Sunday, 8 May 2016

Yorkshire records added to FindmyPast

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5.4 Million Yorkshire Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday

Findmypast completes project with six Yorkshire archives to create the most comprehensive online repository of Yorkshire family history records in the world

We are pleased to announce that this week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of more than 5.4 million records released in partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium. The publication marks the final phase of our Yorkshire Collection, a rich archive of more than 10.5 million records spanning the years 1538 to 1990.

The Yorkshire Digitisation project was first launched in October 2014 and has resulted in the creation of the largest online repository of Yorkshire family history records anywhere in the world. The final phase, released today, includes parish baptisms, banns, marriages, burials, school records, university records and a variety of other documents held by the East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York), the North Yorkshire County Record Office, Teesside Archives, Sheffield Archives and Local Studies, and Doncaster Archives and Local Studies.

As the provenances of the records are defined by historical, rather than modern boundaries, areas now outside of today’s Yorkshire such as County Durham, are also covered.

Also available to search this week are substantial new additions to our collection of United States marriage records and the PERiodical Source Index.

Yorkshire Baptisms
Over 2.2 million new records have recently been added to our collection of Yorkshire Baptisms. Yorkshire baptisms, 1538-1990, now contains over 4.4 million records from parish churches right across the three historic Yorkshire counties; North Riding, West Riding and East Riding.

Yorkshire Banns
Search 203,000 new additions to our collection of Yorkshire Banns to see if your ancestors declared their intention to marry in the county of Yorkshire. Yorkshire banns, 1653-1930, now contains over 541,000 records.

Yorkshire Marriages
Over 1.4 million new records have been added to our collection of Yorkshire parish marriages. Yorkshire Marriages 1538 – 1942 now contains over 2.2 million records spanning almost 400 years. The records list the details couples married in Anglican parishes across the three historic Yorkshire counties.

Yorkshire Burials
Uncover the location of your ancestor’s grave with over 1.5 million brand new Yorkshire burials. The Yorkshire Burials now contain over 3.2 million records spanning more than four centuries that list the details of men and women buried in Anglican parishes across the three historic Yorkshire counties.

Britain, School and University Register Books 1264-1930
Over 1,000 Yorkshire records containing biographical details about your ancestor after their school years have been added to our collection of school and university register books. Britain, School and University Register Books 1264-1930 contains over 18,000 records that list biographical details about your ancestor’s life after school, such as employment information and marriage and death dates. You can also discover if your ancestor taught at these schools, as all the registers include staff names.

Yorkshire Registers & Records
Delve through more than 34,000 assorted Yorkshire records, ranging from parish magazines to school registers, Kelly's directories and more. There are over 200 publications included in our collection of Yorkshire registers & records. The collection comprises various publications including, parish magazines, school registers, almanacs, abstracts of wills, and local histories, to name a few.

United States Marriages
Over 10 million new records containing approximately 45 million new names have just been added to our collection of United States Marriage Records including substantial new additions from Indiana, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Maine.

PERSI Update
Over 23,000 images have been added to eleven publications that will help you to discover useful contextual information about the time and place in which your ancestor lived. The PERiodical Source Index is the world’s largest and most widely used subject index for U.S. genealogy and local history literature.

(With thanks to Alex Cox)


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