New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by the folks at Findmypast:

Findmypast_logoOver 2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

Ontario Birth Index 1860-1920

The Ontario Birth Index is comprised of a massive 1.7 million civil registration records. Civil registration in Canada is the responsibility of the individual provinces and territories and did not become a standard practice until the late 1800s.

Each record contains both a transcript and an image of the original document. Each transcript will reveal your ancestor’s date of birth, place of birth parent’s names and registration details. These records provide a valuable link to the previous generation and images may include additional information such as parents’ occupations, where the parents were married, the name of the attending physician, address of residence, where specifically the child was born, and any additional remarks.

New Brunswick Birth and Baptism Index 1769-1899

New Brunswick Birth and Baptism Index contains over 25,000 transcripts of civil registration records. Each record will include your ancestor’s birth year, birth place and parent’s names. The records will also provide you with the information you need to order a copy of an official birth certificate through Service New Brunswick at

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions Index

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions Index contains over 227,000 records and covers 209 burial grounds across 14 Scottish counties including the Isle of Skye. In each record, you will be provided with your ancestor’s full name (including maiden names), birth year, death year and burial ground.

Scotland Deeds Index 1769

The Deeds Index 1769 consists of over 1,000 transcripts, each containing an index of the details found in minute books kept by the Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court. The collection contains a variety of different types of deeds including, assignations, discharges, bonds, obligations, protests and leases. Each transcript will reveal the type of deed, the date it was recorded and the two parties named in the original court document, their addresses, and occupations.

Scotland, Paternity Decrees 1750-1922

Containing over 25,000 records, Scotland, Paternity Decrees 1750-1922 allows you to find out your ancestor involved in a paternity dispute that appeared before Scotland’s Sheriff Court. These records will help you identify illegitimate ancestors and break down brick walls. You will find cases from jurisdictions across Scotland such as Kirkcudbrightshire, Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Roxburghshire and more.

Each record will reveal the date of birth and sex of the child whose paternity is in question as well as the name, occupation and residence of both the pursuer and defender.

Scotland Pre-1841 Censuses and Population Lists

Learn more about your Scottish ancestors with the new pre-1841 Censuses and Population Lists, a collection over 3,500 early census fragments and parish lists from Jedburgh, Greenlaw, Ladykirk, Melrose, Applegarth, and Sibbaldbie. Most of the censuses and parish lists were created by parish Kirk Sessions, the lowest of the church courts in the Presbyterian Church. Until 1845, these courts were responsible for governing the local parish and oversaw parish relief. It was in their interest to keep up-to-date lists of the parish residents, their occupations, and, in some cases, their birth places.

The details recorded in each transcript will vary although most will include a combination of your ancestor’s birth place, occupation, address and an archival reference that you can use to access the original material held by the National Records of Scotland.

Scotland Registers & Records

Over 1,700 records have been added to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records. The new additions include Written Histories of the Highland Clans & Highland Regiments.

Scotland Registers & Records now contains images taken from 22 different publications related to Scottish parishes and families. The records included in this collection are incredibly varied, ranging from parish records, topographical accounts and memorial inscriptions to a 19th century novel and a short history of the Black Watch.


Why is findmypast showing Ontario civil registrations birth index UpTo 1920 when the Archives of Ontario only release indexes upto 1917 and only upto 1913? Have they have access to records that the Archives of Ontario don’t


Also findmypast Ontario birth index starts before Ontario civil registration which started in 1869.


Interestingly, although registration does only start at 1869 there are births noted before this date – one I found was for a BEGG child in 1847 Carleton, Ontario! These extra births come from a child in the family being born after registration of 1869 and the parent registering ALL his children. Here is a search I did and the results:
“births 1865 +/- 2 years with the name SMITH and came up with 12 births – but when looking at them it is clear they were twice registered (so really only 6) and the reason they get caught is that the eldest ones birth fit the year i.e. 1873 so all children born 1863-1873 got registered” – there are many other such instances. has the births up to 1910 – basically missing the last three years that Ancestry has for all BMD’s and I would note that in some cases have better scans and certainly appear to have the second page (where the registration covers two pages) of ones missing on Ancestry.
As for going up to 1920, they are including records, I believe, from Billion Graves which is certainly misleading.
Always new things to learn;-)


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