Over 202,000 new UK and Australian records, 4.4 million newspaper articles and the ability to search and existing collection of 1.9 million records have just been added as part of this week’s Findmypast Friday. UK additions include British newspapers, a Wiltshire Will Index and the ability to search our Lincolnshire parish registers by surname. New Australian records include four sets of Immigration records from the state of Queensland.

UK Records

Containing over 90,000 records, the Wiltshire, Salisbury Wills Index, 1464-1858 is a British Record Society (BRS) index produced as part of the Wiltshire Wills Project, a collaboration between Wiltshire and Swindon Archives and the BRS. The original records were kept by various ecclesiastical courts including the Bishop's Consistory Court, the Archdeaconries of Wiltshire and Sarum, the Dean’s and Sub-Dean’s court and a variety of smaller jurisdictions covering either a single parish or group of parishes attached to various lay or clerical dignitaries. As a result, there are records for 29 different jurisdictions covering the whole of Wiltshire, parts of Dorset, Hampshire and Berkshire and the Devon parish of Uffculme. These records are also available as part of Findmypast’s England & Wales Published Wills. Each record includes a transcript of the index that will usually list the individual’s name, status or occupation, residence, the year the will was made, the document type and reference.

The ability to search by surname has just been added to our collection of Lincolnshire Parish registers, in addition to the existing browse option. Containing over 1.9 million records, Lincolnshire, Parish Registers Surname Search, 1695-1911, consists of registers provided by Lincolnshire Archives. The registers list Church of England parish baptisms, marriages and burials from right across the county.

British Newspapers

Over 4.4 million new articles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers in the last month. New additions include 16 new titles from Cambridge, Doncaster, Suffolk, Hertfordshire, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Jersey, Devon, Lanarkshire and London as well as substantial updates to existing titles. The total collection now stands at over 118 million searchable articles and 312 different titles, covering 245 years of British history (1710-1955).

 Australian Immigration Records

Containing over 48,000 records, the Queensland, Brisbane Register of Immigrants 1885-1917 index was compiled from Registers of Immigrants per Ship Landed at the Immigration Depot at Brisbane. These records were maintained and used by the immigration department. The purpose of these registers was to record the arrival of immigrants on each ship that landed at Brisbane’s Immigration Depot. Each record includes a transcript. The amount of information listed varies but most records will include the immigrant’s name, date of arrival, ship name, state and county.

Containing over 12,000 records, The Queensland Naturalisations 1851-1904 index was compiled from various records created by the Supreme Court of the Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville districts, the Colonial Secretary’s Office and the Government Residents Office. They included correspondence, naturalisation files, certificates of naturalisation and associated papers, and oaths of allegiance that were sworn by ‘aliens’ who were in the process of being naturalised. Each record includes a transcript. The amount of information listed varies but most will include the individual’s name, year of application, file number, item ID, state and country.

The Queensland, Maryborough Registers of Rations Issued to Immigrants 1875-1884 contains over 7,000 records and is an index compiled by the assistant immigration agent within the town of Maryborough in Queensland, Australia. Assistant immigration agents were responsible for providing information and services to immigrants in the area, for example relating to accommodation and rations at immigration depots. They also publicised the arrival of ships in the local press, and processed ships’ passenger lists and other records as well as statistical information for the government. This index consists of registers which recorded the rations that were issued to immigrants. Details were listed on these registers for single girls, single men and married people alike.

The Queensland Nominated Immigrants 1908-1922 index was compiled from the Card Index to Personal Files for Nominated Immigrations, 1908-1922. It contains over 45,000 records which were created and used by the immigration department of the Australian state of Queensland. These cards record information about individuals who were nominated or sponsored to migrate to Queensland between 1908 and 1922. The cards also detailed the information of applicants who were rejected, who later returned to their country of origin or elsewhere, and even those who simply made inquiries about immigrating to Queensland. In many instances, one member of the family would initially make the journey alone, then nominate other family members later to join them in Queensland. Each record includes a transcript. The amount of information listed varies, but most will include the immigrant’s name, age, year of birth, year of arrival, ship name, the name of their sponsor, state and country.

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