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What’s New in the World of Genealogy? – new record releases

What’s New in the World of Genealogy? – new record releases for week ending 13 October 2017

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Let’s run through what has been released this week from the major genealogy companies.


Ancestry has presented to us this week……

Extracted Church of England Parish Records for Yorkshire 1538-1837

Another of the extracted parish register collections. The information for this data-set comes from various publications of parish and probate records. The Victorians in particular liked to publish transcripts of parish registers, Phillimore Printers were the main company who did this sort of work often employing clergy to transcribe their own parish registers.

Ancestry does have original records for West Yorkshire so use those for all parishes of interest to your research rather than the transcripts.

There are no images of the originals with this data-set. Like all indexes and transcripts use them with caution and try at some stage to view the original to make sure nothing has been left out or mis-read. Also when you are entering information from this type of source make sure that you note where you got the information from and that it is an index or transcript.

Extracted Church of England Parish Records for Devon

Exactly as per the Yorkshire records, but this time with Devon. FindMyPast have parish registers indexed and with scans of the original documents for the Plymouth & West Devon area, so this would be preferable if you have ancestors from this part of the county. They have a list for the parishes covered by this collection so you can check if your ancestral parishes are included.

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The Docklands area of London and Kent has got the FindMyPast attention this week. & East End of London – Baptisms, Marriages and Burials

The Docklands and East End of London collection comprises transcripts made by the Dockland Ancestors who are a team of enthusiastic genealogists dedicated to making the Dockland and East End parish registers available to researchers. The latest additions are baptism records of St John Wapping 1617 – 1917, St Leonard Bromley 1621 – 1845, & St Mary Whitechapel 1558 – 1865 (the press release says also St Mary’s Bow, but I can’t find them on there). Marriages  St John Bethnal Green (no dates available on their listing) , St John Wapping 1665 – 1761, St Leonard Bromley 1622 – 1837, St Luke Limehouse (no dates)  and St Mary Whitechapel 1558 – 1754. I think that St Mary Bow baptisms and the dates for the two marriages might be added later – obviously MadAboutGenealogy is too speedy with our reports!

Greater London Burial Index

35,000 burial records have been added to this index. These burials are all from Clerkenwell. The index covers both Church of England and Non-conformist burials and some monumental inscriptions so well worth a search. Don’t forget that Ancestry has the parish registers for London that are held at the London Metropolitan Archives on their website, they have the images as well as an index. Also DeceasedOnline have a large number of London cemetery records online. However this FindMyPast index is worth a look.

Kent – Canterbury Archdeaconry Baptisms

The Baptisms, Banns, Marriages and Burials for the parishes of Chilham, Stalisfield & Staple have been added to this Canterburycollection and each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. A useful note from FindMyPast – Before 1841, Canterbury was the only archdeaconry in the diocese of Canterbury. From 1841 until 2011, the diocese of Canterbury was divided into two archdeaconries: Canterbury in the east and Maidstone in the west. In 2011, the Archdeaconry of Ashford was created and the archdeaconry boundaries redrawn. It always pays to know what has happened in the past to boundaries of parishes, counties and also ecclesiastical areas.

PERiodical Source Index image update

I have to confess that I have never used PERSI and probably should, the index covers mainly USA and Canada, but does have references to Britain, Ireland and Australia. This latest update is of  30,004 new images to seven publications in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI). Additionally, 10,902 articles have been added to the index. Below is a description from FindMyPast. I think I might be missing a trick here.

The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) enables you to easily locate key information about people and places. It contains over 2.5 million entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications, making it an invaluable, comprehensive family history resource. Articles fall under twenty-two different subject headings, or record types. These include biography, cemeteries, census records, church records, court records, deeds, institutions, land records, maps, military records, naturalization records, obituaries, passenger lists, probate records, school records, tax records, vital records, voter records, and wills. Article about three or fewer specific families are arranged by surname.


The following newspapers have been added to the FindMyPast collection

  • Whitchurch Herald
  • Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
  • The Atlas
  • Winsford & Middlewich Guardian
  • Chard and Ilminster News
  • Paisley & Renfrewshire Gazette
  • Worthing Herald
  • Denbighshire Free Press
  • Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette
  • Loughborough Monitor
  • Cardigan & Tivy-side Advertiser•Leigh Journal and Times
  • Thame Gazette
  • Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser
  • Darlington & Stockton Times, Ripon & Richmond Chronicle
  • Hants and Berks Gazette and Middlesex and Surrey Journal



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Nothing new from FamilySearch this week.

British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives have the following new additions and updates.

Two new newspapers have been added to the collection

  • The Darlington & Stockton Times, Ripon & Richmond Chronicle 1847 – 1894
  • The Hants and Berks Gazette and Middlesex and Surrey Journal 1892 – 1902

Additional to Newspapers are as follows:-

  • Birmingham Daily Post
  • Coleraine Chronicle
  • Daily Herald
  • East Anglian Daily Times
  • Dublin Evening Mail
  • Shipping and Mercantile Gazette
  • Nottingham Journal
  • The Stage
  • Bolton Evening News

British Newspaper Archives have a special offer for MadAboutGenealogy Readers –

3 free page views from London and Yorkshire newspapers. Plus they are offering a discount for a short time only of 31% on their 3 month subscription. Here is how you get this special offer …..

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The Genealogist

Hot off the press from  The Genealogist

Military Records

Two new record sets that will be useful for researching the First World War and Victorian soldiers.

The Worldwide Army Index for 1851, 1861 and 1871. This is being released in several parts, so this is part one. A name rich resource to the already vast Military record collections at TheGenealogist with over 600,000 records.

The Illustrated War News covering 6 September 1916 to 10 April 1918 and adding to those previously made available for this First World War paper from 1914 to 1916.

Forces War Records

Nothing new from Forces War Records.


What are you going to do this weekend?  I think I am going to take a look at PERSI and also the Hampshire newspapers on FindMyPast and as it is supposed to be a lovely weekend weather-wise, and you never know how many lovely dry, sunny days you are going to get this time of year, I shall go and visit one of the English Heritage properties. I have fancied visiting Walmer Castle, home of the Duke of Wellington, for a while now so I think I shall head off there. Hope you all have a great weekend.

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