New online access to Society of Genealogists archive

By Matt Elton, 13 January 2011 - 11:34am

The details of millions of people listed in a wide range of records held by the Society of Genealogists are now easier than ever to search online thanks to a major update at findmypast.co.uk

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One of the Bank of England wills held by the Society of Genealogists © Society of Genealogists

The details of millions of people listed in a wide range of records held by the Society of Genealogists are now easier than ever to search online, thanks to a major update at findmypast.co.uk to mark the society’s centenary.

The collection, which can be explored at www.findmypast.co.uk, includes apprentice records, certificates of marriages and deaths and wills drawn from the Bank of England. A total of nine million entries are included among the new additions, which can be searched by details including name, age and location.

Family historians with links to London may find the records of particular interest, with marriages taking place in St Andrew’s church in Holborn between 1754 and 1812 and a list of burials in Shoreditch between 1805 and 1858 among the updates. Researchers looking to learn more about ancestors who may have ended their lives in the area’s workhouses may also benefit from a set of death records dating from 1820 to 1828. However, other records offer a more varied scope, including seven million names featured in Boyd’s Marriage Index and the Apprentices of Great Britain collection, which includes 350,000 entries from the years between 1710 and 1774.

Although some of the data could previously be viewed online by subscribers to Origins.net, the enhanced information and images will now also be available for SoG members via the society’s website as well as through both findmypast.co.uk’s full subscription package and its ‘pay as you go’ credits.

“Findmypast.co.uk warmly welcomes the addition of these amazing records and looks forward to working with the Society on bringing these records to a wider, international audience in its centenary year and beyond,” says the company’s marketing manager, Debra Chatfield. “Family historians will find these records to be an invaluable aid in their research."

Further records are expected to be added to the site over the coming months, including images from the Bank of England Wills collection together with other datasets, such as the Trinity House Petitions Index and Teachers Registration Council Registers.

"The Society of Genealogists is delighted that its online collections are now available on findmypast.co.uk – the sponsors of the SoG Centenary Year,” says the SoG’s Else Churchill. “These collections also exemplify the variety of records that the Society of Genealogists has preserved and made available over the years, that otherwise would not have been retained for family historians.”

 

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