Genealogy news round-up: Battle of Jutland records available to search on Findmypast

By Jon Bauckham, 31 May 2016 - 10:22am

Plus: Forces War Records marks Operation Neptune; Top secret German coding machine found in an Essex shed

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You can now search Findmypast for Battle of Jutland servicemen (Photo: Findmypast)

More than 38,000 records of Royal Marine and Royal Navy servicemen who fought at the Battle of Jutlands have been made available to search on Findmypast. 

The publication marks the centenary of the largest naval engagement of the First World War and has been put together in conjunction with The National Archives and Naval and Military Press. British Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Battle Of Jutland 1916 Servicemen gathers together the names of those who served with the British Grand Fleet between 31 May and 1 June 1916.

The records contain the names, ranks, service numbers, enrolment dates, dates of birth and birth places of Royal Marines and Royal Navy personnel. Scanned images of original documents also reveal if they were promoted, the names of the ships on which they served and their dates of service. Many will also include a home address, occupation prior to joining the service and a full physical description. Each record consists of a transcript and a scanned image of the original document.


Forces War Records marks Operation Neptune

Forces War Records is marking the anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in history – D-Day's Operation Neptune – by providing free access to a host of its collections.

On June 5-6, free access is on offer to 72 collections to mark the 72nd anniversary of the operation, which is better known as the Normandy Landings. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied north western Europe from Nazi control and contributed to the overall Allied victory on the Western Front.

Forces War Records is also providing a free download, which includes some little-known facts about D-Day. For more information, click here.


German WW2 code machine on eBay

An historic machine used during the Second World War to send top secret messages between Hitler and his generals has been found in an Essex shed.

Volunteers from Bletchley Park's National Museum of Computing tracked the machine down after spotting a listing for it on auction website eBay.

For more details on the story, click here.


Findmypast adds to Irish Newspaper collection 

More than 500,000 new articles have been added to Findmypast's Irish Newspaper Collection. The latest updates include four brand new titles as well as additional articles in a further seven existing ones. This brings the entire collection to 119 different national, regional and local Irish newspapers covering 248 years of history from 1708-1956. In all, you can now delve into over 20.9 million fully searchable articles. The most substantial updates were made to Northern Whig, Lisburn Herald and the Antrim and Down Advertiser. You can search the collection here.


Share your wartime fashion with IWM North

Imperial War Museums North is encouraging people to dig deep in their family albums to find photos of clothing from the wartime era. Yesterday (June 1) marked the 75th anniversary of the announcement of clothing rationing in the Second World War and coincides with a new exhibition at IWM North - Fashion on the Ration: 1940's Street Style.

Organisers of the exhibition have asked people to share their memories and clothing photos on social media using the hashtag #WhatMyFamilyWore. Suitable contributions may then be incorporated into the exhibition. 

Diane Lees, Director General of IWM said: “#WhatMyFamilyWore  is a great way to get people from different generations talking and sharing stories and photographs that show how people had to make do and be creative with what little they had during the Second World War. The exhibition tells some wonderful stories – underwear made from a silk map, a bridesmaid’s dress made from parachute material and stylish wedge heeled shoes made from scraps picked up from a factory floor. We hope that #WhatMyFamilyWore  will bring forward more of these fantastic stories of creativity in times of restrictions.” 

Words: Steve Harnell


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