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What’s New? Week ending 3 November 2017

What’s New? Week ending 3 November 2017

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Any new genealogy records released this week? Yes – of course there are…..


Lots of updates and some new record collections this week.

It looks as if Ancestry have an agreement with Senate House Library, University of London so it will be interesting to see what appears from that source. This collection includes students who attended other universities, but took University of London exams so don’t dismiss this as not of interest if your ancestor attended another uni. There is a good description of the records under the search box I recommend you read this before you start to search so that you can understand what you find.

Fife, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1914-1966

An uncomplicated data-set. It is the electoral registers for Fife 1914 – 1966.

Fife, Scotland, Criminal Registers, 1910-1931

Criminals anyone? Ancestry is working their way through the Fife Library and Archives Services vaults.

UK and Ireland Find A Grave

The UK and Ireland Find A Grave website has been updated so that has a knock on effect to the Ancestry connection. I’ve been quite lucky in finding new ancestral plots on this site so it’s well worth a look.

Global Find A Grave

This covers the rest of the world and burials at sea which are always tricky to find. This is an update so do check out if you haven’t found anything of interest before. Did you know that burials at sea were recorded in the ship’s log and thousands of ships logs are housed at The Maritime Museum in Greenwich?  Lots of births and deaths didn’t get recorded elsewhere and so don’t turn up in indexes. Actually I’ve been told that most of the ship’s log are stored offsite in an aircraft hanger someone on the outskirts of London – wonder if that’s true? That would be a super project for a group to start indexing births and deaths in ships logs – any volunteers out there?

Kent  – Births and Baptisms, 1538 -1925, Marriages & Banns 1538 – 1935, Deaths and Burials, 1538-1985

This is an update of the collection cared for by Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre. You can search by name etc. or you can browse by parish. Ancestry has this collection down as Bexley, but it covers more than that town. There are 13 parishes in this collection: Belvedere, Bexley, Bexley Heath, Crayford, East Wickham, Erith, Lamorbey, North Cray, Northumberland Heath, Sidcup, Slade Green and Welling.

Kent –  Tyler Index to Parish Registers, 1538-1874

This index is held at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, Canterbury, Kent. It consists of extractions of baptism, marriage, and burial information from parish registers in East Kent.

Liverpool Catholic Records – Confirmations, 1813-1920,  Marriages 1754-1921 & Baptisms, 1741-1906, Burials, 1813-1987

Good to see that there are Catholic records are coming online. Ships from Ireland docked at Liverpool so this would be a good collection to check if you have Irish ancestry.

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Find My Past offers some advanced genealogy records this week, if you are a beginner don’t be frightened of using these records. Simply read the description of what the records are and why they were created and you will have expanded your knowledge.

Surrey Lay Subsidies 1524-1645

Early taxation records are held at The National Archives, Kew, they are catalogued under the reference E 179  ‘Exchequer: King’s Remembrancer. Lay subsidies are taxation records from the final years of the Tudor period and the early years of the Jacobean era. The data-set consist of transcription of the original taxation records and give name, date and your ancestor’s home parish & hundred.

Surrey Court Cases 1391-1835

Star Chamber

An index of 26,000 records covering 400 years of court cases. Again a transcript so bear in mind that there is room for human error and check the original if you can. However transcripts are a great help, just make sure that when you add transcript records to your family tree you source them as transcripts. The records give year, court where case heard and if you are lucky full texts comprising the names of others named in the court proceedings. This data-set covers four courts which dealt with a wide variety of matters.

  • Surrey Court of Star Chamber, 1485-1649 –dealt primarily with criminal cases and alleged violence such as sedition, illegal hunting, assault, fraud, public disorder, murder, and witchcraft.
  • Surrey Exchequer Court, 1497-1835 – responsible for cases of equity and revenue. You will find land disputes, titles of land, manorial rights, tithes, debts, and wills in these records.
  • Surrey Court of Requests, 1500-1624 – Due to the low cost and the speedy process of the Court of Requests, it was frequently used by the poor and servants of the king in matters of equity.
  • Surrey Court of Chancery, 1391-1758 – also dealt with cases of equity, trusts, and land laws, as well as the estates of lunatics and guardianship of infants

Surrey & South London Wills & Probate Index, 1470-1856

FindMyPast has a collection of Surrey & South London Will Abstracts 1470-1856. Each transcript contains the testator’s name, residence, the date of the will and a reference to the original register which can provide further details about locating a copy of the original document. Many are annotated with the value of the inventory and occasionally – th the date the inventory was taken.

Some American records have also been added for those with FindMyPast World Subscription.

  • New York State Death Index 1880 – 1955
  • New York City Marriage Announcements, 1833-1836
  • New York State Religious Records 1716-1914 Image Browse
  • The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

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  • Cambridgeshire Bishops Transcripts 1599 – 1860
  • Derbyshire Parish Register 1537 – 1918
  • Hampshire Bishops Transcripts 1680 – 1892
  • Essex Parish Register 1538 – 1997
  • Manchester Parish Register 1603 – 1910

Indexes to these records can be viewed online, but the originals can only be viewed at Family History Centres.

British Newspaper Archives

Updated newspapers titles

  • Cambrian News – 1552 new pages added
  • Daily Herald – 6816 new pages added
  • Ross Gazette – 634 pages added

The Genealogist

Nothing this week from the Genealogist

Forces War Records

Nothing new from Forces War Records.

Some really good records this week from the two big companies. Hope you have fun searching and get some good finds. 

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