4 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates May Day has come and gone so we must be getting nearer summer and some warmer weather – I do hope so! Our ancestors must have welcomed spring and been very pleased not to have so many worries about shortage of food, bad weather and illness. I can imagine the May Day celebrations must have been very heart felt. The Victorian & Albert Museum has an interesting web page on May Day Celebrations – click here to access. Now onto the new records and updates for this week.
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Ancestry – 4 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
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There are some interesting new releases and updates this week from our friends at Ancestry.
Somerset, England, Gaol Registers, 1807-1879
Any West Country convicts in your family tree? If so then this update will be of interest. I don’t believe there is a family tree anywhere that doesn’t have a Black Sheep ancestor or two in it ! So run your family names through this database if you have ancestors from Somerset or surrounding counties. Gaol’s and records covered are:-
- Registers of Prisoners (1808-1843)
- Description books (1821-1843)
Shepton Mallet Gaol
- Registers of Prisoners (1856-1879)
- Description books (1855-1878)
- Gaol registers (1810-1879)
- description books (1807-1859)
Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813
Still in the same area of England, Gloucestershire parish registers have had an update so that will make readers with ancestors from this county happy. Remember that people did travel to neighboring counties for events like marriages so always wise to check if your families were from this area.
A fairly long list of updates of American data-sets this week:-
- Washington, Marriage Records, 1854-2013
- Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-2018
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-1946
- Obituary Collection, 1930-2018
- 1920 United States Federal Census
- New York, New York, Extracted Birth Index, 1878-1909
- U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002
- Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Church and Town Records, 1669-2013
I wish the UK Funeral Homes/Undertakers would allow their records to go online, they would be such a rich source of genealogy data. I’m going to search the Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-2018 for my USA ancestors later today.
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FindMyPast – 4 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
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T&C’s Apply. See FindMyPast’s Landing Page for full T&C’s. After the initial offer period, your subscription will be automatically renewed at the normal price unless you un-tick the ‘auto-renew my subscription’ box in the My Account section of the site.
You know you and your genealogy deserve a FindMyPast subs, now is the time to do it!!
Follow the links set out below for your country of residence.
USA based readers
50% off 1-month Ultimate British & Irish subscription. This is FindMyPast’s world wide subscription and includes all the FindMyPast databases.
UK based readers
10% off 12-month Pro subscription. This is FindMyPast’s world wide subscription and includes all the FindMyPast databases.
FindMyPast sent me through a link that doesn’t work, I have emailed them, but have yet to hear from them. So what I suggest you do if you want to get this good deal is to click on the UK Special box on the upper left hand side of this web page and go from there. That link definitely works 🙂 Sorry about this, but it’s out of my control!
Australia based readers
10% off 12-month World subscription. This is FindMyPast’s world wide subscription and includes all the FindMyPast databases.
Ireland based readers
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Now onto the records from FindMyPast this week:-
England & Wales, Roman Catholic Records
FindMyPast is become THE go to place for Roman Catholic records. This week there are new additions dating from 1575. I understand that this includes Catholic Record Society publications. Must go and have an in-depth look and write a post about it!
Staffordshire Registers & Records
I’ve had a quick look at this collection and I think it consists of Phillimore parish transcripts. I can’t be sure because the front page isn’t shown. Anyway they are transcripts which make them secondary sources which need to be verified with primary sources, but are oh so useful for getting clues! This collection has 23 Staffordshire parishes covered at the moment and I would imagine it will be added to.
Lancashire Registers & Records
More digitized out of print books. Often these types of books can be found sitting on the shelves of county archives, some have been scanned on Google Books, but by no means all. Knowing that they probably are on a shelf in Lancashire Archives is fine, but if you live in Michigan or Devon then it’s an expensive journey to read them! So well done FindMyPast for getting them available online. I was going to list them, but there are too many – a list is on the search page. When using this type of collection download a copy of my Project Planner from the MadAboutGenealogy Resource Library. CLICK HERE to access the library. Once you have your project planner printed off then note which books you have searched, it will stop you double searching later and save you precious research time.
