British Newspaper Archives March Additions

The total number of pages online is 66,153,059, an increase from 63,867,119 last month.

This month 181 papers had pages added (65 in the previous month). There were no new titles. Dates range from 1775 to 1999.

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

Lincolnshire Free Press 1871, 1874, 1878-1880, 1951-1987, 1989-1999
Manchester Evening News 1980-1981, 1995, 1998
Daily Malta Chronicle and Garrison Gazette 1896-1904, 1909-1918
Walsall Observer 1973-1979, 1981-1982, 1984-1987, 1994-1996
Buckinghamshire Advertiser 1922, 1924-1947, 1949, 1952-1954, 1956, 1986-1987, 1994-1995, 1998
Western Daily Press 1997, 1999
Bristol Evening Post 1979, 1998
Eastern Evening News 1956-1959, 1962
Hoylake & West Kirby News 1987, 1990, 1992-1994, 1996-1997, 1999
Lincolnshire Echo 1986, 1990, 1996
Bristol Times and Mirror 1912-1920
Wembley Observer 1990, 1993, 1995, 1998-1999
Wales on Sunday 1993-1998
Dunmow Observer 1991-1993, 1996, 1999
South Wales Echo 1999
Bournemouth Daily Echo 1974-1975
Greenford & Northolt Gazette 1977-1981, 1983-1984, 1986-1987, 1995
Derby Daily Telegraph 1996-1997
Newquay Express and Cornwall County Chronicle 1923-1954
Staines & Egham News 1992-1996, 1999
Coventry Evening Telegraph 1981, 1985, 1991-1993, 1996-1999
Liverpool Daily Post (Welsh Edition) 1994-1995
Isle of Thanet Gazette 1892, 1991-1992, 1995-1997
Billericay Gazette 1991-1992, 1998-1999
Acton Gazette 1940-1950, 1952-1958, 1960-1966
Pontypridd Observer 1964-1967, 1969-1977
Llanelli Star 1993, 1995, 1998-1999
Middlesex Chronicle 1964-1965, 1967-1968, 1973-1976, 1978-1981, 1983-1985
Herne Bay Times 1990-1991, 1993-1995, 1999
Shepton Mallet Journal 1976-1980, 1986-1987
Rutherglen Reformer 1986, 1991-1993, 1996
Northwich Chronicle 1988, 1997, 1999

MyHeritage adds Canada, Prince Edward Island Births and Baptisms

This free collection of 711,220 tramscript records, new to MyHeritage, contains PEI birth and baptism records of individuals born from the year 1702. Records typically include the name of the child, date and place of birth, date and place of baptism, the name of the church, the names of the parents, including mother’s maiden name, and the name of the clergy who performed the baptism. 

You might also want to check the Ancestry collection Prince Edward Island, Baptism Index, 1788-1943, and the PEI Archives database at

Ancestry updates Alberta and Collections

Now available on Ancestry, the annual update to collections from the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Alberta, Canada, Births Index, 1870-1900, 12,493 records
Alberta, Canada, Marriages Index, 1898-1944, 414,893 records
Alberta, Canada, Deaths Index, 1870-1970, 622,259 records

The index provides Name, Death Date, Death Place: and Registration Number. Digital copies of the actual registration may be ordered from the Provincial Archives for email delivery for $5.25.

Also amongst a slew of other additions,  updates to information extracted from marriage announcements found on™ 

U.S.,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current, 302,448,403 records
Australia and New Zealand,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current, 713,187 records
Canada,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current, 8,573,724 records
UK and Ireland,™ Marriage Index, 1800s-current, 7,442,038 records.

MyHeritage adds 1926 and 1936 Paris Census

The 1926 Paris, France census, with 2,803,687 records which became available on MyHeritage on 26 March, includes 749 people born in Canada, 599 from Ireland (Irlande, ou Eire) and 14,022 from Royaume-Uni (UK).

The 2,666,857 in the 1936 Paris census include 514 born in Canada, 424 for Ireland, and 8,003 from the UK.

Searches return transcriptions with name, gender, birth year, birthplace, and residence with possible mention of other family members in the residence.

