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Last week of August 2017 Genealogy News

Well it is the end of August, autumn isn’t far away, but as all genealogist know the long dark evening can be turned to good use delving into your genealogy and family history. What could be better than a cup of hot chocolate, a blazing log fire and a good internet connection to access all the lovely online records !

So here is this weeks offerings for the period 26th August 2017 to 1 September 2017.

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Gloucestershire Burial Registers 1813 – 1933

This is an update not a new release. There are digitised images of the actual registers and they have all been indexed.

Gloucestershire Marriages & Banns Registers 1754 – 1938

Again an update, a nice wide time period here with the records coming up to more recent times. You can tell a genealogist when they reckon 1938 is recent!


Gloucestershire Baptisms 1813 – 1913

An update.

Gloucestershire Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538 – 1813

An update of the earlier registers indexing.

Gloucestershire Confirmations 1834 – 1913

An update. Confirmation registers aren’t often mentioned , but they are a useful source of family history information. Will put them down on my future blog post list.

Shropshire Extracted Church of England Parish Records 1538 – 1812

This is a database of nearly 1.5 million extracted parish register entries. There are no images attached and they are from a variety of un-named sources so whilst helpful to point you to some records you do need to check the originals where possible. There is no indication of who did the indexing and how reliable the indexing is.

Swansea and Surrounding Area Electoral Rolls 1839 – 1966

An update. Something for those with Welsh ancestry to check, again the end date is quite recent.


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

Oxfordshire Marriage Bonds 1634 – 1849

Ohh …. how exciting I have Oxfordshire ancestry. Marriage bonds required when a couple wanted to marry by licence and not have banns read out on three consecutive Sundays. If it was found out that there was a legal impediment to the marriage then the bond was forfeited.  This dataset is a transcription, no images of the originals are available. So do check as there may be errors.

Marriage Bonds 1446 – 1837

A dataset taken from a printed source originally published the College of Arms and more recently sold as CD’s by Anguline Research. It covers 15 counties – Bedfordshire, Devon, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Kent, Lancashire, Lincolnshire, London, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, Worcestershire, and Yorkshire. Not indexed, browse only. I have inserted an image of one of the pages so you can see that they do contain some very useful information.







Clandestine Marriages 1667 – 1754

Until Hardwick’s Marriage Act of 1754 almost anyone could set themselves up as being available to conduct marriages. Defrocked clergy especially enjoyed the income provided by such activities. Here we have images of the original registers and notebooks in which such marriages were recorded. Most come from the Fleet area of London. Browse only,but well worth time spent.






Essex parish registers 1538 – 1997

No images available and no indication if all of Essex’s parishes are included. A useful resource, but use just as an indicator of where to go and look at the original. The Essex Record Office runs a scheme whereby they have digitised the parish registers they hold and for a fee you can search them online. Present costs are £10 a day up to £85 for an annual subscription.

British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have reached a significant milestone this week. They now have a newspaper digitised for every county in Ireland.

This weeks additions are Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News, Clitheroe Advertiser & Times, Eastbourne Herald, Exmouth Journal, Illustrated War News, Leitrim Advertiser, Lowestoft Journal, Market Harborough Advertiser & Midland Mail, Morecombe Guardian, Newbury Weekly News & General Advertiser, Portadown Tomes, Saffron Walden Weekly News and Stornaway Gazette & West Coast Advertiser.

A large number of newspapers have had updates so if you have searched and not found anything in the past then it would be worth having another look.

The Genealogist

The Genealogist has added new Criminal Registers to their Court & Criminal Collection. This new addition covers HO77 – ​The​ ​Home​ ​Office:​ ​Criminal​ ​Registers,
England​ ​and​ ​Wales​ which is a printed lists of prisoners tried at Newgate 1782-1853 ​and ADM​ ​6​ ​-​ ​The​ ​Registers​ ​of​ ​Convicts​ ​in​ ​Prison​ ​Hulks​ ​Cumberland, Dolphin​ ​and​ ​Ganymede.

Forces War Records

Forces War Records has it’s August Journal now available online. If you have any military connections, and let’s face it we almost all have then this website is well worth a look.

Well that’s it for now



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