BCGS English Group – Pre-1837 Presentation Handout

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The handout for tonight’s English Group presentation on Pre-1837 English Records by Rob Whitlock is now posted on the BCGS website.

Other information and websites mentioned will be posted here later. See also the BCGS website’s genealogy Research Links section for links to additional information relevant to pre-1837 Great Britain and Ireland, England and Wales, and also Medieval topics.

Additional websites mentioned:

WiganWorld, for Court Leet Rolls [] and much more for Wigan genealogy (in Greater Manchester, Lancashire):

New at Ancestry, England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858:  Sources for these are given as:

“ England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury: Wills of Selected Famous Persons.  Digitized images. Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 1. The National Archives, Kew, England.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury and Related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers. Digitized images. Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11. The National Archives, Kew, England.”

List of English Everyname Probate Indexes, FamilySearch:

The Domesday Book Online

This is the BCGS Library list of the selection of books for pre-1837 English genealogy which were displayed at the meeting. There are many more publications and resources at the BCGS Walter Draycott Library for pre-1837 English genealogy research.

The books listed below by Penelope Christensen are all available through the BCGS Boutique. They are highly recommended and are from the English genealogy series published by Heritage Productions. Check the BCGS Boutique’s Heritage Books catalogue (.pdf) for these and other titles. To contact the BCGS Boutique, call or e-mail Cathy Magee: 604-521-4966 or cathyjm @


912’942 HIN – Maps For Historians, Hindle, Paul Phillimore & Company Limited, 1998.
929 HP No H 04 – Finding Your English and Welsh Ancestors …Including Isle of Man and Channel Islands, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 1997.
929 HP No HE 06 – Researching English Probate Records, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2001.
929 HP No HE 14 – Researching English Contemporary Documents…, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2004.
929 HP No HE 17 - Researching English Taxes, Rates & Duties, CHRISTENSEN, Penelope, Dr. Heritage Productions, 2007.
929’942 FRA – Some Medieval Records for Family Historians. An Introduction in the Purposes, Contents and Interpretation of Pre-1538 Records available in Print, FRANKLIN, Peter, Federation of Family History Societies, 1994.
942 KAI – Tithe Surveys for Historians, KAIN, Roger J.P. and PRINCE, Hugh C., Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 2000.
942 MCL – The Bawdy Courts: Our Rude Forefathers and the Church, MCLAUGHLIN, Eve,  2011.
942 MOO – Family Feudes: An Introduction to Chancery Proceedings, MOORE, Susan Federation of Family History Societies, 2003.
942 SMI ATLAS – The Phillimore Atlas & Index of Parish Registers, HUMPHERY-SMITH, Cecil R. Phillimore & Co. Ltd., 2003.
942 TAT – The Parish Chest. A study of the records of parochial administration in England. TATE, W.E., Phillimore & Company Limited, 1983.
942 TNA – Wills & Probate Records: a guide for family historians, GRANNUM, Karen and TAYLOR, Nigel, The National Archives, 2009.
942 WES – Village Records, WEST, John, Phillimore & Company Limited, 1982.
942.1 BER – Taverns and Tokens of Pepys’, London, by BERRY, George, Seaby Publications Limited, 1978.
942.1 WEB V29 – London Livery Company Apprenticeship Registers, Volume 29, Carmens’ Company 1668, 1678-1800, WEBB, Cliff, Society of Genealogists, 2000.
942.21 LAW - Extracts From The Court Rolls of The Manor of Wimbledon, Extending From  Edward IV to A.D. 1864, LAWRENCE, P. H., Wimbledon Common Committee, 1866.
942.23 BRS v2 c2 – Kent Hearth Tax Assessment Lady Day 1664, HARRINGTON, Duncan; and PEARSON, Sarah; and ROSE, Susan, British Record Society & Kent Archaeological Society, 2000.
942.25 HUN – Sussex Coroners’ Inquests 1485 – 1558, HUNNISETT, R. F., Sussex Record Society, 1985.
942.33 FOR – Dorset Manorial Court Documents: a Guide for Local and Family Historians, FORREST, Mark, Dorset Record Society, 2011.
942.39 RAL – St. Mark’s The Lord Mayor’s Chapel, Bristol (Formerly The Chapel of The Gaunt’s Hospital), RALPH, Elizabeth and EVANS, Henley, Corporation of Bristol, 1971.
942.47 MET – The Visitation of The County of Worcester, 1682 – 83,  METCALFE, Walter C. and POLLARD William, 1883.
942.48 BRS – Warwickshire Hearth Tax Returns: Michaelmas 1670 with Coventry Lady Day 1666, ARKELL, Tom and ALCOCK, Nat; editors, British Record Society and The Dugdale Society, 2010.
942.59 DYM – The Churchwardens’ Book of Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire 1496-c1540, DYMOND, David; editor, Cambridgeshire Records Society, 2004.
942.59 KIM – A Cambridgeshire Gaol Delivery Roll 1332-1334, KIMBALL, Elisabeth G; Editor, Cambridge Antiquarian Records Society, 1979.
942.64 SFK 1710 – The Suffolk Poll Book, 1710, BACON, Stephen and HARRINGTON, George S. A. & RAYMOND M. J., Genealogical Bibliographers, c1995.
942.74 MUR DIR – A Directory of York Goldsmiths, Silversmiths and Associated Craftsmen, MURRAY, Hugh; Compiler, Sessions Book Trust, 1998.
942’929 HAW – Criminal Ancestors – a Guide to Historical Criminal Records in England and Wales, HAWKINGS, David, T. Sutton Publishing, 1996.
942’929 PRO – Using Criminal Records, PALEY, Ruth, Public Record Office, 2001.
942’929.1 – How to Locate and Use Manorial Records, PALGRAVE-MOORE, Patrick, Elvery Dowers Publications, 1985.

