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Absent Voters List for 1931

Readers may remember that I am continually recommending Absent Voters Lists for WW1 research - these are, in current terms, lists of people with postal votes, and are hugely important for WW1 research (where they survive) because they (usually) contain details of someone's unit and number - possibly the only such record of them. AVLs for WW1 can be found on FindMyPast in "Britain, Absent Voters Lists 1918-1921" and "Britain, Absent Voters Lists 1918-1921 Browse". ...
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Ministry of Defence finding aid/Ancestry database

In a previous post, I mentioned a finding aid issued by the Ministry of Defence, in respect of those officers and soldiers born before 1901, which will indicate whether MOD holds a service file or not.

There is now a database on Ancestry “UK, Military Indexes, 1920-1971” which is very likely to be the same MOD database, although Ancestry doesn’t give the source .
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General Register Search

Apologies if this way of searching has been mentioned.

After registering at the General Register Office you can search births after 1837 and it will give the mother's maiden name.

At the moment up to about 1912 the maiden name is not mentioned so with a fairly popular name it is difficult to know whether they are the right family.

You can only search two years at a time and have to choose male or ...
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British Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archives website.

You can view 10 articles for free!

I have found out a few things myself through the website. For example, on my husband's side I have found out that a father and daughter were shot in a possible murder-suicide scenario, that another one was convicted of manslaughter, and that some died of blood poisoning, jungle fever and falling off a horse on a bridge in India!

On my side, I found ...
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Newspaper databases: Africa, Caribbean, Ceylon, India etc

The British Library in London has two databases containing historical newspapers from Africa and the Caribbean. These could be very informative sources if you are researching people who lived in these areas.

The databases are described in these links ... 800-1925-0
Note: British Library has Series 1 database. ... an-society

The British Library website advises for both these databases
“NB: Reader ...
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Changes:London FamilySearch Centre; microfilms generally

I noticed this announcement on the London FamilySearch Centre website, including the final advice that FamilySearch microfilms will be discontinued in the future.

I wonder whether there will be equivalent online images made available, or will information just disappear?



Microfilm Collection
The permanent microfilm collection now at Kew has been given to the Society of Genealogists. According to current plans, it will be ...
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Back numbers of WDYTYA? magazine FREE

I have a complete run of the magazine since March 2011 and I would like to find a good home for the 2011 - 2014 copies (issues 45 to 94 inclusive). Could possibly also let you have the 2015 magazines.

Obviously best if you live in Devon - we can arrange a place to meet for handover of this rather heavy box!
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Mother & Baby / Maternity Homes

Peter Higginbotham has now catalogued over 400 Mother & Baby / Maternity Homes -
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Online: Monthly Army Lists 1914-1919/Limited WW2/1880s

Monthly Army Lists have recently been released by the National Library of Scotland, for the period
1914-1919 and 1937-1940

At least during WW1, temporary and territorial officers only appeared in the Monthly Army Lists

There is a Search facility, and Lists may be read online, or downloaded.


edited to add 1880s to title
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Old photos looking for a home

I have been helping at the Waiheke Is museum (Auckland, NZ) They have an old battered photo album with about 80 studio photos, some by Turnbull and Sons, 75 Jamaica St, Glasgow and a few by a Dunedin,NZ studio. Can't tell with all as they are mounted in album and the bottom and back can't be seen.Pix were found at the local rubbish tip years ago. They must have belonged to Capt John Brown Kennedy ...
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