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New English Parish Registers & Scottish Wills Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Scotland, Will and Testament Index 1481-1807

Did your ancestors die in Scotland? Explore this index of more than 164,000 records from the commissariat courts of Scotland between 1481 and 1807. Each record includes a transcript of the original will and testament that will reveal the date of the will and where it was made.

When an individual wishes to settle their affairs prior to death, a will is drawn up. The will sets out the instructions for the disposal of their possessions. A testament is the legal document that is drawn up after a person has died. This enables the court to confirm an executor, the executor is then responsible for the winding-up of the deceased’s estate. The testament includes an inventory of the deceased’s property, this can be a brief summary valuation of the goods involved or a list of individual items and their valuations.

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions

Irish Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates Are Now Available Online for Free

A wealth of historical registers of marriages, births, and deaths are available to view for free on the website Irish Genealogy and covers births from 1864 to 1918, deaths from 1878 to 1968, and marriages from 1864 to 1943.

The new additions include deaths in 1967 and 1968, births in 1917 and 1918, and marriages from 1864 to 1869 and 1942 to 1943, meaning that those looking to delve into their family’s history online can now go deeper than ever before.

Details may be found in the IrishCentral web site at: https://www.irishcentral.com/roots/genealogy/irish-geneaology-resource-free.

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 14 October 2019

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This week, FamilySearch.org added over 1 million new, free, historical records from France Marriages (1546-1924), and another million records from Uruguay Passenger Lists (1888-1980.) Other countries include England, Sweden, Uruguay and the United States, including Alabama, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York and Ohio. 

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Over 14 Million New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Greater London Burial Index

Were your ancestors buried in Greater London? Over 45,000 new records covering 10 parishes across the region have been added to the index and are now available to search. The records in this collection date all the way back to 1399 and will reveal the date and location of your ancestor’s burial as well as their occupation, address, denomination and age at death.

The Greater London Burial Index is a collection of the Middlesex Burials & Memorial Inscriptions, South London Burials Index 1545-1905, City of London Burials 1754-1855 and Middlesex Burials 1538-1992. Each record contains the transcription of an original parish record. A small number of records will also provide you with an image provided by The National Archives and created by the College of Arms.

Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions

North Buckinghamshire Lloyd George Domesday records added to TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™

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TheGenealogist has just released the North Buckinghamshire maps and field books into its property ownership and occupancy record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This unique online resource allows researchers to discover where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period from various London districts and now, for the first time, North Buckinghamshire.

These records make use of TheGenealogist’s powerful new Map Explorer™ to access the maps and residential data, giving those who want to discover where their ancestors lived in the period before the First World War some powerful new features to use. The Lloyd George Domesday Survey records are sourced from The National Archives and are being digitised by TheGenealogist so that it is possible to precisely locate where an ancestor lived on large scale, hand annotated maps. These plans include plots for the exact properties and are married to various georeferenced historic map overlays and modern base maps on the Map Explorer™ which allows the researcher to thoroughly investigate the area in which an ancestor lived.

Buckingham, North Buckinghamshire Valuation Office Maps

Historic Newspapers of the Concord Times from Concord, North Carolina are now Available on DigitalNC

520 issues of The Concord Times from 1923 to 1927 have recently been digitized and added to DigitalNC thanks to a nomination from our partner Cabarrus County Public Library! The paper from Concord, North Carolina, documents 1920s happenings around the town, the state, and beyond. Published every Tuesday and Thursday, the paper frequently delivered news to its readers. A sampling of clippings  are shared below:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 7 October 2019

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FamilySearch.org added over 1 million newfree, historical records this week from England Parish Registers (1538-1997.) An additional million records were contributed from Missouri County Marriage, Naturalization, and Court Records. Further records added this week come from Peru, Sweden, Ukraine, and the USA. States include CT, IN, KS, KY, ME, MS, NJ, OR, TN, TX and UT.

Search these new records and images by clicking on the collection links below, or go to FamilySearch to search over 8 billion free names and record images.

New Records Available to Search this Week on Findmypast

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Available to search this Findmypast Friday – new & exclusive US records and Scottish mental health registers & admissions

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Pennsylvania Cemetery & Burial 1700-1950

Were your ancestors laid to rest in Pennsylvania? Search over 276,000 new and exclusive burial records to find out. Published online for the first time in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, each transcript will reveal the date and location of your ancestor’s burial while images may reveal additional details.

 The collection currently includes cemetery records from Abington, Goshenhoppen, Mckeesport, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and more. The records span three centuries and cover more than 100 parishes across the state. Baptist, Catholic, Evangelical, Mennonite, Friends (Quakers), and Presbyterian cemeteries are all represented.

New Jersey Vital Records

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 30 September 2019

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FamilySearch.org added over 4 million new, free, historical records this week from German Bavarian Catholic Church Records, Ireland Marriage Bonds and Wills, and Gironde, France Civil Registrations.  Additional records of this week were from England and Illinois (USA).

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New Regimental Histories released on TheGenealogist

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TheGenealogist has just released a set of 50 Regimental Records to join its ever-growing military records collection bringing its total coverage to over 70 different regiments.

Researchers can use the collection to follow an ancestor’s regiment, discovering the battles they took part in and trace their movements. You can also find ancestors who were mentioned in the war movement diaries or listed in the appendices of men and officers of the regiment.

