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Murders, marriage bonds, and minute books: explore it all with this release

Marriage bonds and minute books: explore it all with this release

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Jessie O'Hara
26 August 2022

From social history deep dives to 17th century marriages, there's a wealth of knowledge available this week.

If there was ever a release you could get lost in, this is it. From Irish social history from the 1800s to 358 years of marriage bonds, here's a rundown of everything that's new.

Originally available as an image browse, we have now transcribed these 218,000 Norfolk marriage bonds and added them to our Britain, Marriage Licenses collection.

A marriage bond from Norwich, Norfolk, 1852.

A marriage bond from Norwich, Norfolk, 1852. View this record here.

These records span 358 years from 1557 to 1915, and while most of the earlier records follow the same set format, later records may include additional information such as their residence.

Horatia Nelson's marriage record

Horatia Nelson's marriage record. View this record here.

Notable marriages in this collection include that of Horatia Nelson, the illegitimate daughter of Lord Nelson, to her spouse Reverend Phillip Ward. You could also find the marriage of Jerimiah Colman and Ann Colman, the former of which later bought a mustard company and founded Britain's favourite, Colman's Mustard.

If there was any doubt of the fact that we have the largest online collection of Irish records, let that be dispelled. This Waterford collection contains Grand Jury query and account books, assize presentments and contract details throughout the 19th century.

Grand Jury assize presentments in the spring of 1884.

Grand Jury assize presentments in the spring of 1884. View this record here.

The Grand Jury was the main arm of local government in the 18th century, with responsibility for:

  • roads and bridges
  • lunatic asylums
  • county infirmaries and fever hospitals
  • dispensaries
  • courthouses
  • gaols

The names found in these pages may have been maintenance workers, staff or suppliers, or may have paid a fee to the Grand Jury.

We've brought you another 305,000 newspaper pages across 131 new and updated titles. The focus is local history this week, with pages spanning 140 years of history and covering Belfast to Brighton, Scotland to Surrey, and beyond. When one catches your eye, just head to our newspaper archive and filter by title.

New titles:

  • Andover Advertiser and North West Hants Gazette, 1862
  • Boston Gazette, 1861
  • Brighton Argus, 1910
  • Halstead Gazette, 1858-1859, 1869
  • Haverfordwest & Milford Haven Telegraph, 1854, 1862, 1877
  • Holderness Advertiser, 1995
  • Ilkley Free Press, 1890
  • New Observer (Bristol), 1994
  • Pembrokeshire Herald, 1865, 1871
  • Torquay Chronicle and South Devon Advertiser, 1862
  • Worcester Daily Times and Journal, 1898

Updated titles:

