Saturday, 26 May 2018

Latest FindmyPast additions

Latest releases from FindmyPast (

1939 Register
Over 64,000 additional 'open' records have been added to the 1939 Register. Since the Register was launched, Findmypast has matched more than four million 'closed records' to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded.

Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Case Files Of Chinese Immigrants, 1900-1923 Image Browse
Browse through more than 60,000 images of case files of Chinese immigrants arriving in Philadelphia. These images comprise the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication M1144: Case Files of Chinese Immigrants, 1895-1920, from District No. 4 (Philadelphia) of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Records will reveal a combination of your ancestor's name, age, birth place, occupation, ship name and arrival date.

Ireland, British Army Officers 1914-1918
Discover your military ancestor in this index of over 1,500 records obtained through the Our Heroes website. Our Heroes provides photographs and biographical notes of the officers of Irish regiments as well as Irish officers of British regiments who were killed in action or who were mentioned for distinguished conduct between August 1914 and July 1916.

South Lancashire Regiment Prisoners Of War 1914-1918
Discover your South Lancashire Regiment ancestor in this index of over 2,800 prisoners of war from 1914 to 1918. This collection has been obtained through the Warrington Museum & Art Gallery. Additional information about these records can be found on the source's website.

Worcestershire probate index 1600-1858
Over 11,000 additional records have been added to the Worcestershire probate index. There are four types of records in this index: grants of administration, administrations with will annexed, limited (where the entire estate of the deceased is not covered), and wills. The Bishop's Court had jurisdiction over all the probate in the diocese, which covered part of Warwickshire as well as Worcestershire, until 1858.

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Friday, 25 May 2018

Unlock the Past conference in Seattle with Blaine Bettinger and Maurice Gleeson

From Unlock the Past (

Announcing Unlock the Past in Seattle with Blaine Bettinger and Maurice Gleeson

Adelaide, South Australia, 24 May 2018 – Unlock the Past Cruises announces Unlock the Past in Seattle a full day two stream “land conference” in Seattle, a companion event to our 14th Unlock the Past cruise to Alaska. It is open to all– whether on the cruise or not.

Date & time: Thursday 6 September 2018, 9am-5pm
Venue: Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Cost: AU$57 (approx US$45, £33, CA$59, NZ$62)

The conference programme will feature 10 presentations in two streams – a DNA stream and an Irish/general stream. There will be an exhibition with supporting/sponsoring partners, plus prizes totaling over AU$1000.

The presenters

BLAINE BETTINGER (USA) – Blaine is a professional genealogist specialising in DNA evidence. He is the author of the long-running blog The Genetic Genealogist and the books The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy.
DR MAURICE GLEESON (UK) – Maurice was voted Genetic Genealogist of the Year 2015 (SurnameDNA Journal) and Rockstar Genealogist, Ireland 2016 (Anglo-Celtic Connections). He runs a variety of Y-DNA Surname projects and organises the DNA Lectures at Genetic Genealogy Ireland.
CYNDI INGLE (USA) – Cyndi is the creator and owner of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet, a categorised index to more than 333,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi’s List was voted the best genealogy site.
WAYNE SHEPHEARD (Canada) – A retired geologist, Wayne now spends most of his time on
family history research. This has resulted in the pioneering publication Surviving Mother Nature’s tests: The effects climate change and other natural phenomena have had on the lives of our ancestors.

For details and bookings go to

The cruise – the 14th Unlock the Past cruise to Alaska departs from Seattle the day after this land
conference. It will offer 40 topics by 18 presenters in three streams during the 7-day cruise to Alaska. There are still places. Why not join us and 150 other cruisers in our group.

About Unlock the Past
Australian based Unlock the Past was established in 2009. It is the event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History which has served family and local historians since 1976. It is a collaborative venture involving an international team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners to promote history and genealogy through innovative major events and a new publishing brand. It also maintains general and events directories online.

Since 2010 Unlock the Past has run over 130 events, including expos, roadshows, regional seminars, history and genealogy cruises around the world – even Australia’s first ever battlefield tour. They’ve published over 100 guide books and handy guides for researchers, all of them offered in print and ebook editions.

COMMENT: This is going to be a great conference, so sign up quick - plenty to look forward to on the DNA front, Maueice certainly knows his stuff on Ireland, Cyndi is just a hoot and always good fun, and Wayne's talk is the most intriguing topic I've heard in a while. Recommended!


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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

FamilySearch adds Devon Bishop's Transcripts indexes

FamilySearch ( has added 446,584 indexed records to its existing collection, England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887. The collection previously existed as a browsable only collection of 93,511 images, with the records originally sourced from Devon Record Office, Exeter, England.

