Genealogy -What’s been happening this week?

Here is a round up of this weeks new genealogy records for the period 13th August 2017 to 20th August 2017.

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1891 Census

Ancestry have updated the 1891 census – not sure what this means as I had assumed that they had all the information online when they first published it. Perhaps it mean they have amended all the corrections that their subscribers have sent in. I know some people feel they shouldn’t be Ancestry’s correction department, but I figure that I know my ancestors better than they do and will notice errors that others wouldn’t. So I do post in corrections when I come across mistakes.

UK and Ireland Obituary Index

The UK and Ireland Obituary Index 2004 – 2017 has been updated. So if you think someone in your family tree would have had a write up they might appear on this index. Worth a quick look.

West Yorkshire Roman Catholic Oath Records

West Yorkshire Roman Catholic Oath Records 1714 – 1787 & 1829 have also been update probably for the same reason as the 1891 census I am guessing. If anyone at reads this they could email me at [email protected] and let me know what updates involve?

Nothing new has been released this week, just updates.


FindMyPast has been busy as always and their Friday releases are as follows.

Buckinghamshire Baptism, Banns, Marriages & Burial Transcripts

FindMyPast calls these indexes, but they are actually almost a transcript as far as I can tell. They have been created by FindMyPast using the original records kept at the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. I note that some of the transcripts have been provided by Chris Daniell. Thank you Chris.

Hopefully we will see digitised copies of the actual records go online soon as there is nothing as good as seeing the original for yourself.

Ireland Calendar of Wills & Administrations 1858 – 1920

Ireland started to publish calendars of wills from 1858, as regular readers will know I love wills! They are a real insight into family relationships (who is included as well as who isn’t), property ownership etc. Very helpful addition if you have Irish ancestry.


The following have been added to the ever growing list of newspapers scanned and indexed.

  • Tenby Observer
  • Brechin Herald
  • Milngavie and Bearsden Herald
  • Alcester Chronicle
  • Abergavenny Chronicle
  • Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press
  • Eastern Daily Press and the Colchester Gazette

So hotfoot over to FindmyPast if you want to search the new records.


Nothing new from FamilySearch this week.

British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have added the Brechin Herald and Angus & Mearns News 1890 – 1892. A short lived publication by all accounts. This paper covers both of the historic eastern counties of Angus and Kincardineshire.

The Ripley & Heanor News and the IIkeston Division Free Press has had more pages added 1899 – 1957.

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New Genealogy Records

Here is a round up of this weeks new genealogy records for the period 6th August 2017 to 12th August 2017.

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Ancestry haven’t brought out anything new or done any updates, but they have announced the results of giving an Ancestry DNA test to a whole village. The Cotswold town of Bledington were offered free DNA tests and over a hundred of the residents took up the offer. Many of them were shocked to find that they weren’t 100% British, but a mix of various countries. European countries featured quite heavily as expected and I, personally, wasn’t surprised to see Scandinavian in there, but according to the newspapers the residents were. An interesting study, especially as I am toying with the idea of doing a DNA test. Click for more information.


FindMyPast has been busy and their weekly releases are as follows.

Billion Grave Cemetery Indexes.

The Billion Grave Cemetery Indexes have been updated. They say ” All of the record sets have been added to this time, allowing you to pinpoint your ancestor’s final resting place across a number of countries via GPS-tagged headstones.” I haven’t had a play around with the Billion Grave website and their FindMyPast link so I think I shall have to spend a couple of hours having a good look and then write a review. Watch this space!

Middlesex Monumental Inscription 1485 – 2014

All Saints, Fulham. New Genealogy Records

West Middlesex Family History Society collection of Monumental Inscription, often called MI’s, have had some additions for All Saints, Fulham. So if you have search this data-set once without success then do take a second look. MI’s are always worth a look as they can contain information not easily found elsewhere. The entire Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions collection now stands at over 45,000 records and contains a link images and a burial ground plan. Very handy if you wish to visit.

Sidcup Cemetery, Bexley, Kent

Sidcup Cemetery, Bexley, Kent records are now available. These are transcipts made by members of the North West Kent Family History Society. The term, North West Kent, is used to describe areas within the London boroughs which were historically part of Kent; such as, Greenwich, Bexleyheath and Chislehurst

New York Researcher

Anyone with ancestors who headed to New York? Then this update of the quarterly journal of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society might be of interest. Also from the same source is an update to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. It is the second oldest genealogical journal in the US and details the people and places of the Empire State from the 17th century onwards.

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FamilySearch have added Staffordshire parish records 1538 – 1944. The images aren’t indexed on FamilySearch, but can be searched page by page if you attend a Family History Centre.  The images and an index are available on FindMyPast.

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British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have added the Alcester Chronicle 1869 – 1888, 1890 – 1910. Wonder what happened to the 1889 editions? More pages from the Brighton Gazette have been added and the Nelson Leader.

Well that is it for this past week, I wonder what gems will be released this coming week?

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All Saints, Fulham image – By Diliff – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,