New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, February 12, 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of an assortment of valuable new collections from the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.

Over 2,000 records have been added to our collection of Irish Non-Conformist Births & Baptisms. The collection is comprised of several different registers of births and baptisms from Ireland’s non-conformist churches between 1701 and 1913. Each entry includes both a transcript and an image of the original document.

Just under 1,000 records have been added to Ireland, Non-Conformist Marriages. The collection consists of four separate collections of non-conformist marriage records; Ireland Down Anaghlone Presbyterian marriages 1845-1913, Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian marriages 1831-1906, Registers of the French non-conformist churches Dublin 1702-1731 and Limerick non-conformist marriages, 1813-1946. Non-conformist marriages refer to those performed by Protestant churches not aligned with the Church of Ireland.

Over 10,000 records have been added to our collection of Ireland, Non-Conformist Congregational Records. There are three collections represented in these records; Ireland Down Anaghlone Presbyterian communicants 1868-1913, Ireland Down Ballyroney Presbyterian communicants 1861-1913 and Limerick non-conformist congregational records 1911-1945.

Over 240,000 records have been added to our Britain, Merchant Seamen, 1918-1941 records. The records include index cards that the Registrar General of Shipping and Seaman used between the two world wars to produce a centralised index to merchant seamen serving on British merchant navy vessels. Many records contain a photograph and/or the signature of the seamen.

Britain, Business Indexes 1892-1987 contains over 4,000 records created by the Society of Genealogists from books published in the 1890s by the London Printing and Engraving Company and the Brighton firm of Robinson, Son and Pike. It is an index of British shopkeepers, businessmen and women, "captains of industry" and their companies. The directories contain a minimum of a paragraph about each shop or company and often include a photograph of it or the proprietor.

Shropshire, Non-Conformist Membership Lists 1819-1906 contains over 4,200 records. The records record the names of non-conformist church members from the United Reformed Church and Congregational churches in Church Stretton, Madeley, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Whitchurch between 1819 and 1906. Each record contains an image of the original membership list held at the Shropshire Archives and a transcript.

New Zealand, Teachers' Examinations 1906-1907 records the details of students who sat for the Junior National Scholarship examination between December 1906 and January 1907. The Junior National Scholarship examination was used by New Zealand’s education boards and by Victoria College for awarding junior scholarships. Exams were taken by both students who wished to further their education by attending secondary schools, and teachers who wished to gain higher teaching qualifications.

New Zealand Registered Teachers 1906 records the details of over 3,800 teachers. Each transcript will list an individual teacher’s name, gender, district position, school name and classification. Classifications usually refer to the individual’s certificate or level of qualification. You can view images of the original document by following the link in the Useful Links & Resources section of the search page. From images of the report, you can fascinating additional details such as learn what your ancestor’s salary and house allowance was.

Queensland, Reformatory School For Boys Admission Registers 1871-1906 records the details of over 1,700 pupils at the Westbrook Reformatory for Boys, formerly the Diamantina Reformatory School for Boys. The school was a government-run industrial and reformatory school situated in Westbrook dedicated to educating boys under the age of 18 who were deemed neglected or who were convicted of a crime. Each record contains a transcript of individual entries in the school’s admission registers.

Queensland, Toowoomba Girls Reformatory Admissions & Discharges 1881-1903 contains the records of pupils at the Industrial School for Girls in Toowoomba, formerly called the Industrial and Reformatory School for Girls until 1890. The government-run school, which was originally the Toowoomba jail, opened on 1 April 1881 and was dedicated to the care and education of ‘neglected’ girls under the age of 15. Each record consists of a transcript of individual admissions and discharges.

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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