Family Search new additions

Northumberland Genealogy & Family HistoryFamilySearch has recently added another 19 million indexed and/or digital records to their website, the numbers are mind boggling and represent many, many hours of hard work. The new collections are from a variety of countries Austria, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Italy, Ivory Coast, New Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

The English addition is the Northumberland miscellaneous records 1570 – 2005 and are 16,799 browsable images added to existing records already online, these records are not indexed.

These miscellaneous records comprise Parish Registers, Electoral Registers, Nonconformist Records, and Parish Chest material, I’m not sure why they have been headed as miscellaneous as parish registers are hardly miscellaneous. However that is just nit-picking on my part and I am always very grateful to the LDS for so freely letting non LDS members use their wonderful resources.

It should be noted that these images can only be viewed by non-LDS members at a Family History Centre or the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This is a requirement under the agreement between the Northumberland Archives and FamilySearch.

If you click on the link below it will take you to a page where you have two options, the first is to learn more about the collection and the second takes you to a page where you have the option to choose to browse either Cumberland, Durham or Northumberland records. If you click on the Northumberland link then you are presented with a further page listing the parishes covered.

As an example I chose the parish of Ford and this is what is on offer.Old Postcard - Ford Northumberland

  • Baptisms & Burials 1804 – 1812
  • Baptisms 1813 – 1858
  • Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1684 – 1724
  • Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1723 – 1750
  • Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1750 – 1810
  • Burials 1813 – 1848
  • Burials 1848 – 1909
  • Churchwarden Accounts 1841 – 1862
  • Confirmations 1837 – 1872
  • Confirmations 1875 – 1910
  • Marriages & Banns 1754 – 1819
  • Marriages 1813 – 1872
  • Marriages 1837 – 1906
  • Marriages 1928 – 1935
  • Offertory Collections in Ford Church 1843 – 1861
  • Poor Book 1794 – 1800
  • Vestry Meeting Minutes 1689 – 1768
  • Vestry Meeting Minutes 1769 – 1818
  • Vestry Meeting Minutes 1819 – 1861

So you can see that there are some great records available for searching if you have ancestors in the parish of Ford (sadly I don’t). Other parishes have electoral rolls and no parish records so you just have to hope that you are lucky with your particular parish. The collection is being added to all the time so keep checking back. I wonder when they will get round to Hampshire & Berkshire?!!!!


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