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!
MAJOR NEW RELEASE:
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".
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.
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.
To find out more and to see a short video introducing this innovative new tool, visit TheGenealogist.co.uk/maps.
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:
You can find out more about these records by reading Nick Thorne's article where he finds authors and actors within the records.
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.
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:
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".
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.
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:
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Little Dorrit, Dickens and Dad’s Debts
26th April 2019
Using the latest features of the Map Explorer
12th April 2019
New Map Explorer reveals where our ancestors' streets once stood
27th March 2019
The Family History Show - York
22nd June 2019
10:00 - 16:30
The Family History Show - South West
6th July 2019
10:00 - 14:30
The Family History Show - London
24th August 2019
10:00 - 16:30
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