Saturday 9 September 2017

Scottish Roman Catholic registers join FindmyPast

FindmyPast ( has added over a thousand Scottish Roman Catholic registers:

Scotland Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse

Browse through more than 1000 volumes of Roman Catholic sacramental registers of baptisms, marriages and burials spanning the years 1736 to 1942. This extensive collection contains records from all eight Scottish dioceses: Aberdeen, Argyll & The Isles, Dunkeld, Galloway, Glasgow, Motherwell, St Andrews & Edinburgh, and Paisley.

(NB: I'm currently in Crete so have not had a chance to compare what has been released with what is also already available and searchable on ScotlandsPeople (, also sourced from the Scottish Catholic Archives. The ScotlandsPeople presentation also include records from the UK wide Bishopric of the Forces).

Also released are some further English records:

Lancashire wills & probate 1457-1858
Lancashire wills & probate 1457-1858 is an index of more than 229,000 Lancashire records that will enable you to determine whether your ancestor's probate papers have survived through the centuries. Until 1857, the Church of England was responsible for administering wills and probate cases. These wills would have been proved in ecclesiastic courts. The records cover Amounderness, Copeland, Furness, Kendal, and Lonsdale deaneries. This collection has been created by both Findmypast, which transcribed original records from the Lancashire Record Office, and the Lancashire and Cheshire Record Society, which provided index work.

Leicestershire Baptisms
Over 54,000 new records have been added to Leicestershire Baptisms. The new additions consist of Bishops transcripts from around the county that date back as far as 1538. Bishop's transcripts were abbreviated copies of the parish records sent to the Diocesan bishop several times a year. They can be an invaluable source of genealogical information when the original record has not survived.

Leicestershire Marriages
More than 22,000 Bishops transcripts of Leicestershire parish marriages registers have been added to our collection of Leicestershire Marriages. The collection spans the years 1537 to 1931 and covers more 300 parishes across the country.

Leicestershire Burials
Over 39,000 bishops transcripts of parish burial records have been added this week. The records span over 400 years from 1538 to the 1991 and cover 279 parishes. These records will allow you discover when your ancestor died, their age at death, place of burial, date of burial and parent's names.

Leicestershire Parish Records Browse
13,000 volumes of Leicestershire parish baptisms, marriages and burials have been added to this collection. Spanning from 1538 to 1916, these records cover more than 300 parishes.

British Newspapers
More than 993,000 new articles and 12 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers:

Illustrated War News
Exmouth Journal
Saffron Walden Weekly News
Lowestoft Journal
Woolwich Gazette and Greenwich and Deptford Chronicle
Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail
Eastbourne Herald
Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser
Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News
Morecambe Guardian
Clitheroe Advertiser and Times

Further details are available via the links.


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  1. Hi, the link for British Newspapers is wrong, you duplicated the Leicestershire Parish Records Browse link