Saturday, June 26, 2021

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- How Many Children/Grandchildren in Your Birth Surname Line?

 Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

Time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along - cue the Mission Impossible music!):

1)  Consider your Birth Surname families - the ones from your father back through his father all the way back to the first of that surname in your family group sheets or genealogy database.  List the father's name, and lifespan years.

2)  Use your paper charts or genealogy software program to create a Descendants chart (dropline or graphical) that provide the children and their children (i.e., up to the grandchildren of each father in the surname list).

3)  Count how many children they had (with all spouses), and the children of those children in your records and/or database.  Add those numbers to the list.  See my example below!  [Note: Do not count the spouses of the children]

4)  What does this list of children and grandchildren tell you about these persons in your birth surname line?  Does this task indicate areas that you need to do more research to fill out families and find potential cousins?

5)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook.  Be sure to provide a link to your post in a comment to this post.

Here's mine:

a)  My SEAVER surname line is:

*  Robert Seaver (1608-1683) had 7 children and 34 grandchildren.
*  Shubael Seaver (1639-1730) had 6 children and 20 grandchildren
*  Joseph Seaver (1672-1754) had 6 children and 48 grandchildren
*  Robert Seaver (1702-1752) had 9 children and 40 grandchildren
*  Norman Seaver (1734-1787) had 13 children and 48 grandchildren
*  Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816) had 10 children and 42 grandchildren
*  Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825) had 4 children and 9 grandchildren
*  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) had 5 children and 8 grandchildren
*  Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) had 3 children and 7 grandchildren
*  Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) had 7 children and 11 grandchildren
*  Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) had 3 children and 6 grandchildren. 

b)  I did this task by doing a 6-generation dropline Descendant List in RootsMagic 7 (Reports > Lists > Descendant List) and counting the children (generation 2) and grandchildren (generation 3) for each person.  Here's the first page for Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816):

c)  The list above tells me several things:

*  The first six generations on the list had 51 children, so 8.4 children on average.  The last five generations on the list had 22 children, so 4.4 children on average.  
*  The 11 generations above had 73 children (average of 6.6), and 273 grandchildren (average of 24.8).
*  The number of children started reducing in the early 1800s for some reason - perhaps for reasons that are social, economic,  religious, distraction, or relative fertility).  All of my Seaver families worshipped as Protestant Christians.
*  A father who dies in his wife's child-bearing years really reduces the numbers (only Benjamin Seaver 1791 really has this problem).  Early deaths of children in childhood or before marriage reduces the numbers of potential grandchildren.
*  Once the families moved off the farm for a town or city, the number of children is reduced. (Isaac Seaver 1823 was the first one to not work as a farmer or to live in a place larger than a village of hundreds of people).
*  I think that I have captured all of the children and grandchildren of each of these fathers in my research and genealogy database.  There were some of the grandchildren on the lists (especially the children of female children) where I did not have death dates, spouse names or marriage dates.  That creates research opportunities to add to my genealogy database.


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 19 to 25 June 2021

 The following record collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated List on during the period from  19 to 25 June 2021:

The ADDED and Updated record collections are:

UK and Ireland, Obituary Index, 2004-2019; indexed database without record images, Updated 6/24/2021

Australia and New Zealand, Obituary Index, 2004-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 6/24/2021

Caribbean, Obituary Index, 2003-2019; indexed database without record images, Updated 6/24/2021

U.S., Obituary Collection, 1930-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 6/24/2021

New York, U.S., Death Index, 1852-1956; indexed database without record images, Updated 6/24/2021

Canada, Obituary Collection, 1898-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 6/24/2021

Wyong, New South Wales, Australia, Headstone Images, 1800-2020; indexed database with record images, ADDED 6/24/2021

U.S., Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection, 1847-Current; indexed database without record images, Updated 6/24/2021

New Hampshire, U.S., Prison Records, 1812-1968; indexed database without record images, ADDED 6/23/2021, U.S., Death Records, 1897-1929; indexed database without record images, Updated 6/23/2021

Web: Dundee, Scotland, Poor Law Indexes, 1854-1878; indexed database without record images, ADDED 6/23/2021


The complete Card Catalog is at  

By my count, there were 3 NEW collections ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 33,004 collections available as of 25 June, an increase of  3 from last week.   


