23 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates.
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Let’s see what’s new for us family history hunters this week.
Ancestry – 23 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
For my USA based readers there is a very special Ancestry offer. If you have been thinking of treating yourself to an Ancestry subscription for the first time then go for it now! Ancestry.com is offering great discounts off of their 6 month U.S. Discovery and World Explorer subscriptions. U.S. Discovery is now just $49 down from
$99 and World Explorer $99 down from $149. These offers are available for new subscribers only and not for renewal of current subscriptions. Offers available for 6-month subscriptions only. See T’s & C’s on the Ancestry website. Click Here to take advantage of these really good discounts – offers end
Last week it was USA & Canada who were able to take advantage of a price reduction on AncestryDNA for St Patrick’s Day – this week it is readers in the UK who are being offered a good reduction of 25% off a DNA Kit. Many of you know that I was a bit skeptical about how useful DNA would be in my genealogy, but having been given a kit in November for my birthday I am left wondering why I thought it might be a waste of money!! It has been great I have discovered cousins I never knew existed, made contact with family of an Great-Uncle who I was told many years ago “had gone to Australia” – no name, no time period, just gone to Australia – and exchanged information and photos. And the great thing is I have a long list of matches to work through with new matches added almost daily. It has transformed my genealogy. I am a convert!
So here is your chance to get your AncestryDNA for just £59 + shipping. The sale ends 25th March so no time to waste – Click Here to take advantage of the great saving and transform your own family history.
I’ve writen about my DNA journey so click here to access those posts – DNA – Should You? Could You? Would You?, Ancestry DNA Test Tube Has Arrived ! and Ancestry DNA Results Have Arrived – What Did They Reveal?
Now onto the new records and releases for this week.
Scotland, Sheriff Court Paternity Decrees, 1792-1922
In genealogy you will almost certainly come across illegitimate births where you are left wondering who was the father. Not knowing the father means that you have a gap on your family tree that gets wider with each generation you go back. I’ll write about Bastardy Examinations and Bonds very soon. To a great extent this problem will be lessened by Genealogical DNA, I’m working with a DNA cousin on such a situation and have narrowed it down to one of three brothers.
However if you have illegitimate births in Scotland between 1792 – 1922 then you need to search this wonderful database. The database is actually held by Scottish Indexes and although you can search on Ancestry and get redirected to Scottish Indexes website you can also go there direct. I did a quick search and the information you will get is most useful.
Here is an example:- Annie Flory or Gray, Widow of 29 Bartonhall Street, Waterloo nr Wishaw claims that James Wardlaw, Locomotive Engine Driver, Kirk Road, Cambusnethan is the father of her child who was born 1879. The case was heard 1883 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire.
If you want to know more and have an image of the original document it is going to cost you £5 and Graham Maxwell the owner of Scottish Indexes will obtain it for you. The database alone gives you quite a lot of information which may be enough to set you off on the hunt for the father!
UK and Ireland, Obituary Index, 2004-2017
The UK and Ireland, Obituary Index has been updated so run your family names through the database and see if anyone on your family tree has been added. If you do find an ancestor in the Index, you will be given very basic details, but generally enough for you to take the search further in the British Newspaper Archives (see below). Generally you may get the following:-
- Death date
- Newspaper Title
- Newspaper Place
- Family if named in obituary
Ireland, Select Catholic Confirmation Registers, 1775-1923 Updated
Confirmation normally occurs after the age of 12 years, but these records may also include adults. Only 12 parishes are included in this database so far; Ballina (Kilmoremoy), Ballinakill, Ballon and Rathoe, Baltinglass, Canice’s (Finglas and St Margaret), Castleconnor, Easkey, Killala, Moneymore, Mountrath, Rathvilly, Tourlestrane (Kilmactigue).
Information given is as follows:-
- name of the person being confirmed
- date, name of clergy, and location of confirmation
- parents’ names
Ireland, Select Catholic Death and Burial Registers, 1767-1992 Update
Updates to this collection of death and burial registers. The collection consists of information from 19 parishes; Armagh, Ballina (Kilmoremoy), Ballinakill, Baltinglass, Canice’s (Finglas and St Margaret), Carlingford, Carlingford and Omeath, Castleconnor, Cooley, Darver, Kilglass, Kill, Magherafelt, Mountrath, Portlaoise (Maryborough), Rathvilly, Skreen and Dromard, Summerhill, Tinryland.
Information given is as follows:-
- name of the deceased
- date of death
- burial date
Ireland, Select Catholic Marriage Registers, 1775-1942 Update
Sixty two parishes are included in this collection and the information you can expect to find is:-
- names of bride and groom
- residences of bride and groom
- parents’ names
- parents’ residences
- marriage banns
- any impediments to the marriage (e.g., consanguinity, age, previous marriage, etc.)
