Genealogy news roundup: 2.7 million 1935 Scottish valuation roll records go online

By Rosemary Collins, 12 October 2017 - 1:06pm

Plus: GRO launches new pilot for PDF birth and death records; Thousands of Catholic records available in new database; Plans submitted for Suffolk archives facility

Valuation roll for the Burgh of Perth, 1935

Valuation rolls showing who owned, rented and occupied property in Scotland in 1935 have now gone online.

The new set of records is available on ScotlandsPeople and contains more than 2.7 million names and addresses.

The transcribed records also contain additional information such as the annual rent residents paid.

They are a good substitute for census records, which cannot be made available to the public until 100 years have passed.

2.7 million 1935 Scottish valuation roll records go online


GRO launches new pilot for PDF birth and death records

The General Register Office (GRO) is again piloting a scheme where researchers can order birth and death records as a PDF.

From today (12 October), the digital records will be available to order via the GRO website for £6 each for a period of three months.

The PDF scheme provides a cheaper alternative to ordering print certificates, which cost £9.25 each or £23.40 for priority certificates.

Sarah Williams, editor of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine said, "This new pilot will be welcomed by family historians who will now be able to find out crucial details about births and deaths at a much more affordable price".

GRO launches new pilot for PDF birth and death records


Thousands of Catholic records available in new database

A new database listing over a quarter of a million English Roman Catholics has been created by the Catholic Family History Society (CFHS).

The Margaret Higgins Database is compiled by an Australian monk, Brother Rory Higgins FSC, and named after his mother.

It holds indexed records of 275,000 people living between 1607 and 1840.

The database brings together original, printed and published material for the first time, and was launched at a CFHS seminar in London on 7 October.

Thousands of Catholic records available in new database


Plans submitted for new Suffolk archives facility

Plans for a new £17m heritage centre to house Suffolk Record Office have been submitted to the county council.

The new facility, called The Hold, will be located in the University of Suffolk on Ipswich waterfront and feature a double height search room, a lecture hall, seminar rooms, and a learning centre, as well as a café and retail and exhibition space.

In July 2015 Suffolk County Council approved investment of £5 million in The Hold, which will replace the existing facilities on Gatacre Road. In May 2016 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) granted initial approval to an application for funding, with a development grant of £538,000.

The plans for The Hold are available to view on Suffolk county council’s website until 2 November, and a 3D model will be on display in the foyer of the university’s Waterfront Building.


Findmypast adds Warwickshire bastardy indexes

Findmypast has continued its addition of Warwickshire records by releasing a set of bastardy indexes.

Compiled by Warwickshire County Record Office from the original registers, the records date from 1844 to 1914 and contain over 5,000 names.

At the time of these records, bastardy cases, where mothers of illegitimate children would try to prove their child’s paternity to receive financial support from the father, were held in the petty session.

These records do not contain the child’s name, but they do contain the mother’s name, the date, the child’s sex and in some cases birth year, the petty session division, the outcome of the case and in many instances the name of the putative father.


British Newspaper Archive adds two new papers

Two local papers from England have now been digitised on the British Newspaper Archive (BNA).

The subscription website added 3,298 pages of the Darlington & Stockton Times, Ripon & Richmond Chronicle, dating from the paper’s launch in 1847 to 1894.

Once digitisation is complete, the BNA will have all issues of the paper up to 1911.

In addition, it added 4,598 pages of the Hants and Berks Gazette and Middlesex and Surrey Journal from 1892 to 1902, which will eventually be expanded to include 1878-1910.


The National Archives bans large luggage for security reasons

Researchers visiting The National Archives (TNA) will not be allowed to bring large suitcases, bags and other items into the building for safety and security reasons.

The London-based archive service announced that the new rules, which are in line with other institutions in the capital, will come into effect from 14 November.

Visitors will not be allowed to bring items which cannot fit into TNA’s lockers, which can accommodate items with a maximum size of 43 cm x 42 cm x 24 cm.

The ban does not include pushchairs or baby buggies.


FamilySearch announces 2017 Worldwide Indexing Event

Volunteers from around the world are invited to take part in this year’s Worldwide Indexing Event, organised by free family history website FamilySearch.

The event, in which volunteers enter information from digitally scanned historic documents into an online database using their home computers, will take place from 20 to 22 October.

During the 2016 event, over 100,000 volunteers indexed more than 10 million records.

Volunteers with non-English language skills are particularly encouraged to take part. The event will be available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Polish, Swedish, and Dutch.


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