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Learn About the Lives of Your Leeds Ancestors

23 Feb 2024 9:57 AM | Anonymous

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With over 13,000 new Roman Catholic records to explore, what surprising stories will your research uncover?

We're in West Yorkshire this week, with updates to three Roman Catholic record collections. We've also added a brand new Yorkshire newspaper title, and updated 25 existing publications with even more pages for you to explore.

Here's a full rundown of all that's been added this Findmypast Friday.

Roman Catholic parish baptisms

First up, we've added a total of 8,814 baptism records from St Mary's Batley parish in Leeds to our Roman Catholic parish baptism collection. 

Leeds parish baptism record

A baptism record from 1913.

With both images and transcriptions available, these new additions cover 1853 to 1914. They may just help to shed light on the early lives of your Leeds ancestors.

Roman Catholic parish marriages

We've also added Roman Catholic marriage records for the parish of St Mary's Batley, Leeds. Spanning 61 years, there are 3,012 new images and transcriptions to explore.

Roman Catholic parish burials

Rounding off our trio of Leeds updates is Roman Catholic parish burials, to which we added 1,379 records from St Mary's Batley. 

You can discover both images and transcriptions for these new records, which also span over 60 years, from 1853 to 1914.

Discover over 200,000 new pages

The Yorkshire-based Ripon Gazette joined our newspaper collection this week. We also updated 25 of our existing titles, bringing you a total of 201,657 new pages.

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

New title:

Updated titles:

  • Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, 1994, 1996
  • Banbury Guardian, 1930, 1938, 1964
  • Biggleswade Chronicle, 1969
  • Blackpool Gazette & Herald, 1950
  • Bo’ness Journal and Linlithgow Advertiser, 1884, 1888
  • Brechin Advertiser, 1973-1981
  • Broughty Ferry Guide and Advertiser, 1963-1973, 1982
  • Buchan Observer and East Aberdeenshire Advertiser, 1930-1960, 1975-1984
  • Dalkeith Advertiser, 1969-1975, 1977-1978
  • Leicester Chronicle, 1864
  • Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, 1908
  • Maidstone Telegraph, 1970, 1985
  • Market Harborough Advertiser and Midland Mail, 1869-1891, 1893-1897, 1899, 1953
  • Mearns Leader, 1976-1980
  • Melton Mowbray Times and Vale of Belvoir Gazette, 1894-1896, 1898-1905, 1932-1942, 1974-1981, 1985-1989, 1991
  • Morpeth Herald, 1993
  • Motherwell Times, 1977, 1979-1982
  • Northampton Chronicle and Echo, 1989, 1991
  • Northampton Mercury, 1986
  • Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale Herald, 1991-1992
  • Retford, Worksop, Isle of Axholme and Gainsborough News, 1954, 1974-1975, 1982
  • Shetland Times, 1987-1999
  • Southern Reporter, 1986
  • Suffolk and Essex Free Press, 1981
  • Sunday Post, 1951-1964

Join us for a very special Friday Live...

On 23 February, our very own Rose Staveley-Wadham will be joined on Friday Live by historian Suzannah Lipscomb. They'll be taking a deep dive into researching and writing about female ancestors and discussing the importance of remembering the stories of the women within our family trees. 

Suzannah Lipscomb

Whether you're an expert or a genealogy newbie, this exciting session is not to be missed. 

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