Genealogy news roundup: Ancestry publishes Metropolitan Police pension records

By Editor, 6 April 2017 - 5:27pm

Plus: TheGenealogist releases British in India collection; Findmypast unveils 'Six Counties in Six Months' project; Methodist Heritage seeks volunteer transcribers

Ancestry has launched its new Metropolitan Police collection at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE (Credit: Sarah Williams)

Nearly 70,000 Metropolitan Police pension records have been added to Ancestry.

Launched at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE earlier today (6 April), the latest collection to be added to the website spans 1852-1932 and features scans of original records held by The National Archives.

Among the papers are entries for notable detectives, including some of the senior members of the Jack the Ripper investigation unit. Frederick Abberline, chief inspector on the case, resigned in 1892 aged 49 with an annual pension of £206, 13 shillings and four pence.

Generally the registers will reveal information about the officer's length of service, whether he retired or was discharged, his pension amount and who his next of kin were. Other details may include place of birth, marital status and parents, and from 1923 birth and marriage details of the spouse are also included.

TheGenealogist releases British in India Collection and Hampshire and Durham parish records

TheGenealogist announced the launch of a new collection covering the lives of Britons in colonial India at today’s Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE event. Subscribers can view photographs, parish records, headstone records, army and civil service lists, East India registers and war memorials dating from the early 1800s to the 1920s.

At the same event, TheGenealogist released the parish records of more than 2.5 million people in two major English counties. The latest release features records of 886,616 baptisms, marriages and burials in Hampshire and 1,697,206 in Durham, dating between 1538 and 1940.

Findmypast unveils 'Six Counties in Six Months' initiative

Family history website Findmypast has announced the launch of its new 'Six Counties in Six Months' initiative, which will see parish records from six counties across England revealed online during the remainder of 2017.

Beginning today with the publication of five million records from Wiltshire, Findmypast users will eventually have access to additional material from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset and Warwickshire by the autumn.

Findmypast is also due to add a batch of Scottish records to its Catholic Heritage Archive, featuring baptism, burial, marriage and congregation records from across all eight Catholic dioceses in Scotland, dating as far back as 1730.

Methodist Heritage seeks volunteer transcribers

Methodist Heritage is seeking volunteers to transcribe letters testifying to the earliest years of the faith. Members of the faith sent the letters to Charles Wesley, who had requested testimonies that could be shared to exhort others to join Methodism, from the 1730s-1780s.

Unusually, many of the letters are written by women, and they offer a glimpse of the first Methodists’ religious faith and visions. The 153 letters are held in the Methodist Archives and Research Centre at the John Rylands Library in Manchester.

PDFs are available online, but Methodist Heritage and the John Rylands Library are seeking volunteers to transcribe the documents, making them easier to read.

There’s plenty of opportunities to get involved, with at least three transcripts needed for each letter. To find out how to volunteer, click here.

FACHRS to study nonconformists and rural policemen

Members of the Family and Community Historic Research Society (FACHRS) have begun their 2017 research projects, ‘Communities of Dissent’ and ‘Victorian Rural Policemen’.

‘Communities of Dissent’ is based on collaboration between academic investigators and non-academic partners and will look at the important role of nonconformist religion in English and Welsh communities between 1850 and 1939.

In Phase One of the project, from January to September 2017, researchers will make a record of nonconformist buildings, such as chapels, Sunday schools and ministers’ houses, in their area.

In Phase Two, between October 2017 and December 2018, researchers will take an in-depth look at issues including the relationship between religious dissent and political behaviour, nonconformist social structures and the role of nonconformist women.

For the ‘Victorian Rural Policemen’ mini-project, society members will be assigned a policeman from their local area to carry out research on.

Words: Rosemary Collins

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