Roots Ireland is offering a 25% discount on  12-month subscriptions from 2 September to 17 September 2022. That’s US$198 rather than the regular US$264.

Before making a subscription commitment, check out the areas covered. A friend was disappointed to find there was nothing much for his Cork area of interest.

You may have more luck with Armagh. Roots Ireland recently added 26,210 historic records from the county dating from the 17th to the 20th centuries to its online database. Find a detailed list of the records added in this IrishCentral article.


Coming on Ancestry

Here are some new UK & Ireland collections coming to Ancestry soon.

Web: Wrexham, Wales, Cemetery Burial Register Indexes, 1876-2012
Web means it’s already available online, in this case at and will soon be conveniently available directly from Ancestry.

UK and Commonwealth, Law Examination Records, 1836-1947

UK, Women’s Land Army Index Cards, 1939-1945
These are from The UK National Archives, MAF 421 from a single microfilm reel.

UK, British Air Force Lists, 1919-1945
Digitized from publications, the collection is presently available at Findmypast.

Findmypast Weekly Update

The additions this week are for Sheffield, Yorkshire,  and not your usual BMB records.

Yorkshire, Sheffield Crime Courts and Convicts 1769-1931
206,060 transcripts with basic information from:

Cases prosecuted for desertion, neglect of their children, c1904-1908
General gaol delivery, Yorkshire 1841
Orders for bankruptcy hearing
Police charge book 1838-1865
Prosecutions of felons 1837
Quarter Sessions prison calendar 1880-1931
Sheffield, Magistrates Court Register 1882-1917
Sheffield Police Ticket of Leave register, 1864-1874
Sheffield Police, Conduct and Commendation Book, 1831-1893
Sheffield Quarter Sessions prison calendar
Sheffield Watch Committee minutes 1891-1896
York Castle prison calendar 1769
Yorkshire Assizes prison calendar 1841-1842
General Gaol Delivery, Yorkshire 1841.

Yorkshire, Sheffield Social and Institutional Records 1558-1939
47,989 entries, transcripts from a real mixed bag of sources

Bradfield Lent Book, 1558
Apprentices, 1676-1833
Settlement certificates, 1700-1810
Removal orders, 1701-1844
Sheffield Highways assessment, 1711
List of papist estates, 1715
Whiston indentures, 1728-1738
Slaughterhouse agreement, 1750-1780
List of paupers, 1751-1808
Sketchley’s Sheffield Directory, 1774
List of Tontine Inn subscribers, 1785
Gales & Martin’s Directory of Sheffield, 1787
List of subscribers to new Coffee House, 1795
Corn loan guarantors, 1795
Sheffield in 1797
J. Robinson’s Directory of Sheffield, 1797
Ecclesall Bierlow Workhouse, register of inmates, 1812-1915
Petition of the Catholic inhabitants of Sheffield, 1815
Society for bettering the conditions of the Poor in Sheffield, appeal for funds, 1818
Bradfield Workhouse admissions and discharges, 1818-1849
Sheffield & Rotherham banks resolution, 1825
List of Members of Bradfield Game Association, 1838
List of able poor, 1843
Ecclesall National School exam schedule, 1844-1890
Sheffield, Nether Chapel Membership list, 1845
Deakin Institution annual report, 1863
Sheffield flood, list of dead and missing, 1864
Deakin Institution list of governors, 1867
Sheffield & Rotherham Red Book & Almanac, 1870-1885
Cemetery Rd Congregational Church subscriber, 1873
Dungworth School, Sheffield, exam schedule, 1876-1895
List of pupil teachers, 1877-1881
Register of canal boats, 1878-1924
Vickers Ltd training record, 1911-1930
Sheffield Sunday School, Band of Hope programme, 1912
Upton Colliery signing-in book, 1936-1939

Yorkshire, Sheffield, Asylum & Hospital Admissions & Subscriptions 1748-1937
19,103 entries, transcripts mainly from the South Yorkshire asylum admission register, and also:

General Infirmary, list of subscribers
House of Help for Friendless Women and Girls, case book 1888-1906
Subscribers to annuities
Subscribers to Sheffield infirmary

There may be additional information in the original records available from or by email to

Have you tried the new LAC website?

