Tuesday 13 August 2019

Latest British genealogy database releases & updates

To aid Irish family historians whose ancestors emigrated to the neighbouring island of Great Britain, the listing below notes recent genealogical database updates of records relating to England, Scotland and Wales.

The collections were either released by the database supplier for the first time during July/early August or received some kind of update/top-up during this period.

Where provided by the supplier, I've noted the size of the update/new collection.



Essex Baptism Index 1538-1920
More than 2.3million transcriptions of parish register entries spanning 350 years. Parish list.

Essex Marriages and Banns 1537-1935
More than 1.4million transcripts from original records.

Essex Burial Index 1530-1994
These 1.5million transcripts have been created from a variety of parish and probate sources.

Scotland, Orkney, 1821 South Ronaldsay Census
Each search result includes a transcript and image of the original documents.

Scotland, Published Family Histories
More than 400 publications, most dating from the C19th and early C20th, are in this collection. They include memoirs, genealogies, and clan histories, some produced by emigrant families.

British Officers Serving In Early America, 1614-1787
PDF-based collection of six C19th publications holding names and details of British Army Officers serving in America prior to and during the Revolutionary War.

The Genealogist

Norfolk Parish Records
A new collection of more than half a million transcriptions and images of baptism, marriage and burials registers from more than 250 parishes across the county.

British Newspaper Archive 

I have included only those historical titles making their debut in the online archive, rather than those whose holdings are being topped up. The links below are to the dedicated BNA site, but the collection is also shared with FindMyPast. The dates shown relate to the planned, not actual, holding; follow the links to see which editions are currently available to search.

Coatbridge Express 1885–1951
Banffshire Advertiser 1881-1917
Leven Mail 1940-1963
Hawick Express1876–1952
Barrhead News 1897-1917
Banffshire Herald 1893-1918
The Queen (1886-1912
Forward (Glasgow) 1906-1923
Clarion 1891-1932
Witness (Edinburgh) 1840–1864
Women's Gazette & Weekly News 1888-1891
Liverpool Standard and General Commercial Advertiser 1832-1856
Labour Leader 1891 & 1894-1922



England, Billion Graves Cemetery Index
More than 114,000 new additions to the index.

Derbyshire Births and BaptismsJust under a thousand additional records from 15 non-conformist parishes, mainly Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians, have joined the collection. Parish list.

Huddersfield Baptisms
More than 52,000 records covering 14 new parishes have joined the collection. Parish list.

Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions
From across the York areas of West and North Ridings and Ainsty, these 5,000+ additional records cover 14 Anglican churchyards. Most cover the years of WW1 and WW2.

Kent Burials
Some 4,500 burial records from 1843-1855 and 1907-1958 for St Martin's church in Cheriton have been added. Parish list.

Middlesex Baptisms
More than 64,000 records, transcribed from originals, have been added to existing parishes in the collection.

Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions
More than 5,000 additional records covering two cemeteries in Teddington and the Parish of St Mary in Sunbury have joined the collection.

British Army Records & Regimental Histories
One new publication joins the line up: The CIV and the War - Illustrated Souvenir of the City of London Imperial Volunteers.

British Newspapers Collection
Thirteen historical newspaper titles, most of them from Scotland, have joined the collection from the British Newspaper Archive (see below).

Scotland, Glasgow & Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index
Some 37,000 transcribed records from Bent Cemetery in Hamilton have topped up the Glasgow & Lanarkshire Death & Burial Index.

Scotland, Billion Graves Cemetery Index
Updated with 80,000 additional entries.

Wales, Billion Graves Cemetery Index
More than 42,000 entries were added.

The Genealogist

War Memorial Records
More than 75,000 additional names have joined this collection, all transcribed from images of UK village and town memorials commemorating those who fell during the Boer War, WW1 and WW2. This latest instalment brings the total of individuals indexed in the collection to 568,000+.


1871 Census England
Following an update, the total number of entries in the record-set is now 21,396,276.

UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s–Current Following big updates in May and early August totalling 1.8million records, the Index now tots up to 6,343,674 entries.


England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957
More than 1.5 million indexed records were added to the existing National Probate Calendar for England and Wales.

Herefordshire Bishop’s Transcripts, 1583-1898
In three tranches, more than 450,000 Church of England records were added to this collection during July.

Scotland Censuses 1841; 1851; 1861; 1871; 1881; 1891. These indexes, provided by FindMyPast, have all been updated during July. No details provided. Unfortunately, still no images.

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