What are the latest online family history records?

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

We take a look at this month's online family history records. This month, TheGenealogist announces a new collection to mark the end of the First World War

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Poet Wilfred Owen is included in TheGenealogist's new list of officers who died in the First World War (Credit: Fotosearch/Getty)

Tracing your family history has become easier than ever as more and more records are being released online. We've put together a handy guide to help you discover the newest datasets for tracing your ancestors.

In November, we've got a new record set on TheGenealogist to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, a major new release of electoral registers on Findmypast and more

 

TheGenealogist

What's been added?

To mark the end of the First World War, TheGenealogist has added a new list of 42,000 army and Royal Flying Corps officers who died in the conflict, as well as additional Rolls of Honour and over 30,000 war memorials and war graves plans, maps and listings.

What can they tell you?

The records include each officer's name, rank and regiment, as well as their date and cause of death. Among those listed are war poet Wilfred Owen and Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War, who was killed in the sinking of HMS Hampshire in 1916.

Where do the records come from?

The records were digitised from Officers Died in the Great War 1914-19, which was a book published by His Majesty's Stationery Office.

 

Findmypast

What's been added?

Findmypast has released the second stage of its England & Wales Electoral Registers 1920-32 collection. The 54 million records mean the collection now contains all surviving records from all parliamentary boroughs beginning with A to L.

It has also added a new set of images and transcripts of 229,000 records from Poor Law Union Board of Guardians Minute Books from Waterford, Ireland.

In addition, the website added two new sets of transcripts from Edinburgh and Lothian. The first consists of 4,000 birth and baptism records covering six parishes and dating from 1747 to 1855. The second lists 89,000 burial records.

What can they tell you?

The electoral registers list people who were eligible to vote at the time and help fill in the gap between the 1911 census and the 1939 Register. The Waterford Board of Guardians minutes record the board's weekly meetings and discuss how many men and women were housed in the workhouse, how many were discharged or died, and the number of births. The names listed in the records include Guardians and workhouse staff and suppliers as well as inmates.

Where do the records come from?

The electoral registers are a new indexed collection of Findmypast's electoral register PDFs. The Waterford Board of Guardians records are held in the Waterford County Archives. The Edinburgh and Lothian birth and baptism records were transcribed by the Scottish Genealogical Society. The death and burial records were transcribed by the West Lothian Family History Society, Lothians Family History Society, and the Scottish Genealogy Society.

 

 

MyHeritage

What's been added?

MyHeritage has added the 1853-1943 England and Wales Index of Wills and Probates, containing 10,315,696 records, and the 1921 Canadian census, containing 8,683,491 records.

What can they tell you? 

The Index of Wills and Probate lists wills, grants of probates, and letters of administration dating from 1858, when Her Majesty's Court of Probate took over responsibility for administering wills. Before this, wills were handled by the ecclesiastical courts of the Church of England, primarily the Prerogative Courts of Canterbury and York. The MyHeritage collection also includes an index of grants of probate and letters of administration made in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury from 1853 to 1857. 

The Canadian census lists the residents of each household in Canada in 1921 and includes their relationship to head of household, marital status, age at last birthday, birthplace, nationality, immigration year, naturalization year, and religion.

Where do the records come from? 

The post 1858-wills and probate records are also indexed on Ancestry and FamilySearch, and are available on the government's Find a Will website. The 1348-1858 Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills are available on Ancestry and on The National Archives' website. The 1921 Canadian census is also available for free on the Library and Archives Canada website.

 

 

Other records

Scottish Indexes has added a new set of over 133,000 Scottish High Court records, covering serious criminal cases in Scotland from 1800-1916. The records are also available on the National Records of Scotland website. However, Scottish Indexes will visit NRS and copy the original records for a fee of £25 for the precognition, £45 for the trial papers and minutes and £100 for a deluxe search.

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has added a further 7,000 records, containing an additional 14,000 names, to its Early Irish Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes on Irish Ancestors.

The National Library of Scotland has digitised 2,800 six-inch to the mile Ordnance Survey maps, showing Scotland in 1944-67, on its free maps website.

Charity Care for Veterans has created a new digital photograph archive of the Queen Alexandra Hospital Home, which provided care, surgery and rehabilitation for injured soldiers in the First World War.

 

 

 

 

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