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Mad About Genealogy New Record Releases for week ending 15 September 2017

Well don’t the weeks just fly by? Here we are mid September and it’s time for another Mad About Genealogy new record releases round up. Let’s see what the various websites have in store for us.

Week 9 September – 15 September 2017.

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Holocaust Records from the British Federation of University Women 1938 – 1951.

This is one dataset I haven’t come across before on Ancestry. This is an update of a an existing dataset and the details are that The British Federation of University Women was founded in 1907 to support educational opportunities for women. This collection is an index to the records of the organization during and after World War II, when it provided aid to Jewish and other foreign refugees. In it are minutes of meetings where you’ll find accounting of funds allocated to individuals and to specific relief projects, progress reports, lists of applicants seeking aid or employment, lists of children, employment of foreign doctors, and requests for food and clothing. The original documents are held by the British Federal of Women Graduates.

The index to the minutes, correspondence, and aid applications will vary in content depending on the type or record, but you may find the subject’s name, document date, type of document, age, religion, previous residence, arrival date, reason for business, and the meeting location and date. This looks like an important set of records should you have Jewish ancestry.

Find a Grave Index –  1300 – present day

An update of this dataset. Find A Grave is an independent website that has allowed Ancestry to link into Eldred Pottinger's Tombtheir website. It is run by volunteers and no doubt the fees paid by Ancestry goes towards the running of the site. A win-win situation for everyone. I checked for Major Eldred Pottinger, a distant ancestor of mine, and got his name, date of death, place of burial and two good photos of his tomb. Many thanks to Chris Nelson who uploaded the information onto Find A Grave and also took the photographs. So I am very happy as apart from knowing he died in Malta I knew nothing else and to be honest I hadn’t looked for anything! Find A Grave can be accessed directly through their website as well as via Ancestry.

That’s all that Ancestry has to offer this week, I do wonder if they are building up to a big release as they have been a little quiet on the new release front.



FindMyPast  has Herefordshire transcipts as there new releases this week.

Herefordshire Baptism, Marriage and Burial Transcripts

229,000+ transcripts some of which were created by the Leintwardine History Society and the remainder come from the FamilySearch International Genealogical Index. I am always a little cautious of the IGI as it is well known that many entries are  wrongly transcribed so I would suggest you use this as an indication of which records to look at for proof of baptisms for your family rather than a definite correct source. They also have datasets of marriages and burials from the same sources.

Herefordshire Wills Index 1517 – 1700

Herefordshire ArchivesThis dataset is a handwritten index created from the originals at Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre. The work was undertaken by the British Record Society and no doubt it was planned to publish it at some time. I don’t know if that was ever done. The search is by the first letter of the surname only, so if you were looking for a Henry Grey you would put in G. It is one of those indexes which is useful if you find what you are looking for because you can then go and order a copy of the record. How accurate it is I’m not sure and personally I would email the Herefordshire Archives and ask.

Next week FindMyPast promises to release a variety of new records from counties in the South-East and South-West. I’m looking forward to that.


Nothing new from FamilySearch.

British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have the following new additions and updates.

Ardrossan & Saltcoats Herald 1854 – 1860

Aberdeen Press & Journal 1963 – 1967

Aberdeen Evening Express 1962 – 1965, 1967 – 1969

Daily Telegraph & Courier (London) 1907 – 1910

Shields Daily News 1897

The Atlas 1830 – 1838

Wilts & Gloucesterhire Standard various betwwen 1837 – 1887

Weston Super Mare Gazette & General Advertiser 1855 – 1868

Market Harborough Advertiser & Midland Mail 1923 – 1939, 1942 – 1950

Woolwich Gazette 1890

Whitchurch Herald various between 1875 – 1898

Eastbourne Gazette various 1862 – 1905

Portadown Times 1956 – 1957

Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News 1897

Northern Constitution 1908 – 1910

Morecombe Guardian various 1929 – 1957

Gravesend Reporter, North Kent & South essex Advertiser 1886

Hexham Courant various 1864 – 1897

Eastbourne Herald 1951 – 1957

Cornish Times 1872

Clitheroe Adverister & Times various 1933 – 1957

The Genealogist

Nothing new this week from The Genealogist.

Forces War Records

Nothing new from Forces War Records.


Til’ next week Happy Ancestor Hunting!



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