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Family Tree Live - call for papers

From Family Tree magazine (

Call for papers

Family Tree Live, being held at Alexandra Palace on 26 and 27 April 2019, will offer family history enthusiasts of all levels the opportunity to attend talks presented by an inspiring and knowledgeable range of experts in their subject.

The lecture programme will cover a full range of family history topics, aimed at different levels of experience, and the Family Tree Live lecture programme organisers invite summaries for the delivery of 30-minute talks. 10 minutes will be allowed for questions at the end of each talk.

Please can you present your submission by supplying the details requested below.

Submissions should be sent to and on or before Friday 17 August 2018.

(With thanks to Helen Tovey)


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History of Women Religious Britain and Ireland conference 2018

The 2018 annual conference for History of Women Religious Britain and Ireland ( takes place at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway at the Moore Institute on Thursday 7 June and Friday 8 June 2018. The conference will explore the theme of Space, Place and the History of Women Religious across a broad chronological timeframe, from medieval to modern

The full conference programme is available at, whilst travel information and a registrationlink can be found at Tickets for the event are directly available at - priced at €25 (student/unwaged) – €30 (waged). 


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Ancestry adds Victoria, Australia, Birth Index, 1837-1917

Ancestry ( has added the following collection for Australia:

Victoria, Australia, Birth Index, 1837-1917
Source: Victoria, Australia, Birth Index, 1837-1917. The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

About Victoria, Australia, Birth Index, 1837-1917

This collection contains a birth index for the Australian state of Victoria.

These birth records typically contain the following information:

Name of the child
Father's name
Mother's maiden name
Registration year
Registration number
URL link to the certificate

The following additional information may be found on the original document. Original documents may be ordered from the Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages by following the purchase link on the record page .

Date and place of birth
Full names of parents
Occupations of parents
Place of birth and age of parents
Marriage of parents (date and place)
Previous children of relationship (meaning older siblings)
Informant name and address
Witness details (earlier records only)
Registration officer name and signature
Registration date


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Saturday, 19 May 2018

British India directories 1792-1948 added to FindmyPast

The following collections have been added to FindmyPast (

British in India, Directories 1792-1948 Browse
Browse through 75 assorted almanacs that offer a comprehensive view of life in British India. They contain lists of medical staff, veterinary staff, police, civil servants, and engineers working in India, as well as lists of debtors, charity members, and freemasons. You can also discover practical information for living in India, such as gardening calendars and advice for posting parcels and letters.

UK deaths 2007-2016
Search over 2.5 million transcripts to discover relatives who died in the United Kingdom. The collection covers England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Jersey and list the individual's name, date of death, and location of death.

1939 Register Map Search
You can now search the 1939 Register by address using our new map search feature. Simply enter the name of the street or location you wish to search to see a list of results for all the households in that area.

Queensland, Trustee files 1889-1929
Explore transcripts of trustee files created under the provisions of wills. This collection comprises trustee files created under the provisions of wills. The original records contain details on a range of topics, such as land ownership, rental properties, fund disbursement, relatives, school fees, and wage lists. The majority of the files included have a 75-year restricted access period.

United States Obituary Notices
Over 2.6 million additional records have been added to our collection of United States Obituary Notices. The entire collection now contains over 8.7 million records.

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GDPR casualties on the DNA front

From FamilyTreeDNA (

Dear Valued Ysearch & Mitosearch Members,

On May 24th, 2018, our free, public genetic-genealogy databases, and, will no longer be accessible as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect on May 25th.

As the founders of the direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy industry, we did not make this decision lightly. We believe it is necessary given the resources it would take to make both sites GDPR compliant. The current environment regarding DNA privacy as well as recent events in the news, particularly DNA databases being utilized to solve cold cases, were also considerations, but the rigorous requirements of GDPR would have prompted this action irrespective of current events.

User privacy policies across all of the major consumer genetic-genealogy service providers have become a topic of national conversation, and it is our goal to ensure that our privacy policies continue to meet or exceed industry norms.

We encourage you to continue your journey of discovery with us on FamilyTreeDNA, and we thank you for your participation in “citizen science” over the years.



