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MadAboutGenealogy – New Online Record Releases

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Here are this weeks new genealogy record releases. I’ve been having some success with the Cheshunt baptisms that were released last week and then I moved onto the 1837 Register where I spend several hours looking for people who should have been there, but weren’t! Watching a tv programme the other day they said that keeping your brain challenged throughout your life could ward off dementia – I think they should prescribe genealogy, it certainly makes your mind work hard!!

Week 23 September – 29 September 2017.


Let’s see what Ancestry has presented to us this week……

Staffordshire Extracted Parish Registers 1538 – 1839

The Staffordshire parish registers release come online late last Friday so didn’t get included in last weeks round up. It is extracted records taken from electronic databases created from various publications of parish and probate records. In other words it doesn’t cover the whole of Staffordshire and as it is an extraction there are no original images, so do use it as a finding aid not as a primary source.

London, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538 – 1812

This is another update from last weeks update. I was reading the Ancestry blog and they seemed to be saying that these updates do include new records not just correction sent in by subscribers. So it would seem that we need to be constantly checking the updates for new information.Derbyshire Parish Registers

Scotland Extracted Parish Registers 1571 – 1997

Again don’t use this as a primary source, but it could be a very useful finding aid before you pay out for ScotlandsPeople credits. I have just checked and it is now 25p per credit and it costs 6 credits (£1.50) to get access to one parish register entry. The indexes don’t always contain enough information to make it clear if an entry is the one you are after, so this dataset could be very helpful and money saving. Makes Ancestry & FindMyPast seem a real bargain!!

Derbyshire Parish Registers 1538 – 1991

Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1538 – 1812, Marriages & Banns 1754 – 1932, Baptisms 1813 – 1916, Burials 1813 – 1991. Lovely to have more original parish registers online. I shall be delving into these records over the weekend for my Matkins family.


I do like FindMyPast Fridays, you never know what treasures they are going to lay before family historians and just in time for the weekend!

Warwickshire Parish Register Browse

This allows you to search page by page for your ancestors having selected the parish you are interested in. warwickshire registersThere is a lot to be said for not relying on the indexes all the time, if your ancestors came from a village or small town then a few hours spent browsing through the registers front to back will give you a real feel for what was going on in the parish and also allows you to catch ancestors for whom the spelling of their surname has changed over time.

Warwickshire Baptisms, Banns, Marriages & Burials

This dataset is made up of images of originals held at the Warwickshire Record Office plus transcripts made by Rugby Family History Society, Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry (which has been re-named as Midland Ancestors), and FamilySearch IGI. So you might find 3 or 4 entries in the index for one event. Just work your way through and get to the original record, as I said earlier use the rest as a finding aid.

Irish Newspapers

The Portadown Times from County Armagh, Northern Ireland has been added to the newspaper collection.

Connecticut Church Records 1600s – 1800s

Not UK genealogy records, but handy if you had ancestors who emigrated.

US Marriages

These records have been released in conjunction with FamilySearch so presumably you can search at least an index for free on the FamilySearch website.


Essex Parish Registers 1538 – 1997

This is a index only, but each entry will have been indexed twice by two people and then only included in the dataset if both agree. If there is a difference then a 3rd person looks at the entry and makes a judgement. FamilySearch indexes from digitised images of original registers and you can order, for a small fee, films of these images to view at a local LDS (Mormon) Family History Centre.

If you can’t get to a Family History Centre then you can pay to view the images on the Essex Record Offices website, they have digitised thousands of records and for a fee of £10 per 24 hour period working up to a years subscription of £85 you can search and view parish register images, wills and electoral rolls. You can choose a subscription to suit your pocket and time as they offer subs of day/week/month/6 months & year. I am hoping to get two clear days soon to use this facility, I shall buy a week’s subscription which costs £20.

British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have the following new additions and updates.

Carrickfergus Advertiser

Birmingham Daily Gazette

Rugby Advertiser

The Stage

Daily Herald

Plus a large number of updates so worth having another quick search. If you have a subscription to FindMyPast you will have access to this newspaper archive as well as FindMyPast’s databases.

The Genealogist

The Genealogist  has added Sussex parish register transcripts which were published by the Parish Record Transcription Society. I was unable to find out which parishes were covered, but it did say that this collection was to be added to.

Forces War Records

Nothing new from Forces War Records.

I’m off to hunt down some Derbyshire Matkin’s – hope there is something for you in this weeks releases.

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