Findmypast Announces New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

There are over 2.7 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Were your catholic ancestors baptised in the Archdiocese of Chicago in Illinois? Over 1.2 million additional Sacramental registers dating from the mid-1800s up to 1925 have been added to our existing collection of Chicago Catholic Baptisms. Records will reveal the date and location of your ancestor’s baptism, the names of their parents and their residence. Each result will provide a transcript and image of the original baptism register.

The Archdiocese of Chicago was first established as a diocese in 1843 and later as an archdiocese in 1880. It serves the Catholic population of Cook and Lake Counties in north eastern Illinois and consists of 6 vicariates and 31 deaneries.

Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

Explore over 597,000 additional parish marriage records covering the Catholic population of Cook and Lake Counties in north-eastern Illinois.

Each result will provide a transcript and an image of the original marriage register that may reveal the couple’s marriage date, marriage location, the names of their parents and the names of any witnesses.

Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Burials

Search over 229,000 recently added burial records to discover when and where your Catholic ancestors were laid to rest. Images may reveal additional details such as cause of death, residence, place of birth, father’s name, mother’s name and the name of the priest who conducted the service.

During the nineteenth century, Chicago was one of the fastest growing cities in the world, the population increasing twenty-fold between 1860 and 1910 to make it the fifth largest city in the world. Chicago was a veritable boomtown, with its population swelling with emigrants from Europe; Czech and Polish emigrants represented a large proportion of this growing population.

Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse

Our collection of Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Registers is now available to browse. Our browse function enables you to delve through original registers of baptisms, marriages and burials page by page.

Chicago Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records

Were your ancestors members of a Catholic congregation in Chicago? Explore more than 430,000 assorted congregational records from across the archdiocese to uncover vital biographical details as well as where and when your ancestors worshiped.

Ireland National School Registers

Over 43,000 additional records covering schools in County Mayo have been added to our collection of Ireland National School registers. The entire collection now contains more than 186,000 records from many areas of the country spanning the years 1860 to 1922.

School registers can reveal a variety of details related to your ancestor’s schooling. Records may reveal how they did in school, how good their attendance was, how old they were and what their parents or guardians did for a living. These registers, from schools that have since closed down, give a fascinating insight into the multidenominational early school system and can be a valuable resource for genealogists. Please note, however, those images that include individuals born after the 100-year cut-off have been redacted; therefore, some entries only include a transcript.

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions Index

Over 33,000 additional records have been added to our collection of Scottish Memorial Inscriptions. The collection includes records from 14 Scottish counties including the Isle of Skye and 209 burial grounds. A full list of the burial grounds, organised by county, found in Scotland monumental inscriptions index can be found through the link provided in Useful links and resources.

In this index, you will find burials as early as 1507, like Robert Graham buried at Kinneff church in Kincardineshire, and as recent as 2016, like Morag Hamilton buried in Carmichael cemetery in Lanarkshire.


Martin P Quartermaine June 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Mr Dick Eastman, I really appreciate that you publicise the new Findmypast additional records every Friday, and I find it very useful for my research. However, Ancestry also introduces new collections, but you don’t seem to announce those. I would really appreciate it if you could mention those also. Thanks


    —>However, Ancestry, also introduces new collections, but you don’t seem to announce those.

    Correct. Ancestry, FamilySearch, TheGenealogist, Forces War Records, and several other web sites also send their announcements and I always publish those as well. However, Ancestry doesn’t send announcements to me. They used to but those stopped some time ago.

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James W. Castellan June 1, 2018 at 8:03 pm

FYI: Ancestry provides and ongoing list of recent additions and “coming soon” records to its searchable records here:


James W. Castellan June 1, 2018 at 8:15 pm

P.S. The link to new additions to’s searchable records can be viewed without a subscription.


Margel Soderberg June 2, 2018 at 3:22 pm

Do these records on FMP differ from the records available on Family Search?


    —> Do these records on FMP differ from the records available on Family Search?

    The only answer I can offer is “probably.” I realize that is not a good answer but it is accurate.

    It is not unusual for two or more online web sites to offer the same set of records. Sometimes, the two sets are identical, even with identical indexes, depending upon where the web sites purchased the data.

    In many other cases, the paper records were digitized by two different groups at two different times. Quite often, one group digitized the records with higher resolution cameras and maybe even better lighting than did the other group. In some cases, one set of records may be easier for you and for the indexers to read.

    Probably the most common scenario occurs when the records were indexed by two different groups, often in two different countries. For instance, records recorded in English that were indexed by non-English-speaking personnel in an Asian country probably have more errors than a crowd-sourced index performed by people who speak English as their primary language. Those indexing errors can be a big problem when an error was made on the record(s) you are looking for.

    The same would be true of other languages: records written in Italian ideally should be indexed by people who are fluent in Italian and the same is true for all other languages.


Those baptism, marriage, and burial records at FMP seem to have been indexed separately from the index in the “Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925” database on,

I write that because using the above mentioned FMP baptismal index, I found two new-to-me baptismal records. Their names weren’t in the FamilySearch index, and I couldn’t find the records by browsing through records of the ethnic language Catholic church nearest their residence. From the FMP search results, I learned that my ancestors had baptisms of two children, including my ancestor, at a church that was, surprisingly, over 17 miles from where the parents lived! I don’t know why they went so far. In 1872, 17 miles was no quick trip. I never would have browsed the records of a church that far from where the parents lived.

If you only have a free account at FMP, you can search, and see results, but you can’t see a transcript or a photo of the church record. But the search results almost always get you the key information; the name of the Catholic church where the baptism happened. With that, go to the above database at FamilySearch. Towards the bottom, click on “Browse through…” find the church in the list, click on that, look for the record category and the year, and you will only have to browse through one year. Or less, if you already have a date an event happened.

The baptismal records I found both included a date of birth of the child. In one of my two baptismal records, the places where the parents were originally from were also written, although I already had that information for my people.


    I had the exact same experience. I found a marriage that I have been searching for many years and it showed up in a search on FMP. I feel the indexing is maybe better on FMP but I do like the way that Family Search has the citation already written out. I can get to the image at no cost on FMP through our library’s database which I can access from my home computer with my library card. If your library does not offer this, ask them to consider it. I do wish that FMP also had the citation information.


I note that the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago consists of Cook and Lake counties. Do the “Chicago parish registers” include all of Cook and Lake counties, or just the city of Chicago?


    The two records I found for my people were from a church in the City of Blue Island (immediately south of Chicago.) So I guess the entire Archdiocese is included in the records. With a free account at FMP, you can try a search, and you can select the parish. So see if the parish you want comes up in the list for the category you want.


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