Genealogy and History News
Digital copies of wills proved by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury have been available online for some time, but currently the administrations granted by the court are not. However, indexes to administrations for part of the late 16th and early 17th centuries are available from the following sources:
Forebears have re-introduced surname distribution maps for the British Isles, consisting of England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. They can be accessed by searching for a surname.
The The Royal Kalendar contains short details on the British establishment at home and abroad. Among many topics, it covers royal families of Europe, British peers, MPs, military officials, government officials, important institutions and their officers, leading professional of the Empire, calendars and more. It was published between 1767 and 1890. Below you can find copies that are freely available online. Copies of earlier editions can be purchased from Amazon, or viewed at academic institutions with a subscriptions to Gale's Nineteenth Century Collections Online. All editions can be viewed at The National Archives, Kew.
A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales was published in four volumes in 1835, compiled by James Bell. It is one of the earliest comprehensive historical and statistical guides to places in England and Wales. It can be found at Google Books:
The following is a list of the The Gentleman and Citizen's Almanack and Wilson's Dublin Directory available online.
Forbears have released a new mapping facility that plots the incidence of surnames throughout the world. The data has been compiled from a database of 1,587,475,724 people, covering around 22% of earth's population. Currently the facility includes 227 countries and 36 states and territories of the Republic of India; and over 11 million surnames.
FindMyPast are currently offering 50% off an annual subscription, for just £49.75. The offer can be accessed at: here.
The following transcript details households taxed based on the value of their estate in the county of Rutland.
Forebears are currently developing an extension to the existing surname distribution map facility, which can be accessed by conducting a surname search. At current the facility provides the most detailed surname maps of the British Isles; based on census returns. The new project will, for the first time, provide maps showing the distribution of surnames throughout the world. Every county, from China to the Pitcairn Islands islands will be included.
Shropshire Archives is currently in the process of securing a contract with a third-party to make available digital images of over 3,300 Church of England and non-conformist registers held at the record center in Shrewsbury. The project to digitalise the registers was completed earlier this year.