Friday, November 18, 2016

Findmypast Friday - Millions of new 1939 records available to search, 18 November 2016

I received this press release from Findmypast today:


Findmypast Friday - Millions of new 1939 records available to search

Over 2 million new records are available to search this Findmypast Friday including:

The 1939 register now contains over 5 million more records than it did at launch. In the year since the Register was launched, Findmypast has matched millions of 'closed records' to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded. This process has resulted in more than three million records being opened in the past 12 months, while an additional two million records have been opened in the past week to mark the first anniversary of the register's launch. 

The 1939 Register now contains more than 32.8 million open records. Each record includes the names of inhabitants at each address, their date of birth, marital status and occupation. A wealth of contextual information, including period photographs never before seen online, infographics, region-specific newspaper articles and historical and contemporary maps, are personally tailored to each record, offering a rich and unique user experience unrivalled by any other family history research tool to date.

Containing over 280,000 records, this index lists the details of New South Wales railway and tramway employees who died while serving in the First World War.

The index was compiled from a single volume, printed in 1924, by the State Records NSW volunteer program and contains 1,214 entries. It covers a wide variety of military units and will reveal the year your ancestor was killed, the unit there were serving with and the railway or tram branch they worked for.

Britain, The National Guard In The Great War 1914-1918 is 316 page tribute to the role of the 'Home Guard' during the First World War. Trained to assist in the event of an invasion of Britain during the war, the National Guard was made up of men considered too old for active service. This history of the first 'dad's army' gives great insight into the important service rendered by these volunteers during the war.

Originally published in 1920, the volume includes a number of photographs and lists of the men who served, including those who went on to join the regular forces as the war progressed.

Ireland, 19th Century Directories allows you to search across more than 120 volumes of fascinating Irish directories containing more than 74,000 records. A listing may reveal your ancestor's occupation, place of business and/or home address. The directories were published annually, which means that you may be able track your ancestor year by year. Most of the details in the directories were collected six months before publication; therefore, all the listings are six months old. The type of information recorded will vary depending on the publication and year although most will list the names of local gentry and professionals as well as merchants, traders, and, in some publications, local officials.

The records are presented as PDFs (portable digital files). This feature allows you to narrow your search by publication, year and page number. After selecting an image, you can read through the whole directory by using the previous and next buttons at the top of the image.


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