Tuesday, 24 July 2012

More on all new FindmyPast

A few days ago I blogged about the overseas FindmyPast websites in both the United States and Australasia having now implemented a single global subscription allowing access to the different sites in the US, the UK, Ireland, and Australia & New Zealand. A UK based reader, Cathy, has since posted comments following the blog post at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/all-new-findmypast-in-beta.html, in which she claims to have been able to sign up to the American site's new Pioneer subscription from here in the UK - meaning that she now has an annual subscription to the worldwide based records of FindmyPast for less than £40 a year.

Might be worth having a look into if you're interested! The US based site is at www.findmypast.com

NB: The Australasian site at www.findmypast.com.au is not offering the Pioneer subscription, just a 10% discount.

UPDATE: Because the Search filters are very different on the UK site compared to the US site, it is difficult to do a comparison with searches between the two. However, on the US site, I just did a search for a William Paton between 1880 and 1900 and obtained 68 results under "Births & Baptism" and using the "United Kingdom" filter. The interesting thing is that although most of entries in the list are from the English and Welsh national GRO registers, a small handful, including the first, are in fact from a collection called Derbyshire Registrar's Birth index. The index reference give is GB/G01/037, not a year and quarter as with national records. I was not aware that this collection was on the UK site?

UPDATE: Just worked it out. They are on the UK site - but included in the Parish Registers Collection: Details at  http://www.findmypast.co.uk/records/parish-records/details/B/392079348?fY=1896&tY=1900&sn=PATON&iFnsV=false&fns=WILLIAM&rC=1&route=X&locale=en

Derbyshire Registrar's Birth Index
These records comprise information for 218,850 births registered in eighteen locations between 1837 and 1911.
Sub District No. of entries Year range
ALFRETON 7114 1837-1894
ASHOVER 4032 1837-1851
BELPER 21610 1837-1900
BLACKWELL 1507 1837-1850
BOLSOVER 1000 1837-1852
BUXTON 13975 1838-1906
CARBURTON & CLOWNE 1469 1837-1848
CHAPEL-EN-LE-FRITH 20967 1837-1905
CHESTERFIELD 6998 1837-1850
DRONFIELD 1487 1837-1850
DUFFIELD 12054 1837-1903
ECKINGTON 3522 1837-1848
GLOSSOP 48412 1837-1911
HAYFIELD 23485 1837-1901
HORSLEY 7059 1837-1870
ILKESTON 32120 1837-1886
PLEASLEY 1015 1837-1851
RIPLEY 11024 1837-1866

Total (18) 218850 1837-1911

I don't think I'd have found these on the current UK site if it hadn't been for the new version of the site in the US!


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