Search Southwark stories and school records with this week's release

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By Daisy Goddard | June 2, 2023

Education records

From education records to Roman Catholic Parish marriages, baptisms and congregational records, there is so much to explore.

Have you ever wondered what your ancestors got up to during their schooldays? Read on to discover all that we've added this week, from Southwark parish congregational records to Yorkshire newspapers.

Britain, School and University students

There are almost 700 years of rich history to explore within this collection's 151,918 images and transcriptions. These records come from school and university register books.

Because the register books were published independently and for different purposes, the information they contain varies widely. We've compiled them together into this unified set to make it easier to explore your ancestor's education than ever before.

You can typically expect to find the names of former pupils, attendance information, and biographical details within these records. The names of staff are also often included - meaning you may be able to trace relatives that worked at a school or university. Some records include fathers' names, career descriptions, and even a home address.

From Westminster School to Eton College, all manner of prestigious institutions are listed within this set. Unsurprisingly, more than a few notable names also feature.

With a little digging, we found English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Born in Gloucestershire in 1872, Vaughan Williams attended the Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey.

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose record you can view here.

As his record reveals, he left in 1890 and went on to study music at Trinity College, Cambridge.

This collection also features Conservative Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. He attended Harrow School and left in 1885; like Vaughan Williams, he went on to study at Trinity College. His record lists his father as 'A. Baldwin, Esq.', and his home address as Wilder House.

Stanley Baldwin

Stanley Baldwin, whose record you can explore here.

Whether your ancestor was an Etonian gent or from a more humble background, you may just find their name within this exciting new set...

New parish records for the Archdiocese of Southwark

This Findmypast Friday, we've added over 10,000 new records for the Roman Catholic parishes of Roehampton, St. Joseph, and Peckham, Our Lady of Sorrows.

It's worth remembering that the Catholic Church used Latin as its official language until the 1960s - so a bit of translation will be necessary when viewing these original documents. Guidance on understanding the most commonly used Latin terms can be found at the bottom of the page, here and here.

Here's a full breakdown of what's new.

England Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records

There are now 1,1010 new congregational records for you to explore, from the parish of Roehampton, St. Joseph. It couldn't be easier to search these new additions - simply narrow the parish down within the search bar.

For the first time, you can discover confirmations that took place within this parish between 1870 and 1920. Be sure to view the original image for extra details that may have been missed in the transcription.

The records within this collection as a whole are diverse, covering a wide range of different events and facts that can reveal a lot about your ancestors' relationship with the parish in which they lived. Explore everything from confirmations to benefactors of the church.

England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

We've also added 94 marriage records from the Peckham and Roehampton parishes, spanning from 1882 to 1913.

Our Lady of Sorrows church, Peckham.

Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Peckham.

(Image credit: acediscovery, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Though this is far from our biggest release, it may just provide the missing piece that you've been looking for if you've got 19th-century Southwark ancestors.

England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

The majority of this week's new Roman Catholic parish records are baptisms - we've added a total of 9,948 records, which cover Peckham and Roehampton parishes for intermittent years between 1871 and 1923.

With these records, you can learn a name, birth date, baptism date, church name, and parents' names. This key information forms the building blocks of your family tree.

Both transcriptions and original images are available for this set, so be sure to scour both to ensure that you don't miss any interesting details.

Some images contain godparents' names, the name of the minister who performed the baptism, and details on the parents' marriage.

New pages from Leeds to Lincoln

This Findmypast Friday sees the addition 83,278 brand-new pages to our newspaper collection, with six new Yorkshire titles and updates to 40 of our existing publications.

First up among this week's new titles is the Armley and Wortley News, a weekly publication that was first published in 1889 for the price of one halfpenny.

It was focused on the local area of West Leeds, describing itself as 'a full chronicling of all items of news occurring in the district'. This makes it a valuable resource for understanding the lives of our Leeds ancestors at the end of the 19th century.

Continuing our Yorkshire focus, we've also added the Bingley Chronicle, the Leeds Evening Express, the South Leeds Echo, the South Bank Express, and the Magnet (Leeds) this week.

The Magnet (Leeds), whose eye-catching header you can see below, was founded in 1866 as 'a journal devoted to the interests of the musical hall, theatrical & equestrian professions'.

It focused largely on all matters musical and theatrical, and features some brilliant illustrations. Interestingly, its coverage of equestrianism waned over time, as it transitioned to become an entirely music-focused publication.

But that's not all - there have been updates to an impressive 40 of our existing titles, spanning almost 200 years of British history. Our Scottish titles have seen a significant boost, with new pages of the Edinburgh Evening News to celebrate its 150th anniversary on 27 May and much more.

Here's a full rundown of all that's been added.

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