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.


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.


Boer War Records online

File:Caton-Woodville 1.jpgOur good friends at FindMyPast have just added some Boer War records to their military collection. This time round they are all medal rolls which are useful genealogy records. The additions are

  • Queen’s South Africa medal rolls for: Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia), Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps, Maritzburg Ambulance Corps, Natal Field Artillery and Natal Volunteer Hotchkiss Gun Detachment
  • King’s South Africa rolls for: 9th Lancers, 12th Lancers, 10th Hussars, 11th Hussars and Imperial Yeomanry
  • Talana clasp for 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, Leicestershire Regiment and King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Also they have completed the Wepener clasp roll

We have Meurig Jones to thank for allowing FindMyPast to offer these records to subscribers.


image – The Boer War by Richard Caton Woodville 1856 – 1927