  • Ayr Advertiser, 1892
  • Barnsley Telephone, 1911
  • Belfast Weekly News, 1855
  • Belper & Alfreton Chronicle, 1898
  • Berkshire Chronicle, 1913
  • Beverley Advertiser, 1993
  • Beverley Guardian, 1862, 1879
  • Billingham & Norton Advertiser, 1994
  • Birmingham Daily Post, 1910, 1996-1998
  • Birmingham Mail, 1964, 1968, 1971, 1974-1976, 1978, 1997
  • Blackburn Standard, 1897
  • Bognor Regis Observer, 1880
  • Border Advertiser, 1890
  • Boston Spa News, 1879
  • Boston Target, 1994
  • Bracknell Times, 1999
  • Bray and South Dublin Herald, 1915
  • Bridlington Free Press, 1862
  • Brighton Herald, 1861-1862
  • Buckinghamshire Examiner, 1999
  • Burntwood Mercury, 1993
  • Burton Daily Mail, 1998
  • Buxton Advertiser, 1878
  • Cambridge Daily News, 1997
  • Cambridge Town Crier, 1988-1989
  • Carlow Post, 1877
  • Carmarthen Journal, 1999
  • Caterham Mirror, 1986
  • Chelsea News and General Advertiser, 1994
  • Chorley Standard and District Advertiser, 1885-1886
  • Crosby Herald, 1994
  • Croydon Times, 1885-1887, 1890
  • Daily Record, 1997
  • Dewsbury Reporter, 1889, 1897-1898, 1900
  • Dorset County Chronicle, 1875, 1877, 1889
  • Dover Express, 1993
  • Dublin Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, 1869-1870
  • East Cleveland Herald & Post, 1994
  • Eddowes’s Shrewsbury Journal, 1861, 1876
  • Fife News, 1883
  • Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties’ Advertiser, 1950
  • Galloway News and Kirkcudbrightshire Advertiser, 1995
  • Glasgow Evening Times, 1880
  • Grimsby Daily Telegraph, 1999
  • Haddingtonshire Courier, 1892
  • Halifax Evening Courier, 1877
  • Harrogate Herald, 1857
  • Hawick News and Border Chronicle, 1890
  • Hemel Hempstead Gazette and West Herts Advertiser, 1889
  • Herts Guardian, 1879
  • Hinckley Herald & Journal, 1993
  • Hinckley Times, 1999
  • Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Mercury, 1999
  • Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 1999
  • Huntingdon Town Crier, 1988
  • Ireland’s Saturday Night, 1930
  • Isle of Wight Mercury, 1856
  • Kelso Mail, 1892
  • Kent & Sussex Courier, 1993
  • Lancashire Evening Post, 1922-1923
  • Lancaster Guardian, 1869, 1919-1920, 1924
  • Leigh Chronicle and Weekly District Advertiser, 1877, 1879
  • Liverpool Mercury, 1872
  • Londonderry Sentinel, 1849-1850
  • Long Eaton Advertiser, 1999
  • Loughborough Mail, 1999
  • Ludlow Advertiser, 1910-1911
  • Maghull & Aintree Star, 1993
  • Man of Ross and General Advertiser, 1862
  • Market Rasen Weekly Mail, 1857, 1862, 1889
  • Merthyr Express, 1993
  • Middlesbrough Herald & Post, 1994
  • North Wales Weekly News, 1993-1994
  • Northampton Herald & Post, 1993
  • Norwich Mercury, 1889
  • Nottingham Review, 1811-1817
  • Nuneaton Chronicle, 1950-1956
  • Oadby & Wigston Mail, 1999
  • Ormskirk Advertiser, 1993
  • Ossett Observer, 1866
  • Peterborough Advertiser, 1862, 1872
  • Pontypridd Observer, 1990
  • Prescot Reporter, 1879
  • Retford, Worksop, Isle of Axholme and Gainsborough News, 1873
  • Ruislip & Northwood Gazette, 1994
  • Scottish Press, 1855
  • Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, 1994
  • Sheffield Daily News, 1856, 1858
  • South Bucks Free Press, 1856
  • South Western Star, 1950-1962
  • Southport Visiter, 1993
  • Sports Argus, 1997
  • Staffordshire Newsletter, 1999
  • Staines Informer, 1993
  • Stanmore Observer, 1993
  • Sunbury & Shepperton Herald, 1993
  • Surrey Gazette, 1878
  • Surrey Herald, 1992
  • Surrey Mirror, 1993, 1995
  • Sutton Coldfield Observer, 1993-1994
  • Sydenham Times, 1872
  • Tenby Observer, 1879
  • Thame Gazette, 1889
  • The People, 1989
  • Torbay Express and South Devon Echo, 1923
  • Torquay Directory and South Devon Journal, 1855, 1864
  • Uttoxeter Newsletter, 1992-1993
  • Uxbridge Informer, 1993
  • Uxbridge Leader, 1993
  • Waltham Abbey and Cheshunt Weekly Telegraph, 1876
  • Walton & Weybridge Informer, 1995
  • Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser, 1857, 1862
  • Waterford Mirror and Tramore Visitor, 1860
  • Wellingborough & Rushden Herald & Post, 1995
  • Wetherby News, 1857
  • Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 1994
  • Witness (Belfast), 1901, 1930
  • Wokingham Times, 1999
  • Wrexham Guardian and Denbighshire and Flintshire Advertiser, 1879
  • Y Gwyliedydd, 1884, 1888, 1890, 1893-1894
  • Yarmouth Mercury, 1912

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