Guest post: What's new in Ancestry?


Guest contributor: Marie Hickey

Ancestry.com have just added the following databases to their collection over the past few days which may be of interest to some of you.

Newspapers/periodicalsLyson's Magna Britannia (Bedfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire - 1806-22) [to quote Wikipedia "a concise topographical account of the several counties of Great Britain (to give its full title) was an ambitious topographical and historical survey."]
Illustrated London News (selected years) - this is also available through the Digital Library part of the library website for the years 1842-2003.
Penny Magazine 1832-44 - this was published with the working man in mind and covered a wide range of subjects of general interest and everyday matters.
Soulby's Ulverston Advertiser (1848-62) - a window into the life of the market town of Ulverston, Cumbria
Tewkesbury Yearly Register and Magazine (1830-50) - an anecdotal history includes - marriage and death notices of those born in Tewkesbury but since moved from the area; a list of those who died in a cholera outbreak with details of the way they died, their address and occupation.

LondonLondon Poor Law records has been updated
London Parishes (post 1813 [Births, Christenings, Deaths and Burials], post 1784 [Marriages] - more records have been added.
London Parishes (pre 1813 registers) has had more parishes added.

MiscellaneousFife voters lists (1832-94) - full name, abode, occupation
Queensland Govt Gazettes (1903-10) - we have CDs of these in ARC for 1859-1905
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Notes & Queries (1893-98) - many articles on buildings, local history, general interest, flora and fauna
Lancashire & Cheshire Historical & Genealogical Notes (1878-83) [from the title page - "comprises unpublished items of local and family history, church notes, abstracts of charters, deeds, wills etc, folk lore, legends traditions etc"]

All the above are name/place searchable.

Another new addition is the selection of postcards for Canada, UK & Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Germany & Austria and Australia.

In case you missed them last month or have not read about them in family history magazines -
Prison Hulk registers and letter books (1802-49)
Licences of parole for female convicts (1853-71 & 1883-87)
Canadian soldiers - selected service records WWI
Canadian war dead - selected service records WWII
California - 1852 census

This should give those who are interested, plenty to play around with.  Check out other new additions by clicking on "recent" in the lower right-hand corner of the home page.

Have fun and hopefully some of those brick wall may come tumbling down or you will learn something further about your family.

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