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Recent additions to the British Newspaper Archive

The following has been added to the British Newspaper Archive ( over the last 30 days:

Penrith Observer
25564 pages
1860-1878, 1880-1895, 1897-1900, 1902, 1908, 1938-1958

Lakes Chronicle and Reporter
10636 pages
1876-1881, 1883-1895, 1898-1910

The Referee
1248 pages

Newcastle Journal
37634 pages
1958-1959, 1961-1967

Music Hall and Theatre Review
11332 pages
1889, 1891-1894, 1897-1899, 1904-1907

English Lakes Visitor
11962 pages
1877-1888, 1890-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1908, 1910

Tralee Chronicle
3972 pages

Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser
8822 pages
1833-1850, 1852-1855

Cheltenham Examiner
31444 pages

Warrington Guardian
832 pages

Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette
10244 pages
1825, 1827-1868

Luton Reporter
19826 pages

Oxfordshire Telegraph
6796 pages
1860-1871, 1873, 1875-1894

Winsford & Middlewich Guardian
832 pages

Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser
4906 pages
1856-1868, 1870-1871

Stroud News and Gloucestershire Advertiser
18500 pages
1867-1880, 1883-1910

Bridgwater Mercury
424 pages

Wigan Observer and District Advertiser
826 pages

Sligo Champion
5638 pages

Hereford Journal
482 pages

Macclesfield Courier and Herald, Congleton Gazette, Stockport Express, and Cheshire General Advertiser
478 pages

Ballyshannon Herald
4100 pages
1832, 1834, 1837-1840, 1842-1850, 1864-1865, 1871-1873

County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire
19900 pages

Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail
7088 pages
1845-1855, 1873-1877, 1890

Bournemouth Graphic
22168 pages
1902-1920, 1931-1937

Banner of Ulster
9450 pages
1842, 1847, 1851-1852, 1857-1869

Weekly Freeman's Journal
7016 pages

Worthing Gazette
36590 pages
1889-1897, 1899-1958

Eastern Morning News
6066 pages
1889, 1897, 1899

West Sussex Gazette
35668 pages
1853-1891, 1897, 1910, 1912-1958

West Sussex County Times
414 pages

Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth & District Daily Circular
1732 pages
1896, 1904

Eastern Daily Press
2486 pages

Shields Daily News
3286 pages

Good Morning
3688 pages

Crawley and District Observer
8120 pages

Christchurch Times
14570 pages
1858-1860, 1866, 1878-1911

Forres Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Northern Review and Advertiser
12674 pages

South Wales Daily Post
1240 pages

Leicester Journal
14842 pages
1882-1914, 1916-1920

Glasgow Evening Citizen
1254 pages

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
3480 pages

Lloyd's List
4360 pages

Clifton Society
128 pages , updated 25 days ago

Bournemouth Guardian
15528 pages
1883-1891, 1897-1910, 1912-1921

Horsham, Petworth, Midhurst and Steyning Express
7596 pages
1863-1868, 1870-1871, 1873-1896, 1899-1902

Southern Times and Dorset County Herald
25626 pages
1852-1866, 1872-1886, 1890-1896, 1898-1899, 1902-1910

Crewe Guardian
14114 pages
1872-1873, 1877, 1880, 1882, 1885-1886, 1888-1891, 1896, 1899, 1902-1903, 1905-1906, 1910

Votes for Women
2082 pages
1907-1909, 1916

200 pages

Irish Citizen
1676 pages


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

New look Forces War Records website

From Forces War Records (

Forces War Records are pleased to announce the launch of their new look website.

Forces War Records, the website to visit for anyone researching their family’s military history or searching for ancestors through military data are excited to announce that it’s new and refreshed website is now live.

With a fresh new design and feel, the new look website gives users the opportunity to navigate through Forces War Records extensive database of military records, documents, products and services with ease. Delivering a fully responsive experience, the new website gives users a seamless transition from desktop to mobile browsing and improved searchability. Also, there’s a whole host of smaller but impactful changes, all to make your experience of the Forces War Records site that much better for you. Visitors are able to explore the new look site by visiting Come take a look for yourself. We hope you like the changes, and if you have any feedback, please let us know via our Customer Services, Facebook or Twitter.

About Forces War Records.

Forces War Records ( is the website to visit for those researching their family’s military history. Specialising only in military history, the genealogy site contains over 10+ million records of individuals who have served from medieval times - right through to the present day. This fascinating site also has a crack team of professional researchers and military experts on hand to personally uncover extra layers of history about long gone forebears. Its mission is to hold the most in-depth, accurate and helpful military records available.

Initial searches are free, but for a subscription costing, at most, £8.95 a month, users have complete, unrestricted access to Forces War Records’ data. Every time a search is made all files are cross-

referenced automatically and every relevant article will appear where a particular ancestor is referenced, maybe even a photo from our historic library archive. Search results can include such information as an individual’s rank, nationality, service number, campaign medals, regiment, battalion, and promotion dates and more. (Please be aware that due to the way we collate and cross-reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed)

With the impending World War One Centenary in 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Forces War Records is sure to be the first port of call for many researching the conflict and their family history.

(With thanks to Neil White)


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