Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Morebattle and Hownam now completed!!

Graham has finished linking another two Scottish parishes to maps and as I write this he is uploading them to the internet. The 1841, 1851 and 1861 census for Morebattle and Hownam (both in Roxburghshire) have now been linked to modern Google maps and the historical maps kept by the National Library of Scotland. So if your ancestors lived in either of these places then you can now see where their house was located.

I’m glad to see the numbers of visitors to our free census search keeps on increasing; I hope people are finding it useful. Remember we have the best of both worlds, you can search the census for free, we have provided full transcriptions and you can also have a copy of the original entry for just 50p! It’s also easy to request a photo of the house your ancestors once lived in. All these things add up to a full picture of your family, adding to the names and dates to make a colourful picture of your past.

View census the free Scottish census search at www.maxwellancestry.com

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Yetholm (including Kirk Yetholm) now mapped!

Just to let you know that’s another parish mapped and available on www.maxwellancestry.com, it’s Yetholm this time and Graham has started work on Morebattle so that should be uploaded soon.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Finally Kelso is finished!

Sorry it has been so long, we have finally finished mapping Kelso. Obviously as it is a town it has taken a while to make sure that each pointer from the census to the maps is as accurate as possible. It’s now uploaded though, so search away for free at: www.maxwellancestry.com/census

We have also very gratefully received additions from readers of our newsletter. This has meant more links between the censuses have been created and we have been able to add notes to certain individuals. If you would like to add any of your own research to our census database so other people can be benefited in their research please email me: info@maxwellancestry.com

We are currently working on projects in Canada, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia, England and of course Scotland. One great resource we have been using today relates to New Zealand. I’m sure people with more experience of New Zealand genealogy will already know about it. However, for those with less experience in New Zealand I thought you may be interested. It is a resource available from the National Library of New Zealand called Papers Past. Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1932 and includes 52 publications from all regions of New Zealand. It’s all on line for free so if you had ancestors who left Scotland for New Zealand why not take a look, within just a few minutes Graham found articles relating to his great-great-great-great-grandfather! Here’s the link! http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast

That’s all for now, I’ll blog again soon.