Sunday, April 28, 2013
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
New Zealand Servicemen's Gaves
Alan Steel, a New Zealand genealogist from Waikouaiti, has been photographing and documenting the graves and plaques of servicemen and women in Otago cemeteries. So far he has recorded over 6,000 memorials to servicemen and women to help family historians fill gaps in their family stories. Alan has made such an impression, there is a story about him in the Otago Daily Times, with more about the work he is doing. http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/252912/genealogist-adds-record
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Findmypast has just created an Anzac Memory Bank in the lead up to Anzac Day to remember men and women that went to war. The Anzac Memory Bank is designed to help people build their own family wartime memories. It contains heroic stories, photos and expert information about Australian and New Zealand involvement in all wars and conflicts around the world. People have shared their own personal and stories, photos and diary entries so others can learn what it was like to live through these times of turmoil.
In the week leading up to Anzac Day, Monday 22 to Friday 26 April, FindMyPast.com will provide free access to its entire military collection for people to research their ancestors' military history.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
World War 1 Centenary
There has been a real push for World War 1 records with the centenary of Gallipoli approaching. Family Search has released 19 million UK WW1 Service Records, part of 23.9 million indexed records relating to Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, England, Italy, Mexico and the United States. As well as the UK service records, there are over million US World War 1 Draft Registration Cards.
Continuing on the World War 1 theme, the Imperial War Museum in London has set up the First World War Centenary Parnership. This partneship is a network of nearly 1,000 lcoal, regional, national and international cultural and educational organisations led by IWM (Imperial War Museum). Together, they will present a global program of cultural events and activities, and digital platforms to enable millions of people worldwide to discover more about life in the First World War. The partnership gives each member a stronger collective voice, visibility through the First World War Centenary brand and website, access to a wealth of expertise and resources and the opportunity to promote events through a centenary calendar on 1914.org. You can read more about it at http://www.1914.org/partners/
Mosman Library has joined the partnership http://mosman1914-1918.net/project/blog/first-world-war-centenary-partnership-needs-you and lists some other Australian partners as well.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
I recently came across Origins.net (http://www.origins.net/ ), which claims to be ‘the premier resource for tracing your British and Irish ancestors’. You can pay a subscription or search and then pay for documents, but it is supposed to have access to wills and probate records, key Irish records and specialist British and London records, which is not very specific, and makes you wonder if you can get the same information from other sources. The site has recently made available Greater London Burials 1545 – 1909. These indexes cover the City of London, Middlesex and South London (metropolitan Surrey) parishes and include well over half a million burials. This index brings together hundreds of individual registers. The project was commenced in 1978 by Cliff Webb and continues on to cover to end of the burial registers rather than 1837, where a lot of other databases cease. Certainly worth a look if this could apply to your ancestors.