9 Feb 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates. Let’s see what is in store for us family historians this weekend.
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FindMyPast – 9 Feb 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
10% Off FindMyPast Pro & World Subscriptions.
Just been told of the latest FindMyPast offer and am so excited to be able to tell you that now is the time to treat yourself to a subscription! This offer is for UK & Ireland readers only (sorry not for USA readers, but I do have something special for you from Ancestry – in the section below!). Get 10% off of a Pro package if you are in the UK and 10% off of a World package if you live in Ireland.
I should explain what a Pro package and a World Package allows access to – absolutely everything !! You get unlimited access to every record collection on Findmypast, access to the British Newspaper Archives plus Pro-only member benefits. Why they call them a different name just because one you have to be resident in Ireland and the other in the UK who knows!!
This offer runs until 18 February 2018 and you need to put the code FMPSFEB10 in when you get to the checkout.
Now onto the records
Suffragette Collection Update
The Suffragette Collection which was released last week has now had another 3,000 records added to it. These have all come from the newspaper “The Suffragette” (later The Britannia) which was edited by Christabel Pankhurst. So if you checked your ancestral names last week it might be wise to run them through the search engine for these records again. Remember that Find MyPast is offering free access to the Suffragette Collection until the 8th March. They have also installed a browse feature for these newspapers. Click one of the links below to get free access if you aren’t a FindMyPast subscriber….
The Devon Collection, which has digitised images as well as a transcript and has been indexed, has had a good boost this week. 30,000+ new baptisms. The original records of this collection are held at the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. All records are from Church of England parish records.
39,000+ new banns records 1629 – 1918. Banns are very important to genealogy research as they were called in the parish church of both the bride and groom therefore if they didn’t live in the same parish you will know where to look for the marriage entry.
79,000+ new marriages for between 1507 – 2002 so very recent. From July 1837 these will be in the form of marriage certificates that cost £9.25 each (or £6 whilst the online trial period is going on), but with a FindMyPast subscription you get them for free so to speak. If you have Devon families then this is the way to go. The FindMyPast Plus subscription is equal to about 13 certificates so think first before ordering certificates of birth, marriages and deaths and check if FindMyPast or Ancestry have what you want that will cost you less.
Be aware that whilst these are Church of England parish records other religions, with the exception of Quakers and Jews, often registered these events in their local Church of England parish even after the Toleration Act of 1689. It was illegal to marry anywhere other than in a C of E parish church between 1754 and 1837.
Ford Park Cemetery and Torquay Cemetery plus Church of England parish burial records have added 31,351 new records to the burial collection. See my posts on Cemetery Records Here.
Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Parish Registers Browse
I think I need to find some Devon ancestors with all these super records now online! The original registers are held at the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office and some registers will date from 1538 when registers first started. There is now a browse facility for the Devon Collection which, as regular readers will know I am a fan of, I recommend you use if your ancestors were in a particular parish for several generations. Searching page by page allows you to pick up mis-spelling of family names and other clues that you might not find with a normal name search.
56,000 records regarding biographical and service data on the families and officers of the East India Company taken from an index compiled by Lieutenant-Colonel Kendall Percy-Smith have been added to the British in India Collection. This collection is becoming really extensive and essential for those who have ancestors either lived, worked or traveled in India from 1664 – 1961. I believe that the records have come from the Society of Genealogists.
Moniteau County, Missouri, USA – Roman Catholic Marriages
This is an index only, no images of the original records and not a full transcript. Nevertheless it is helpful to know an ancestors name occurs in the records as you can then track down the original document. Each result will offer you a transcript with details such as your ancestor’s name, abode, marriage date, and spouse’s name. This collection comes from Brett Clifford’s website which is a free website. Click Here to access his website. If you are interested in Moniteau County, Missouri records then you will want to know that Ancestry has an index to the Moniteau County, Missouri Marriage Index, 1845-1860, as far as I can see these aren’t necessarily Roman Catholic records. Also the Moniteau County, Missouri, Death Index, 1858-1931 plus “A history of Moniteau County, Missouri” by M.H. Crawford.
