July 2019 family history records roundup: FamilySearch adds 600,000 Herefordshire bishop’s transcripts

By Rosemary Collins, 27 June 2019 - 11:07am

Plus: Ancestry digitises D-Day records; Irish civil records enter public domain; List of Windrush passengers published for the first time

Hereford cathedral records
The new FamilySearch collection includes records from Hereford Cathedral (Credit: Olaf Protze/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Tracing your family history has become easier than ever as more and more records are being released online. 

From big commercial websites to smaller projects, we've put together a handy guide to help you discover the latest datasets for researching your family tree.

This month, we look at major new records collections from Herefordshire, Scotland and New York on FamilySearch; an Ancestry collection giving new insights into the D-Day landings; and more Irish birth, marriage and death records that have entered the public domain.

 

FamilySearch

What's been added?

Free family history website FamilySearch has added a major new collection of 594,707 Herefordshire bishop’s transcripts (1583-1898). Other new collections include 109,010 Scottish Presbyterian and Protestant church records (1736-1990) and 1,125,332 records of passenger arrivals at New York City, primarily dating from 1944-48, although some cover the early years of the 20th century.

What can the records tell you?

Each Church of England parish was required to create copies of its registers to send to the local bishop, known as bishop’s transcripts.

These records are therefore a good alternative source for Herefordshire baptism, marriage and burial records where the originals are lost, although there may be occasional errors.

The Scottish Presbyterian and Protestant records also cover baptisms, marriages and burials in different Scottish religious dominations.

The New York arrival records include images of the original passenger cards, potentially including the passenger’s age, place of birth, occupation, marital status, last permanent residence, destination, purpose in coming to the USA and even physical descriptions.

Where do they come from?

The Herefordshire bishop’s transcripts are transcribed from original documents at Hereford Record Office. The Scottish Presbyterian and Protestant records are from the National Records of Scotland. The New York arrival records are from the American National Archives and Records Administration.

 

Ancestry

What's been added?

Ancestry released a collection of 119 digitised war diaries and photographs from the D-Day landings to mark the 75th anniversary of the operation on 6 June.

What can the records tell you?

The records include little-seen photographs of British and American troops in action and 40 war diaries from the frontline of the battle, including infantry, field ambulances, airborne divisions and marines landing diaries. Together, they provide new detail about the landings that led to the liberation of Europe in the Second World War. The collection is free to access, although users will need to register for an Ancestry account.

Where do they come from?

The original records are stored in the Imperial War Museum and The National Archives.

 

Irish Genealogy

What's been added? 

The Irish General Register Office has released 1917-18 birth records, 1942-43 marriages and 1967-68 deaths on its free records website, Irish Genealogy.

What can the records tell you? 

The Irish Genealogy records link to digitised copies of the original records, revealing key details about your Irish ancestors’ lives. Birth records state the child’s name, sex and date of birth, the names and residences of their parents and the father’s profession. Marriage records state the couple’s names, ages, professions, residences, condition (whether they were single or widowed) and the names and professions of their fathers. Death records show the person’s date, place and cause of death, the duration of illness, and their age, condition and profession.

Where do they come from?

The records are Irish state records that were released after becoming publicly available under privacy laws. Irish Genealogy now has births and marriages back to 1864 and deaths to 1878.

 

Windrush Passenger List

What's been added? 

Records of the 1,027 immigrants who sailed from the Caribbean to London on the Windrush in June 1948 are available for free for the first time in a database on Goldsmiths University's website.

What can the records tell you? 

The records list each passenger’s port of embarkation, port of arrival, class, gender, marital status, age, proposed address, occupation and last residence.

Where do they come from?

The original passenger cards were destroyed by the Home Office in 2010, but they were remade for a Goldsmiths exhibition earlier this year using the original ship’s manifest in The National Archives, which is also available among the passenger lists on Ancestry.

 

Other records

Findmypast has added more records to its collections, including an additional 264,000 Lancashire parish records covering Liverpool; 44,000 Kent parish records; and 135,000 Portsmouth Merchant Navy crew lists (1861-1913).

TheGenealogist has added over 70,000 Islington records to its Lloyd George Domesday Survey collection and over 100,000 prisoner records from Millbank, Pankhurst and Pentonville prisons (1838-1875).

The Royal Scots Regimental Trust has published its Second World War Roll of Honour, listing the 1281 men of the regiment who were killed in the conflict. 

A new collection of 37 maps of Dublin Port, dating back to 1717, is available via the online port archive.

The Mallow Heritage Centre has added 1295 records to its County Cork (North & East) database on RootsIreland, covering marriages for the Roman Catholic parishes of Doneraile (1899-1922); Killavullen (1895-1922); Cloyne (1895-1922) and civil records for Kilshannig (1895-1906).

A collection of First World War items from Glasgow City Archives, including photographs, artefacts, newspaper articles and oral histories, has been digitised by the Lest We Forget project.

 

 

 

 

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