Genealogy news roundup: Isle of Wight launches death records website

By Rosemary Collins, 23 August 2018 - 1:35pm

Plus: New family history show offers chance for public to win Who Do You Think You Are? experience; Findmypast adds Lanarkshire death index

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The website contains details of thousands of burials and cremations on the Isle of Wight (Credit: Olaf Protze/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Burial and cremation records from the Isle of Wight are now available online after the island's council launched a new website.

99,147 burial records and 72,947 crematorium records, dating from November 1856 to the present day, are available to search.

The database, which is free to access, lists the individual's name, their month and year of burial and cremation and the cemetery or crematorium.

Digital or print copies of the records are available to buy, starting at £3 each.

 

New family history show offers chance for public to win Who Do You Think You Are? experience

A new live family history show is offering members of the public the chance to get expert help researching their family history with their very own Who Do You Think You Are? Experience.

The organisers of The Genealogy Show, which takes place on 7 and 8 June 2019 at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, will select two winners at random from the first 500 people to buy tickets.

The winners will have their family history researched by professional genealogists and see the results revealed live on stage at the show's Main Arena.

There are two slots available - 7 June at 1.30pm-2.30pm and 8 June at 12.30pm-1.30pm.

New family history show offers chance for public to win Who Do You Think You Are? experience

 

Findmypast adds Lanarkshire death index

An index of over 64,000 death and burial records in the Scottish county of Lanarkshire, dating from 1642 to 1855, is now available on Findmypast.

The index, transcribed by Lanarkshire Family History Society, covers 31 burial records in Lanarkshire.

It lists each person's year of death and place of burial, and in some cases additional information such as their year of birth, the mortcloth price (the cost of a cloth that was spread over the coffin of the deceased) and other notes.

In addition, this week Findmypast digitised a collection of over 881,000 clandestine marriage records dating from 1667 to 1775, which is also available on Ancestry.

 

Forces War Records adds Palestine 1945-48 records

A new set of records listing British soldiers who served in Palestine during the 1945-48 Jewish insurrection against British rule is now available on Forces War Records.

The website added an index of over 100,000 individuals awarded the Palestine 1945-48 Clasp, a medal given to those who served in the conflict.

Records in the collection could potentially include details such as the individual's service number; gallantry awards; regiment or corps; battalion, company or other sub-unit; previous unit; duty location; previous clasps awarded and date of award.

It was compiled from the original medal roll, stored in The National Archives collection WO 100.

 

Victoria Cross hero's family found following genealogical detective work by Sefton Council

A relative of a heroic First World War soldier who received the Victoria Cross for his actions will be able to attend a commemoration ceremony following genealogical research by Sefton Council.

An appeal from Cllr Dave Robinson, the mayor of Sefton, earlier this year led to efforts around the world to trace relatives of Lance Sergeant Arthur Evans, with potential relatives found as far away as Australia.

However, Evans' first cousin twice removed Stuart Kirkland was found living in nearby Aigburth, and will join Cllr Robinson and members of the armed forces when a memorial stone is laid at Bowersdale Park in Seaforth on 7 September.

Arthur Evans was awarded the Victoria Cross by King George V for heroic actions under heavy fire, including single-handedly forcing four German soldiers to surrender and rescuing injured comrades.

 

FamilySearch adds French collections

Three new collections of French records have been indexed on free family history website FamilySearch.

The largest dataset consists of 143,016 records taken from military draft cards from the commune of Vienne in southeastern France, dating from 1867 to 1921.

They list local men who were eligible for military service, including their date and place of birth, residence and year of draft registration, as well as records for the soldiers' parents, who are also listed in the cards.

In addition, FamilySearch volunteers indexed 26,623 public records from Brittany in 1793-1896, including military records of the Republic and the Empire, records from the War of 1870, lay or ecclesiastical seigniorial records and records of firefighters from Rennes.

The website also added the 1836 census of the commune of Cancale in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, consisting of 4,951 records.

 

County Galway baptism records added to RootsIreland

East Galway Family History Society has added 38,000 Roman Catholic baptism to its database on RootsIreland.

The records cover Ballygar (1804-1897), Kilmacduagh (1848-1872), Leitrim (1815-1917), Portumna (1830-1917) and Tynagh (1816-1917).

RootsIreland is a subscription website run by the Irish Family History Foundation, containing more than 20 million records.

 

Edinburgh City Archives appeals for help deciding how city will be remembered

Edinburgh City Archives is asking the public to help decide its future and how the modern city should be recorded for generations to come.

The archive is asking residents, visitors, community groups and other organisations what cultural content should be preserved that reflects the Scottish capital in the modern world.

Due to the growth of social media and the Internet, the Edinburgh Remembers consultation wants to find out how people would like to access records from the past as well as what should be preserved from Edinburgh today.

"Our archives are not just about how old records are, it's about the information they have in them - you can find out how the people of Edinburgh worked and lived. So, it is vital that we ask the people of Edinburgh what we should keep," said councillor Donald Wilson, culture and communities convener.

Edinburgh City Archives appeals for help deciding how city will be remembered

 

 

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