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Major New Release of Scottish Records by FindMyPast

Explore 450 years of Scottish family milestones with millions of new parish registers


Find My Past have published over 10 million new baptism, marriage and burial records, creating the largest collection of Scottish family history records available online.


This vast new collection of 'Old Parish Registers' to the site is in collaboration with local archives and organisations across Scotland.


Click on the link below to read  all the details on this major new records release.

Membership Year Changing for New Members

To make things much fairer for members joining at any time during the year, from now on everyone joining will receive a full year's membership, so if you join on say September 13th you membership will not renew until 12th September the following year.

Also if you chose to pay via PayPal you can now join/renew with a recurring payment without having to remember each year.  You will, of course, get plenty of warning in case you wish to cancel your membership.

But, we will be running an exciting series of Seminars, totally free to members from the Autumn so your member benefits will become even more valuable so it is unlikely that you will want to.

Keep  coming back to this website for more news and offers.

News of RootsTech 2022

RootsTech 2022

Here are the key announcements fron the RootsTech2022 team: 

β€’ Next year's RootsTech will take place March 3–5, 2022.
β€’ RootsTech 2022 will be entirely virtual and FREE.
β€’ While we won't be seeing each other at RootsTech London 2021, we look forward to seeing you online at RootsTech 2022.
β€’ Call for content (presentations and exhibitors) is opening soon.
β€’ You can receive updates all year long by following us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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More than one million Jameson employee records have been released and are now free to access online for the month of July.
Irish Distillers, producer of some of the world’s best-loved Irish whiskeys, and Ancestry, the global leader in family history, have worked together to share the Jameson employee records online.
The historic Jameson Distillery Bow Street records, which are part of the Irish Distillers archive, contain detailed weekly wages books and include the employee names, as well as occupation, hours worked, and wages paid, spanning over 100 years from 1862 to 1969.
The Jameson Distillery at Bow Street closed as an operational distillery in Dublin in the 1970s and production moved to Midleton, but today, the lives of its β€˜Barrelmen’ can be explored through these digitised wage books – a potential treasure trove of information for those researching their Irish family history. 
The records are thought to be important for many reasons, but mainly because for many of those listed in the earlier volumes, there is no other surviving administrative record of their lives.
Civil registration of births only began in 1864, so many may not have had birth certificates, and later records were destroyed in the bombing of the Four Courts in 1922. 

The records also show further insight into life in Ireland within the period covered. During the Easter Rising in 1916, the distillery on Bow Street was taken over by the rebels which meant no staff could get to work. By law, that meant the employer did not have to pay them. However, there is a note in the wage book to say: β€˜Rebellion in Dublin, all employees paid full week.’

Commenting on the release of the records online, Archivist at Irish Distillers, Carol Quinn said: β€œI have always tried to answer any genealogical query that I receive. However, physically looking through the volumes – some of which are half a metre in size – isn’t good for the longevity of the records and leads to damage.

"Thanks to Ancestry and the team who came to Midleton to digitise the volumes, all of the records are available online and people can look up the records themselves and find out if their relatives worked at Jameson Distillery Bow Street and what their working life was like.”

Records in the collection span from 1862-1969, but records that hold personal details are only available to view up to 1937, to protect the privacy of any living people. 

Direct Link to search the collection at Ancestry πŸ‘‰

Access to Civil War Records on Fold3.β€Œcom
If you have American Ancestry then you may be interested in the following: 
Access to Civil War Records on Fold3.β€Œcom will be free from July 1st until 18 July 2021 at 11:59 pm MT
[NOTE: The US Mountain Time Zone is about 6 hours behind us here in the UK]
After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view records using a paid subscription
Registration required. Click below to get started! πŸ‘‰