There are over 7.3 million new records from the US, Canada and the UK available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

United States, WWI Draft Registration

A massive 5.1 million new records have been added to our collection of United States WWI draft registration cards. This update forms the last phase of this fascinating collection which now totals more than 25 million records. The draft was authorized for the purpose of raising a national army in light of the United States' entry into World War I.

Search United States WW1 Draft cards

In response to the United States' entry into World War I, the Selective Service Act was authorized for the purpose of raising a national army. Starting in 1917, more than 24 million Americans (nearly 98% of the male population under the age of 46) registered for the draft. Therefore, this nationwide collection represents roughly 25% of the entire U.S. male population and includes detailed personal information about each individual. Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original draft registration card. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor's birth date, place of birth, residence, registration year and citizenship country.

The images provided with each result will often include additional details. These details could pertain to your ancestor's home address, type of citizenship, occupation, employer and place of employment, prior military service, and race, as well as if your ancestor has a spouse or children. Each card was then signed by the individual, which provides you with a look at your ancestor's own script and signature.

New Brunswick, County Deed Registry Books image browse

This browse-only collection allows you to explore over 1,400 volumes of land records in their entirety. The material covers 1780 to 1993, contains over 792,000 records and covers all 15 counties within the province. The deed books cover the years 1780 to 1930 while the Indexes run from 1780 to 1993.

Search New Brusnwick, County Deed Registry Books

Depending on the type of record and when it was created, you may be able to find various details about your ancestor's land. The deed books generally provide more details than the indexes; however, as the majority of the deed books are handwritten, they are more challenging to decipher. Some deed books have been transcribed, which provides typewritten images of the registers. Records will typically list the names of all parties involved (guarantors, grantees, witnesses etc), the location of the land and any dates or sums relating to the event that was being recorded.

Illinois, Northern District, Naturalization Index

Illinois, Northern District, Naturalization Index contains over 550,000 records that will allow you to discover your earliest immigrant ancestors. This index of naturalization cards from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois covers petitions made by residents of northern Illinois, northwest Indiana, southern and eastern Wisconsin, and eastern Iowa. The index comprises series M1285 from the National Archives and Records Administration.

Search Illinois, Northern District, Naturalization Index

The records have the highest concentration from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, with a few outliers. Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of the original record. Transcripts will generally reveal the date of your ancestor's naturalization, their country of birth, place of birth and language. Images may provide further information such as the names and addresses of witnesses, the name and place of the naturalization court, their address, and their date and port of arrival in the United States.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police obituary card index and notices 1876-2007 browse

Find out if your ancestor died or was killed while serving with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with over 9,000 browsable obituary cards. The collection comprises obituaries and death notices of RCMP officers who died in service and that were printed in Royal Canadian Mounted Police publications, such as the Scarlet and Gold Magazine, as well as an index of obituaries. These publications would have been sent to RCMP officers, in part, to inform of the passing of other officers. Norman G. Wilson, a retired officer, compiled this index to increase the accessibility of these records for interested parties.

Browse Royal Canadian Mounted Police Obituary Card Index and notices

The amount of information listed will vary depending on the source material. Most records will reveal when your ancestor died, their rank and regimental number. Many records also include more detailed obituaries that may reveal important biographical details and a number even include photographs of the deceased officer.

Scotland, Post Office Directories Image Browse

More than 180,000 additional records have been added to our collection of browsable Scottish Post Office Directories. These fascinating records provide brief descriptions of areas, lists of notable people, of local business owners and are an excellent source for both family and local historians.

Browse Scotland, Post Office Directories

Post Office directories are also an excellent source for tracing ancestors on a yearly basis as they allow you to fill in the gaps between the censuses. Directories not only allow you to discover where your ancestor lived and how they earned a living, but can also provide you with key information about the local area - such as how many local businesses there were, how many schools, what day was the market day, and the size of the town.

1939 register - empty addresses

Over 667,000 additional 1939 Register records are now available to search. These new records relate to vacant addresses recorded in the register. The 1939 Register is one of the most important twentieth century genealogical resources for England and Wales. The 1931 census was destroyed by fire. No census was taken in 1941 because of the war. So the 1939 register is the only national census-like resource available for this period.

Search for an address in the 1939 register

Once war became inevitable the British Government knew they had to issue National Identity cards. They planned for the wide-scale mobilisation of the population and the eventual introduction of rationing. The most recent census was now almost a decade old, so more up-to-date statistics were needed. Some preparations had already begun for the 1941 census, so the Government capitalised on this to take a register of the civilian population. They issued Identity cards immediately afterwards (which were used until 1952).