In my article in the June Journal, I wrote about problems with the new FamilySearch database, where some Bristol events had been attributed to Abbots Leigh parish when they had in fact taken place elsewhere. This error now appears to have been corrected, and certainly some events that I checked are now shown as being at the right parish.
The big news for local researchers is the addition of over half a million Bristol parish records to FamilySearch. These cover Church of England parishes from 1837 onwards, and you may find BMD entries as late as the 1930s.
Let’s start this issue with something really close to home. The Society has published transcriptions of Bristol Diocese parish registers from 1754 to 1837, and beyond that date in the case of marriages outside the city.
The big expansion in online family history resources in recent months has been the availability of more military records. Findmypast now has the British Army service records from 1760 to 1913, covering nearly 1.5 million men.
This year is unlikely to see the release of any information as important to family historians as the 1911 census, but all of the online providers are promising new databases in an effort to retain your loyalty, and the January 2010 issue of “Who do you think you are?” contained an interesting summary.
I was recently looking for details of a marriage in Sleaford, Lincolnshire in 1862. I had the details of the couple from FreeBMD, but needed to know the name of the groom’s father, preferably without buying a copy of the marriage certificate.