News & Articles 2013

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Honouring the fallen
8th November 2013

As we remember those who fought and fell in the Great War and other conflicts, TheGenealogist is adding new military records to help you discover the role your ancestor played.

We have added the following records to our Gold and Diamond subscriptions:

  • Roll of Honour (Books)
    These can be found under Military -> Military Rolls & Lists -> Rolls of Honour
    • British Roll of Honour 1914-1916
      A collection of biographies for those officers who lost their lives in the Great War. Each biography contains information on the circumstances of death, military careers, education, and immediate family that may have been left behind. A photographic portrait accompanies each entry.
    • Harrow Memorials of the Great War
      Contains biographies and portraits of Harrovians who fell in The Great War from 23rd August 1914 to the end of the war.
    • Artists' Rifles Roll Of Honour 1914-1919
      Contains commissions, promotions, appointments and rewards for service in the field obtained by members of the corps.
    • Inner Temple London 1914-1918
      Contains the roll of enlistment of members of the Inner Temple Society. Information includes regiment, rank, and if they were injured, killed or missing in action.
    • Manchester City Battalions - Book Of Honour 1916
      Covers the 90th and 91st Infantry Brigades with detailed listings and photographs of the regiments, along with a Roll of Honour.
    • London, Hampstead, University College Roll of Honour & War List 1914-1918
      Contains service records for University College School students during the time of the war, who served or fell in the Great War. The Roll of Honour section contains biographies and portraits of each individual.
    • London, Wimbledon and Merton Roll of Honour 1914-1918
      Contains an alphabetical list of men from Wimbledon and Merton who fell in the Great War from 1914 to 1918. Also includes notes of activities in Wimbledon and Merton.
    • The Roll of Honour of the Institution of Electrical Engineers 1914-1919
      Contains extensive biographies for members of the Institution of Electrical Engineers who fell in the Great War. Includes a portrait of each entry and a map of North West Europe.
    • Edinburgh University Roll of Honour 1914-1919
      Contains dates and information (and photographs of the fallen where available) for members of Edinburgh University who served and fell during The Great War. Also includes a section on Orders, Decorations and Dispatches.
    • Surrey, Croydon and the Great War 1914-1919
      A record of the historic work of the citizens of Croydon during the Great War. It contains a Roll of Honour (with photos) and a wealth of information on the military, semi-military, civilians, and hospital services and is illustrated throughout.
  • Battle of Jutland (Transcript)
    These can be found under Military -> Rolls of Honour
    • This new release includes a full list of the men killed or wounded in the battle, containing almost 7,000 records.
    • The Battle of Jutland was a naval battle fought by the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet against the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet during the First World War. The battle was fought on 31 May and 1 June 1916 in the North Sea near Jutland, Denmark. It was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the war.

We have added the following records to our Diamond subscription:

  • Service List (Books)
    These can be found under Military -> Military Rolls & Lists -> War Service Lists
    • National Union of Teachers War Records 1914-1919
      contains information on National Union of Teachers members who served in the Great War. This includes a list of teachers who joined the forces, those who received honours, and a record of those who were killed plus other information relating to the National Union of Teachers during the war.

A Window into the Past With our new Image Archive
29th October 2013

MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

Photographs are an important part of our family history. They bring our records to life and allow us to feel a personal connection with the past. This newly released ‘Image Archive’ is free to use, and will allow you to look at snapshots of the past, with the ability to download the images so you can add them to your records.

Currently containing thousands of images dating back to 1850, the archive will continue to expand over the coming months.

Click here to read how the struggles, joys, highs and lows of the times of our ancestors are brought to life with the new Image Archive...

