Friday, May 20, 2016

1.4 Million Westminster Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday 20 May 2016

This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of more than 1.4 million historic records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. The release forms the final phase of Findmypast’s Westminster Collection, rich archive of more than 15 million records including bastardy papers, workhouse records, militia records, wills and probate records, constables’ records, census fragments and more.

Consisting of parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials, today’s release includes fully searchable transcripts and beautifully scanned images of original handwritten registers from more than 50 historic Westminster churches including St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul's Covent Garden.

Spanning more than four centuries of the city’s history from 1538 to 1945, the records full of fascinating details of London life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of inhabitants from all walks of life.

Also available to search this week are new additions to our collection Kent, Wills and Probate records, over 13.5 million historic British newspaper archives and a Browse function for our Irish Electoral Registers. We have released over 15 million new records and newspaper articles including:

Over 1,000 new records have just been released in the third phase of our collection of Westminster Baptisms. The records will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date and parents’ names.

Over 272,000 new records have just been added to our collection of Westminster Banns. The records will reveal where and when your Westminster ancestors announced their intention to marry, when they were married and where they lived.

Over 409,000 new marriages covering more than 40 Westminster parishes are now available to search. The records will reveal when your ancestor was born, where they lived, where they were married and to whom.

Discover if your English ancestor was buried in Westminster with over 517,000 new records that reveal when they were born, when they died and where they were laid to rest.

Over 1,600 will abstracts that reveal your ancestor’s occupation, probate date and any other names included in the documents have been added to our Kent Wills & Probate Indexes. The collection consists of four indexes created from probate cases in the English county of Kent from 1328 to 1890. The original probate documents are held at the Kent History & Library Centre.

You can now browse through 26 volumes of British Library Electoral registers to discover your ancestors in an exact location between the census years.

A massive 13.5 million new articles have been added including 13 brand new titles and updates to a further 23 existing newspapers. New titles from across the UK have joined the collection including publications from Cheshire, Essex, Kent, Lancashire, Wiltshire, Yorkshire and several new additions from Scotland.

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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