For those of you who were eagerly awaiting English Origins, get ready to dive into this online database of key English record collections. The joint effort of England’s Society of Genealogists and Origins.net posted six sets of digitized records online at <www.englishorigins.com> in January.
Containing a total of 1 million names from 1568 to 1850, the available collections at press time were:
• Vicar-General Marriage License Allegations Index, 1694-1850
• Faculty Office Marriage License Allegations Index, 1701-1850
• Bank of England Will Extracts Index, 1717-1845
• Archdeaconry Court of London Wills Index, 1700-1807
• London City Apprenticeship Abstracts, 1568-1850
• London Consistory Court Depositions Index, 1700-1713
More collections are on the way this year: 6 million records from Boyd’s Marriage Index; Apprentices of Great Britain, 1710-1774; 60,000 families from Boyd’s Inhabitants of London, 14th-19th centuries; 50,000 names from Boyd’s London Burials; and 333,000 records from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1750-1800. These records will be posted “over the course of 2001,” according to the Web site.
Try a free surname search first before paying for access. If you decide to subscribe, for about $9 (6 English pounds), you can search the collections and download up to 150 records. The arrangement is not unlike Cinderella’s with her fairy godmother; you have only 48 hours to use the site, then poof! Your computer turns back into a pumpkin.
From the June 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine