New Coldingham one-place study site, and blog moving too

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I’ve just created a new Coldingham one-place study site, to give a more structured and organised version of my online resources. It is a WordPress-based site, and the blog has also been moved to be part of the new site directly. Though copies of the old blog posts will also remain on the old blog site, but no new posts will be made there.

Please visit the new site and feel free to sign up for the new blog there to continue to receive new Coldingham one-place study blog posts. If you click on “Blog” at the top of the new site (or just go here) you will be taken to the blog posts directly, and can subscribe from there.

Thank you!

Goals for Coldingham one-place study in 2013

As we near the end of another year and approach the start of a new one I thought I’d blog about my goals for this blog and the related one-place study for the year ahead.

A priority is to transcribe and put online the hearth tax information from the 1690s. I have digital images of this record, and just have to work through it and transcribe it. That would give equivalent information to what I’ve already put online for Melrose.

Another priority is to digitise the various 18th century tax record references I have already extracted from the relevant original records. This won’t take very much effort: just needs me to be organised and get on with it.

And the other thing I want to push ahead with is to resume working through the later 18th century kirk session minutes, noting references to illegitimate births, irrregular marriages, and other potentially useful things for genealogists.

Longer-term I want to start to reconstitute the population, but that’s a long-term goal. For now I am focusing on putting useful indexes and other resources online.

Index of baptism witnesses at Coldingham 1800-1819

In the late 1990s for a university project I transcribed and studied Coldingham’s baptisms between 1800 and 1819, examining the relationship between witnesses (similar to godparents) and factors such as relationship to parents, occupation, and geographical location.

I’ve just put online an index of witnesses derived from the database I built for this research. This contains the names of 2264 witnesses (many individuals recorded multiple times), together with, where recorded, their occupations and addresses.

Also included is the date of the baptism each witness was recorded for. This can be used to look up the baptism in the parish registers, when looking through them page by page, for example in a microfilm copy. Alternatively I am happy to look up specific witness details in my database, discovering which family the person was witness to. Email me through the contact details in the one-place study webpage.