11 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates It’s been a hectic morning here at MadAboutGenealogy – the website crashed due to an update to a Plugin on the site. It isn’t just me affected, but everyone with this plugin had their websites go down – I’ve been told it runs into millions….. a oops moment for someone. I was not happy as you can imagine. Thankfully we are now back up and running. Many thanks to my techy guy. Now onto the new records and updates for this week.
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Ancestry – 11 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Ancestry is offering 30% off Gift Subscriptions to celebrate Mother’s Day offer ends May 13th so only a couple of days left to grab a gift subscription. This is a great way to get family members, not just Mom’s, involved in researching your family history.
There was really big news from Ancestry this week, so let’s get started on the new and updated records.
1939 Register for England and Wales
Up until now FindMyPast was the only website to have this important record set online, in fact it was the only place to see it as it isn’t housed at National Archives. Then, out of the blue, there it was on Ancestry, which is great news for Ancestry subscribers. The register is basically a mini census of everyone in England and Wales – Scotland and Ireland had a similar, but separate system, it was created so that ration books and ID cards could be issued as well knowing who could be enlisted into vital industries and the armed forces. If you have ancestors in England and Wales in 1939 you will want to search this! I have written about the 1939 Register before, it is one of the most important 20th century documents for research English and Welsh genealogy. CLICK HERE to access my post.
I have thinking for a while about making short videos on Facebook and this release inspired me to make on explaining how to find it on Ancestry and a brief overview of the register. CLICK HERE to access the video. Do let me know if you found it helpful and I’ll make some more 🙂
UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960
This passenger list collection has been updated so well worth rechecking your family names here. Remember ancestors may have come on holiday to Britain not just to live here.
Northern Ireland, Will Calendar Index, 1858-1965
An update of this index which is on the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland website. CLICK HERE to access the website. Wills are always worth looking for and this index is quick to search.
UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
The volunteers at Find A Grave have been busy as here is another update, I know a lot of you aren’t happy with the new web site design. You could email the website about your concerns and you never know they might change some aspects. You can of course search the website even if you don’t have an Ancestry subscription. CLICK HERE to access Find A Grave website.
Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
The global Find A Grave has also had an update.
It doesn’t look as if there has been any new releases or updates for USA this week. I suspect they have been too busy with the 1939 Register!!
FindMyPast – 11 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
FindMyPast has the following new releases and updates this week.
Billion Graves Cemetery Indexes
We know that Ancestry owned Find A Grave and now Find My Past has a partnership with Billion Grave. I haven’t checked, but I wonder if there is any overlap – I’ll try and find out and let you know. This looks to be a major update with the following new records.
- Over 670,000 new additions to the United States Billion Graves Cemetery Index
- Over 23,000 new additions to the Canada Billion Graves Cemetery Index
- Over 40,000 new additions to the England Billion Graves Cemetery Index
- Over 500 new additions to the Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
- Over 23,000 new additions to the Scotland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
- Over 2,000 new additions to the Wales Billion Graves Cemetery Index
- Over 147,000 new additions to the Australia Graves Cemetery Index
- Over 6,000 new additions to the New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index
I haven’t used Billion Graves very much at all, must go and have a good look round and perhaps write a post on it. You can search Billion Graves without a FindMyPast subscription. CLICK HERE to access Billion Graves.
Norfolk Parish Registers Browse
For the rest of this weeks releases we are in Norfolk. I have ancestors in Norfolk so am very happy about this ! Browse facility for baptism, marriage, banns and burial registers covering Church of England churches across the county. Check the list of parishes covered, the list is under the search box for the Norfolk Registers, sometimes not all the parishes are online yet.
Norfolk Parish Chest Records 1300-1990 Browse
I am very excited by these records as parish chest records are a favorite of genealogists. If you haven’t looked at parish chest records then go take a look even if you don’t have ancestors in Norfolk. Having a look at different records all helps to expand your family history knowledge. This collection has 600 years of records including account books, apprenticeship registers, vital event records, poor rate books, and much more. A list is at the bottom of the search screen for this set of records.