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Added and Updated Record Collections - Week of 19 to 25 June 2021

 I am trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch ( every week.

As of 25 June 2021, there are 2,994 historical record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 0 from last week):

The new and updated collections this week from FamilySearch are:

--- Collections Updated ---

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929   (; 263,333 indexed records with 2,227 record images (was 262,669 records with 2,222 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Belgium, Antwerp, Civil Registration, 1588-1913 (; 610,687 indexed records with 3,208,709 record images (was 601,309 records with 3,208,709 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Liberia Census, 2008    (; 1,245,346 indexed records with 248,281 record images (was 922,787 records with 197,716 images), UPDATED 22-Jun-2021
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970   (; 479,823 indexed records with 45,728 record images (was 471,843 records with 45,728 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Utah, County Marriages, 1871-1941       (; 460,147 indexed records with 124,465 record images (was 460,099 records with 124,465 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021

Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950     (; 4,915,854 indexed records with 1,231,203 record images (was 4,915,854 records with 1,231,203 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
South Carolina Deaths, 1915-1965        (; 1,105,473 indexed records with 682,974 record images (was 1,111,950 records with 682,974 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Peru, Catholic Church Records, 1603-1992        (; 4,129,319 indexed records with 4,192,353 record images (was 3,977,007 records with 4,192,353 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979   (; Index only (793,445 records), no images (was 793,445 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Liberia, Vital Records, 1912-2017       (; 239,158 indexed records with 24,406 record images (was 237,804 records with 24,406 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021

Portugal, Porto, Catholic Church Records, 1535-1949     (; 358,782 indexed records with 1,207,157 record images (was 355,000 records with 1,207,157 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2021
Paraguay, Military Records, 1870-1965   (; 80,632 indexed records with 79,588 record images (was 66,147 records with 65,123 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
England, Middlesex Parish Registers, 1539-1988  (; 2,366,817 indexed records with 161,531 record images (was 2,312,666 records with 156,078 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860       (; 641,932 indexed records with 647,469 record images (was 635,052 records with 647,469 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021
Connecticut, Military Census Questionnaires, 1917       (; 522,257 indexed records with 522,094 record images (was 393,620 records with 522,094 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021

Chile, Catholic Church Records, 1710-1928       (; 2,490,470 indexed records with 317,167 record images (was 1,597,772 records with 202,546 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966       (; 1,227,265 indexed records with 1,226,681 record images (was 1,227,261 records with 1,226,677 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021
El Salvador Catholic Church Records, 1655-1977  (; 985,287 indexed records with 592,191 record images (was 972,597 records with 592,191 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004       (; 720,955 indexed records with 355,318 record images (was 715,308 records with 355,318 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1880     (; 87,643 indexed records with 48,947 record images (was 85,582 records with 48,947 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021

Louisiana, Orleans Parish, State Museum Historical Center, Cemetery Records, 1805-1944  (; 223,593 indexed records with 207,278 record images (was 222,233 records with 206,154 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954   (; 778,306 indexed records with 1,302,310 record images (was 778,306 records with 1,302,310 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Alabama Voter Registration and Poll Tax Cards, 1834-1981        (; 698,260 indexed records with 145,289 record images (was 698,260 records with 143,364 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880       (; 455,644 indexed records with 37,199 record images (was 449,122 records with 37,199 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021
Missouri Births and Christenings, 1827-1935     (; Index only (163,282 records), no images (was 169,990 records with 0 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021