Diamond content New Diamond Content
28th October 2013

Parish Record Transcripts

We have added over 384,000 individuals to our parish record transcripts for the following counties:

  • Bedfordshire - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials
  • Devon - Burials
  • Essex - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials
  • Leicestershire - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials
  • Lincolnshire - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials
  • Middlesex - Baptisms & Burials
  • Rutland - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials
  • Shropshire - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials
  • Westmorland - Baptisms, Marriages & Burials

Click Here to view the coverage of our Parish Record Transcripts

Militia Lists

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We have added the following records to our Diamond subscription:

  • Officers of the Local Militia of Great Britain 1811
  • Lancashire Militia Roll of Officers of the Old Country Regiment 1642-1889
  • The History of the North York Militia (Forth Battalion Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own)

New Gold and Diamond Content
25th October 2013

Army Lists

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We have added the following records for all Gold and Diamond subscribers:

  • Hart's Annual Army List 1847
  • Hart's Annual Army List 1853

Diamond content Militia Records
4th October 2013

We have added Militia Muster records for England and Wales to our Diamond subscription.

Militia Musters at TheGenealogist.co.ukThe Militia Act of 1757 provided for men at home to serve in a militia in order to counter any threat, while the majority of the regular army was stationed abroad. Lists of eligible men in each parish were known as militia ballot lists and from these, the men actually chosen appeared in the militia lists. 

Unfortunately only records for 1781-82 survive, and these are now available uniquely at TheGenealogist.co.uk. These muster and pay lists provide details for the men in the regiments. County regiments, although recruited locally, often served away from home and these indexes tell precisely where, under whom and on what dates the men were mustered.

Click here to find out how these records can help with your research

Diamond content Apprenticeship Records
5th September 2013

We have added over one million apprenticeship records to our Diamond subscription. You can find these under our Occupational Records section.

The records give name, addresses and trades of the masters, and the names of the apprentices, along with the sum the master received for the apprenticeship. Until 1752, it was also common to see the names of the apprentices’ parents on the record.

Click here to read our article and find out how Apprenticeship records can help you with your research...

New Gold and Diamond Content
4th September 2013

Directories

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We have added a number of directories for all Gold and Diamond subscribers:

  • Kelly's 1931 Berkshire Directory
  • Wright & Co.'s Bristol 1895 Directory
  • Kelly's 1897 Bristol Directory
  • Kelly's 1925 Bristol Directory
  • Kelly's 1933 Bristol Directory
  • Kelly's 1928 Bromley, Bickley, Chislehurst & Orpington Directory
  • Kelly's 1864 Buckinghamshire Directory
  • Kelly's 1928 Buckinghamshire Directory
  • Barrett's 1937 Burnley Directory
  • Cambridge 1879 Post Office Directory
  • Kelly's 1923 Channel Islands Directory
  • Billing's 1857 Devonshire Directory & Gazetteer

Worcestershire Parish Record Transcripts
3rd September 2013

wor01We have added over 26,500 individuals to our Baptism Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society, expanding our coverage and bringing the total to over 1.2 million individuals. With years ranging from 1544-1891

Click Here to view the coverage of our Parish Record Transcripts

Diamond content New Criminal Record Release
16th August 2013

Prison Cell MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

Our new section has 90,000 Criminal records, which cover indictable offences in England and Wales between 1782 and 1892. The records also uniquely cover prisoners 'pardoned' and those classed as 'criminal lunatics'.

This creates a significant collection of Transportation and Convict Records on TG of nearly 500,000 records with our convicts and transportation registers from HO10 and HO11.

These records from The National Archives cover the following:
  • HO27 - Criminal Registers, England and Wales
  • HO13 - Criminal Entry Books Lists of pardons.
  • HO20/13 - Prisons Correspondence and Papers including Bethlehem Hospital
  • CRIM1 - Central Criminal Court Depositions
  • Find them under our Court and Criminal Records Section

Diamond content Ship Crew Lists
26th July 2013

Ship MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

We have launched a new resource for those with sea going ancestors. It gives details of over 439,000 Royal Navy and Merchant Seamen records which are searchable by name, rank, age and ship. The full crew list can be displayed for any of the ships.

Covering the years 1851-1911, these include lists and agreements for those involved in merchant shipping and ship crews for those at port, sea and abroad.

Details given may include age, place of birth, rank and ticket number, previous and current ships with ports of registration, dates and places of joining and leaving, reason for leaving. These records come from a variety of sources including BT98.

Read the featured article to learn more about these...

