We are pleased to announce that a further 241,000 new records have just been added to our expansive collection of UK parish records as a result of our ongoing partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies and our acquisition of the Origins website.
Amongst these new additions are over 200,000 new Surrey marriage index records from the West Surrey Family History Society. Spanning the years 1500 to 1841, the new records cover the parishes of Abinger, Addington, Albury, Alfold, Ash, Ashtead, Banstead, Barnes and West Norwood.
Following this release, our Surrey marriage records now include 496,000 names and cover parts of London Boroughs such as Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth,that were part of Surrey until 1889 when the administrative county was formed, as well as Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Sutton and Richmond upon Thames, which were part of Surrey until 1965.
We have also added 8,588 new records to our Surrey strays marriage index 1565-1846. These records contain the details of people from the county, who were married in parish churches outside of Surrey.
A further 33,275 records have been added to the Middlesex Marriage Index 1811 – 1840. Just like the Surrey strays and Surrey marriage records, they are a product of the hard work done by the volunteers of the West Surrey Family History Society. The Middlesex index now contains over 30,000 records of both Quaker and Anglican marriages across 67 parishes within the historic county.
The final batch of records to complete today’s new additions are burials from Eastbourne, East Sussex. Transcribed by local volunteers from the Eastbourne Family History Society, the 708 new additions come from the Church of St. John in Bodle Street Green and cover the years 1843-1987.
Parish records truly are a family historian’s bread and butter. Not only do they allow you to trace your roots further back than most other types of records, they can also provide valuable opportunities to uncover previously unknown ancestors. Every time you view a parish record on Findmypast transcribed by a family history society, the society benefits by receiving a royalty payment. Viewing these records is not only a great way to expand your family tree, but also to support the dedicated and hard-working family history societies across the country.