New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, November 20, 2015

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of two fascinating UK collections, updates to our collection of historic British newspapers and the ability to browse Findmypast’s largest single collection.

Almost 10,000 volumes of England & Wales electoral registers are now available to browse, making it is now easier than ever before to uncover the history of your home and local area. Records available to search this weekend include social & institutional records covering daily life in 18th and 19th century Devon, a list of British WW1 volunteers from Argentina and millions of brand new British newspapers articles.

Browse through nearly 10,000 volumes of England & Wales electoral registers containing 5.4 million images and approximately 220 million names. The collection was recently made available online for the first time in association with the British Library and includes parliamentary registers, burgess rolls, parochial registers and county council registers. Electoral Registers are lists created annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Browsing the registers is a fantastic way to learn more about the history of your home or local area.

The period covered by The England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 includes some of the most important events in history of British democracy and demonstrates how the British electorate changed during the 19th and early 20th centuries: from the vote being extended to working class men and the reform of representation up until women’s suffrage.

British in Argentina 1914-1919 is a list of 4,852 members of Argentina’s British community who volunteered for service during the Frist World War. Argentina was a neutral country during World War I. However, one-third of its population was comprised of foreign citizens, including those of the countries currently at war. This general roll of volunteers forms a chronological account of events in Argentina just prior to and after Britain’s declaration of war on Germany up to the end of the hostilities. This includes details pertaining to war efforts made in Argentina by British residents, including the work of the British Women’s Patriotic Association. Later chapters include details pertaining to the war fund, women’s war efforts, work of societies and communities, the role of established institutions in the war effort, and the aftermath of the Armistice.

These records consist of both transcripts and images of the original publication, “Activities of the British Community in Argentina During the Great War 1914-1919”, published in 1920.

Over 49,000 records have been added to our collection of Devon Social & Institutional Records. This extraordinarily rich collection has been gathered by the Devon Family History Society from a wide range of local records covering daily life in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are 127 separate sources mainly covering working life, but also containing a fascinating collection of criminal and poor law records. There are also several very unusual record sets including smallpox vaccinations for Brixham, Exeter Heavitree and St Thomas and Exmouth, Christmas presents for Exmouth children whose fathers were away fighting in World War 1 and the Heavitree Nuisances, which covers insanitary premises that could be closed down by the police.

Each record contains a transcript of original records. Because of the range of material available, the type and amount of information varies considerably.

Over 3.7 million fully searchable articles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. This latest update includes 11 brand new titles covering major cities such as London and Dundee, as well as more regional and local titles like the Peterhead Sentinel and General Advertiser For Buchan District and Wisbech Chronicle, General Advertiser and Lynn News. The latest additions also include specialist publications with fascinating subject matters like the Anti-Slavery Advocate and Bright's Intelligencer and Arrival List.

Substantial updates have also been made to 43 existing titles including the Morning Advertiser, The Era and Birmingham Daily Post.

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

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Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online genealogy. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field of family history and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Mocavo, Genes Reunited, The British Newspaper Archive amongst others.

Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over two billion family history records, 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 doing detailed historical research.

In April 2003 Findmypast 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, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including major collections from Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States.