Friday, 26 July 2019

Findmypast: Billion Graves, Kent, Orkney and Finland

Additions to the collection this week are:

Billion Graves Cemetery Indexes
The latest update on Findmypast includes\:

Over 2.6 million new additions to the United States Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Over 214,000 new additions to the Canada Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Over 114,000 new additions to the England Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Over 2,000 new additions to the Ireland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Over 80,000 new additions to the Scotland Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Over 42,000 new additions to the Wales Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Over 323,000 new additions to the Australia Graves Cemetery Index
Over 71,000 new additions to the New Zealand Billion Graves Cemetery Index

Billion Graves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web, with over 12 million headstone records.

Kent Burials
Over 4,500 records of burials that took place at St Martin's church in Cheriton are now available to search. These new additions cover two periods, 1843 to 1855 and 1907 to 1958. For a full list of all parishes and date ranges currently covered, view the handy parish list.

Scotland, Orkney, 1821 South Ronaldsay Census
The 1821 Orkney census, taken on the night of 18 May, was part of the third decennial census taken in the UK. Each result includes both a transcript and image of the original documents.
Although normally it's only statistics that survive from the 1821 census the enumerator for South Ronaldsay and Burray, schoolmaster Peter Nicholson McLaren, decided to make full lists of names. He records the names along with ages and occupations.
UPDATE: Check out David Annal's blog post on the history of this extraordinary census record which strongly indicates the document is a late 19th-century transcription of the now-lost original.

Finland
This release includes three indexes of more than six million baptisms, marriages and burials between 1657 and 1909.

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