We’ve released an exciting array of records this week as part of Findmypast Fridays, including fascinating records to search from Bethlem Royal Hospital between 1683 and 1932. This invaluable collection of nearly 250,00 records includes admission registers, staff books, governors’ minutes and incredible patient casebooks containing the details of patient’s behaviour, medical histories and physicians’ notes. We’ve also made the Bethlem Hospital Patient Admission Registers and Casebooks 1683-1932 available to browse, as part of our partnership with Bethlem Museum of the Mind. These books offer precious insight into 250 years of treatment for the insane, and contain photographs of patients in the later versions.

New Irish records

We’ve also released millions of new Irish records, including the Ireland 1901 Census. The Ireland 1901 Census is one of only two surviving Irish Censuses held by the National Archives of Ireland. A new search facility, unique to Findmypast, enables searching by more than one household member, birth year and variants on the spelling of first and last names for the very first time. We’ve also added to our burgeoning Irish Newspaper Collection, with over 159,000 new searchable articles. These include three new titles, the Cavan Observer, Meath People and Cavan and Westmeath Chronicle and the Ulster Gazette, as well as additions to existing titles such as the Dublin Evening Post.

We’ve added over half a million new Birth Marriage Death records to our Irish collection, with the Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Marriage Licence Bonds Indexes 1623-1866, containing over 218,000 records, and the Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Wills & Administrations Indexes 1595-1858, numbering over 364,000 records.

New Australian records

Our Australian collection has seen some wonderful additions this week, with the The Victoria Prison Registers 1871-1960, and the Victoria, Moondarra & Aberfeldy Cemeteries collection. The prison registers have nearly 44 thousand records is from HM Pentridge Prison, the main prison of the Melbourne area, and include mug shots of the infamous bushranger, Ned Kelly.