Find My Past Releases Over 378,000 New Records

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Like every Friday, Find My Past has released a new batch of records today. This collection includes records from Australia, USA and England.

New South Wales, Deceased Estate Files 1880-1923

Discover your ancestor in this index of over 137,000 deceased estate files from New South Wales. The records span the years between 1880 and 1923. Each result includes a transcript that may reveal a combination of your ancestor's date of death, duty date, locality and any additional remarks. There are over 378,000 new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

The state of New South Wales required a duty to be paid before probates and letters of administration could be executed. Deceased estate files were created for estates upon which a duty was imposed, including documentation and correspondence regarding the assessment of the estate.

Waterford Registers & Records

Search for your Irish ancestors in a collection of registers and records from the oldest city in the Republic of Ireland. The collection contains over 211,000 records taken from seventeen different databases spanning the years 1662 to 2006.

Various events are recorded in this collection including burgess lists, burials, deaths, directories, emigration records, freedom petitions, freemen records, langable rentals (rent rolls), rate books, registers, and war deaths. Each result will provide you with a transcript. The amount and type of information recorded will vary depending on the nature of the event.

New Jersey Death Index 1901-1903 Image Browse

Explore over 1000 digital images of the New Jersey death index covering the years 1901 to 1903. This collection has been obtained through Reclaim the Records. The index will allow you to discover your ancestor's death year and entry number. Additional information about these records can be found on the source's website.

New Jersey Marriage Index 1901-1914 Image Browse

Explore over 7,000 digital images of the New Jersey marriage index covering the years 1901 to 1914. This collection has been obtained through Reclaim the Records. The 15 volumes included in this index will allow you to discover your ancestor's marriage year and entry number. This collection has been obtained through Reclaim the Records.

Surrey Feet of Fines 1558-1760

Explore over 20,000 feet of fines records for Surrey created between 1558 and 1760. Feet of fines were documents of a fictitious suit of law created to obtain a secure transfer of land. The document recorded the final agreement (or concord), written in triplicate, between buyer and seller: two copies side by side and one copy across the bottom of the sheet (the foot of the fine). An indented or wavy line separated the three sections; one section was given to the seller, one to the buyer, and one (the foot) to the court. The idea behind this system was that forgeries could be identified by showing they didn't fit the three-piece jigsaw of the authentic, original foot of fine.

The amount of detail provided varies from period to period. For example, some will provide the full names of all the buyers and sellers while others only provide the last name of the first buyer in a transaction.

Cornwall Burials

Hundreds of new records have been added to our collection of Cornish burials. The collection now contains over 280,000 records covering more than two hundred parishes across the Cornish peninsula.

The new additions cover Dissenter burials in Falmouth and Penryn between 1808 and 1926. Each result includes and transcript of an original parish register that may reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth year, death year, burial place and residence.

We Moved, Did You Notice?

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What a crazy 10 days we have had since launch!

Ancestorian proved more popular than we expected. The resulting influx of people joining and uploading GEDCOMS quickly illuminated a few teething problems with the site. We had some issued with GEDCOM imports not working for selected files, Irish names like O'Connor throwing a spanner in the works and too much traffic for our server to handle. So we moved.

Our New Home

We won't bore you with technical details. Suffice to say, we have moved to a new home that is bigger, brighter and faster.

If you were going to compare our site hosting move to a real life house move... what we have just done is move from a 3rd world, run down, 1 room apartment to a 3 bedroom cottage (with garden) on the British seaside. We no longer share stairs, walls and cielings with noisy neighbours and there is no body corporate ruling what we can and can't do.

In short, it's lovely. But much more expensive. Yet, Ancestorian remains free.


We have fixed our GEDCOM import problems and have moved on to making small improvements to all parts of the site. These include:

  • We now award 150 points when you import a GEDCOM
    Don't worry, if you already imported one before we implemented this, we are going to backdate your points to you in the coming weeks.
  • Searches are getting faster and offering better results
  • Some of our buttons and wording are changing to provide a more streamlined and cohesive process

Coming Soon!

We are working on:

  • Creating an easier way to merge places - by selecting two from search results
  • A fix for some statistical problems we have found regarding counts of surnames and individuals
  • Some special new features that we don't want to tell too much about just yet..."

In the meantime, don't forget to tell your friends and family about our free service. The more people that join Ancestorian and register their names and places of interest, the more chance we all have of finding new information from fellow researchers.

What Happens When I Import a GEDCOM?

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Well, we just launched 48 hours ago and have been overwhelmed with registrations, questions, feedback and requests.

Our first Blog post is going to ignore our GEDCOM import problem for a few hours and instead answer a question on many people lips: What happens when I Import a GEDCOM?

This content is also now in our FAQ - but it's important enough to repeat it here.

GEDCOM Import Briefly Explained

A GEDCOM import initially looks at all individuals. These are saved to our database temporarily. Then we look through these and extract all unique surnames and places. We show a count of how many unique surnames and places were found.

At this point, all living individuals are deleted from the temporary database store. If you have allowed us to keep non-living individuals (for potential future features) these are saved but are not accessible to anyone.

A count of how many individuals were found is also shown on the results screen but you will likely see a lower number in your statistics area on the right side. This is because the statistics area only counts those we have kept.

If there was a surname that was extracted and all the individuals carrying that surname were living (and therefore delete) the surname still shows and is linked to your account. This is because it is non-identifying information and you are likely to be able to help people researching this name.
If you still want to delete the surname from your lists, you can.

At this moment, importing a GEDCOM to Ancestorian is much more powerful than manually adding names and places because we are able to automatically link surnames to places when we analyse your GEDCOM. We are working on making a manual way to link these in the near future.