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New Suffolk Parish Records 30 July 2021
We have just added a further 322,894 individuals to our continually increasing collection of Parish Records with the release of a set from the English county of Suffolk.
These East Anglian church registers have been fully transcribed and linked to images of the actual pages from the books that were once kept by the Anglican Parish Churches. From before Victorian times and the introduction of Civil records, as the Established Church of the state, these important Church of England documents recorded the baptisms, marriages and burials of our Suffolk ancestors. In some cases, these important records will allow family historians to find their ancestors as far back as the 16th century.
Parishes in this release include Ashby, Belton, Blundeston with Flixton, Bradwell, Burgh Castle, Carlton Colville, Corton, Fritton, Gisleham, Gorleston with Southtown, Gunton, Herringfleet, Hopton, Kessingland, Kirkley St Peter & St John, Kirkley St Matthew, Knettishall, Lound, Lowestoft Christchurch, Lowestoft St Andrew, Lowestoft St John, Lowestoft St Margaret, Mutford, Oulton Broad, Oulton St Michael (Oldton), Pakefield, Rushmere, and Somerleyton.
To find out more about this week's release, you can read our featured article "The Fishy Tale of the Lowestoft Witches".
Over 1 million 1910s Property Records Now Searchable! 16 July 2021
We have now added a total of over 1 million individuals to our unique Lloyd George Domesday Survey recordset with the addition this week of 85,959 individuals from the 1910s property tax records for the Borough of Haringey. Covering the areas of Hornsey Central, Hornsey East, Hornsey West, as well as Tottenham A, Tottenham B, Tottenham C and Wood Green, this week's release is made up of maps and field books that name property owners and occupiers in an exclusive online resource that gives family history researchers the ability to discover where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period.
When combined with other records such as the 1911 Census, the IR58 Valuation Office records give researchers additional information about their ancestor's home, land, outbuildings and property. While these records may be searched from the Master Search or main search page of TheGenealogist, they have also been added to TheGenealogist's powerful Map Explorer™ so that the family historian can see how the landscape where their ancestor lived or worked changed as the years have passed..
To find out more, read our featured article about a modest house that gave its name to a famous football stadium.
New Thom's Official Directories 03 July 2021
We have just released a collection of Thom's Official Directories covering the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from Victorian times up to the 20th century. These records are great for discovering more about the towns and areas, finding the names of people who held official municipal or government offices, or were professionals such as doctors, clergy, etc.
You can use these books to find Irish businesses from manufacturers of Ales and Agricultural implements to makers of Woolens and Yarns. Thom's directories allow you to find business advertisements as well as search for tradespeople from Auctioneers and Blacksmiths to Watchmakers and Wine & Spirit Dealers for all parts of Ireland.
To find out more, read our featured article about the founder of Thom's Directories, Alexander Thom – Publisher and The Queen's Printer for Ireland.
New Irish Parish Records 02 July 2021
We have just added more than 327,300 individuals to our Irish Catholic Parish Record Collection. These new records have links to the original images and cover the County of Carlow in the southeast region of Ireland.Before civil registration was introduced in two stages into Ireland, first in 1845 for non Roman Catholic marriages and then in 1864 for all births, marriages and deaths, the parish registers of the various denominations were the main records in which Irish ancestors' vital events would have been recorded. The Roman Catholic church was far the largest denomination in Ireland and so it is these records that the majority of Irish forebears will mostly appear within.
This release of Irish records joins those of the Irish Wills recently made available and so expands the coverage of Irish records on our family history site which is renowned for our comprehensive search facilities.
New Scottish Census 1841-1901 19 June 2021
We are excited to announce the launch of the Scottish Census 1841-1901! For the first time you can use our renowned brick wall busting search tools on these Scottish records, so now it is easy to find a person using keywords such as occupation, birthplace, year of birth and more, search for a family using their forenames or search for an address.
We have been extremely busy in the last year expanding our coverage for our Diamond subscribers to cover all areas of the British Isles. This release comprises 24 million records, bringing us to over 75 million records released in the last 9 months!
Recent releases have seen 14.5 million individuals from all the Anglican Parish Records for Wales added. A further 34 million records for England and Wales came with the release of the 1939 Register records. There were 100,000 Irish Will records and now, this week, TheGenealogist is pleased to announce that these have been joined by over 24 million records from the Census of Scotland 1841-1901.
This is the first time that we have released such a large number of Scottish records and it now means that this important data for the most northerly part of the British Isles can now be searched using the comprehensive search features for which we are renowned. Appreciated by family historians researching their ancestors for the ease of use of our powerful Master Search, we give researchers the ability to select phonetic, exact or standard search filters.
The comprehensive search facilities that are already available when using our English and Welsh census records will make this Scottish census release a welcome addition to the family history researcher's toolkit.
This week's article sheds a light on Scottish census records where we find the builders of many of the lighthouses around the Scottish coast as well as the families that lived in them.
Jump back in time – Image Archive pictures now pinned to maps 28 May 2021
We have added a marvellous new feature to Map Explorer™ this week.
Already boasting georeferenced historical and modern maps, Tithe Records and Maps to look for your Victorian ancestors' homes, Lloyd George Domesday Records and Maps for nearly one million individuals, Headstones and War memorials, Map Explorer™ now also allows Diamond subscribers to see what their ancestors' towns and areas once looked like.
Watch our short video on the new release:
With the addition of these period photographs of street scenes and parish churches where researchers' ancestors may have been baptised, married and buried, this new feature allows subscribers to jump back in time.
This release sees the ever-multiplying collection of historical photographs from TheGenealogist's Image Archive accessible for the first time from inside Map Explorer™ as a recordset layer. The various images for an area have their locations pinpointed on the maps allowing family historians to explore their ancestors' hometowns and other landmarks from around their area.
When viewing an Image Archive record in TheGenealogist's Map Explorer™, the family history researcher is shown the image's location on the map as well as from what point of view the photographer took the photo. Also included underneath the historical image is a modern map and street view (where it's available) so that the person researching their past family's area is able to compare the picture from the past with how the area looks today.
When used in conjunction with the other georeferenced maps and associated records, TheGenealogist's Map Explorer™ is a highly valuable tool for those researching their family history.
To find out more about this release, you can read Nik Thorne's article "See where your ancestors lived through their own eyes".
RAF Operations Record Books for the Dambusters squadron go online 14 May 2021
We are marking the anniversary of the famous Royal Air Force Dambusters raid on the Ruhr Valley dams in May 1943 by releasing over 1.55 million fully searchable records in the RAF Operations Record Books (ORBs), including those ORBs for the famous No 617 Squadron, giving an insight into their lives.
To find out more about these records, read Nick Thorne’s article: Guy Gibson and the dambuster raid found in RAF Record Books
Bringing the total to over 6.74 million records, these new diary-like RAF documents paint a picture of the goings-on in a squadron on a day-to-day basis for those units under British control.