Genealogy news round-up: Irish enlistment books now free online

By Jon Bauckham, 9 December 2016 - 1:07pm

Plus: PRONI launches free mapping tool; FamilySearch adds new worldwide records; British Newspaper Archive hits milestone; Society of Genealogists releases DVD set

An entry for James Daly of the Connaught Rangers (halfway down) reveals that he was shot for mutiny – the last-ever soldier to be executed by the British Army 

Records of more than 12,000 soldiers who served in British Army regiments disbanded after the Irish War of Independence have been released online.

Fully searchable, the historic enlistment books contain details of men who fought with the Royal Irish Regiment, Connaught Rangers, Leinster Regiment, Royal Munster Fusiliers and Royal Dublin Fusiliers between 1920 and 1922.

The records were digitised by the National Army Museum thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Explore the material here.

PRONI launches free mapping tool

The Public Record Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI) has launched a free interactive mapping tool.

Covering the six modern-day counties of Northern Ireland (Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone), the Historical Maps Viewer allows researchers to browse Ordnance Survey maps from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Crucially for family historians, the resource also lets users to view the maps with modern aerial imagery underneath, showing exactly how they relate to the present landscape.

Access the Historical Maps Viewer here.

FamilySearch adds new worldwide records

Genealogical records from eight different countries across the world have been added to FamilySearch.

Released on Monday 5 December, the latest additions to the website include Filipino civil registration records (1945-1984), Japanese passenger lists (1893-1941) and marriage registers from the US state of Louisiana (1837-1957).

Those with roots closer to home can also explore selected parish records from Cornwall, Devon, Durham, Manchester and Warwickshire, as well as a set of non-conformist church records from Bristol (1777-1936).

See the full list of new collections here.

British Newspaper Archive hits 17 million pages

The British Newspaper Archive has reached a major new milestone.

The online resource – also available to access via Findmypast – has now uploaded more than 17 million pages of historic newspaper content dating back to the early 17th century.

New titles represented in the collection include copies of the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News (1874-1970), the Western Mail (1916) and the women’s magazine Britannia and Eve (1926, 1928-1929, 1931-1957).

Find out more here.

Society of Genealogists publishes DVD set

The Society of Genealogists has made back copies of its members’ magazine available to purchase as a three-volume DVD set.

Priced at £59.97 (or £24.99 per volume), the Genealogists’ Magazine Compendium is fully searchable and contains thousands of articles about genealogical discoveries spanning 1925-2006.

To learn more about the Compendium and enter a competition to win the entire set, click here.


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