Tuesday, 14 April 2015

TheGenealogist updates tithes records and adds WW1 medal records

From The Genealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist is launching millions of new records at the Who Do You Think you Are? Live show. These include many unique resources:-

New Tithe Maps for more English counties
New Tithe Apportionment documents for Wales completing the release.
750,000 new Parish Records
4.66 million new WW1 Medals Records

A major addition to the National Tithe Records have been launched for the show. Joining the previously released maps for Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire, are the counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Lancashire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire & Yorkshire.

Tithe maps allow you to identify the land on which your ancestors lived and worked in the 19th century. The tithe apportionments list the names of both the owner and the occupier as well as detail the amount of land, how it was used, and tithe rent due. These unique records are key to geographically placing where your ancestors lived and worked in these times.

750,000 more Parish Records from 22 counties join the already significant collection on the site and these new records include: Buckinghamshire, Caernarvonshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Devon, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, London, Monmouthshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Shropshire, Somerset, Sussex, Worcestershire and Yorkshire.

Parish records are a prime source for family historians to find the key life events of their ancestors and so this release will be greatly welcomed by many whose ancestors are from these areas.

TheGenealogist is launching at the show, 4.66 million new WW1 Campaign Medal Cards. This takes their WWI medal collection close to 6 million records. Included in this new release are the following medals

1914 Star
1914/15 Star
British War Medal 1914-1920
Victory Medal 1914-1919

These medal cards make it even easier to find an ancestor in the collection of military records online as many of our ancestors who served in the First World War will have been eligible.

Mark Bayley, head of Content at TheGenealogist said “We always like to have a big release for the show. The completion of the Tithe apportionments and the release of maps for an additional 11 counties gives researchers the opportunity to beat the abiding challenge of finding where their ancestors lived and worked. With the vast number of Parish, Medal and Tithe Records that we are releasing there should be something for everyone to discover.”

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)


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