England, Hertfordshire, Marriage Bonds, 1682-1837       (; 8,844 indexed records with 8,831 record images (was 7,897 records with 7,887 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
England, Lincolnshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1574-1885        (; 72,634 indexed records with 13,988 record images (was 72,522 records with 13,876 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
England, Lancashire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1746-1799  (; 12,161 indexed records with 12,154 record images (was 9,160 records with 9,157 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Denmark, Military Conscription Rolls, 1789-1792 (; 177,700 indexed records with 9,228 record images (was 177,700 records with 9,228 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2021
Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996 (; 16,437 indexed records with 46,357 record images (was 16,437 records with 44,076 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021

Germany, Saxony, Church Book Indexes, 1500-1900 (; 111,057 indexed records with 60,445 record images (was 105,976 records with 52,986 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2021
England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996       (; 134,316 indexed records with 49,537 record images (was 134,069 records with 49,447 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
North Carolina, Military Discharge Records, 1915-1981   (; 4,736 indexed records with 2,551 record images (was 3,903 records with 1,835 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Colombia, Catholic Church Records, 1576-2018    (; 6,278,274 indexed records with 12,659,776 record images (was 5,323,117 records with 12,659,776 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Austria Marriages, 1722-1898    (; Index only (25,289 records), no images (was 25,289 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2021

Austria Burials, 1768-1918      (; Index only (31,539 records), no images (was 31,539 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2021
Austria Births and Baptisms, 1651-1940  (; Index only (62,610 records), no images (was 62,613 records with 0 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2021
Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949     (; 510,197 indexed records with 217,533 record images (was 505,528 records with 215,243 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
French Polynesia, Civil Registration, 1780-1999 (; 64,127 indexed records with 85,156 record images (was 63,709 records with 69,421 images), UPDATED 22-Jun-2021
Uruguay Civil Registration, 1879-1930   (; Index only (278,959 records), no images (was 276,036 records with 0 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920        (; 132,981 indexed records with 15,585 record images (was 127,357 records with 14,909 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920      (; Index only (129,235 records), no images (was 141,587 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Mexico, Zacatecas, Civil Registration, 1860-2000        (; 3,257,955 indexed records with 1,371,091 record images (was 3,249,961 records with 1,371,091 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
England, Surrey Parish Registers, 1536-1992     (; Index only (2,556,325 records), no images (was 2,585,883 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903  (; Index only (377,768 records), no images (was 365,792 records with 0 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991   (; Index only (12,336,594 records), no images (was 12,344,877 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
England Marriages, 1538–1973    (; Index only (12,218,505 records), no images (was 12,234,956 records with 0 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975      (; Index only (48,188,252 records), no images (was 48,234,075 records with 0 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950    (; 310,149 indexed records with 207,644 record images (was 310,154 records with 207,644 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949     (; Index only (174,983 records), no images (was 192,732 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021

Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000 (; 22,341 indexed records with 21,317 record images (was 1,941 records with 21,305 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Guatemala, Catholic Church Records, 1581-1977   (; 3,052,064 indexed records with 1,160,338 record images (was 2,017,479 records with 1,160,338 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Missouri Deaths and Burials, 1867-1976  (; Index only (36,338 records), no images (was 37,496 records with 0 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Missouri Births, 1817-1939      (; Index only (133,191 records), no images (was 143,603 records with 0 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860        (; 287,806 indexed records with 170,304 record images (was 278,468 records with 170,304 images), UPDATED 22-Jun-2021

Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839-1960     (; Index only (319,216 records), no images (was 319,216 records with 0 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014      (; 30,047,337 indexed records with 46,885,461 record images (was 30,047,337 records with 46,885,461 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Switzerland, Fribourg, Census, 1850     (; 21,314 indexed records with 2,968 record images (was 18,072 records with 2,968 images), UPDATED 22-Jun-2021
Missouri Deaths, 1883-1930      (; 41,654 indexed records with 1,276 record images (was 43,143 records with 1,276 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892        (; 7,218,197 indexed records with 1,970,299 record images (was 7,217,748 records with 1,970,228 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021

