Over 6 million new Scottish records available to search – FindMyPast Fridays November 29, 2019

I didn’t see a post last night on FindMyPast, at least not before I left my Internet cafe location. I saw it posted this morning – FindMyPast FridaysOver 6 million new Scottish records available to search: https://www.findmypast.com/blog/new/over-6-million-new-scottish-records-available-to-search. They can usually be found at https://www.findmypast.com/blog/new/, either Thursday or Friday, depending on when they get posted.

Alex Cox 29 November 2019

Explore historical Dundee and Angus in vivid detail

Findmypast is proud to announce a new online collection spanning nearly five centuries of Dundee and Angus history. Published in association with Leisure and Culture Dundee, University of St Andrews Library and DC Thomson, this vast archive of historical documents and original photographs provides researchers worldwide with the opportunity to discover their connections to the City of Discovery in unprecedented detail, for the first time online.


Findmypast has scanned in full colour from paper originals where possible, and created a full name index. This new release brings together millions of complementary records from multiple institutions, which, when placed alongside existing Findmypast Scottish collections, forms one of the most comprehensive collections of genealogical records from any area of the UK online.


These records give names, dates, residences, occupations and document life events of the people of Dundee and Angus, also including photographic records of streets and people, a goldmine for social and family historians alike. They contain some of the oldest photographs in existence, taken in the 1840s and showing parts of the city long since lost to redevelopment.


A particular highlight is a set of 50 images of ‘Dundee Old & New’ commissioned by the Dundee Police after the Improvement Act of 1871. This photographic album illustrates the changing landscape of a Victorian burgh in the firm grip of the Industrial Revolution through a unique ‘then and now’ perspective even at that time. When used alongside tenancy and electoral records of the people who lived in these streets released at the same time and going back to as early as 1823, a detailed picture of the people of Dundee can be seen, rich and fertile ground for tracing ancestors who stood on those cobblestones.


These exciting new records include:

● Fully indexed images of more than 23,600 Obituaries from local Dundee newspapers ranging from 1869-2018, added to a national Scottish collection of over 600,000

● Hundreds of thousands of indexed records of baptism, marriage & burial from across Dundee & Angus 1562-1855

● Over 5,000 comprehensively indexed original photographs of Dundee & Angus dating 1844-2010


By improving access to these rich documents and making them searchable for the first time, Findmypast provides family historians from around the world with even more opportunities to discover their Dundee & Angus ancestors. Researchers can now uncover details of their families past and add new generations to their family tree with greater ease than ever before.


With today’s release building on existing records from The National Archives, Scottish Catholic Archives, British Library, Tay Valley Family History Society, and more from the area, together with the publication of almost 10 million records from Scotland since January, (many exclusive and nowhere else online), Findmypast is cementing their reputation as the home of British & Irish family history, creating one of the most useful genealogical resources online for Scottish research.


Findmypast Fridays live


In this week’s live broadcast, Myko Clelland and special guest Dr Erin Farley took an in-depth look at our new collection of Dundee and Angus records. Watch on-demand now to find out how social and local history research can give you a better understanding of your ancestors’ lives.

https://www.facebook.com/findmypast/videos/776113406187850/ (Facebook video link)

Previous FindMyPast Fridays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/findmypast-fridays/

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7 Responses to Over 6 million new Scottish records available to search – FindMyPast Fridays November 29, 2019

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    I’m amazed at how much records are available just from report from your blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    • In just over 2 years, the 1950 U. S. Census records will become available and most likely MyHeritage, Ancestry, FamilySearch, and FindMyPast will independently transcribe the records. When 1940 became accessible, I could not find my Dad’s maternal grandmother on Ancestry. Thankfully, FamilySearch independently transcribed them as I find her there, correctly transcribed. Once I had the census page number, I found her on Ancestry which had mistranscribed her last name by assuming the first letter was an S instead of a T. I did submit a note which means anyone looking for her with the T will find her.

      The amount of records available grows on a regular basis and I don’t only mean new records, but the old records that are being transcribed. With the society I volunteer, we received 210,000 marriage records from the city. It took months, but they are all scanned. Now, we are working on transcribing the records which may or may not take as long as scanning them. Once they are transcribed, finding a record will be easy.

      We have obits from 1955 to now. Another society is transcribing the pre-1955 obits for Wichita. The local library has microfilm of the newspapers dating back to the earliest days there were newspapers here.

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