Almost 3 million records from the Worcestershire archives have gone live on the Ancestry website for people to search.
The records are Bishop’s Transcripts, which are copies of parish register entries of baptism, marriages and burials.
This new initiative will make more records more accessible to local residents here in Worcestershire and to others around the world who are researching people and family history.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “We know how popular tracing family history is here in Worcestershire, with the success of our workshops in this area. 400 years worth of records have been added with this update which will allow people across the county – and the world – to discover more about their ancestors. As part of the collaboration, the collection will grow and be added to in the future. This includes the addition of the Worcestershire Parish Records which are expected next year.”
More details can be found on the Explore the Past blog, which is run by the county’s Archive and Archaeology service.
Ancestry is free to access in all Worcestershire Libraries, including The Hive, as a result of the partnership between Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service and Ancestry.