Arizona, Various County Divorce Records, 1877-1937      (; 64,074 indexed records with 63,438 record images (was 61,611 records with 61,425 images), UPDATED 21-Jun-2021
Denmark, Copenhagen City, Civil Marriages, 1739-1964, Index 1877-1964   (; 190,047 indexed records with 112,568 record images (was 0 records with 112,568 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Alabama Estate Files, 1830-1976 (; 25,276 indexed records with 2,197,466 record images (was 25,296 records with 2,197,466 images), UPDATED 22-Jun-2021
Spain, Province of Teruel, Catholic Church Records, 1565-2013   (; Browse 3,357 Images only, no index (was 0 records with 3,357 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898  (; 1,545,030 indexed records with 115,063 record images (was 1,544,854 records with 115,056 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021

Mexico, Nayarit, Civil Registration, 1868-2001  (; 701,339 indexed records with 422,997 record images (was 696,443 records with 422,997 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947  (; 580,977 indexed records with 1,063,020 record images (was 581,056 records with 1,063,020 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Sweden, Stockholm City Archives, Index to Church Records, 1546-1927     (; 1,083,266 indexed records with 69,454 record images (was 1,082,152 records with 71,712 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021
Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999   (; 464,387 indexed records with 1,038,133 record images (was 463,214 records with 1,038,133 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Finland, Tax Lists, 1809-1915   (; 525,091 indexed records with 8,181 record images (was 509,118 records with 5,853 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021

Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992     (; 989,204 indexed records with 1,135,393 record images (was 972,635 records with 1,135,393 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Dominican Republic Miscellaneous Records, 1921-1980     (; 426,772 indexed records with 760,173 record images (was 416,176 records with 760,173 images), UPDATED 23-Jun-2021
Missouri, County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records, 1800-1991 (; 3,292,227 indexed records with 2,513,517 record images (was 3,292,227 records with 2,513,517 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Peru, Ayacucho, Civil Registration, 1903-1999   (; 580,797 indexed records with 575,243 record images (was 580,603 records with 575,243 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021
Netherlands, Archival Indexes, Vital Records, 1600-2000 (; 41,542,423 indexed records with 41,542,423 record images (was 39,636,623 records with 39,636,623 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021

England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971 (; 141,986 indexed records with 14,872 record images (was 135,721 records with 13,979 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010   (; 840,334 indexed records with 202,325 record images (was 838,449 records with 202,325 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Alaska, Vital Records, 1816-2005        (; 88,456 indexed records with 72,238 record images (was 88,456 records with 72,238 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
England, Surrey Marriages Bonds and Licenses, 1536-1992 (; 1,179 indexed records with 811 record images (was 779 records with 516 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Spain, Soldier Personal Service Files, 1835-1940        (; 22,344 indexed records with 413,569 record images (was 22,343 records with 413,569 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976   (; 376,132 indexed records with 364,060 record images (was 367,454 records with 355,679 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015        (; 223,313 indexed records with 18,146 record images (was 217,039 records with 17,759 images), UPDATED 25-Jun-2021
United States, Obituaries, American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 1899-2012        (; 6,633,959 indexed records with 539,878 record images (was 6,608,271 records with 539,878 images), UPDATED 24-Jun-2021

--- Collections with new images ---

England, Cambridgeshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1538-1983 (; 912,811 indexed records with 109,223 record images (was 912,811 records with 109,147 images), last updated 25-May-2021
United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940  (; 6,931,032 indexed records with 5,610,978 record images (was 6,931,032 records with 5,599,369 images), last updated 09-Aug-2019


My friend and SDGS colleague, Marshall, provides this list to me from a program he wrote that compares the current FamilySearch record collections list to the previous week's list.

In order to select a specific record collection on FamilySearch, go to and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner and use keywords (e.g. "church england") to find collections with those keywords.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link). It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.


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Friday, June 25, 2021

Genealogy News and Education Bytes -- Friday, 25 June 2021

 Welcome to Genealogy News and Education Bytes, posted on Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon, where we try to highlight the most important genealogy and family history news and education items that came across our desktop since the last issue.    

