Saturday 22 December 2012

RootsIreland and others add resources

Some additional resources of potential value to Irish genealogy researchers have been made available by a few of the major online databases:

  • has added 239,000 Census Substitute records for Counties Antrim, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.
  • The official announcement doesn't provide any helpful breakdown of the sources per county.

  • Genes Reunited has published over 25 million Scottish Census records. They cover 1841 to 1901 inclusive.
  • This collection, which includes transcribed records but no images, is now available to GenesReunited's Platinum members and to those who view on a pay to view basis.

  • FamilySearch has added 1,223,754 birth, marriage and burial records from (London) Westminster parish registers. The collection is sourced from 51 Church of England parish, chapel or district church registers dating from 1538-1912. This represents 45% of the total registers of the parish.
  • A search of these records provides only basic information (name, year and place of event). To view the images (which may or may not provide addtional genealogical data) you have two options. You can either visit a Family History Center, where they are free, or you can pay to view them online via Find My Past.

  • Family Search has also updated its 1871 England and Wales Census collection. This now holds 5,573,190 transcribed records (it's therefore 81% complete).
  • Although only transcribed, nearly all the details provided on the census form are provided in the search results. To view the images you need to visit a Family History Center, where they are free. Alternatively you can pay to view them online via Find My Past.