Genealogy news roundup: Findmypast adds Prerogative Court of Canterbury documents

By Rosemary Collins, 5 April 2018 - 2:07pm

Plus: Finding ancestors could be key to saving a 10-year-old boy; New Dordogne collection on FamilySearch; MyHeritage adds American newspapers and more

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Findmypast has indexed some of the PCC records of wills held in The National Archives

Discovering your ancestors' wills has become easier for Findmypast users as the website announced a new collection of Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) Administrations.

Until 1858 wills were proved in church courts. The PCC was the most important of these, as it dealt with relatively wealthy individuals in the south of England and most of Wales.

The Findmypast collection consists of a searchable index of over 88,000 transcriptions and images dating from 1660 to 1700.

They are taken from index slips and related documentation of the original administrations, which are held in The National Archives.

 

Finding ancestors could be key to saving a 10-year-old boy

Alex Sims, 10, and his family from Florida are seeking a distant relative to Alex for a possible bone marrow donor to help him survive a rare disease.

Alex has IPEX Syndrome, an auto immune disorder which has only 211 diagnosed cases around the world.

Alex's grandmother Cheryl Sims said: "There are only nine survivors (of IPEX) and Alex is one of them, but we're racing against the clock to find a bone marrow donor before IPEX takes another little boy's life."

So far there have been no matching donors for Alex either in the donor registry or his immediate family. However, doctors have said that a genetic ancestry donor would have a greater chance of being a match for Alex than donors with no relation.

Finding ancestors could be key to saving a 10-year-old boy

 

New Dordogne collection on FamilySearch

Millions of family history records from the south-western French department of Dordogne are now available in a new collection of FamilySearch.

The set of 7,890,349 church and civil records dates from 1540 to 1896 and includes images of the original documents.

It includes details such as the date and place of the individual's birth, marriage or death, as well as the names of their parents or spouse, and digital images of the original records.

 

MyHeritage adds American newspapers

Family history website MyHeritage has added two exclusive new collections of historic newspapers from Kentucky and West Virginia.

The Kentucky collection includes 1,375,951 pages dating from 1848 to 2009, while the West Virginia collection consists of 371,161 from 1930 to 2009.

In addition, the website added a new collection of 18,722,350 records of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Denmark, dating from 1813-1919.

 

FIBIS adds 1845 Bombay Times arrival and departure notices

The Families in British India Society (FIBIS) has completed another successful stage in its indexing project of Bombay Times arrival and departure notices by adding the records for 1845.

The new collection, indexed by volunteers, consists of 3,752 arrivals and 1,697 departures.

The notices, available for free via the FIBIS database, provide a record of people travelling to and from India, which at the time was largely under the control of the British East India Company.

In total, FIBIS now holds the Bombay Times arrival and departure notices for 1845 to 1851.

 

Historic Environment Scotland launches enhanced PastMap

PastMap, a free website allowing researchers to discover Scotland's historic sites and landscapes, has been relaunched by Historic Environment Scotland with updated features.

Users can now view eight different background maps, including the Ordnance Survey maps digitised by the National Library of Scotland, which date from the 1840s to the 1950s.

The updated website also includes aerial photography, allowing researchers to overlay site records onto a bird's eye image of the landscape.

In addition, the new PastMap is fully mobile responsive and lets users download up to 1,000 records using its take-away data service.

 

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