Jun 11, 2021

Findmypast’s Catholic Heritage Archive Continues to Grow With New English Records

The following announcement was written by Findmypast:

New English Catholic sacramental registers are available to search this Findmypast Friday along with new WW1 medical records and historical newspapers.

England Roman Catholic Parish Registers

Thousands of additional Catholic baptism, marriage, burial and congregational records have been added to the Catholic Heritage Archive. These exclusive resources cover the dioceses of Birmingham, Middlesbrough and Westminster. This includes:

Over 4,000 new England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1911, the Diocese of Middlesbrough in 1921 and the Diocese of Westminster in 1916

Over 1,500 new England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1911 and the Diocese of Westminster in 1944

Over 400 new England Roman Catholic Parish Burials from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1911, the Diocese of Middlesbrough in 1921 and the Diocese of Westminster in 1942

Over 2,400 new England Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records from the Archdiocese of Birmingham in 1911, the Diocese of Middlesbrough in 1921 and the Diocese of Westminster in 1916

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. 

For more advice on making the Catholic Heritage Archive, read Findmypast’s comprehensive guide.

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers’ Medical Records 

Receiving 50% of the votes in last week’s community poll, this detail rich WW1 collection from the National Archives has been updated with 1,900 new entries. The collection includes transcripts and images of admissions and discharge records from hospitals, field ambulances, and casualty clearing stations.

Transcripts will reveal names, ranks, service numbers, and hospitals as well as dates of admission, transfer and discharge. Images will provide a variety of unique details such as descriptions of the serviceman’s illness or wound and how long they stayed at the medical facility.


Spanning from 1801-1803, the Morning Herald (London) has joined Findmypast’s newspaper collection.

Morning Herald (London), 29 January 1803. Read the full page.

The following existing titles have also been updated with additional page;

Herts and Essex Observer from 1982

Newcastle Evening Chronicle from 1912

South London Press from 1871

West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser from 1993-1999


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