Every Man Remembered

WW1 genealogyThis website run by the British Legion allows anyone to commemorate those who fought in the First World War. Also available is a search facility to find out if someone else has recorded details of an ancestor.

Entering our family members details is the least we can do to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice.


Ancestors gone to New York?

New York GenealogyDid any of your ancestors sail across the Atlantic and settle in New York? Many of us will find that people who disappear between census suddenly appear in the Big Apple. FamilySearch have just released a very informative free guide to New York ancestors. The guide comprises a series of research articles about tracing ancestors in New York City which is a vast area so you need all the help you can get.

One of the many interesting points made in the articles is that early New York records are held on The Netherlands. Included is a link to the records available online through the FamilySearch website.



WW2 Far East Prisoners of War

http://www.cofepow.org.uk/index.htmlMy father fought in the Far East during WW2 and for a brief period was a prisoner of war so i was interested in the following website Children & Families of Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW).

Carole Cooper from Norfolk read a newspaper article in 1994 about a POW’s diary which had been auctioned and sold to an anonymous buyer. As Carole read more of the article she realised that the diary had been written by her father who had died in Burma whilst a POW. Carole tried to persuade the buyer that the diary should return to the family and she offered to buy it from him, but he refused. However Carole was not daunted and eventually she was given a photocopy of the diary. Reading it was traumatic, but answered lots of questions for her.

From the discovery of the existence of the diary has grown the COFEPOW website which is a must for those family historians who have Far East POW’s in their family. A campaign was launched to raise funds to build a fitting memorial to honour the men who lost their lives and also to those who survived. The Far east Prisoners of War Memorial Building was opened in 2005.

Essential website for research into this harrowing subject.


UK WW1 Army Records

Your Country Needs You

The scans of the first batch of WW1 army records are now available for browsing at your nearest LDS Family History Centre or at the Family History library in Salt Lake City. These records are also available at The National Archives in London where the originals are kept, as well they are indexed and available through Ancestry.co.uk.

The records date from the outbreak of WW1 in 1914 through to 1920. They comprise two sets of documents WO 363 which are the enlistment papers which were damaged in WW2 and are generally referred to as the “Burnt Documents” and WO 364 which are Pension Claims made by soldiers who suffered some disability due to service in WW1. It is worth bearing in mind that the Pension Claims include claims made by soldiers which weren’t accepted by the War Office, so if you have heard that your ancestor didn’t get a war pension this doesn’t mean he might not appear in this record set.

The Family Search website has a good wiki on WW1 Army Records available online at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/United_Kingdom,_World_War_I_Service_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

The National Archives, London also has an online guide at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/records/looking-for-person/britisharmysoldierafter1913.htm



British Jewry Book of Honour

British Jewry Book of Honour

Dominic Hayhoe of Forces War Records sent me an email to let me know that they have a new addition to their collection. They have transcribed the British Jewry Book of Honour that records the details of 50,000 Jews who served in the British & Colonial forces during WW1.

This important book was published in London in 1922 and gives details of enlistment, casualties, military honours as well as Jewish units, hospitals, institutions and agencies. So if you have Jewish ancestry you will want to access this publication.