While I’m not seeing a lot of comment on the new LAC website my impression is that the awareness is high and the experience is on the positive side.

Moving to new does mean bookmarks, and the directions on where to find things in publications no longer work as they did. It’s particularly annoying for someone who, having just completed an article, now has to edit it.

If the site structure stays as it is, and you don’t need to see again the four items highlighted with pictures on the main page, consider bookmarking or — it would be helpful if the “Search the Collections” search box were at the top of that page too.

I wrote to LAC asking about maps, newspapers, and directories.  A prompt reply from Andrea Eidinger, Team Lead – Web, LAC Communications and Marketing Branch, informed

“We are currently working on creating new guides for the maps, newspapers, and directories. In the meantime, we have a new page with information on our microfilm newspaper holdings (Newspapers (, the old directories page remains accessible (Canadian Directories Collection – Library and Archives Canada (, and a new guide for maps will be coming soon.”

Let us know what you think.

The last living orphan to come to Canada as part of the Home Children program?

An article in the London Free Press reports an honour for George Beardshaw, born on Sept. 14, 1923, as “the last living orphan to come to Canada as part of the Home Children program, through which more than 100,000 youth were sent to Canada from the U.K. between the late 1860s and 1948.”

Beardshaw fought in France as part of the landing on Juno Beach and, toward the end of the war, was captured and held war prisoner for 18 days.

A new museum in Orillia, to be called the George Beardshaw Gallery, is being established to commemorate the history of the Home Children. 

He arrived in Canada through the Barnardo organization in what must have been one of if not the last home child group to arrive before the war.

Is he the last living?

It’s difficult to know as some of the young immigrants hid their origins in later life.

Based on age their may be survivors from the more than 200 Fairbridge child immigrants who arrived in Canada post-war. Some don’t consider them as home children as the Fairbridge organization kept them in a farm school in Duncan, BC, rather than arranging placements as with those pre-war.

British Newspaper Archive August Additions

The British Newspaper Archive now has a total of 56,359,584  pages online (a huge increase from 54,783,049 last month).

This month 243 papers had pages added (104 in the previous month). There were 34 (16) new titles. Dates range from 1811 to 1999.

The 32 newspapers with more than 10,000 pages added are:

Richmond Herald
1885-1896, 1898-1950
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser
1816-1817, 1819-1840, 1842-1848, 1853, 1855-1858, 1871, 1881, 1888, 1892, 1899, 1904, 1909, 1925, 1931
Torbay Express and South Devon Echo
1923-1924, 1941-1946, 1968, 1974, 1978, 1983-1988, 1990-1992, 1996
Sandwell Evening Mail 1980-1984
Leicester Daily Mercury 1980, 1982-1987
Wells Journal 1991-1999
Liverpool Shipping Telegraph and Daily Commercial Advertiser
1846-1849, 1851-1872, 1874-1876, 1880, 1885-1897, 1899
Birmingham Mail
1964, 1968-1971, 1974-1976, 1978-1980, 1982-1985, 1997-1998
Surrey Herald 1992-1994
Nottingham Evening Post 1999
Sports Argus
1981-1982, 1984, 1987-1988, 1990-1991, 1993-1994, 1997
Cambridge Daily News 1997, 1999
Rugeley Mercury 1989, 1993-1995
Grimsby Daily Telegraph 1993, 1999
Daily Record 1997
Sutton Coldfield Observer 1992-1995
Birmingham Daily Post 1910, 1996-1998
Wokingham Times 1998-1999
Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Mercury 1999
Huddersfield Daily Examiner 1999
Burton Daily Mail 1998
Birmingham Weekly Mercury
1949, 1956, 1963, 1971, 1980-1981
Dumfries and Galloway Standard 1893, 1993-1994
Burntwood Post 1990, 1993-1994
Midland & Northern Coal & Iron Trades Gazette 1875-1884, 1886
Leytonstone Express and Independent 1877-1912
Civil & Military Gazette (Lahore) 1939-1945
Cheshunt and Waltham Mercury 1998-1999
Evening Despatch
1919, 1930-1931, 1936
Tunbridge Wells Journal 1862-1904
Weekly Register and Catholic Standard 1849-1870
Town Talk 1822