Christchurch has a large array of electronic, print and people resources for those wishing to discover their family history whether it be a lost branch of a family tree, a birthplace or a story. The family history electronic resources are very popular for those just starting out on their search or for those looking for that one random link that can make everything fall into place.
Due to this any changes to those resources can see a flurry of questions so please be aware that Origins has disappeared! Origins specialised in unusual and often hard to find British and Irish records. Its many early records include rare marriage indexes, apprentices and poor law records. All this information is not lost, it has just been “consumed” by Find My Past. The merger will see all of the Origins information including the National Wills Index combined with the Find My Past material into a mega family history resource under the Find My Past banner.
So one search and more results – just another way your life is getting easier (online anyway).
Have a play and find the black sheep in your family today.
Family historians are passionate and observant people so they will be the first to notice a change in one of our very popular online family history resources.
Find My Past Ireland, Find My Past Australia/NZ and Find My Past United Kingdom have combined into one large Find My Past database. This means all that same lovely information is still available, but just in the one place in one search. If you want to limit your search by location all you need to do is use a drop box on the front page.
We have two new exciting electronic additions just in time for Anzac Day.
Papers Past allows access to digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from 1839 to 1945. It now includes the Otago Daily Timesdigitised from 1901-1920 which means the WWI period is covered online by this major New Zealand daily paper. A great source of information for researchers of family and social history.
Find My Past AU has created the ‘Findmypast ANZAC Memory Bank’ to honour the men and women who represented their country at war. This bank will contain personal accounts, diaries, expert articles, and photographs from ALL wars. The ANZAC Memory Bank will commemorate not only the lost lives but also the brave men and women who made it home safely again. The memory bank will launch on the 1st of April and apparently there is already lots of New Zealand content. If you want to you can add to the memory bank by sharing your thoughts, stories and photos with Find My Past.
Christchurch City Libraries subscribes to a range of electronic resources at the Source including many to help in your family history searches. Take some time to have a play… you would be amazed how much there is to learn and see.
One million UK merchant navy seamen records have been released on Findmypast.co.uk. Thousands of these seamen were recorded as being born in Australia and New Zealand. The records include biographical information such as name and date of birth, and in the most complete records eye and hair colour, address of kin, and a photograph of the seamen.
They also contain vivid and unusual details such as scars and tattoos.