- marriage date
- name of officiant
- names of witnesses and their residences
Ireland, Select Catholic Birth and Baptism Registers, 1763-1917 Update
Births and Baptisms from 73 parishes, information given will be
- baptismal date
- father’s name
- mother’s name
- godparents’/sponsors’ names
FindMyPast – 23 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
After all the excitement of Irish record releases last week we are back to a good mix of new genealogy databases to search.
Gloucestershire, UK, Bigland’s Monumental Inscriptions
This is a treat if you have Gloucestershire ancestors – Ralph Bigland’s ‘Historical, Monumental and Genealogical Collections Relative to the County of Gloucester’. Not only does this offer parish histories and annual stats regarding births, marriages and burials, but of greatest interest is the biographical details. This is a PDF of the original publication which is now out of print, I checked Google Books and they don’t have a copy so this is a treasure. Good to see such books finding their way online.
Somerset, UK, Will Abstracts
On the borders of Gloucestershire is Somerset so some of your Gloucestershire ancestors may have wandered over into Somerset and settled there so do check out this database. It contains 6 volumes of Somerset Wills which were abstracted by the Rev Frederick Brown. Victorian clergy seemed to enjoy transcribing their parish registers, abstracting wills and other documents of interest to genealogists. Rev. Brown’s abstracts were published between 1887 – 1890 and cover the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. You will see by the illustration here that they were published by Frederick Crisp who I introduced you to in my article Crisps Fragmenta Genealogica Click Here To Read about this gentleman who has left us a wonderful genealogical legacy.
Hue and Cry Police Gazette Index UK
Does anyone have ancestors who were in the police force or perhaps they were of interest to the police? I have ancestors on both sides of the constabulary fence and I shall be searching the new additions to this dataset. The Hue and Cry published notices about criminals wanted by the police, missing persons, those who had been transported and those who were imprisoned. You can expect to find the following:-
- offender’s name
- location of offence
- date of offence
- volume & page number of original document
- Occasionally name of arresting officer
Britain, Knights Of The Realm & Commonwealth Index
Perhaps the collection above isn’t of interest and your ancestors were of a more regal disposition?! Another 400+ new records have been added to the Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth Index. references date back to the 11th century. Information may include:-
- recipient’s name
- birth year, death year (if applicable)
- type of award
- date of award
- recipient’s rank
Philadelphia, USA Roman Catholic Diocesan Newspapers
Two RC newspapers containing 50,000+ records. The Catholic Standard, later renamed The Catholic Standard & Times, 1866 to 1951, and The Universe: The Catholic Herald and Visitor, 1833-1867.
British Newspaper Archives – 23 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Here are the latest updates and additions. Good to see plenty of new titles being added. This archive is becoming really useful.
- International Woman Suffrage News
- Young Woman
- Woman’s Dreadnought
- Bexley Heath and Bexley Observer
- Common Cause
- Dereham and Fakenham Times
- Craven Herald
- Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
- Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald
- Lincolnshire Echo
- Newcastle Evening Chronicle
- Mid-Ulster Mail
- Carluke and Lanark Gazette
- Cambridgeshire Times
- Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
- Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail
- Daily Telegraph & Courier (London)
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 Ultimate British & Irish 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 Ultimate Subscribers searches to the newspaper databases. 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!!
FamilySearch – 23 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Nothing new for the UK from FamilySearch this week. The new records cover Bolivia, Chile, Find a Grave, Honduras, Hungary, Illinois, Massachusetts, Mexico, New York, New Zealand, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Poland, and Ukraine so if you have ancestors from those countries head on over to FamilySearch.
23 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Summary
A massive saving for new subscribers to Ancestry who are USA based, a short term offer not to be ignored! Plus so that UK readers don’t feel neglected there is a great saving on DNA, remember this is only for 3 days so if you want to buy kits make sure you get your order in before the deadline.
A good update of church records from Ireland from Ancestry this week, they do have a Latin Glossary online which you may need for early records at the Catholic Church used Latin for much longer than other religions. There is a link to their glossary at the bottom of each search page. A real mix of records from FindMyPast and plenty of new titles and updates from the British Newspaper Archives.
I shall try and squeeze in some research time this weekend and have a quick search of the new releases, but most of the weekend will be taken up working on a new venture for MadAboutGenealogy. In a few months time I will be launching the first of a series of Online Genealogy Courses designed to help you discover your British family history. Feed-back on the project has been very positive and if you want to hear as soon as the doors are open for enrollment then sign up using the form below as subscribers to the FREE MadAboutGenealogy Mailing List will be given the first opportunity to secure a place plus of course you get access to the FREE Resource Library.
Have a great weekend and we’ll talk next week 🙂
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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