British Newspaper Archive Update for March

The collection added to 89 newspapers in March, compared to 120 last month. That includes seven new titles: Country Life; Prisoners of War News; The Regiment; Gravesend Messenger; Kent County Examiner and Ashford Chronicle; Scarborough Evening News; Brighouse Echo.

The earliest date is 1850.

The collection now totals 75,449,460 pages, up from 74,399,999 in the February update. Just two papers had more than 10,000 pages added.

Now available for 1897-2009, Country Life, with 509,579 pages, is an outstanding addition.  it addresses the interests of the “civilised person in the old sense of the word, someone as much at home working in the garden as seeing an art exhibition, as fascinated by the nesting habits of birds as the restoration of a state bed, as concerned about pollution as much as who will win the Boat Race.” Also lots of ads for properties for sale.

The other major addition is the Scarborough Evening News,  1889, 1986-1997.


Sunday Sundries

Happy Easter! 🥚🐇🐾

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

Cranky Uncle

What is the ‘new climate denial’ and how does it impact our response to climate change?

Daniel Kahneman, renowned psychologist and Nobel prize winner, dies at 90

On the necessity of a sin: Why treating AI like a person is the future

Fifth Annual 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon
Starting at 5 pm ET Thursday, 11 April. Hosted by and MyHeritage, it’s free!

MyHeritage adds Cornwall BMBs

Church of England Cornwall Parish records were added to MyHeritage on 27 March, sourced through FamilySearch.

Births and Baptisms
This collection contains 968,495 birth and baptism records, with images, between the years 1571 and 1960. 
377,612 transcripts and images, 1569-1938
376,294 transcripts and images, 1572-2010.

Here are the counts for 40-year intervals.

Remember, Cornwall has a selection of parishes with Online Parish Clerk pages.

Findmypast Weekly Update

Manchester Electoral Registers
Discover the names and addresses of Mancunians from 1,285,051 new transcriptions and images. Records indicated to be up to 1970, but there’s an anomaly after 1940 – each year finds exactly 12,413 results!

Manchester Rate Books
How to reconcile the information FMP gives about these records?
– 384,785 new Rate Book records.
– “These records comprise almost five million names of taxpayers from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century in the boroughs which now make up Greater Manchester.”
– 14,336,653 found by searching with no criteria entered.

No argument, these are “an excellent census substitute and usually record the following detail:
• Name of Occupier (head of household)
• Name of Owner
• Description of the property (house or business)
• Street Address/Township/Parish
• Rate to be paid (e.g. poor rate, water rate)
• Amount to paid
• Date paid or any default on payment

Every fifth year’s rate books are indexed to coincide with census years for parts of the following boroughs:

• Bolton 1916-1936
• Manchester 1706-1941
• Oldham 1841-1936
• Rochdale 1826-1921
• Stockport 1886-1921
• Tameside 1846-1936
• Trafford 1836-1931
• Wigan 1806-1936”

Malta, Monumental Inscriptions
These grave records from Malta cover almost 200 years, from 1829 right up to 2022. There are 6,026 images and transcriptions for you to explore, from the follow cemeteries:

Ta’ Braxia Cemetery
Sliema War Memorial
Pembroke Military Cemetery
Malta Memorial
Imtarfa Military Cemetery
Kalkara Cemetery
Valletta Cemetery


MyHeritage adds Manchester Parish BMBs

New to MyHeritage on 27 March find 632,593 burials, 1,607,084 marriages, and 2,373,480 births and baptisms for parishes in Manchester, Lancashire, England.
The records, with images of the original, go back as far as the 16th century for the Church of England in Greater Manchester and are sourced via FamilySearch.

FreeBMD March Update

The FreeBMD Database was updated on Tuesday, 26 March 2024, to contain 290,487,882   unique entries, up from 290,239,705 on 22 February.

The years with more than 10,000 new entries are 1992-1995 for births, 1992 – 1994 for marriages, and 1991, 1993 – 1995 for deaths.

The Genealogist at Work – Old Style

During my regular check for new genealogy books in the Ottawa Public Library collection, one title stood out : “The Maker of Pedigrees: Jakob Wilhelm Imhoff and the Meanings of Genealogy in Early Modern Europe” by Markus Friedrich. This book, published by John Hopkins University Press last year, offers a unique perspective on the subject.

“The Maker of Pedigrees” delves into the role of genealogy in the cultural, social, and political history of Europe around 1700. It particularly focuses on the life and works of Nuremberg master genealogist Jakob Wilhelm Imhof, shedding light on how changes in Europe’s knowledge culture influenced genealogy and how the evolving nature of the genealogical imaginary shaped early modern Europeans’ perception of society, politics, and scholarship. 

