Sunday, 24 February 2019

Scottish 'antenuptial fornication' records added to FindmyPast

New to FindmyPast ( this week:

Scotland, Antenuptial Relationship Index 1661-1780
Do you have ancestors that were members of the Church of Scotland? Search over 31,000 antenuptial records from Kirk Sessions registers to find out if there were any family members who were summoned to the ministers and elders of the church to deny or confess their sin as a child had been conceived out of wedlock

In these cases of 'antenuptial fornication', it was the mother of the child who would be summoned first, they would be sternly rebuked and persuaded to name the father of the child if he was not an obvious boyfriend. The father was then told of the accusation, summoned and would either appear or write, to deny or confess his sin. The session would summon the mother and father of the child back to subsequent meetings until the matter was resolved and the mother, or sometimes the couple, made some sort of reparation, often with the mother standing at the church door for 3 Sabbaths. When they had fully repented, and been pardoned, each was welcomed back into the church.

(Source: The Scottish Genealogy Society)

Also available:

Yorkshire Baptisms
Over 135,000 new additions covering 81 new parishes have been added to the collection.

Yorkshire Banns
Find out if your Yorkshire ancestors were married by banns with over 35,000 new records covering 57 additional parishes.

Yorkshire Marriages
Did your ancestor's tie the knot in god's own county? Over 53,000 additional records covering 68 new parishes.

Yorkshire Burials
Discover the final resting place of your Yorkshire ancestors with over 124,000 additional records covering 86 new parishes have been added to the collection.

1939 Register update (England and Wales)
Over 287,000 additional 'open' records have been added to the 1939 Register. Since the Register was launched, Findmypast has matched more than four million 'closed records' to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded.

New Records from Barbados
Over 736,000 records from the Eastern Caribbean Island of Barbados are now available to search. Sourced via the International Genealogical Index, these new additions consist of six individual collections covering births, marriages, deaths, baptisms and burials between 1637 and 1891. The Barbados collections currently available to search include:

Barbados Baptism Index 1739-1891
Barbados Burial Index 1854-1885
Barbados Church Birth Records 1637-1887
Barbados Church Death Records 1637-1887
Barbados Church Marriage Records 1637-1887
Barbados Marriage Index 1854-1879

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week 134,952 have joined the Archive. We have added two Home Counties titles for England, The East Kent Gazette and the Bucks Examiner for Buckinghamshire. We have also added to ten of our existing titles, including:

Birmingham Daily Post - 1965
Coventry Evening Telegraph - 1935
Drogheda Independent - 1895
Irish Independent - 1914, 1925
Newcastle Journal - 1995
Perthshire Advertiser - 1907
Runcorn Guardian - 1909
South Wales Daily News - 1910
Sunday Independent (Dublin) - 1986-1990, 1992-1993, 1995
Sunday Tribune - 1990-1992

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