Magazines and Journals:
Family Tree Magazine, “Burial Registers by Pauline Litton, June 2000 Vol 16 #8.
Your Family History, “Medieval Records” January 2011 Issue 98.
Your Family History, “Find Old Manor Records Online” March 2005 Issue 22.
Family History, “Petty Session Records” October 2010 Issue 188.
Your Family History, “Secret Censuses” February 2010 Issue 86.
Your Family History, “UK Parish Registers” June 2005 Issue 25.
Your Family History, “Did My Ancestor Meet Oliver Cromwell” October 2005 Issue 29.
Your Family History, Medieval “Inquisitions post mortem” July 2013 Issue 131.
Family History Monthly, “Art of palaeography” June 2008 Issue 157.
The National Trust Magazine, “Slavery” Spring 2007.
Your Family History, “Secret Census Records” September 2005 Issue 28.
Your Family History, “Death Records” June 2009 Issue 78.
Family History Monthly, “Parliamentary Archives” November 2009 Issue 175.
Family History News and Digest, “Manorial Documents Register” September 2005 Issue 28.
Family History News and Digest, “British Divorce” September 2006.
The Genealogists’ Magazine, “Eleanor, Ellen or Frances…” December 2012 Vol 30 #12.
The Genealogists’ Magazine, “Samuel Rishworth of Providence Island” September 2012 Vol 30 #11.

Genealogy Webinars, January 2014

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No excuses for not getting going on genealogy right away this ‘New Year’ month – whether you’re a beginner or an experienced researcher, there are many on-line learning opportunities coming up. Here are just a few webinars. ( All are BCGS Editor recommended by the way.) If you know of other worthwhile sessions coming up, please add information and a link to this post’s comments.

  • Legacy Family Tree‘s webinars this month are:

                – Are You a GOON? What is a One-Name Study and Why Do One?  by Kirsty Gray. – January 8, 2014, 2:00pm Eastern – More Details & Registration

               – Too Many with the Same Name by Karen Clifford - January 15, 2014, 2:00pm  Eastern – More Details & Registration

  • This Friday, January 10th, Michael John Neill is offering 3 webinars geared to various levels, “Jump Start Your Genealogy”.  See his Search Tip of the Day site for details and registration.

               – Sourcing – 11 AM Central

               – Correlation and Analysis – 1 PM Central

               – There is No Preponderance of the Information - 3 PM Central

  • And, last but never least, Lisa Alzo and Thomas MacEntee are offering an all day Get Your Genealogy Groove Back Boot Camp on Saturday, January 25th. Full details are at the Hack Genealogy website.


BCGS January 8, 2014 General Meeting Reminder

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Harry Stokes' Chicken RanchThe next BC Genealogical Society General Meeting is Wednesday, 8 January 2014, 7:30 pm, at the Danish Lutheran Church, 6010 Kincaid Street in Burnaby.

