ALABAMA CIVIL APPOINTMENTS. A new database of civil servants appointed in Alabama (1818-1939) is now searchable at Ancestry.com. You’ll find name, county, precinct, office held, date of appointment/commission/election and the source in the browsable images of the original card file collection.
ENGLAND (DEVON) CHURCH RECORDS. FamilySearch has published a new collection of nearly 100,000 digital images and a quarter million indexed names from bishop’s transcripts (1558-1887) for Devon (also known as Devonshire), England. The records include baptisms, marriages and burials. According to FamilySearch, “Bishop’s transcripts are copies of parish registers that were sent to the bishops every month. They are extremely valuable when parish records have been damaged or destroyed.”
IRISH STATISTICAL SURVEYS. Findmypast has published a fascinating collection of statistical surveys by the Royal Dublin Society. According to Findmypast, “The Society began to conduct such surveys in at the start of the 1800s with the aim of accurately portraying the realities of life in each county, particularly concerning its history, agricultural practices, politics, customs, and religion. The reports represented the first serious effort to capture and present such data;…they offer solid and consistent information.” Data are available for 10 counties. Click here for more detailed information on exploring these surveys. A new related collection is statistical reports pertaining to Irish censuses since the mid-1800s, also at Findmypast.
KENTUCKY WILLS/PROBATE. Ancestry.com has updated its collection of Kentucky wills and probate records, which spans more than 200 years (1774-1989). Several different kinds of estate-related documents may be included in this collection.
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