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New Release: Illustrated War News 1916 - 1918
The Illustrated War News was a weekly magazine during the First World War, published by The Illustrated London News and Sketch Ltd. of London. The IWN publication contained illustrated reports related entirely to the war and comprised of articles, photographs, diagrams and maps. From 1916 it was issued as a 40-page publication in portrait format, having been landscape prior to this. It claimed to have the largest number of artist-correspondents reporting on the progress of the war until it ceased publication in 1918.
|13 October 2017|
NEW Military Records
If you have not found your ancestor in the various British census returns, and you know that they may have been serving at the time in the British Army, then The Worldwide Army Index for 1851, 1861 and 1871 from TheGenealogist may help you to find them.
Many thousands of men of the British Army were serving overseas in far flung parts of the British Empire over the 1800s. This index of names is compiled from the musters contained in WO 10-11-12 Series War Office Paylists held at the National Archives, Kew. The 1851, 1861 and 1871 Worldwide Army List lists all officers and other ranks serving in the first quarter of 1851, second quarter of 1861 and 1871 together with their regimental HQ location (Although the 1861 index excludes officers as they were not mustered in all the Paylists). The index is, therefore, effectively a military surrogate for the census.
Over 70,000 records have extra notes that can indicate whether a soldier was discharged, on leave (along with their location), transferred, or retired. Many notes include a place of birth and former occupation.
Also included within the records are recruits, boy soldiers, bandsmen and civilians working in the armed forces as clerks, pension recruiters and suchlike. Colonial regiments, which invariably contained numbers of British subjects are also featured.
You can read military researcher Roger Nixon's article about life in the British Army to find out more about these records.
|13 October 2017|
NEW Somerset and Dorset records MAJOR NEW RELEASE
Over 2,200,000 individuals added to our Parish Record Collection for Somerset and Dorset.
TheGenealogist has released Baptism records for Somerset covering the years 1538-1996, along with Burial and Crematorium records for Somerset and Dorset covering 1563-2003. In association with Somerset and Dorset FHS, these new records cover hundreds of parishes for the counties.
Somerset and Dorset Family History Society worked with TheGenealogist to publish their records online, making over 2.2 million individuals from baptism and burial records fully searchable. Ann-Marie Wilkinson, the Chair of Somerset and Dorset FHS said:
"The Somerset and Dorset Family History Society are very pleased to be working with TheGenealogist to bring these records into the online community. Also we will be able to provide access for members to TheGenealogist from our Research Centre."
Mark Bayley, Head of Online Development at TheGenealogist, welcomed Somerset and Dorset FHS to the growing number of family history societies on both TheGenealogist and FHS-Online, saying:
"We're delighted that Somerset and Dorset FHS chose to publish their records through TheGenealogist and FHS-Online. This release adds to the ever expanding collection of parish records on both websites. These partnerships help societies boost their funds whilst bringing their records to a much wider audience, through online publication."
This release joins TheGenealogist's Somerset and Dorset collection including Bishop's Transcripts and parish records for many areas and years to form a major resource for the county.
|29 September 2017|
NEW Sussex Parish Records MAJOR NEW RELEASE
TheGenealogist has added over 1.1 million individuals to its parish record collection. Published in association with The Parish Record Transcription Society, this first tranche of records will be followed by more releases in the near future.
This new release covers individual records of:
|18 September 2017|
NEW Criminal Registers MAJOR NEW RELEASE
We have enlarged our Court & Criminal Records collection so that even more black sheep ancestors can now be searched for and found on our site. With a new release of records you can unearth all sorts of ancestors who came up against the law - whether they were a victim, acquitted, convicted of a minor offence or found guilty of a major crime such as murder.
Uniquely this release gives you the ability to search for victims of the crime (Over 132,000); hunt for people using their name or alias, or look for an offence; and see images of the pages from the books and registers that reveal even more fascinating information about the individual.
As these records cover a vast range of transgressions we are able to find men and women who stole small items such as shirts, potatoes, boots etc. We can also discover people who had married bigamously, forged money, uttered a counterfeit half-crown, burgled, murdered or were accused of other crimes.
|23 August 2017|
Nottingham Parish Records MAJOR NEW RELEASE
We have extended our UK Parish Records collection with a new release of 650,000 parish records for Nottinghamshire. These fully searchable records reach back to 1633 and cover parishes from this important East Midland county of England, so can be used to find your ancestors' baptisms, marriages and burials.
You can use these transcripts to find the names of ancestors, parents' forenames (in the case of baptisms), father's occupation (where noted), abode or parish, parish that the event took place in, the date of the event, and in the case of marriage records the bride's maiden name and the witnesses' names.
|10 August 2017|
TheGenealogist introduces a new 1921 census substitute MAJOR NEW RELEASE
With the 1921 census still years away from public release, TheGenealogist has launched one of their most exciting record sets this year. Their new circa 1921 resource covers 23 counties and includes over one million records. These form part of the Trade, Residential & Telephone record sets on TheGenealogist, covering a period currently not served by a census.
The fully transcribed, searchable records released today will allow researchers to:
In our latest article, Nick Thorne investigates these new records and finds many famous names, such as Harry Gordon Selfridge, founder of Selfridge's department store; Jesse Boot, who was behind the chemist chain that still carries his name; Winnie-the-Pooh's author A. A. Milne; J.M. Barrie, who created the characters of Peter Pan and Wendy; plus the celebrated economist, John Maynard Keynes.
|28 July 2017|
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