Search new Scottish records this Findmypast Friday

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By Daisy Goddard | March 22, 2024

Findmypast Fridays: old houses

There are over 1.3 million new additions for you to explore.

This Findmypast Friday sees a huge update to our collection - we've added a total of 1,312,523 new Scottish records.

If your ancestor spent time in a mental health institution in years gone by, their name may appear in this week's new Mental Health Institution Admission Registers. You can also explore over a million new Poor Law and crime records.

From Scarborough to St. Andrews, we also added five new titles to our newspaper collection.

Scotland, Mental Health Institutions Registers & Admissions

We've added a brand new set of 220,7317 Scottish mental health institutional records this week, spanning 1858 to 1921.

Scotland, Court & Criminal Database

We've also added over a million Scottish court database transcriptions to this existing collection, making it easier than ever to uncover those criminal connections within your family's history.

These records are taken from the Court of Sessions, Crown Counsel Procedure Books and the Scottish Prison Records Index.

Scotland, Poor Law & Poor Lists

If your Scottish ancestor received Poor Law relief between 1845 and 1930, their name may appear within these 7,906 new records.

This week we added registers from Wigtownshire and the Scottish Borders to this existing collection, meaning it's easier than ever to locate your Scottish ancestors within our records.

Discover the Prisoners of War News and more

We added five new titles to our newspaper archive this week. For anyone interested in Second World War history, the Prisoners of War News isn't to be missed - first published in November 1940, this British Red Cross publication was printed in Aberdeen.

It details the names and other details of British soldiers who were held as prisoners of war in Germany. If you're having trouble finding your ancestor in our traditional POW records, this title may help to fill in the gaps.

With a total of 292,085 brand new pages added to the newspaper archive, we've also updated a further 17 publications this week.

Here's everything that's been added to our newspaper archive this week.

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Updated titles:

Last week, we added new Irish records to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. View the full release here.

Join us on Friday at 4pm

This week Ellie is joined by genealogist Emma Maxwell to take a deep dive into our new Scottish records. We'll also be giving you a peek at some new features on our site - this session is not to be missed.

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