The following announcement was written by Findmypast:
With new British Army and English parish records, amazing family discoveries await this Findmypast Friday. And in case you missed it, over a million newspaper pages are now FREE to explore.
Findmypast have completed this collection with over 130,000 new tracer card records, the majority of which cover personnel who served World War 2.
Soldiers from the Royal Engineers in Europe, 1945.
Each record includes an image of the original tracer card or cards documenting a soldier’s movements within and between regiments. Most men have one card but some have multiple, with text on both the face of the card and the reverse.
The amount of information listed varies, but all records include the man’s first name/s, last name and army number. Many men also have their date of enlistment and or date of birth included.
Service records for men who served with the Royal Engineers, and indeed with all corps from 1920, are still with the MoD. Tracer cards essentially provide a headline summary of service through which a man’s movements can be tracked.
Findmypast has further expanded this must-search military resource over 6,000 new Chelsea Pensioners’ discharge documents.
This record from 1794 lists the soldier’s name, birthplace,
occupation, regiment, reason for discharge and more.
These discharge papers are some of the oldest records available within this vast collection, allowing you to trace your military ancestor’s life and career way back to the 18th century. Including both transcripts and images, they record the servicemen’s birth place, the length of service, and why the soldier was discharged.
In partnership with Waltham Forest Family History Society, Findmypast has also added over 43,000 new transcripts to their existing Essex baptism and burial collections.
These latest baptism records cover the parishes of:
Leytonstone, Holy Trinity, 1825-1907
Waltham Abbey, Waltham Abbey & Leyton Wesleyan Circuit, 1803-1837
Walthamstow, Marsh Street Congregational Church, 1787-1837
Walthamstow, St Peter-in-the-Forest, 1844-1916
While the burial records come from:
Chingford, St Peter & St Paul, 1813-1963
High Beach, Holy Innocents, 1884-1985
Leyton, St Mary the Virgin, 1813-1984
Leytonstone, St John the Baptist, 1834-1979
Waltham Abbey, Paradise Row Baptist Churchyard, 1825-1857
Waltham Abbey, Waltham Holy Cross, 1813-1878
Walthamstow, St Mary, 1813-1979
Walthamstow, St Peter-in-the-Forest, 1845-1949
Baptism and burial records are essential for jumping back through the generations and expanding your family tree. Discover your Essex connections in these newest additions.
13 new titles have joined Findmypast’s ever expanding newspaper archive, including:
Athletic Chat covering 1900-1901, 1903 and 1905-1909
Berthold’s Political Handkerchief covering 1831
Boxing World and Mirror of Life covering 1894-1904 and 1907-1924
Brief covering 1877-1878 and 1880-1882
British Mercury or Wednesday Evening Post covering 1806-1812, 1814, 1818-1821, and 1823-1825
Cape and Natal News covering 1858-1870 and 1879
Fonetic Nuz covering 1849
Golf covering 1891, 1894-1895, 1897 and 1899
Labour Pioneer (Cardiff) covering 1900
Pilot (London) covering 1808-1813
Representative covering 1826
Weekly Times (London) covering 1832
Whitehall Evening Post covering 1801
While additional pages have been added to the following 22 publications:
Cavan Weekly News and General Advertiser from 1893
Constitution (London) from 1820-1823
Crewe Chronicle from 1888
Croydon Observer from 1863
Dundalk Herald from 1882
Hampshire Advertiser from 1923-1934
Instructor and Select Weekly Advertiser from 1809
Kilrush Herald and Kilkee Gazette from 1900
London Moderator and National Adviser from 1814 and 1820-1823
Lowestoft Journal from 1913
Manchester Daily Examiner & Times from 1872
Northern Weekly Gazette from 1911 and 1917
Pontefract Advertiser from 1874 and 1897
Saffron Walden Weekly News from 1890 and 1990-1992
Sleaford Gazette from 1888
Sligo Chronicle from 1856
Standard of Freedom from 1848-1849
Tailor & Cutter from 1889 and 1911
Weekly Free Press and Aberdeen Herald from 1891
Wooler’s British Gazette from 1820-1823
In case you missed the big announcement earlier this week, in partnership with the British Library, Findmypast have made over a million newspaper pages completely free to search and explore.