Genealogy news round-up: British Newspaper Archive adds 2.9 million new articles

By Jon Bauckham, 23 June 2016 - 4:53pm

Plus: Gloucestershire prison registers go online; Deceased Online publishes Calderdale burials; Societies honour Irish genealogist; DNA results resolve baronetcy dispute

Over 2.9 million historic newspaper articles have been uploaded to the British Newspaper Archive.

The collection – also available to search via Findmypast – now provides access to digitised copies of 13 additional publications, including the Kirkintilloch Gazette (1898-1838) and the Cornish Telegraph (1887-1888).

Several existing titles within the database have also been updated, with over 126,000 new articles from the Coventry Evening Telegraph and 163,000 from the Rochdale Observer now available for users to explore.

Gloucestershire prison registers go online

Thousands of criminal records held by Gloucestershire Archives have been made available online for the first time.

Released on Monday (20 June), Ancestry's new Gloucestershire Prison Registers set provides details of felons who found themselves behind bars between 1728 and 1914.

The site has also released a tranche of electoral registers spanning the years 1832-1974, along with Land Tax records from 1713-1833.

Deceased Online publishes Calderdale burials

Over 200,000 burial and cremation records from West Yorkshire have been published on Deceased Online.

Spanning 1861-1996, the tranche covers all six cemeteries owned by Calderdale Council, as well as Park Wood Crematorium in Elland. Searching the database is free, but a subscription or pay-per-view credits are required in order to view scans of the original documents.

Read more about the records here.

Societies honour late Irish genealogist

Two family history societies joined forces earlier this month to pay tribute to a leading Irish genealogist.

On Saturday 18 June, the North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) made a posthumous presentation to the family of former president Randal Gill, to mark his election as a Fellow of the Irish Genealogical Research Society.

Gill, who passed away in 2012, had been a member of both organisations for more than three decades and is credited with making the NIFHS Library and Research Centre in Newtownabbey of the most comprehensive resources for Ulster genealogy and local history.

Find out more here.

DNA results resolves Scottish baronetcy dispute

An accountant from Buckinghamshire won a legal battle enabling him to inherit a Scottish baronetcy.

On Monday (20 June), the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council ruled that 74-year-old Murray Pringle was the rightful Baronet of Stichill after DNA testing proved that the title’s current holder – Simon Pringle – was descended from an illegitimate male line.

Read the full story here.

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