Genealogy news round-up: ScotlandsPeople adds new BMD records

By Jon Bauckham, 5 January 2017 - 6:03pm

Plus: Deceased Online releases Highgate burials; Early Irish Indexes reach 250,000 milestone; FIBIS transcribes passenger notices; Findmypast adds dog licence records

A birth record for acclaimed author Jessie Grant Kesson (née McDonald) is one of the 110,000 new birth entries now available to view on ScotlandsPeople

Over 200,000 statutory birth, marriage and death records have been made publicly available on ScotlandsPeople for the first time.

Released earlier today (Thursday 5 January), the tranche includes digital copies of birth entries from 1916, marriage entries from 1941 and death entries from 1966.

Like previous statutory register releases on the site each January, the material had been embargoed due to laws prohibiting the publication of birth, marriage and death records for periods of 100, 75 and 50 years respectively.

However, it is the first such release for ScotlandsPeople since its major revamp in September 2016. While pay-per-view credits are still required to access scans of the full register entries, viewing search results in the index is now free.

“The release of these records give us a richer understanding of Scotland’s story and our people,” said Scotland’s Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

“The marriage certificates from the early '40s in particular provide further insight into the consequences of the Second World War, and how it affected the things we take for granted today.

“No matter where you are in the world, [ScotlandsPeople] means you can instantly find out more about your own personal story.”

Deceased Online releases Highgate burials

Burial registers from one of Britain’s most famous cemeteries have been published on the web for the first time.

Released on Friday 30 December, Deceased Online’s latest collection contains details of all 160,000 burials recorded at Highgate Cemetery in London between 1839 and 2010.

Read the full story here.

Early Irish Indexes reach 250,000 milestone

A trio of resources designed to help genealogists plug gaps in their Irish research have together reached a new milestone.

Following new additions, the Irish Genealogical Research Society’s (IGRS) Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes now boast more than 250,000 entries.

With much of the country’s records destroyed during the Irish War of Independence, the indexes provide crucial information taken from an array of substitute sources.

Around 2,600 of the most recent entries across all three databases have been culled from the British Civil Service Evidence of Age Index, while approximately 3,260 death entries have been lifted from local newspapers.

Find out more and search here.

FIBIS transcribes 1858 passenger notices

Thousands of 19th-century passenger records have been released online thanks to the Families in British India Society (FIBIS).

Led by David Edge, volunteers from the organisation have now successfully transcribed all 5,703 arrival and 3,049 departure notices published in the Times of India in 1858, together providing details of 8,752 passengers.

Importantly for researchers, the entries not only display the name of each passenger, but the name of the ship, type of ship and information about the captain.

Access the records free of charge here.

Findmypast adds 900,000 Irish dog licence records

More than 900,000 new records have been added to Findmypast’s Irish Dog Licence Collection.

Dating back to 1866, the record set provides details of dog owners across all 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland, each of whom were required by law to register their canines with the Government.

As well as listing the sex, breed and colour of each pet, the records also display the owner’s full name and address and the date of the licence.

Search the collection here (requires subscription).

CWGC internship deadline approaches

The application deadline for a new internship programme run by Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) arrives at the end of this month.

Open to the “brightest and best” young people aged 18-25, those hoping for a place on the CWGC Centenary Interns scheme must register their interest online by Friday 20 January.

Once this stage of the process has been completed, full application forms must then be sent to the CWGC by 10pm on Friday 27 January.

Find out more about the programme here.


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