[Thanks to Paul Hockie on Northumbria list for this].
Not sure who may have seen this. I believe it may be sponsored by the EU with a view to having a single point of access to all EU based archives. The current selection is a bit hit and miss – the UK local authority archives all begin with “W” – but someone may be lucky.
Web site address is: http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/home
Their home page reports: “You can search in 48,857,529 descriptive units linked to more than 141,000,000 digital objects from 422 institutions.”
[Thanks to Dave King on Northumbria list for this].
Anyone researching in the 1500s may be interested to know that images of the 1569 Muster of the County of Durham, which are held in the State Papers, can now be found online starting from http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT7/SP12/SP12_51/SP12_51_14_f127.htm
Note that names within Easington, Chester, and Stockton wards are organised initially according to the type of armour & weapons, and then by location, so that if looking for a particular place, expect it to occur several times across several pages. All other wards and lordships are broken down by place initially, and then by armour/weapons.
1559 muster of Newcastle, although in this case it is a summary, and does not list names. On three pages: first page, second page, third page
ScotlandsPeople have just announced that 31,000 Soldiers’ Wills have been added to their website. 26,000 of these wills were made by ordinary Scottish soldiers who died in the Great War, and there are almost 5,000 from Scots soldiers serving in all theatres during the Second World War – there are also several hundred from the Boer War and Korean War, and others from conflicts between 1857 and 1964.
Web site address is: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/
The Land Registry has just released digital images of property registered under the 1862 Acts. Very few properties registered but may be of use to some members. Free of charge!
Web site address is: http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/market-trend-data/digitalarchives