Family Tree records round-up: January 2024

Save time with our records round-up! It’s your at-a-glance guide to what’s new in genealogy. In this series, exclusive to newsletter subscribers, we will be bringing together a monthly round-up of record releases from genealogy sites around the world. (Please note that many of the below websites may need a subscription to be able to access the records mentioned).



Find a Grave indexes

Ancestry ended 2023 with an update of:

How can I use these indexes?

Find a Grave® provides users a virtual cemetery experience, with images of grave markers from around the world, photos, biographies, and other details uploaded by volunteers. You may find obituaries and links to other family members included as well.

This index can be used to find out when your ancestor died and where they were buried. You also may find names of your ancestor's relatives, which may add names to your family tree. 

British Newspaper Archive

1 million free to view pages new to view

The British Newspaper Archive has released one million new free to view pages, bringing its total to 3.5 million free to view pages. The project is part of a partnership with the British Library, with every page carefully chosen by the Library, in order to represent historic journalism across the UK.

Explore here.


Coldstream Guards, 1800-1981

Almost two centuries worth of records are included in this FindMyPast release. The new addition comprises 17,896 photo album records and 497 attestations.

Founded in 1650, the Coldstream Guards is one of the British Army's oldest regiments. It has historically been responsible for the protection of the Royal family, and is thus is also considered to be one of the army's most prestigious regiments.

The first part of this record update consists of images and transcriptions of over 17,000 photo album entries.

Explore HERE


Exclusive: release of 4 million German marriage records

MyHeritage has announced  the addition of an exclusive collection of marriage certificates from North Rhine-Westphalia from 1874-99. The unique collection is provided by the Landesarchiv NRW, comprising almost 4 million searchable individuals, with high-quality scanned images of the original records.  

The collection currently features marriage certificates exclusively from the districts of Münster, Detmold, and Arnsberg. MyHeritage hope to expand the collection soon by adding certificates from Cologne and Düsseldorf.

What information do the records contain?

Civil registers are an excellent source of genealogical information. They are kept by the civil registrar, cover 98% of the population and have been mandatory in all German federal states since 1876. A marriage certificate usually contains information about the bride and groom, including:

  •  name
  • date and place of birth
  • occupation
  • addresses
  • date and place of the wedding ceremony
  • names and signatures of the witnesses

The certificate is issued by the registry office where the marriage was registered. In Germany, a civil marriage is required by law for a legally valid marriage.

Find out more at MyHeritage.

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