Shropshire Registers & Records
Exactly what I wrote for Lancashire applies to Shropshire, this time there are 58 publications awaiting your perusal. These books contain parish registers, churchwardens’ accounts, county histories and antiquities, Burgess rolls and quarter sessions court orders so lots of genealogy information here. I wonder if I email Alex Cox of FindMyPast he would digitize books for Berkshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Derbyshire, Middlesex ………………………….. etc!!
Queensland, Justices Of The Peace 1857-1957
Any readers with Australian genealogy? Yes me too, I think a very large number of us have lateral ancestors who moved to what is now known as the Sunshine State. The FindMyPast Queensland Record Collection is coming along nicely, these are transcripts that have the reference number so you search for the originals either online or via the Queensland State Archives.
Queensland, Register Of Land Sold 1842-1859
Land records containing information about purchases, land rights and town registers.
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British Newspaper Archives – 4 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Here are the latest updates and additions.
- Good Morning
- Worthing Gazette
- Bournemouth Graphic
- West Sussex Gazette
- Macclesfield Courier and Herald, Congleton Gazette, Stockport Express, and Cheshire General Advertiser
- Crawley and District Observer
- Christchurch Times
- Forres Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Northern Review and Advertiser
- South Wales Daily Post
- Weekly Freeman’s Journal
- Bournemouth Guardian
- Banner of Ulster
- Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail
- Eastern Morning News
- Ballyshannon Herald
- West Sussex County Times
- Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth & District Daily Circular
- Eastern Daily Press
- Shields Daily News
- Leicester 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 – 4 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 Bavaria, Germany and updates for Australia (it says Austria on their notice box, but it is Australia), Belgium, Hungry, Peru and Russia.
The Genealogist – 4 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
The Genealogist has added a huge 1.2 million records to their Warwickshire parish register collection. So if you have ancestors in Warwickshire this is the website to go to!
4 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Other News
This week has seen the launch of the first of what I suspect will be many Virtual Genealogical Societies. Attracting members, booking speakers and finding suitable venues have been problems that have been mounting for many years with traditional genealogy societies. Many are no longer in existence, and I have thought for a while that online societies will take over – and now we can see that beginning.
The Virtual Genealogical Society is geared towards people who find it difficult to attend local societies, those who prefer online conferences and are comfortable using technology to interact with others. the lectures are twice a month by leading experts in their fields and go out at EST, which might be a problem for some. I am hoping that these lectures will be available afterwards for those whose time doesn’t work in with EST. The cost of an annual subscription until the end of the National Genealogical Society conference (5th May) is $10, after that $20. I’ve joined and am intrigued to see if this is the start of something big! Click Here for their website.
4 May 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Summary
FindMyPast must be raiding the shelves of county archives, the British Library or companies who have digitized out of print genealogy publications as they are getting a substantial collection of this type of material. When you visit an archive you often have a wait whilst records you have ordered are delivered to your desk, that is when you shelf roam. Most archives have printed books and maps on open shelves in the reading room and they are always worth working your way through shelf by shelf. It would seem that we are now having those shelves available at home via the growing FMP collection. Wonderful 🙂
On a different topic, but still genealogy I have bought some whizzy new software that will help me produce much better forms and charts for you via the Resource Library. Once I get to grips with all it can do I’ll start upgrading the existing material plus adding lots more. I’m very excited about this ! Plus in response to the recent survey a new category will be added soon – Genealogy Crafts. This is a much more popular topic than I appreciated, I thought it was only me who took their genealogy into all areas of their lives including crafting ! I am also playing around with the idea of a weekend family history challenge – so much I want to do with MadAboutGenealogy and there are only 24 hours in each day – darn it!!
As you can see it is busy in the world of genealogy and the world of MadAboutGenealogy, which makes us all happy I hope!
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