New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, May 5, 2017

There are over 7.6 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Over 6.7 million new additions covering 127 counties across 18 states have been added to our collection of United States Marriages. The release includes significant updates for the states of Georgia, Maine, North Carolina, Ohio and Oregon and marks the latest step in Findmypast’s efforts to create the single largest online collection of U.S. marriage records in history.

The records include transcripts and images of the original documents that list marriage date, the names of the bride and groom, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.

Browse over 4,500 handwritten volumes of parish baptisms, marriages, and burials containing over 459,000 records in their entirety. The detail found in each record will depend on the condition of the register and the date of the register. Additional details about our ancestors are primarily found in later registers. Early register books usually only recorded a few key facts such as name, place, and date.

Browse over 906 volumes of original Parish registers containing over 33,000 records. All images were created from the original registers held at the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office. Each image allows you to browse left and right through the register by using the arrows on either side of the image. Furthermore, you can skip to exact page in the register by using the image counter at the bottom, centre of the page. For example, if the register has 100 pages, you can skip to page 50, the middle of the register book.

Over 4,000 new records have been added to the Queensland School Pupil Index. This database covers over 1.6 million names drawn from 1,022 Queensland schools. Sources from which the names are drawn are diverse: actual school admission registers, school histories covering a significant anniversary (Jubilee, Golden, Centenary) in the life of a school, and local histories which don’t specifically focus on the school but include a pupil list as part of their story. Many sources also provide additional information on the pupils including age at admission, birth date, parent’s name and occupation, religion, and address.

Over 4,000 records have been added to our collection of City Of London Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen records. This fascinating collection contains more than 400 years membership records relating to the Worshipful Company of Ironmongers. One of the ‘great twelve’ London liveries, the company was incorporated under Royal Charter in 1463. The Company’s links with the iron and steel industry go back some 500 years.

Each record includes an image of the original documents held by the London Metropolitan Archives and a corresponding transcript. The records list the details of apprentices, masters and freemen and reveal when they were admitted to the company, the role they took, the names, occupations and addresses of their parents and the names of their masters.

Over 1,000 new records have been added to our collection of Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions. The new additions cover Anglican cemeteries in Rotherham boroughs of Dalton and Brinsworth. The entire collection now contains over 105,000 records and cover 176 burial sites across the county.

Each result will provide you with a transcript. The detail in each will vary depending on the age of the memorial and which family history society transcribed the records. Most will include a combination of your ancestor’s birth year, death year, memorial location, inscription and a brief description of the monument.


5th May 2017
Leading family history website, Findmypast , has announced today the release of an additional 6.7 million United States Marriage records in partnership with Family Search International.
Covering 127 counties across 18 states, the new additions mark the latest step in Findmypast’s efforts to create the largest single online collection of U.S. marriage records in history. The collection was first launched in February 2016 and has received regular monthly updates ever since.
This is the first time that any of the records included in this update have been released online and all 6.7 million of them will only be available to search online at Findmypast. The new additions cover;

·         Alabama
·         Arkansas
·         Connecticut
·         Delaware
·         Georgia
·         Iowa
·         Kentucky
·         Maine
·         New Hampshire
·         New Jersey
·         North Carolina
·         Ohio
·         Oregon
·         Rhode Island
·         Utah
·         Vermont
·         Washington
·         West Virginia
Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America.  More than 60 per cent of which will have never before been published online.  When complete, the collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast. The records include marriage date, the names of both bride and groom , birthplace, birth date, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names.
The millions of new U.S. records will complement Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data, allowing them to provide many more connections and a more comprehensive experience to family historians in the US and beyond. Customers with family trees on Findmypast will also benefit from leads connecting relatives on their trees with the marriage records, thus generating a whole new source of research.

About Findmypast

Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, amongst others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research. 
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitized records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, recently launched the 1939 Register, a record of 41 million lives on the eve of World War II.

Mastering Genealogical Documentation To Be Released at National Conference 10 May 2017

ARLINGTON, VA, 4 MAY 2017— On 10 May, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) will release for sale Mastering Genealogical Documentation by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CGSM, CGLSM, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, author of the preeminent work,Mastering Genealogical Proof, and an award-winning genealogical researcher and educator. The publication of this essential text on how to cite all kinds of sources clearly, completely, and accurately coincides with the NGS 2017 Family History Conference, which will be held in Raleigh, NC, 10-13 May.
Mastering Genealogical Documentation teaches genealogists how to describe and cite their sources—including sources for which no model citation exists—with artistry, clarity, conciseness, completeness, and competence so that their work will meet the genealogy field’s published standards. In this new step-by-step guidebook, Dr. Thomas W. Jones provides a foundation in the principles, logic, and decisions that underpin genealogical documentation. Exercises are provided at the end of each chapter (with answers at the back of the book) to reinforce concepts and provide opportunities for practice.
Jones is a professor emeritus from Gallaudet University. A former trustee and past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, he has co-edited theNational Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002. He has taught genealogical documentation at Boston University, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, Institute on Genealogy and Historical Research, Western Institute of Genealogy, and elsewhere.
Conference participants will be able to purchase Mastering Genealogical Documentation at the conference. Others may order it online beginning 10 May.Shipment of the book will begin 22 May 2017. For more informa­tion, visit

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

National Library of Ireland Genealogy Service 2017

Dublin, Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Ancestor Network and Eneclann have been awarded the tender to support the genealogy advisory service with the National Library of Ireland in 2017.

