Change of Names database released by TheGenealogist

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21 June 2018
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A new database released by TheGenealogist today allows researchers to search for ancestors who officially changed their forename or surname in Britain.
Change of Names database released by TheGenealogist Images

A new database released by TheGenealogist today allows researchers to search for ancestors who officially changed their forename or surname in Britain.

The Change of Names Database covers information gathered from a number of sources including Private Acts of Parliament; Royal Licences published in the London and Dublin Gazettes; notices of changes of name published in The Times after 1861 with a few notices from other newspapers; registers of the Lord Lyon [King of Arms] where Scottish changes of name were commonly recorded; records in the office of the Ulster King at Arms and also some private information.

Researchers can use the database to

  • Discover ancestors who recorded a change of name
  • Find what name had been adopted and the name discarded

This resource is available to Diamond Subscribers and can be found under miscellaneous records.

Colour tithe maps

TheGenealogist's second release coincides with the return of The Family History Show, York to the racecourse on 23 June 2018.

TheGenealogist has now added Colour Tithe Maps for the North Riding and the East Riding of Yorkshire. Complimenting the already released schedule books and greyscale maps, these colour maps add an attractive visual aid to find where your ancestor lived in the mid 1800s.

The fully searchable tithe records released online allow researchers to:   

  • Find plots of land owned or occupied by ancestors in early Victorian North Riding and East Riding of Yorkshire on colour maps
  • See where your forebears lived, farmed or perhaps occupied a small cottage or a massive estate.

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