Friday, July 15, 2016

Over 2.2 million new records from across the UK available to search this Findmypast Friday - 15 July 2016

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Over 2.2 million new records from across the UK available to search this Findmypast Friday

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of two brand new collections, over 1.8 million new historic British newspaper articles and updates to six existing sets.

Explore centuries of monumental inscriptions from 178 different parishes. This brand new set contains 85,847 records, including one for UK prime minister Stanley Baldwin. The detail in each transcript can vary, especially as over the centuries many of these monuments have been damaged by weather, exposure and, in some cases, vandalism. Most will include a name, death year, any relevant places and a link to purchase the full inscription.

A brand new set containing 21,078 records from three different Scottish counties in the northeast of Scotland. Monumental inscriptions are an excellent resource for family historians because many record the names of other relatives such as a spouse, children or parents, as well as their birth and death dates. For example, the record for Katherine Alexander holds six additional names: Katherine's husband, two daughters, two sons, and daughter-in-law.

We’ve added 1,870,698 articles to our collection of almost 181 million British newspaper articles, including 14 brand new titles. The latest lineup features local and regional publications from around the UK, including titles from London, Wales, Yorkshire and Essex.

A highlight is the Illustrated London News which contains exquisitely detailed Illustrations of life in London at the turn of the 20th century. The new additions also include substantial add-ons for The Cornish Telegraph (398,197 new articles), Newcastle Evening Chronicle (171,183 new articles) and Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough (162,994 new articles).

This addition includes 10,592 inscriptions from 22 churches, including one dating all the way back to 1189, exclusive to Findmypast.  While the amount of available information will vary from transcript to transcript, most will include names, dates, and places, as well as monument type and inscription, which may include the names of others buried in that plot as well as more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates.

Notable names include Hans Sloane, an Irish-born physician from County Down. Throughout his life, he collected items about natural history, books, drawings, manuscripts, coins, seals, and other curiosities. His collection, which he donated to the state, formed the foundation for the British Museum.

We’ve added 40,702 records from 44 new places and improved data for five existing ones, covering Anglican, Roman Catholic, Quaker, and non-conformist, as well as community and war memorials. This record set represents two decades of work by transcribers from the Essex Society for Family History. These records have been compiled from engravings found on tombstones and other memorials in the churches and churchyards of Essex. They represent significant evidence for your family history research and can often provide additional information outside of death dates.

Our Devon burials collection reaches over 2 million with the addition of 113,264 new records. Covering 450 years, these parish registers date back to 1538, and cover burials for most of the Anglican parishes in the English county of Devon. Along with parish registers, you will find burial registers from Ford Park Cemetery and Torquay Cemetery. The Victorian Ford Park Cemetery was established in 1846 and opened in 1848. Torquay Cemetery opened in the mid-19th century and is a listed site by English Heritage. You can find burial records from both the consecrated and unconsecrated ground.

Explore four centuries of marriages from over 330 parishes with the addition of 37,023 records covering Northumberland, Durham, and surrounding areas. The records include over 800,000 marriage transcripts, most of which will include names, ages, places and details of the bride and groom’s individual parishes, which could prove invaluable for further research.  

The Local Government Act, 1972 reformed the local government on the county and district levels in England and Wales. All the changes were put in place by 1974. For this reason, the Northumberland and Durham records include villages outside of their current boundaries; such as Newcastle in County of Tyne and Wear or Romaldkirk of the County of Yorkshire. Additionally, the records include Cumberland, which is now part of Cumbria.

32,935 new records from over 350 Presbyterian, Independent, Wesleyan, Methodist and Anglican parishes have been added to this collection, bringing the total number of transcripts up to 888,270. The records will reveal not just your ancestor's name but also his/her parents' names. You will also discover their occupations and where they lived. Like the other Northumberland and Durham sets, this collection also contains records from villages outside of their current boundaries, including Newcastle, Romaldkirk and Cumberland.

We’ve added 20,676 burial records to this collection, bringing the total number of of this collection up to 651,210. Discover where your ancestor is buried, where he/she lived and an additional relatives name to add to your growing family tree. Like the other Northumberland and Durham sets, this collection also contains records from villages outside of their current boundaries, including Newcastle, Romaldkirk and Cumberland.

Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.


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