This is the 6th year these leading Irish genealogy firms are partnering with the NLI to provide this unique genealogy service.

Visiting researchers to the NLI can avail of the advice of professional genealogists from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm. The professional genealogists advise and assist on sources available at the NLI and other repositories as well as online resources. They are also available to respond to enquiries via email, telephone or by letter.

Aiden Feerick of Ancestor Network and Project Manager of the Genealogy Service stated: “Visiting family history researchers to the NLI can avail of the best expertise in Irish genealogy research advice. Our genealogists comprised of the teams of the National Library, Ancestor Network, and Eneclann are very open and friendly and every visitor to the service comes away with a smile and at least one nugget of family history information.”

Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann stated: “We are delighted to be back in the National Library in 2017 to assist with the Genealogy Advisory Service. Family history is one of the paths most travelled, for everyone that looks for a deeper understanding of their Irish heritage.”

Ciara Kerrigan, Assistant Keeper, National Library of Ireland added,
“The NLI is excited to be working again with the genealogy experts of Ancestor Network and Eneclann. Family history research continues to be one of the major motivations for people visiting the National Library of Ireland and it is critical that we provide a world class service in supporting our visitors in Irish genealogy.”

TheGenealogist releases over 100,000 Parish Records and thousands of voter records

In time for the snap general election, TheGenealogist is adding to its Polls and Electoral records by publishing online a new collection of Poll books ranging from the late 19th century to the early 20th century.

These new records released today offer a tantalising snapshot of our ancestors interaction with the Church and the State of the past.

  • Find the names of people and their ‘place of abode’ in the electoral registers
  • Discover the nature of their qualification to vote, such as possessing a Corn Warehouse, a Workshop, a House, or owning a Brewhouse
  • Some of the earliest records in this release reach as far back as 1209 when the king who was known as Johan sanz Terre (John Lackland) ruled the country
  • The Parish Records are one of the most useful of all resources for family historians as they can be used to find the baptism, marriage or death of an ancestor at a time before the civil registration of births marriages and deaths

The records cover 35 different registers of people who were entitled to vote in Wakefield, West Yorkshire and other constituencies situated in Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset and New Westminster in Canada. These have been added to our Poll and Electoral Roll collection covering millions of records.

At the same time TheGenealogist continues to expand its vast Parish Record collections with the addition of 100,000 new individuals added for the County of Worcestershire and additionally the Registers of the Parish Church of Rochdale in Lancashire that covers the period between 1642 and 1700.

Also being released at this time are some records that will take the researcher all the way back to ancient times!

The Roll of Mayors of the Borough and Lord Mayors of the City of Leicester records the names of men holding that office from between the 10th year of the reign of King John in 1209 and all through history to 1935.

The first Mayor listed in the Roll of Mayors of the Borough and Lord Mayors of the City of Leicester

The Worcestershire Parish Records were added through a partnership with Malvern FHS while the electoral records are taken from the official lists produced to record who was entitled to vote in the various parliamentary elections.

To search these and many other records on TheGenealogist, go to:

New Historic Records On FamilySearch: Week of April 10, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UT This week nearly 2 million free indexed historic records were published in FamilySearch’s United States collections including significant new vital records for Rhode Island, Maine and Connecticut.  Three million historic record images were added for Italy (Benevento, Brescia, Napoli, and Trapani), along with additions to England, Ghana, Poland, South Africa, Sweden, and Pennsylvania. Search these new free records and more at FamilySearch by clicking on the links in the interactive table below. Find and share this announcement easily online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.  

Searchable historic records are made available on through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world’s historic genealogical records online at

Indexed Records
Digital Images
England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1692-1900
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Ghana, Accra, Marriages, 1863-2003
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Italy, Trapani, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1906-1928
Added images to an existing collection
Italy, Brescia, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1797-1815, 1866-1943
New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809-1865
Added images to an existing collection
Italy, Benevento, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1810-1942
Added images to an existing collection
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964
Added indexed records to an existing collection
South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Records (Stellenbosch Archive), 1690-2011
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
South Africa, Cape Province, Civil Deaths, 1895-1972
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Sweden, Kronoberg Church Records, 1589-1921; index 1612-1860
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Pennsylvania Obituary and Marriage Collection, 1947-2010
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Connecticut Marriages, 1640-1939
Added indexed records to an existing collection
Rhode Island, Vital records, 1846-1898, 1901-1953
New indexed records and images collection
FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch and its predecessors have been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources for free at or through more than 5,004 family history centers in 129 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.