Kent Parish Records Online

FindMyPast has added the following parish register transcripts to their collection……

16,713 Kent baptisms from the parishes of Crayford, Greenwich and Darenth covering 1813 to 1856

1,454 Kent marriage records from Greenwich spanning the years 1791 to 1842

This record launch marks the start of a new project between findmypast.co.uk and North West Kent Family History Society.

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Irish Prison Records go online

clip_image002Today, Findmypast.ie launched online for the first time the Irish Prison Registers 1790-1920, one of the greatest untapped resources for those tracing their Irish roots.

The original Prison Registers, held at the National Archives of Ireland, cover all types of custodial institutions, from bridewells, to county prisons, to sanatoriums for alcoholics. They contain over 3.5 million entries, spread over 130,000 pages, with most records giving comprehensive details of the prisoner, including: name, address, place of birth, occupation, religion, education, age, physical description, name and address of next of kin, crime committed, sentence, dates of committal and release/decease.

The registers offer a real insight into 18th-19th century Ireland. They present evidence of a society of rebellion and social confrontation, where rioting and assault of police officers were everyday occurrences, and of rampant poverty and destitution, with the theft of everything from handkerchiefs to turnips.

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Hampshire Parish Records Online

clip_image002[4]Findmypast have added over 1.4 million Hampshire parish records to their collection. This dataset has been compiled by the Hampshire Genealogical Society. I’m very pleased because my mothers family all come from Hampshire and was beginning to despair of them having anything for my ancestors, now all they need to have is Berkshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and I shall be one happy bunny!!

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