Nov 26, 2021

Findmypast Adds New Releases From Wales to the West Indies

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

With over 1.6 million Welsh electoral records and census substitutes from the Caribbean, where with this week’s Findmypast Friday update take you?

Index to Death Duty Registers, 1796-1903

Search over 5,000 brand new additions to fill any gaps in your family tree. Exclusive to Findmypast and now containing over 3.3 million transcripts and images, these records will enable you to discover English and Welsh ancestors who left estates that incurred an inheritance tax.

Created by the Estate Duty Office (later to become the Inland Revenue), each result will provide you with the name and address of the testator, their date of death as well as the name and address of the administrator. The information captured by this index may also help you obtain copies of original entries from the Death Duty Register and track down your ancestors will or administration. 

West Glamorgan Electoral Registers, 1839-1925

Containing over 1.6 million records, this expansive collection details over 80 years of electoral registers and Burgess Rolls for the Borough of Swansea in West Glamorgan.

Each result will provide you with the name, address and “qualification” of the individual who had registered to vote making them a valuable census substitute. Electoral registers are also and excellent resource for exploring the history of your home or local area.

Leeward Islands Census Substitutes, 1678-1753

Search these early name lists for early settlers of the islands of Anguilla, Antigua, Montserrat, Nevis and St Kitts (St Christopher Island). Containing roughly 6,000 transcripts, this collection will provide you with the names, race, gender and location of the islands’ inhabitants as well as the date they were recorded and, in some instances, their title, age, occupation, nationality, and parish 


This week sees 116,740 new pages, eight brand-new Welsh titles and updates to 28 existing publications join Findmypast’s ever expanding newspaper archive.

New titles:

Caerphilly Journal, 1914-1943

Herald Cymraeg, 1858-1900, 1902, 1904-1911, 1913-1916

Porthcawl Guardian, 1933-1961

Porthcawl News, 1910, 1912-1925

Newport Gazette, 1857-1869, 1891

Cardiff Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, 1875-1881, 1883-1886, 1888-1889

Y Gwyliedydd, 1877-1883, 1885-1887, 1889

Rhondda Socialist Newspaper, 1911-1914

Existing titles:

Atherstone News and Herald, 1911-1912, 1950

Saffron Walden Weekly News, 1985, 1993

Hull Daily News, 1879, 1896-1899

Coleshill Chronicle, 1874

Fleetwood Chronicle, 1845

Press (London), 1860

Sun & Central Press, 1871

Grantham Journal, 1971, 1998-1999

Herts and Essex Observer, 1981

New Milton Advertiser, 1993

London and China Express, 1916-1917, 1921

Fenland Citizen, 1993

Newark Advertiser, 1992

Stamford Mercury, 1954, 1985

Spalding Guardian, 1893-1894, 1903, 1921, 1976

Diss Express, 1993

South Wales Daily Telegram, 1888

Y Tyst, 1893

Newcastle Guardian and Silverdale, Chesterton and Audley Chronicle, 1897

Glamorgan Advertiser, 1950

South Wales Weekly Argus and Monmouthshire Advertiser, 1897

Llanelly and County Guardian and South Wales Advertiser, 1911

Kilmarnock Standard, 1875-1891

Flintshire Observer, 1899, 1912

South Eastern Gazette, 1875

Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette, 1872