists of workhouse labourers from the Poor Law ledgers
and a comprehensive list of those granted ‘Freedom of the City’. These
records are considered to be of international importance, particularly
given London’s prominence at the centre of the British Empire for almost
300 years from the mid-1700s.
World Archives Project
In a bid to help preserve deteriorating historical records, Ancestry
has designed new software which is now available for free download on
Ancestry.co.uk. It enables individuals to get involved in Ancestry’s
World Archives Project – a scheme that allows people to contribute to
the prevention of the deterioration of the UK’s historical records from
the comfort of their own homes. Participants take images of original
records and create indexes containing key information such as name, age,
date, gender and location. The Ancestry network of websites will then
host these indexes, which will remain free for all to access. Now online
for the first time ever and available for keying are the UK Criminal
Registers, 1791-1892. These 100,000 images are split into Middlesex
Criminal Registers and England & Wales Criminal Registers and Ancestry
members can transcribe these documents which contain registers of trials
and, in the event of a conviction, the sentence which can include a
simple conviction, transportation to Australia, or execution of which
dates are given. Some of the registers even include personal information
on individual prisoners. Until the records have been indexed, it will
not be easy to find famous or notable figures, but names that might
• Michael Barrett - the last person publicly executed in Britain in
1868. Barrett was the instigator of a plot to free an Irish Fenian,
Richard O’Sullivan-Burke, from Clerkenwell prison by blowing a hole in
the prison wall. The resulting explosion killed 12 people and injured 50
• Dr William Palmer - 19th century physician convicted of poisoning
his friend John Cook, but suspected of several more killings. Executed
• Isaac ‘Ikey’ Solomon - arrested in 1810 for picking pockets, tried
at the Old Bailey and sentenced to transportation for life. Legend has
it that Isaac was the inspiration for Charles Dickens’ character Fagin
in Oliver Twist. When complete the records will be searchable by name,
birth year, date and place of trial.
The UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878–1960 (Premium membership)
The journeys of 18 million UK-bound passengers, who arrived by ship
from countries outside of Europe between 1878-1960, launched on
Ancestry.co.uk on the 20th October. To mark the launch of these UK
immigration records, an event was held at the Museum in Docklands where
TV Presenter and historian Tony Robinson, spoke about their importance
to all those trying to trace their family’s global movements during this
period. Millions of men, women and children travelled from countries all
over the globe including India, Pakistan, Jamaica, China, the US, Canada
and Australia, helping shape the ethnically rich country that Britain is
today. The records include information such as the passenger’s name,
age, occupation and intended address in the UK, providing a fascinating
insight into immigration patterns at a time of change and upheaval in
the life of the British Empire.
Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 (Worldwide Membership)
Worldwide members can access the recently launched Canadian Passenger
Lists, 1865 – 1935, which contain over 7.2 million names. This includes
four million British emigrants who set out to find a better life in
Canada – it was one of the largest scale migrations in Britain’s
history. The collection includes famous names such as Alexander Graham
Bell, Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill.
Siebmacher’s Wappenbücher, 1854-1925 (Worldwide membership)
Also available to Worldwide members are a collection of over 100
volumes of books which detail the coats of arms of German noble families
– the Siebmacher’s Wappenbücher, 1854-1925. The collection contains
around 500,000 names; included are 150,000 arms bearers and thousands of
detailed illustrations and descriptions of coats of arms with
information about the families and other entities who bore them,
including biographical details and sometimes even pedigree charts. The
oldest coat of arms dates back to the 13th Century and included are the
coats of arms of Bismarck, Habsburg and Hohenzollern.
Paris Vital Records, 1700-1907 (Worldwide membership)
Those with French ancestry can now access 13 million records for
those who lived in and around Paris over 200 years. The Paris Vital
Records, 1700-1907 contain birth, marriage and death records, marriage
banns and voters lists and can be searched by first and last name, and
also by date. Famous names that can be found in the collection include
writers Emile Zola and Alexandre Dumas, and painters Edgar Degas and
Family Tree Maker 2009
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FTM2008 users who registered their software and opted in for emails,
were provided with the opportunity to get a free version of FTM2009
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