New Historical Collections Added to MyHeritage in October 2018

The following announcement was written by MyHeritage:

We’re delighted to announce that we have recently added 20,784,584 million historical records to SuperSearchtm, bringing the total number of global records available to 9,307,354,704. The collections include the England & Wales, Index of Wills and Probates 1853- 1943, Canadian Census 1921, Denmark Census 1787, and Denmark Census 1801.

Here is more  information regarding these recent additions:

Collection Description Number of Records Exclusive to MyHeritage Link to Search
England & Wales, Index of Wills and Probates, 1853-1943 Index of wills, grants of probates, and letters of administration for the years 1853-1943 10,315,696 records Partially Exclusive Search collection now
Canadian Census 1921 The 1921 census recorded the name, relationship to head of household, marital status, age at last birthday, birthplace, nationality, immigration year, naturalization year, and religion. 8,683,491 records Not Exclusive Search collection now
Denmark Census 1787 The 1787 census of Denmark encompasses the Kingdom of Denmark and did not include the Duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. 841,681 records Not Exclusive Search collection now
Denmark Census 1801 As above for the 1801 Denmark Census 943,680 records Not Exclusive Search collection now

England & Wales, Index of Wills and Probates, 1853-1943

This collection is an index of wills, grants of probates, and letters of administration for 1853-1943, including 10,315,696 records. A small portion of this collection contains death records from other countries, given the expanse of the British Empire during the early-20th century.

Information recorded in a probate index includes the name of the deceased, date of death, place of residence, place of death, size of the estate, occupation, as well as the names and relationships of any beneficiaries. These records can serve as a practical substitute for vital records, such as death certificates.

This collection spans an important development in English probate law. Prior to 1857, grants of probate and letters of administration fell under the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical courts of the Church of England.

The Court of Probate Act of 1857 created a new civil court that centralized all grants of probates and letters of administration, effectively transferring all jurisdiction from the ecclesiastical courts of the Church of England to Her Majesty’s Court of Probate.

This collection is an index of four primary document types:

1. Grants of Probate: Legal documents that authorize the executor(s) to administer a deceased individual’s estate according to the provisions of the will.

2. Letters of Administration: Legal authority for the executor(s) to administer a deceased individual’s estate when no will was made prior to death.

3. Scottish Confirmation: The Scottish equivalent of a grant of probate.

4. Eik to a Confirmation: A supplementary document to an existing confirmation for additional assets not listed in the original confirmation.

Here is the record of violinist Wallace Henry Hartley, the bandleader aboard the RMS Titanic.

Historical Records: Wallace Henry Hartley, bandleader aboard the RMS Titanic

Wallace Henry Hartley, bandleader aboard the RMS Titanic

He died when the ship sank on April 15, 1912. This Letter of Administration indicates that his estate was left to his brother, Albion Hartley, an insurance agent.

Historical Records Letter of Administration of Wallace Henry Hartly drawn from The England & Wales, Index of Wills and Probates, 1853-1943
Letter of Administration of Wallace Henry Hartly (click to zoom)

Canadian Census 1921

The 1921 Canada Census enumerated 8,683,491 individuals. Conducted on June 1, 1921, this census recorded the name, relationship to head of household, marital status, age at last birthday, birthplace, nationality, immigration year, naturalization year, and religion. The head of household was recorded first, followed by the other family members, with additional information related to the occupation, education, literacy and infirmities.

The census form contained column headings in French and English; answers were recorded in the local-spoken language. The forms used for the territories were a simplified version of the regular schedule and enumerators assigned to the Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories were allowed to begin before June 1.

In this collection is the record of Agnes McPhail, the first woman elected to the Canadian Parliament.

Historical Records Agnes Mcphail, First woman elected to the Canadian Parliament
Agnes Mcphail, First woman elected to the Canadian Parliament

She served in the House of Commons from 1921-1940, and later in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1943-1945 and 1948-1951). Macphail once commented on her service, “Most women think politics aren’t lady-like. Well, I’m no lady. I’m a human being.” In this record, we learn that Macphail, 30, is a lodger of Scottish descent from North York, Ontario. Just one year later, in 1921 she made history as the first woman in Parliament.

Historical Records 1921 Census Record of Agnes McPhail
1921 Census Record of Agnes McPhail  (click to zoom)

The census images in this collection are from the Library and Archives Canada.

Denmark Census 1787

There were 841,681 records in the 1787 census of Denmark, which was recorded July 1, 1787. It covered just the kingdom of Denmark and does not include the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. Information recorded includes name, residence, age, marital status, position in the family, and occupation. For children, the census also indicates whether they are legitimate, and from which marriage they were born.

In this collection is the record of Nicolai Abildgaard, a Danish neoclassical painter known as one of the leading artists during the Golden Age of Danish painting; he was also a royal historical painter.

Historical Records: A painting of Nicolai Abildgaard from 1772, by the artist Jens Juel
A painting of Nicolai Abildgaard from 1772, by the artist Jens Juel

This record indicates Nicolai’s residence was in Prinsens Palæ, Hofetaten, København, Denmark.

 Historical Records Census Record of Nicolai Abildgaard
1787 Denmark Census Record of Nicolai Abildgaard  (click to zoom)

This collection is provided in partnership with the Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet).

Denmark Census 1801

This census, taken on February 1, 1801, contains the records of 943,680 individuals. Like the census of 1787, the 1801 census covered just the kingdom of Denmark and did not include the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein.

Here is the record of Andreas Hallander, a Danish architect and carpenter.

Historical Records 1801 Denmark Census Record of Andreas Hallander
1801 Denmark Census Record for Andreas Hallander  (click to zoom)

After the Great Fire of 1795, Hallander helped rebuild Copenhagen with a unique style of apartment buildings later to be associated with the architecture of the Danish Golden Age.

Historical Records 1801 Denmark Census Record: Apartment building designed by Andreas Hallander designed post
An apartment building designed by Andreas Hallander

Summary

All of these newly updated collections are now available through MyHeritage SuperSearch. Searching the records is free, although a MyHeritage Data subscription is required to view records and to save them to your family tree. We hope you enjoy searching the new records. Please tell us what you have discovered. Let us know in the comments below!

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The England & Wales Probate Index does not contain the names of beneficiaries. The names are those of the Executors or Administrators, who might or might not be beneficiaries.

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