25 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Hello and welcome to the Friday Round-Up. It been a busy week and I am sure you have been submerged with emails from companies asking you to re-sign up for their newsletters etc all due to the new EU regulations known as GDPR. I have spent more hours than I care to think about making sure that MadAboutGenealogy complies not that I would dream of doing anything with your information – that’s if I knew where to access most of it!! Anyway enough of that let’s see what new genealogy records are online this week.
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Ancestry – 25 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
After nothing last week we have some good additions this week to existing collection.
Wiltshire, England, Church of England Parish Register Collection
Updates, which means new records have been added to the Wiltshire parish register collection. The new additions are in the Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916 and Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916 sections of the collection. No other details are available as to which parishes this concerns so if you have Wiltshire families then run their names through the database again. If you want to know more about parish registers then here is a list of previous post about them. it is very important to know the records you are research as this can help you make decisions in your searches.
- CLICK HERE for Parish Baptism Registers
- CLICK HERE for Parish Marriage Registers
- CLICK HERE for Parish Burial Registers
UK, Burial and Cremation Index, 1576-2014
This is information from the DeceasedOnline website. DeceasedOnline is a pay to view & subscription website which specializes in cemetery records note not churchyard records just cemetery records. To learn more about the difference I have put a link below to my blog post on Cemetery Records so although you can search their indexes to get the information you will need to buy vouchers or pay for a subscription. I had heard that DeceasedOnline was coming in with Ancestry and I had hoped that it would all come under your subscription, but alas no, still you never know what the future holds!
Derbyshire, England, Church of England Parish Register Collection
Some more additions for the Derbyshire parish register collection. Like the Wiltshire ones above they cover the full range of registers. Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932, Baptisms, 1813-1916 and Burials, 1813-1991. Take note that in both the Wiltshire and Derbyshire collection they have marriage registers for the period 1837 onwards. This means that if you find an ancestors marriage from July 1837 then you are looking at exactly the same form as a marriage certificate – the only difference is it hasn’t cost you £9.25 to buy it! It is these things that justify your subscription to Ancestry and FindMyPast etc.
Nothing new in the USA Collections this week.
FindMyPast – 25 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
FindMyPast must have been uneasy about the effect that Ancestry now having a licence to publish online the 1939 Register. FMP had the monopoly on the register for several years and I am sure that was a great attraction for many subscribers. So now that others can buy a licence for the material they are coming up with points of difference. Last week it was maps attached and this week they tell us that over 5 million closed records, those are the ones that have been blanked out, have been opened by FMP. They have had a programme of cross referencing the registers with the death indexes plus subscribers have been able to apply through FMP to have records released upon the subscriber providing proof that the person concerned has died. I am sure Ancestry will be doing the same, but it will take a while to catch up. So FMP still has the edge over their rivals in regards to the 1939 Register.
South Lancashire Regiment Prisoners Of War 1914-1918
This index, a secondary source, has come from the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery where more information can be found. CLICK HERE to access the Warrington website. The transcripts of 2,800+ prisoners of war from 1914 to 1918 offer name, army number, rank, regiment and year held as a POW and where held and for some added notes. Sounds like to might be a good source of clues for some genealogists. I suggest you put in the word prisoner into the search box on the site as they have a number of pages about prisoners of war.
Worcestershire probate index 1600-1858
Additional records have been added to this collection. The types of records available are grants of administration, administrations with will annexed, limited (where the entire estate of the deceased is not covered), and wills. The Bishop’s Court had jurisdiction over all the probate in the diocese, which covered part of Warwickshire as well as Worcestershire, until 1858. Worth searching if you have ancestors from Worcestershire, Warwickshire or indeed any counties adjacent to this area.
Ireland, British Army Officers 1914-1918
These records have come from the Our Heroes website CLICK HERE for the website as a Google search doesn’t bring it up easily. They are transcripts of 1,500+ records of officers of Irish regiments and the Irish officers of British regiments who were killed in action or who were mentioned for distinguished conduct between August 1914 and July 1916. generally you should find birth year, rank, regiment, death date, age at death, burial plot, whether or not they were killed in action and a link to their portrait on the sources website.
