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Friday, 19 August 2016

FindMyPast adds crime and non-conformist records

This week's FindMyPast Friday releases have some records of interest to Irish family historians.

Crime and Punishment records

RIC Outrage Reports 1836-1840
This collection consists of about 18,000 summaries of incidents, crimes or disturbances reported by the Royal Irish Constabulary between 1836 and 1840. Written by the Chief Constables, the reports include descriptions of assaults, riots, arson, thefts, suicides and more and include details of any victims, names of serving RIC members and, if known, the offender.

Middlesex, London, Old Bailey Court records 1674-1913
Holding more than 782,000 court records from London's Old Bailey, the central criminal court of England & Wales, this collection covers some 198,000 court proceedings and many of them relate to Irish men and women. It holds transcripts and links to images of the original documents (the latter not for all years).

This record set appears to be the same as that available (free) at OldBaileyOnline.

England and Wales Non-Conformist Records

FindMyPast has increased the size of its existing collection of England and Wales non-conformist records by more than half a million bmd entries. The term Non-Conformist refers to churches that did not adhere to the established Church of England, and covers more than 50 denominations including Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Society of Friends etc. This can be a good source for 'missing' Irish men and women.

England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms
This collection has been topped up with more than 208,000 records to total 1.6million entries, each including both a transcript and image of the original document. The amount of information included varies depending on the church and date the records was taken although most will include a combination of your ancestors birth date, baptism date, baptism place, family denomination, the names of both parents and then godparent's. Images may reveal the additional information such as the occupation of the child's father.

England & Wales Non-Conformist Marriages
More than 3,100 records have been added to this small collection (now totalling 8,000 records), each including a transcript and image of the original register. The latter usually provides additional information such as the bride's maiden name and the names of witnesses.

England & Wales Non-Conformist Burials
More than 300,000 records have joined this collection, making a new total of 888,641 entries. The records reveal the deceased place and date of death and additional information such as year of birth, denomination, spouse's name and father's name.