Family Tree records round-up: June 2023

Save time with our records round-up! It’s your at-a-glance guide to what’s new in genealogy. In this new series, exclusive to newsletter subscribers, we will be bringing together a monthly round-up of record releases from genealogy sites around the world. 



Ancestry's UK World War II 1939-46 diaries collection has been updated with new entries. 

Use this collection to:

  • Learn about the activities of the military unit your ancestor served in
  • Track the movements of a particular regiment, unit or division
  • Get a flavour of military life at a given date during World War II

British Newspaper Archive

Explore the lives and times of Irish ancestors with two new releases from British Newspaper Archive:

  • Dublin Leader (1901-63)

This 60,000-page release covers six decades of life in Dublin, with commentary on current affairs, politics, literature, art and industry. Explore here.


With 2.8M records added to existing collections within the last few months, there's always plenty to keep us busy at FamilySearch. Among the largest record releases are:



FindMyPast have released an all-new collection of Bedfordshire family history records that span the years 1329 to 2011:

  • baptism records: 1466-2011 here

  • marriage records: 1568-1989 here

  • burial records; 1329-1999 here



MyHeritage added 46 million records from 30 collections around the world, for countries including Belgium, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Scotland, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S. The collections include birth, marriage, divorce, death, military, naturalisation, and student records.


  • 1M + records added to an index of birth records from the Aalst municipality in Belgium, between the years 1795 and 1924 with images. 
  • 400,000 marriage records from British Columbia, Canada, between the years 1800 and 1946 with images. 
  • 500,000 names in an index of records of individuals from or connected to the county of Moray, sometimes known as Elginshire, Scotland from the year 1400 onwards.



TheGenealogist has just released a new collection of name rich records of interest to English, Scottish and Welsh family historians. The Guilds, Societies and People of Note collection includes records that reveal names, dates and information about ancestors who were Freemen, Liverymen, Aldermen, members of the Masons and Oddfellows, or people classed as ‘worthies’.

The various records in this collection have been gathered together under TheGenealogist’s Occupational Records and adds 65,000 names from fourteen new resources to this collection. Fully searchable by name or keyword from TheGenealogist’s Master Search. The new additions include records from a variety of sources, including:

  • Freemen Registers: These records list the names of people who were granted the freedom of a particular town or city. The freedom of a town or city gave its holder certain privileges, such as the right to trade within the town or city walls.
  • Liverymen Lists: These records catalogue the names of people who were members of a particular guild. Guilds were organisations of craftsmen or merchants who banded together to protect their interests.
  • Aldermen Rolls: These records list the names of citizens who served as aldermen in a particular town or city. Aldermen were elected officials who served on the town or city council.
  • Masons and Oddfellows Records: These records list the names of people who were members of the Freemasons or the Oddfellows. The Freemasons and the Oddfellows are two fraternal organisations that have been around for centuries.
  • Worthies Records: These records list the names of people who were considered to be “worthies” of their community. Worthies could be anyone from prominent politicians or successful businessmen to renowned military personalities.

Does your group, society, record office or archive have a record release you'd like to share? Email us and we'll be in touch.