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What’s Coming in 2019?

2019 will see TheGenealogist adding millions of new records to its Diamond subscription and so increasing its coverage of a broad variety of records that are essential for family historians.

New Augmented Map Viewer - This major development will enable family historians to map their ancestors’ homes from the 1830s up to the present day. TheGenealogist’s Map Viewer, allows researchers to locate bygone as well as modern streets and so view the location of forebears from historic records. This unique tool will launch as the new enhanced method to view the Lloyd George Domesday Survey collection. To begin with those Rate Books and Map records, which have already been released on TheGenealogist will immediately become viewable using the augmented viewer. All new additions to this unique landowner set will in future be released using this powerful new viewer.

In 2019 TheGenealogist will also be releasing a set of Seamen records. More Naturalisation records will boost those already available on the site and there will be new Criminal and Asylum Records, Electoral/Poll and Voter Lists coming.

There will be a major release of New WW2 records.

Further sets include Occupational Records and Fleet, Marshalsea and Queen's Prison records.

Researchers will be able to take advantage of a fresh release of Parish Chest Records of Bastardy, Apprentices and Poor Law etc, a new release of Catholic Church Records.

The Newspaper and Magazine collection will see further additions this year.

Finally, there will be more Parish Records that will form a vital aid to discovering more ancestors using the resources of TheGenealogist.

Keep an eye on this page for further announcements!

Click here to read our round up of 2018.

Latest News

Diamond content New Nautical Apprenticeship Records
17th May 2019


We have expanded our occupational records with over 300,000 records of Masters and Apprentices included in a nautical set of apprenticeship records. These BT 150 records from The National Archives comprise of an index that had been compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and its predecessor. It consists of apprentices indentured in the Merchant Navy between 1824-1910.

The books have now been transcribed and include colour images of the original registers to add a fascinating resource to their broad range of records which can be used to build an ancestor's story.

You can read more about these records and some of the more interesting people within them in our latest article "Merchant Seamen apprentices to Captains of the Cutty Sark".

New Prison Records
26th April 2019

Custody Records from 20th Feb 1824

We are expanding our Criminal Records collection with the release of over 146,000 individuals who were listed in prison records. Sourced from the PRIS 10 & PRIS 11 collections held at The National Archives, these documents contain records from 1697 to 1862 and reveal those jailed for debt or bankruptcy.

These records will give family historians details of those imprisoned in the Debtors prisons including the King's Bench Prison, Fleet, Marshalsea and Queen's Prisons. These contain commitment and discharge records, giving details of names of the debtor, creditor and attorney, along with the amount of debt.

Read Nick Thorne's Article "Little Dorrit, Dickens and Dad's Debts" to find out more.

Diamond content Introducing Map Explorer
28th March 2019

The new Map Explorer, going from a historic map to satellite view MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

Our latest innovation helps you find an ancestor's property and watch the landscape change over time. Our team has georeferenced the Lloyd George Maps for Greater London which are available now, with further exciting developments planned for the coming months.

The powerful Map Explorer has been developed to view these georeferenced historic maps laid on top of modern background maps including those from Ordnance Survey and Bing Street maps, as well as a satellite view, letting you see where your ancestor's house is today.

To complement the launch of the new Map Explorer, we have also released historic Ordnance Survey maps covering England, Scotland and Wales between the 1890s and 1960s. These have been georeferenced, allowing you to see how the landscape changed over time.

  • The Map Explorer displays maps for different historical periods up to the modern day
  • Maps are fully searchable by county, parish, street and even postcode
  • Zoom in to show the individual properties as they were at the time
  • Use the transparency slider to reveal a modern street map underneath
  • Change the modern base map displayed to more clearly understand what the area looks like today
  • Georeferenced pins link to the records for each property
  • Display county or parish boundaries

To find out more and to see a short video introducing this innovative new tool, visit

Diamond content New Kensington & Chelsea 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Records with Maps
22nd February 2019

Beatrix Potter's childhood home at 2 Bolton Gardens, Kensington

We are releasing the field books and detailed annotated maps for Kensington and Chelsea as the next part of the exciting record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey - a resource that can be used to find where an ancestor lived in 1910. The newly added records contain 49,608 individuals who owned or occupied property in this upmarket part of London.

This release covers the areas of:

  • Brompton
  • Chelsea East
  • Chelsea West
  • Holland Park
  • Notting Hill East
  • Notting Hill West
  • South Kensington

You can find out more about these records by reading Nick Thorne's article where he finds authors and actors within the records.

Diamond content New Second World War Casualty Lists Released
11th February 2019

British Army Second World War casualties include wounded and POWs MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

TheGenealogist has added to its Military Records collection with the release of more than 1 million entries for people recorded in the Second World War Casualty Lists. Sourced from collection WO 417 held at The National Archives, these documents contain records from the war years of 1939 to 1945 and list casualties sustained by the British Army during the Second World War. There are volumes for Officers and Nurses, with separate volumes for Other Ranks. The Casualty Lists were compiled from daily lists that had been prepared by the War Office Casualty Section and cover the various expeditionary forces deployed in different locations across Europe, Africa and Asia as well as for personnel at home.

