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- The largest collection of Census Transcripts
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- New Census Transcripts added
- New Wills added
- New Census Ship Lists
* A story of family courage by B. Mannix
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WHAT’S NEW ONLINE
If you have any subscription to The Genealogist you can now read articles by fellow family historians about their research. If you have an all-inclusive you can also contribute your own stories about how you got addicted to genealogy and share your most interesting research tales.
The leading articles win prizes, this month the winner gets £100 in S&N vouchers and his story features in this newsletter.
The forum is another great feature as part of the all-inclusive: it allows you to communicate with each other or suggest new features. We are always striving to provide a better service and add new features. The suggestion box on the forum allows you to tell us what you would like to see or let us know how to improve the service.
New Online Research Databases
We have just added several major new data sets to The Genealogist:
Census Ship Crew Lists, Wills Indexes, Herefordshire 1841, Kent Marriages.
Herefordshire 1841 is the final census transcript to finish England and Wales.
The 1901 which is on a feed to us, is already available as a Pay As You Go service and is now being added in sections into the All Inclusive.
Census Ship Lists
These can find relatives in the Navy or onboard ships in foreign ports.
The coverage given in each census varied so we have provided a guide to the number of entries in each year.
The data given is Vessel Name, Surname, Forename, Age, Marital Status, Rank, Place of Birth, Where Vessel Docked and a CD reference. The full crew can be obtained by clicking on the ship icon and the original page image is also available.
Searches cost 1 credit, to view an image is 3 credits and to display all the crew on board the same vessel is 3 credits.
Subscribing on a Pay-As-You-Go will cost £19.95 for a year’s subscription.
Wills are a valuable source of genealogical information. They can give details of family members, places of residence and burial, as well as revealing details about their possessions.
We have added new Wills virtual book interface to help search this useful new resource.
Bristol Wills Index
Edinburgh Wills Index
Leicestershire Wills Index
Northampton Wills Index
Yorkshire Wills Index
Kent Marriages, Marriage registers for the following parishes:
All of the new data has been added into the All-Inclusive subscriptions which cost as little as £4.66 a month.
A STORY OF COURAGE by B. MANNIX
This is just one of the exciting stories subscribers are writing on TheGenealogist new article system which allows you to publish your family history articles.
I am an inveterate family history researcher and I have been researching the families from whom I am descended, both paternal and maternal, for about 15 years now.
To date I have researched 21 different families from England, Wales and Ireland, including: Boyle, Burns, Doran, Davies, Edwards, Evans, Fitzwilliams, Germaine, Hall, Hill, Kenyon, Mannix, Mills, Ratcliff, Rice, Roberts, Robinson, Sammond, Smith (paternal), Smith (maternal) and Wynn.
I have used the majority of tools onsite in order to conduct my research, the surprising thing being that it is not always the most sophisticated tool which proves to be the most useful. I find the ability to print off a printer friendly version of a transcript really helpful.
I was not aware that my Gt.x 2 Smith (Paternal) grandmother was Irish, but using this facility enabled me to discover that she was born in Newry, Northern Ireland.
This was something that my grandmother had neglected to tell me.
The furthest I have managed to trace any of my families for absolute certainty is to 1728, with my 6 X GGF Richard Fitzwilliams, though most of my families have been traced back to the 1700s, and I am still going strong.
My mother’s youngest brother, William Roberts, was born in 1917. My mother and William were 2 of the 6 children of Thomas Roberts and Louisa (who married under the maiden name of Boyd, but was in fact born Boyle).
Louisa sadly died in childbirth in 1923 at the age of 39. My mother, as the eldest daughter of the family at only 13, had to become the 'mother' to her brothers and sister. This was in the 1920s of course when poverty was very grinding for the poor.
As young William grew into manhood, the call of the sea took a strong hold, attracting him to join the merchant navy. In 1938 he married his wife Louisa Boggild and in 1939 their daughter Mavis was born. Born with a spinal defect, Mavis was to require an operation to correct this, scheduled to be carried out in 1941. William doted on his daughter and as the date of the operation drew near it was obvious to him that he would be at sea when it was carried out. Knowing that his daughter needed him, he took the decision to miss his ship to be with Mavis for the duration of her operation.
Being that this was wartime, William’s actions were a very serious offence, but his love for his daughter came above all else. The operation was a complete success and William went to the authorities to confess what he had done. He was met with compassion and understanding, and was later ordered to join another ship, the SS Aguila.
Aguila was the designated commodore ship for convoy OG 071, this meant that it was to lead a convoy out to Gibraltar. OG71 left the River Mersey with her supplies for Gibraltar in August 1941 and sailed in a zigzag pattern to try to foil the German U-boat pack.
At this time, the German Luftwaffe were trying out a new tactic of spotter planes to find British convoys. One of these planes managed to spot OG71 off the west coast of Ireland and radioed its position to the U-boat pack.
Unfortunately, OG71 came under sustained attack for days on end, losing many ships and hundreds of hands. Finally, on 19th August, Aguila was hit by a torpedo fired by U-201, literally blowing her to smithereens. William and many of his shipmates lost their lives during the 45 seconds in which Aguila was defeated.
Sadly, William died not knowing he was to be a father again, his daughter Norma was born on Christmas Day 1941.
The tragedy of OG71 was hushed up by the admiralty for some years after the war, and my aunt Lou, William’s wife, could not find out what had happened to her husband.
Gradually the story came out and was made famous by the book "Nightmare Convoy" by Paul Lund and Harry Ludlan. The book and film "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Montserrat made the story of the convoy even more famous.
As a family, we eventually got to know the whole story, but we never found a death certificate for William, even though I personally searched for years for one. It was on a visit to one of those helpful sites that I mentioned my search for the death certificate of William and a friend suggested I contact The Genealogist. ‘They are very helpful’, he said.
I did so and in only 2 days I was sent a copy of Williams Death Certificate, I didn't even have to search for it. This is an act of kindness that I have never forgotten.
I have had my Mannix family tree professionally printed and I am now in the process of getting my maternal tree ready for printing.
B. Mannix, Cornwall
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