Many new collections and updates have been added to the Findmypast website.
Findmypast describes its new additions/updates as follows:
Surrey, Military Tribunals 1915-1918
“This collection contains the details of over 10,000 men. Comprised of registers and letter books, the records cover four military tribunals held at Woking, Dorking, Haslemere and Guildford in the English county of Surrey. Military service tribunals were bodies set up by local councils for men who wanted to appeal for an exemption from conscription.
“A person had the right to appeal conscription on a number of grounds. One such example would be if he were employed in a position of national interest, such as farming or industry. Other reasons for appeal included ill health, infirmity, exceptional financial or business obligations, or conscientious objections. Conscientious objectors were not always given an exemption, but they could be assigned to non-combatant positions. Each record includes and transcript and image of the original document.
Lloyds of London Memorial Roll 1914-1918
“This roll contains the records and photographs of company employees who died during the First World War. Over 2,000 men from the historic insurance firm served in the military during the conflict, many of whom joined London regiments such as the London rifle Brigade or the London Scottish.
“The Roll is a tribute to those who lost their lives during the conflict and contains the records of 216 men. Each name has two records, an entry in the memorial role and a photographic portrait, and will display both an image and a transcript that may include details of their rank, regiment and any awards they received.
The Stock Exchange Memorial Roll 1914-1918
“The roll is a record of employees of the London Stock Exchange who gave their lives for King and Country during the Great War. The Roll contains both men and women. Each entry contains a biography and, in some cases, touching testimonies from fellow soldiers and commanding officers.
“When war was first declared, the subsequent fear surrounding borrowed money being called in led to the Stock Exchange closing at the end of July 1914. As a result of the closure, the Stock Exchange (10th) Battalion of Fusiliers was formed for the 1,600 men who volunteered service. Many of the men listed in the Roll served with this regiment.
England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932
“Browse through nearly 10,000 volumes of England & Wales electoral registers containing 5.4 million images and approximately 220 million names. The collection was recently made available online for the first time in association with the British Library and includes parliamentary registers, burgess rolls, parochial registers and county council registers. Electoral Registers are lists created annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. Browsing the registers is a fantastic way to learn more about the history of your home or local area.
“The period covered by the England and Wales Electoral Registers 1832-1932 includes some of the most important events in history of British democracy and demonstrates how the British electorate changed during the 19th and early 20th centuries: from the vote being extended to working class men and the reform of representation up until women’s suffrage.
The British in Argentina 1914-1919
“This collection is a list of 4,852 members of Argentina’s British community who volunteered for service during the First World War. Argentina was a neutral country during World War I. However, one-third of its population was comprised of foreign citizens, including those of the countries currently at war.
“This general roll of volunteers forms a chronological account of events in Argentina just prior to and after Britain’s declaration of war on Germany up to the end of the hostilities. This includes details pertaining to war efforts made in Argentina by British residents, including the work of the British Women’s Patriotic Association. Later chapters include details pertaining to the war fund, women’s war efforts, work of societies and communities, the role of established institutions in the war effort, and the aftermath of the Armistice.
“These records consist of both transcripts and images of the original publication, Activities of the British Community in Argentina During the Great War 1914-1919, published in 1920.
Additions to Devon Social and Institutional records
“Over 49,000 records have been added to our collection of Devon Social and Institutional Records. This extraordinarily rich collection has been gathered by the Devon Family History Society from a wide range of local records covering daily life in the 18th and 19th centuries. There are 127 separate sources mainly covering working life, but also containing a fascinating collection of criminal and poor law records.
“There are also several very unusual record sets including smallpox vaccinations for Brixham, Exeter Heavitree and St Thomas and Exmouth, Christmas presents for Exmouth children whose fathers were away fighting in World War 1 and the Heavitree Nuisances, which covers insanitary premises that could be closed down by the police.
“Each record contains a transcript of original records. Because of the range of material available, the type and amount of information varies considerably.
London, Watermen in the Royal Navy, 1803-1809
“This collection consists of transcripts created from two nineteenth century documents held at the London Metropolitan Archive: ‘Alphabetical list of 105 members of the company killed in action in the Navy, or invalided in that service, naming their ships’ and ‘Alphabetical list of Watermen in the Navy with the names of the ships on which they were serving when last heard of by their relatives’. These documents recorded the details of employees of The Worshipful Company of Watermen and Lightermen who were impressed into the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars.