WW2 Casualty Records will give family history researchers details of ancestors' names and regiments as well as ranks and service numbers for those recorded. The World War 2 casualty lists contain more detail than their WW1 counterparts and often list the date of the casualty (as well as the list date), plus other information such as the unit a soldier had been serving in at the time.

Included in these lists are those who had been unaccounted for by the military, were dangerously ill or injured, were captured as a Prisoner of War or died. The records include troops who had been serving in a number of places across the world, but also cover personnel who had lost their lives, were injured at home or were serving at an overseas station outside the theatres of war. Updates and corrections appear in the records as new information was received by the War Office.

To find out more about this release, you can read Nick Thorne's article, where he discovers Motor racing aces executed by the Nazis.

Diamond content New Prisoner Records Added
24th January 2019

Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey

We have added to our Court and Criminal Records collection with the release of almost 700,000 entries for prisoners. Sourced from the HO 8 Registers held by The National Archives, these documents contain records from the years 1821 to 1876. This expands our criminal record collection to over 2.3 million individuals.

These Prison Registers give family history researchers details of ancestors who were imprisoned in a number of convict prisons from Broadmoor to the Warrior Convict Hulk. The records reveal the names of prisoners, offences the prisoner had been convicted for, the date of their trial and where they were tried.

Use the quarterly prison registers to:

  • Find ancestors guilty of crimes ranging from theft, highway robbery and libel to murder
  • Discover the sentences received
  • See the age of a prisoner
  • Find out where they were sentenced and to which prison they were sent

You can find out more about this release in Nick Thorne's Article "HO 8 historic prisoner records reveal a child poisoner and a criminal lunatic detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure".

Diamond content New Headstone Records Added
11th January 2019

St Giles, Imber

We've also added 20,000 individuals to our Headstones Collection from the UKIndexer Project where volunteers help their fellow genealogists by indexing and/or photographing the monumental inscriptions in churchyards and cemeteries.

  • Discover dates of ancestors' baptisms
  • Glean names of parents of those baptised in Worcestershire
  • Headstones give dates and name details of those buried and sometimes familiar relationships
  • Memorials can reveal information not recorded elsewhere for ancestors

New Worcestershire Baptism Records Added
10th January 2019

 Malvern, Priory Church (St Mary and St Michael) and Hills

We have added over 144,000 individuals to our Parish Record Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society. This expands our coverage and brings the total to over 2 million individuals for Worcestershire.

This new release covers the following:

  • Beoley 1538-1652
  • Birtsmorton 1539-1753
  • Clent 1562-1729
  • Clent 1729-1753
  • Cradley nr Ledbury 1560-1670
  • Ripple 1568-1702
  • Severn Stoke 1538-1610
  • Severn Stoke 1610/11-1753
  • Tenbury Wells 1700-1753
  • Upper Arley 1651-1753
  • Upton on Severn 1546-1627
  • Upton on Severn 1627-1673
  • Upton on Severn 1671-1753
  • White Ladies Aston 1558-1753
  • Whittington in Norton 1709-1753
  • Wolverley 1653-1696
  • Worcester All Saints 1560-1639
  • Worcester All Saints 1639-1679
  • Worcester All Saints 1678-1731
  • Worcester All Saints 1732-1753
  • Worcester St Albans 1630-1726
  • Worcester St Albans 1727-1753
  • Worcester St Clements 1694-1730
  • Worcester St Clements 1730-1753
  • Worcester St Helen 1538-1623/4
  • Worcester St Helen 1624-1699/1700
  • Worcester St Helen 1700-1753
  • Worcester St John of Bedwardine 1539-1753
  • Worcester St Martin (London Road) 1745-1753
  • Worcester St Michael 1546-1727/8
  • Worcester St Michael 1728-1753
  • Worcester St Nicholas 1564-1592/3
  • Worcester St Nicholas 1593-1615/6
  • Worcester St Nicholas 1694-1753
  • Worcester St Peter the Great 1686-1753
  • Worcester St Swithun 1538-1603/4
  • Worcester St Swithun 1604-1657/8
  • Worcester St Swithun 1653-1753
  • Wribbenhall 1723-1753
  • Wyre Piddle 1716-1753

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Merchant Seamen Apprentices to Captains of the Cutty Sark
Merchant Seamen Apprentices to Captains of the Cutty Sark

17th May 2019

Little Dorrit, Dickens and Dad’s Debts
26th April 2019

Using the latest features of the Map Explorer
Using the latest features of the Map Explorer

12th April 2019

New Map Explorer reveals where our ancestors' streets once stood
New Map Explorer reveals where our ancestors' streets once stood

27th March 2019

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