New Website for Burkes Peerage

A brand new website for Burke’s Peerage has just been launched. Specialists in Irish and British online genealogy, The Origins Network ( have totally re-designed the Burke’s Peerage Online service (, making it much easier to search the rich genealogical database and to access an extraordinary range of detailed articles and essays on many aspects[…]

Theobald Fetherstonhaugh of Mosstown B.1808

Dear Paul, My grandmother’s maiden name was Fetherstonhaugh and I have spent many years researching the family. I have come to the belief now that we are descended from Theobald Fetherstonhaugh of Mosstown B.1808 . My enquiries however have him marrying Jane Barlow in 1849, and AJ Fetherstonhaughs book has him desribed as a coroner[…]

Family Tree- Farndale

My mother-in-law purchased a family tree from an estate sale some years ago, with the intent of aiding my wife in producing her own family tree (which hasn’t really happened). I noticed the family tree around our house, which is about a 30″ tall roll drawing, and thought I’d look online to see if it[…]

Ancestry is shutting down free access to their site in all LDS Family History Libraries

Here’s the announcement from the LDS Family History Directors:: Discontinued Access to Databases The following email was sent today to Family History Center Directors from the Family History Support Center. Discontinued Access to Databases For many years, has provided free access to patrons of family history centers around the world. Ancestry has[…]

Latest News on Civil Registration

FFHS representatives met recently with the GRO (General Register Office) management team for the DoVE (Digitisation of Vital Events) project to review progress on the project. The most important news we learnt was that a system is now being developed to enable the indexes to the digitised records to be searched via the internet, and[…]

The search for Robert 2

Roberts birth date in 1848 (from Census 1861) There is one Robert born in the Dec Quarter of 1846 registered in Worcester District which would mean the record from the Census is at least 1 or 2 years out by date. If this is the correct Robert. From death records in Worcestershire we have a[…]

The search for Robert

1861 census RG 9/2092/136/page 1 Worcester Workhouse Robert Featherstone age 13 a pauper born Worcester City In theory Robert should be found in the 1851 census as he would have been 3 years old. A search using Ancestry does not find a Robert of that age born in Worcester. Does this mean he was recorded[…]