Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Mailbox: List of FindMyPast Collections Not in LDS Subscription

The Ancestry Insider's Monday MailboxDear Readers,

Thank you for so many responses to my article on this subject a couple of weeks ago. (See “Correction: LDS Member Accounts Don’t Include all Collections.” Several of you provided lists or links to lists of the collections not included in a Find My Past LDS subscription. (By LDS Subscriptions, I mean the subscriptions provided to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) The list appears to be changing over time, mostly getting longer. Perhaps that is why FamilySearch doesn’t provide the list through their support organization.

I’ve taken what appears to be the most current list and spot-checked to see if it is correct. I few are now accessible. I’ve alphabetized it. I spot checked the title and the accessibility. The titles in the list often don’t match the titles on the FindMyPast.com website, adding confusion and decreasing the list’s utility. For the titles I spot-checked, I have corrected the title. Blanks in the notes column are record sets that I did not check. (“Record set” is FMP’s terminology for a record collection.)

Title

Note

Army Deserters 1828-1840

Verified, no access

Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945

 

British newspapers

Verified, no access

British PoW Officers Aug 1914 - Nov 1918

 

Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Parish Baptisms 1538-1911

Verified, no access

Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Parish Burials 1538-1911

Verified, no access

Cheshire Diocese Of Chester Parish Marriages 1538-1910

Verified, no access

De Ruvigny Scrolls

 

De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour 1914-1918

 

Dorset Marriages

Verified, no access

East Kent Burial Index 1813-1841

Verified, no access

Electoral Rolls

Some work, some do not (see particular title)

Griffith's Valuation 1847-1864

Verified, no access

Historical newspapers (British, Irish, and US & World)

Verified, no access

India Office Records

Could not find

Ireland's Memorial Records of the Great War

 

Irish newspapers

Verified, no access

List and Careers of Officers of the Indian Army 1760 to 1837 Bengal, Madras and Bombay Presidencies

 

London Probate 1750-1858

 

Manchester Police Index 1812-1941

Verified, no access

Manchester Regiment City Battalions 1914-1916

Verified, no access

Manchester Roll of Honour 1914-1916

 

National Roll of The Great War 1914-1918

Verified, no access

National Roll Scrolls

Could not find

New South Wales Electoral Rolls

Needs to be checked

New Zealand Electoral Rolls

Verified, no access

New Zealand Electoral Rolls 1925

Accessible

Northern Territory Electoral Rolls

Needs to be checked

Parish Registers 1538-1911

Could not find

Prestwich Asylum Admissions 1851-1901

Verified, no access

Prisoners Of War 1939-1945 - British Army Held In German Territories

 

Prisoners Of War 1939-1945 - British Navy & Air Force Officers

 

Prisoners Of War 1939-1945 - Officers Of Empire Serving In British Army

 

Queensland Electoral Rolls

Accessible

Royal Marine Medal Roll 1914-1920

Verified, no access

Royal Naval Division Records 1914-1919

Verified, no access

Royal Naval Officers Medal Roll 1914-1920

 

Silver War Badge roll 1914-1920

Verified, no access

Soldiers Died in The Great War 1914-1919

 

South Australia Electoral Rolls

Needs to be checked

Surrey Marriage Register

Could not find

Tasmania Electoral Rolls

Needs to be checked

The Great War London Gazettes

Could not find

Tipperary Clans Archive

Verified, no access

US & World newspapers

Verified, no access

Victoria Cross Recipients 1857-2007

 

Victoria Electoral Rolls

Accessible

Waterloo Medal Roll 1815

Accessible

Waterloo Scrolls Waterloo Roll Call, 1815

Verified, no access

West Kent Probate 1750-1858

Verified, no access

Western Australia Electoral Rolls

Verified, no access

WW1 Naval Casualties

Verified, no access

WW1 Scrolls

Could not find

WW2 Scrolls

Could not find

WWI Distinguished Conduct Medal citations 1914-1920

Verified, no image access

I was surprised to see Griffith’s Valuation on the list. I’m pretty unfamiliar with Irish research, but isn’t that a fairly important collection?

I appreciate the many voices pointing out that no one should be whining that some collections are not included. I agree. That is not why I’m providing the list. The utility of the list is to those weighing the option of buying or renewing a full subscription. I appreciate that FindMyPast didn’t immediately transform my paid subscription into an LDS subscription. With the list I know what I still have access to and what I will lose if I don’t renew.

Let me know if you have verified additions or deletions. Please provide the correct title, not the title provided by FMP support. And please respond by posting a comment for all to see rather than replying to my email.

Thanks,
---The Ancestry Insider

2 comments:

  1. Another resource that has just "opened up" in a big way is genealogy books in ebook format.

    Amazon recently introduced its Kindle Unlimited program, which allows you to borrow and read as many Kindle ebooks as you like, for $9.95 a month. I wonder if genealogists have grasped what a godsend KU may be. Here's why:

    In the genealogy section of the Kindle ebook store on Amazon, along with the how-to-climb-your-family-tree books, there's a huge number of reference and raw-data collections, from histories of specific families to ships' records, newspaper abstracts, etc. The problem with such books in the past has been that you didn't know until after you purchased one (whether a print or a digital copy) if it contained information relevant to your own research.

    With Kindle Unlimited, this pig-in-a-poke problem vanishes.

    Here's what you could do to further your research without gambling your money on books that may or may not have anything of use in them (to you). With a Kindle Unlimited subscription, you could borrow ten genealogy ebooks (the maximum allowed at one time). Then you could flip through them, or use your Kindle device's search feature, to find
    any information of use to you. If you don't find anything, then you can simply return them and borrow ten more.

    I know that these days, there are tons of information for ancestor hunters available for free or for a subscription fee at the dedicated genealogy websites such as Ancestry.com. But there's still a lot of data locked up in various small-press books and books by individuals writing their own family's story. Kindle Unlimited gives us genealogists a virtually cost-free and riskless way to unlock those books -- at least the ones that have been committed to ebook format (and you might be surprised how many there are).

    By the way, you don't even need a Kindle device to read Kindle books. You can download a free Kindle reading app for your smartphone or laptop that will do the trick. (Also BTW, I do NOT work for Amazon.)

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  2. Several users pointed out that Griffith's Valuation is available online, for free. Here's one from Sharon Haggerty:

    The Griffiths Valuation is available online and free at:
    http://www.askaboutireland.ie/griffith-valuation/index.xml?action=nameSearch


    It also has links to images of both the records and maps showing the locations.

    And yes, you are correct, it is a very important Irish resource!

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