Monday, 8 December 2014

The Latest Databases from Findmypast

Wow! millions of records new to Findmypast from Britain became available last Friday.

Trade Union Membership Registers
This is the big one. If your ancestor was in one of the trades Boilermakers & Iron Shipbuilders, Carpenters & Joiners, Lithographers or Railway Workers explore this collection of over three million British trade union records.  Made up of admission books, annual reports and membership lists sourced from the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick you'll find indexed digitised images of the original record books from 9 unions.
Information varies. You may find birth, marriage or death dates, whether married or single at registration, whether he/she applied for funeral benefit for a family member and if your ancestor transferred to a new branch, moving your family to a new town or country. Many trade unions included international branches from Ireland to Australia to Spain and Belgium.

English Births & Baptisms, 1538-1975
Sourced from FamilySearch so you may well have already scoured this collection, each of these 60 million records contains a transcript extract of the original source material. The amount of information varies but you could find out name, birth year, date of baptism, place of baptism.

Welsh Births & Baptisms, 1541-1907
Over 700,000 records sourced from FamilySearch with name and date of birth as well as the name of parents.

Peninsular War, British Army Officers, 1808-1814
A compilation on more than 9,600 officers from Army lists, Gazettes, despatches, official records and regimental histories.

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