Over the years I have
accumulated quite a bit of `reference` material by way of books, indices
of various kinds and fiche. However, it is often the case that we need to
know more about a location - not only the county, but also the
parish, the registration district, or in Ireland the Barony, the Poor Law
Union; the townland, as well as Chapman Codes and post codes. This page
seeks to provide at least some of this miscellaneous information.
When all is said and done,
the major reference sites remain
www.ancestry.com who, importantly , maintain the links they
give. Moreover, the sites are continuously updated so return trips can be
fruitful. Much the same can be said of
I do not therefore compete
with these people to provide links to each and every site that
catches my eye when the possibility is that within six months it has gone
again. A favourite of mine is
www.google.com which seem to be able to find just about anything. Give
them a try.
It is well worth looking at
the Latter Day Saints Library Catalogue available in LDS Family History
Centres and on line at
www.familysearch.org . The Catalogue lists in country order, within
counties/parishes by subject a wide range of documents, histories, records
of every type - not just births, christenings and marriages. If you are
going to attempt some serious research it will be worth the while to look
and see what is available from Salt Lake City - mostly for only a very
modest handling charge.
Interest Lists on Rootsweb.
Dont forget the discussion
lists on www.rootsweb.com . There
are thousands of them covering subjects eg the Scotch-Irish List; names eg
the Orr-List; or a geographical district, county or state; special
interest lists eg Army units, ethnic interests etc. These are a valuable
resource and have many knowledgeable researchers subscribing to them, as
well as other potential cousins searching for the elusive ancestor in that
locality. A word of wisdom - dont be greedy and subscribe to too many
lists at one time - some are very busy and you could be swamped by e mail.
You can always come back to a list and it is possible to search the
Lists` archives - another way to find out if your special issues have been
For an index to the more
than 30,000 RootsWeb-hosted genealogy
mailing lists and easy subscribing options, please visit the site and
make sure you use the Search Archives feature for
past exchanges on your interest. http://lists.rootsweb.com/
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message body to: [name of list]-Lfirstname.lastname@example.org (for mail mode) or
[name of list]-Demail@example.com (for digest mode)
British Isles IGI Batch
Hugh Wallis, of Ontario, Canada, formerly of Surrey, UK, has provided a
way to search all the batches for a particular British Isles
geographic location using just the surname being searched.
Baronies of Ulster
Books of interest, further reading.
Bibliographies: Scottish Presbyterians.
Counties and Parishes of the Province of
English Origins site.
Public Records Office of Northern
There are an increasing number of on line databases at PRONI
including the Ulster Covenant ( thousands signed it in 1912); the lists of
Freemen of some towns; some of the Registers and Poll Books from the 18c.
General Register Office Scotland
Glossary of some common terms in Ireland.
Queens, and major battles of England
Old Scottish money.
Weights and measures for produce.
Unions in Ireland
Scottish Parishes of Ayrshire,
Scottish Naming Conventions
Scottish words and terms
Surnames of persons who married an Orr - refers
to the Ulster Pedigree.
on - line links.
Weights and Measures
Enquiries, comments and
suggestions? mail me : firstname.lastname@example.org