This weeks Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 19,000 parish records from the English county of Kent, poor law relief records from the early 18th century, a fascinating Police Gazette index and new additions to the PERiodical Source Index.
Hue & Cry Index 1797-1810
Containing over 16,000 entries, the Hue & Cry Index 1797-1810 is an index of the ‘Hue and Cry, and Police Gazette’, an English newspaper that published notices of wanted criminals and the offences they committed. The index was compiled by volunteers of the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies and is a prime source of information on the crimes committed by convicts who were sentenced to transportation. The index contains the details of crimes committed all over Britain as well as the names of missing persons and those who had been transported or imprisoned. Each record includes a transcript that lists the offender’s name, the location of their offence, the date of the offence and the volume and page number of the original document. Further information about the individuals listed can be found using our collection of historic British newspapers. Despite having a high circulation of roughly 150,000 copies printed each issue, there is no complete set of the Hue & Cry throughout its entire print run (and various name changes). Earlier editions of the newspaper that predate the index, between 1773 and 1776, are available in Findmypast’s collection of historic newspapers under the title ‘Police Gazette’.
Surrey, Southwark, St Saviour Poor Relief 1818-1821
Surrey, Southwark, St Saviour Poor Law relief 1818-1821 contains nearly 4,000 records that list the details of individuals who applied for outdoor relief from the parish of St Saviour’s Poor Law authority. During the 19th century, each parish in Britain was responsible for looking after its poor. Indoor relief involved sending paupers off to the local workhouse while outdoor relief was given to those who were able to work, but whose wages were below the cost of living. Outdoor relief could have come in the form of clothes, food or money. Recipients were expected to work for their relief and were given a place in the workhouse if they did not. Each record includes a transcript of the original document. While many families requested relief only once, in a crisis, many others needed to continue to return to the poor law authorities for assistance and appear repeatedly in the records. Transcripts list the individual’s name, the date of their request, the amount of relief they received and reason for their request.
UK Parish Records
Over 16,000 marriage records have been added to our collection of Kent Parish Records. The latest additions come from the parishes of Queenborough, Shepherdswell, Ashford, Aldington, Birling, Chart Sutton, Snodland, Ryarsh, Kemsing, Halling and Lower Birling. Each record includes a transcript taken from the original parish registers.
Over 2,700 records of Banns have been added to our collection of Kent Parish Records. The latest additions come from the parishes of Birling, Brenchley, Ryarsh, East Sutton, Borden and Lower Halstow.
Findmypast’s existing collection of over 2.8 million Staffordshire parish records are now available to browse. The Staffordshire parish registers were released in July 2014 and consists of Baptism, Marriage, Banns and Burial records held by the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service.
Persi monthly Update
Over 430 new images have been added to The PERiodical Source Index (PERSI), the world’s largest and most widely used subject index for U.S. genealogy and local history literature. Over the past thirty years, the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) Genealogy Center has created more than 2.5 million searchable records in PERSI, indexing every article from more than 8,000 different periodicals. These include magazines, newsletters and journals, according to location, topic, surname, ethnicity and methodology. Most of PERSI’s articles are from periodicals covering the United States and Canada, but you can also find thousands of genealogy and local history entries (in both English and French) from Britain, Ireland and Australia.
The latest new additions were made to existing titles within the index. Additional years have been added to the American Genealogical Record, American Pioneer, Collections Historical and Archaeological Relating to Montgomeryshire and Its Borders, Missouri Historical Review, Nova Scotia Historical Society Collections, Now and Then, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Our Home: A Monthly Magazine, Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Ulster Journal of Archaeology and the Yorkshire Genealogist.
Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.