Monday, 11 May 2015

Latest FindmyPast additions

FindmyPast ( has added the following new record collections:

Gravestone records indexes added from the website:

Over 408,000 England Billion Graves Cemetery Index records
Over 55,000 Scotland BillionGraves Cemetery Index records
Over 48,000 Wales BillionGraves Cemetery Index records
Over 4,000 Ireland BillionGraves Cemetery Index records
Over 877,000 Australia BillionGraves Cemetery Index records
Over 88,000 New Zealand BillionGraves Cemetery Index records

Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808

Britain, Country Apprentices 1710-1808, contain over 1 million records taken from original registers kept by the Board of Stamps. These registers recorded the money received in payment of the tax on apprentices’ indentures. An apprenticeship was a system where an artisan or craftsman took on a young apprentice to teach him/her skills of their profession. In Great Britain, the Statute of Apprentices of 1563 (sometimes called the Statute of Artificers) stated that no one could set up a trade without completing an apprenticeship. An apprentice was placed with or bound to a master for at least seven years.

(Sourced from the Society of Genealogists in London)

Victoria Parliamentary Papers 1852-1899

Over 186,000 records have been added to the Victoria Parliamentary Papers 1852-1899. This index includes Volumes 1-3 from 1852 to 1879 and enables family historians to search the previously unindexed Parliamentary Papers. The Papers are a wonderful source for the broader social history of the early days of the Colony of Victoria covering land, mining, occupations, etc.

(Sourced from the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc)


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