Dear Findmypast member,

I’m delighted to announce that we’ve reintroduced the address search in the 1911 Census For England & Wales. You can now search by street, parish or town, county or country. I know that many of you have been waiting for this tool for some time, so I hope you find it useful!

This will be the first of several iterations of the address search tool – we’ll be releasing updates regularly, and in time we will also be rolling it out to the other British census searches. If you have any feedback on it please let us know. You can read more about the current iteration of the tool on our blog.

Over the last fortnight we’ve published a broad selection of heroes in our Hall of Heroes, from Rip the rescue dog to pioneering surgeon Sir Harold Gillies. We’ve also had hundreds of submissions of your own heroes – many thanks to everyone who has shared their tales of bravery. We’re looking through all the stories now, and we’ll be in touch with some of you very soon to get more details. Please continue to explore our records for your heroes, and submit them to the hall. For every submitted story we publish, we’ll donate £10 to the British Red Cross.

We’ve added lots of new records to the site, including over 60,000 new parish records from Cheshire, Sheffield and North West Kent. We’ve added transcripts of parish registers from Ryedale in Yorkshire, with marriage records dating all the way back to 1754, and we’ve also just released the Indian Mutiny Medal Roll 1857-59, comprising over 56,000 records.

With this week’s addition of inbound and outbound passenger lists to and from Victoria, our Australian travel and migration collection has grown to over 24 million records. Find out more about these collections on our blog.

Those with a US connection will be pleased to hear that this week we’ve published the Quintin Local Histories. This collection is made up of 203 different, searchable publications with PDF images, containing a huge variety of information about the history of counties and states throughout the US. It includes genealogies of old families and early settlers (many of them coming from the UK, including those who travelled over on the Mayflower), tombstone inscriptions and even diagrams of burial plots. We’ve also added transcripts of over 19,000 Texas Bexar County Burial records 1855-2007 and updated the Periodical Source index (PERSI).

We continue to work hard on other development projects, and are looking forward to some really exciting new record additions in the weeks ahead. As always, we appreciate all your feedback, so please do leave any ideas you may have about improving the site at our Ideas Board. You can also get in touch with me directly at annelies@findmypast.co.uk.

Very best,

Annelies Van Den Belt