British Newspaper Archive July Additions

ThBritish Newspaper Archive now has a total of  54,783,049 pages online (53,950,371 last month).

This month 104 papers had pages added (89 in the previous month). There were 16 (15) new titles. Dates range from 1741 to 1999.

The 20 newspapers with more than 10,000 pages added are:

Holloway Press 1872-1962
Hampstead News 1882-1961
Birmingham Weekly Mercury 1924-1926, 1928-1945, 1947-1948, 1951-1955, 1957-1958, 1961-1962, 1964-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1979, 1983-1985, 1993-1999
Herts and Essex Observer 1987, 1998-1999
Harrow Observer 1996, 1998
Ottawa Free Press 1903, 1905, 1907-1908, 1910, 1912, 1914, 1916
Bucks Advertiser & Aylesbury News 1836-1837, 1839-1840, 1843-1852, 1856, 1863-1868, 1870-1871, 1873, 1875-1889, 1891-1895, 1898-1910, 1913-1919, 1922, 1925-1926, 1928, 1930, 1933, 1935, 1937, 1940, 1947-1953
Kentish Express 1855-1871, 1893-1895, 1898-1973
Woodford Times 1870-1881, 1896, 1899-1915
West Kent Argus and Borough of Lewisham News 1894-1931
Aris’s Birmingham Gazette 1741-1823
Kent Messenger & Gravesend Telegraph 1913, 1919-1930, 1948, 1950, 1966-1967, 1969
Shields Daily Gazette 1898, 1905, 1907-1909, 1912-1915, 1917-1918, 1920-1945, 1953-1955
Sports Argus 1980, 1983, 1985-1986, 1989, 1992, 1995-1996
Lewisham Borough News 1892-1962
Barbados Agricultural Reporter 1896-1922
Black & White 1891-1905
Bromley Journal and West Kent Herald 1869-1885, 1887-1912
Bromley Chronicle 1891-1896, 1898-1921
Bromley and West Kent Telegraph 1868-1872, 1886-1896, 1898-1913

Ancestry adds York Parish Records

A total of over 3.6 million Church of England parish register records have appeared on Ancestry. They are for the City and the local Yorkshire area, approximately 200 parishes.

Title Records
York, Yorkshire, England, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1936 621,551
York, Yorkshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1995 251,658
York, Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1920 1,105,422
York, Yorkshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 1,629,646

Sourced from the Borthwick Institute for Archives – the University of York, there are indexes with names, dates and places, and links to the original register image.

Findmypast has a collection of other records for York, including for nonconformists.

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

One of several YouTube videos on London street names

BTW, Alan Ruston’s presentation Maps for Family Historians, at the BIFHSGO conference on Thursday 29 September came to mind as he puts some focus on London geography.

The 2022 Canadian Museum Crossword

The Toronto History Lecture will take place online on Wednesady 3 August 2022 at 7:30 pm. This year’s speaker will be Adam Bunch and his topic will be The Toronto Circus Riot: A True Tale of Sex, Violence. Corruption and Clowns. It’s free. For more information and advance registration at

R. I. P. James Lovelock

R. I. P. Bernard CribbinsT

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Anonymous, Brenda Turner, Teresa, and Unknown.

Unrestricted access to Irish adoption records

Everyone born to parents within the Republic of  Ireland and adopted at home or abroad will, from October, have access to their records previously withheld.

The legislation gives “legal entitlement to full and unrestricted access to birth certificates, birth, early life, care and medical information for any person who was adopted” or “boarded out.

Find out more from the Adoption Authority of Ireland.

Last Chance to View OGS 2022 Conference Recordings

Act now if you registered for the OGS conference but didn’t get to view all the sessions you intended to. They go away at the end of the month.

The Q&A from each session is also available. If you didn’t get the syllabus, it is also available for download.

Don’t miss the talk Canadian Wildflowers: A tale of pioneering women by Kyla Ubbink.

Findmypast weekly update

The focus this week is on the London area.

Over 18,000 additional Middlesex Baptism records have been added to this collection, from the parishes of New Brentford, Tottenham and Edmonton.  The total collection now has 539,579 entries between 1538 and 1919.

A further 23,000 baptism transcripts have been added to Surrey Baptisms for the parishes of Lambeth, Stockwell, St Mary Magdalene Bermondsey and Walworth. The 1,846,249 in the collection stretch from 1530 to 1919.

Around 8,000 new records have been added to the Greater London Burial Index, mostly for Ealing which now accounts for 31.649 of the 2,084,920 records in the collection. There areentries as early as 1397, as late as 2004, with the bulk in the first half of the 19th century.

Truth and Fiction: Star Power

The latest post on The National Archives Blog looks at people with names you probably recognize, entertainers, born just in time to be in the 1921 census for England and Wales.

There’s a list of other prominent people born in the UK in 1921 here. Are there any in a field of interest to you and can you find them in that census? They would need to be born by census day — 19 June.

MyHeritage updates Canada, Quebec, Persons Incarcerated in 19th Century Prisons

This collection, sourced from  BAnQ, contains 63,553 records from 1813 to 1864.

The transcription record typically includes name, year and place of birth, date and place of incarceration, offence, sentence, date of discharge, and age at the time of discharge. Many are for short periods, just a couple of days, petty crimes. Records for more extended imprisonment may include additional information.

Photo update: MyHeritage and Ancestry

MyHeritage just released, free to all registered users, a photo tagger facility. Presently available on the mobile app for Android and iOS (and coming on the website), given that you’ve tagged individuals in a certain number of photos it will find them in other photos you upload through facial recognition.

Toronto-based Uri Gonen explains the feature in a 30-minute video. including some of the privacy protections the company has instituted.

In case you missed it, Ancestry last month introduced a colourization capability for black and white photos. Find out about it here.


This week’s online genealogy events

Choose from free online events in the next five days. All times are ET except as noted. Those in red are Canadian, bolded if local to Ottawa or recommended. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed.

Tuesday 26 July 2 pm: OGS Ottawa Branch Virtual Genealogy Drop-in.

Tuesday 26 July 2 pm: Organizing and tagging photos with the MyHeritage mobile app, by Uri Gonen for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Tuesday 26 July 2:30 pm: Building a Bridge Between Generations, by Daniel Loftus for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Friday 29 July 9 am: Domesday in the public record, by Jessica Nelson for The National Archives (UK).

Friday 29 July 2:30 pm: What Official Records Exist About Your Scottish Ancestors? Searching Scotland Government Vital Records, by Erika Ward for BYU Family History Library.
Join by Zoom link, no reservation required:

Family Tree Magazine: August 2022

It’s taken a while for the August issue of FT to come online through PressReader.

I’ve only scanned the issue so copy the table of contents below. There’s a good article on gravestones by Dave Annal, speaker at the coming BIFHSGO conference. Another by previous BIFHSGO conference speaker Chris Paton is of relevance for those with ancestors of the Scottish persuasion.