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Findmypast free access to military records

It’s Remembrance Weekend on the 11th and 12th November. Why not take this time of remembrance to research your ancestors’ role in World War 1 and 2? Findmypast.co.uk is offering free access to their Military Records for the Army, Navy and Air Force from 8th to the 12th November (ends Midnight). The databases include British […]

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New medical records on Ancestry

Joseph Lister, surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery, features in the medical directories released by Ancestry If you have ancestors involved in the medical profession in the UK and India then the latest database releases on Ancestry will certainly interest you. The new releases cover a wide range of practitioners: from doctors to midwives […]

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Shakespeare’s World project

State letters from 1533 to ca. 1630 copied ca. 1650. If you are skilful at transcribing handwriting from the 16th and 17th centuries then why not contribute to Shakespeare’s World, a project to transcribe thousands of manuscripts and documents created in and around Shakespeare’s lifetime, 1564–1616. Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., with the aid […]

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Police Gazette – crime and criminals

An early policeman, sometimes called a Peeler or Bobby (Punch cartoon 1845 PD) Ancestry.co.uk has just released the United Kingdom’s Police Gazettes for the period 1812-1902, 1921-1927. The Police Gazette was published by the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service and contains information on crime and criminals, especially wanted criminals, missing persons and army […]

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1939 Register online at FMP

FindmMypast in conjunction with the National Archives have published the 1939 Register for England and Wales. This Register is a very useful database for researching your ancestors as it goes some way towards bridging the information gap caused by there being no census records between 1922 and 1951. Furthermore, the 1921 census is not due […]

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Red Cross Volunteers in WW1

During World War One thousands of women and men joined the Red Cross to help the war effort and their records are now being made available online on a free database. At the outbreak of hostilities the British Red Cross and the Order of St John formed the Joint War Committee. Members and volunteers of […]

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