Genealogy news roundup: Deceased Online adds Oxford burial records

By Rosemary Collins, 9 August 2018 - 1:38pm

Plus: Findmypast releases more 1939 Register records; Ancestry military records free as part of First World War 'Thank You' campaign; Irish Ancestors adds 1799 Carrick-on-Suir census database

War graves in Botley Cemetery Oxford
Botley Cemetery from Oxford includes the graves of 740 servicemen from both World Wars (Credit: Tracy Packer)

A new collection of over 40,000 burial records from three of Oxford's four cemeteries has been released on Deceased Online.

The burial database added 20,837 records from Rose Hill Cemetery and 9,035 from Botley Cemetery covering the years 1894-2016, and 10,586 from Headington Cemetery spanning 1899-2016.

The collection includes digital scans of all burial registers up to 2007 and computerised data from 2007 to 2016, maps showing the section in which the grave is located, and details for each of the graves and their occupants.

The website has also digitised a set of 10,586 records from Headington Cemetery (1899-2016), which it will release on a future date.


Findmypast releases more 1939 Register records

Findmypast has added over 37,000 'open' records to its 1939 Register dataset, bringing the total number of records to over 33.9 million.

The Register was compiled in September 1939 after war was declared in order to have an accurate record of Britain's civilian population to enable issuing of ration books and ID cards, and contains records of over 45 million people.

The records of people younger than 100 who are still alive, or who died after 1991, are redacted to protect their privacy.

Findmypast matches the records with multiple data sources to confirm the date and location of a person's death before releasing the record.


Ancestry military records free as part of First World War 'Thank You' campaign

Family history website Ancestry is offering free access to its collection of over 30 million military records as part of a campaign to commemorate the sacrifices of those who fought in the First World War.

Ancestry is a partner of the Royal British Legion's Thank You campaign, which encourages members of the public and organisations to share how they are saying thank you to First World War soldiers in the 100 days before the centenary of the end of the conflict on 11 November.

As part of the campaign, all Ancestry's UK military records are free to view until midnight on Thursday 9 August.

To highlight the need to increase public understanding of the war, Ancestry also released the results of a survey of 2,000 British adults, which found that 25% didn't know the dates of the 1914-1918 conflict and 32% didn't know whether anyone from their family was involved.


Irish Ancestors adds 1799 Carrick-on-Suir census database

The 1799 census of the town of Carrick-on-Suir in County Tipperary is available for the first time as a database on Irish Ancestors, the website of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS).

The census was compiled by Lieutenant-Colonel William Morton Pitt of the Dorset Militia and contains data on 1,738 homes and 10,907 individuals, including their sex, age, occupation, religion, address and, where relevant, marital status.

The full database is available to IGRS members, while non-members can carry out a surname search.

Stephen Smyrl, chair of the IGRS, called the census "a rarity that needs to be carefully preserved and given the widest possible public exposure", since most of the census data from 19th century Ireland has been lost.


Historic England lists forgotten memorials following public recommendations

Memorials telling forgotten stories from England's history have been awarded listed status following a campaign by Historic England to get the public to share their recommendations.

As part of its Immortalised season, Historic England encouraged members of the public to submit photographs and stories of their lesser-known local monuments, street shrines and community tributes.

On 30 July, Historic England announced that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport had awarded listed status to seven of these memorials, with more to be announced.

Among the newly listed memorials are the Preston Abstinence Memorial, which commemorates the success of the teetotal movement, and the Bristol gravestone of Mary Carpenter, who founded a ragged school for poor children and young offenders and campaigned against slavery. Both were awarded Grade II status.


British Newspaper Archive passes 27 million pages

The British Newspaper Archive (BNA) has digitised 27 million historic newspaper pages, bringing it closer to the target of making 40 million available online.

The BNA announced this week that it had passed the number after adding 144,026 more pages in total to five of its existing titles.

The new additions are the Liverpool Echo (1989-1990), the Music Hall and Theatre Review (1908-1909 and 1912), Newcastle Journal (1992), Wicklow People (1912-1929, 1931-1976 and 1986-2001) and the sporting title Scottish Referee (1893, 1895-1896 and 1899).

The BNA is also available to Findmypast Pro subscribers.


TownsWeb Archiving announces 2018 Digitisation Grant winners

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre and the Royal Mint Museum have become the latest winners of TownsWeb Archiving's annual Digitisation Grant.

The company announced that Bexley Local Studies had won the £5000 primary grant to fund digitisation of its collection of 15,000 photographic negatives, taken by Kentish Times photographers from 1964-1998.

Meanwhile, the Royal Mint Museum won the £2000 secondary grant to support its project 'Digitising the Waterloo Medal Roll', which involves digitising the bound handwritten medal roll and transcribing its 41,920 entries to create a searchable database of medal recipients.


Rare Peterloo medal goes on display at People's History Museum

The People's History Museum in Manchester is marking the 199th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre by putting a rare commemorative medal on public display for the first time.

On 16 August 1819 18 people were killed when cavalry attacked a group of 60,000 peaceful protesters for parliamentary reform at St Peter's Fields, Manchester.

The medal, believed to be the only one of its kind uncovered to date, may have been sold to raise funds for victims of the massacre.

The coin depicts a scene with the yeomanry riding into the crowd, with one individual holding up a cap of liberty on a pole, and includes the slogans "The magistrates and yeomanry of Manchester God confound them" and "These things will not endure or be endured".

It will be available to see at the museum until 31 August. 



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