To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Findmypast has today released thousands of fascinating new Napoleonic Prisoner of War records in partnership with The National Archives. This week’s Findmypast Friday also marks the release of birth, marriage, burial and congregation records from a Scottish garrison church in Gibraltar, new Greater London Burial Index records and substantial updates to our collection of historic British newspapers.
Prisoners of War 1715-1945 Phase 2 – Napoleonic Wars
Comprising over 71,000 entries, the new Napoleonic Prisoner of War records have been released in partnership with The National Archives. The release marks the second phase of a landmark project to make 250 years of British Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force papers relating to the internment of allied and foreign Prisoners of War available to search online. These records form part of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection and contain not only the details of members of the armed forces, but also of captured civilians and merchant seamen of various nationalities.
The new Napoleonic additions record the details of Danish, French, Prussian and American prisoners captured by British Forces during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. They list the prisoner’s name, nationality, rank, service number and the conflict in which they were captured. They can also reveal exactly when and where they were captured, where they were held, and many include full physical descriptions detailing hair colour, eye colour, build, complexion and any distinguishable marks. Records were also kept of the provisions and the supplies received by POWs such as blankets, clothing, and beds etc. providing incredible insights into the experiences of a Napoleonic prisoner of war.
Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original handwritten document. The amount of information in each record can vary depending on the type of document and the amount of detail recorded at the time of the event.
Gibraltar, St Andrew’s Kirk Records
Over 6,000 records from the Presbyterian Church, St Andrew’s Church of Scotland in Gibraltar have been added to our collection of church and parish records. St Andrew’s was built in 1854 by the Rev William Strauchen to serve the many Scottish regiments that were garrisoned on the peninsular.
The new additions consist of over 1,000 baptisms, nearly 600 marriages, nearly 600 burials and over 3,500 congregational records. The St Andrew’s Kirk Congregation Records 1840-1947 consist of communicants, temperance pledges, members’ rolls and miscellaneous records taken from the Scottish Presbyterian church in Gibraltar. The Congregation Records are a collection of papers organised by the church’s Kirk, the body of ordained elders who governed the local parish. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document. The amount and type of information listed varies depending on the type of record.
Greater London Burial Index
Over 25,000 new records have been added to the Greater London Burials Index. The Index covers the years 1399 to 1902, and now contains over 1.1 million names from Anglican and non-conformist parishes. It was compiled from variety of local burial indexes, and covers the City of London, Middlesex and South London parishes. Today’s new additions come from West Norwood in south London.
Over 2.8 million new searchable articles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. The latest additions include 3 brand new titles - the Cornish Times, Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, Tadcaster Post, and the General Advertiser for Grimstone - as well as substantial updates to 37 existing titles.
Remember to check our dedicated Findmypast Fridays page every week to keep up to date with the latest new additions.