Friday, September 9, 2022

Findmypast Friday: Explore the essence of family history with thousands of new BMDs

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Explore the essence of family history with thousands of new BMDs

It's time to fortify the foundations of your family tree.

The core of genealogy is, and always will be, BMDs - birth, marriage, and death records all fill the branches of our personal histories. This week, we've added 87,000 more of them across the North of England and the English midlands. Read on to discover everything that's new.

Let's start at the beginning of the ancestral journey. We've added just over 8,700 new baptisms to this collection, bringing the total record count for our Derbyshire Baptisms to over one million.

Spanning 1768-1921, the new parishes you'll find in these records include:
  • Alfreton
  • Ashbourne
  • Melbourne
  • Hognaston
  • Yeaveley
  • Longnor
You can find an exhaustive parish list for the full collection here.

As well as the standard biographical information you'd expect with a baptism record, you may also find the father's full name, the father's occupation, and the mother's first name. Oftentimes, baptism records will only list the father, making this detail about the mother all the more valuable for tracing multiple generations in your family tree.

If you've traced your ancestors to the North of England, see if you can find their marriage record in this collection. There are 18,700 new additions this week, and these span from 1696-1934.

Because they date back to the 17th century, these new additions will become all the more important when you're searching for marriage records that predate civil registration in the United Kingdom.

The parishes included in these records are:
  • South Shields Holy Trinity
  • Durham St. Giles
  • Durham St. Margaret
  • Durham St. Oswald
  • Coldstream Church of Scotland
South Shields Holy Trinity takes the top spot, containing 7,416 of the new additions.

Our largest release of the week, comprising nearly 60,000 records, these new Northamptonshire records span 1538-1813.

They cover 86 churches and chapels across the county, with the largest amount being attributed to the Holy Cross Church in Daventry. You can find a full list of parishes for this index here.

As well as discovering the year of death and place of burial, many records will also list your ancestor's residence at the time, with some even including an exact address.

This week sees eight brand-new titles from England, Scotland and the Caribbean, as well as 23 updated titles from Birkenhead to Birmingham and beyond. Amongst our new titles, you'll find the Dominica Tribune, a newspaper written by Black poet, author, editor, and activist, J. R. Ralph Casimir. As a publisher, Casimir compiled the first ever Dominican poetry anthology, and he had many of his written works published in Black periodicals such as The Crisis and the Pittsburgh Courier.

The newspaper documented the intricacies of island life, commenting on maintenance work and news from the circuit court. It also featured specialist weekly articles on health issues and on Black culture and interests around the globe. Interestingly, it also had a particular fascination for cricket, with notices, fixture lists and match notes all featured across its 18 pages.

Not only is our newspaper archive ever-increasing, but we've also released another one million free newspaper pages this week, meaning our free-to-view archives now total over two million pages and are accessible to anyone, at anytime. If that's not enough to help you get lost in research this weekend, then read on for a comprehensive list of all new and updated titles. If you spot one you like the sound of, just head over to our archive and filter by title.

New titles:
  • Airdrie & Coatbridge World, 1995
  • Dominica Tribune, 1930-1951
  • Ely Town Crier, 1993
  • Richmond Herald, 1885-1896, 1898-1950
  • Ruislip & Northwood Informer, 1995
  • Skelmersdale Advertiser, 1991
  • Staines Leader, 1994
  • Uckfield Courier, 1992

Updated titles:
  • Birkenhead & Cheshire Advertiser, 1860
  • Birkenhead News, 1993
  • Birmingham News, 1993
  • Birmingham Weekly Mercury, 1920
  • Brentwood Gazette, 1995
  • Bridport News, 1882-1883
  • Brighton Herald, 1885, 1891
  • Cambridge Daily News, 1955
  • Coventry Standard, 1920
  • East Anglian Daily Times, 1875
  • Erdington News, 1907
  • Evening Despatch, 1946-1947, 1955
  • Haltemprice & East Yorkshire Advertiser, 1993
  • Harlow Star, 1994
  • Harrogate Advertiser and Weekly List of the Visitors, 1889
  • Leicester Daily Mercury, 1878, 1881, 1919, 1988
  • Liverpool Mail, 1878
  • Liverpool Shipping Telegraph and Daily Commercial Advertiser, 1850
  • Mid Sussex Times, 1889
  • Sandwell Evening Mail, 1975, 1983
  • Torbay Express and South Devon Echo, 1946, 1979, 1989-1993, 1996-1999
  • Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser, 1854
  • West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser, 1816-1861, 1863-1864, 1866-1869, 1871-1872, 1875-1876, 1878, 1880-1888, 1892-1896, 1898-1899, 1904-1906, 1909, 1911, 1913-1914, 1917-1919, 1921-1922, 1925-1929, 1931, 1933, 1935, 1942
We're the only family history website to release new records and newspapers every single week, so make sure you keep an eye on what's new to get the most out your research.


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