Saturday, 18 May 2019

Scotland set to win Eurovision song contest!

Only kidding! I meant to say there are a few more Scottish records on FindmyPast ( this week - here goes:

United States Directories & Almanacs
Over 151,000 new records have been added to the collection. The new additions consist of city directories covering Ohio as well as directories covering the Washington, District of Columbia. The directories in this collection stretch across the 1700s to the 1900s and will enable you to discover your ancestor's address and occupation or explore the history of your home address. These directories are also a good substitute for the 1890 Census for the United States that was lost to fire.

Scotland, Shetland Newspaper Birth Index 1872-1990
Reveal your Scottish ancestry with this collection of more than 29,000 birth announcements from Shetland newspapers. Newspaper announcements are an excellent source for family history and may include your ancestor's birth place and parents' names. Newspapers can reveal valuable clues about the daily lives of our ancestors, allowing you to further understand their place within the local community.

Scotland, Occupations & Professions
Explore this index of more than 10,000 occupational and trade records from across Scotland to learn more about the working lives of your ancestors. Within the collection, you will find veterinary surgeons, photographers, police officers, watchmakers, and more. Many records will also include additional details such as addresses, physical descriptions, employer names or other facts.

This is a growing collection on Findmypast and we will continue to add more sources and records. We used the following sources to create this index:

Clock & Watchmakers of the Scottish Highlands & Islands
List of Students of Veterinary Colleges, recognised by Government, Who Have Passed Examinations, & Obtained The Certificate of the Highland & Agricultural Society, 1874, Edinburgh with Supplements
Photographers of Central Scotland
Photographers of Edinburgh and The Lothians
Photographers of Lanarkshire
Photographers of North Eastern Scotland
Photographers of Northern Scotland
Photographers of Western Scotland
The Edinburgh Police Register 1815-1859, P. Ruthven-Murray, Edinburgh, published 1991

Ontario - Oddfellows Life Insurance Applications (1875-1929)
Celebrate Victoria Day with new life insurance with The Independent Order of Oddfellows between 1875 and 1929. Consisting of more than 31,000 transcripts created by the Ontario Genealogical Society, these records will reveal the policy holders birth date, residence, policy number and date. The images that accompany this index will be added to the site next week.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added 96,930 new pages to The Archive. We are delighted to welcome a brand new Somerset title to our collection this week – the Cheddar Valley Gazette. We also have extensive updates to five of our London titles, and updates to the Reading Evening Post and the Amersham Advertiser.

International Records Update – Norway
Three new indexes containing over 9.1 million Norwegian baptisms, marriages and burials are now available to search as part of our new collection of European records. The Indexes span nearly 300 years of Norwegian history (1634 to 1927) and will generate new hints against your Findmypast family tree.

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