What better way to mark the start of the Society of Genealogists‘ centenary year than with the release of 9 million records from their collection on findmypast.co.uk? If that wasn’t enough, the SoG are now providing free access to findmypast.co.uk (including the 1911 census) for users of their library.
The first batch of records features the following collections:
- Boyd’s Marriage Index containing over 7 million names from 1538 to 1840
- Boyd’s London Burials 1538-1872 containing 240,000 names
- Faculty Office Marriage Licence Allegations 1701-1850
- St Andrew’s Holborn Marriage Index 1754-1812
- Vicar-General Marriage Licences Allegations 1694-1850
- St Leonard Shoreditch Burials 1805-1858 and Workhouse Deaths 1820-1828
- Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills Index 1750-1800
These records are only indexes or transcripts but in some cases it is possible to order copies of some of the originals from the SoG. Previous collaborations between the two organisations have resulted in the publication online of the Civil Service Evidence of Age and Great Western Railway Shareholder records and according to the press release from findmypast and the SoG there is still more to come:
In the coming weeks further records will be added to the website including Bank of England Wills Extracts containing 60,500 names, including images, and Apprentices of Great Britain containing 350,000 names.
It is great that these records are being released to a wider audience, these and the other collections and resources of the SoG really do deserve to be better known and utilised, personally as a member of the society I am guilty myself of not making the most of these resources.