The group sessions after the general meeting will be:

Genealogy 101 – Starting or Jump Starting Your Research
English – Pre-1837 Records

The photograph above shows a group at Harry Stokes’ chicken ranch in the Fraser Valley. The photo was apparently published in the 1928 report “Land Settlement: Across Canada with Lord Lovat; Inspection of Farms of New Citizens Brought to Canada Under the British Family Settlement Scheme” (according to Google Books which gives the author as Canada. Land Settlement Branch, Department of Immigration and Colonization, 1928. The National Archives of the UK lists a copy under Records of the Colonial Office, etc. Not digitized.). Photo courtesy of The National Archives (TNA) , Colonial Office photographic collection – CO 1069-289-15. This photo is posted on the TNA’s Flickr set ‘Lord Lovat’s 1928 Tour’ and the TNA encourages their visitors on Flickr to “use the comments section below the pictures to share any information you have about the people, places or events shown” so if you know more about Harry Stokes and his family or the farm, please let TNA (and BCGS) know. Lord Lovat was a British Under-Secretary of State for the Dominions and his 1928 tour was covered in newspapers in Canada and other British countries.

BCGS DNA Group Update – Next meeting February 12 in Burnaby

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Already we are posting a DNA update to the original update. This can’t wait till February.

Family Tree DNA is sponsoring a series of genetic genealogy webinars  with Elise Friedman of Relative Roots. Since the first on Family Tree DNA’s new X matching feature is today, I hope this will be available later for viewing as some have been.

Family Tree DNA Feature Launch: X Chromosome Matches in Family Finder.
Time: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 @ 12pm Central

The next webinars will be January 9 – Managing Your Personal Account; January 14 – Family Tree DNA Results Explained, Part 3: Family Finder; January 21 – Mind the GAP: Beginner’s Guide to the Group Administration Page at Family Tree DNA;  January 28 -Advanced Topics at Family Tree DNA, Part 1: Y-DNA.

For full details and registration links, see Shannon Christmas’ Through the Trees blog.


The next BCGS DNA Group meeting will be at the February 12th BCGS General Meeting to be held from 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Danish Lutheran Church, Downstairs Hall, 6010 Kincaid St., Burnaby, BC.

We’ll be discussing using charts to decide on and analyze DNA testing and we’ll, no doubt, be talking about the new Big-Y test from Family Tree DNA.

2013 was a very interesting (and sometimes frustrating) year for genetic genealogy and 2014 is likely to be similar.

If you’d like to review 2013, Roberta Estes has a recap at her blog, DNAeXplained, “2013’s Dynamic Dozen – Top Genetic Genealogy Happenings” (posted on 28 December, 2013).

One DNA genealogy related happening I’d add to her list is the decision that two of Henrietta Lacks’ descendants will now be in the United States National Institutes of Health HeLa Genome Data Access working group which approves research on Henrietta Lacks’ genome. Since her death in the 1950s, Henrietta Lacks’ cancer ‘HeLa’ cells have been replicated over and over and used in thousands of medical studies – without her or her descendants’ knowledge or consent. See the Nature article about this 2013 agreement, “Deal done over HeLa cell line” by Ewen Calloway (posted 7 August 2013).

For more about Henrietta Lacks, her story and the medical and ethical questions surrounding her HeLa cells, read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (2010). BCGS Library.

Upcoming Genealogy Courses – Greater Vancouver, beginning January 2014

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If you’ve recently started or returned to your genealogy and family history research, this is a great time to plan to attend classes. Next year, starting in January 2014, there are a number of courses being held in Burnaby, Maple Ridge, Surrey and Vancouver.

Burnaby -

Beginner & Intermediate courses, 8 week sessions for each, beginning in January – Beginners, Fridays, 1:30-3:30 pm.; Intermediates, Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 pm. Another set of classes will begin in April, then again in September.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Community College for the Retired (CCCR), near Kingsway and Sperling.
Registration: call 604 517 8732 or see the CCCR website:

Maple Ridge -

Finding Your Family Tree course, 4 sessions, beginning in either February or April, Thursdays, 7-9 pm.
Instructor: Rob Whitlock
Location: Ridge Meadows College
Registration: call 604 466 6555 or see the College website:

Surrey -

Start Searching your Family History: A Beginners’ Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 10 am-1 pm and Start Writing your Family History: A Communications Workshop in 5 Lessons, Saturdays, 1:30-4:30, each beginning in January.
Instructor: Brenda Smith
Location: Cloverdale Library
Registration: see this BCGS article on Cloverdale’s programmes.

