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The ge­nealog­i­cal web­site prom­ises a host of new fea­tures and up­dates to its DNA arm in 2019. This in­cludes new re­gions for UK and Ire­land de­signed to give more de­tail to peo­ple’s eth­nic­ity re­sults, plus im­proved cousin-match­ing.

The tail end of 2018 saw Bri­tish Alien In­ternees, Wales Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal Wills, and Western Front As­so­ci­a­tion pen­sion cards and wounded ledgers, which will be bol­stered by an ‘other ranks’ tranche in Fe­bru­ary. Other ex­pan­sions and up­dates in­clude Holo­caust records and pro­bate ma­te­rial in Jan­uary; Liver­pool ceme­tery/cre­ma­tion records; Nor­folk Bish­ops’ Tran­scripts; a two mil­lion-plus in­dex to Stafford­shire births, mar­riages and deaths; 3.7 mil­lion Es­sex parish records go­ing live in March (link­ing to im­ages on the coun­cil web­site); and in April watch out for di­vorces up to 1918, Bris­tol non­con­formist reg­is­ters/Bish­ops’ Tran­scripts, and Pem­brokeshire elec­toral reg­is­ters. Poor Law records for North La­nark­shire are due around spring­time.

In ad­di­tion po­lice and crim­i­nal reg­is­ters from the West Mid­lands Po­lice Mu­seum col­lec­tion (in­clud­ing pho­tos of of­fend­ers) are due in March/April. The in­dex will be free to search, and the col­lec­tion dates from the 1860s through to the 1940s.

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