4 Million Devon Records Go Online at findmypast

If you have Devon ancestors, get ready for some serious research as findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has just uploaded over 4 million Devon parish records. These include baptisms, banns, marriages and burials and range from 1538 through to 1915. These records added to those already on findmypast, make findmypast the place for largest collection of Devon records online.

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Britain’s 1941 Census Substitute to be Digitised

The big news late last week that has the genealogy social media world a’buzz was the announcement from findmypast, who announced that they will be digitising the “1939 Register”, which gives details of 40 million English and Welsh during war time, and is the most anticipated family history project since the 1911 census.

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Ancestry, PCC and 1 Million Wills

The big news to hit the genealogy world recently is that Ancestry.co.uk have added over 1 million English and Welsh wills from the Perogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). Not everyone left a will, but those that did can be a goldmine of information, so it’s ALWAYS worth checking just in case there is one for your family ancestors.

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FamilySearch Adds More Than 145 Million New Records

FamilySearch continue to add to their vast collection of images and indexed records. And for January’s update they have added a whopping 145 million new records online. Of these 145 million records, there’s about 140 million new UK BDM records they’ve added! So it’s worth checking out.

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New Books from Unlock the Past: Scottish Civil Registration, London & Middlesex Research & NSW BDMs

The team at Unlock the Past have recently released three new titles in the last couple of weeks. These new ones cover everything from Scottish civil registration, to London and Middlesex research as well as using the New South Wales BDM index.

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Exodus Conference: Migration to, From and Within the British Isles

Let me tell you about about an event that is on in England in a couple of weeks time (actually only 10 days time according to the countdown on their website), and that is the Exodus Conference. Organised by the Halstead Trust, with this being their 2nd International Genealogy Conference, this year the theme is British Migration: from, to and within the British Isles.

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Highlight: Extracts from Portsmouth Records

The city of Portsmouth in Hampshire, England has such a long and important history, in that is is one of the significant naval port for centuries. This book of ‘Extracts from Portsmouth Records’ was published in 1891, and contains fascinating primary source information from the Portsmouth area at this time.

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19 Million UK WWI Service Records on FamilySearch

This week FamilySearch has added 23.9 million indexed records to their collection on online data. Notable collection updates include over 19 million images from the new UK WWI Service Records 1914-20 collection, 2 million index records from the US World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918, nearly a million NY passenger & crew lists …

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2.5 Million New British Criminal Records Go Online

The latest BIG addition to Findmypast is 2.5 million British criminal records which are now online for the first time ever! This collection of historical “Crime, Prisons & Punishment records” is simply amazing, and will give you information that you will not find elsewhere. And now that they are online can you imagine just how many people worldwide are going to uncover any villains or drunkards lurking in their family trees.

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Ancestry Adds Half a Million New Dorset Records

If you’ve got Dorset ancestry, you’ll love this. Ancestry have just added almost half a million new Dorset records to the site. These include including convict records from the 1700s-1900s, as well as Jury Lists, Militia records, Vagrant passes and a whole heap more. Whether your family’s black sheep committed their crimes on land or sea, you’ll find detailed accounts of their offences, and their punishment

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1 Million Westminster Parish Records now Online at Findmypast.co.uk

Findmypast.co.uk continues their busy pace of digitising, having just released over 1 million records from the Westminster City Archives in the past week. These records cover baptism, marriage and burial records dating back to 1538 from the Westminster City Archives, and that this is the first time that the images of the original parish records from Westminster will be seen online.

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British Newspaper Archive Website Goes Live

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) is now live. That’s right! 3,000,000+ pages on British newspapers are online, searchable and ready o be swamped with search requests from genealogists and historians.

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Millions of New Genealogy Records Go Online – September 2011

Millions of new genealogy records go online … that’s right, many millions in fact. Online data for genealogy seems to be booming … the big online companies have been releasing new records at a phenomenal rate over the past few weeks. Everyday there seems to be an email advising of new records added online somewhere, it is hard to actually keep up with them …

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