Friday, November 21, 2014

Findmypast release 953,000 District of Columbia birth, marriage and death records, 18 new US periodicals, new Irish Survey Maps & Plans and thousands of UK School & Prison Hulk registers


Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page. This week’s new additions include 95,000 Griffiths Survey of Ireland records, over 953,000 US birth, marriage and death records for the District of Columbia, 18 new PERSI titles and thousands of new UK school admissions and Prison Ship records.

The new District of Columbia Births & Baptisms 1830-1955 contain over 109,000 records. These records provide information on births and baptisms that occurred in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, between 1830 and 1955. Although the district began officially collecting this information in 1874, many records are from years earlier and do contain some duplicates that often contain slightly different information. Each record consists of a transcript that lists the child’s name, date of birth, date and place of christening, parents’ names and ethnicity.

The District Of Columbia Marriages 1830-1921 contain over 479,000 records that provide information about marriages performed in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries. The records generally list the individual’s name, age, ethnicity, the date and place of their marriage as well as their spouse’s name and age. You may find duplicates in these search results, as entries are often created for each individual mentioned on a record, including parents' names and spouse's parents' names. Some marriages occurred outside of the District of Columbia but were then registered later in the city.

The District of Columbia Deaths & Burials 1840-1964 contain over 365,000 records. Each record represents a death in the district over the 19th and 20th centuries and can contain useful biographical information. Most will list the deceased’s name, age, date of birth, date of death, place and date of burial, street address, marital status, ethnicity and parents place of birth. The information contained can then be used to search other collections from the District of Columbia or to search our collection of local newspapers for an obituary.

Griffith's Survey Maps & Plans, 1847-1864 contains over 95,000 Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and town plans used by the team working on Griffith's Primary Valuation of Ireland. Sir Richard John Griffith (1784 –1878) was an Irish geologist, mining engineer and chairman of the Board of Works of Ireland, who completed the first complete geological map of Ireland. He was commissioned by the government to oversee the first valuation of Ireland in 1827. Each record includes a survey transcript and most also contain images of maps and town plans. Unfortunately we do not have maps, only transcripts, for Northern Ireland.

New UK Schools and Admission registers for Anglesey, Plymouth and West Devon have been added to our collection of National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914. The Registers allow you to trace your ancestors through their school years and provide information such as the name of the school, name and address of each pupil, date of admission, date of leaving and the names of parents or guardians. Some may also include date of birth, whether parents are living or dead and a parent’s occupation.

Over 4,000 Prison Ship (Hulk) Registers 1811-1843 records have been added to our collection of Crime, Prison and Punishment records. These new records come from 6 prison hulks; Discovery, Captivity, Antelope, Dromedary, Weymouth and Coromandel and list the details of over 13,300 inmates held on the ships between 1811 and 1843. Each record consists of a transcript that can list an inmate’s name, age and trade as well as details of their crime, sentence and character.

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Findmypast has been a leading family history website for more than 10 years. It’s a searchable online archive of billions family history records, from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For our members around the world, Findmypast is a crucial resource for building family trees and doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 the company was the first to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, Findmypast has digitised family history records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. In partnership with the British Library, Findmypast is part of a project to safeguard the future of the world’s greatest newspaper archive – allowing digital access to more than 40 million newspaper pages. Recently, The National Archives awarded the company the exclusive rights to put the 1939 Register for England and Wales online.