This week’s Findmypast Fridays marks the release of brand new US, UK and Irish records. Thousands of new school registers for Anglesey, Plymouth and West Devon have been added to our collection of National School Admission Registers, while 4,000 Prison Hulk records have been added to our collection of crime, prisons and punishment records. Over 953,000 US birth, marriage and death records from the District of Columbia have also been added along with 18 new PERSI publications while and those with Irish ancestors can uncover details about the areas they lived in with the new Griffith's Survey Maps & Plans, 1847-1864 records.

New District of Columbia Records and US Periodicals

18 new publications covering a period between 1824 and 1923 have been added to PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index), the world’s largest and most widely used subject index for U.S. genealogy and local history literature. Over the past 30 years, the Allen County Public Library (ACPL) Genealogy Centre has created more than 2.5 million searchable records in PERSI, indexing every article from more than 8,000 different periodicals. These include magazines, newsletters and journals, indexed according to location, topic, surname, ethnicity and methodology.

The new District of Columbia Births & Baptisms 1830-1955 contain over 109,000 records. These records provide information on births and baptisms that occurred in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, between 1830 and 1955. Although the district began officially collecting this information in 1874, many records are from years earlier and do contain some duplicates that often contain slightly different information. Each record consists of a transcript that lists the child’s name, date of birth, date and place of christening, parents’ names and ethnicity.

The District Of Columbia Marriages 1830-1921 contain over 479,000 records that provide information about marriages performed in the city during the 19th and 20th centuries. The records generally list the individual’s name, age, ethnicity, the date and place of their marriage as well as their spouse’s name and age. You may find duplicates in these search results, as entries are often created for each individual mentioned on a record, including parents' names and spouse's parents' names. Some marriages occurred outside of the District of Columbia but were then registered later in the city.

The District of Columbia Deaths & Burials 1840-1964 contain over 365,000 records. Each record represents a death in the district over the 19th and 20th centuries and can contain useful biographical information. Most will list the deceased’s name, age, date of birth, date of death, place and date of burial, street address, marital status, ethnicity and parents place of birth. The information contained can then be used to search other collections from the District of Columbia or to search our collection of local newspapers for an obituary.

New Irish Land Survey Records

Griffith's Survey Maps & Plans, 1847-1864 contains over 95,000 place names recorded in Ordnance Survey (OS) maps and town plans used by the team working on Griffith's Primary Valuation of Ireland. Sir Richard John Griffith (1784 –1878) was an Irish geologist, mining engineer and chairman of the Board of Works of Ireland, who completed the first complete geological map of Ireland. He was commissioned by the government to oversee the first valuation of Ireland in 1827.  Each record includes a survey transcript and most also contain images of maps and town plans. Unfortunately we do not have maps, only transcripts, for Northern Ireland.

New UK School Admission and Prison Ship Registers

The New Schools and Admission registers for Anglesey, Plymouth and West Devon have been added to our collection of National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914. The Registers allow you to trace your ancestors through their school years and provide information such as the name of the school, name and address of each pupil, date of admission, date of leaving and the names of parents or guardians. Some may also include date of birth, whether parents are living or dead and a parent’s occupation.

Over 4,000 Prison Ship (Hulk) Registers 1811-1843 records have been added to our collection of Crime, Prison and Punishment records. These new records come from 6 prison hulks; Discovery, Captivity, Antelope, Dromedary, Weymouth and Coromandel and list the details of over 13,300 inmates held on the ships between 1811 and 1843. Each record consists of a transcript that can list an inmate’s name, age and trade as well as details of their crime, sentence and character.

Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.