Devon Record Office closed 10–17 Sept

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>Just had an email announcing that Devon Record Office will be closed from 10 – 17 September 2012 due to refurbishment of the search room in readiness for the transfer of the West Country Studies library stock to the Record Office.

This is stage one of the new Devon Heritage Service which will be officially opened in October of this year.

 

http://www.devon.gov.uk/record_office.htm

More Plymouth & West Devon Records online

 

More Plymouth & West Devon Records online

 

 

FindMyPast has added to their Devon Collection with the following records …

Brentor, St Simon and Buckland Monachorum Baptisms 1900 – 1999
Looe Street, Venners,Vintry, Shewell Congregational Church Burials 1626 – 1927

The Plymouth and West Devon collection is growing nicely and it is good to see some non-conformist records added as research into those who attended non C of E chapels and churches can be a little more difficult.

The original records are held by the Plymouth & West Devon Record Office.

www.findmypast.co.uk

Forces-War-Records

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<script type=text/javascript src=http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/show ads.js></script></div></p>I have just been taking a look at http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ . This website is a niche site which confines itself to military records, this is no bad thing as what is on offer are quality records with plenty of background information so that you understand the why, where and when of the documents.

The time span covered by this site’s records are from Medieval records dating from 1350 through the Crimean, Boer and 1st & 2nd World Wars. The documents are cross matched with information about regiments, bases and ships.

The search form is a breeze to use, enter first name, surname and record type and press the  “Search Now” button. It is not necessary to enter details in all of these slots, for example I simply entered the surname POTTINGER and the results came up with 104 results.

POTTINGER 104 results
Napoleonic 1793 – 1815 4 records
Early 19th century 1 record
Victorian Conflicts 1857 – 1899 8 records
Boer War 1899 – 1902 5 records
WW1 1914 – 1920 51 records
WW2 1939 – 1945 21 records
Post WW2 1946 – present 1 record
Forces Reunited Living Veterans 13 records

Quite an impressive result for a relatively unusual name.

A growing number of family historians are specialising in researching their military ancestors only and this site will be an essential subscription for them. Options are monthly or yearly subscriptions.

I’ll be writing in-depth posts about the individual record sets later and also be adding some lessons using the data on the MadAboutGenealogy sister site www.teachyourselffamilyhistory.com.

http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/

 

Record Office & Archive News

Record Office & Archive News

Changes to opening hours ….

Cambridge Collection held at Cambridge Central Library
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Staff on duty to assist during these times. After 5pm the public area will be open, but there will be no staff to assist or deliver archived material.

Huntingdonshire Archives
Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9.30am – 5pm
Wednesday 9.30am – 7pm
Thursday closed all day
2nd Saturday of each month 10am –4pm
 

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http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/archives/local_history/cambs/

www.huntingdonarchives.co.uk

 

Early USA Records Free

Early USA Records FreeI received this press release from Ancestry.com, so if you have family who were in America in earlier times then get online and search free before July 8th.

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