Friday, March 25, 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, March 25, 2016


This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 11.3 million new records and newspaper articles including substantial updates to our collections of Billion Graves Cemetery Index records, NYG&B records, Irish Newspapers, and Royal Navy Seaman Records. A brand new collection of census fragments from 19th century London is also available to search.

Billion Graves Cemetery Index Updates

Over 3.2 million records have been added to our collection of Billion Graves Cemetery Index records including:


With over 12 million headstone records, BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web, allowing you to locate exactly where your ancestor was buried. Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free.

Each entry includes transcript which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details. The amount of information listed may vary, but most records will include a combination of the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, cemetery, city, county and image link. The indexes will be regularly updated throughout the year.


A new issue of the New York Researcher, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society's (NYG&B) quarterly review, is now available to browse and search. The New York Researcher, formerly the NYG&B Newsletter, has been published by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (NYG&B) since 1970. The colourful quarterly review features instructive articles on genealogical research techniques and New York resources, profiles of repositories and genealogical societies across New York State, program announcements, website news, and book reviews.


Over 5,000 transcription images have been added to our collection of New York State Religious Records 1716-1914. The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society transcribed and published religious records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from dozens of New York State churches of various denominations. These records include images of the transcripts of the original baptism, marriage, and death registers kept by various New York churches. The amount of information listed in each record can vary depending on type. Most will include a combination of names, dates of baptisms, marriages, or deaths, parents’ and witnesses’ names, church name and denomination and lists of church members.


Three brand new titles, from counties Antrim and Down, have been added to our collection of historic Irish newspapers - Larne Times, Newry Reporter and Newry Telegraph. These local publications, covering life in the busy Northern Irish market towns from 1829 all the way up to 1955, could reveal fascinating details about your ancestors and their local community.

7 existing titles have been given extra articles and date coverage including over 2.1 million new articles have been added to Northern Whig and over 400,000 additional articles have joined both Derry Journal and Dublin Daily Express. The date range of the complete Irish newspaper collection now covers 247 years of Irish history from 1708 all the way up to 1955.


London, Westminster Marylebone Census 1821 & 1831 contains over 22,000 census results covering Marylebone in the City of Westminster. Each record consists of a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will list your ancestors name, address, parish and the year the record was taken. Images can contain a variety of additional details. These early nineteenth century census records did not record the same amount of information that we are familiar with in more recent censuses but the details that were recorded can reveal a lot about your ancestor’s home. You can discover your ancestor’s field of employment and how many servants were employed in the home.


Over 20,000 records have been added to our collection of British Royal Navy Seamen records. The records will reveal details of your ancestor’s career such as when they served and on what ship. This can help you to determine what engagements or naval battles they took part in. Most will also include a physical description listing their height, eye and hair colour, and any distinguishable such as scars or tattoos. Your ancestor’s character during service is recorded and, if they were killed or died during service, most records will include a cause of death.

Each record contains an image and transcript of a Royal Navy Seaman's service record from The National Archives ADM188 series.

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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