I must write an article about Cyndi’s List very soon as those new to genealogy might not know about this wonderful free website and those who have used it in the past might have forgotten about it. Anyway having typed Moniteau County, Missouri into the search engine I found that Cyndi has compiled a list of genealogical resources for the county. Click here to access Cyndi’s List.
Did You Know That You Can Try Before You Buy With FindMyPast- 14 Day Free Access?
First I want to tell you about the latest Ancestry DNA offer – it is just for USA readers (sorry, UK and elsewhere readers, but I have no control over Ancestry!) Ancestry DNA is offered for $69 until 25 February 2018 11.59pm.
If you wonder if DNA will be helpful to your genealogy then read about my DNA journey (links below). I was a bit skeptical, but am now very happy with the great contacts I have made with people I didn’t even know existed before! I am writing a followup blog post about what my experience has been with connecting with fellow researchers.
Now onto the records – Ancestry is now getting back into it’s stride – thank goodness! There are 4 new collections added this week,with Fife being the main focus.
Burntisland, Fife, Scotland, Directory and Yearbook, 1892
Directories can be a real treasure chest of family history material and this directory from the Fife Archives is a very welcome addition.
Whilst we are in Fife you may as well do a search of the Dockyard Employee Books. I had a quick look at these books and was very surprised to see the level of detail included. There is full name, birth date, place of birth as well as position and length of service. Another surprise was that there were employee from Truro, Plymouth, Luton, Birmingham, Portsmouth – the list goes on. If your ancestors had any connection with dockyard work then I would search these records.
Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, War Albums, 1899 – 1916
This looks very interesting as it has images as well as text. I have included a page from one of the albums to illustrate this post. If I had ancestors from this part of Scotland then I would be very excited to see this type of record coming available online. Ancestry obviously have a contract with Fife Archives so we can expect more collections coming online.
Buckinghamshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1535-1812
These extracted C of E parish records have been collected together from a variety of publications of parish and probate records. So use these types of records with caution as they are an index of a transcription, but they can give some good clues, always try and check the originals as you can then make sure the indexer got it right and also collect any further information not included in these extracts.
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British Newspaper Archives – 9 Feb 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
There are 50 new newspapers and updates this week from the British Newspaper Archives – far too many for me to individually list! They range from Scotland and Ireland right down to the West Country so a very wide mix. Click here to access the list. Also I noticed this week that they are offering a limited number of free views of graphic newspapers such as The Tatler, The Bystander and The Graphic. You will need to register first which you can do by Clicking Here.
Please note – Did you know that if you subscribe to FindMyPast’s Pro 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 Pro Subscribers searches to the newspaper databases. A yearly subscription to the British Newspaper Archives is £80 and a year’s subscription to FindMyPast Pro is £156. So you can see that if you want access to the newspaper archive and also genealogy databases then buying a FindMyPast Pro subscription is the way to go. However if you don’t want to subscribe to FindMyPast ………
Did You Know That You Can Try Before You Buy With The British Newspaper Archives ? Click Here For Free Access
FamilySearch – 9 Feb 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Cornwall, England Parish Registers, 1538-2010
This collection has been updated, which means more images have been added. The collection has been indexed and images can be viewed from your home computer. Just like being at the Cornwall Archives. And, of course it is free!
If you missed out on reading my post on what FamilySearch has in store for genealogist in 2018 then Click Here!
Other News – 9 Feb 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
There are quite a few Suffragette events planned, you can read my post about them by Clicking Here.
RootsTech 2018 hasn’t released the schedule for online streaming of some of the lectures as yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I hear. However they have released the speakers hand outs which I recommend you take a look at and download those of interest to you. Click Here to access the Hand-Out’s.
Ancestry has a new YouTube video from Crista Cowan called “What’s New at Ancestry February 2018”
So plenty to keep us all busy and amused this weekend. I hope you have a great time and find lots of new ancestors!
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