Genealogy news roundup: FamilySearch adds Rutland parish records

By Rosemary Collins, 8 February 2018 - 2:55pm

Plus: New Irish and Scottish records on Ancestry; Project announced to digitally restore Public Record Office of Ireland; British Newspaper Archive adds The Suffragette and local newspapers

The church of All Saints, Oakham, Rutland. Credit: Dun.can under a Creative Commons licence

Centuries of parish registers from Rutland are now available in a new collection on FamilySearch.

In total, 326,083 birth, marriage and burial records, dating from 1538 to 1991, have been indexed on the free family history website.

Some of the records, taken from the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland, are accompanied by digitised images, but researchers have to have a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints membership or visit a FamilySearch family history centre to view them.


New Irish and Scottish records on Ancestry

Church of Ireland parish records from County Clare have now been digitised on Ancestry.

The collection of 13,764 baptism, marriage and burial records covers the years 1744 to 1991.

In addition, the website digitised three new record sets from Fife Archives: the Burntisland 1892 directory and yearbook, Rosyth dockyard employee books from 1892 to 1967, and the 1899 to 1916 Kirkcaldy war albums, which contains portraits of local veterans of the Second Boer War and the First World War.

The Fife collections include 21,264 digitised records altogether, all searchable by name.


Project announced to digitally restore Public Record Office of Ireland

A new initiative to digitally restore the centuries of Irish records destroyed by the Public Record Office fire in 1922 has been announced by Trinity College Dublin.

The project, ‘Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury’, will create a 3D virtual reality construction of the six-storey Public Record Office of Ireland, which was destroyed during fighting in Dublin in the Irish civil war, leading to the loss of records dating back to the 13th century.

The ‘shelves’ of the virtual building will hold fully searchable records of the copies of the documents which survive in libraries and collections around the world, making millions of records available for the first time.

A full catalogue of the record treasury will be published on the project’s website in December 2018.


British Newspaper Archive adds The Suffragette and local newspapers

As the country marked the 100th anniversary of the first women gaining the right to vote, the British Newspaper Archive (BNA) announced that it has digitised The Suffragette, the official newspaper of the militant women’s suffrage movement.

The newspaper, which changed its title to Britannia in 1915, was first published on 18 October 1912 and edited by Christabel Pankhurst, who led the suffragette movement with her mother Emmeline and sisters.

In addition, the BNA added the 1858-1869, 1871 and 1885-1895 issues of The Congleton & Macclesfield Mercury, and Cheshire General Advertiser, the 1874 issues of the Chepstow Mercury, Volunteers’ Gazette, Monmouthshire & South Wales Advertiser and the 1889 issues of the Evesham Journal.

The BNA is available online to subscribers, and its newspapers are also accessible via Findmypast.


1847 Bombay Times arrival and departure notices indexed on FIBIS database

The Families in British India Society (FIBIS) has indexed the 1847 arrival and departure notices from the Bombay Times on its free online database.

The newspaper’s notices provide a record of individuals travelling to British-occupied India, and join existing records for 1848-1851.

The searchable data, transcribed by a team of volunteers, consists of 3,118 arrivals and 1,740 departures.


The National Archives launches suffragette web portal

The National Archives (TNA) has launched a dedicated web portal telling the story of women’s fight for the vote.

On 6 February, as the country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the right to vote, TNA announced the Suffrage 100 portal, which will showcase its events, records and resources relating to the suffrage movement and the centenary.

Resources on the portal so far include a guide to the suffragette records held by TNA, a podcast about Sylvia Pankhurst and a blog about disabled suffragette Rosa May Billinghurst.


New County Wexford parish records added to RootsIreland

RootsIreland has added over 11,000 new Roman Catholic parish records from County Wexford.

The new collection consists of Monageer baptism records dating from 1838 to 1910, and Piercestown records for baptisms (1811-1900), marriages (1854-1900) and deaths (1785 onwards).

To view the records, users must be subscribed to RootsIreland.


African-American records free on Fold3 for Black History Month

Fold3 has announced that all the records in its Black History collection are available for free throughout February – Black History Month in the United States.

The collection consists of over a million documents, records and photographs capturing the experience of African-Americans throughout five eras of history: Slavery, The Civil War, Reconstruction & Jim Crow Laws, World War I & II, and the Civil Rights Movement.

They include records of slavery and emancipation in the Virgin Islands, which were ruled by Denmark from 1672 to 1917; records of the American Colonisation Society, which helped establish the independent African nation of Libya; and records of black Union soldiers who volunteered to serve in the Civil War.

Fold3 is owned by Ancestry and predominantly focused on military records. 

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