Each entry is linked to an image of the original record, displayed below the transcript, with additional information. You may not see it. If so click on the arrow to advance the image, then back and it will likely appear.

Ancestry Updates Obituary Collections

These collections compiled from newspapers and other sources were updated on 23 March adding entries since 13 December 2022. Note that the total for the UK and Ireland Ancestry advertized in December was an error.

Title Years March 2023 December 2022 April 2022
Canada Obituary Collection 1898-Current 11,274,559 11,091,760 10,878,408
U.S. Cemetery and Funeral Home Collection 1847-Current 117,021,110 112,820,031 101,800,384
U.S. Obituary Collection 1930-Current 203,005,196 202,415,958 198,633,254
UK and Ireland Obituary Index 2004-Current 6,838,079 1,448,328 6,700,836

UK Railway Work, Life & Death Project updated

About 25,000 new entries are added to this spreadsheet database accessible through

Check it out if a railway worker in your family tree in Britain and Ireland was involved in an accident from the late 1880s to 1939.

The sheet contains details of 20,963 railway worker accidents investigated by the state, 1900 – 15 and 1921 – 1939.  There are 6,515 Union Death Claims, 1889 – 1919; 3,437 Union Disablement Claims, 1889 – 1920; 1.241 Union Fatal Compensataion Claims, 1889 – 1920; 1,329 Union Inquests, 1908 – 1920;  7,172 non-Fatal Compensation Claims, 1889 – 1919; Union Orphan Fund Claims, 1888 – 1919; 2.472 ASRS Legal Claims, 1901 – 1905: and 641 Claims to the GER Benevolent Fund, 1913 – 1923.

Here’s an example of an entry unlikely to have been passed along as a family story.

1903 Jan 10
Great Eastern Railway
Injury: Crush
Little finger of left hand injured
Caught between vehicles
Engine and 5 carriages being coupled. While carriages at rest Annison climbed on 3rd carriage to remove the side and tail lamps. Shunter needed engine to steady back in order to couple carriages just at time Annison was alighting from carriage. His little finger got between the buffers.
William Mowser, shunter
Annison knew carriages would be standing at platform for 6 hours, therefore there had been no need to climb on carriage when he did.
Mishap due to his own want of caution.
J J Hornby
Returns of Accidents and Casualties as reported to the Board of Trade by the several railway companies in the United Kingdom during the three months ending 31 March 1903 Appendix C. Reports of Sub-Inspectors A Ford and JJ Hornby on accidents to Railway Servants and other Persons employed on railway premises Cd.1687 1903 Mar 31 116

The Week’s Online Genealogy Events

Choose from selected 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. Additional mainly US events are listed at

TUESDAY 28 March

2 pm: New Developments of MyHeritage DNA, by Gal Zrihen for Legacy Family Tree Webinars and MyHeritage.

2:30pm: The People of Belfast, by Aidan Campbell for Belfast Branch, North of Ireland Family History Society.

7 pm: Outside the Gate: the true story of a British Home Child in Canada. by Carol Newall for OGS Wellington County Branch.


10 am: Women’s Lives and Writings: Online Resources for Everyone, by National Library of Scotland staff.

2pm: Top 10 Tips for Genealogists on Social Media, by Marie Cappart for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

7 pm: Bytown 1847, Élisabeth Bruyère & the Irish Famine refugees, by Michael McBane for Ottawa Historical Society.,17,19,21/bytown-1847


2 pm: Behind Old Ireland in Colour, by John Breslin for Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

FRIDAY 31 March


11 am: Begotten By Fornication: Illegitimacy Records in England and Wales, by Helen Smith for International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

2 pm: Headmasters and Sheriffs: 170 Years of Simcoe County History Told by One House, by Su Murdoch for OGS Simcoe County Branch.

Military Monday: The British Army in the Napoleonic Era

The latest HistoryExtra Podcast episode includes an extract from an interview with Zack White on Did the Duke of Wellington really call his troops the “scum of the Earth”?

From a longer interview on discipline in Wellington’s armies, it details the most common crimes and punishments in the armies of the Duke of Wellington and his contemporaries, considering whether the effective imposition of discipline helped the British and their allies finally defeat Napoleon on the battlefield of Waterloo.

