Ancestry Expands Hampshire Parish Records

On 12 February, updated several significant collections of Church of England Hampshire records and added a new collection of Hampshire Nonconformist records.

UPDATED Church of England Collections

  • Hampshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1536-1812 (2,966,019 records): As with other counties, BMBs were recorded together until 1812. This expansive collection, with nearly 1 million additions since last May, is derived from Parish Registers and Bishops Transcripts. Search results are linked to original images which are also browsable.

  • Hampshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1921 (2,965,545 records)

  • Hampshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 (968,110 records) Remember, you will often find an image of the marriage record with the sane information as you get buying it from the GRO.

  • Hampshire, England, Church of England Burials, 1813-1921 (620,981 records)

NEW Nonconformist Collection

  • Hampshire, England, Nonconformist Registers, 1835-1921 (58,487 records):  The original data is from Methodist Registers. In some it was arranged in a narrative form with handwritten information inserted into spaces in the paragraphs. Other registers were arranged like ledgers with printed column headings and handwritten information inserted into the columns.

    All these records derive from Hampshire Archives and Local Studies in Winchester.


MyHeritage adds England, Kent Electoral Registers, 1570-1907

New to MyHeritage are 4,678,564 records for Kent up to 1907. As voting rights were extended with the Reform Acts of 1867 and 1884, the collection is predominantly for the latter period.

These are transcripts giving name, record type, year and residence. There are no images.

The record type is either voter registration, burgess rolls or jury lists. Residence can be the parish or sometimes just the county (Kent).

Although for the period before receiving the vote on a par with men, under some conditions, women could vote and are found in Burgess Rolls, including nearly 2,500 Marys in this collection.

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. Find out about many more mainly US events at Conference Keeper at

Tuesday 13 February

2 pm: Introduction to the MyHeritage Knowledge Base and the MyHeritage Wiki, by James Tanner for MyHeritage and Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

2:30 pm: Tracing the Path of African Americans from Enslavement to Freedom, byHillary Delaney  for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

6:30 pm: Common Probelms, Possible Solutions, by Kirsty Gray for OGS Lambton County Branch.

7 pm: The McDougall Corridor, by Willow Key for OGS Essex Branch.

Wednesday 14 February

1pm: Dragons: A History, by Ronald Hutton for Gresham College.

2 pm: AI and Genealogy: Trouble Ahead? by Thomas MacEntee for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

7 pm: How to Overcome Brick Walls in German, by Michael D. Lacopo for ACGSI and Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

8 pm: Online Sources for Scottish Research, by Christine Woodcock for Lakeshore Genealogy Society.
Register at

Thursday 15 February

1 pm: Archives of Ontario, by Emma Robinson for OGS Kawartha Branch.

6:30 pm: Indigenous Peoples – First Nations Genealogical Research, by Curt Witcher for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Friday 16 February

2 pm: Introduction to County Research in England. by Mia Bennett for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Saturday 17 February

10 am: Scottish Genealogy, by Amy Gilpin for OGS Kingston Branch (also includes the AGM)

1 pm: What’s in a Name – A Cultural Perspective, by Paula Crooks for OGS Quinte Branch.

1 pm: Analyzing Census Records Using Spreadsheets, by Tara Shymanski for OGS Ottawa Branch.

Military Monday: Ancestry adds Armagh and Londonderry, Ireland, Absent Voters Lists, 1918

Many of the absent voters in this collection would have been in the military, the Merchant Marine, or the Red Cross. For Armaghthere are about 3,500 names, and for Londonderry about 4,500. 

Here’s a typical transcript.

Name John Anderson
Residence Date 1918
Street Address Village of Laurelvale
Residence Place Armagh, Ireland
Registration Unit Mullahead
Polling District Tandragee – S.
Constituency Mid Armagh
Page number 359

In this case there’s a link to the original register with the additional information in a column headed “In the case of Naval or Military Voters description of Service, Ship, Regiment, Number, |Rank, Rating, &c. In the case of other Voters recorded address. For John Anderson that’s “71645 Pte., 36th Bat. M.G.C.”

Family Tree Magazine: March 2024

A quick look at a selection of the contents of the new issue.

With professional genealogist Chris Paton, discover routes to learning about your family in the Middle Ages.

Researcher Lisa Edwards discovers a true champion in her tree.

Family Tree Academy tutor David Annal demonstrates how to weave together clues found in several documents to take your research to the next level.

Professional researcher David Ryan has solutions to help you.

CAMRA supporter Mike Bedford tells the history of these much-loved institutions.

DNA advisor Karen Evans shares tips to help you navigate some of the stumbling blocks you may encounter on your first
foray into DNA.

I’m always interested to see the new books profiled, many of which are not yet, and may never be available in bookatores in Canada.

