Wednesday 5 October 2016

Medical ancestors? Ancestry has six new collections

Ancestry has uploaded six new databases that will be of interest to researchers with medical ancestors. I haven't time this morning for an in-depth exploration of the new records, all of which come from the Wellcome Library, but each collection includes a good number of entries relating to people born in Ireland and/or resident in Ireland.

UK & Ireland, Medical Directories, 1845-1942
Although it was not compulsory for a doctor to be listed, these Medical Directories (of doctors registered with the Royal College of General Practitioners) listed most of the practising and retired doctors in the UK, Ireland and British colonies. While the format of the directories changed over the years, all entries provide details of addresses, qualifications, places of training, places of work and any publications.

UK, Medical and Dental Students Registers, 1882-1937
This set of Registers was compiled by the General Medical Council and record all students of Medicine and Dentistry studying in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the stated years. The information provided includes student names, place and date of preliminary examination to enter medical school, date of registration for study, and the place and date of starting their professional training. Some of the registers comprise only medical students while others include both medical and dental students within the same volume.

UK, The Midwives Roll, 1904-1959
The first Midwives Act of 1902 came into force in 1903 and heralded the establishment of the Central Midwives Board for England and Wales. The Central Midwives Board was responsible for the regulation of the certification and examination of midwives, admission to the Roll of Midwives and annual publication of the Roll and regulation of the practice of midwives. Records include details of the individual's name, address and date of enrollment.

UK, Dentist Registers, 1879-1942
These registers record individuals practicing under the License in Dental Surgery (from 1860) attained from the Royal College of Surgeons. It records the name, dental practice address, date of registration and qualification of every practitioner. (If you can't find your dentist ancestor in these registers, bear in mind that the Dentists' Act of 1921, which made registration mandatory, many dentists practiced unregistered and therefore would not have been included.)

UK, Physiotherapy and Masseuse Registers, 1895–1980
This collection holds a number of registers relating to masseuses, physiotherapists, bio-physical assistants, and medical gymnasts. The records detail the members of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

UK, Roll of the Indian Medical Service, 1615 -1930
The Indian Medical Service traces its roots to individual surgeons aboard ships bound for India from Europe during the 1600s and 1700s. Many of those appearing in the early years of these rolls were not commissioned officers but warrant officers who served as Surgeon's Mates (Assistant Surgeons). Where available, the information provided in the registers for each name include date and place of birth; date of service; date of death; and date and place of burial.