Genealogy news round-up: Ancestry adds 400,000 London records

By Jon Bauckham, 19 January 2017 - 6:08pm

Plus: East India Company files revealed; Success for first Transcription Tuesday event; Findmypast releases Methodist records; New additions to British Newspaper Archive; Plymouth History Centre work begins

London Stock Exchange
Men trade government bonds at Capel Court, where the London Stock Exchange was based between 1802 and 1972 (Credit: Getty Images)

An array of London records has been made available to explore on Ancestry.

Digitised from original material held by London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library, the largest of the three new sets added to the site is the Stock Exchange Applications for Membership collection.

Containing over 250,000 records, the set provides the names, ages and addresses (both home and office) of people who applied to join the London Stock Exchange between 1802 and 1924.

Ancestry has also uploaded a collection of Middlesex Gamekeepers’ Licences spanning 1727-1839, as well as records relating to seamen who started their careers on board the training ship TS Exmouth (moored in the Thames Estuary) between 1876 and 1918.

Find out more and search the new collections here (requires subscription).

East India Company files revealed

Academic digital publisher Adam Matthew has announced the publication of a large body of East India Company records taken from the India Office collection at the British Library.

The records form the first of three tranches that will be released over the next three years and include minutes and memoranda, correspondence and legal documents.

Much of the collection is searchable (although this does not include names in manuscript documents), but, if your ancestor played an important part in the company, the site will also group documents that relate to their office.

Penny Brook, head of India Office records at the British Library said:

“The archives record the history of Britain as trade and empire permeated our society, and encompass all manner of historical themes, and record the experiences of the many people whose lives were touched by the activities of the Company and the India Office.

“The content of this multi-module project constitutes the 'backbone' of the Company’s extensive records.”

The records will only be available at academic libraries and institutions that subscribe to the dataset, although students and researchers can ask their library to request a free trial.

Success for first Transcription Tuesday event

Hundreds of family historians participated in Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine’s very first Transcription Tuesday event on 17 January.

The occasion, intended to raise awareness of volunteer transcription projects, saw 329 readers sign up to help one of six ‘crowdsourcing’ initiatives chosen by the Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine editorial team.

Read the full news story here.

Findmypast releases Methodist records

Researchers with Methodist kin could break down brick walls with help from two new collections published on Findmypast.

Containing more than 64,000 records in total, the website’s new Yorkshire & Derbyshire Methodist collections provide details of baptisms and marriages within the nonconformist faith dating back to the 18th century.

Covering Methodist churches in the Sheffield area on either side of the South Yorkshire/Derbyshire border, the records within the collection were transcribed by members of Sheffield & District Family History Society.

Search here (requires credits or subscription).

New additions to the British Newspaper Archive

Two brand-new titles have been made available for researchers to explore on the British Newspaper Archive.

Representing over 16,000 pages in total, the site now offers users the chance to explore copies of the Bournemouth Daily Echo from 1903-1905 and Ireland's Longford Journal, covering 1839-1914. 

The same newspapers can also be accessed via a subscription to Findmypast.

Plymouth History Centre work begins

Construction work on Plymouth’s £34 million History Centre is now officially underway.

Councillor Sam Davey, the city’s Deputy Lord Mayor, broke ground with a spade on Tuesday (17 January) in a ceremony attended by representatives from Plymouth City Council, building firm Willmott Dixon and other key stakeholders.

The state-of-the-art facility will incorporate a museum, library and archive centre, and is set to open in 2020 in time for the Mayflower 400 celebrations.

Read the full story here.  

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