Friday, October 14, 2016

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, October 14, 2016

Over 2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

The Ontario Birth Index is comprised of a massive 1.7 million civil registration records. Civil registration in Canada is the responsibility of the individual provinces and territories and did not become a standard practice until the late 1800s.

Each record contains both a transcript and an image of the original document. Each transcript will reveal your ancestor's date of birth, place of birth parent's names and registration details. These records provide a valuable link to the previous generation and images may include additional information such as parents' occupations, where the parents were married, the name of the attending physician, address of residence, where specifically the child was born, and any additional remarks.

New Brunswick Birth and Baptism Index contains over 25,000 transcripts of civil registration records. Each record will include your ancestor's birth year, birth place and parent's names. The records will also provide you with the information you need to order a copy of an official birth certificate through Service New Brunswick at

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions Index contains over 227,000 records and covers 209 burial grounds across 14 Scottish counties including the Isle of Skye. In each record, you will be provided with your ancestor's full name (including maiden names), birth year, death year and burial ground.

The Deeds Index 1769 consists of over 1,000 transcripts, each containing an index of the details found in minute books kept by the Court of Session, Scotland's supreme civil court. The collection contains a variety of different types of deeds including, assignations, discharges, bonds, obligations, protests and leases. Each transcript will reveal the type of deed, the date it was recorded and the two parties named in the original court document, their addresses, and occupations.

Containing over 25,000 records, Scotland, Paternity Decrees 1750-1922 allows you to find out your ancestor involved in a paternity dispute that appeared before Scotland's Sheriff Court. These records will help you identify illegitimate ancestors and break down brick walls. You will find cases from jurisdictions across Scotland such as Kirkcudbrightshire, Lanarkshire, Midlothian, Roxburghshire and more.

Each record will reveal the date of birth and sex of the child whose paternity is in question as well as the name, occupation and residence of both the pursuer and defender.

Learn more about your Scottish ancestors with the new pre-1841 Censuses and Population Lists, a collection over 3,500 early census fragments and parish lists from Jedburgh, Greenlaw, Ladykirk, Melrose, Applegarth, and Sibbaldbie. Most of the censuses and parish lists were created by parish Kirk Sessions, the lowest of the church courts in the Presbyterian Church. Until 1845, these courts were responsible for governing the local parish and oversaw parish relief. It was in their interest to keep up-to-date lists of the parish residents, their occupations, and, in some cases, their birth places.

The details recorded in each transcript will vary although most will include a combination of your ancestor's birth place, occupation, address and an archival reference that you can use to access the original material held by the National Records of Scotland.

Over 1,700 records have been added to our collection of Scotland Registers & Records. The new additions include Written Histories of the Highland Clans & Highland Regiments.

Scotland Registers & Records now contains images taken from 22 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.