Monday, November 18, 2013

Australia & New Zealand share WWI archive

It was announced on Remembrance Day, a day to mark the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War, that Australians and New Zealanders will be able to access a shared archive of World War I records online to commemorate the Anzac centenary at Discovering Anzacs website.
The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps which comprised troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force that was formed in Egypt in 1915 and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey.
The Discovering Anzacs website, developed by the National Archives of Australia, went live on Remembrance Day and Archives New Zealand will make their World War I records available on the site from April 2014.
As well as providing access to digitized Australian and New Zealand service records from World War I, the website will contain other records including files on internment, munitions workers and the Boer War. 

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First World War Portal

The British National archives are launching a new First World War portal and announcing plans to mark the centenary of the First World War with an extensive programme, spanning a five-year period from 2014 - 2019. The programme, First World War 100, which has primary sources at its heart, aims to attract a new audience for archives during the centenary, as well as offering historians and regular archive users fresh insights into this landmark conflict. The National Archives will open its collection of millions of First World War records through a rolling series of digitised record releases, including the unit war diaries, online and on site events and education resources from 2014, all of which will be accessible through this new portal. Online collections - such as medal cards, service records and prisoner of war interviews - and resources including the popular My Tommy's War blog posts form part of the new First World War portal and ongoing centenary programme to draw attention to lesser-known series of records and help people to discover the stories behind the war. The full news article can be found at

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ireland - Derryloran Parish

Derryloran Parish County Tyrone Baptisms and Confirmations Transcribed
Continuing with the Irish theme, the Church of Ireland has announced Derryloran in County Tyrone, which is centred on the town of Cookstown, now has parish registers of baptism, marriage and burial transcribed and indexed. The original volumes from which the information was transcribed remain in local custody, and microfilm copies are also available at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland. This is part of the work conducted by Mark Williams for the Anglican Record Project, for which parish records are being transcribed and indexed. To view the transcripts and index to the baptismal and confirmation entries 1796-1896, see

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Ireland XO: Reaching Out

The Irish Government has created a reverse genealogy program to reconnect people of Irish Ancestry with family and local history. It hopes to bring 70 million Irish Diaspora back to their place of origin in Ireland. Working with volunteers at town, village and parish level in Ireland, they identify who left those areas, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. This reverse genealogy entails tracing and recording all the people who left Ireland and seeking out their living descendants worldwide. Those identified or recognised as persons of Irish heritage or affiliation are invited to become part of a new extended Irish society. Ireland XO is a not for profit organisation and offers this service free of charge. If you know you are of Irish descent, then this may be a website for you.