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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Celebrate Freedom With Free Databases

The Origins Network is offering free access on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day in America. This will "begin at 00.00GMT and will run until 08.00GMT on the 5th July 2006," which—if my calculations are correct—means that it will only be available to residents of Greenwich, England.

I consider this compensation for that whole "taxation without representation" thing.

Datasets that can be searched on British Origins (www.britishorigins.com) include:
  • Boyd’s Marriage Index covering the whole of England (1538-1840)
  • Marriage Licence Allegations (1694-1850)
  • Wills (1700 – 1845)
  • Probate records (1267- 1500 and 1383- 1883)
  • London Apprentice records (1442-1850)
  • Apprentice records covering the whole of Great Britain (1710-1774)
  • Court Records ( 1574- 1714)
  • Militia Attestations (1886-1910)
  • Boyd’s London Burials Index (1538-1853)
  • Boyd’s London Inhabitants
  • Trinity House Petitions (1787- 1854)
  • Teachers’ Registrations (1870-1947)
  • 1841 and 1871 England and Wales Censuses. It is worth noting that not all counties have yet been uploaded for the Censuses but these are being added on a monthly basis, starting with 1841

Irish Origins (www.irishorigins.com) Collections include:
  • Griffith’s Valuation plus maps & plans (1847-1864) – often said by many genealogists to be the "census substitute" for mid-19th century Ireland
  • Dublin City Census (1851)
  • Dublin City Census (1901): Rotunda Ward
  • Census of Elphin 1749
  • William Smith O’Brien Petition 1848-9
  • Irish ‘strays’ in England & Wales Census (1841 and 1871)
  • Index of Irish Wills 1484-1858
  • Militia Attestations Index 1872-1915
  • Irish ports to USA 1890
  • Dublin City 1847 Ordnance Survey Town Plans

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