Friday, September 15, 2023

Findmypast Friday: Search Surrey Stories and More

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Search Surrey stories and so much more

If you've got roots in the Greater London area, you may just find the name of an ancestor or two amongst this week's new additions.

If you've got ancestors from the Greater London area, this week's release is for you, as we've added over 40,000 Non-Conformist parish records from Southwark. With both images and transcriptions available, these four fascinating new sets span two centuries of history.

We've also added four brand-new titles to our newspaper collection, with a total of 302,872 new pages available for you to explore. Read on for a full rundown of all that's been added.

Surrey, Southwark Baptisms

The first of this week's exciting new sets is Surrey, Southwark Baptisms, which contains 11,354 records spanning from 1801 to 1923. With both images and transcriptions available, there are so many rich details to discover.

These records are from registers created by Southwark's Non-Conformist denominations, from Baptist, Congregational (Independent), and Methodist chapels across the London borough. These denominations typically created baptism registers similar to England's Anglican parishes, meaning that these records are similar to our Church of England parish baptisms.

Surrey, Southwark Marriages

This week's second new set is a collection of Non-Conformist marriages, also from the Surrey parish of Southwark. There are 896 records to explore, covering 1867 to 1939.

They derive from congregations across Southwark - including chapels near the Thames in Bermondsey and Borough, and others further south, in Peckham and Camberwell.

Surrey, Southwark Burials

Next up, we've also added Non-Conformist burial records from Southwark. Within this brand-new set, there are 1,915 records to explore, covering the years 1781 to 1860. If you've managed to trace the London branches of your family tree back as far as the 18th century, this collection is not to be missed.

These burial records are from Independents (Congregationalists), which are part of the United Reformed Church. They come specifically from the York Street Chapel, Walworth, and the Colliers Rents Independent Chapel, Southwark.

Surrey, Southwark Congregational Registers

In addition to baptisms, marriages, and burials, we've also added 24,844 Non-Conformist congregational records for Southwark, spanning the years 1804 to 1984.

Including everything from Sunday School admission registers and pledge books to dues (tax) registers, this varied set records the life of Southwark's Non-Conformist community. You'll find both images and transcriptions for each record, although the information included depends on the type of record.


We're going back to school with this week's newspaper release, which sees the addition of the all-new Schoolmaster and Edinburgh Weekly Magazine to our collection. We've added three further titles from London, Liverpool, and Kent, too.

But that's not all - we've also updated an extensive list of 26 of our existing titles. With a grand total of 302,872 brand new pages, there are so many exciting stories to be discovered.

New titles:
  • Epsom Journal, 1871-1896, 1898-1899, 1901-1902
  • Kent Times, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks Examiner, 1858-1859, 1861-1862
  • Liverpool Saturday’s Advertiser, 1823, 1826-1828, 1830-1832
  • Schoolmaster and Edinburgh Weekly Magazine, 1832-1833
Updated titles:
  • Armley and Wortley News, 1898
  • Banbury Advertiser, 1912
  • Banbury Beacon, 1901
  • Bayswater Chronicle, 1892, 1894-1895, 1897, 1901-1908
  • Bury Free Press, 1979
  • Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter, 1986-1989 1997
  • Devizes and Wilts Advertiser, 1872
  • Donegal Vindicator, 1914
  • Dumfries and Galloway Standard, 1986
  • Gloucester Citizen, 1992-1993
  • Liverpool Daily Post, 1921, 1923, 1927-1929, 1953, 1955, 1979, 1999
  • Liverpool Weekly Mercury, 1908, 1913
  • Middleton Guardian, 1995
  • North British Advertiser & Ladies’ Journal, 1995
  • Northfleet and Swanscombe Standard, 1897
  • Ormskirk Advertiser, 1858, 1861-1862, 1892, 1895, 1898, 1900, 1909, 1924, 1935-1936
  • Rochdale Observer, 1897, 1902, 1904-1905, 1920, 1932, 1951, 1961, 1966, 1985, 1988, 1996, 1998-1999
  • Saturday Telegraph (Grimsby), 1905
  • Sherborne Mercury, 1784-1788, 1795
  • South London Observer, 1889-1894
  • Southern Weekly News, 1910
  • Southport Visiter, 1904-1906
  • Southwark and Bermondsey Recorder, 1921-1933
  • Welshman, 1894
  • Widnes Weekly News and District Reporter, 1878, 1883-1886, 1890-1891, 1893-1895, 1897-1904, 1906-1908, 1910-1911, 1982
  • Wiltshire County Mirror, 1875, 1910


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