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8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

How are your Christmas preparations going ? It can be a really mad time of the year, but do try and find time to enjoy it as well ! It looks as if most of the UK is going to get as least a flurry of snow this weekend. I wonder how our ancestors coped with bad weather, how much of a challenge was it for them to keep their families warm and fed? If you want to know more about your ancestors lives then luckily there is plenty of background reading to be found on the internet such as “The History of the English Agricultural Labourer” which makes fascinating reading.

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So what is new this week? 8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates.

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FindMyPast -8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

FindMyPast as always have their Friday release of new records, so let’s see what they are giving us this week.

8 Dec 2017 - New Genealogy Record Releases & UpdatesBritish & Irish Roots Collection

This is a new collection of records that I shall be diving into over the weekend, (just the thing for a wintery afternoon!) This database contains 95 million records from the USA and Canada. Each record has information that shows that the person in the record is a British or Irish emigrant. Passenger lists, census records, naturalization papers, draft registrations, birth, marriage and death records were used to make this collection. No original records available, but the source of the information is given so it can be followed up. This is a huge step forward to finding those people who simply disappear from the family history. I can’t understand why FindMyPast isn’t shouting this from the roof-tops – it’s a game changer of a collection !

British Army, Imperial War Museum Bond of Sacrifice 1914-1918

8 Dec 2017 - New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

Any collection that contains photographs has got to be of interest to genealogists. This collection offer WW1 service details plus photographs. Haven’t had time for a proper look, but I’m told that the transcripts give rank, regiment, awards, soldier number and death date. I wonder if this collection might contain details for some of those soldiers whose records were destroyed by enemy action in WW2?

Kent Parish Records

This collection of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials has been added to this week. The new parishes covered are Meopham, Luddesdown, Cobham, Nurstead and Ifield. The Kent collection comprises transcripts created by Val Brown and the Kent Family History Society. There are no original images of the parish registers which are in the Rochester diocese. However FindMyPast does have indexed original images of parish registers from the Canterbury Diocese.

Kent Wills & Probate Records 1328-1890

New additions to this existing collection. Kent has 7 Ecclesiastical Church of England Courts and these courts dealt with the probating of wills until 1858 when the government took over the task. This collection is made up of the West Kent Probate index 1750-1890, West Kent Probate Index 1440-1857, Kent Inventories 1571-1842 and Kent Will Abstracts 1328-1691. These are transcripts so there are no scans of the original documents which are held at the Kent History & Library Centre.

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Ancestry – 8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

Ancestry  has six updated collection and one new set of records. Do you think Ancestry heard my comments about the lack of new record releases lately? By the way updates means that new material has been added to databases. All the big companies announce they have such and such a collection now available, but often it isn’t the whole set of records. They start with a good amount of records and then add more as they become available from the staff who digitise and index them. So always check out records that have updates if you didn’t find anything the first time round.

8 Dec 2017 - New Genealogy Record Releases & UpdatesUK & Ireland Find A Grave – 1300’s – present day

Additional material has been added. I will be writing a separate post about this website in the new year. Ancestry owns Find A Grave and whilst the separate website still exists they have amalgamated it into their search engines.

Global Find A Grave Including Burials at Sea – 1300’s to present day

As above, more new material. This is one collection that just keeps getting better and better.

Huntingdonshire Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1559-1836

This is a new collection and comprised records taken from various publications and re-indexed. The records are marriages, 1559-1836, there are no baptisms or burials, but who knows they may be added later as material is found. Great as a clue if your ancestors names come up in a search, but do try and see the originals wherever possible, but if you can’t then make sure you put down as your source where you found the information.

 Wiltshire Parish Records

The Ancestry Wiltshire parish register collection has had additional records added right across8 Dec 2017 - New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates the time period on offer. The following sub-collections have been added to.  These are digitised images of the original records which have been indexed.
  • Baptisms, Marriages, Burials 1538 – 1812
  • Baptisms 1813 – 1916
  • Marriages & Banns 1754 – 1916
  • Burials 1813 – 1916
I have recently written about parish registers – If you missed them here are links to those articles.
Posts on marriages and burials have been written and are scheduled to be posted later this month and mid January.
Good to have some new records to report on from Ancestry!

British Newspaper Archives – 8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

8 Dec 2017 - New Genealogy Record Releases & UpdatesI just love newspapers and couldn’t help but stop writing this post for 5 minutes and do a search of the Hampshire Chronicle, I found several new Diddam’s entries and a couple of possible Hawkins entries so have added them to my list of searches for the weekend. The British Newspaper Archives are owned by FindMyPast and the newspapers are available to search and view with a FindMyPast subscription.

New additions and updates:-

  • Waterford Chronicle
  • Coventry Evening Telegraph
  • Coventry Herald
  • Hereford Journal
  • Cambridge Independent Press
  • Ayr Advertiser or West Country Journal
  • Shetland Times
  • Jedburgh Gazette
  • The Atlas
  • Todmorden Advertiser & Hebden Bridge Newsletter
  • Melton Mowbray Mercury & Oakham & Uppingham News
  • Windsor & Eton Express
  • Leominster News & North west Herefordshire & Radnorshire Advertiser
  • Hampshire Telegraph

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FamilySearch – 8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

Nothing new that I could find on FamilySearch, but I understand that new records are going onto the catalogue and not always on their collections page. Unfortunately the catalogue doesn’t have the facility to search for new additions. Therefore I would suggest that you check periodically the catalogue for the locations where your ancestors lived to see if anything new has been added.

The Genealogist – 8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

8 Dec 2017 - New Genealogy Record Releases & UpdatesThis week The Genealogist website has added 2.7 million passenger lists records to their website. These are housed at the National Archive, Kew and come under reference BT27. All these records are outward bound lists for the years 1930 – 1939 so just pre WW2. This record set includes passengers sailing to the USA, Canada, India, Australia and other countries. The records are fully searchable and are a great addition to 20th century records.

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Summary – 8 Dec 2017 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates8 Dec 2017 - New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates

This is the last week to grab a bargain Ancestry DNA kit.  Dear Santa I have been really good and would like to get other family members DNA tested so please send me a few kits down the chimney!

The FindMyPast release of the British & Irish Roots Collection is great, good to see Ancestry releasing new records again and The Genealogist has passenger lists on offer – so all in all an excellent week for family history. Lots to search through tucked up cosy next to the fire with a mug of hot chocolate!

Happy Ancestor Hunting !


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