Friday, 3 November 2017

Surrey and New York collections join FindmyPast

This week's new FindmyPast ( additions:

Surrey Lay Subsidies 1524-1645
Search for your ancestors in over 16,000 early taxation records created from The National Archives' E 179 series, 'Exchequer: King's Remembrancer: Particulars of account and other records relating to lay and clerical taxation, National treasury records'. Lay subsidies are taxation records from the final years of the Tudor period and the early years of the Jacobean era. All the records come from Surrey in South East England.

Surrey Court Cases 1391-1835
Surrey Court Cases is an index of over 26,000 records covering four centuries of Surrey court cases. Each record consists of a transcript that will reveal the year of the case, the court it was head at and, in some cases, full texts comprising the names of others named in the court proceedings.
The records cover four Surrey Courts:
  • Surrey Court of Star Chamber, 1485-1649 –dealt primarily with criminal cases and alleged violence such as sedition, illegal hunting, assault, fraud, public disorder, murder, and witchcraft.
  • Surrey Exchequer Court, 1497-1835 – responsible for cases of equity and revenue. You will find land disputes, titles of land, manorial rights, tithes, debts, and wills in these records.
  • Surrey Court of Requests, 1500-1624 – Due to the low cost and the speedy process of the Court of Requests, it was frequently used by the poor and servants of the king in matters of equity.
  • Surrey Court of Chancery, 1391-1758 – also dealt with cases of equity, trusts, and land laws, as well as the estates of lunatics and guardianship of infants

Surrey & South London Wills & Probate Index, 1470-1856
Just under 2,000 records have been added to our collection of Surrey & South London Will Abstracts 1470-1856. The index consists of names taken from original will registers held at the London Metropolitan Archives. The registers contain the details taken down from office copies of the wills as the testator or their solicitor would have retained the original document.

New York State Death Index Browse
Browse 71 indices of deaths from the state of New York. Images are broken up by year and cover the years 1880 to 1955. Records will reveal where your ancestor died, their date of death, cause of death, age at death and certificate number.

New York City Marriage Announcements, 1833-1836
This collection of marriage announcements from New York City contains many notices from newspapers not readily available to the public. The two newspapers included are The Sun and the New York Transcript. This work has two main indexes: the Groom and the Bride. Each record contains the names of both the bride and groom, the name of the officiating minister, the marriage date, location and the newspaper the notice was
originally printed in. The collection is also available to browse.

New York State Religious Records 1716-1914 Image Browse
Browse 120 volumes of baptisms, marriages, and deaths from dozens of New York State churches of various denominations.

The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record
Another fascinating resource from NYG&B, The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record is the second oldest genealogical journal in the US and details the people and places of the Empire State from the 17th century onwards. We've added a further 85 images from Vol 148 No 3 in this latest update.

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