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What’s Coming in 2018?

2018 will see millions of new records added to TheGenealogist, increasing our coverage of a wide variety of useful record sets for genealogists.

We have already started releasing New Parish Records with original images and are continuing to expand our already large coverage of Baptism, Marriage and Burial records.

Millions of new additions for further counties will also be released in our Parish Record Transcripts and Bishops' Transcripts collections.

We are launching the second stage of the Lloyd George Domesday project, giving even more detail on where our ancestors lived. Released county by county, these records will accompany the highly detailed annotated historic maps. Searchable by name, address and area, results will link to the high resolution maps pinpointing the property.

TheGenealogist's ongoing project with The National Archives will see the release of yet more detailed Colour County and Tithe Maps with tags to show you where your ancestors lived.

In the coming months we are also expanding our Criminal, Migration and Newspaper collections as well as the International Headstone and War Memorial Projects as more photographs and transcriptions are added by our volunteers.

Keep an eye on this page for further announcements!

Click here to read our round up of 2017
Latest News

Diamond content New 1940s Passenger Lists
8th March 2018

We have just released 1.4 million Passenger Records covering the 1940s. This expands our Outbound Passenger Lists to over 25 million and forms part of our larger immigration and emigration collection on TheGenealogist. These newly transcribed BT27 images are from The National Archives, and feature passengers who sailed out of United Kingdom in the years between 1940 and 1949.

The passenger lists released today will allow researchers to:

  • Discover potential family members travelling together using TheGenealogist's SmartSearch
  • Find ancestors sailing to Africa, Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand and other destinations
  • View images of the original passenger list documents
  • vSee the ages, last address and intended permanent residence
  • Fully indexed records allow family historians to search by name, year, country of departure, country of arrival, port of embarkation and port of destination

Researchers who had ancestors that travelled abroad from Britain in the 1940s will find these records a fascinating addition to the vast collection of records on TheGenealogist.

These new records are available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist.

Diamond content New Colour Tithe Maps for Buckinghamshire
23rd February 2018

We have added Colour Maps for Buckinghamshire to our National Tithe Records collection. With this release, researchers can see the plots owned or occupied by ancestors that lived in this 'home county' at the time of the survey in the 19th century.

These tagged colour maps and their fully searchable tithe schedule records have been digitised in partnership with The National Archives. The collection gives the family history researcher the ability to search by name and keyword (for example parish or county) to look for all levels of society, from large estate owners to occupiers of tiny plots such as a cottage or a cowshed.

You can find out more about this release by reading Nick Thorne's article From Hovels to Manor Houses, Exploring Buckinghamshire Society.

Diamond content Criminal Records - The hulks
10th February 2018


We have added 651,369 records of convicts from The National Archives' HO 8 documents to our Court & Criminal Records collection. With this release researchers can find the details of ancestors that broke the law and were incarcerated in convict hulks and prisons in the 19th century.

These fully searchable records are from The Home Office: Sworn lists of convicts on board the convict hulks and in the convict prisons (HO 8). They give the family history researcher fascinating facts that include the particulars of age, convictions, sentences, health and behaviour of the convict, as well as which court sentenced them and where they were serving their sentence.

Diamond content Newspapers From the Last Decade of the Nineteenth Century
26th January 2018

We have added over 500 editions of The Illustrated London News to our Newspaper and Magazine collection. This latest release contains newspapers that were published in the 1890s and offers a fascinating insight into your ancestors' lives.

The Illustrated London News is one of a number of newspapers and magazines that are fully searchable by name or keywords by Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist. Not only can this extensive resource add context to your ancestors' lives and times, these newspapers can be used to find out more about people who, for one reason or another, were mentioned in reports from the time.

Nick Thorne's Article "Our Ancestors in the 1890s" takes a look at this fascinating resource.

These new records are available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist.

Diamond content Over 5 Million U.S.A. Records Released
25th January 2018

We have added over 5 Million passenger records to our U.S.A. records, featuring people that migrated to the U.S.A. between 1834 and 1900. The mass movement of people from one country to another isn't a new thing. The motivation can be economic, political upheaval or religious persecution.

The data covers:

  • 3,956,780 Germans emigrating to the United States between 1850 and 1897
  • 836,122 Italians emigrating to the United States between 1855 and 1900
  • 522,638 Russians emigrating to the United States between 1834 and 1897

Most were drawn to the U.S.A. by the attractions of land and religious freedom, after being forced to leave Europe by shortages of land and religious or political oppression.

This release joins the millions of U.S.A. census, death records, trade directories, wills and poll books already available on TheGenealogist

Diamond content New Warwickshire Parish Records
12th January 2018


We have added over 366,000 individuals to our Parish Records for Warwickshire, to increase the coverage of this county in the heart of England.

Released in association with Warwickshire County Record Office, this brings high-quality transcripts as well as images to family historians researching ancestors in this area.

The original Parish Register images are available for a growing list of parishes.

These new records are available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist and join the millions of Parish Records already on the site.

Nick Thorne investigates the last resting place of a murderous lord of the manor, featured in the records. Read the article here.

Family History Fairs

Yorkshire Family History Fair
23rd June 2018
10:00 - 16:30

The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

Sponsored by TheGenealogist

South West Area Group Family History Fair
30th June 2018
10:00 - 15:30

STEAM – Museum of the Great Western Railway, Fire Fly Avenue (off Kemble Drive), Swindon, SN2 2EY

Sponsored by TheGenealogist

London Family History Fair
22nd September 2018
10:00 - 16:30

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ

Sponsored by TheGenealogist

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