Diamond content New Parish Records
12th July 2013

We have added over 323,000 individuals to our Parish Record Transcripts for all Diamond subscribers:

  • Lancashire
    Various parishes covering births, marriages & deaths have been added, these new records span the years 1581-1882.
  • Suffolk
    Various parishes covering births, marriages & deaths have been added, these new records span the years 1533-1884.
  • Worcestershire
    Many parishes covering marriages & deaths have been added, these new records span the years 1634-1847.

Click Here to view the coverage of our Parish Record Transcripts

Diamond content Jewish Records
11th July 2013

We launched our new Jewish Record Set for the Jewish Genealogical Society's Fair last week. This includes over 50,000 individuals with linked images. These records contain Births, Bar Mitzvahs, Betrothals, announcements, Marriages, Deaths, Obituaries, Wills, Synagogue seat holders, Killed in Action, Jewry Roll of Honour, Roll of Service and Tombstones to be set.

Diamond content Railway Workers Collection
10th July 2013

Railway Workers - Did your ancestor work on the railway?Did your ancestors work on the railway? We have added nearly 1.5 million railway workers records to our new Railway Workers Collection.

The collection contains records from a number of different sources and various record sets, with exact details on their job role and their date of birth. From station master to train guard, they’re all listed in the Railway records. 

Click here to read our article on the history of the railways and how you can research your railway ancestors...

New Gold and Diamond Content
14th June 2013

The National ArchivesTNA Names

Containing over 36,000 records covering various sources all over the UK, this is a great resource for those looking for documents at the National Archives. The full document reference is given for each name, along with some personal details where available.

Directories

We have added the following directories to all Gold and Diamond subscriptions:

  • Kelly's Directory of Barnet 1919-1920
  • Lancashire, Manchester Slaters Directory 1856

Diamond content New Diamond Content
13th June 2013

Cornish RailwaymenCornish Railwaymen

We have added Cornish Railwaymen to our Diamond subscription. This lists the names of all the men employed by the Cornwall Railway at the time of its take-over by the Great Western Railway Company on 15 June 1889.

Information includes (where available) names, occupations, places of work, wages or salaries, dates of entering service, and dates of birth for the officers and clerks.

Directories

New to our Directories section is the Cheshire History, Gazetter and Directory 1860. This is now available for all Diamond subscribers.

School, College & University Registers

We have added Cambridgeshire, Graduati Cantabrigienses 1500-1872 to our collection of School, College & University Registers.

Diamond content Dambuster Records
28th May 2013

To coincide with recent commemorations on the RAF raid on the industrialised areas of the German heartland, We are pleased to announce the availability of full online records of one of the most daring bomber raids of World War Two - the Operations Record Book of 617 Squadron for our Diamond subscribers.

During the successful operation in the summer of 1943, two dams were breached and one was damaged, severely impacting German resources. However this success came at a high price. Of the 19 Lancaster Bombers that took part in the operation, 8 were shot down, with 53 aircrew killed and 3 taken prisoner.

With these new records added, it is now possible to look at every airman involved in the raid, including all the brave aircrews and how they fared in this unique bombing raid. Find them under 'Military Rolls & Lists'.

New Gold and Diamond Content
24th May 2013

Directories

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We have added the following Kelly's directories to our Diamond & Gold subscriptions:

  • Cumberland 1929 Kelly's Directory
  • Lincolnshire 1933 Kelly's Directory
  • Dorset 1912 Kelly's Directory
  • Hampshire 1912 Kelly's Directory
  • Herefordshire 1900 Kelly's Directory
  • Shropshire 1934 Kelly's Directory
  • Somerset 1897 Kelly's Directory
  • Suffolk 1916 Kelly's Directory
  • Westmorland 1929 Kelly's Directory
  • Wiltshire 1912 Kelly's Directory

Diamond content New Pilot Database
7th May 2013

MAJOR NEW RELEASE: We have added a new resource for those with aeronautical ancestors. Records include a selection of The Royal Aero Club Yearbooks, which include the years 1914-1918, 1920-1921, and 1924-1926. Also included are many pictures and autobiographies.

