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What’s New in Family History – 20 October 2017

What’s New in Family History – new record releases for week ending 20 October 2017

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Let’s look at what’s been happening this week ….


Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland Poor Law Records 1888-1912

This dataset is of the Abden Poorhouse Record Book. It has been indexed as well as digitised. It is also <a href="" target="_blank">14 Days FREE Trial - Start this weekend!</a><img src="" width="1" height="1" border="0"/>possible to browse the book page by page. The index is at the front and then the pages have details of the inmates. Details given are:-

  • Date of admission
  • Admission number
  • Name
  • Age
  • Whether man, woman, boy, girl
  • Marriage status
  • Trade or occupation
  • Religion
  • State of health
  • Who ordered admission
  • Name & address of relatives
  • Date of discharge if applicable
  • Death if applicable
  • Remarks

A heading in the book says the register is for the Kirkcaldy Combined Poorhouse. A wealth of information for the genealogist.

Ancestry has lots of updates this week that will be of interest to a lot of us I think.

UK and Ireland Obituary Index 2004 – 2017

Very recent dates, but may be of interest to some researchers.


London Updates

All these will be new additions from London Metropolitan Archives. I thought the updates were just corrections sent in <a href="" target="_blank">14 Days FREE Trial - Start this weekend!</a><img src="" width="1" height="1" border="0"/>by subscribers, but apparently not. These are new records added as digitisation is ongoing. That is good news for me and I expect for a lot of London researchers as it means the people we have “lost in London” might be found in one of these updates. Hoorah!!

London Marriages & Banns 1754 – 1931

London Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1538 – 1812

London Deaths and Burials 1813- 2003

London Births and Baptism 1813 – 1916

London Confirmation records 1838 – 1823

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Find My Past has an Irish theme going this week.

Thrift Genealogical Abstracts

In the early 20th century Miss Gertrude Thrift made transcripts of a vast amount of Irish genealogical material including abstracts from wills lost in the Four Courts fire of 1922. The collection has items that date from the 1500’s and includes military commission books, parish registers, exchequer bill books, prerogative grants, chancery bill books, freeman rolls, wills. She also constructed  quite a number of family trees including that of the Guinness brewing family.  Miss Thrift was well known in her day and anyone with a connection to Ireland needs to check out this collection.

Crossle Genealogical Abstracts

Slightly earlier than Miss Thrift a Dr Francis Crossle and his son Philip were busy making abstracts of 657,000+ Irish records. Again they, bless them, made copies of prerogative court wills from 1620 to 1804 all of which were destroyed in the 1922 fire. The Crossle collection has an extensive military collection including Army returns 1767 – 1816. A particularly good source of material for those with Northern Ireland heritage – I don’t know about you, but I know what I shall be looking at this weekend!

Betham Genealogical Abstracts

This weeks releases keep getting better and better as far as I am concerned ! I have seen a hint that the Pottinger tree was constructed by William Betham and held in Dublin Castle, but was destroyed by fire there in the mid 1800’s. There are family letters referring to the pedigree, but no sign of any copies. Perhaps there is a mention in this collection.

Sir William Betham (1779–1853) was an English-born Irish herald and antiquarian who held the office of Ulster King of Arms from 1820 until his sudden death in 1853. This collection is of the abstracts and genealogical sketches he created. There are 489,000 items in the collection including his notebooks which are said to be an excellent substitute for missing records. Includes wills, pedigrees and family tree abstracts.

Cork, Pobble O’Keefe Census 1830-1852

The census for Ireland were almost 100% destroyed in the fire of 1922 (this is a recurring theme when doing Irish genealogy), but a few did survive. It seems that the townland Pobble O’Keefe has seven census for the years 1830, 1834, 1836, 1849, 1850, 1851, and 1852. Pobble O’Keefe was also known as Pobal O’Keefe or Pobal O’Keeffe and the nearest modern day village is Ballydesmond, which used to be called King Williamstown. So if any of those place names ring a bell have a look at these census.

Yorkshire Burials

Out of Ireland for an addition to the Yorkshire Burial Collection which has almost 4.7 million names now. This latest update adds 75,000 new burials and as well as Church of England burials there are Quaker and Roman Catholic records and some municipal cemetery records.

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Civil registration for Ireland 1845 – 1913. Images and indexes for

  • Births 1864 – 1913
  • Marriages 1845 – 1870
  • Deaths 1864 – 1870

Be aware that the images are only available for viewing at Family History Centres and at the main library in Salt Lake City. However the indexes are still helpful and these can be accessed at home.

British Newspaper Archives

Everyone seems to be on an Irish theme this week.

British Newspaper Archives have added the Coleraine Chronicle 1872 – 1910 to their collection. They have added years 1873 – 1909 to the Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser which sounds like several newspapers, but in fact is just one.

Other additions to the archive are as follows:-

  • Lloyd’s List
  • Annandale Observer and Advertiser
  • Eastern Daily Press
  • Leitrim Advertiser
  • Shipley Times and Express

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The Genealogist

Nothing this week from  The Genealogist


Forces War Records

Nothing new from Forces War Records.

Not sure what you are doing this weekend, if you live in the UK it seems as if we are destined to get battered by another storm. Good staying inside and doing genealogy weather ! I shall be searching through FindMyPast’s Irish records hunting for any Pottinger’s – I confess I have already had a peek and there are 12 references to Pottinger. Then if I have time I shall be running my London names through Ancestry’s new London parish register records.

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