There are more than 3.6 million new records and newspapers available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

Scotland, Dumfriesshire Death & Burial Index

Explore your Scottish ancestry with over 39,000 death and burial records from Dumfriesshire. Many of the burial records include additional details about your ancestor such as, their last address, parents' names and birth date.

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Transcripts were created by the Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society. Some records will also include additional notes which may provide you with your ancestor's address, birth place, birth date, parents' names, and possibly more.

Pennsylvania, Register of Mine Accidents

Discover whether your mining ancestor was involved in a mining accident in Pennsylvania. Within this collection of more than 163,000 records, you will find large numbers of immigrants which is indicated by their nationality along with vital information about the accident itself and whether it was fatal.

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The records are from the Department of Mines and Mineral Industries documenting mine accidents for the anthracite districts and the bituminous districts between 1899 and 1972. They are held by the Pennsylvania State Archives and links to the PDF versions of the accident registers are available on the transcripts. The records explain where the accident happened, the cause, whether the accident was or was not fatal, and who was at fault. A few examples of the accidents include caught in a conveyor belt, runaway trip wrecked into an empty trip, crushed with a possible fracture of the leg, fallen roof, and falling coal.

Cardiganshire Baptisms

Over 74,000 additional records from across 45 parishes have been added to our collection of Cardiganshire Baptisms.

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Baptism records state the date and place an individual was baptised into a church, and are an essential part of researching your family history. In most records, the parents of the individual being baptised are included, and these are often the key to finding out the names of the previous generation. Children were generally baptized within a few weeks of birth.

Cardiganshire Marriages and Banns

Over 65,000 additional records from across 45 parishes have been added to our collection of Cardiganshire Marriages and Banns.

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An ancient legal tradition, banns are an announcement in church of a couple's intention to marry. The reading of the banns provides an opportunity for anybody to put forward a reason why the marriage may not lawfully take place. Marriage records are an essential part of researching your family history. There are records where the parents of the bride and groom are listed, and these are often the key to finding out the names of the generation before. Occasionally, ages of the couple may be listed as "full" or "of age" rather than as a figure.

Cardiganshire Burials

Over 81,000 additional records from across 45 parishes have been added to our collection of Cardiganshire Marriages and Banns.

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The records may reveal your relative's birth year, death year, and burial place. Details such as names of their husband or parents may help to fill in more branches of your family tree.

International records – Italy

Celebrate Italy's Festival of the Republic on June 2nd by unearthing your Italian roots. Three indexes containing over 3.1 million births, marriages and deaths are now available to search and explore on Findmypast. These indexes span the years 1806 to 1900 and will generate hints against your Findmypast family tree.

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Sourced from the International Genealogical Index, these records span the years 1806 to 1900 and will generate hints against your Findmypast family tree.

British & Irish Newspaper Update

This week we have added 95,674 pages to our collection of historical British & Irish Newspapers. We are delighted to have two brand new titles joining us this week – West Midlands title the Sandwell Evening Mail and Field, which describes itself as 'the country gentleman's newspaper.'

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We are also pleased to welcome updates to eleven of our existing titles, with updates to five of our Irish titles, as well as titles from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire and London. Details of these updates are included at the end of this blog post.

  • Reading Evening Post - 1985, 1991-1992
  • Buckinghamshire Examiner - 1982, 1985
  • Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette - 1992, 1999
  • Mansfield & Sutton Recorder - 1990, 1992, 1999
  • Sunday Independent (Dublin) - 1959, 1974
  • New Ross Standard - 1987
  • Middlesex County Times - 1937
  • Rugby Advertiser - 1897, 1912-1913
  • Kerryman - 1992
  • Drogheda Independent - 2003-2004
  • Irish Independent - 1987