Thursday 5 August 2021

10 days of English, Welsh & (big time!) Scottish genealogy updates

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by the major genealogy databases over the last 10 days (see previous summary, 26 July).

As you'll see below, it's been an especially important time for Scottish records, with a whopping new collection, much of it making a debut online, uploaded to FindMyPast. Be sure to read the details below the main listing to find out more.

My regular summary of releases and updates relating to British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales.

By default, it will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records/images in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update. In some instances, the supplier has not made this figure available. Where two figures are given, the first is the number of additions, the second is the new total.

Please note that I don't usually include updates of fewer than 1,000 records.



BritishNewspaperArchive (and shared with sister company, FindMyPast)








Free BMD

*  FindMyPast's publication of a 10.7m strong collection of Scottish Old Parish Registers spans 450 years of Scottish history and brings together a variety of important historical records, many of which were previously inaccessible to the public and are now fully searchable.

It includes:

  • records of non-conformist churches including the Episcopal, Free Church, United Free Church and more, fully indexed and searchable for the first time
  • newly published 20th century records (current online collections stop at 1855) that provide vital details of more recent ancestors, and
  • rare ‘Irregular Marriages’ from Kirk Sessions (those not officially recorded by the parish registers and conducted without a ceremony).

You can search the entire Scottish Collection here or search individual record-sets via the links above.

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