Norfolk Land Tax Assessments 1665-1837 Browse
I think FindMyPast must have had people working in the Norfolk Archives 24/7 to digitize all these records! People have always been taxed, just for different reasons over the centuries. Period covered is 1665 – 1837. Again go and take a peek at the different assessments and learn more about these great records.
- Assessment for ongoing war
- Assessment lists for royal aids
- Assessment lists for royal aids and window tax assessments
- Land & window tax assessments
- Land tax assessments
- Poll & land tax assessments
- Poll tax assessment
- Window tax assessments
Norfolk Borough Records 1317-1981 Browse
Norfolk borough records from 1317 to 1981. These records which were concerning local government activities include apprentices, freeman, courts, churches, petitions, sessions, poor rates and more.
Norfolk Archdeacon’s Transcripts 1600-1812 Image Browse
In a perfect world, and for Norfolk it is a perfect genealogy world, you should search both the parish registers and the Archdeacon or Bishops Transcripts. This is because sometimes there is extra information on one which isn’t on the other. Also sometimes some entries made it onto the parish register, but not on the transcripts. These transcripts, I should point out are those made by the local clergy and sent to the Archdeacon or Bishop so can be regarded as a primary source – genealogists have argued over this primary or secondary source for years. I think they are Primary Source – with reservations!
Well that’s it for Find My Past this week. I need more time with all these great Norfolk records to look at (see my blog post on Monday!) I already don’t watch tv as I am too busy on the MadAboutGenealogy blog – the only two things left to go are eating and sleeping!
British Newspaper Archives – 11 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Here are the latest updates and additions.
- Cheltenham Examiner
- Luton Reporter
- Oxfordshire Telegraph
- Macclesfield Courier and Herald, Congleton Gazette, Stockport Express, and Cheshire General Advertiser (this must be the longest newspaper title ever!)
- County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire
- Bournemouth Graphic
- Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser
- Bridgwater Mercury
- Wigan Observer and District Advertiser
- Sligo Champion
- Hereford Journal
- Ballyshannon Herald
- Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail
- Banner of Ulster
- Weekly Freeman’s Journal
Are you aware that if you subscribe to FindMyPast’s Ultimate British & Irish Subscription then you also get access to the contents of the British Newspaper Archives website ? FindMyPast owns the British Newspaper Archives so they simply point their Ultimate and World Subscribers searches to the newspaper databases as part of their subscription. A yearly subscription to the British Newspaper Archives is about $112 depending on exchange rates and a year’s subscription to FindMyPast Ultimate British & Irish package is $179. So you can see that if you want access to the newspaper archive and also genealogy databases then buying a FindMyPast Ultimate British & Irish Subscription is the way to go. I have checked with FindMyPast and although their package is called the Ultimate British & Irish subscription it does give access to all their data-sets worldwide. I’ve pointed out that their title doesn’t make much sense!!
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FamilySearch – 11 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
FamilySearch has no new or updated record this week for the UK or USA, but they do have new records for Peru, Cusco, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Verde, Denmark, Germany, Guatemala, Panama, Portugal and Slovakia – almost everywhere apart form the UK and USA ! They also have the Billion Grave update.
The Genealogist – 11 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Nothing new from The genealogist this week.
11 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Other News
The schedule for FamilySearch lessons and webinars for May is available. CLICK HERE to access the schedule.
11 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Summary
Lots to work on this week, I hope you manage to fit some genealogy time in your weekend. However if you don’t – don’t worry those records aren’t going anywhere and will be sitting waiting for you when you have a moment! As I mentioned above don’t forget to go across to Facebook and glance at the Video as I value your opinion. CLICK HERE to access the MadAboutGenealogy video.
It’s been a busy day and a busy week, but we have lots of great records to take a look at this weekend.
Mailing List – EU Subscribers
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So if you have replied to my email and only ticked one box, but would like to continue receiving my emails, could I ask you to unsubscribe and then rejoin ticking both boxes this time. I know this is a nuisance, but I can’t afford the huge fines for not getting this 100% right ! Some bloggers have said they will be deleting all their EU subscribers and not accepting any new people resident in the EU. I want to try and get this working correctly for us all. Subscribers from the EU are a very small part of my mailing list, most of my readers are USA, Canada and Australia based, but I would like us to remain friends if we can 🙂
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