Friday, January 16, 2015

British Army Bond of Sacrifice, East London Marriages, Derby Railway Servant’s Orphanage Registers and over 2.5 million new newspaper articles now available to search at Findmypast


Every Friday, thousands of new records are released on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to explore over the weekend. This week’s new additions include over 2,600 officer biographies from both volumes of the British Army Bond of Sacrifice, over 92,000 Parish marriages from London’s Docklands and East End, over 1,400 Derby Railway Servants Orphanage records and substantial new additions to our collection of historic British Newspapers.

British Army Bond of Sacrifice: Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1916, contains over 2,600 officer biographies from both volumes of the Bond of Sacrifice. The Bond of Sacrifice was designed to act as a biographical record of all British officers who fell in the Great War. Volume 1 covered the first four months of the war and closed in December 1914, while Volume 2 covered the first six months of 1915. The original intention was to create a volume for every six months of the war to include the names of all the officers, who died from causes directly related to active service. However, due in no small part to the huge number of officer casualties, and to the publishers running out of money, the series was never completed.

Names are listed in alphabetical order and most entries include a photo portrait and a short biography. The biographies usually consist of parents’ names, educational background, achievements and, when present, spouse’s name and children’s names. The entries also detail the officer’s military career and often include a description about how the officer lost his life. Many include comments from commanding officers about the bravery and gallantry of the officer under their command.

London, Docklands and East End Marriages, 1558-1859 contain over 92,000 records. Covering 8 East End Parishes, each record contains a transcript of the original Parish registers. The amount of information listed may vary but records can include the couple’s names, their marital status, the groom’s occupation, the date of the wedding and where it took place.

The East End of London has always been home to a variety of immigrant communities. In the 17th century Huguenot refugees settled in Spitalfields, followed by Irish weavers and other ethnic groups, many of whom came in search of work in the blossoming clothing industry there.

Derbyshire, Derby Railway Servants’ Orphanage registers 1875-1912 lists the details of children from Northern Britain whose father’s died while working on the Railways. The Derby Railway Servants’ Orphanage opened in 1875 in response to the hundreds of railway employees, who died each year in the course of their work. Children were admitted from railway companies all over Great Britain and Ireland and the Derby home catered for the north of Britain. Children were admitted between the ages of 6 and 12, had to leave at the age of 15 and would be classified as orphans even if their mother was still alive.

Each record contains a transcript of the original register. The amount of information varies but records can include details of the father’s occupation and death, mother’s address, any siblings, dates of arrival and departure and signatures. Many records also include additional notes such as comments on behaviour, employment prospects, health, religious denomination and funding.

Over 2.5 million new articles have been added to our collection of British Newspapers. 14 brand new publications have been added to the collection, while additions have been made to over 250 existing titles. New titles include ‘Bell’s Life in London and Sporting Chronicle’, ‘Bristol Times and Mirror’, ‘Dorset County Chronicle’, ‘Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald’, ‘Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette’ and the ‘Walsall Observer and South Staffordshire Chronicle’.

About Findmypast

Leading family history website Findmypast was the first company to make the complete birth, marriage and death indexes for England & Wales available online in April 2003, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Findmypast has subsequently digitized many more family history records and now offers access to over 2 billion records dating as far back as 875 AD. This allows family historians to search for their ancestors among comprehensive collections of military, census, migration, parish, work and education records, newspapers as well as the original comprehensive birth, marriage and death records. The company runs the official 1911 census website for England & Wales in association with The National Archives and has digitized several other record sets from the national collection. Findmypast has also partnered with the British Library in a 10 year project to safeguard the future of the world's greatest local newspaper archive