Friday, January 22, 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, January 22, 2016


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 196,000 records. The new records now available to search include a rich and varied collection of family history publications from Scotland, new additions to our collection of Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions and medal records of Indian Defence and Auxiliary Force volunteers. Also included in this week’s release is the Phillimore Marriage Registers, a substantial collection of PDF’s recording marriages from all over England.


The Phillimore Marriage Registers, 1531-1913, consist of 241 volumes of parish marriages from 29 English counties. The registers were created by Nottingham lawyer William Phillimore Watts Stiff. William founded the publishing company Phillimore & Co. Ltd in 1897 and published works related to British family history. Later in life, William transcribed and printed parish marriage registers for over a thousand parishes and continued to work in family history until his death in 1914.

The registers contain approximately 2.3 million names and cover over 1,500 English parishes. Each record consists of a PDF image of the original Phillimore marriage register that will list the names of the married couple and the date of their marriage. In a number of registers, entries will also include the individuals’ residences and state whether the couple was married by banns or license.


Scotland Registers & Records consists of images taken from 14 different publications related to Scottish parishes and families. The records included in this collection are incredibly varied, ranging from parish records, topographical accounts and memorial inscriptions to a 19th century novel and a short history of the Black Watch.

The information contained in each record will vary drastically depending on its subject. For example, Memorial Inscriptions of Rattray Churchyard recorded death dates and places from monumental inscriptions, whereas Scotland, Historic Families Of Fife, Births, Marriages and Deaths 1100-2014 chronicles the genealogical history of Scottish families of Fife such as Barclay, Hay, Leslie, Preston, Wemyss and more.


British Army, Indian Volunteer Force Medal Awards 1915-1939 contains the records of over 15,000 individuals from the Indian Defence Force (IDF) and the Auxiliary Force India (AFI) who were awarded the medals between 1915 and 1939. The IDF and AFI were India’s equivalent to the UK’s Territorial Army, which was comprised of part-time regiments of European soldiers who could be fully mobilised in wartime. Prior to 1920, the IDF and AFI were known as the Indian Volunteer Force (1857-1917).

The Volunteer Forces Long Service Medal & Good Conduct Medal was instituted in May 1894 and awarded to non-commissioned officers and men who had served for a minimum of 20 years in the volunteer forces. The award was superseded by the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal in 1908 but remained in use in India until 1930. The Efficiency Medal was introduced in October 1930 when it replaced the Volunteer Forces Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The medal was awarded for 12 years of continuous and efficient service.

Each record consists of a transcript listing your ancestor’s name, rank, corps, order details, the award they received and the date they received it.


Over 24,000 records have been added tour our collection of Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions. The records list the gravesites of individuals buried in the historic county of Lincolnshire between the early 1400s and 2012. Monumental inscriptions can reveal vital details and will often provide additional information outside of death dates.

Each record includes a transcript of the original source material that will reveal your ancestor’s name, birth year, the year of their burial and the location of their grave. A number of records also include additional notes such as the names of parents or spouses. Lincolnshire Monumental Inscriptions now contains over 138,000 records from over 200 parishes. The records have been compiled from inscriptions found on tombstones and other memorials in churches and churchyards within Lincolnshire.

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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