Available to Search this Findmypast Friday – new 1939 Register Entries, Irish Parish Records and More

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1939 Register Update

To mark the 80th anniversary of the 1939 Register, we have made over 79,000 closed records searchable for the first time in association with the National Archives. In the three years since the Register was first launched, Findmypast has matched millions of ‘closed records’ to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals whose information was redacted. These new additions are currently exclusive to Findmypast, the official home of the 1939 Register.

Dubbed ‘The Wartime Domesday Book’, The 1939 Register was the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken. On September 29th 1939, just after war had been declared, 65,000 enumerators were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the civil population. The information recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, conscription, establish rationing and co-ordinate other war-time provisions. In the longer term, the Register went on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the NHS. Search these records to discover what your ancestors did for a living, their exact date of birth, who they lived with, maps of the local area and even who their neighbours were.

Scotland, Forfarshire (Angus) Dundee Poor Lists 1821-1840

Recently Added and Updated Collections on Ancestry.com

From the Ancestry.com list of recent new and/or updated additions at https://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections:

New and Updated
9/26/2019
9/25/2019
9/24/2019

Findmypast Announce Launch of Tree-To-Tree Hints

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Leading family history website, Findmypast, has announced the launch of their new tree-to-tree hinting system. As of today, those with a family tree stored on Findmypast will start to receive hints sourced from other members’ trees.

Findmypast trees collectively contain the details of millions of individuals spanning hundreds of years. This valuable information can now be presented to users in form of tree hints. As researchers add new ancestors to their tree, Findmypast will automatically compare the relevant names and dates to all those stored on existing trees before suggesting potential matches.

Many people, often unknown to each other, share common ancestors within a few generations. By joining forces and connecting this knowledge, family historians can now benefit from research other members have done on common ancestors.

New Historical Records Added to MyHeritage in September 2019

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44.4 million new records were added in the first half of September: 9.7 million from three new collections, and 34.7 million added to 6 existing collections from the Netherlands.

The new collections include a New York City Birth Index, a New York City Death Index, and the Australian World War II Nominal Roll, 1939–1945. The updates to existing Netherlands collections include Civil Deaths, Marriages, and Birth collections as well as Church Baptisms, Church Burials, and Church Marriages collections.

Here is a full breakdown of the new and updated record collections:

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 23 September 2019

The following announcement was written by FamilySearch:FamilySearch.org added over 13 million new, free, unindexed digital images of historical Italian records this week. Other indexed records include areas from Brazil, Germany, Peru, South Africa and the United States, including Alabama and Kansas.Click here to search over 8 billion free names and record images catalogued on FamilySearch.

90,000 Articles Published on the Free FamilySearch Wiki

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FamilySearch's free research wiki helps answer your family history questions.The FamilySearch Research Wiki has published its 90,000th help article, with more added weekly. The free service launched 12 years ago to help patrons quickly with their personal family history research questions. Explore it for free at the FamilySearch Research Wiki.

The FamilySearch wiki is like discovering an unexpected treasure along your family history discovery journey. In a day when online consumers want what they are seeking within a few keystrokes and seconds, the FamilySearch wiki delivers. Go to the main page, and suddenly a world of databases, maps, countries and tutorials are at your fingertips.

New Cumberland Parish Records and DC Thomson Staff War Photos available to search this Findmypast Friday

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Scotland, Forfarshire (Angus), Dundee, D C Thomson Staff War Album 1939-1945

Search through this unique collection of vivid portrait images of men and women employed with DC Thomson in Dundee, who volunteered to serve during the Second World War. DC Thomson, the long established Dundee based publishing company, is the parent company of Findmypast. DC Thomson is best known for publishing The Evening Telegraph, The Dundee Courier, The Dandy and the longest running British children’s comic, the Beano.

Most of the staff depicted were employed at the Meadowside headquarters, which is still in operation today. The photo album contains each employee’s date of enlistment, name, notable details, and most have an accompanying photograph, many in uniform. A number of those listed were sadly captured, went missing or were killed.

Cumberland Baptisms

New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of 16 September 2019

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FamilySearch added over 1 million new, free, historical records this week from 1917-1918 WWI Draft Registration Cards. Other countries include Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Germany, Italy, Peru, South Africa, Spain, and the United States.

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New School and University Registers on TheGenealogist

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As children go back to school, TheGenealogist has just released a diverse batch of school and university records to join its ever growing education collection

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments between the 1830s and 1930s. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons, deans, visitors, professors, masters in the case of universities and the principles and governors in the case of schools.

Use these records to add colour to a family story and glean important information from the biographical details to use in further research.

The list of records included in this release are:

New Records Available to Search this Findmypast Friday

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Berkshire Marriages Index

Over 63,000 additional records have been added to 16 parishes across the county. The new additions consist of transcripts provided by the Berkshire Family History Society that may reveal your relative’s age, marital status, residence, occupation, father’s name and spouse’s details. Some records may also include the names of witnesses and additional notes.

Berkshire marriages cover more than 156 parishes in Berkshire bewtween 1538 and 1933.  The transcripts were created by both Findmypast and the Berkshire Family History Society using original marriage registers and bishop’s transcripts held by the Berkshire Archives. A third set of records originates from the Phillimore Marriage Registers. The collection will provide images from the Phillimore registers.

Derbyshire Deaths and Burials