Keeping it local

In this edition of Off The Record we’re focusing on collections for specific counties, areas or states. These can be incredibly useful for researching local ancestors, and familiarising yourself with the area where they lived.

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Remember, this is just a sample of our wonderful local records. There are so many more to explore!

Shropshire Baptisms

Our Shropshire Baptism collection 1538-1900 comprises 1,133,580 baptisms from the diocese of Shropshire in England. An essential part of researching your family history, the Baptism records can tell you an individual’s full name, date of birth, plus the date and place where they were baptised.

The records also include details about the individual’s parents, such as their name, occupation, place of residence, and religious denomination. Baptism records are a great resource for those researching their family pre-dating civil registration, which started in 1837.


Memorials of The Dead: Galway & Mayo

The Galway & Mayo memorials contain 8,469 records for these West of Ireland counties dating up to 1901 with each including a transcript of the original. These can reveal where your relatives were buried and who erected the memorial, providing a useful back-up resource in cases where paper records haven’t survived.

There are a couple of fun stories hidden in the records as well. In County Mayo’s Tierna graveyard, there is a “a Holy Well dedicated to St. Brendan with instructions for conducting a pattern and a stone reputed to have the knee marks of the Devil worsted in a battle with the saint.”


Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850

This collection of over 2 million records is one of the most organised family history indexes in the nation, with every one including images from the original vital records book. The original family documents are held by the Massachusetts town or city. The collection includes many founding figures from early Massachusetts history.


Queensland Railway Employees 1889-1940

The Queensland Railway Employees collection is an index of about 370,000 employees of the Queensland Railways between 1889 and 1940. The lists were initially published every three years, then between 1897 and 1922 they were released annually, and thereafter (until 1940) every two years.

The records provide wonderful details about employees’ lives and careers, including their name, age, position, branch or office, and the railway division they worked within.  In many cases it covers individuals’ entire