1)  News Articles:

2)  New or Updated Record Collections:

3)  Genealogy Education -- Conferences and Institutes

*  THE Genealogy Show - Virtual (25-26 June 2021)

4)  Genealogy Education - Seminars, Webinars and Online Classes (times are US Pacific):

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 30 June, 11 a.m.:  Genealogy for Houses, by Jeanie F. Glaser

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Top tips for reviewing Smart Matches™ and Record Matches, by Daniel Horowitz

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Key Online Record Collections for Researching Your Mexican Ancestors, by Colleen Greene

5)  Genealogy Education - Podcasts:

*  The Genealogy Guys Podcast:  #392

*  Fisher's Top Tips: #287r - Serendipity


6)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube and Facebook):

*  Cheri Hudson Passey:  GenFriends: Researching in School Records

*  FamilySearch:  Google Tools for Genealogy

*  Findmypast:  Fridays Live June 25th

*  Genealogy Stories:  A History of Funerals & Undertakers

*  Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems:  Snagit Tutorial - How to Use Snagit

*  The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:  NYSFHC@Home 2021: Your New York Conference

7)  Did you miss the last post in this series -  Genealogy News and Education Bytes - 22 June 2021?


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Findmypast Friday: Millions of New and Exclusive Irish Court Records

 I received this from Findmypast this morning:


Findmypast publish millions of new and exclusive Irish court records

This week’s Findmypast Friday features new court records that are essential for anyone exploring their Irish heritage. This includes over 2.3 million bill books and court registers that are now available to search for the very first time, only at Findmypast.

These latest new additions join the largest collection of Irish family history records available online. Read on to find learn more about what's new this week.

Ireland, Court of Chancery Bill Books 1627-1884

Uncover family disputes and more in this vast collection of court records spanning over 250 years of Irish legal history.

Containing over 1.2 million new records from the National Archives of Ireland, each transcript will reveal the date and locations of proceedings as well as the names of those involved. Images will provide further information on your ancestors and their dealings with the court.

The Court of Chancery was an equity court of Ireland, presided over by the Lord Chancellor of Ireland. It existed until abolition as part of the 1877 reform of the court system and was based in Dublin.

The Lord Chancellor was originally considered to be "keeper of the king's conscience", charged with giving relief in any case where common law courts were unable to provide remedy, though over time it developed into a legal system of its own called 'Equity', that stood parallel to common law.

Ireland, Court of Exchequer Bill Books 1627-1884

Did your ancestor have their day in one of Ireland’s busiest courts? Delve into over a million new transcripts and images to find out.

The Court of Exchequer was one of the senior courts of law in Ireland (one of the four royal courts of justice), and served as a mirror of the equivalent court in England, dealing with matters of equity.

As one of Ireland's most senior courts, it mainly dealt with cases concerning equity. As such, you'll find the records full of land holders, business owners, merchants, professionals and farmers with large estates.

Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers

Over 62,000 new court records from Donegal County Archives have been added to this important Irish collection.

Digitised and published online for the first time, these new additions cover the courts of Ballyshannon and Newtowncunningham between 1828 and 1855. Often nicknamed 'the forgotten county', Donegal is underrepresented when it comes to genealogical sources, so this latest release could be key for taking your family tree research further.

The Petty Sessions handled the bulk of lesser legal cases, both criminal and civil. The entire collection now contains over 22 million records, making them an essential resource for those with Irish roots.

Each record includes both a transcript and image of the original document. The information contained varies considerably but most transcripts will provide your ancestors name, address, court dates and whether they were a witness, complainant and defendant. Images often provide a great deal of additional information including details of the offence, verdict and sentencing.

Proceedings were usually covered by the local press so searching Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of Irish newspapers may help you uncover the full story.

Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Census & Population Lists 1792-1821

Discover Scottish ancestors, their birth years and addresses in these early local census documents from Annan and Balmaclellan.

On Findmypast, you'll also find early Scottish census fragments from Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Midlothian and beyond.


This week’s newspaper update includes three new titles as well as updates to six others. Brand new this week are:
While additional pages have been added to:

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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