Friday, August 13, 2021

Findmypast Friday: New British Army, English Parish, and Newspaper Records

 I received this from Findmypast this morning:


Findmypast Friday
Thousands of brand new records and FREE newspaper pages

With new British Army and English parish records, amazing family discoveries await this Findmypast Friday. And in case you missed it, over a million newspaper pages are now FREE to explore.

British Army, Royal Engineers 1900-1949

Findmypast have completed this collection with over 130,000 new tracer card records, the majority of which cover personnel who served World War 2.

Soldiers from the Royal Engineers in Europe, 1945.

Each record includes an image of the original tracer card or cards documenting a soldier's movements within and between regiments. Most men have one card but some have multiple, with text on both the face of the card and the reverse.

The amount of information listed varies, but all records include the man’s first name/s, last name and army number. Many men also have their date of enlistment and or date of birth included.

Service records for men who served with the Royal Engineers, and indeed with all corps from 1920, are still with the MoD. Tracer cards essentially provide a headline summary of service through which a man's movements can be tracked.

British Army Service Records

Findmypast has further expanded this must-search military resource over 6,000 new Chelsea Pensioners’ discharge documents.

This record from 1794 lists the soldier's name, birthplace, 
occupation, regiment, reason for discharge and more.

These discharge papers are some of the oldest records available within this vast collection, allowing you to trace your military ancestor's life and career way back to the 18th century. Including both transcripts and images, they record the servicemen’s birth place, the length of service, and why the soldier was discharged.

Essex Parish Records

In partnership with Waltham Forest Family History Society, Findmypast has also added over 43,000 new transcripts to their existing Essex baptism and burial collections.

These latest baptism records cover the parishes of:
  • Leytonstone, Holy Trinity, 1825-1907
  • Waltham Abbey, Waltham Abbey & Leyton Wesleyan Circuit, 1803-1837
  • Walthamstow, Marsh Street Congregational Church, 1787-1837
  • Walthamstow, St Peter-in-the-Forest, 1844-1916

While the burial records come from:
  • Chingford, St Peter & St Paul, 1813-1963
  • High Beach, Holy Innocents, 1884-1985
  • Leyton, St Mary the Virgin, 1813-1984
  • Leytonstone, St John the Baptist, 1834-1979
  • Waltham Abbey, Paradise Row Baptist Churchyard, 1825-1857
  • Waltham Abbey, Waltham Holy Cross, 1813-1878
  • Walthamstow, St Mary, 1813-1979
  • Walthamstow, St Peter-in-the-Forest, 1845-1949

Baptism and burial records are essential for jumping back through the generations and expanding your family tree. Discover your Essex connections in these newest additions.


13 new titles have joined Findmypast’s ever expanding newspaper archive, including:

While additional pages have been added to the following 22 publications:
In case you missed the big announcement earlier this week, in partnership with the British Library, Findmypast have made over a million newspaper pages completely free to search and explore.


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.

Copyright (c) 2021, Randall J. Seaver

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