This Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 5 million parish records in the second phase of Findmypast’s Yorkshire collection and over 43,000 prisoner of war records released in partnership with the National Archives to coincide with the centenary of the Gallippoli landings. This week’s new additions also include Australian military and land survey records, Irish local government records and newspapers and the United States BillionGraves Index.

Yorkshire Records

Over 5 million Yorkshire parish records have been released in the second phase of Findmypast’s partnership with the Yorkshire Digitisation Consortium. The Yorkshire Collection comprises beautiful scanned images of the original handwritten registers held by six Yorkshire archives and spans the years 1538 to 1989. Fully searchable transcripts of the original documents enable anyone to go online and search for their Yorkshire ancestors by name.

The Yorkshire collection covers the whole of Yorkshire including the three historic counties; North Riding, East Riding and West Riding. This second phase includes baptism, banns and marriage records held by the North Yorkshire County Record Office, Doncaster Archives and Local Studies, East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, Teesside Archives and Sheffield Archives and Local Studies. It also includes new Bishop’s Transcripts of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials from the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York).

The latest additions include:

Prisoner of War Records

Containing over 43,000 records with images, Prisoners Of War 1914-1920, are the first in a series of PoW records to be digitised and published by Findmypast in partnership with The National Archives. These latest additions consist of 10 series of British Foreign Office document’s relating to prisoners held by the Ottomans during World War One. They not only include the names of military personnel taken prisoner – both allied and foreign – but also the names of civilians, merchant seamen, fishermen, diplomatic employees and more. They will eventually form part of a wider Prisoners of War Collection, 1715-1945, which on completion will span 230 years and date back to the Jacobite rebellion.

Prisoners of War 1914-1920 includes ten series of documents taken from The National Archives’ collection Foreign Office: Prisoners of War and Aliens Department: General Correspondence from 1906 (F0 383). Consisting of lists and general correspondence, the records contain the names, ranks and locations of PoWs and provide insights into life in the Ottoman camps.

The Australian Military Forces WW2 missing and prisoners of war records list the details of approximately 23,000 servicemen who were recorded as missing or as PoWs in the pacific theatre of World War Two. The records relate specifically to members of the Australian armed forces who were captured or went missing while serving in the Far East and South West Pacific islands as of 30 June 1944. Each record includes a transcript that can give the individual’s service number, rank and unit, as well as a note of whether they were missing or had become a prisoner of war. For those listed as POWs, the location of the camp in which they were imprisoned was also recorded.

Australian Records

Containing over 1,000 records, the New South Wales, Returned Soldier Settlement Miscellaneous Files 1916-1939 were transcribed from records relating to ex-servicemen’s applications for financial assistance as part of a soldier settlement scheme following the First World War. Each record includes a transcript provided by volunteers from the State Records Authority of New South Wales.

The Australian Imperial Force, Nominal Roll of the First Railway Section 1917-1920  lists the details of railway employees who formed the 1st Railway Section of the Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force, also known as the 6th Australian Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company, during World War One.

Irish Records

Over 500,000 new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers. Additions have been made to 14 existing publications including generous updates to Dublin Evening Post (65,152), Northern Whig (34,651) and Tipperary Vindicator (13,958). Four brand new titles have also been added to the collection: The Cork Advertising Gazette, Derry Journal, Dublin Correspondent and Saunder’s News-Letter.

Containing over 7,000 records, Clare County Government Proceedings 1732 – 1882 record the members, presentments and correspondence of Clare’s Grand jury. Grand juries were the forerunner of county councils and functioned as local government authorities. Letters and circulars to the Grand Jury are also to be found.

United States BillionGraves Index

The United States BillionGraves Index contains 9 million cemetery records from right across the United States. Findmypast’s partnership with BillionGraves aims to make available all the cemetery records held on their site for free. BillionGraves is the largest resource for GPS-tagged headstone and burial records on the web, with over 12 million headstone records. This index will be regularly updated throughout the year and pertains solely to U.S. headstones. Each entry has a transcript, which includes a link to an image of the headstone with GPS details.  The amount of information varies, but transcripts will usually include the deceased’s name, birth date, death date, cemetery and a link to an image of their headstone.

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