New releases from Wales to the West Indies
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By Jessie O'Hara
Welsh records and newspapers see the largest expansion in this week's release.
With over 1.6 million Welsh electoral records and census substitutes from across the pond in the Caribbean, here's a quick overview of what's new this week.
Hit a wall in your research? We have added 5,000 brand new records to this pre-existing collection which may help you fill any gaps in your family tree. These are entirely exclusive to Findmypast - so if you're looking for records that are unique to us, you're in the right place.
This expansive collection details over 80 years of electoral records from Swansea, Wales.
This means there are now over 3.5 million records for Glamorganshire alone, and 334 full record sets for the entirety of Wales - will you discover some Welsh roots in your history?
Incredible insights into Welsh history
Do you or any of your ancestors have the names Jones, Davies or Evans? If so, you may have Welsh lineage. If you've ever wondered about the etymology of these names - or even how the naming system in Wales was affected by the Protestant Reformation in England - head to our article here and dive into this rich history. On the other hand, if you want to explore unique Welsh record collections that stand out amongst a crowd of births and baptisms, this article can point you in the right direction.
With a population of only 130,000 and a land size of 500 square miles, the Leeward Islands are a collection of post-colonial settlements located where the north-eastern Caribbean Sea meets the western Atlantic Ocean. The name 'Leeward' is derived from sailing terminology, from the days in which sailing was the sole form of transportation across water. Where 'windward' means towards the source of wind, 'leeward' is the opposite - downwind. A ship would sail from the Gulf of Guinea upwind and encounter Dominica and Martinique; this then became the dividing line between the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands.
With this collection of islands becoming a British colony in 1671, and overseas settlement being a huge part of British history, there is lots to be explored in this focused collection. Though not an official census, it details a large portion of white settlers in the Leeward Islands over 75 years.
Resources and more
If you're new to exploring more of the Caribbean history documented at Findmypast, this discussion with expert genealogist Pooran Bridgelal gives you an in-depth introduction into starting off.
With an increase of 116,740 new pages this week, all eight of our brand-new titles are Welsh, including two Welsh language papers and a specialist political title. We have also updated 26 of our existing titles from all across Britain. Check these out below.
- Caerphilly Journal, 1914-1943
- Herald Cymraeg, 1858-1900, 1902, 1904-1911, 1913-1916
- Porthcawl Guardian, 1933-1961
- Porthcawl News, 1910, 1912-1925
- Newport Gazette, 1857-1869, 1891
- Cardiff Shipping and Mercantile Gazette, 1875-1881, 1883-1886, 1888-1889
- Y Gwyliedydd, 1877-1883, 1885-1887, 1889
- Rhondda Socialist Newspaper, 1911-1914
- Atherstone News and Herald, 1911-1912, 1950
- Saffron Walden Weekly News, 1985, 1993
- Hull Daily News, 1879, 1896-1899
- Coleshill Chronicle, 1874
- Fleetwood Chronicle, 1845
- Press (London), 1860
- Sun & Central Press, 1871
- Grantham Journal, 1971, 1998-1999
- Herts and Essex Observer, 1981
- New Milton Advertiser, 1993
- London and China Express, 1916-1917, 1921
- Fenland Citizen, 1993
- Newark Advertiser, 1992
- Stamford Mercury, 1954, 1985
- Spalding Guardian, 1893-1894, 1903, 1921, 1976
- Diss Express, 1993
- South Wales Daily Telegram, 1888
- Y Tyst, 1893
- Newcastle Guardian and Silverdale, Chesterton and Audley Chronicle, 1897
- Glamorgan Advertiser, 1950
- South Wales Weekly Argus and Monmouthshire Advertiser, 1897
- Llanelly and County Guardian and South Wales Advertiser, 1911
- Kilmarnock Standard, 1875-1891
- Flintshire Observer, 1899, 1912
- South Eastern Gazette, 1875
- Oxford Chronicle and Reading Gazette, 1872
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