Likely much would be relevant to the British army in the War of 1812. White’s The Napoleonic Wars Podcast (aka The Napoelonicist), includes episodes recorded since last November on The Legacy of the War of 1812, Impressment in the War of 1812, Women in the War of 1812, Naval Discipline in the War of 1812, Most significant battle of the War of 1812, West India Regiments in the War of 1812, and Native Americans in the War of 1812.

The Day After

Thoughts following Ottawan Saturday’s mega-doubleheader.

Irish Family History Research Day, organized by BIFHSGO, saw about 100 people in The Chamber at Ben Franklin Place in what, by all accounts, was a successful event. Even before the first presentation, people lined up to buy the books for sale when I snuck in to take the photo even though not registered. Many were taking advantage of one-on-one consultations with the speakers, and obviously enjoying the opportunity to get reacquainted with friends pre-pandemic.

I did register for the OGS Ottawa Branch Gene-o-Rama on the basis of the availablty of recorded presentations and handouts post-event. I’m told Ken McKinlay gave an excellent presentation on Ontario land records which was not so crammed with content that one was overwhelmed. A contact also mention the newspaper site, a one-stop site to search Trove (Australia), Chronicling America (USA) and abot 30 other sites.

Locally we now have Ottawa Public Library Genealogy Day to look forward to on 1 May – more soon – and the annual BIFHSGO conference, online, 28-29 October with theme Scotland.



Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

RadioGPT brings AI to the airwaves

Dan Gardner on AI and the Value of Imagination

Ottawa Valley Irish
A family history blog & genealogy database

The Irish-Canadian Podcast

Renewal of the Canadian Museum Policy

What’s in Beethoven’s Genome?

Roz McCutcheon R. I. P.
Noting the passing of a powerhouse of Irish genealogy, Roz McCutcheon (22nd March 1947-21st March 2023). She was a speaker on the Registry of Deeds, her pet project, at the 2021 BIFHSGO conference.

Thanks to this week’s contributors: Ann Burns, Anonymous, Bonnie, Brenda Turner, Glenn Wright, Nick Mcdonald, Teresa, Unknown


Findmypast Weekly Update

British Army, Local Armed Forces’ Enrolment Forms, Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902
This all-new set contains transcriptions for 64,888 enrolment forms from the Anglo-Boer War, which was fought between the British Empire and the Boer Republic in South Africa between 1899 and 1902.

Although the content of the records varies slightly depending on which enrolment form was used in each case, this set provides the name, age, nationality and trade of each soldier, as well as his regiment, regimental number and place of enlistment.

A physical description of each soldier, and next of kin and their address, are also stated in these records. This provides valuable insight into each individual’s family and background.

The collection includes 786 “Canadian Scouts.”

British Army, East Surrey Regiment 1899-1919
This week, 41,023 records, original image and the transcription, are added to this existing set. Detailing the fighting lives of the soldiers in the East Surrey Regiment, these records offer insight into ancestors who fought in the Anglo-Boer War and the First World War. You’ll typically find the full name, regiment, regimental number, year of birth, and birthplace in these records. There are a range of different record types contained within this set, including medals, orders and rank and file index. Always check the original record image for additional information.

British Army, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment 1901-1918
85,011 records, original record images and a transcriptions have been added to this set. Included are 1918 Prisoners of War, Register of Recruits 1914-1917 and Boer War Medals 1901-1903. Expect to learn the name, regiment, regimental number, rank, birthplace and birth year. Always check the original record image for additional information.

TheGenealogist adds 1830s Welsh tithe maps in the Map Explorer™ tool

TheGenealogist has linked the tithe maps for the Welsh counties of Brecknockshire, Cardiganshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, and Monmouthshire, to the Map Explorer™. For the first time, subscribers can now use these Welsh tithe maps, georeferenced to various historical and modern maps.

See how the area has developed from Victorian times to the modern day. Nick Thorne’s article Tracing a House in the Monmouthshire tithes to modern-day looks at a house called, The Hendre, situated in Rockfield, in the civil parish of Llangattock-Vibon-Avel, some 4 miles north-west of the town of Monmouth