“The first document includes the names of 525 watermen, the names of the ships they served on and how many guns were on each vessel. Some entries include a waterman’s rank and date of arrival on the ship. The second lists the names of watermen who were discharged invalided, taken prisoner in France or killed in action.
London, Watermen, Admiralty Muster of the Port of London, 1628
“This muster is a register of employees of the Watermen’s Company who were considered for impressment into the Royal Navy. The register recorded the individual’s name, age, number of naval voyages completed up to that time, residence and in some cases additional notes. Each record consists of a transcript of the original document. The muster includes the names of men from the ages of 10 to 92. Individuals who were 22 years old or younger were most likely apprentices.
London, Watermen, Birth Register of Contracted Men, 1865-1921
“This is a list of over 1,400 apprentices of the Company. The apprenticeship system has been in place since the company’s formation in the 1500s. The first apprenticeships took just one year to complete, but in 1603 this was extended to seven years. Generally, apprentices would be between the ages of 14 and 20. If an individual’s father was a waterman, then an apprenticeship could start before the age of 18; otherwise, apprenticeships would start after individuals turned 18.
“In order to start an apprenticeship, proof of age such as a birth certificate or baptism certificate was required. The register records the date that proof was submitted and the individual’s name and date of birth. Birth place was also recorded and boys from as far afield as Liverpool, Dublin, Guernsey and even Norway and India can be found within the records.
London, Watermen, List of Free Watermen, 1827
“This is a ‘mini census’ of watermen carried out in April 1827 that lists individuals’ names and ages. The term ‘free waterman’ referred to members of the company who had completed their apprenticeship and earned the ‘Freedom of the Company’. More than 5,400 names are recorded on individual transcripts, which is evidence that work as a waterman was a sizeable trade at that time. Each record includes the Freeman’s name, birth year, age, the year they were added to the list and any additional notes.
London, Watermen’s Petition for King Charles I, 1648
“This is a list of watermen who signed the petition of the Royal Bargemasters, Nowell Warner and Robert Bursey, for the King in 1648. The petition was created during the Second English Civil War (1648-1649) and presented to Parliament on 18 July in the hope of encouraging a speedy end to the hostilities and the return of the king. Each record includes a transcript for each of the 2,000 people who signed, listing their name, gender, and the date they signed. The company’s records start in 1692, which makes this petition and the admiralty muster of 1628 vital records for those interested in the early years of the company.
“Since our last Irish newspaper round-up, an exciting 16 new titles have joined the collection, pushing it over the 100 publication mark. In all, over 2 million new and additional fully searchable newspaper articles have been added.
“New titles to join the collection recently include 3 Dublin newspapers, 3 from Ulster and 3 from Leinster. The new additions cover an impressive span from 1832 all the way up to 1948. As well as new titles, a further 8 newspapers have been supplemented with additional articles. These include substantial updates to Wexford Constitution (93,562), Clare Journal, and Ennis Advertiser (74,880) and The Evening Freeman (60,872).
British Army Muster Rolls, 84th Foot 1808-1818
“Each transcript will vary due to the individual career of each soldier, but may include the soldier’s name, rank, regiment, battalion, and militia recruit. You can follow their career to find out whether they took part in the Walcheren Campaign or the Peninsular War, or if they served as a guard on a convict ship in New South Wales. These records will also reveal whether your ancestor was admitted to hospital, and if so, which one. They will show if your ancestor was taken as a prisoner of war or died in service, along with the date and cause of death. Some transcripts include additional information from the pension records.
British Army Muster Rolls, 60th Foot 1879-1882
“The 60th Regiment was first raised in the American colonies in 1756 and was known as the Royal Americans. Their name was changed to the King’s Royal Rifle Corps after the Napoleonic Wars in 1830. The muster rolls cover the Zulu War, 1st Boer War and the Battle of Tel El-Kebir. The regiment is also known as the King’s Royal Rifle Corps.
“Each record includes a transcript created from the information found in the original muster rolls. The details included will vary depending on the military career of each solider, however you may find a combination of the soldier’s name, service number, rank, regiment, battalion, mounted infantry, the 1879 Zulu muster roll, 1881 1st Boer War muster roll, or 1882 Tel El Kebir muster roll. Additional notes may include the date the individual was enlisted, sickness, if wounded and when, date of discharge or date and cause of death.
Staffordshire, Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry Wills and Probate 1521-1858
“This record set is comprised of two collections: Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry Probate Court Act Books 1532-1638, and Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry original wills, inventories and letters of administration 1521-1858.