Vancouver -

Beginners’ Genealogy, 4 sessions, Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm, starting in February.
Instructor: Celia Lewis
Location: Kerrisdale Community Centre
Registration: call 604 257 6100 or see the Centre’s website:

Introductory genealogy course, 4 weeks, Thursdays, 1-3 pm.
Instructor: M. Diane Rogers
Location: Brock House
Registration: call 604 228 1461 or see the Brock House Society website:

For other opportunities to learn about genealogy and family history, follow these links to read about Cloverdale Library’s upcoming talks on Wills, Scandinavian Research and Cemeteries, see the BCGS website calendar for information on dates of BCGS meetings, including BCGS Special Interest Group meetings and BCGS Genealogy 101 sessions, or attend sessions at the BCGS Library in January and February to learn about using Facebook and Twitter for genealogy.

Upcoming Genealogy Programmes – January to June 2014, Cloverdale Library, BC

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Surrey Libraries, BC

Note: Pre-registration is required for Genealogy Programs – payment
is required before registration is complete unless otherwise noted.

 To register, please call the Cloverdale Library at 604-598-7328,

drop in, or email

 Cloverdale Branch website

Ongoing: Start Searching Your Family History

A beginner’s workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith

Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22 and March 8

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda Smith, addresses each beginning family history researcher’s need for guidance in embarking on a very personal journey.  Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners will discover their particular motives and set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and plan the first stage of their individual programs.  Participants must be able to commit to attendance at all five sessions.

Lesson 1: Probe the Past – From the Known to the Unknown
Lesson 2: Organize – The Second Prime Directive
Lesson 3: Can You Prove That? Verify Your Findings
Lesson 4: Right Forest, Wrong Tree: Interpret Your Findings
Lesson 5: Pack Your Parachute: The Research Plan
Charge: $100 for the series

Ongoing: Start Writing Your Family History

A communications workshop in five lessons with Brenda L. Smith

Saturdays, 1:30 am – 4:30 pm: Jan 11, 25, Feb 8, 22 and March 8

This series of five 3-hour classes, developed by writer and researcher Brenda L. Smith, addresses the beginning family history researcher’s need to report and publish research findings. Working with their own materials, and supporting each other, learners discover how to move from the gathering of information to creating a publishable product. Learners will set goals for their research, organize and evaluate their data, and practice writing basic history research reports. Participants must be willing to commit to attending all five sessions. Participants must have email/attachment capacity and be willing to share their writing samples with classmates and share oral evaluation of each other’s work.

Pre-requisite: Completion of Start Searching your Family History or approval from the Instructor

Lesson 1: The Research Cycle
Lesson 2: Organize to Write 
Lesson 3: Get it on Paper
Lesson 4: Edit 
Lesson 5: Publish
Charge: $100 for the series


Using Wills to Link the Generations with Peter Whitlock

Wills are an invaluable source of information for genealogists: offering clues to a person’s origin, listing their worldly possessions, and sometimes containing unexpected surprises! Join Peter Whitlock who has over 45 years of genealogy research experience to discover how researching Wills can provide links between generations and reveal family connections that may be impossible to find elsewhere.

Saturday, February 1, 11:00am – 12:30pm
Charge: $10

Finding your Scandinavian Roots with M. Diane Rogers

Join presenter M. Diane Rogers on a genealogical journey through Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Learn resources, techniques and tools to locate your Nordic ancestors and effective ways to overcome barriers like language and name changes.

Saturday March 1, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Charge: $10

Cemeteries with Lorraine Irving

Are you having trouble locating the burial places of your ancestors? Wondering how to locate burial records? What do the symbols mean on the monuments? Cemetery etiquette? Funeral home records? Don’t overlook this part of your research. These records may provide clues you won’t find elsewhere!

Saturday April 12, 10:30 am – noon
Charge: $10

Ongoing:  Genealogy Collection Orientations
with Cloverdale Library Staff

The Cloverdale Branch of Surrey Public Library has one of the most extensive collections of Canadian genealogical materials in Western Canada. The library has a wide variety of books and microfilms covering records from the Canadian provinces and territories. To help you become familiar with the collection, the Cloverdale library offers orientations on the first Saturday of every month, from 10 am - 10:50 am

No Charge, donations welcome, but please register – dates may change over holiday weekends, and orientations may not be held in July and August