16 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates. Let’s look at what’s new in the family history world this week
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Ancestry – 16 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Ancestry is offering a special for St Patrick’s Day – 30% off of their normal price for their DNA kit. Now only $69 – a saving of $30. If you are doubtful of the use of DNA to your genealogy then read my blog posts below about my DNA adventure. I must write an update post as I have had great success with contacting cousins I didn’t know existed and we have been busy exchanging research and photos. It’s great! Click Here to access this 30% off Offer – only available until March 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Ancestry is offering free access to ALL their Irish records to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Right the way through this coming weekend until March 19, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET you will be able to research your Irish heritage for free. So if you have or even just think you have Irish ancestry then this is your weekend to find out for sure! Click Here for FREE access to all Irish records on Ancestry.com.
Sorry MadAboutGenealogy readers from elsewhere – the two above offers are for USA based readers only.
Nothing else from Ancestry for the UK this week I am afraid.
FindMyPast – 16 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
FindMyPast is offering a saving of 10% off their Pro/World/Ultimate British & Irish subscriptions until 18th March which is this Sunday. They have only just released this special offer so if you have been thinking of treating yourself to a subscription (and you do deserve a subscription!!) then now is the time to get it.
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Now onto the records that have been released this week. Naturally it is genealogy records from Ireland that win out !!
Irish Tontines Annuitants 1766-1789
I remember many years ago listening to a lecture on Irish Tontine records and they were described as being very complicated records to search. Well they aren’t now because our good friends at FindMyPast have digitised and indexed them. Here are 153,000 records to what in simple terms was an investment/annuity which was popular in the 17th/18th centuries. Basically it was a scheme whereby a number of people agreed to pay in a set sum of money into a fund and then get a yearly income from it. When a person died their share of the fund was divided amongst the remaining participants and their yearly income would rise. The last person living then had a very handsome income until they died when the scheme would be wound up and the money would go to the organisers. When I first heard of these records I thought that a good Agatha Christie murder/mystery could have been written around a Tontine scheme as the last man standing was definitely the winner!
These are fascinating records and cover various English and Irish schemes. I’m hoping my Irish Pottinger family will be found amongst the paperwork which includes details of birth, marriage and death certificates.
Ireland, American Fenian Brotherhood 1864-1897
The British Foreign Office took a great interest in the activities of the American Fenian Brotherhood. These records include newspaper cuttings, letters, telegrams, lists of prisoners, and a number of photographs. So if you have ancestors who were living in the USA between 1864 – 1897 and who had links to Ireland this is a database that needs checking.
Church Of Ireland Histories & Reference Guides
Two PDF books regarding the Church of Ireland. ‘The National Churches: The Church of Ireland’ published 1892 and ‘Some Worthies of the Irish Church’ 1900. Good background material for family histories.
Armagh Records & Registers
Another publication, this time for Northern Ireland ‘Historical Memoirs of the City of Armagh’ published 1819 and states it covers over a thousand years of Irish history. A bold claim!
Antrim Histories & Reference Guides
FindMyPast must have access to someones book case as here is another publication. George Benn’s ‘A History of the Town of Belfast from the Earlier Times to the Close of the Eighteenth Century’ published 1877. I couldn’t resist, but to have a quick search and found 35 references to the Belfast branch of my Pottinger family, but I have been good and returned to finish this post!
Dublin Registers & Records
This existing collection has had another 2,000+ new records added. This collection is made up of 22 Irish titles comprising PDF images, including parish records (baptisms, marriages, and burials) from the Church of Ireland, census indexes, school registers, monumental inscriptions and printed histories. So really it is a must for those with Irish ancestry. Sorry, couldn’t resist having a quick Pottinger search and there are 2 entries – I’m back!
Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories
Another existing collection which has been updated with some new records. The latest additions are pay records, lists, directories, commendation records, treasury books, Constabulary Code books and training manuals.
British Newspaper Archives – 16 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Here are the latest updates and additions
- Mansfield Reporter
24 newspapers have had new pages added. Too many to list here, but I can tell you that they cover a large part of the UK from Shetland to Hampshire and out to Ireland! Sadly nothing for Wales.
Did You Know That You Can Try Before You Buy With The British Newspaper Archives ? Click Here For Free Access
Also are you aware that if you subscribe to FindMyPast’s Pro Subscription then you also get access to the contents of the British Newspaper Archives website ? FindMyPast owns the British Newspaper Archives website so they simply point their Pro Subscribers searches to the newspaper databases. A yearly subscription to the British Newspaper Archives is £80 and a year’s subscription to FindMyPast Pro is £156. So you can see that if you want access to the newspaper archive and also genealogy databases then buying a FindMyPast Pro subscription is the way to go.
FamilySearch – 16 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Canterbury Diocese, Kent – Parish Registers, 1538-1986
These parish registers are available online at FindMyPast, but you can search the index on FamilySearch and if you live near an LDS Family History Centre or one of their designated libraries you can view the digitised images there for free. Your local public library may also have a library edition of FindMyPast available for public use. The index is a good way to find out if your families were in Kent, the naval dockyard at Chatham and the hop fields and apple orchards all attracted workers in from other areas of England so it’s worth a quick search.
If you want to check what new records have been added worldwide then Click Here and you can see the complete list.
RootsTech 2018 In Review.
This is well worth reading especially if you didn’t get a chance to attend the world’s biggest genealogy conference this year. The keynote lectures and live streamed talks and workshops are still available Click Here to access them. So take a look at what you missed and resolve to try and go next year – that’s what I am going to do! Click Here to read the review.
16 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Summary
We should have expected an outbreak of Irishness this week, no doubt various rivers in Ireland and USA will be turned green tomorrow to celebrate St Patrick’s Day! I wonder what the fish think of their homes suddenly changing colour, presumably it doesn’t harm them apart from the surprise of it happening? Are any of you celebrating St Patrick’s Day? Hands up those who have Irish ancestry?
Plenty to keep anyone with Irish family history busy this weekend and if not why not take this opportunity to treat yourself to a bargain DNA kit. I’ve got a couple of very promising leads from my DNA plus one where we can’t find out the exact link, but there is an 18th century birth without a father being named and I strongly suspect I know who he was. Amazing that we can work all this out 300 years later.
If you have a family history topic or set of records you would like me to write about do let me know and I will make sure it goes high up on the list!
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