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Canterbury Cathedral Collection now searchable at Find My Past

I was taken by surprise today when I wanted to browse the Canterbury Cathedral Collection at Find My Past – it took me to a search page!

Yes, finally we appear to have searchable indexes of these Kent records – and just in time for Who Do You Think You Are LIVE! this weekend. Apt timing?

I was getting quite used to browsing the records, and had gathered quite a spreadsheet of which images referenced which dates etc.

Published in: Genealogy | on February 20th, 2013 | No Comments »

Adult baptisms at Buckland by Dover, Kent

Whilst browsing the parish records on Find My Past recently, I came across some intriguing adult baptisms. They are for the surname EAST, who seem to have come from Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. They appear to be siblings, two sisters and a brother, children of Thomas and Ann EAST, and are all listed as ‘Papermaker’, so they probably came to work at Buckland Paper Mill. They were all baptised at St. Andrew’s church in Buckland on 29th June 1837.

For those with a relevant subscription to FMP, the image can be found here:
Adult baptisms

English: St Andrew, Dover Buckland, Kent

St Andrew, Dover Buckland, Kent (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



Ann was 50 (born 1783), William was 57 (born 1780) and Sarah was 39 (born 1798). Birth dates are given in the margin.

These would almost certainly be outside most people’s research boundaries of date, let alone county!

There are also adult baptisms DAVIS (more Papermakers), JOHNSON and PETMAN.

I’m sure 57 years has been beaten somewhere – what’s the greatest gap you have found?

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Published in: Genealogy | on December 17th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Social networking mapping site

Yet another recommendation from Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers is the social networking mapping site called It allows you to plot events and attribute photos and messages at locations on maps (which appear to be Google ones).

Although the site is not aimed primarily at genealogists, the site has obviously perceived its usefulness as a tool for them, since there are drop-down boxes for ‘Ancestors’ and appropriate life events.

I already use Ancestral Atlas (although not for rather a long time), having created an account at its launch. Ancestral Atlas is specifically aimed at genealogists, so it would be interesting to see how many will use uencounter.

Do you use such sites, or can you recommend others? Comments welcome.

Published in: Genealogy | on August 7th, 2012 | 1 Comment »