FindMyPast Friday – New WWI Records amongst those added

Findmypast releases World War One and court records, as well as a quarter of a million historic Irish Newspaper articles

Every Friday, leading family history website Findmypast reveals thousands of new records to explore over the weekend on its dedicated Findmypast Friday page.

This week’s Findmypast Friday sees the launch of British Army records, Irish newspapers, British inheritance dispute and Court of Chancery records.

Transcripts of 4.5 million World War One British Army Medal Index Cards have been added to Findmypast’s unrivalled collection of military records.  Created and kept by the Army Medal Office in Droitwich, the medal index cards were designed to keep an accurate record of the many medal entitlements earned by soldiers during the war. The records mainly consist of British soldiers but a number of commonwealth soldiers, as well as those who took part in operations on the North West Frontier in 1919, can also be found in the index. For a small fee, a scan of the original record card can be downloaded from The National Archives’ website.

Over a quarter of a million newspaper articles and nine fascinating new titles have just been added to Findmypast’s collection of historic Irish newspapers. These new additions are packed with fascinating insights into life in historic Ireland and cover all four of Ireland’s provinces.

Over 77,000 Inheritance Disputes Index 1574-1714 records detailing over 26,000 law suits at the English Court of Chancery have also been added. The disputes heard by the court typically involved several members of the same family so are of particular value to family historians. The index covers the wills, bequests, grants of administration, descent of property, identity claims and other testamentary disputes tried in the Chancery Court in London.

The Charles I Court of Chancery Index 1625-1649 is now available online exclusively at Findmypast. This unique record set is an index to all 81,163 Chancery Cases heard during the reign of Charles I. These fascinating records can provide extraordinary insights into Britain’s family and business links with the nation’s colonial empire. Perhaps more so than any other English records, Chancery documents can reveal personal, business and family relationships and are a particularly important source of information for descendants of early migrants to North America.