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Explore memorial inscriptions and so much more

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By Daisy Goddard

26 January 2024
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From Galway to Glasgow, there is so much to explore this Findmypast Friday.

There are over 5,000 brand new records for you to explore this Findmypast Friday. Whether your family tree is rooted in England, Scotland or Ireland, these new and updated record collections may help you to uncover more about the lives of your ancestors.

This week, discover names in the British Jewish Commercial Directory, members of Scotland's Buchanan Society, Irish memorial inscriptions and more.

This new set contains 4,171 records from 1894. With both transcriptions and images available, gleaning those valuable details couldn't be simpler.

Rothschild directory 1894

Members of the famous Rothschild banking family featured in the directory. View this page here.

This one-off commercial directory lists the names of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish businessmen in alphabetical order. In addition to each person's occupation, you'll find a residence listed.

This week's second new collection is made up of 1,053 records, documenting members of Scotland's Buchanan Society between 1725 and 1948.

Anyone with Irish roots will be delighted to hear that we've improved our existing collection of Ireland memorial inscriptions, meaning they are easier to search and explore than ever.

James Connolly grave

The grave of Irish revolutionary James Connolly in Arbour Hill Cemetery, Dublin. View this record.

In this new-and-improved set, you'll find 682 images and transcriptions spanning over 300 years. With the years 1711 to 2019 covered, there's no limit to what you might discover.

This week we've added historical newspaper pages from Ballymena to Biggleswade, with one brand new addition and updates to ten of our existing titles.

The Mearns Leader, 13 January 1950.

The Mearns Leader, 13 January 1950.

Here's a full rundown of all that's been added to our newspaper collection.

New titles:

  • Mearns Leader, 1913-1948, 1950-1957, 1959-1975, 1981-1984, 1986-1989, 1991-1992

Updated titles:

  • Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, 1997, 1999
  • Biggleswade Chronicle, 1970-1980
  • Buxton Herald, 1950
  • Derry Journal, 1991, 1997
  • Littlehampton Gazette, 1985
  • Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, 1887
  • Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail, 1952, 1973, 1975, 1991
  • Northampton Herald, 1873, 1878, 1889, 1912
  • Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale Herald, 1990
  • Prescot Reporter, 1874

Have you made a surprising family history discovery? Whatever you've uncovered about your past, we'd love to hear about it. You can now get in touch and tell us using this handy form.

Last week we added over 32,000 new social and institutional records. Don't miss out on these exciting additions - explore the full release here.