Historical Record Collections Added in October 2020

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What a month! In October, 59.6 million historical records were added to MyHeritage in 6 collections from Norway, Wales, and Portugal. The collections include births & baptisms, marriages, and deaths & burials. With this month’s update, the total number of historical records on MyHeritage is 12.7 billion records. 

Here are more details about each of the collections:

CollectionDescription Number of RecordsLink to Search

Norway Church Records, 1815-1938
An index of births & baptisms, marriages, and deaths & burials from 1815 to 1938.42,248,250 recordsSearch collection now

Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms
An index of births and baptism records in Wales from 1538 to 1920.8,242,549 records
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Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns
An index of marriages and banns in Wales from 1539 to 1935.3,480,047 records
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Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials

An index of deaths in Wales from 1539 to 2005.3,149,924 recordsSearch collection now

Portugal, Madeira, Index of Baptisms, 1738-1910

An index of baptisms from the island of Madeira, Portugal from 1738 to 1910.1,676,377 recordsSearch collection now

Portugal, Madeira, Index of Marriages, 1574-1940

An index of marriage records from the island of Madeira, Portugal from 1574 to 1940.871,318 recordsSearch collection now

Norway Church Records, 1815–1938

This collection consists of 42.2 million indexed records and high quality scans of the original documents. The records include births & baptisms, marriages, and deaths & burials. This release is the first time the collection’s images are fully indexed and searchable — making it an indispensable resource for anyone researching their Norwegian ancestors. With this addition, MyHeritage now offers 80 million historical records from Norway.

Birth and Baptism (Fødte / Døpte) Records

The birth and baptism records contain the birthdate and the baptism date, both parents’ names, marital status, place of residence, the child’s legitimate or illegitimate status, and the names of godparents and witnesses.

Marriage (Viede, Copulerede, Ægteviede) Records

Marriage records include the bride’s and groom’s names, birthplaces, marriage date, ages, and often their places of residence and occupation. Records also indicate whether the bride or groom were single or widowed before the marriage.

Death and Burial (Døde / Begravede) Records

Burial records include the burial date, the name of the deceased person, their age, place of residence, and cause of death. Records of stillbirths (dødfødte) were recorded with the death & burial records, with a dedicated section appearing in the death registers; however, this practice was not perfect, and one can find stillbirths recorded in the births and baptisms.

To learn more about the Norway Church Records, 1815–1938, please see MyHeritage Releases Major Collection of Historical Norway Church Records, 1815–1938.

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Wales, Parish Records

For nearly three centuries the Wales Parish Records were some of the main sources of vital records documented in Wales, making them an invaluable resource for anyone researching their Welsh heritage.

On MyHeritage they appear in three separate collections — Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms; Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns; and Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials. Together, the collections consist of 14.8 million indexed historical records and cover over 450 years of Welsh history. High quality scans of the original documents will be added very soon. To learn more about the Wales, Parish Records, please see MyHeritage Releases Three Historical Record Collections from Wales.

Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms

This collection consists of 8.2 million birth & baptism records from parishes throughout Wales. The records contain the name, date of birth, date of baptism, parish, father’s name, father’s occupation, mother’s name, parent’s residence, and place of birth.

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Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns

This collection consists of 3.4 million marriage or bann (an announcement of intent to marry) records from parishes throughout Wales. Records contain the bride and groom’s first and last name, their ages, the marriage date or bann date, the bride and groom’s father’s names, the names of the bride and groom’s parishes, and the names of their respective counties. 

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Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials

This collection consists of 3.1 million death records from parishes throughout Wales. Records contain the given name and surname of the deceased, age upon death, birth date, burial date, death date, mother’s name, father’s name, next of kin’s name (usually spouse), parish, and location.

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Portugal, Madeira, Index of Baptisms, 17381910

This collection of 1.6 million records is an index of baptismal records from the island of Madeira, Portugal. Records include the name of the child who was baptized, the full name of the father, the name of the mother, and the date and place of the baptism. Additional information about the records may also be included, such as identification codes for the page and book where the record is contained.

Though the collection is dated from 17381910, there are a few records that go back to as early as 1538.

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Portugal, Madeira, Index of Marriages, 15741940

This collection is an index of marriage records from the island of Madeira, Portugal. Records include the full name of the bride, the full name of the groom, the date and place where the marriage took place, and sometimes includes the names of the bride’s parents and the names of the groom’s parents. Additional information about the records may also be included, such as identification codes for the page and book where the record is contained.

Though the collection is dated from 1574 to 1940, there are a few records that go back to as early as 1539.

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Sample Records

Get a glimpse of October’s collections with these sample records of notable figures.

