Friday, November 13, 2020

Findmypast Friday: New and Exclusive Records Available to Search

I received this information from Findmypast today:


New and Exclusive Records Available To Search on Findmypast

Warwickshire, Coventry Blitz, German Air Raids 1940-1941

A unique collection created by Findmypast to mark the 80th anniversary of the Coventry Blitz, these records contain the details of casualties of German air raids over city between November 1940 and June 1941.

Details include name and home address, nature of casualty (killed, injured etc.) and where the casualty was treated. Close to 2,500 individuals are included on these lists, including some who remained unidentified.

The vast majority of casualties were citizens of Coventry, but there were also victims from the length and breadth of Britain whose names can be found on these lists, as well as military personnel and members of the Auxiliary Fire Service and Air Raid Precautions.

Coventry was badly hit many times, the raid of 14th/15th November 1940 being the worst. For almost 11 hours, the Luftwaffe dropped around 500 tons of high explosive, 30,000 incendiaries and 50 landmines. This devastating attack left 176 dead, around 680 wounded, many families homeless and destroyed the ancient heart of the city including its 14th century cathedral.

Children and adults alike are recorded in these lists, and surname searches quickly reveal whole families affected.

Records show how James Dawson and Arthur Young, both living at separate addresses in Cambridge Street were injured in the November 1940 raid, but Cambridge Street on the whole, escaped serious damage. 

Unfortunately that wasn’t to be the case when the Luftwaffe paid a return visit in April 1941. Numbers 133, 135 and 137 Cambridge Street were all hit, with members of the Arrowsmith, Webb and Sadler families, and other individuals besides, all killed.

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

Thousands of additional records have once again been added to this important collection. Discover the names of injured soldiers, service details and where they were treated.

Held by The National Archives and only available online at Findmypast, the collection includes admission and discharge records from over 20 hospitals, field ambulances and casualty clearing stations during the First World War.


National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914

Over 17,000 new Yorkshire school records are now available to search. This latest tranche has been made available thanks to our partners at the Calderdale Family History Society.

Yorkshire Baptisms

Unique to Findmypast, over 6,000 new baptism records from St Simon’s Church, Sheffield are now available to search.

Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions

Over 4,600 new records from the West Riding of Yorkshire round off Findmypast’s releases from ‘God’s Own County’. The locations covered include Charlestown, Hebden Bridge, Langfield, Luddenden Foot, Lumbutts, Midgley, and Mount Tabor.


New titles in this week’s update include the Somerset Guardian and Radstock Observer.

Further updates have also been made to the following titles:

  • Halifax Evening Courier covering 1926-1930, 1932-1934 and 1938-1939
  • Kinematograph Weekly covering 1923-1925 and 1927-1930
  • Western Morning News covering 1894
  • Birmingham Daily Gazette covering 1864
  • Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer covering 1947
  • Eddowes’s Journal, and General Advertiser for Shropshire, and the Principality of Wales covering 1853

Disclosure: I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador. This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.

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