This week’s Findmypast Fridays marks the release of over 451,000 new additions to our collection of UK burial records, over 37,000 pages of Somerset Electoral Registers and the first 30 volumes of a fascinating Somerset periodical available exclusively on findmpyast.
Over 389,000 new records from the South London Burials Index 1545-1905 have been added to our Greater London Burials, which now contain over one million names from 226 Anglican and non-conformist parishes. Greater London Burials 1399-1902 was compiled from various burial indexes and covers City of London, Middlesex and South London parishes and will prove particularly useful to family historians who wish to locate individuals living in Greater London at a particular time. These records can also contain valuable pieces of biographical information such as birth year, maiden name, occupation, marital status, relationship, home address, occupation and sometimes additional notes. It is important to note that in this set, the ‘Parish’ field refers to a burial ground, which includes Anglican parish churchyards as well as other types of graveyards and cemeteries.
Over 62,000 new records from Witton cemetery have been added to our Warwickshire, Birmingham burials 1833-2010. The set now contains over 488,000 records from four cemeteries in Birmingham; Handsworth Cemetery, Key Hill Cemetery and Warstone Lane Cemetery. Witton opened in 1863 as Birmingham City Cemetery and is the largest in the city at 103 acres. At its peak, it housed three chapels and performed up to 20 burials a day. Details of chocolatier Joseph Cadbury’s burial in Witton cemetery can now be found within this set.
Somerset & Dorset Notes and Queries was first published in 1888 and has continued unbroken publication ever since. The first thirty volumes spanning the years 1890 to 1980, are now available online exclusively at Findmypast and are packed with fascinating articles on Somerset history, folklore and literature. They are also a valuable genealogical resource containing local family trees, parish register extracts and copies of other privately held documents.
The Somerset Electoral Registers 1832-1914 are also new to Findmypast and consist of over 31,700 page images containing an estimated two million names. Electoral registers are the only records that provide frequent, regular and authoritative information on an ancestor’s property and can therefore be used to trace changes of address year by year. They are also a good indication of your ancestor’s wealth as they show if your ancestors rented or owned their homes and businesses. As well as being more frequent than census records, electoral registers are likely to be more accurate than other records, as local officials would have been very familiar with their respective areas. The registration process was also subject to public scrutiny as a voter whose name was not correctly registered would not have been entitled to vote.
Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.