Thursday 21st May 2015

City of London, Haberdashers, Apprentices and Freemen 1526-1933

Containing over 136,000 records, Haberdashers, Apprentices and Freemen 1526-1933 lists the details of apprentices who trained with the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers in the City of London. Founded 1371, the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers is one of London’s twelve historic liveries. Haberdashers sold accessory items such as hats, scarves, gloves, shawls, parasols, needles, buttons and thread. They traded from the shops and stalls around Cheapside and probably worshipped together in the old St Paul’s Cathedral in a chapel to St Catherine of Alexandria, who was to become the Fraternity of Haberdashers’ chosen patron saint. Company membership allowed individuals to become a Freeman; a person who was not tied to land as a villein or serf. Apprentices travelled from all over the country to join the company.

Each record includes an image of the handwritten registers held by the London Metropolitan Archives and a corresponding transcript. The registers list the details of apprentices, masters and freemen from a wide variety of occupations. They reveal when their apprenticeship began and the role they took as well as the names, occupations and addresses of their parents and the names of the masters they trained under.  From the early 17th century, the records contain a variety of different occupations, not just haberdashers, as from that time onwards it was possible to become a Company Freeman by invitation, paid membership or patrimony..

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City of London, Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen 1511-1923

Containing over 17,000 records, the City Of London Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen 1511-1923 records contain the details of members of the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. One of the ‘great twelve’ London liveries, the company was incorporated under Royal Charter in 1463. The Company’s links with the iron and steel industry go back some 500 years. From the sixteenth century onwards, most iron smelting and founding took place in the Midlands and north of Britain, and the activities of the Company in London were reduced to the administration of charities, participation in the affairs of the City, and its own domestic affairs.

Each record includes an image of the original documents held by the London Metropolitan Archives and a corresponding transcript. The records list the details of apprentices, masters and freemen and reveal when they were admitted to the company, the role they took, the names, occupations and addresses of their parents and the names of their masters.  Three types of document are included in the images; Registers of freedom admissions, Apprentices' book of signed oaths and Registers of apprentice bindings.

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Surrey, Southwark, St George the Martyr Mortuary Register 1880-1891

St George the Martyr Southwark Mortuary Register 1880-1891 contain over 1,900 records. The records were compiled using information taken from the mortuary register for the parish of St George’s, Southwark. The mortuary opened in 1880 after a sanitation report found that poor people in the area were frequently forced to live with the bodies of their loved ones for up to and over a week until a burial could be arranged. Inquests were called in the event of questionable deaths within 48 hours of discovery and many of the records contain coroner’s notes.

Each record contains a transcript of the original document that can include the deceased’s name, age, year of birth, date of death, address, entry date and any additional notes. The records will also reveal whether the deceased received a post mortem or inquest.

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British Royal Navy, Foreign Awards to Officers Index 1914-1922

Containing over 3,000 records, the Royal Navy Foreign Awards to Officers Index 1914-1922 contains the details of awards presented to officers of the Royal Navy by foreign governments. These records have been compiled from transcripts held in The National Archives and document Foreign Decorations and Medals awarded to Royal Navy Officers, Royal Marines, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Naval Air Service and Royal Naval Reserve. A few entries pertain to Naval Other Ranks and Civil Admiralty Staff.

Each record consists of a transcript that may contain a combination of the following information: name, rank, official number, unit, service branch, foreign award, British awards, date of death, cause of death and any additional notes.

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Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923

Over half a million new records have been added to the Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923, consisting of transcripts compiled using information held by Public Record Office Victoria. They form an index now containing the records of over two million assisted and unassisted passengers who arrived in Victoria between 1839 and 1923. Passenger lists vary widely in size, length, and level of detail, as there was no standardised format. Some record only a minimum of information about the passengers, while others are quite detailed and women, children, servants and passengers who travelled in steerage were sometimes not recorded.

The amount of information listed varies. Most transcripts will include a combination of the passenger’s name, age, year of birth, nationality, native place, ship name, departure port, destination port and the month and year of their arrival.

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