We've also released the book "Who's Who in Aviation, 1918" to provide you with even more detail. This joins our other aviation records including "Who's Who in British Aviation 1936" and our Air Force Lists.

These records cover the years of the Great War, so could prove vital to your research.

Worcestershire Parish Record Transcripts
6th May 2013

wor01We have added over 27,000 individuals to our Baptism Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society, expanding our coverage and bringing the total to over 1 million individuals. With years ranging from 1544-1891

Click Here to view the coverage of our Parish Record Transcripts

New records added to our Starter, Gold & Diamond subscriptions
3rd May 2013

British Jewry Book of Honour 1914-1918

    This roll of honour is now available for all Starter, Gold & Diamond subscribers. It contains over 2,500 records of Jews who fell in the Great War. To search these records, select "Roll of Honour Records" on the search view, or find them under the military section of the master search.

Complete BMD Transcripts
2nd May 2013

MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

TheGenealogist has now completed transcribing birth, marriage and death records for England and Wales giving a third of a billion fully searchable records. These are also linked into their unique 'SmartSearch' facility taking you through a person's life events.

This release marks the completion of a hugely successful project for TheGenealogist, now providing family historians with fully transcribed BMD records dating back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

What makes this unique is the linked in 'SmartSearch' feature, which makes life even easier for the family historian.

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content, explains: "The transcriptions allow us to harness the full power of 'SmartSearch' and allow our users to swiftly jump from one record to the next. It's now possible to move through your ancestral line with unparalleled speed. No other site makes searching for your ancestors so straightforward."

Diamond content Naturalisation Records - 200,000 new records
28th March 2013

Naturalisation Records - 200,000 new records We have added another 200,000 records to our collection of Naturalisation and Denization records. This brings the total to over 350,000, with records ranging from 1609 to 1960. Naturalisation records are an invaluable way of tracking down an ancestor who was born abroad and then settled in the UK. With the political and social upheavals over the last few centuries, many people have made the journey to the UK to start a new life. There's a substantial chance that many family history researchers will discover they have ancestors who originated from overseas.

Diamond content War Memorials - 20,000 new records added
28th March 2013

We have added another 20,000 records to our War Memorials, which is the largest name searchable collection of War Memorial photographs. This brings the total to over 120,000, and our collection is quickly growing to offer more coverage. With records ranging from soldiers lost in the Boer War in 1901 to more modern day conflicts such as in Northern Ireland, there are numerous records to access in our War Memorial collection.

Death Transcripts 1880-2005
28th March 2013

MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

We have just added over 10 million death transcripts, bringing the total number of death records to over 68 million.

These transcripts can be used with a tool that lets you search across all our Birth, Marriage and Death transcripts, with built in SmartSearch technology, enabling you to find potential parents from a birth, potential children to a marriage and potential birth records from a death record.

Diamond content Casualty Records
23rd February 2013

Casualty Records MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

Casualty Records Launched Online

Those wounded, captured, missing in action or killed in the Great War can now be traced. Casualty lists cover all ranks from information published by the war office.

For the launch the Weekly casualty list containing over 600,000 records are available, which will expand to include the daily lists to cover the entirety of world war one.

The current coverage covers the war office's 'weekly casualty lists' from 1917-18 and this will be expanded by the daily casualty lists to cover from September 1914 to the last reports of 1919, as reports were still being published well after the war had officially ceased.

Click Here to view the article about the Casualty Records

Diamond content British Citizenship Records
22nd February 2013

Naturalisation_Cert MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

Over 150,000 unique Naturalisation and Denization Records are now available on TheGenealogist with records ranging from 1609 to 1960, over 300 years worth of rare and hard to find records that are now available for family historians.

Naturalisation records are an invaluable way of tracking down an ancestor who was born abroad and then settled in the UK. With the political and social upheavals over the last few centuries, many people have made the journey to the UK to start a new life.

There's a substantial chance that many family history researchers will discover they have ancestors who originated from overseas.

Click Here to view the article about the British Citizenship Records

Diamond content War Memorials
22nd February 2013

War Memorial MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

We have launched the largest name searchable collection of War Memorial photographs.