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files Of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923 Image Browse
60,000 images of case files of Chinese immigrants arriving in Philadelphia. The original records are held at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication M1144: You can expect to find ancestors name, age, birth place, occupation, ship name and arrival date. it is noted that as the information was given verbally to an immigration officer that the spelling of names and other information may be a challenge to researchers
British Newspaper Archives – 25 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Here are the latest updates and additions.
- Bucks Chronicle and Bucks Gazette
- Buckingham Express
- Luton Weekly Recorder
- The Tewkesbury Register, and Agricultural Gazette
- Stroud Journal
- Penrith Observer
- The Referee
- Lakes Chronicle and Reporter
- Sligo Champion
- Western Mail
- Daily Herald
- Grantham Journal
- Monmouthshire Beacon
- Alloa Advertiser
- Southern Times and Dorset County Herald
- County Express
- Stamford Mercury
- Ampthill & District News
- Liverpool Mercury
- Birmingham Daily Post
- Croydon’s Weekly Standard
- Newcastle 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!!
Did you Know That You Can Try Before You Buy With The British Newspaper Archives ? Click Here For Free Access
FamilySearch – 25 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
England, Devon Bishop’s Transcripts, 1558-1887
New additions to this collection of indexed images, you can also browse this collection as well as search by name etc. This collection can searched at home not just at Family History Centre. Excellent if you have Devon ancestors.
Iowa, Old Age Assistance Records, 1934-1946
Index to old-age tax records captured in 55 counties. Includes principal name, date, and place of birth; parents names; and contemporary addresses. The birth information is especially significant as it applies to Iowa settlers who may not appear in regular birth records. Searching the index is possible at home, but to view these images at home you must either be an LDS member or visit a Family History Center/FamilySearch affiliated library.
Louisiana, Parish Marriages, 1837-1957
Marriage records from Louisiana. Searching the index is possible at home, but to view these images at home you must either be an LDS member or visit a Family History Center/FamilySearch affiliated library.
Rhode Island Naturalization Records 1907-1991
Records of Naturalization from Rhode Island. These records were captured in Boston and are a collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration and Ancestry.com. You can search and view both the index and images from home.
Also new records for Baden, Germany Catholic Church Records, Argentina, Benin, Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine and Venezuela.
A very interest article on FamilySearch about their strategy to help preserve the world’s records. CLICK HERE to access the article.
The Genealogist – 25 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Metropolitan Police Habitual Criminal Registers
The Genealogist has added to its Criminal Records collections with the release of the Metropolitan Police Criminal Records Office: Habitual Criminals Registers and the Habitual Drunkards Registers. Transcripts with images of the original registers. The drunkards register also includes two photographs face on and profile, presumable so they could be identified if they caused trouble! The Habitual Drunkards Register was given to licensed premises, public houses etc so that they could refuse to serve those who featured in the books. I can’t imagine that was an easy task on a busy Saturday night!
- Entries contain a description of the individual and date of discharge from prison.
- Some records may also give distinguishing features of the individual.
- See face on and profile Photographs of habitual drunks.
- It may also give the name of the prison, length of sentence and previous convictions.
- Includes registers created by the Police to supervise released criminals including spies!
So if you think you might have an ancestor who might have fallen foul of the Metropolitan Police then this is a collection you will want to check out.
25 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Summary
A good variety of records this week, lots of newspapers being added to as well as new titles. I find searching newspapers a lengthy process because I get easily distracted and end up reading all sorts of other news! All good family history background research I tell myself. I’ll be diving into the Derbyshire parish registers to see if anything new has been added for my family plus I still have a lot of research to do in that area. The British officers in Irish Regiments looks a possibility for my Pottingers so I’ll take a look at that as well. So many great records online now – I need to live until I’m 110 just to search everything – better make that 120!
Have a great weekend and I hope you have some really good genealogy finds this may Bank Holiday weekend.
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