Since I only had ninety minutes of all access, I made a list of all the people I wanted to look up and then checked the site's databases to see if they'd have anything for those people (mostly brick walls of mine). I actually ended up being so well prepared that I had found everything on my list within the first half hour. But that ended up being nice because it gave me a lot of free time to explore the whole website (which led me to things I hadn't expected to find). Of course, the 1911 census is the big draw and one of the main things I wanted to check. But I was surprised at how thorough the parish records were - much more so than FamilySearch's pilot site. In fact, the majority of my finds were in those parish records.
Here is a breakdown of what I've found:
- Burial dates and places for 6 ancestors (and another two probable ancestors).
- Marriage dates and places for six ancestors (three couples).
- Baptism dates and places for two ancestors
- The maiden name of my 4th great-grandmother (its Moulds by the way).
- I really need to visit Churchill, Somerset, England. I have quite a few ancestors buried in the cemetery of the Church of St. John the Baptist.
- My great-grandmother's 1st cousin and probable namesake was a professional singer in the Battersea district of London in the 1910s (and possibly later).
- Oddly enough, I also need to visit Alkborough in Lincolnshire because I have many ancestors buried in their Church of St. John the Baptist cemetery.
- When my great-great-grandparents came to the USA in 1892, their port of departure was Liverpool and their port of arrival was Philadelphia (destination Michigan).
- When my great-great-grandfather's brother came to the USA 14 years later, his port of arrival when leaving Liverpool is New York, yet his ship is known to have arrived in Boston.
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