Saturday, 2 February 2019

Findmypast in a New York State of Mind

While there is one UK addition to Findmypast this week it's so obscure that you're more likely to find a relative in the New York Catholic records added

New York Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Over 329,000 additional baptism records have been added to our collection of New York Roman Catholic Sacramental registers. The new additions cover nearly 60 parishes across the diocese and span the years 1787 to 1916.
The collection currently consists of transcripts taken from over 200 New York parishes. The amount of detail listed in each transcript will vary, but most will include a combination date of birth, place of birth, baptism date, baptism place, the names of their parents and first language.

New York Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
Over 95,000 Sacramental register entries from 65 New York Catholic parishes have been added to the collection. Spanning the years 1819 to 1916, these new marriage records will reveal the names, birth years, occupations, residences and parents' names of both the bride and groom as well as the date and location of their marriage.

New York Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records
Hundreds of new records have been added to the collection of New York Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records. The new additions cover the parishes of SS Joseph & Thomas in Richmond County (1910), St Columba in Orange County (1895 – 1915) and St Peter in Ulster County (1860).
Congregational registers incorporate sacramental records other than those pertaining to baptisms, marriages, and burials, such as communicants (those who received Holy Communion), confirmations (those who received Holy Confirmation), sick calls (those who received the Anointing of the Sick), and first confessions (those who received Holy Reconciliation). You will also find records of people who converted to Catholicism as well as those who chose to rent specific seats from their local chapel. Another register type you will discover is status animarum, Latin for 'status of the souls'. These records noted the names and addresses of all the Catholics in the area.

The English title is 500 additional images added to the collection of Lincolnshire registers and records. Specifically it's "Visitations of Religious Houses in the Diocese of Lincoln, Volume II" published in 1919 documenting visitations of monasteries by Bishop Alnwick in the 15th century.

Also noted in the company weekly update are additions to the British Newspaper Archive, accessible through a Findmypast subscription, notably editions of the Sunday Independent (Dublin) and Sunday World (Dublin) post 1994.

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