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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 Over A Million Individuals Added To Our Warwickshire Parish Record Collection
4th May 2018

MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

TheGenealogist has added over 1,270,000 individuals to its Parish Record collection in an ongoing project with the Warwickshire County Record Office. These newly transcribed records are linked to high-quality images of the original parish register pages and bring our total for Warwickshire to over two million.

  • Over 1,270,000 individuals added to the Parish Records for Warwickshire
  • High-quality transcripts with original images of the registers
  • Additional information such as Witnesses, Father's Name and Profession have been transcribed where given
  • Released in association with Warwickshire County Record Office
  • 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.

You can find out more about these records and a famous actress found within them in Nick Thorne's Article "Warwickshire Parish Records reveal the marriage of an 18th century ‘tragedienne’"

Diamond content New War Memorial records
19th April 2018

Over 64,000 additional War Memorial records have just been added, which include a complete roll of honour for both WW1 and WW2 for Shetland, with men's units and the Shetland village in which they resided. There are other war memorials in this release that cover the country including the Abercarn Tinplaters Memorial Institute in Wales. There are plaques and monuments in Bedford, Bolton, Lancashire, London, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and even further afield in Canada, Western Australia and the USA. One of the Canadian memorials is a fascinating, but sadly very worn, WW2 memorial from Calgary in Canada that names 227 aircrew from Australia and New Zealand who died while training in Calgary, revealing just how dangerous WW2 aviation was.

From the USA TheGenealogist has uploaded some WW1 and WW2 war memorials from New York, including a fine one in Battery Park. This is a roll of those men and women who lost their lives in the Atlantic coastal waters in WW2 and had no known grave as a result of U-boat action. The war memorial gives researchers the ranks, units and the US state from which they were from, and the shockingly large number of Americans included is a salutary lesson when in Britain we are often only aware of our own countrymen/women who died at sea from enemy action against the convoys.

Lastly there are a number of Boer War memorials - for example the tribute within Blackpool Town Hall that commemorates the 74 Blackpool men who volunteered to join various units for service in South Africa.

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

Diamond content New Headstone records
19th April 2018

We have added over 13,000 new Headstone records covering 53 new cemeteries.

The International Headstone collection is an ongoing project where every stone photographed or transcribed earns volunteers credits, which they can spend on subscriptions at TheGenealogist.co.uk or products from GenealogySupplies.com. If you would like to join, you can find out more about the scheme in this week's article.

The headstone for the Earl of Avon, Anthony Eden, is included in this release. This politician served three periods as British Foreign Secretary and then succeeded Winston Churchill as Prime Minister from 1955 to 1957. He is laid to rest at Alvediston in Wiltshire.

Why not make the most of this sunny weather and go out and photograph your local cemetery, it's easy (all you need is a digital camera) and you could earn a free subscription! Find out more at UKIndexer.

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

Diamond content Celebrating the centenary of the R.A.F. with TheGenealogist's records
1st April 2018

To celebrate the centenary of the RAF we are launching thousands of records from Air Force Lists, copies of the Flight Magazine, plus an important collection of historic reference books.

To find out more about these records, you can read Nick Thorne's Article, Celebrating the centenary of the R.A.F. with TheGenealogist's records.

Diamond content New Meritorious Service Medal Records
22nd March 2018

We have released the records of 29,000 individuals who were decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). The roll of names for those who were awarded this British honour in the First World War can now be searched on our website. Researchers can look for holders of this medal up to 1920 from within our ever growing military records collection.

These new records released today will allow researchers to:

  • See a copy of the image of the Medal Card with the theatre of war where the medal was won
  • Details the name, rank, regiment and service/regimental number
  • Unique "SmartSearch" links to the comprehensive military records on TheGenealogist.co.uk
  • These new records cover British servicemen from The First World War

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

To find out more about these records, you can read Nick Thorne's Article, Finding ancestors awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

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

MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

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

MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

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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