FindmyPast Friday – 20 February 2015

New Royal Artillery Honours and Awards, Northwest Kent Parish Registers, Wiltshire Baptisms and British Newspapers available to search at Findmypast

Every Friday, thousands of new records are released on our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to explore over the weekend. This week, over 105,000 new records and over 7 million newspaper articles have been added to our collection of UK records. The new additions include birth, marriage and death records from Kent, Royal Artillery Honours & Awards and 25 new newspaper titles.

Nearly 10,000 new records have been added to our collection of Royal Artillery Honours and Awards.  The new additions contain the details of 7,000 Military Crosses awarded between 1916 and 1945, over 1,500 Distinguished Service Orders awarded between 1886 and 1918 and over 1,200 other honours and awards given between 1947 and 2013.

Each record consists of a transcript of the original source material. The amount of detail contained in these records varies but nearly all will contain the soldier’s name, service number, rank, award type, date of award, field of operations and command formation.

Over 92,000 records from 16 different parishes have been added to our collection of Wiltshire Parish Baptisms. These new additions were provided by the Wiltshire Family History Society and push the total number of records in the set to over 627,000. Parish records generally begin in 1538, and until the introduction of civil registration in 1837, were the most reliable documented source of records of births, marriages and deaths. The Wiltshire Baptisms are unusual as they date back to 1530.

Over 1,300 baptisms, 400 marriages and 900 burials have been added to our collection of North West Kent parish records. These new additions were transcribed by the North West Kent Family History Society and cover the Parish of Longfield, St Mary.

Over 7 million new articles and 25 new titles have been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. The full collection now stands at over 114 million articles, contains nearly 300 different titles and spans over 255 years of British history.

Highlights include substantial updates to the Gloucestershire Echo, Derbyshire Courier, Portsmouth Evening News and the addition of the Sunday Mirror, a national newspaper featuring excellent articles and images from the First World War.