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Find My Past – 5 Days of free British and Irish Records

Find My Past are offering free access to British and Irish Records over the long weekend of 22nd – 26th June (ending 9am).




If you are not already registered, after registration access will be free to the following datasets:

  • Birth, Marriage, Death and Census Records from Britain and Ireland
  • Irish Family History Records
  • UK Parish Records
  • British and Irish Military Service and Pension Records
  • UK and Ireland Crime, Prison and Punishment Records
  • Travel and Migration Collections, School Records and Occupation Lists

NOT included in the free offer is the 1939 Register, British and Irish newspapers, recent electoral registers, and rest of the world records.

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25 inch Ordnance Survey Maps for Essex

map of bobbingworth

The excellent Map section of the National Library of Scotland’s website is now even better! They have made available the 25 inch Ordnance Survey Maps for Essex – all free.

These are the most detailed historical maps produced by the Ordnance Survey on a scale of 25 inches to the mile. They can be used for local history research, house history research, or discovering where your ancestors lived if used in combination with the census returns.

Three editions are viewable:
Essex (1st Ed/Revised 1862-96) Revised: 1895 Published: 1897
Essex (New Series 1913) Revised: 1919 Published: 1921
Essex (New Series 1913) Revised: 1940 Published: 1947

The maps can be viewed as individual sheets using a zoomable map of England and Wales; or as a seamless zoomable overlay layer (1890s-1920s) on modern satellite images and OS maps; or as a seamless zoomable layer (1890s-1920s) side-by-side with modern satellite images and OS maps.

The interface takes a little while to get used to, but once that is achieved then you will be amazed at the detail contain in the maps.

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Essex Electoral Registers

The Essex Record Office have recently announced that they are releasing digital images of Electoral Registers for Essex as part of their subscription package, or they can be viewed for free at their search room.

The Record Office hold registers from 1833 to 1974 and these will be released in phases. The first phase are Electoral Registers from 1833 to 1868. It is hoped that the project will be completed by January 2018.

Altogether, the collection consists of 850 volumes containing thousands of names of those eligible to vote in Essex. The archive is not searchable by name, but the registers are compiled on a parish by parish basis and then the names are alphabetical so it is fairly easy to find your ancestor if you known the name of the parish they lived in.

It is also a good resource for those researching the history of their house.

For more information, read the announcement on the Essex Record Office blog.

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New index at General Register Office

birth certificate

A welcome new improvement has just been implemented at the General Register Office. It is a new free Birth and Death Index with additional data fields. For instance, the most welcome of all: the mother’s maiden name on the birth index.

The index is separate from the existing index which can be found on Free BMD or commercial websites like Ancestry. The new index cover the dates from 1837 to 1915 for births and 1837 to 1957 for deaths.

The search result gives the information required to enable ordering of the certificate: year, quarter, registration district, volume, page number.

To find out more information visit their Questions page.

An additional small change to their website is that registration is required before you are able to search the index.

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Ancestry free access weekend

woman and child - words - celebrate free access weekend

Ancestry.co.uk are offering free access to UK and Irish records this weekend from now until 9 October 2016 at 23:59 BST. These records include the census and bmd indexes. You will need to register and once the offer is finished you will not be able to view the images again. So make sure you download them or ‘print screen’ them.

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New medical records on Ancestry

Joseph Lister
Joseph Lister, surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery, features in the medical directories released by Ancestry

If you have ancestors involved in the medical profession in the UK and India then the latest database releases on Ancestry will certainly interest you. The new releases cover a wide range of practitioners: from doctors to midwives to physiotherapists.

The databases are:
UK & Ireland Medical Directories 1845 – 1942
Roll of the Indian Medical Service 1615 – 1930
Midwives Roll 1904 – 1959
Dentist Registers 1879 – 1942
Medical and Dental Students Registers 1882 – 1937
Physiotherapy and Masseuse Registers 1895 – 1980

Each database varies as to the contents of each record, so check the full details on the relevant Ancestry page linked above.

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