30 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates Here are all the new record releases and updates plus free access for UK residents for this week so let’s take a look and see what is on offer.
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Ancestry – 30 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
UK based readers will be able to enjoy FREE access to millions of UK, Ireland and Commonwealth records over the Easter weekend. The special runs from 30 March to 2 April 2018 23:59 BST. You will need to register for a Free Ancestry account if you do not have one. Click Here to Access these FREE UK, Ireland & Commonwealth Records.
Now onto new records and updates from Ancestry.
Kent, England, Extracted Parish Records, 1539-1876
This collection is extracts only so the original records may well have more information. These types of records are a good source of clues, but the original record should always be viewed if at all possible. It looks to me as if several of these records may have been taken from printed sources, so do use with caution. Bear in mind the FindMyPast has indexed digitised images of parish registers for the Canterbury Diocese online. This data-set has come from :-
- St. Dunstan, Canterbury – Christenings, Marriages and Burials, 1559-1800
- Canterbury – Marriage Licence allegations, Dean of Westminster, 1558-1699
- Canterbury – Marriage Licence allegations – Vicar-General of the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1660 to 1679
- Boughton under Blean – Parish Registers, 1558-1626
- Lullingstone – Parish Register
- Horton Kirbie – Parish Registers
- Kent Register of Marriages, 1538-1837
- Canterbury Marriage Licences, 1751-1837
UK, Historical Photographs and Prints, 1704-1989
I am surprised that Ancestry isn’t shouting the addition of this database to it’s collection from the roof-tops as I think it will be greeted with great joy by many genealogists. The dataset comes from the Fox and Hulton (Picture Post, Radio Times etc) Collections which are now owned by Getty Images International, who charge for their use in books, magazines, online etc. This means I am unable to show you an example as Getty can charge up to several hundred pounds to use one image – the MadAboutGenealogy purse won’t run to that!
This collection offers a huge variety of prints and photographs of everyday life as well as important historic moments. The titles can be very long and give an excellent description of the scene depicted and if you scroll tot he right you see any captions that are written on the back. A great source of background images and information. Do take a look.
General Registry Office, Civil Registration Birth Index 1916 – 2007
This is an update so I presume it has been extended.
Yorkshire, England: Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1873
This data-set has been compiled from the printed parish registers published by the Yorkshire Parish Register Society. So there is the opportunity for error in the transcribing originally. As I mentioned above great source of genealogy clues, but use with caution. Having said that in pre-internet days family historians loved the work that these societies did as it allowed records to be searched even if there was no possibility of viewing the original because you lived too far away from the archive.
FindMyPast – 30 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Prerogative Court Of Canterbury Administrations 1660-1700
It is wonderful to see this important set of documents now online. Even though this collection is of transcripts and images of the index slips it is still an important source of genealogy clues. Administrations are the paperwork generated when a will was proved and the Prerogative Court Of Canterbury proved more wills and probate work than almost anywhere else in Britain. It is interesting to note that a third of the records are related to the affairs of mariners.
The information you will get from this data is :-
- Date of will
- Value of estate
- Additional notes if available
- Reference number
The original documents are held at The National Archives, Kew.
If you have been looking and not finding an ancestors burial in Leicestershire perhaps they are lying in Thrussington. This parish has been added to the Leicestershire Collection. You’ll find your ancestors name, death date, burial date, age.
Ireland, Alphabetical Indexes To The Townlands and Parishes 1851-1911 Browse
Irish ancestors anyone? Yes many of us have several branches of our family tree in Ireland so this index will be of interest. It is not indexed as yet so you will need to know the townlands and parishes where your ancestors lived before you start to browse through page by page.
New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records 1636-1947 Image Browse
I am in Massachusetts visiting family at the moment so I can relate to these neighboring New Hampshire records. This looks a very interesting collection which has been gathered together from local Town Clerks Offices in the state of New Hampshire. Again browse only so you will need to know at least roughly where your ancestors lived.
The collection includes births, marriages, and deaths; vital registers; indexes; minutes of meetings; and records of other civic activities.
New York, Buffalo Death Index 1852-1944 Image Browse
This seems to be the week of browse only collection, but I agree with the idea of putting the records online whilst they are being indexed. Sometimes a genealogy search just can’t wait! 17,000 digital images of the Buffalo, New York, death index make up this collection and you should find an ancestor’s name and death year which will point you in the right direction for other records.
New Jersey, County Naturalization Records 1749-1986 Image Browse
200 years worth of Naturalisation Records to browse through. These are scanned originals which are always good to search. This could be the breakthrough to where your ancestors lived before entering the US. You should find birth country, age, occupation, arrival date and port of entry.
British Newspaper Archives – 30 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.
- Bexley Heath and Bexley Observer
- International Woman Suffrage News
- Newcastle Evening Chronicle
- Burnley Gazette
- Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
- Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald
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!!Did you Know That You Can Try Before You Buy With The British Newspaper Archives ? Click Here For Free Access
FamilySearch – 30 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912
FamilySearch has added to the Devon and Cornwall Marriage Collection 1660-1912. The collection is indexed and images of the original records are available to view online. Just what we genealogists like!
They have also added to collections for California, Cape Verde, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, South Africa and Uruguay.
The Genealogist – 30 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
The Genealogist has added to their Military Collection this week. It is the 100th anniversary of the forming of the Royal Air Force on 1st April 2018 and to mark that event they are releasing the following data-sets.
- Air Force Lists 1921 – 1944 (details of RAF officers, seniority, retired officer lists, and alphabetical indexes)
- Flight Magazine 1909 – 1911 (gives names of early aviators)
- A selection of aviation reference books as follows:-
- The Air Annual of the British Empire 1930
- Book of the Air 1931
- Aviation – An Introduction to the Elements of Flying
- The Wonder Book of Aircraft 1930
Deceased Online – 30 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
DeceasedOnline has added over 10,000 photographs to their offering of all thing cemetery. The photographs are for 90 Norfolk cemetery and they have thousands more in the pipeline. Great news if you have Norfolk ancestors – which I do, but so far they all seem to have pauper burials so no gravestones photos for my family history!
30 Mar 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Summary
Plenty of records this week to please us all. Have a Happy Easter and hope you find time for some genealogy amongst all the chocolate eggs and Easter treats.
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