I found the book hard going. It’s academic,  a translation, full of two-dollar words like bricolage, histographical, annalistic.

I persevered through chapter 5 “The Genealogist at Work.” His major effort was keeping up with current developments — births, marriages and deaths. This was done through collecting published materials, including newspapers, “diplomatic” documents circulated to keep peers aware of changes in the powerful, correspondance and oral communication.

His research was founded on previously published material, which he did his best to verify. To those he physically added information written on scarps of papers and clippings, using sissors and paste. He also wrote in corrections and additions — the bricolage. They were the working basis for his published works.

There are two circulating copies in the OPL collection. None were in the  public library collections in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal or Halifax. Toronto has one copy in its reference collection.

I can only recommend it to those who have an interest in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

New at Héritage

So far this month, 14 digital microfilms sourced from Library and Archives Canada have been added to the CRKN Héritage collection. Five are for Western Land Grants, five Second World War era Directorate of Movements : Marine files, three from the Department of Indian Affairs, and one from the Dominion Lands Branch. Here’s the list.

Title Publication Date Identifier URL (if online) Date updated
Central registry subject files created by the Dominion Lands Branch 1911-1926 T-12514 2024-03-15
Department of Indian Affairs, Headquarters central registry system : Black Series 1913 – 1942 C-10205 2024-03-06
Department of Indian Affairs, Headquarters central registry system : thousand series 1876-1937 C-12059 2024-03-20
Department of Indian Affairs, Headquarters central registry system : thousand series 1915-1954 C-12074 2024-03-20
Directorate of Movements : Marine files. Eastbound Personnel 1944 C-5694 2024-03-06
Directorate of Movements : Marine files.
Westbound Personnel
1941-08-01 – 1943-08-04 C-5708 2024-03-20
Directorate of Movements : Marine files.
Westbound Personnel
1943-06-01 – 1944-06-11 C-5710 2024-03-20
Directorate of Movements : Marine files.
Westbound Personnel
1944-01-11 – 1944-04-28 C-5712 2024-03-20
Directorate of Movements : Marine files.
Westbound Personnel
1944-03-27 – 1944-08-08 C-5713 2024-03-20
Western Land Grants 1906-04-21 – 1907-07-06 C-6125 2024-03-06
Western Land Grants 1909-03-11 – 1909-03-17 C-6217 2024-03-06
Western Land Grants 1914-06-25 – 1914-07-11 C-6431 2024-03-06
Western Land Grants 1918-06-06 – 1918-06-11 C-6572 2024-03-06
Western Land Grants 1914-02-27 – 1914-03-03 C-6410 2024-03-20

Use Collection Search at LAC with the microfilm number for detail on its contents. A search for one of the  Directorate of Movements microfilms shows all the voyages recorded thereon. Download to a spreadsheet and sort by Item Number to get an idea of its position within the microfilm.

If you have the name of a ship a person travelled on, use LAC’s collection search and look for a date of interest. Hope the microfilm referenced is in the Héritage collection!

I’m told CKRN is working on a new interface that will show an array of thumbnails of the microfilm contents making it easy to spot the beginning of a new voyage. No date for implementation is promised!

This Week’s Online Genealogy Events

Choose from selected free online events in the next five days. All times are ET except as noted. Assume registration in advance is required; check so you’re not disappointed. Find out about many more mainly US events at Conference Keeper at

A reminder that 7 Tips for Using AI as Your Genealogy Assistant, by Dana Leeds, is available for free to view until 27 March.

Tuesday, 26 March

2 pm ET –  Government Money: MyHeritage’s U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936–2007, by Sharon D. Monson for MyHeritage and Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

2:30 pm ET – Specifics of Genealogical Research in Russia, by Elena Burtseva for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

7 pm ET – Basics of House History and Land Records Research, by Susan Arness for OGS Wellington County Branch.

Wednesday, 27 March

2 pm ET – Which Hans Jensen is Mine? Navigating Patronymics in Scandinavian Research, by Jenny Hansen for Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Thursday, 28 March

6:30 pm ET – Discover Your Irish Ancestors Using the Periodical Source Index (PERSI)  by Elizabeth Hodges for Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center.

Friday, 29 March

Saturday, 30 March

2 pm ET  –  The Internet Archive: A Genealogist’s Dream Collection, by Taneya Koonce for the Guild of One-Name Studies.