Friday, 15 February 2019

FindmyPast adds Scottish irregular marriage index

FindmyPast ( has uploaded a useful resource for irregular Scottish marriages this week:

Scotland, Irregular & Cross-Border Marriage Index
Did you have ancestors' that eloped to be married or had an irregular marriage in Scotland? Search over 13,000 records spanning 1624 to 1898 and covering places such as Gretna Green, Coldstream, and Lamberton Toll to find details of their marriage in this collection. Marriage by a declaration in front of two witnesses was legal in Scotland, however, in 1753 a law was passed in England which banned such irregular marriages and this led to many couples eloping.

An irregular marriage in Scotland did not require the ceremony to be carried out by an ordained minister or to be preceded by proclamation or Banns. Parental permission was also not required for the marriage to be recognized as being legal. Irregular marriages were disagreed with in principle by the churches, they were however tolerated as the churches feared that if the law did not recognize such relationships, the couple would end up 'living in sin.'

Source: not listed.

[NB: My books Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) and Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records cover irregular marriages in both the pre-civil registration and civil registration eras - see The final form of irregular marriage in Scotland, marriage by habit and repute, was not abolished until the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 - for more, see my blog post at]

Also released this week:

Scotland, Edinburgh Field Officers From Almanacs 1758-1800
The Edinburgh Field Officers from Almanacs 1758-1800 is an excellent resource for anyone researching their ancestors' military history and want to understand more about their military life.

United States Marriages
Over 23 million additional marriage records covering 46 states have been added to the collection. These new additions span nearly 450 years of American history, containing records dating all the way back to 16th century Massachusetts.

Arkansas First Draft Registration Card, 1940-1945 Image Browse
Do you have ancestors from the state of Arkansas who were drafted during WW2? Explore over a million draft cards to learn facts such as their birth date, address, place of employment, relative's names, physical description and more. Browsing allows you to explore images of original draft cards from beginning to end.

New records from the Dominican Republic
Over 677,000 new records from the Dominican Republic are now available to search. These new releases consist of 5 separate collection covering civil registrations, baptisms, marriages and deaths between 1666 and 1924, including:

Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010
Dominican Republic civil death registration, 1801-2010
Dominican Republic Marriage Index 1743-1929
Dominican Republic Death Index 1666-1862
Dominican Republic Baptism Index 1726-1924

British And Irish Newspaper update
This week we have added 128,578 new pages to The Archive. We are excited to welcome two brand new additions to our collection – the much requested Long Eton Advertiser and the Runcorn Guardian. We also have updates to six our existing titles, including three of our Irish publications, as well as the Middlesex County Times, the Manchester Evening News and the Lennox Herald. This week sees substantial additions to our twentieth century holdings, including an extensive run of 1930s titles, featuring the Middlesex County Times and the Long Eaton Advertiser.

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