New Collections Spotlight: Millions of records added

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We’re happy to announce millions of historical records have been added to SuperSearch. The new collections include military records, birth records and prison registrars.

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The new records come from the United States and Scotland and help families uncover the stories of the lives their ancestors led.

The collections include:

U.S. Veterans Burial Sites, 1775-2013: With over 4.7 million records, this collection contains information on U.S. veterans buried at Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries, state veterans’ cemeteries and private cemeteries where a government-provided grave marker was placed.

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865: An important Civil War source with over 6.2 million records containing information on soldiers who served in the Union and Confederate armies. Virtually every soldier who served in either armies should have a record. The index contains the name (including alternate names) of the soldier, and his side (Union or Confederate), regiment, company and rank.

Scotland, Selected Births & Baptisms, c. 1640 – c. 1860: These parish registers cover a wide range of dates (17th-19th centuries) and include such information as name, date and place of birth or baptism, names of father and mother and details of the parish.

Scotland, Selected Prison Registers, 1828 – 1878: These records include all surviving prison registers in the National Records of Scotland for the Scottish Borders, and registers of various other prisons throughout Scotland. Information in these records may include: name, year and place of birth, year and place of imprisonment, place of residence and occupation.

Scotland, Selected Sheriff Court Paternity Case Index, 1748 – 1914: These records contain paternity cases (known as “actions of affiliation and aliment”) heard before the Sheriff Courts, with the inclusion of a few other cases of genealogical interest. They cover a wide range of dates (from 18th century-1914), and  include: name, residence and occupation of both defender and pursuer, year of court decree or extract, birth year of the child, details of the court, and additional notes.

Scotland, Selected Banns & Marriages, c.1650 – c. 1855: These parish registers cover a wide range of dates (17th-19th centuries) and list name, name of spouse, date and place of marriage or bann, and details of the parish.

Scotland, Selected Deaths & Burials, c. 1730 – c. 1845: These records were taken from Kirk Session material of the Church of Scotland, other Presbyterian churches, and also the registers of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).  Information in these records may include: name, date and place of death or burial, year of birth, and details of the parish

Scotland, Notices of Admissions to Mental Institutions, 1858 – 1859: These records are from a set held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh (MC2 series). The title of these records is “Notices of Admissions by the Superintendent of Mental Institutions.” Information in these records may include: name, year of admittance or transfer, year and place of birth, former residence, place where found or examined, occupation, details of next of kin (including: name, occupation and residence), and details of the institution.

1841 Scotland Census Extract: The Scotland Census of 1841 was taken on 6 June 1841. It is the first to include the names and details of all individuals within a household. Information in these records may include: name, gender, age, year and place of birth, year and place of residence, and occupation. Relation to head of household was not recorded in this census. However, MyHeritage has developed technology to imply the relations based on surname, gender, age and position in the household. Though not perfect, the implied relations are often correct. The records in this collection make up 4.3% of the complete 1841 Scotland Census.

1851 Scotland Census Extract: The Scotland Census of 1851 was taken on 30 March 1851, additional information recorded compared to the 1841 census included relation to the head of the household. Information listed in these records may include: name, gender, age, year and place of birth, year and place of residence, relation to head of household, marital status, occupation and whether blind or deaf and dumb. The records in this collection make up 7.6% of the complete 1851 Scotland Census.

1861 Scotland Census Extract: The Scotland Census of 1861 was taken on 7 April 1861. Information in these records may include: name, gender, age, year and place of birth, year and place of residence, relation to head of household, marital status, occupation and whether blind, deaf or dumb. The records in this collection make up 3.7% of the complete 1861 Scotland Census.

You will receive a notification if any record in our database matches a person in your family tree on MyHeritage – thanks to our Record Matching technology. Correct matches can be confirmed and new information can be extracted directly to relevant family tree profiles, using the extract information feature. If a record contains information about a relative you never knew existed, you can add that person to your tree directly from the record itself.

Some of the Scottish records are free to access; to view others, a data subscription is required. Don’t have one yet? Read more about our annual subscription which includes unlimited access to all historical records on SuperSearch and to all Record Matches. There are over 5.5 billion records on SuperSearch and we are continuously growing our collections every week.

Start searching these new collections today. We look forward to hearing about your exciting discoveries.

The MyHeritage team

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