What are this month's new online family history records?

By Rosemary Collins, 11 October 2018 - 1:09pm

We take a look at the latest family history records to go online, including Kent and Welsh parish records, school registers and more

Canterbury Cathedral family history records
Canterbury Cathedral, 1883. Findmypast's latest records include Canterbury Archdeaconry Registers (Credit: De Agostini Editorial/Getty)

Tracing your family history has become easier than ever as more and more records are being released online. We've put together a handy guide to help you discover the newest datasets for tracing your ancestors.

This month, we've got parish records from Kent and Wales, school registers and more.

 

Findmypast

What's been added?

Findmypast has added over 464,000 baptisms, 29,000 banns, 5,000 marriages and 16,000 burials to its Kent parish records collection. They cover the parishes of Burham, Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Gravesend, Halling, Hawkhurst, Higham, Kilndown, Lydd, Maidstone, New Romney, Tudeley with Capel and Walmer and date from 1538 to 1988.

The website also added new Kent parish records to a separate collection taken from the Canterbury Archdeaconry Registers. They consist of over 3,000 baptisms, 400 banns, 3,000 marriages and 17,000 burials from Hythe, Paddlesworth, Sandgate and Westgate on Sea, dating from 1813 to 2001.

In addition, Findmypast published a new Kent collection - over 111,000 1835-1841 Poor Law union records. They record life in the workhouses of 24 different Poor Law unions in Kent.

Separately, the website added over 921,000 Welsh parish records.

What can they tell you?

Parish records can potentially help you find your ancestor's date and place of birth, marriage and burial, and their spouse's name in the case of marriages. Some of the baptism records also list the parents' names.

The Poor Law union records include Admission and Discharge Registers, Court of the Guardians records, relief lists and birth, baptism, death and burial records for workhouse inmates.

The Kent records in these collections are just transcripts, but the Welsh records include digital images of the originals, which sometimes contain further information.

Where do the records come from?

The Kent parish records are taken from Kent Family History Society transcripts. The archdeaconry register records are provided in association with Canterbury Cathedral Archives. The Welsh parish records are provided through agreements with the National Library of Wales and the Welsh County Archivists Group.

 

FamilySearch

What's been added?

FamilySearch has added 3,860,310 records to England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957; 17,927 to Devon and Cornwall Marriages, 1660-1912; and 987,286 to Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913.

What can they tell you?

The wills index lists each person's date of death and probate and sometimes where the will was registered or names of beneficiaries.

The Irish civil registration records include births, marriages and deaths.

The records are transcripts apart from the Devon and Cornwall marriages, which are accompanied by parish register images.

Where do the records come from?

The National Probate Calendar for England and Wales was compiled from 1858, when the state took over responsibility for proving wills from the French authorities. It is also available on Ancestry, but FamilySearch is free. The complete calendar can be accessed through the government's Find a Will service. However, this is harder to search - you need to enter your ancestor's surname and year of death and scroll through to find the probate entry.

The Devon and Cornwall marriages are a unique collection from the Devon Record Office. Some of the Irish civil registration records are also available on Ancestry, but again by subscription only.

 

TheGenealogist

What's been added?

TheGenealogist has added 28 additional school registers to its educational records collection. The registers vary by school but the earliest date to 1284 (at Peterhouse School) and the latest to 1939 (at St Edwards School), with the rest mainly covering the 19th and early 20th centuries. TheGenealogist doesn't give an exact number but says they contain "tens of thousands" of records. They include private schools in England, Wales, Scotland and New Zealand.

What can they tell you?

The records have not been transcribed but include searchable digitised entries from the registers. Potential information includes the date your ancestor left school, the awards they received, their date and place of birth, their father's name and address and their later job.

Where do the records come from?

They are searchable versions of records previously published in book form.

 

Other records

Dutch website Open Archieven (Open Archives) has announced that it has passed 200 million entries, making it the largest genealogical source in the Netherlands. The website contains free indexed data, although some of the further information is in Dutch. Sources include civil registry, baptism, marriage and burial registers, notarial deeds, militia registers and personnel administrations, as well as prayer card and family message collections from local history and genealogical societies.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering a new record set (only available to society members): Marriage Manuscript of Clarence A. Torrey, 1583-1700. The index compiles approximately 37,000 known or presumed New England marriages before 1700, arranged alphabetically by groom.

A new database has launched of radical pamphlets in Stuart England before the outbreak of the Civil War. It includes details of the authors and the archives where the pamphlets are held, and in some cases images and transcriptions. It might be worth a look if you've traced a pamphleteer ancestor!

 

 

 

 

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