GRO – extended search fields

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The General Register Office (GRO) has extended their search form for births so that you can now include the mother’s maiden name. Applies to records pre-1915. You need to register with them in order to use the search facility. It is a cumbersome registration process; and the search process is equally cumbersome. You can only… Read more »

Historic Irish Civil Records

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Historic Irish Civil Records are now available. [Thanks to John Stobbs for reporting this] Heather Humphreys T.D. Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Social Protection have officially launched the historic records of Births over 100 years ago, Marriages over 75 years ago and Deaths over 50… Read more »

Military Lists at National Library of Scotland

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The National Library of Scotland has released scanned images of British Military lists. These give details of officers who served during the First and Second World Wars. The British Army lists are arranged either by regiment or by officers (in order of seniority), and sometimes both. Some lists include retired officers, and officers of the… Read more »

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Historic Maps at National Library of Scotland

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[Thanks to Colin Chater on Northumbria list for this]. The National Library of Scotland has scanned maps as high-resolution, colour, zoomable images. The maps date between 1560 and 1964 and relate primarily to Scotland, although they also have maps of areas beyond Scotland, including England and Great Britain, Ireland, Belgium, and Jamaica. With this web… Read more »

Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1930

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ScotlandsPeople have just announced: Over 2.5 million indexed names are now available. Fully searchable by name and address, the new records provide a window into the lives of every owner, tenant and occupier of property in Scotland in 1930, and a glimpse into the industrial and economic landscape between the two World Wars, almost 20… Read more »

Illustrated Chronicle – images from World War 1

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Newcastle City Library has just announced: Launching of 11,000 images from the Illustrated Chronicle on flickr. These are images that were sent in to the Illustrated Chronicle by family or friends of soldiers or sailors who served in the Great War and were wounded, killed, decorated, or when they enlisted. They are also looking to… Read more »

1939 Register (England and Wales)

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Findmypast, in association with The National Archives, have just announced: Today, the newly digitised records of the 1939 Register are online. Dubbed ‘The Wartime Domesday Book’, The 1939 Register is the most comprehensive survey of the population of England and Wales ever taken. In September 1939, World War 2 had just broken out. 65,000 enumerators… Read more »

Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1855

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ScotlandsPeople have just announced: We’re delighted to announce that the Valuation Rolls for 1855 have just been added to the ScotlandsPeople website. The new records are FREE to search until 31st October 2015. Fully searchable by name and address, the new records provide a detailed snapshot of Scotland in a time of industrial expansion and… Read more »