10% off Find My Past subscriptions

Just got this message through that Find My Past is offering MadAboutGenealogy readers a 10% discount on an annual subscription. I subscribe to FindMyPast and of late have been using the 1939 Register dataset quite a lot, it is almost a census for that moment in time just before the start of WW2. I also have been having great success using their parish registers. It is a joy not only having them indexed, but also being able to search the “old fashioned” way by working through the register page by page. That way I get to know what is happening in the parish and gives me the opportunity to pick up entries for the extended family. I love it, just like being in a county archives, but without the cost of travel and accommadation.

So if you have been thinking of subscribing then here’s a good opportunity to save yourself some money – more for the genealogy kitty! Click on the link on the side panel.

 

 

Exciting National Library of Ireland Project

imageIt has been a long held belief, with some substance, that researching family history in Ireland isn’t easy. I can tell you that it has got a whole lot easier in the last decade or so ! The newly announced project from the National Library of Ireland is an exciting addition to the online Irish genealogy data.

The project aims to digitise and place online – FREE – the Library’s collection of Catholic parish registers that are now available only on microfilm. The date for access for these records is Summer 2015 so not long to wait.

The earliest register dates from 1740 through to the 1880’s, the collection consists of 1,091  parish from throughout Ireland and are mainly baptisms and marriages with a few burial registers. So something to look forward to along with your summer holidays Smile

http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx

Shropshire Parish Records now online

I have just received this Press Release from our friends at FindMyPast………

Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has today, 26 April 2014, published online for the first time parish records held by the Shropshire Archives as the latest instalment of their 100 in 100 promise to launch 100 record sets in 100 days.

Spanning 1538 to 1900, the Shropshire Collection comprises approximately 2.1 million fully searchable transcripts and 155,000 scanned colour images of the parish registers. A selection of Anglican, Methodist and Non-Conformist registers from well over 200 Shropshire parishes from Abdon to Yockleton are included in the collection.

The records comprise –

Baptism 1537 – 1900
Banns 1760 – 1900
Marriages 1538 – 1900
Burials

1538 – 1900

Before English Genealogists get too excited I should point out that not all the 100 records sets in a 100 days cover the UK. So far there have been some American and Australian records as well as UK datasets. However it would be a very unusual family who didn’t have a few members who set sail for greener pastures and adventures!

www.findmypast.co.uk

 

More Plymouth & West Devon Records online

 

West Devon Parish Registers Family History

 

 

FindMyPast has added to their Devon Collection with the following records …

Brentor, St Simon and Buckland Monachorum Baptisms 1900 – 1999
Looe Street, Venners,Vintry, Shewell Congregational Church Burials 1626 – 1927

The Plymouth and West Devon collection is growing nicely and it is good to see some non-conformist records added as research into those who attended non C of E chapels and churches can be a little more difficult.

The original records are held by the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office.

www.findmypast.co.uk

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.

www.findmypast.co.uk