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Hampshire records to be added to Ancestry
Nearly 400 years of parish registers and probate records from Hampshire will be digitised on Ancestry ( ancestry.co.uk), thanks to an agreement between the family history website and Hampshire County Council.
The Hampshire Archives and Local Studies team will work alongside Ancestry to digitise the baptism, marriage and burial records for Hampshire parishes in the Winchester Diocese dating from 1536–1921.
The records include events in the lives of famous figures, such as the baptism of Jane Austen.
The agreement also covers probate records of the church courts of the Winchester Diocese for 1500–1858.
Transcriptions of the records are already available on the free site FamilySearch ( familysearch. org), although the images are only available at Family History Centers and Affiliate Libraries.
The first tranche of records are scheduled to be released at the end of 2022.
In addition, as part of the agreement, Ancestry will be free to access at computers at Hampshire’s 40 public libraries from January 2022.