Friday, January 1, 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 1, 2016


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of an Index of British Knights of the realm that contains records dating back to the 12th century. Discover whether your ancestor sought adventure abroad through service in the British Army with a worldwide Index from 1841, or search for Warwickshire ancestors with new additions to our collections of Warwickshire baptisms, banns, marriages and burials. New additions have also been made to the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI).


The Knights of the Realm index records the details of over 35,000 individuals who were awarded an order of chivalry by a British monarch. The index was created by Colin J Parry to determine how many knights were made in each century and, furthermore, to discover who received such honours and orders of chivalry.

This index is comprised of transcripts that list a recipients name, birth year, death year (if applicable) the type of award they received and the date they received it. Transcripts can also include a biography which will often include their rank or position/occupation and any additional remarks such as where the recipient was dubbed.


The British Army, Worldwide Index 1841 contains over 139,000 records. The Index was created from muster rolls and pay lists between April and June 1841. It includes both British Army and Honourable East India Company servicemen and cover locations as diverse as Sydney, Ceylon, Madras, Honduras, Canada and Malta.

Each records consists of a transcript created from a number of sources. Each record will include the serviceman/woman’s name, gender, service number, rank, regiment, location and any additional remarks.


Over 1,000 images have been added to the The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI). PERSI contains over 2.5 million entries from thousands of historical, genealogical and ethnic publications, making it an invaluable, comprehensive family history resource for identifying research, records and transcriptions that might not be found in any other print or online source.


Over 1,500 records from the Parish of Ufton have been added to our collection of Warwickshire Baptisms. Rugby, Southam, Dunchurch and Ufton are some of the places found in the collection, along with areas of Birmingham and Coventry, which are no longer within the borders of modern Warwickshire.


New records have been added to our collection of Warwickshire Banns. In this collection, you will find banns from Ufton and away banns from Southam.


New records have been added to our collection of Warwickshire Marriages. Search thousands of records and discover your relative’s wedding date, father’s name, and father’s occupation, as well as the names of those who witnessed the marriage. The records allow you to search by spouse or marriage date, which is beneficial if you are searching for lesser-known ancestors.


Over 1,100 records have been added to our collection of Warwickshire Burials. Each record includes a transcript of the original burial registry or details from the monumental inscription. Each record will vary depending on its source, but most will include a mixture of your ancestor’s name, birth year, death date, burial place, residence, the names of their parents and the inscription on the headstone.

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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.