Genealogy news roundup: Findmypast adds new collection of Waterford records

By Rosemary Collins, 19 April 2018 - 2:00pm

Plus: TheGenealogist adds headstone and war memorial records; Archives and Records Association offers free membership to local groups; FamilySearch adds Oklahoma school records

The 89th Regiment at Waterford Town Hall prior to their departure to Crimea, 1854 (Credit: Universal History Archive/ UIG via Getty Images)

A new collection of records of life in the Irish city of Waterford has been added to Findmypast.

The collection consists of over 211,000 transcribed records, dating from 1662 to 2006.

They include burgess lists, burials, deaths, directories, emigration records, freedom petitions, freemen, rent rolls, rate books, registers, and war death records.

Depending on the type of record, they often contain details such as the individual's residence, marital status, cause of death and military number and unit.

The death registers from 1864 to the early 1900s are also available for free on Waterford City & County Council's website.


TheGenealogist adds headstone and war memorial records

A further 13,487 headstone records, covering 53 new cemeteries, have been added to TheGenealogist.

The International Headstone collection is an ongoing project where volunteers photograph and transcribe stones in order to earn credits, which they can spend on subscriptions at TheGenealogist or products from GenealogySupplies.

The latest collection includes the headstone for Anthony Eden (1897-1977), Britain's prime minister from 1955 to 1957, who is buried at St Mary's church in Alvediston, Wiltshire.

TheGenealogist also added 64,920 war memorial records from England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, Australia and the USA.


Archives and Records Association offers free membership to local groups

The Archives and Records Association (ARA) has announced it will not charge membership fees for Supporters Groups - including family history groups, local history societies and 'friends' of local government record offices - for a provisional period until the end of 2019.

The ARA, which said it wanted to bring the "enthusiastic, supportive and creative voices" of Supporters Groups into its community, is also planning to set up a virtual Supporters Group section to help the groups bring connections with each other.

Other benefits in the revised Supporters Group membership offer include access to the ARA's website and back-end resources, one digital copy each of its monthly magazine and newsletter, and places for up to two members of a Supporters Group at the ARA's national, regional and sectional meetings.

To qualify for this membership, the group must have a membership of at least ten people, an established oversight committee of at least two people that records its activities, and credible articles of association and be based in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.

If you are a committee member of your group, believe that your group meets the above criteria and have the group's authority to apply for membership as a Supporters Group, please email Lorraine Logan on or call 01827 327077.


Oklahoma school records available on FamilySearch

Lists of schoolchildren in Oklahoma between 1895 and 1936 have been digitised on FamilySearch.

The new collection consists of 3,400,747 school records, primarily annual censuses of how many children of school age lived in each district.

They are searchable and accompanied by digitised images holding details such as the child's place of residence, date of birth, parent's name, gender, ethnicity, whether they were "deaf and dumb or blind", and their tribe if they were Native American.

The Woodward County records were indexed by the Northwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society.


Historian appeals for family stories of tattoos

Historian Tina Brown is looking for family stories for a new book on the history of tattoos, due to be published by Amberley Books later this year.

Tina is interested in historical stories of people's lives and the stories behind their tattoo designs, particularly prison, military, circus and sideshow tattoos.

She would also like to hear from readers who have family photographs of their ancestors' tattoos.

To contact Tina, email


Indian cemetery records added to FIBIS database

The Families in British India Society (FIBIS) has announced the publication of 1,034 grave records from Bilhari Cantonment Cemetery in the city of Jabalpur in its database.

The records include the names and dates of death of British individuals who died in India during the Empire period, as well as any inscriptions.

They are transcribed from pictures taken by a local photographer, Rajat Sharma, in a project funded by a grant from the Pilgrim Trust

FIBIS started its Cemeteries Project to capture photographs of graves of the British in India before they deteriorate, and asks for donations from family members in exchange for photographs of the graves.


North Yorkshire County Council opens consultation into future of archives

North Yorkshire County Council has opened a consultation ahead of a "complete overhaul" of the county's archive services.

The council said changes to the county record office building in Northallerton were needed to maintain the documents safely, and that it wanted to hear as many viewpoints as possible, including from members of the public who currently don't use the archives.

It added that it wanted "to allow online access to its unique collections" and to hear from heritage groups and volunteers about how the archive service could better support them.

The consultation is open until 4 June. To request a paper copy, write to the County Record Office at Malpas Road, Northallerton, DL7 8TB or call 01609 777585.


Jersey Heritage announces first Family History Festival

The island of Jersey will get its first Family History Festival at the Jersey Archive in St Helier this weekend.

The festival, organised by Jersey Heritage, will run from 9am to 4pm on 20-22 April and include free talks, tours and workshops.

The highlight of the event will be a talk by genealogist and former Who Do You Think You Are? consultant Nick Barratt.

On Sunday afternoon, there will be an 'Ask the Expert' session where members of the public can bring their family history conundrums to Nick and Jersey Archive staff and receive conservation advice on their family documents.

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