Saturday, 23 February 2019

Yorkshire in the Spotlight for Findmypast

New transcripts with linked image of the original register entry are:

Yorkshire Baptisms
Over 135,000 new additions covering 81 new parishes have been added to the collection which totals 5.5 million. Each record gives a combination of baptism date, baptism place, denomination and parent's names.

Yorkshire Banns
Over 35,000 new records covering 57 additional parishes. That makes the total more than 625,000 banns records. It gives banns date, marriage year, residence, spouse's name and spouse's residence.

Yorkshire Marriages
Over 53,000 additional records covering 68 new parishes. Find a combination of the marriage date, marriage location, birth year, residence, occupation, marital status, father's name and witness's names for both the bride and groom. Over 3 million entries in total.

Yorkshire Burials
More than 124,000 additional records covering 86 new parishes have been added to the collection. Each record gives some combination of birth year, age at death, burial date and location. There are now a total of nearly 5.3 million entries.


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.

1939 Register update
Although Ancestry also has a version of the Register Findmypast is the best source as it's updated much more frequently to account for deaths reported and those reaching 100 years of age.
"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.
The 1939 Register now contains more than 34.2 million searchable records. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivalled by any other family history research tool to date."

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