Findmypast Friday January 27th 2017

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By Alex Cox | January 26, 2017


Over 4.5 million new records and newspaper articles are available to search this Findmypast Friday Including;

Victoria Petty Sessions registers

The Victoria Petty Sessions registers contain over 3 million records that will allow you to find out whether any of your Australian ancestors had a brush with the law. The Court of Petty Sessions was created to hear minor criminal cases such as those involving drunkenness, criminal damage and theft. These cases, brought before a magistrate, would usually not involve a jury.

Each result will provide you with a transcript and an image of an original court register held by the Public Records Office Victoria in North Melbourne, Australia. Transcripts will list the event date, your ancestor's role (whether plaintiff, defendant, etc.), cause or reason for the case, the court it was held at, the date and brief description. Images may provide additional details such as how they brought before the court (arrest on view, warrant, or summons), notes on any fees, the court's decision, a memo of conviction, or order and any additional remarks.

Queensland Custom House Shipping 1852-1885 passengers and crew

Search over 107,000 records from the Collector of Customs (Brisbane) to discover the names of the passengers and crew of 485 inward ship voyages from 1852 to 1885. These transcripts list information from taken from original documents held by the National Archives of Australia and will allow you to discover your ancestor's age, nationality, occupation, date & port of arrival, date & port of departure and the name of the ship they sailed on.

The following departure ports are included in this index: Batavia, Boston, Dundee, Glasgow, Greenock, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Liverpool, London, New York, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Plymouth, Queenstown, Singapore, San Francisco, Sydney, the South Sea Islands, and Southampton.

PERSI Quarterly Index Update

Over 14,600 articles from 46 assorted titles have been added to the Periodical Source Index this month. The new additions have been made to a variety of English, Scottish and American publications including Family History Society Journals, Local histories and family history periodicals.

PERSI provides a simple way to access articles, photos, and other material you might not find using traditional search methods. This can help to build the historical context around your personal research, and the world your ancestors lived in.

Irish Newspapers

This month's enormous Irish Newspaper update contains over 1.2 million articles. Seven brand new titles have also been added including the Leinster Leader, Donegal Independent, Kildare Observer & Eastern Counties Advertiser, Wicklow News-Letter & County Advertiser, Longford Journal Wicklow People and the Ballyshannon Herald.

Our entire newspaper collection now holds 136 Irish titles containing more than 33.3 million articles.

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