Burial Record of Edvard Grieg from Norway Church Records, 18151938 

The burial record of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg is in Norway Church Records, 1815–1938. Edvard famously incorporated elements of Norwegian folk music and helped define a new Norwegian musical identity that would gain international acclaim. Edvard was born in the city of Bergen, Norway, and also died there. In celebration of Edvard’s musical legacy, the city of Bergen established a museum, a music hall, and a music school in his name.

Edvard Grieg’s burial record, seen below, includes his date and place of burial, September 9, 1907 in Bergen, Norway. It also includes his date and place of birth, June 15, 1843, Bergen, Norway.

Burial record of Edvard Grieg, 1907. [Credit: MyHeritage Norway Church Records, 1815–1938]
Burial record of Edvard Grieg, 1907. [Credit: MyHeritage Norway Church Records, 1815–1938]

Baptism Record of Augustus Edwin John from Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms

The baptism record of famous Welsh painter, Augustus Edwin John, can be found in the Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms collection. Augustus was born in 1878, in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, a coastal town in South Wales. Though he lost his mother at just six years old, he and his older sister Gwendolyn Mary John were greatly influenced by their mother’s love of art. After leaving Tenby to study in London and then later Provence, Augustus earned accolades for his drawings and portraits. He was honored with a large showing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1954. His baptism record includes his birth date and baptism date; the baptism location; and his father and mother’s names.

Baptism record of Augustus Edwin John, 1886. [Credit: MyHeritage Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms]
Baptism record of Augustus Edwin John, 1886. [Credit: MyHeritage Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms]

Marriage record of Anne Rees and William Thomas Lewis from Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns

The marriage record of William Lewis is found in the Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns collection. William Lewis was born in Wales in 1837 to a middle-class family. In the late 1800’s he rose to prominence as a coal magnate and was awarded the title Baron Merthyr. A statue in his honor greets visitors at the entrance to Aberdare Park in South Wales. The record includes his marriage date and location, his father and mother’s names, as well as the names of his wife’s father and mother.

Marriage record of Anne Rees and William Thomas Lewis, 1864. [Credit: MyHeritage Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns]
Marriage record of Anne Rees and William Thomas Lewis, 1864. [Credit: MyHeritage Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns]

Burial record of Richard Wilson from Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials

One of the founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts, Richard Wilson was famous for his picturesque landscape paintings. Trained as a portrait artist in London, he developed a love for landscape art while training abroad in Italy and brought that perspective back with him to the United Kingdom, which later served as an influence to such luminaries as J.M.W. Turner. The record includes his burial location and date.

Burial record of Richard Wilson, 1782. [Credit: MyHeritage Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials]
Burial record of Richard Wilson, 1782. [Credit: MyHeritage Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials]

Baptism Record of Fernando Augusto da Silva from Portugal, Madeira, Index of Baptisms, 1738–1910

The baptism record of Madeira priest, Fernando Augusto da Silva, can be found in the Portugal, Madeira, Index of Baptisms, 17381910 collection. In addition to being a priest, Fernando Augusto da Silva was a professor and journalist for several local newspapers in Madeira, Portugal. His baptism record includes his father and mother’s name, his baptism date and location, as well as information on how to locate the original record.

Baptism record of Fernando da Silva [MyHeritage: Portugal, Madeira, Index of Baptisms, 1738–1910]
Baptism record of Fernando da Silva [MyHeritage: Portugal, Madeira, Index of Baptisms, 1738–1910]
 

Marriage Record of Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos & Augusta Martiniana de Olival from Portugal, Madeira, Index of Marriages, 1574–1940

The marriage record of the parents of Roman Catholic Archbishop of Goa, Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos can be found in the Portugal, Madeira, Index of Marriages, 15741940 collection. The record includes the marriage date and location, the names of the bride and groom, as well as information on how to locate the original record.

Marriage record of Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos & Augusta Martiniana de Olival [MyHeritage Portugal, Madeira, Index of Marriages, 1574–1940] 
Marriage record of Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos & Augusta Martiniana de Olival [MyHeritage Portugal, Madeira, Index of Marriages, 1574–1940]

Summary

We hope these valuable collections offer new avenues for your family history research. Searching these collections on MyHeritage is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete plan.

If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, our Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from these collections match your relatives. You’ll then be able to review the record and decide if you’d like to add the new information to your tree.

Enjoy the new collections!

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  • Alvaro Peres


    November 10, 2020

    This is a marvelous system! What joy going through all the records and build our tree. I derive great pleasure and satisfaction. I wish I could afford the full option but our exchange rate is $1 to R 18,8 which makes it not possible, being retired on a small pension.

    Thank you for your work and opportunities to generate our genealogic tree and discover our ancestors.

    Regards,
    Alvaro Peres