Sunday, 13 April 2008

Lost Cousins, Family Search and a postcard

Firstly my apologies for the lack of new posts in the last few weeks. There has been a lack of new stories relating to the Daglish name, whilst a major project at work is likely to keep me busy until the summer.

Nevertheless, research into the Daglish name goes on.

Lost Cousins seeks to match entries based on entries in UK, US and Canada censuses. This helps to ensure correct matches by effectively removing those with similar names but from different families. Only the details from the census records are shown on the site.

LostCousins has recently reached agreement with the Guild of One Name Studies for members of the Guild to add their records to the LostCousins site - and I plan to add the Daglish details in the hope of making some new contacts. Unfortunately uploading the data is a manual process, so this may take some time to complete.

Basic LostCousins membership is free, but if you want to contact any matches you need to pay a subscription.

The International Genealogical Index (or IGI) published by the Church of Latter Day Saints on its FamilySearch site has long been a useful index of parish records for those researching family history.

The Church has now launched a new pilot site FamilySearch Labs, which includes some new indexes and also some scanned images. A simple registration is required using an e-mail address.

I was interested that it includes scanned images of Bishops' Transcripts from the Diocese of Durham from the 1700s and 1800s. Bishops' Transripts were copies of the parish registers, which were ordered to be kept from 1598 - the parish was requiredto send these transcripts within a month of Easter for the period covering the previous year. These transcripts can useful where the original register is missing or is unclear.

Details are available on the site for most County Durham parishes and many from Northumberland, with some for Yorkshire and a few for Cumberland. At present these records have not been indexed but are still useful as reserarch material available online.

Lastly, I have received a postcard photo which suggests this might be a Daglish. Little is known about this, other than the writing in pencil on the back which shows two names (Daglish on the left and Jarvis on the right) and a date (13 January 1922). The place where this was taken is unknown and the uniforms give little away. I will be trying to find out more about this - but if anyone has any details, please let me know!

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