FindmyPast Weekly Update: South of the River

Lambeth Electoral Registers
An additional 1,312,044 records now appear in the Lambeth Electoral Registers 1832-1886 collection, complete with names and addresses.

A search returns the First name(s), Last name, Year, Street, District/ward Parish with links to a transcript and the printed register.

Electoral registers only recorded those eligible to vote, almost all male. There was a property qualification. More people became eligible with The Representation of the People Act 1867. Many in poverty, and most women, were not eligible.

Kent Burials
There are 8,635 new burials from the county of Kent, spanning from 1542 to 1992. Additions are from Dartford, Watling Street Cemetery; Ightham, St Peter; Kemsing, St Mary the Virgin; and Kilndown, Christ Church. The total collection is now 3,052,145 transcription entries with some images.


Living London

Do you know of the 3 volume work Living London; its work and its play, its humour and its pathos, its sights and its scenes; by Sims, George Robert, 1847-1922? As it was published in 1902 – 1903 it’s a resource worth knowing if you’d like a view of the place and times.

Each volume has nearly 60 chapters with copious illustrations. Do you want to know about football, rugby, cricket or athletics? There are chapters on those. Others include London Awakes, Marrying London, Russia in East London, Sweated London, Trial at the Old Bailey, Artistic London, Christmas London. It goes on.

This extract from the start of the chapter on the Thames Police gives an idea of the style.

A dark narrow flagged passage between two waterside buildings in a dingy East-End street, with a solitary figure in uniform stationed beneath the rays of the blue lamp at the entrance : on one of the flanking walls a long array of placards, of which the headline ” DEAD BODY FOUND ” is alone discernible : and beyond, a vague, blurred vista of the great river, its darkness studded with the glow-worm lights of the shipping and its distant wharves silhouetted against the night sky. Such is the sombre and striking picture presented after dusk by the headquarters of the Thames Police at Wapping ; a scene that haunts the memory, and seems fitly to symbolise much in the lifework and the associations of the river force.

Access the volumes in various formats from

It’s free, even better value than the original 7d price.


MyHeritage adds Scotland, Mental Health Records, 1858-1921

An additional index collection at MyHeritage from the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh (MC7 series), via Scottish Indexers.

There are a total of 198,890 records that may contain the full name of the patient, the birth date, the admission date, the location within Scotland, and the date of death in cases where a patient died in an asylum.Each entry has a link where you may purchase the full record on Scottish Indexes website.

A reminder that we’re now a month away from the BIFHSGO’s (Virtual) Annual Conference, Saturday/Sunday 28-29 October 2023. Full information and registration on the  Scottish-themed event at .

British Home Child Day

On 7 February 2018, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion reading:

That, in the opinion of the House, the government should recognize the contributions made by the over 100,000 British Home Children to Canadian society, their service to our armed forces throughout the twentieth century, the hardships and stigmas that many of them endured, and the importance of educating and reflecting upon the story of the British Home Children for future generations by declaring September 28 of every year, British Home Child Day in Canada.

For the few not familiar with their story, as explained by the OGS British Home Children Special Interest Group — “From 1869 to 1939 various workhouses, sheltering homes, orphanages and child care organizations in Great Britain immigrated over 100,000 orphaned, abandoned, pauper children ages 1 to 18 to Canada. Known as the British Home Children (BHC), life for these children coming alone to Canada to work as domestics and farm labourers forging ahead in a new land was not always easy.”

Some would have you believe agencies, notably Barnardo’s, tore children away from a loving but impoverished British home, knowing there was a high likelihood they would be abused in Canada, so that the agency could benefit from a government subsidy.

Following the death of his father in 1899, my grandfather was placed in the care of the Edmonton Board of Guardians. He was in the orphanage at Chase Farm School, Enfield. His mother died in 1903. On reaching school leaving age, about 13 he would have left the orphanage. At the time of the 1911 census, age 18, he was working as a coal hewer in South Wales.

Was he better off in the mines of Wales than he would have been on a farm in Canada? Like many, my grandfather never mentioned his experience.

Perhaps you remember the late Ryan Taylor, a highly respected Canadian genealogist. He made no secret that his grandfather was a British Home Child. It tuned out we had something in common — origins in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Ryan told me his fisherman grandfather’s father was drowned, mother was convicted of abusing her children. Ryan told me the family would get down on their knees to thank Dr. Barnardo for rescuing the children from that awful situation.

There were certainly many difficult situations for children in Canada, and in the UK. Despite claims that many in Canada were abused, and one is too many, I’ve seen no evidence the children were worse off in Canada than they would have been in the UK. Is that one of the myths perpetrated by “advocates”? Is it another myth that 12% of Canadians have a British Home Child ancestor? Where did that figure come from? Perhaps it’s an example of “lies, damn lies, and statistics”!

Let’s celebrate British Home Child Day 2023, remembering them as builders of Canada, like so many other British immigrants over the years.



The National Archives (UK) Online Events

TNA presents online talks for everyone, delivered by experts, specialists and guest speakers. When you book an event, you are invited to pay what you can – this is optional and entirely at the discretion of attendees.  Here the the events scheduled through the end of October.

Friday 29 September at 9 am ET
Women and inventing in the Victorian Age

Wednesday 4 October, 2:30 pm ET
Witchcraft: A History on 13 Trials – In Conversation with Marion Gibson

Friday 6 October, 9 am ET
Registered Designs – 1839-1991 ┃ Secrets of The National Archives, with Olivia Gecseg.

Wednesday 11 October, 2:30 pm ET
The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho, with Paterson Joseph .

Friday 13 October, 9 am ET
Connecting with the dead in Medieval England & Wales, with Sean Cunningham.

Wednesday 18 October, 2:30 pm ET
Black England: A Forgotten Georgian History, with Gretchen Gerzina.

Monday 30 October, 2 pm ET
Tamasha and The National Archives present: A story told three times and still unfinished ┃Audio play

Find detail, book a virtual seat, read about the remaining presentations for 2023 and see a preview of early 2024 at

Here are the online events being advertized by Library and Archives Canada.



This Week’s Online Genealogy Events

Choose from selected free online events in the next five days. All times are ET except as noted. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed. Are you looking for more options? Additional mainly US events are listed at

Tuesday 26 September

2 pm: How to trace your French ancestors with MyHeritage resources, by Marie Cappart for MyHeritage and Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

How to trace your French ancestors with MyHeritage resources

2:30 pm: Genealogy Resources at the Kansas State Archives, by Lauren Gray for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

7 pm: Legends of the Morgeti, by Jerry Prager for OGS Wellington County Branch

Wednesday 27 September

2 pm: Even More 50 Mostly “Hot off the Press” Net Sites You Want to Check Out, by Diane L Richard for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Thursday 28 September

6:30 pm: How Investigative Genetic Genealogy is Revolutionizing Cold, by Tracie Boyle for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Friday 29 September

10:15 am: 50 Family History Writing Tips in 50 Minutes, by Lisa A. Alzo for Legacy Family Tree Webinars Webtember

Followed every 75 minutes by Webtember presentations by Craig R. Scott, Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Paul Milner, Sharon Monson.


Ancestry Additions and Updates

The latest new collection on Ancestry is:
Scotland, World War I Rolls of Honour, 1914-1918
Here’s a somewhat random transcription entry

Name John Reid
Nationality Scottish
Military Date 1914-1918
Military Rank or Rate Private
War World War I
Regiment Gordon Highlanders
Residence Street Address 5 Albion Street
Death Date 28 Oct 1914
Original URL

There’ also an update to:
Carmarthenshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1560-1994
Ancestry originally published this index of Anglican parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in October 2020. With the update there are now 583,878 entries with links ro images of the original registers.

Here’s an example
Name John Reed
Death Age 6/12
Record Type Burial
Birth Date 1859
Death Date abt 1860
Burial Date 7 Mar 1860
Burial Place Llanelli St Elli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Page number 72

Ancestry isn’t known for making maps available, so this new title England, Wales, Scotland and Isle of Man, Old Series Maps, 1805-1874 is exceptional.
It contains 50,192 index entries of topographic maps of England, Wales, Scotland, and the Isle of Man published between 1805 and 1874. There are links to maps for the index entry. The date of the map was not given, it could be anywhere in the 70 year range!

Military Moday: Commonwealth War Graves Commission September Appeal for Relatives

One CEF First World War casualty is among the 13 on the latest appeal for relatives list from the CWGC.

Lance Corporal C Drew (11471) of the Canadian Infantry, who died on 9 November 1918, was buried at Reading Cemetery, Berkshire. The reason CWGC gives for wanting contact is “Lance Corporal Drew is currently commemorated by Special Memorial at this cemetery. Research has identified the casualty’s grave and the Commission is in the process of producing a headstone to mark it.”

According to his service file, Charles Drew was born on 1 May 1874 in Reading, Berkshire. He enlisted on 6 August 1914 at Welland, Ontario, was wounded by shrapnel on 24 May 1915, had a leg amputated, then discharged as medically unfit in England on 2 October 1916.

Charles Barnett Drew died at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading leaving an estate of £171- 1s- 10d.

He appears to be the Charles B Drew who left Liverpool on the White Star Line ship Canada on 13 March 1913.

He had an elder brother and two younger sisters so next of kin would likely be found in the UK.

This serves to remind — he was one of many British-born residents of Canada who formed the majority of the volunteer CEF until mid-1917.

Text-on-Maps in the David Rumsey Map Collection

You can now search for text on some of the maps in the David Rumsey collection. I was surprised at how much it found and how accurate it is, considering it’s experimental!

Type a word or phrase that interests you in the search field in the top left of your browser window at and click the search icon.

I tried a search for Sandringham and got 150 hits. Here’s the second page of results.

Mouse over to see a preview, or click to open a zoomable image.

You will likely be surprised at how many of the hits are not where you thought they would be. Names are reused.

More detailed instructions are here.

If you’d like to get into the weeds on the facility there’s a YouTube video at

51 CWGC Cemeteries and Memorials now have World Heritage Status

A long list of 139 locations connected with WW1 in Belgium and France were recently granted World Heritage status. They include the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Canadian Brooding Soldier at St. Julien in Flanders, Canadian Cemetery No. 2 and Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery, both within Vimy Memorial Park.

Also Beaumont Hamel (Newfoundland) Memorial & 29th Division Memorial, Commonwealth Memorial Park Beaumont Hamel (Newfoundland) Memorial Park & Hunter’s Cemetery.

The Menin Gate Memorial is included which commemorates soldiers from many commonwealth countries with no known grave. Cemeteries on the list are named for America, Australia, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, and South Africa. Many of those included, such as Tyne Cot, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war have a mix of nationalities: United Kingdom: 8,907; Canada: 966; Newfoundland: 14; Australia: 1,353; New Zealand: 519; South Africa: 90; British West Indies: 2; France: 1; Germany: 4.

See the full list of 139 at



Catching up with FamilySearch

Here are the updates, all of the parish registers, at FamilySearch so far this month.

Collection Title
Last Updated
Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1740-1900
19 September 2023
Wales, Glamorgan Parish Registers, 1558-1900
18 September 2023
Wales, Denbighshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912
7 September 2023
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988
1 September 2023

With the exception of the Glamorgan records all have linked images, some at commerical partner sites requiring a subscription.


Registration for RootsTech, 29 February–2 March 2024, is now open. You may register for the in-person or free online event at