Resources and databases

Port Cities – Bristol

An an online history of the port and its people. Find out about Bristol’s role in the transatlantic slave trade and also about Bristol’s rare collection of Chinese glass.

Lloyd’s List marine news index 1740-1837

Lloyd’s List is a newspaper devoted to shipping news. In particular it records the movements of ocean going vessels and marine news of casualties, ‘speakings’ and other events involving individual vessels. This database has been compiled from copies of Lloyd’s…

FindmyPast – United Kingdom – Institutions & Organizations collections

Various subscription options offer access to transcripts and/or copies of the digitised original records. The Institutions & Organizations collections include:• Home Office: Criminal petitions 1817-1858• Metropolitan Police: Habitual criminals and miscellaneous papers 1903-1914• Admiralty: Convicts in Hulks  1818-1831 – The…

Port Cities – Southhampton

Use this site to discover the story of merchant shipping and port life in Southampton. The archive contains over 10,000 photographs, maps, sound clips, documents, games and other objects which can be accessed online.

Findmypast – World Records

The commercial site Findmypast has a vast collection of world records. These include:• UK BMD Records – A large online collection of UK parish records, 1.5+ million records• US Marriage Records – These span 360 years with 450+ million names•…

Ancestry.com – England Family History Research Page

There are 1551+ data collections online. The records are fully indexed with a free surname search. Subscription options offer access to transcripts or digitised records.  The collections are arranged in the following categories:• England Census & Voter Lists• England Birth,…

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry (London)

There is a family history link that includes an online Information Sheet – Freemasonry, Family and Local History and this details the following online resources: • Lane’s List of lodges which shows all lodges established by the United Grand Lodge…

The History of the Workhouse by Peter Higginbotham

This site dedicated to the workhouse – its buildings, inmates, staff and administrators, even its poets. This extensive site contains 2800+ web pages, 6000 photos and illustrations and 1800 maps and plans. There are sections on:• Poor Laws• Workhouse Locations…

Prison Ship (Hulk) Registers 1811-1843

Findmepast.co.uk – Search records for 8,900+ prisoners held on prison ships 1811-1843. Prison ships, or hulks, were ships used as floating prisons – often ships were used that were no longer fit for battle but were still afloat. This collection…

Findmypast – Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960

The National Archives (UK) Outward Passenger Lists for voyages departing the British Isles 1890-1960  (BT27) for Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and USA detail 24 million+ records. The database covers many arrivals into Australia that are still unindexed…