This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 12 million passenger lists and arrival records from New York. Also available to search this week are cremation records from the Manchester Crematorium, Land tax and borough court records from Devon and the 1893 women’s suffrage petition that finally succeeded in granting women the right to vote in New Zealand.
New York Passenger Lists and Arrivals contains over 12 million records of immigrants from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and other countries who arrived in the port between the middle of the nineteenth century and the middle of the twentieth century.
The early records coincide with the Great Irish Famine, when millions of families left Ireland for America, while later records document the beginning of mass migration from other parts of Europe, prior to the creation of Ellis Island. These earlier immigrants passed through the immigration center known as Castle Garden. As the country’s largest city and port, New York received more immigrants than any other city, with roughly 7.5 million people passing through Castle Garden.
Each record consists of a transcript of an original ship’s passenger lists that will list your ancestors name, birth year, country of origin, occupation, departure port, arrival date and the name of the ship they sailed on. A number of records will also include an image of the original document which may reveal additional information such as they part of the vessel your ancestor stayed in and whether or not they could read and write and in what language.
The Lancashire, Manchester Cremation Records 1818-2001 consist of over 17,000 memorial transcripts from the Manchester Crematorium.
The Manchester Crematorium, located on Barlow Moor Road, was opened in 1892 and is the second oldest crematorium in the UK. During the blitz of Christmas 1940, the crematorium registers were destroyed. The details found in these records were recovered by the Manchester and Lancashire family history society through crematorium memorials and obituaries in local newspapers.
Each record consists of a transcript that will list you ancestor’s name, cremation date and a narrative that may include a short biography or details of their next of kin.
Find out if your ancestor lived in Tavistock in West Devon between 1839 and 1896 with over 5,000 assorted court documents. The records consist of court papers from the Tavistock borough court collected by Robert Luxton of Tavistock, clerk to the magistrates. The borough was integral to daily community life and was responsible for the administration of poor relief and law enforcement.
With each record you will find a transcript and an image of the borough document. The detail found in each record can vary depending on the type of event as the collection consists of a wide variety of documents including warrants, summonses, depositions, convictions and case reports. Most transcripts will include a combination of your ancestors’ name, parish, the date of the event that was being recorded, the type of event that was being recorded, the names of their parents and the name of the presiding judge.
The Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Land Tax and Valuation Records 1897-1949 contains over 249,000 records.
The records will provide you with a location of your ancestor’s home as well as a description of the property. The records will also give you the value of the land as this was used to determine the rate of tax and poor rate to be paid to the local parish or borough.
Each record includes an image of the original document from the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office and a transcript. Most transcripts will include your ancestor’s name, the location of the property, whether they were the owner, occupier or owner/occupier, and the year the records was taken. Images will include further descriptions of your ancestor’s property such as wither it was used as an inn, public house, shop, cottage, orchard, etc. They will also reveal the street name and precise location of the property, its size and gross value, and the poor rate paid on that property.
The New Zealand, Women's Suffrage Petition 1893 lists the names of the 23,853 women who signed the 1893 petition that finally succeeded in granting women the right to vote in New Zealand. On 19 September 1893, Governor Lord Glasgow passed women’s suffrage in New Zealand with the signing of a new Electoral Act. New Zealand was years ahead of other countries in granting universal women’s suffrage. Both the United States and the United Kingdom succeeded in doing so only after the First World War.
Between the 1880s and 1893, several petitions were circulated and signed in an effort to gain the right to vote for women. The 1893 petition resulted in 23,853 signatures with an additional 7,000 added before being shown to Parliament. The individual sheets, totalling more than 500 pages, were adhered together and, when unrolled, measured longer than 270 meters (885 feet). The original petition is on display at Archives New Zealand in the Constitution Room.
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