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ScotlandsPeople have just announced:

We’re delighted to announce that the Valuation Rolls for 1925 have just been added to the ScotlandsPeople website.

The new records, which are FREE to search, comprise 2,103,648 indexed names and 76,512 digital images. The Rolls cover every kind of property in Scotland that was assessed in 1925 as having a rateable value, and provide a fascinating snapshot of Scotland in the aftermath of the First World War.

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

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[Thanks to Brian Pears on Northumbria list for this].

If you had an ancestor or relative killed in WW1 who had been a student at Armstrong College, you may find him listed in this project.

Tucked away at the entrance to the Armstrong Building at Newcastle University is a war memorial recording the names of 223 men from the former Armstrong College who died in WW1. University library staff, students, local schools and others have been researching these men to produce the Armstrong WW1 Memorial Digital Memory Book.

Web site address is: http://memorial.ncl.ac.uk/

[Note that the North East War Memorials Project has a comprehensive coverage of war memorials in the north-east, and the plaque for Armstrong College is included at http://www.newmp.org.uk/detail.php?contentId=8245.]

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[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.”

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[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

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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/