THE SCOTS ORIGINS WEBSITE IS ADDING A NEW ENGLISH DIMENSION THAT SHOULD BE INVALUABLE TO RESEARCHERS.   PRESENTLY NOT MUCH ON IT, BUT BY 2002, IT SHOULD BE A BIG HELP. 


2 January 2001
Launch of English Origins


We are pleased to announce that we have now launched English Origins, providing exclusive Internet access to some of the valuable collections of the Society of Genealogists which relate to England. This material is unavailable online anywhere else.
The new site works in much the same way as Scots Origins, but access is for 48 hours not 24. Within this time period, users will be able to view and download 150 records with the option to purchase more 'credits' and time if necessary. A FREE surname search facility allows users to determine whether there are any records that will be of interest to them before committing themselves to the 6 (approx. US$9) search fee.
The English Origins database currently includes one million names, covering the period 1568 to 1850, and including the indexes listed below. These indexes provide rich genealogical and biographical details and also allow you to locate otherwise inaccessible source documents.
Vicar-General Marriage Licence Allegations Index, 1694-1850
Faculty Office Marriage Licence 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
In the case of the Marriage Licence Allegations and the Bank of England Will Extracts indexes hard copies of the source documents may be ordered online.

Other records to be added to the collection over the course of 2001 include:
Boyd's Marriage Index, over 6 million records
Apprentices of Great Britain: 1710-1774; over 600,000 records
Boyd's Inhabitants of London: 14th-19th centuries; 60,000 families
Boyd's London Burials: 50,000 names
Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills: 1750-1800; 333,000 records

The Society of Genealogists, Britain's leading genealogy society, offers a unique combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history and the lives of earlier generations. It is a charity whose objects are to "promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy." The Society's collections bring together thousands of source materials such as parish registers and bishops' transcripts, monumental inscriptions and censuses, local history, as well as an unequalled assembly of research notes on families. As important are the unique indexes and finding aids that have been compiled from a number of sources that enable access to a vast fund of useful genealogical data.

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