Genealogy news round-up: Mocavo records to join Findmypast

By Jon Bauckham, 28 January 2016 - 5:52pm

Plus: Findmypast adds Phillimore marriages; New Australian records hit Ancestry; British Newspaper Archive reaches milestone

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Free books website Mocavo first joined the Findmypast family of websites in 2014

US genealogy website Mocavo is to be incorporated into Findmypast over the coming months. While material from Mocavo will still be freely accessible under its ‘Free Forever’ promise, the development means that Findmypast users will be able access it without having to leave the platform. The news comes nearly two years after Findmypast’s parent company – then known as DC Thomson Family History – acquired Mocavo for an undisclosed sum. Find out more here.
 

Phillimore marriages added to Findmypast

Findmypast has also released more than 200 volumes of parish marriage records from across England. Covering the period 1531-1913, the material was originally published in print by Phillimore & Co. Ltd. Each entry in the collection includes a PDF of the original Phillimore marriage register page, which will generally list the bride and groom and the date of their union. Search here (requires subscription or credits).
 

New Australian records hit Ancestry

Ancestry has added a large number of Australian records to its collections. The latest additions include a set of immigration indexes, showing the names of new arrivals in Queensland between 1848 and 1972, plus a series of police gazettes from the state of Victoria. Published between 1914 and 1924, the latter records were circulated among police forces to help them track down wanted criminals and missing persons. See a full list of the new record sets here.
 

British Newspaper Archive project reaches milestone

The British Newspaper Archive has reached a new milestone in its plan to digitise 40 million pages of historic newspapers. As highlighted by genealogist and blogger Chris Paton, the website’s stats now show that over 13 million pages have been scanned and made viewable online – just under a third of the final target. The original records are held in a state-of-the-art storage centre in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, having moved from the former British Library Newspapers facility in Colindale, North London.
 

WW2 projects receive Heritage Lottery Fund grants

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded more than £6 million to projects aiming to commemorate one of the Second World War's most crucial missions. Both the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth (£3.8 million) and the new International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln (£3 million) will use the money to help preserve their collections and share stories relating to the Normandy Landings, which marked the start of the Allied invasion of Europe in June 1944. The D-Day Museum will close for refurbishment in October 2016 and reopen towards the end of 2017, while the International Bomber Command Centre is scheduled to open its doors for the first time in the same year.

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