How Finland survived Stalin: from winter war to cold war
by Kimmon Rentola
Published by Yale University Press at £25 (hardback), ISBN

Iron, stone and steam: Britain’s railway empire
by Tim Bryan
Published by Amberley Publishing at £25
(hardback), ISBN 9781398112698.

Has anybody here seen Kelly?: In search of my
father |
by Joe Cushnan
Published by FeedARead (paperback) at £6.99, ISBN
9781803022451. [Published 2021]

IT Girls: Pioneering Women in Computing
by John S. Croucher
Published by Amberley Publishing (hardback) at
£22.99. ISBN 9781398112292.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

The Runcible Spoon

“They dined on mince and slices of quince,
which they ate with a runcible spoon.”

You’ll likely recognize the line from Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat” which immediately came to mind in reading a list of wedding gifts to a distant relative in the 10 August 1928 edition of the Sussex Chronicle and Sussex Observer. They received two gifts of Runcible Spoons.

Browsing other hits on runcible in the British Newspaper Archive I found no mention of such utensils in lists of wedding gifts.

Wikipedia defines it as “a fork with three broad curved tines and a sharpened edge, used with pickles or hors d’oeuvres, such as a pickle fork. It is used as a synonym for “spork”.”

Do you have a favourite crumboblious term that Lear or others used?

Sir Arthur Doughty
Word is that the statue of Sir Arthur Doughty, for many years has behind the LAC building at 395 Wellington, is being moved. Preparations will start next Friday with the move on Saturday. The destination is the LAC complex in Gatineu.

Gemini Ultra – Full Review
With the release of Google’s Gemini Ultra this week, including available in Canada which Bard that it replaces wasn’t, there;s a real competitatoe to GPT4.

This YouTube video, a bit specialist, but interesting if you like that kind of thing, is a good review. Personally I found Gemini was able to interpolate data using a cubic spline that Bing, which supposedly used GPT4, couldn’t do. In another case I had to be persistant to finally get it to extract matching items from a table of contents.

London Roll
A database of the records of eleven London livery companies can be searched on the website of London Roll. The records of additional companies are due to be added in the future. Via

a temes loff
From the Essex Record Office blog.

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous,  Brenda Turner, gail benjafield, Joseph Denis Wayne Laverdure, Sunday Thompson, Sylvia Smith, Teresa,  Unknown,Wanda Sinclair .

Ancestry adds UK, Electoral Registers, 2011-2018

A huge new collection of 45,527,734 people. 2011-2018 is long into the period when men and women were equally enfranchized.

Look to find:

Residence Date
Residence Place

Although residents are not eligible to vote until age 18, they can complete their registration beginning at age 16 (age 14 in Scotland and Wales). To register, one must be a British citizen, a European Union citizen living in the United Kingdom, or be one of certain individuals with permission to stay in the United Kingdom or who do not need permission.

I couldn’t find some family members who I know should be in the registers., likely as individuals had the option of declining to be included in the open register.

Findmypast Weekly Update

Are there South African strays in your family tree. If so make sure to check out this week’s FMP update.

Here’s FMP’s writeup,

Church records and membership lists document over 350 years of South Africa’s history and people in the latest release. Records are from the Cape, Free State, Kwazulu-Natal, and Transvaal regions.

Spanning 1660-2011, over 785,000 new baptism records offer essential information about South African family heritage. Some entries include a digitized scan of the original record, which is always worth checking for extra details, like godparents’ names. Where available, the original record is likely to be written in Dutch or Afrikaans.

Did your ancestor tie the knot in South Africa? Find out in over 314,000 new church marriage records.

A South African marriage record from 1840

An example of a South African marriage record from 1840. View the full record.

The records reveal the names and birth years of both spouses, as well as when and where their wedding took place.

Trace South African ancestors from cradle to grave with the help of over 4,800 new burial records.

1897 map of South Africa

A map of South Africa from 1897.

From its indigenous people to European colonization and apartheid, South Africa’s history is as diverse as it is tumultuous. Could these records help you trace a family connection there?

Detail-rich records reveal when your ancestor joined the church, along with important biographical facts. The 141,000-strong collection includes membership lists from Cape and Free State.

Ancestry updates UK, Wartime Records and Material, 1914-1918, 1939-1945

This is a collection to dip into when looking for a diversion. I entered just the name of my old hometown in the Description search box. It returned links to three photos described as:

Members of the WRNS remove materials from a drifter
at Gorleston Quay, Norfolk.

Storekeepers of the WRNS removing stores from a
drifter on her return from foreign service, Gorleston

Members of the WRNS remove materials from a drifter
at Gorleston Quay, Norfolk, during the First World War.

It’s obviously posed as each shows the women doing the work while the men watch.