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Newsletter No. 24 - November 2008.

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1. Our welcome message.

2. Featured Article – Family Tracing - The Salvation Army

3. Latest news from www.Ancestry.co.uk Join or get a free trial here.

1. Our welcome message.

Hi everyone.

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?

2. Featured Article – Our advertised article is not available but you should find this article from the Salvation Army just as interesting.

Family Tracing

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 form.

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 international website). This procedure applies even if the person sought is thought to be living in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

mobile phone 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 week.

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.

Green Man   Start your search here
Complete our online request
for a Family Tracing Service
Application Form 
  The Salvation Army Family Tracing Service 
101 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BN
Telephone: 0845 634 4747

3. Latest news from www.Ancestry.co.uk Join or get a free trial here.


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 appear are:

• 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 in 1854

• 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.

New Records

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 Paul Gaugin.

Product Features

Family Tree Maker 2009

We are delighted to announce the launch of Family Tree Maker 2009. As the best-selling Family History software for over 19 years, FTM has many users who have upgraded through many versions. Functionality enhancements and other changes have been made to FTM2009, and all FTM2008 users who registered their software and opted in for emails, were provided with the opportunity to get a free version of FTM2009 earlier this month. Updates to FTM2009 include data, source, place, import and research tool improvements, new charts, and new functionality within Publishing.
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• Step-by-step practical advice
• A comprehensive guide to the full range of resources
• Fascinating exploration of social history and case studies from the TV series
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That’s all for this year folks…I hope you enjoyed this months newsletter. And in case you forgot earlier - Please sign the  Guestbook. See you in 2009

Jim. Editor

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