20 April 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates You may have noticed that the MadAboutGenealogy website has had a face-lift. Hope you all like it, the intention is to make it lighter and brighter and more inviting to readers. Those of you who follow MadAboutGenealogy on Pinterest will also have seen that the Pin’s have been given a re-design as well – it must be spring fever!
Let’s go and see what new and updated records have been released this spring week.
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Ancestry – 20 April 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
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Ancestry hasn’t added any UK, USA or Canada records this week. They have added a new collection from New Zealand which I have added as I know that we have some NZ readers and also many ancestors from the UK emigrated there over the last 300 years.
New Zealand, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920
These records are held at Archives New Zealand, are digitized and indexed original records and are very well preserved records of those who fought in WW1. Well worth a look if you have ancestors who moved to the”land of the long white cloud”as New Zealand is known.
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FindMyPast – 20 April 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
British Army Officers’ Widows’ Pension Forms 1755-1908
What a great addition to army records, these records aren’t available online elsewhere so are a “must search” dataset for those who have ancestors who died during this time period. I will be writing about this record set in a couple of weeks time. Only officers are covered, but hopefully similar records for other ranks will follow. The records include the individuals army paper work and often birth certificates, wills, marriage certificates etc for wives and children. Very excited about this new collection.
Somerset Registers & Records
FindMyPast is really getting into scanning out of print publications. Not primary sources, but good secondary sources that are great for clues and leads to original documents. These books would be available at the British Library, which is a wonderful place to visit, but if you have experienced the mad scramble every morning to get past security, find a locker and then finally get a desk (if you can’t get a desk seat then you can’t order a document) then you will know how wonderful it is to have these records online! This week Somerset has these books added to the collection.
- Dwelly’s Parish Records Vols I & II – Bishop’s Transcripts from Wells Diocesan Registry, published 1914
- Parish Registers of Chipstable, Raddington, Kittisford & Pitcombe in Dwelly’s Parish Records, 1538-1837
- Parish Register of Wilton, 1558-1837
- Wells Cathedral Monumental Inscriptions and Heraldry, published 1892
Rutland Registers & Records
Rutland is the smallest county in England so not a huge population, but if you have ancestors there take a look at the scanned publication “Registers of North Luffenham 1565-1832”. Baptisms, marriages, burials and monumental inscriptions.
Northumberland Registers & Records
Secondary source printed registers for Northumberland. Four volumes of parish registers and one of early deeds which will be worth looking at if you have ancestors from Newcastle Upon Tyne.
- Early Deeds Relating to Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1100-1600
- Parish Registers of Alnham, Ceadnell, Chatton & Ilderton, 1688-1812
- Parish Registers of Edlingham, 1658-1812
- Parish Registers of Halton, 1654-1812
- Parish Registers of Ingram, 1682-1812
Nottinghamshire Registers & Records
There will be some who will say that you shouldn’t use these printed transcripts of records, and that FindMyPast shouldn’t be putting them online, that you should only use original records. Of course in a perfect world that is true, but we don’t live in such a world. Many of us live hundred or thousands of miles away from the archives where those original sources are stored so it is impossible to visit the archives. Should we not research those ancestors? Of course we should they are part of our family – my opinion is that we should use what we can access online, cite our sources, see if the originals are online and use them if possible.
Here are the publications for Nottinghamshire
- Highways & Byways in Nottinghamshire, published 1924
- History of the Parish of Gedling – Including Marriage Registers, 1558-1812
- Nottinghamshire Marriage Licenses, Vol II Archdeaconry Court & Peculiar of Southwell, 1701-1853
- Old Nottinghamshire, published 1881
- Parish Register Transcripts of 24 Parishes Belonging to the Peculiar of Southwell, 1600-1700
- Parish Registers of Warsop – Extracts with Notes, 1538-1912
- The Nottingham Date Book, published 1884
- Thorton’s History of Nottinghamshire, updated by John Throsby, published 1797
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British Newspaper Archives – 20 April 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Here are the latest updates and additions.
- Bournemouth Guardian
- Crewe Guardian
- Christchurch Times
- Leicester Daily Post
- Cambridge General Advertiser
- Votes for Women
- Newcastle Journal
Also 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 website so they simply point their Ultimate Subscribers searches to the newspaper databases. 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!!Did you Know That You Can Try Before You Buy With The British Newspaper Archives ? Click Here For Free Access
FamilySearch – 20 April 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913
Remember you can access this index plus the original records on Irish Genealogy.ie. This website is free of any charges.
Georgia, Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955
These records come from the Atlanta, Georgia History Center and include the following records. Be aware that not all the records have been indexed so some you may need to search page by page.
- Cemetery Records from Atlanta and Vicinity, 1874-1932
- Franklin M. Garrett’s Necrology, 1857-1933
- Extracts from vital statistics of the city of Atlanta, Deaths, 1887-1931
- Westview Cemetery Sexton’s Records, 1884-1933
- Atlanta city census, 1890
- Atlanta city census, 1896 (First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Wards)
- Census of Whites and Colored citizens, 1885-1888
- Campbell county, vital statistics index to births and deaths, 1927-1931
- Voter registrations
- Miscellaneous court records from Fulton (Campbell) county
Texas, Swisher County Records, 1879-2012
This collection include the following records. The collection isn’t complete and images will be added as they become available.
- Vital records
- Military discharges
- Probate records
- Deed records
- Marks and brands
- Court records
- Civil case files from the county and district courts
Oklahoma, School Records, 1895-1936
Nearly 3.5 million school records mostly taken from the annual census of pupils. This collection will be added to as records become available. Generally arranged by years, then school district, then it is a case of working your way through the list of pupils.
They also have new records from Germany, Quebec, Italy, Lesotho, Peru, Costa Rica, and Poland
The Genealogist – 20 April 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates
War Memorial & Headstone Collection
The Genealogist adds to its War Memorial collection and to its headstone records collection. The records cover 53 new cemeteries and War Memorials from Britain, Australia, USA and Canada.
20 April 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Other News
The Great Famine Voices Roadshow in the USA and Canada
This roadshow looks at the devastating Irish famine of 1845 – 1852 when over a million people died of hunger and a million left Ireland often never to return. It is an emotional subject that for many years was kept very quiet, but now this roadshow is visiting New York, Boston, Philadelphia, New Haven, Toronto and Montreal. Descendants of those who fled to the USA and Canada are invited to come together with the roadshow organisers and relate family stories of the famine and the voyage to a new land which have been handed down and learn more about this period in Irish history. See The Great Famine Voices Roadshow website for more details – http://www.greatfaminevoices.ie for more details. Also check out and article on the Irish Central website – http://bit.ly/2vpTPhQ.
20 April 2018 – New Genealogy Record Releases & Updates – Summary
Nothing very much from Ancestry this week, but I do know they have some exciting things in the pipeline. FindMyPast is busy scanning secondary source material which as I said above is great for clues and leads to original documents so don’t dismiss them. The Great Famine Voices Roadshow looks most interesting and I wouldn’t be surprised if that triggers a lot of research and online material in the coming months which would be wonderful for those with Irish ancestry.
Have a good weekend and enjoy some genealogy hunting online!
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