For the launch there are over 100,000 records available, which is quickly growing to offer more coverage.

Records ranging from soldiers lost in the Boer War in 1901 to more modern day conflicts such as in Northern Ireland, there are a number of records to access in our War Memorial collection.

Click Here to view the article about the War Memorials

New Parish Records and Deaths Transcripts
21st February 2013

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Parish Record Transcripts

We have added over one million individuals to our Parish Records for Diamond subscribers. These include baptisms, marriages and burials.

  • over 300,000 individuals for Essex.
  • over 700,000 individuals for Lancashire.

Click Here to view the coverage of our Parish Record Transcripts

MAJOR NEW RELEASE for Diamond and Gold subscribers:

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Death Transcripts 1900-2005

We have just added over 5 million death transcripts, bringing the total number of death records to over 57 million.

These transcripts can be used with a tool that lets you search across all our Birth, Marriage and Death transcripts, with built in SmartSearch technology, enabling you to find potential parents from a birth, potential children to a marriage and potential birth records from a death record.

Diamond content New Diamond Content
21st February 2013

Parish Record Transcripts

We have added over 4,000 individuals to our Parish Records for Devon. These include baptisms, marriages and burials.

We have also added over 8,000 marriage records to our Worcestershire Parish Record Transcripts.

Click Here to view the coverage of our Parish Record Transcripts

Parish Record Books

We have added more Parish Records for Kent, Buckinghamshire, Durham, Northamptonshire, Lancashire, and Ipswich.

  • Ipswich Marriage Licences 1663-1750
  • Canterbury Marriage Licenses 1568-1618, 1661-1700, 1726-1750
  • Canterbury St Mary Magdalene 1559-1800
  • Canterbury St Peters 1560-1800
  • Canterbury St Dunstans 1559-1800
  • Buckinghamshire, Walton Parish Registers 1598-1812
  • Durham, St. Margaret's in Durham Marriages 1558-1812
  • Lancashire, Bolton-le-Sands 1655-1736
  • Northamptonshire, Maxey 1538-1713

Poll Books

We have added the following Poll Books:

  • Northamptonshire Poll books 1702 - 1831
  • Suffolk, Eastern Division Poll Book, 1832

Freemen Records

We have added more records to our collection of Freemen books:

  • Freemen of Canterbury 1392-1800
  • Freemen of Leicester 1196-1930
  • Freemen of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 1409-1710
  • Freemen of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne 1733-1760

Biography & Clergy Records

We have added the following books:

  • Who's Who in Freemasonry 1913-1914
  • Churchwardens and Sidesmen of the Cathedral and Parish Church of Manchester 1422-1911

New Gold and Diamond Content
20th February 2013

Wills

We have added over 90,000 records to our PCC Wills collections, bringing the total number to over 930,000 records.

The wills are searchable by name, year of will, year of probate, area and profession. The search results also show the image of the original record, so you can see word for word what your ancestor wrote in their will.

Worcestershire Parish Records

We have added over 25,000 individuals to our Parish Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society, expanding our coverage and bringing the total to over 1 million individuals.

Directories

We have added the following directories:

  • Buckinghamshire 1915 Kelly's Directory
  • Cumberland 1925 Kelly's Directory
  • Hertfordshire 1898 Kelly's Directory
  • Middlesex 1898 Kelly's Directory
  • Oxfordshire 1915 Kelly's Directory
  • Westmorland 1925 Kelly's Directory

Death Transcripts 1910-2005
28th January 2013

MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

We have just added over 10 million death transcripts, bringing the total number of death records to over 52 million.

These transcripts can be used with a tool that lets you search across all our Birth, Marriage and Death transcripts, with built in SmartSearch technology, enabling you to find potential parents from a birth, potential children to a marriage and potential birth records from a death record.

Diamond content New Books
25th January 2013

We have added the following books to our Diamond subscription:

  • History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland 1835
  • The Court & City Register 1783 together with The Companion to the Royal Kalendar
  • The Royal Calendar 1801
  • The Royal Calendar 1879
  • The Royal Kalendar and the Court and City Register 1825

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