This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the beginning of Findmypast’s start Your Family Tree Week. This seven-day event will continue until 1st January 2016 and, over the course of the week, Findmypast users will enjoy a wide range of materials to help them build their family trees such as getting started guides, expert insights, useful print-outs, and a wealth of family history prizes.
We have also released thousands of fascinating new records to explore during the holidays.
Over 89,000 new articles and 5 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Amongst these new additions is the Dublin Intelligence, now the oldest paper in the collection, dating all the way back to 1708. Substantial updates have also been made to eight existing titles including the Dublin Daily Express, Dublin Weekly Nation and the Weekly Freeman's Journal.
The Irish newspaper collection now stands at over 13.3 million fully searchable articles and covers over 240 years of the nation’s history.
British in India
The collection is comprised of two sets of records supplied by the Society of Genealogists, British in India and the Women in India Index. British in India documents female relatives of officers of the Bengal Army, Madras Army and Bombay Army, along with British civil servants, chaplains, merchants, plantation owners, labourers and British people in India after the East India Company period. The Women in India Index was compiled my Major Vernon Charles Padget Hodson (1883-1963), Lt. Col. Herbert Kendall Percy-Smith FSG (1897-1975) and others and is packed with biographical and genealogical information on many thousands of persons, sprung from all levels of society.
British India Office Marriages
New records have been added to our collection of British India Office Marriages. These records contain the details of Europeans who were married in British India, Burma and other territories connected to the India office such as St Helena, Sumatra, Kuwait, Aden, Penang and Macao.
The marriages are comprised of ecclesiastic of the archives of the East India Company (1600-1858), the Board of Control or Board of Commissioners for the Affairs of India (1784 – 1858), the India Office (1858-1947), the Burma Office (1937-1947), and a number of related British agencies.
British India Office Births & Baptisms
Over 23,000 new records have been added to our collection of British India Office Births & Baptisms. The collection is made up of two different record sets, the British Library’s British in India Collection and transcriptions licensed from FIBIS (Families in British India Society) and contains. The records not only reveal the details surrounding your ancestor’s baptism, but can also contain fascinating biographical details such as their parents’ names, father’s occupation and can include their cadet papers if they were member of the British East India Company.
British India Office Assistant Surgeons
Nearly 2,000 records have been added to our collection of British India Office Assistant Surgeons records. The records list the details of assistant surgeons who travelled to India to ply their trade and consist of the declaration forms they filled when applying for their position, baptism records (proof of age) and letters of recommendation.
British India Office Wills & Probate
Over 16,000 new records are now available to search in our collection of British India Office Wills & Probate records. The collection contains over 200,000 wills and probate records of European soldiers and civilians who died in India and Burma. The collection not only allows you to read a list of your ancestor’s possessions at death, but also to discover the value of the estate and who to whom it was bequeathed.
Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.
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