Genealogy news round-up: Over 1.2 million German records join FamilySearch

By Jon Bauckham, 3 November 2016 - 5:15pm

Plus: FIBIS chairman steps down after 15 years; Forces War Records creates Dedication Wall; Findmypast adds Surrey monumental inscriptions; Historic England seeks war memorial help

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Kindleinsmarkt, Nuremberg, depicted in a wood engraving from the 19th century (Credit: Getty Images)

A free index to over 1.2 million German civil registration records has been made available to explore on FamilySearch.

Released in partnership with Stadtarchiv Nürnberg, the resource provides details of births, marriages and deaths in the city of Nuremberg, Bavaria, between 1803 and 1886.

The entries not only reveal the date on which the event took place, but can also provide information about family members and the religion of the individual concerned.

To search the Nuremberg collection click here. For details of the other material published on FamilySearch this week – including death records from Kentucky, Oregon and Tennessee – click here.
 

FIBIS chairman steps down after 15 years

The long-serving chairman of the Families of British India Society (FIBIS) has stood down from his post.

Peter Bailey, who was appointed 15 years ago, was officially replaced by Pat Scully at the FIBIS annual general meeting in London on Saturday 29 October.

Although Mr Bailey still plans to give talks and play an active role in the society, the organisation says it hopes that the former chairman will now have “more free time to enjoy with his family.”

Read the full story here.
 

Forces War Records creates Dedication Wall

Military genealogy website Forces War Records has created an online ‘Dedication Wall’ to mark this year’s Remembrance commemorations.

Launched on Monday (31 November), the interactive resource enables users to upload a photograph of their military forebear, along with a short description.

Subscribers can click through from the tribute to search for historic records relating to the individual, and also share the post on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Dozens of names have already been added to the wall, which can be viewed by clicking here.
 

Findmypast adds Surrey monumental inscriptions

Over 30 volumes of Surrey monumental inscriptions have been made available to browse on Findmypast.

Indexed according to surname, the handwritten record set can reveal an individual’s date of death, parish of residence, and the names of any other people buried in the same plot.

Explore the records here (requires subscription or credits).
 

Historic England seeks war memorial help

Historic England has launched a fresh bid to save the nation’s war memorials.

In the run-up to Remembrance Weekend, the heritage body is asking members of the public to check whether monuments in their local area appear on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE).

Although most war memorials are protected by the scheme, people are urged to submit official listing applications for those that may have gone under the radar.

To find out more, click here.

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