Friday, August 12, 2016

New records available to search this Findmypast Friday August 12, 2016


Over 440,100 new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:


Explore over 201,000 records to find out where your ancestor lived and who they were living with. The records consist of original collector’s books held by the State Records Authority of New South Wales. The 1891 census was conducted on 5th April 1891 and the collectors’ books are the only surviving documents. While they provide less detail than a full census would, they can still be a useful aid to historians and genealogists alike in placing people at a specific moment in time.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and image of the original collector’s books from the 1891 census. Original images may provide you with additional details, such as the number of individuals living in the same household or the number of residents who were Aboriginal or Chinese.


A new browse function has been added to our collection of Staffordshire Parish records allowing you to pour through more than 370,000 full colour images of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials from Staffordshire parish registers. These records date back centuries before civil registration started in England.


Over 113,000 records have just been added to our collection of Staffordshire Parish Baptisms. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material that states the date and place an individual was baptised into a church. The information listed will depend on the date, but each record typically lists an individual’s name, religious denomination, the date and location of their baptism. The parents of the person baptised are often named, which can prove a crucial link to previous generations. Some of the more recent records list the date of birth, mother’s maiden name, the father’s occupation and the name of the officiating minister.

Staffordshire baptisms now contains over 1,931,000 records and covers the years 1538 and 1900


Over 4,500 records have been added to our collection of Staffordshire Banns. Banns of marriage are an ancient legal tradition, where a couple’s intention to marry would be publically announced at their parish church, providing an opportunity for anybody to put forward a legal or religious objection to the marriage taking place. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material. Banns normally list the full names of the bride and groom, their places of residence, the date of banns and the date of marriage. Some records also include the couple’s previous marital status, the name of the officiating minister and the dates of the three Sundays on which the banns were read.

Staffordshire banns now contains over 296,583 records and covers the years 1653 and 1900.


Over 51,996 records have also been added to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. Some of the earlier records in this set contain the details of marriages that took place as early as 1538, a number of which are written in Latin. Each record includes a transcript and scanned colour image of the original source material. The amount of information included can vary, but the records usually contain the full names of the bride and groom, their religious denomination, their ages, home parishes and the date of their wedding. In some cases the records can also include the names of any witnesses (often family members), the names and occupations of the bride’s and groom’s parents, the occupation of the groom, the couple’s previous marital condition and the name of the officiating minister.

Staffordshire banns now contains over 981,000 records and covers the years 1754 and 1900.
Staffordshire Burials

Over 62,000 records have been added to our collection of Staffordshire parish registers. These burial records can reveal surprising amounts of biographical information about your ancestor such as their date of death, previous residence, their status at birth, previous occupation or rank, marital status and age at death, their religious denomination and occasionally their cause of death and the details of living relatives. They also include details of their burial itself such as the date, place and if they were buried in un-consecrated ground.

Staffordshire burials now contains over 1,238,000 records and covers the years 1538 and 1959.


Six fascinating publications containing more than 4,600 records have been added to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records. The new additions include a statistical account of the parish of Dundee, a history of the Highland clans & regiments, a history of social life in Scotland and the histories of the Duff and Leslie family names.

Scotland Registers & Records now contains images taken from 21 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.

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