Friday, August 28, 2015

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, August 28, 2015


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of browsable Manchester electoral registers, death & admission records from two Derbyshire hospitals, new additions to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers and a fascinating petition drawn up by early settlers in New Zealand.


Those of you with Manchester ancestors can now browse through over 330,000 Manchester electoral registers. Spanning nearly 70 years (1832-1900), the register record a fascinating period of the city’s history. By 1835, Manchester’s booming cotton and manufacturing Industries had made it the first and greatest industrial city in the world. This triggered a population explosion as people from all over the UK flocked to the city in search of work, many of whom were forced to live in squalid conditions in the city’s newly formed slums. The registers include both the registers for local government elections Parliamentary Elections. Electoral Registers are annually compiled lists of all adults eligible to vote and typically list a person’s name, address and the type of property they owned or rented that qualified them to vote. The registers are a valuable census substitute and, as they begin after the Repeal Act of 1832, record all levels of society ranging from wealthy captains of industry to desperately poor slum tenants.

The records are scanned copies of microfilms held at the Manchester Archives Central Library and cover Ardwick, Bradford, Beswick, Cheetham, Chorlton-Upon Medlock, Harpurhey, Hulme, Newton, Salford, Broughton and Manchester.


The New Zealand, Nelson, Petition after the Wairau Incident 1843 records list the names of nearly 600 settlers who signed a petition calling for action to be taken by the Governor of New Zealand following the notorious Wairau affray. The Wairau incident occurred on 17 June 1843 and was the first serious clash between New Zealand Company settlers and the local Ngāti Toa. Following a dispute regarding the settlement of the Wairau Valley, local Māori chiefs had the settlers temporary abodes burnt to the ground. The company responded by sending 49 armed men to arrest the chiefs resulting in a confrontation that left 22 settlers and 4 Māori dead. An investigation by the newly appointed Governor, Robert FitzRoy, found that the settlers claim to the land had been invalid and the chiefs were exonerated. Many settlers were enraged by the findings and submitted a petition that, along with active lobbying, resulted in Fitzroy being recalled in 1845.

Each record includes a transcript created using names listed in the Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle on 15 June, 1844. Transcripts list the names of the individuals who signed the petition, the newspaper in which they appeared, their occupations and any additional notes.


Derbyshire Hospital Admission & Deaths contain nearly 4,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913. The Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital was opened in Ashbourne in 1899 and was in operation for 65 years until its closure in 1964. The Derbyshire Royal Infirmary was first built in 1810 and rebuilt following a typhoid outbreak in 1890. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the new hospital in 1894 and the hospital stayed in operation for over 100 years.

Each record includes a transcript produced by the Ancestral Archives of Derbyshire. Records can include the patient’s admission date, reason for admission, condition after admission, marital status, residence, rank or profession, date of discharge or death and cause of death.


Nearly half a million articles and 8 fascinating new titles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspaper. The brand new additions come from all four provinces of the country, include both local and national press and cover the time period before, during and after The Great Famine (1805-1871). New additions include the Belfast Commercial Chronicle, General Advertiser For Dublin and All Ireland, The Northern Standard and The Pilot,. Substantial additions have also been made to three existing titles; The Belfast Morning News, Freeman’s Journal and the Cork Examiner. The entire collection now holds over 9.7 million fully searchable articles, covering an impressive 231 years of Ireland’s history (1719-1950).

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.

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