“Most transcripts include first and last names, death date, year of will, year of grant of probate or letters of administration, occupation, parish, and more. Individuals often have multiple images of the original documents containing details of their probate and their wills written out in full, which can provide detailed information on next of kin and the estate of the deceased. Wills and letters of administration (where a will was not made) will often include references to entire family networks. Inventories of property survive for almost all wills up to 1750.
Hampshire, Portsmouth Electoral Rolls 1835-1873
“These rolls contain over 198,000 transcripts covering six parishes of Portsmouth: All Saints, St George, St John, St Mary, St Paul and St Thomas. Electoral rolls were registered annually, which means that you may find multiple entries for your ancestor. The Portsmouth electoral roll wasn’t published in 1836 and 1837, and those from 1866, 1870 and 1871 have not survived.
“The registers include the names of those who were eligible to vote in local and parliamentary elections. By using the keyword field you can search for your home address and discover who lived in your house before you. Or you can search a street name and discover the neighbours who lived alongside your ancestor.
Plymouth Plague Rate 1627-1629
“This is an index of over 600 residents of the city of Plymouth who were taxed to fund the relief of an outbreak of Bubonic Plague. Also known as ‘The Black Death’, the plague first appeared in Europe in 1347 and is estimated to have killed between 25 and 60% of the continents population. The fatal disease was carried by rodents and inflicted terrible symptoms including sores, swelling of the lymph glands, respiratory problems, fever and the vomiting of blood.
“There have been numerous outbreaks throughout history such as the one that hit the port city of Plymouth in 1627. The disease was most active in Venners ward and local authorities were unable to combat and control the spread.
“The index covers three of the city’s wards: Looe Street, Venners and Vintry, and list the names of those who were taxed in order to fund the city’s relief. Each record contains a transcript of the original document that lists a resident’s name, the date they were taxed, the ward they lived in and any additional notes. Additional notes may reveal whether your ancestor was a widow, a gentleman, not in town at the time, poor, if they refused to pay, fled the area or succumbed to the disease.
“This collection contains over 2,000 transcripts of original parish baptism registers. The records cover four parishes; Breedon on the Hill, Long Whatton, Sileby and Walton on the Wolds, and span from 1683 up to 1769.
Transcripts will list your ancestor’s name, the date of their baptism date and parish in which they were baptised. These baptisms are a great way to uncover previously undiscovered branches of your family tree and many records will also list you ancestor’s relationship (whether they were someone’s father, mother, sister, son etc.) as well as the names of their parents.
“This collection records contain over 3,000 transcripts covering seven Leicestershire parishes: Breedon on the Hill, Cossington, Long Whatton, Prestwold, Quorndon, Walton on the Wolds and Wymeswold. The records span the years between 1752 and 1835 and will reveal where and when your ancestor was buried. A number of records will also include your ancestor’s relationship, the full names of their parents and, in the case of female ancestors, the name of their husband.
Dublin Parish Registers
“This collection consists of eight publications of parish records from the Church of Ireland dating from the early 1600s up to 1800. The records are composed of over 2,500 PDF images that allow you to discover the baptism, marriage, and burial dates of your Dublin ancestors as well as the names of their parents and spouse. Occasionally, other details are recorded, such as father’s occupation or how a couple was married (either by banns or by licence). The eight indexed publications included in this set are searchable by name, year, title, publisher, image number and keyword.
“This collection covers over 350 Suffolk parishes, contains over 747,000 records from across the East Anglian county, was created by the Suffolk Family History Society and is comprised of transcripts of original parish registers. The amount of information found in each transcript may vary depending on the age of the record and how much information was recorded, although most will include your ancestor’s name, baptism date, baptism place, the names of the parents, father’s occupation and any additional notes.
Suffolk, Lambert’s Family Almanac 1857-1917
“This consists of over 3,000 pages recording local events in the market town of Framlingham. The Almanac was started in 1856 by Robert J P Lambert as a record of life in his home town. The title page describes the book as ‘containing general and interesting information, including the rising and setting of the sun and moon, a copious calendar, law and university terms, eclipses, etc. with plenty of fire-side reading’. For a family historian, it contains so much more: births, marriages, obituaries, descriptions of the town and noteworthy events, trade directories and lists of officials. At its height of popularity, the almanac had become a household name with a circulation of up to 10,000.”