The Bomford Family
Links to sites with more information on the Bomford and related families. These links are not checked regularly and some may be out of date.
Rick Smith in Tasmania, Australia, maintains a site with information on members of the Bomford family and many others.
The Worcestershire Bomfords manufacture Bomford agricultural machinery.
Access to Archives (A2A) allows you to search a database of catalogues describing archives held throughout England and dating from the 900s to the present day. If you think someone might have deposited some records somewhere in England, this is a place to start looking. It includes, for example, catalogues of historical materials from Bomford and Evershed.
http://www.genesreunited.co.uk/ is 'the UK’s largest family tree, genealogy and ancestry site - with over 31 million people listed. It’s 'easy to use, free to search and free to register', though there is an annual fee for full functionality. A related site is http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/ . Either site might be useful if you want to contact living people named on www.bomford.net.
The International Genealogical Index (IGI), made available on the internet by the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a major resource for genealogy research. It is free to use but not free from errors, and often it is difficult to track down the original sources. It can be good for clues to the possible existence of records to get you looking in other places.
www.freebmd.org.uk/ gives you access to indexes of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales. Transcription of the indexes is not complete, so beware of incomplete returns. As at June 2005, indexing was up to 1911. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeCEN (UK census data) and FreeREG (UK parish registers). You can help!
Irish census returns can be found at http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/search/. http://www.dublinheritage.ie/index.php has many Dublin records, including electoral lists. Irish parish records are at http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/. And index to the Irish Registry of Deeds is being compiled: the Registry holds records of many marriage settlements and land dealings with clues to people and their lands. Many Irish records were destroyed in the uprisings of 1922. See also sources for Peter Bamford's history of the Irish Bomfords.
www.ancestry.com and www.ancestry.co.uk have a fair amount of information on Bomfords, including birth, death, marriage, military and census records. It is a commercial service: you can get free access to the indexes and a 2 week free trial, but after that you pay for full functionality including access to original documents such as census records. If you are thinking of using one of the paid genealogy services, a web search for 'discounts on genealogy subscriptions' may find you some discounts. Ditto for DNA testing. You may also find that your local public libary has subscriptions you can use free of charge.
To read GEDCOM (.ged) files you'll need either some family tree making software (most of which can read the format) or a GEDCOM viewer. For the latter do a Google (or similar) search for 'read gedcom files free' and you'll find a selection of free software to choose from.
Shonagh Love (email 9 May 2017) provided this list of sources:
The Registry of Deeds project [https://irishdeedsindex.net/index.php]
This has extended from making a database of names from deeds to transcribing the grantee & land indexes from the registry; they (including photos of the handwritten registers) are online at Family Search [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/185720?availability=Family%20History%20Library]
Documenting Ireland: parliament, people and migration (Dippam) [http://www.dippam.ac.uk/]
This site has three parts: Enhanced British parliamentary papers on Ireland; Irish emigration database; and Voices of migration and return.
Irish Manuscripts Commission digitisation [http://www.irishmanuscripts.ie/servlet/Controller?action=digitisation_backlist]
TCD : Circle [http://chancery.tcd.ie/]
Scans and translations of 20,000 Irish chancery letters held in different repositories, dating 1244-1509.
The Down survey [http://downsurvey.tcd.ie]
1656-1658 maps; links to survey books, 1659 census, atrocity statements, early atlas, first ordnance survey
Church Representative Body [http://ireland.anglican.org]
A new database of parish registers listing dates and locations; also links to abstracts, transcripts, indexes for burnt ones; later additions will include parochial records
NAI Genealogy site [http://www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie/]
Wills & probates, Catholic converts, census, tithe applotment books, marriage lists, mariners
Irish Genealogy [http://www.irishgenealogy.ie]
In conjunction with National Archives but there isn’t an obvious link on their page. Church records, BMD civil registrations – some are now open to be checked
Chief Secretary’s Office [http://www.csorp.nationalarchives.ie]
A detailed catalogue of registered papers 1818-1922; job appointments, hospitals, asylums, judicial, penal, transportation, public infrastructure, fisheries, trade, manufacture, trade unions, famines, emigration, Catholic emancipation etc; some images; not completed
Irish Genealogy Projects Archives [http://www.igp-web.com]
Miscellaneous records added by county; including Mt Jerome photos
Irish Genealogical Research Society [http://www.irishancestors.ie]
Members’ area has back editions, early registrations database (1660-1863), etc
Graveyard inscriptions; maybe lots of other stuff…
Schools collection [http://www.duchas.ie]
National Folklore Collection stories from 1937-1939
Catholic Parish records [http://www.nli.ie]
Online scans but you need to know the parish; also on Find My Past where they are fully searchable
Military Archives [http://www.militaryarchives.ie]
I don’t think this is actually online but you need to visit Cathal Brugha Barracks in Rathmines; traced ID to see personnel records
British Newspaper Archive
At least 129 Irish titles; available through findmypast
To analyse material from Griffiths Valuation; first, search for your family in the Valuation Office Books (1824–1856) collection, available on the National Archives of Ireland's Genealogy website. You'll need to input some of the information from the books into the Translator search form. Then scroll down the page to read the report. [I haven’t used this yet]
Latter Day Saints site (free): http://www.familysearch.org
Online parish clerks [http://www.onlineparishclerks.org.uk/]
A small network of sites, of varying detail and resources. The Cornish one has parish registers, voters, landholders and apprenticeships; links to emigration records, newspaper clippings, wills etc.
For BMD – mother’s surname, age of deceased for all records from 1837; need to register first
The National Archives [http://www.tna.govt.uk]
Other possibly useful sites include:
- Genealogy: the complete resource guide (USA focus)
- A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Family Tree Online
- Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy (USA focus)
- Top 100 Genealogy Sites
- NYC genealogy (USA focus, single page with links to a number of sources)
- Resources for Military Families
- How to Travel to Find Your Roots
- Genealogy and the Law
- Military Indexes
If these are not enough to get you going, Cyndi's List has links to over 300,000 on-line genealogical resources. She lists Ireland under 'United Kingdom'.