The Times of India BMD Announcements 1920

clip_image002The Families in British India Society has just put online Births, Marriage & Death announcements from The Times of India newspaper for the year 1920. The members of this society work very hard to bring to the web an amazing array of material concerning families who lived in India.

Karachi 1866

Many of us will have ancestors who spent time in India and the FBIS website should be your first port of call if you think that some of your family may have travel to Indian subcontinent.

The FBIS website offers visitors to the website access to a database of over one million names plus a wiki of background information. New recruits to the society are always welcome and have access to additional resources and fellow member interests.

As always the genealogists friend Wikipedia has a good article on the British Raj 1858 – 1947.

http://networkedblogs.com/GTN9r

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Raj

WW1 & WW2 Memorial Books 1914 – 1945

Memorial Books, 1914-1945Ancestry has just released a set of three books that will add greatly to London researchers genealogy. They comprise details of people from the University of London Officers Training Corp and London City Council  who served in WW1 and residents of Croydon Borough who served in WW2. Details vary, but may contain the following information.

  • name
  • birth date
  • residence
  • military unit(s)
  • rank
  • dates of service
  • date, place, and cause of death
  • place of burial
  • POWs
  • honours and awards
  • photograph

Good see that such valuable, but generally unknown sources are becoming available on the internet.

www.ancestry.co.uk

 

War Records, New Additions and Free Access for a Limited Time

War Grave Records Family HistoryAncestry is offering free access to some of their WW1 records between 9 and 12 November. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address.

Ancestry has also added Commonwealth War Grave Records 1914 – 1947 which give information on the location of grave, service imagenumber and names of next of kin of the deceased. Plus the other addition is British Officer Prisoners of War 1914 – 1918 which provides the ranks, regiments and dates of capture and release for more than 8,000 officers.

www.ancestry.co.uk

Online Military Library

Forces War Records

Just received a press release from Dominic Hayhoe of Forces War Records about the launch of a their new digital library of historic documents, books, newspapers and magazines, some more than a hundred years old.

Dominic Hayhoe from Forces War Records said “Whilst we’ve been adding records as fast as we can to the main site, we’ve collated a huge amount of books, newspapers and magazines that although they don’t have name records in, are invaluable for research purposes with details about regiments, battles, medals, individual daring escapades and general interest stories.

Some of these magazines alone are almost a hundred clip_image002years old and not only did we feel our members would love to read them, but that they were also a national treasure that shouldn’t be lost. Now we have digitised them, they will be available for ever more”.

He went on to say “In addition, as ever, we haven’t just added these to our site, but we have also automatically crossed matched them with all our other data, so if you perform a search for a relative on the site who say served in The Royal Tank Regiment, our system will automatically look to see if we have any articles related to the regiment your ancestor served in as well.”

www.forces-war-records.co.uk

Home Guard Records now on Forces War Records

http://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/What exciting news ….. Forces War Records have just put online 40,000+ Home Guard Officers Records. People of a “certain age” will remember fondly the tv programme Dad’s Army with Captain Mainwaring, Sergeant Jones and “stupid boy”!! However recent research has shown that the Home Guard was made up of a larger number of young men than first thought. These Home Guard were either too young, in reserved occupations or not fit enough for active service. The men, young and old, who made up the Home Guard were a valuable asset to the defence of the United Kingdom, if there had been an invasion they would have been called upon to undertake dangerous operations to repel the enemy. We may have enjoyed the humour of Captain Mainwaring and his platoon, but in reality it was a serious business.

The Home Guard records are usually enrolment forms, award recommendations and cabinet papers and date from 1940 – 1944. These records have been transcribed and indexed so are easy to search and use. This particular dataset is for Officers only, but hopefully it will be followed for the lower ranks. When researching ancestors who might have been in the Home Guard bear in mind that initially they were known as the LDV, Local Defence Volunteers.

A typical entry will give Queen & Home Guard

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Unit
  • Nationality
  • Gallantry Awards
  • Duty Location
  • Resided Town & County
  • When joined Home Guard

Forces War Records is the only website to offer this dataset and I am sure it will generate a lot of interest amongst genealogists. I must say that the more I look at Forces War Records the more I find to like about the site. It’s easy to use and the cross matching with information about Regiments, Bases and Ships adds valuable background history. The site has records dating back to 1350.

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

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