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

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Ancestry has also added Commonwealth War Grave Records 1914 – 1947 which give information on the location of grave, service War Records, New Additions and Free Access for a Limited Time<p><!   Google Ads Injected by Adsense Explosion 1.1.5   ><div class=adsxpls id=adsxpls2 style=padding:7px; display: block; margin left: auto; margin right: auto; text align: center;><!   AdSense Plugin Explosion num: 1   ><script type=text/javascript><!  

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Online Military Library

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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.

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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

Warwickshire Occupation Records

Warwickshire Occupation RecordsAncestry has been putting a teaser online over the last few days saying that new occupational records are going to be available on the 24th. These records which are now available come from the Quarter Session records held at the Warwickshire County Record Office so say Ancestry, but I am not sure they all do.

However it doesn’t matter if they have got confused as to what comes under quarter sessions (and it may well be me who is wrong!!) they are a very handy set of records. In my option the most valuable of the datasets are the Hearth Tax Returns, Freeholder Lists and the Juror’s Lists. If you are lucky enough to have ancestors in Warwickshire you will certainly be getting value for money out of your Ancestry subscription!!

The records have all been indexed and are also able to be browsed page by page.

  • Boat Owners Records, 1795-1796: Though Warwickshire is a landlocked county in the West Midlands, four major canals run through the area, and shipping by barge has been an important industry. These records list owners of boats.
  • Flax Bounty Records, 1774-1797: Flax was used to produce linen, an industry the government was interested in encouraging because processing, spinning, and weaving flax into linen could create many jobs. To promote linen production, the government offered a bounty to farmers who raised flax. These records are bonds of the flax growers and their sureties to the clerk of the peace that the grower was duly entitled to the bounty.
  • Lists of Freeholders, 1710-1760: These are lists of people entitled to vote, or of people who voted, at elections. A freeholder was a man who owned his land outright or who held it by lease for his lifetime or for the lives of other people named in the lease. This collection is largely 18th century.
  • Lists of Freemasons, 1799-1857: These annual returns of the names and descriptions of the members of Masonic lodges had to be presented to the Quarter Sessions in pursuance of the Unlawful Societies Act of 1799.
  • Hair Powder Certificates, 1795-1797: The practice of powdering hair began in England in the 17th century. At the end of the 18th century a duty of one pound one shilling a year was levied on everyone who continued to use hair powder. Warwickshire Occupation Records
  • Gamekeepers Records, 1744-1888: These records name individuals who were appointed as gamekeepers for specific estates, manors, forests, etc. These individuals may have had other occupations as well.
  • Hearth Tax Returns, 1662-1673: The hearth tax was a tax based on the number of hearths, or fireplaces, in a building.
  • Jurors’ Lists, 1696-1848: These lists of potential jurors can include occupation and street/residence.
  • Printing Press Owners Records, 1799-1866: These records include printers, publishers, and type founders.

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Home Guard Records now on Forces War Records

Home Guard Records now on Forces War RecordsWhat 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 Home Guard Records now on Forces War Records

  • 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/

Copyright ©2012: Linda Elliott www.madaboutgenealogy.com

Forces War Records Improved Search Facility

Forces War Records Improved Search Facility

The Forces War Records website is now offering an improved search facility, the new search engine means that searches can be undertaken by service number, specific years, nationality & type of service. Then there are filters that can be used depending on whether the person died in active service, were issued a gallantry award, or mentioned in despatches. This makes searching for military ancestors so much more efficient.

Forces War Records offers 4.5+ million records comprising service records, regimental/unit data, information on specific battles, medals, veteran contacts plus military tutorials specific to genealogy

A site worth considering when searching for your military ancestors.

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

Image Wikimedia – British soldiers in World War I at Kilkis, Greece