Friday, May 12, 2017

New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, May 5, 2017


A fascinating array of over 290,000 records from the City of York are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;


Search over 73,000 records spanning 658 years of York history to find out if your ancestor was a freeman of the City or trained as an apprentice. Each record includes both a fully searchable transcript and a scanned image of the original handwritten document that will allow you to discover your ancestor's birth date, baptism place, occupation, residence, employer, father's name and more.


Explore over 24,000 records of prisoners held at York Castle. Each record includes both a fully searchable transcript and a scanned image of the original handwritten document. Transcripts will usually reveal your ancestor's date of arrest, where & when they were tried, their age and address. Images will often provide additional information about your ancestor including details surrounding their offence, sentencing and details of their victim.


Search over 16,000 tax records covering the city and Ainsty of York. These records will allow you to gain insight into your ancestor's living conditions and wealth by discovering how many hearths and windows their dwelling had.


Explore over 16,000 fascinating Muster Rolls dating back to the reign of Henry VIII to see if your ancestor served in the York militia. During the 16th & 17th centuries, the militia was an important institution in English life and every parish was required to furnish a quota of eligible men. Likewise, each household was assessed for the purpose of finding weapons, armour, horses, or their financial equivalent, according to their status. These records list the names of eligible men, their occupations, ages and, in some cases the equipment they possessed.


Search over 26,000 deeds records to find out if your ancestor owned, sold or bought property in York. Each record will reveal the date of the event that was recorded, the location of the property and the name and occupation of the owner. Images will often include additional details pertaining to the indenture, or land transaction, such as names of buyers and sellers and specific details of the property.


Over 19,000 images and 48 brand new directories covering the City of York have been added to our collection of Directories & Almanacs. The collection allows you to explore hundreds of volumes of fascinating documents ranging from trade directories and county guides to almanacs and general directories, records that can provide unique insights into how your ancestors lived.


Over 39,000 records covering the City of York have been added to our collection of England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932. Electoral registers were taken every year (in some cases twice a year) and are an invaluable resource for tracing your ancestors between the census years. You may also discover the history of your own home and names of individuals who lived at your address. Each entry will include an image of the original register and a transcript of the facts listed. Transcripts will list your ancestor's name, the place they registered, the district and the year they were registered. Images will provide additional information such as their address and the type of property they owned or rented.


Over 34,000 York School records have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 collection. The records comprise fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books from the archives. Admission registers provide many useful details for family historians, including your ancestor's birth date, admission year and the school they attended. You may also be able to discover their parents' names, father's occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.