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September has arrived and brought with it the beginnings of autumn, the leaves will soon be turning colour and already the conkers are falling from their prickly husks and the squirrels are busy. So let’s see what goodies have arrived to further our family history research.

Week 2 September – 8 September 2017.

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Sadly there are no new records or updates from Ancestry this week. Let’s hope they are planning something sensation for new week!



FindMyPast has been busy and this Friday’s offering are ….

Lancashire Wills & Probate Index 1457 – 1858.

Lancashire ProbateThere are more than 229,000 items indexed  (did they get tired counting once they got to 229,000?!). Probates were heard by ecclesiastic courts prior to 1858. The records cover the deaneries of Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal, and Lonsdale.  The index has been created from the original records held at the Lancashire Record Office, and the work done by Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society. Great team effort.

Scotland – Roman Catholic Parish Registers 1736 – 1942

These are a browse only dataset, that means no indexing you work your way through the volumes page by page. However you can narrow the search down by county, diocese and/or place, which is just as well as there are over a thousand volumes. The collection covers all the Scottish dioceses: Aberdeen, Argyll & The Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell, St Andrews & Edinburgh, and Paisley.

I’ve had a quick look and the records are often in Latin, but I think with a good Latin Primer you should be able to find what you are searching for. I can recommend “Latin For Local and Family Historian” by Denis Stuart, I use this a lot myself. I also have close to hand “A Latin Glossary for Family and Local Historians”  by Janet Morris. Between these two books I find my way round latin documents quite well.


Leicestershire Baptisms, Marriages & Burials

Leicestershire Baptism Register


I’m very excited by these new additions to the Leicestershire Parish Register Collection. There are another 54,000 baptism entries, 22,000+ marriages and 39,000 burials and they have got to belong on someones family tree! This latest batch are Bishops Transcripts and date from 1538 when parish registers first began.  The collection is indexed, has a transcript and an image of the original making this as good as visiting the Leicestershire Record Office without the expense of going there.

If you are very lucky you may find a comment in the margin. I have seen entries that have noted if a child has died soon after baptism, if the parents weren’t married, if they were not of the parish, if the bride was pregnant etc. Always look around a document not just at the actual entry, you never know what you might find.



Leicestershire Parish Register Browse

You can now browse the Leicestershire parish register collection. There are 13,000 volumes of baptisms, marriages and burials 1538 to 1916, these records cover more than 300 parishes. There can be a great bonus in reading through the parish registers/Bishops Transcripts in a parish where your ancestors have lived for several generations. You get a feeling for what was going on in the parish, was there an epidemic which caused more burials than usual, was there a number of multiple births showing twins running in the family, who were their neighbours etc. Also you will pick name variations which isn’t so easy when just looking at indexed entries.

British Newspapers

FindMyPast runs the British Newspaper Archives website that is mentioned below. If you have a subscription you get access to the newspapers as well. Here is the papers that have been added to the collection on FindMyPast this week. There seems to be a lag between the two sites, I suspect that the newspapers might go online on the British Newspaper Archives first and a few weeks later they go onto the FindMyPast site.

  • Illustrated War News
  • Exmouth Journal
  • Saffron Walden Weekly News
  • Lowestoft Journal
  • Woolwich Gazette and Greenwich and Deptford Chronicle
  • Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
  • Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail
  • Eastbourne Herald
  • Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser
  • Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News
  • Morecambe Guardian
  • Clitheroe Advertiser and Times


An update to the index to the Billion Grave website is the only FamilySearch addition/update this week.

British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have the following new additions and updates. I must have a look at the Poor Law Unions’ Gazette, just to see what the contents of this publication were. Recipes for gruel perhaps?!

Aberdeen Evening Express 1958 – 1961

Daily telegraph & Courier (London) 1893 – 1894, 1896 – 1897, 1899, 1903 – 1906

Athletic News 1878 – 1879, 1888 – 1896, 1900, 1908, 1921, 1931

The Sportsman 1873 – 1874, 1912 – 1919, 1924

Poor Law Unions’ Gazette 1888, 1901

Salisbury & Winchester Journal 1899 – 1910

Shrewsbury Chronicle 1878 – 1891, 1898 – 1899

Ilkley Gazette and Wharfedale Advertiser 1889, 1891

The Genealogist

Nothing new this week from The Genealogist.

Forces War Records

Nothing new from Forces War Records.


Looks like FindMyPast is the big winner this week, but all the websites above have something I am sure for us to add to our knowledge of our ancestors.

Til next week Happy Ancestor Hunting!



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