Genealogy news roundup: Ancestry adds Irish Poor Law removal records

By Rosemary Collins, 12 June 2017 - 10:40am

Plus: Oxford University launches crowdfunding project to digitise First World War memories; FindMyPast adds over 20,000 Surrey institutional records; Council to go ahead with building over war graves

The records list people who were removed from their parish to Ireland

Records of over a thousand Irish people who were displaced from parishes in England in 1859-1860 are now available for Ancestry users to search.

Under the 1662 Act of Settlement, parishes in the United Kingdom could issue Removal Orders to poor persons who were deemed to have no right of settlement in the parish, and so no right to parish aid. They would be removed to their parish of legal settlement by force, with Irish-born individuals being sent back to Ireland.

The new Ancestry dataset, ‘Ireland, Poor Law Union Removals From England, 1859-1860’, includes digitised images of 1,898 records. They show the name of the head of household, their place of birth, the numbers of adults and children included in the warrant, the parish they were removed from, their destination port and any money they received.

Ancestry has also digitised a list of 13,265 school masters and mistresses from the 1826 report of the Irish Education Inquiry, including information such as their name and the location of the school in which they taught.

Oxford University launches crowdfunding project to digitise First World War memories

Oxford University has announced a crowdfunding campaign for Lest We Forget, a project to help communities preserve memorabilia and personal accounts of the First World War digitally.

Lest We Forget has set a target of raising £40,000 by 5 July. If it is successful, it will roll out its digital champions training programme and digitisation events in the autumn.

The aim of the project is to help local communities digitise First World War photographs, diaries, letters, mementos, and family memories and oral histories, to commemorate the war before it slips from living memory.

To read our full news story, click here.

Findmypast adds over 200,000 Surrey institutional records

Indexes to over 200,000 records from institutions in Surrey including poor law unions, workhouses, schools, infirmaries and gaols, dating from 1788 to 1939, have been added to Findmypast.

The collection, from Surrey History Centre, covers 16 different institutions and may allow insights into your ancestor’s life such as their dates of birth and death and how and why they needed assistance from their parish.

The record sets include the records for the poor law unions at Chertsey (1894-1910), Dorking (1837-1847), Godstone (1869-1915) and Richmond (1870-1911); records of institutes for destitute children such as Reed’s School in Cobham, Mayford Industrial School and the Princess Mary Village Homes; and records of births and deaths at Guildford Workhouse and Infirmary.

Among other recent record acquisitions, Findmypast has now added over 5.1 million new records to its collection of United States World War 1 Draft Registration Cards, completing the collection with 25 million images and records. The cards are also available on FamilySearch.

Council to go ahead with building over war graves

Southwark Council has announced it will go ahead with plans to develop new burial plots in an area of Camberwell Old Cemetery where unmarked war graves are located.

The site, known as Area Z, holds 48 of the cemetery’s 131 unmarked graves of men and women who died in active service during the First World War.

The council insisted it was “absolutely committed to honouring all war graves” and was working with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to ensure that all the graves either received a headstone or were added to existing war memorials in the cemetery.

A local group, Friends of Camberwell Cemeteries, is campaigning for the council to stop the development and turn the cemeteries into nature reserves.

MyHeritage announces new DNA ethnicity analysis

MyHeritage DNA users can now trace their origins to 42 different ethnic groups with a free new analysis tool.

The new and improved Ethnicity Estimate raises the number of ethnic regions covered by MyHeritage DNA from 36 to 42, more than any other major DNA company.

MyHeritage allows users who have tested their DNA already with another service to upload their data and receive DNA Matches for free. From 1 June, users who have already uploaded their DNA data to MyHeritage, or who will upload it in the coming months, will also receive the new Ethnicity Estimate for free.

To read our full news story, click here.

TheGenealogist adds 1920s passenger lists

Over four and a half million records of sea voyages in the 1920s have now been added to TheGenealogist’s set of Immigration, Emigration and Travel records.

The new collection includes indexes and images of passenger lists for voyages from UK ports between 1920 and 1929, to destinations including the USA, Canada, India, New Zealand and Australia. It features details such as their name, age, profession, last address in the UK, country of intended future residence, and whether they were travelling first, second or third class.

The records are from the BT27 (Board of Trade, Series 27) passenger lists, which date from 1890 to 1960. They are also available to search on Findmypast and Ancestry.

Famous people who can be found in the records include a young Douglas Fairbanks, who grew up to be a silent film star; suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst; and former prime minister David Lloyd George.

New Irish records available to search

RootsIreland has added transcripts of thousands of baptism, marriage, residence and death records from two Irish counties.

The subscription Irish genealogy website has put transcripts of 24,838 new records on its Kildare Genealogy database.

The new records consist of 1827-1899 baptisms and marriages in Narraghmore Roman Catholic parish, 1903-1912 deaths in Kill Roman Catholic parish, and various graveyard inscriptions.

RootsIreland has also added transcripts of over 32,000 records to its Galway East Family History Society database, including non-Catholic marriages from 1845-1955 in 12 different parishes; the 1889 Woodford Parish Census; and 1823-1850 tithe applotment books in 59 parishes.

Blog: WDYTYA? Magazine seeks owner of mystery folder

At Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, we were very sad to have to announce last month that Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, the UK’s largest family history event, was to come to a close after ten years.

Now the show has thrown up one final mystery. While clearing out the WDYTYA? LIVE lost property, we found a folder of family history research.

We’re hoping our readers can help track down the original owner, who must have lost their folder at the show.

To read our blog post, click here.

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