Forces-War-Records

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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

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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.

Find the red, white and blue in you.

Did your family fight for your freedom or work to establish our great nation? FREE through July 8th, make your connection to early American ancestors in nearly 65 million carefully selected historical records from the 13 original colonies and more, including:

• U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970

• Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900

• Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage & Death Announcements, 1851-2003

• And many more

www.ancestry.com

Cleveland Street Workhouse

Cleveland Street WorkhouseI  received an email from Ruth Richardson regarding the Cleveland Street Workshop that had been under threat of demolition a while back. I was so pleased when the news came through that the campaign for common sense to prevail was successful. Although I understand that certain issues still have to be resolved before the building is 100% safe from harm.

The email gave me two pieces of good news about the Workhouse. Firstly there is a book published about the history of the workhouse and the four years of Charles Dickens’s life when he lived only a few doors away. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199645886.do#.T-9bCPW8GSo

Secondly Camden Council has agreed to a blue plaque being placed on Dickens’s old home on the corner of Tottenham Street and Cleveland Street, now No. 22 Cleveland Street. Planning permission and listed building consent were hurdles that had to be overcome plus the agreement of the house’s owners who happily gave their consent. The date and time of the unveiling will be announced shortly.

http://www.clevelandstreetworkhouse.org/Home.html

Japanese P.O.W. Records

Japanese P.O.W. Recordshttp://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ have just re-launched their website after a re-vamp. To celebrate the new look they have added 14,000 new Japanese POW records to their database. These records are free to search and view.

 

Dominic Hayhoe from Forces War Records said “In addition to our new site design, we have been extensively adding new records to Forces War Records that our members have been asking for. One area not very well covered by any sites is the Japanese Prisoner of War records. In adding these, we know we will be helping quite a few people looking for information on their ancestors. In addition to this we have created a very extensive tutorial to help with finding more information.”

He goes on to say “Of course, in addition to these new records, as ever, all our records are not simply service records in isolation. All our records are uniquely cross matched with other information related to them such as what units the person served in or what battles they fought etc. giving a much more in-depth picture of what life was really like for them.”

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