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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 years ago of the General Register Office (GRO).

Web site address is: https://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/

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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 Royal Flying Corps.

The British Royal Navy lists have alphabetical lists of active and retired officers, and lists of active and retired officers according to role. Includes Royal Marines, Royal Flying Corps, Royal Naval Air Service. Also lists ships and other vessels.

The British Royal Air Force lists have lists of officers arranged according to their role and rank. There are lists of officers in order of seniority, retired officer lists, and alphabetical indexes.

Web site address is: http://digital.nls.uk/british-military-lists/pageturner.cfm?id=97343435

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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 link you can access and view all their maps. The easiest way of finding material relating to any particular location is to find by place. The boundaries and extents of all the map images are shown as clear coloured overlays that you can select and view. The screen images can then be saved as pdfs.

Web site address is: http://maps.nls.uk/

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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 years after the last published Census of 1911.

Web site address is: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/

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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 find some background information to some of the images.

The images are searchable by surname – use the magnifying glass at the top right hand side.

Web site address is: https://www.flickr.com/photos/illustratedchronicleww1

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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 were employed to visit every house in England and Wales to take stock of the civil population.

The information that they recorded was used to issue Identity Cards, plan mass evacuations, establish rationing and co-ordinate other war-time provisions. In the longer term, the 1939 Register would go on to play a central role in the establishment of post-war services like the NHS.

Note: The index is free, but you will need to pay to see the data. The normal Findmypast subscription does not cover this database.

Web site address is: http://www.findmypast.co.uk/1939register

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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 economic growth, and offer a fascinating window into the lives of Victorian Scots.

Web site address is: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/

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FindMyPast have recently reported: New records from 25 archives and over 3,600 schools from across England have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 collection. The collection was originally launched in September 2014 and now a further 2.7 million records are available to search. This project was facilitated by the ARA and The National Archives under the National Digitisation Consortium banner and brings together over 100 archives and schools in the largest collaborative digitisation project that there has ever been. The records comprise fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books from the archives. The admission registers provide many useful details for family historians, including your ancestor’s birth date, admission year and the school they attended. You may also be able to discover their parents’ names, father’s occupation, exam results and any illnesses that led to absence from school.

Web site address is: http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/national-school-admission-registers-and-log-books-1870-1914

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Taken from FindMyPast – Together with The National Archives, Findmypast is excited to present its Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection. The size and the scope of these records make them a fascinating resource for genealogists. The records not only include military personnel, but also civilians, diplomats, missionaries and merchant seamen. Many of the Prisoners of War records only recorded last names and not all would have included regiments or ranks. Use the keyword search to search the records by Nationality (American, French, Russian etc), Birth place (Baltimore, Sussex, Cherbourg etc) or the names of vessels.

For the first time online, relatives and historians can search through the records of some of the most infamous POW camps of World War II. Included in this most recent collection, which spans 1939-1945, are the records for Stalag Luft III, the Nazi camp renowned for the mass escape by British and Commonwealth prisoners that inspired the film The Great Escape, and the Far East Prisoner of War camps immortalised in films such as The Railway Man.

These detailed accounts contain the names, ranks and locations of Prisoners of War, along with the length of time spent in camps, the number of survivors, details of escapees and the nationalities of prisoners. Britons represent the largest number in the collection, followed by Dutch, Americans and Australians. In addition to this type of data, the collection comprises 360,000 images, including pages from personal diaries and photographs. Many official World War II records remain classified, making this an invaluable resource enabling members of the public to research the histories of relatives and those held captive during the war.

Web site address is: http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/prisoners-of-war-1715-1945

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PRESS NOTICE: National Library of Ireland Announces Launch Date for New Online Genealogy Resource – Almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms to be available online for free from 8th July 2015 – The entire collection of Catholic parish register microfilms held by the National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be made available online – for free – from 8th July 2015 onwards. On that date, a dedicated website will go live, with over 390,000 digital images of the microfilm reels on which the parish registers are recorded.

Typically, the parish registers include information such as the dates of baptisms and marriages, and the names of the key people involved, including godparents or witnesses. The digital images of the registers will be searchable by parish location only, and will not be transcribed or indexed by the NLI.

Web site address is: http://registers.nli.ie/