The following announcement was written by Findmypast:
Findmypast have expanded their exclusive collection of Catholic parish registers with over 100,000 records covering 59 parishes across Cornwall, Devon & Dorset.
Published online for the first time in association with Diocese of Plymouth, this valuable new resource spans 1781-1921 and includes;
Over 55,000 baptism records
Over 16,000 marriage records
Over 15,000 burial records
Over 15,000 congregational records
Each record includes both a transcript and scanned colour image of the original document. The amount of information listed in these detail rich records may vary, although most results will reveal key biographical details as well as the date, parish, and location of the event that was being recorded.
Baptisms will reveal the names of godparents and parents, enabling you to uncover details of previous generations as well as the identities of family friends or relatives. Marriages will provide the name of your ancestor’s spouse, father and witnesses while burials allow you to discover the final resting place of your ancestors, their age at death, marital status and in some cases even cause of death.
Congregational records are packed with other fascinating facts surrounding your ancestor’s relationship with the church such as details of their confirmation, first confession or even the location of their seat rental.
As many of the original registers were written in Latin, Findmypast have applied a Latin dictionary to the name search field. This gives their search the capability to search for the English and Latin versions of a name when the name variants option is selected.
Today’s release marks just the latest update to the Catholic Heritage Archive, Findmypast’s ground-breaking digitisation project to bring millions of records from across Scotland, England, Ireland and American online for the very first time.
The Roman Catholic Church holds some of the oldest and best-preserved family records which, until now, have remained locked away for centuries. By working with partners at various Archdiocese, Findmypast has enabled millions of users across the world to explore their Catholic roots online.
This week’s Findmypast Friday update also sees 11 new papers added to the Findmypast newspaper archive along with updates to 18 existing titles. New arrivals include:
Cosmopolitan covering 1865 and 1868-1876
Illustrated Crystal Palace Gazette covering 1853-1854
Illustrated Midland News covering 1869-1871
Illustrated Newspaper covering 1871
London Illustrated Weekly covering 1874
South London Advertiser covering 1863-1866
Surrey Herald and County Advertiser covering 1826-1828
Tichborne Gazette covering 1872 and 1874-1875
Warminster Herald covering 1857, 1859-1869, 1872-1874, 1877-1880, 1882-1884 and 1886-1893
Westerham Herald covering 1883-1889, 1893-1896, 1898-1935
Wolverton Express covering 1901-1954
While additional pages have been added to:
Borough of Greenwich Free Press from 1857
Bury Free Press from 1997
Fenland Citizen from 1989
Grantham Journal from 1960-1967, 1981-1983, and 1995-1996
Haverhill Echo from 1994-1997
Herne Bay Press from 1898
Islington Times from 1858
Kentish Express 1878
Liverpool Albion from 1837, 1851, 1859 and 1865
Lloyd’s List from 1913
Music Hall and Theatre Review from 1902-1903
New Milton Advertiser from 1992
Newmarket Journal from 1997
Saffron Walden Weekly News from 1997
South Eastern Gazette from 1910
Spalding Guardian from 1957, 1961-1963 and 1995-1997
Suffolk and Essex Free Press from 1997