Genealogy news round-up: Napoleonic War diaries project seeks volunteers

By Jon Bauckham, 28 July 2016 - 4:46pm

Plus: Ancestry adds tranche of railway records; Former IGRS president passes away; Findmypast releases 1901 NSW Census; IWM Duxford launches aircraft campaign

Heritage Helpers

Volunteers across the world are being asked to help transcribe the diaries using the Heritage Helpers platform, which launched in June 2015

A project to digitise historic diaries held by the National Army Museum is seeking volunteers to help tag and transcribe the final batch of records.

Since 2015, Waterloo Lives: In Their Own Words has seen the digitisation of more than 5,800 pages of diaries penned by soldiers who served during the Napoleonic Wars. 

While nearly 200 people have transcribed pages to date, the museum is hoping to recruit further volunteers to help finish the task, which is roughly two-thirds complete. People across the world can take part online by signing up to the Heritage Helpers crowdsourcing platform, which also provides a detailed guide to deciphering the diaries. 

For more information, click here.

TheGenealogist adds early military records

An array of early military record sets have been published at TheGenealogist. Available to explore via the site’s Military Collection, the additions include resources such as the Certificate of Musters in the County of Somerset, which lists civilian men who could be called upon for military service in 1569. Find out more here.

Ancestry adds tranche of railway records

A new tranche of railway worker records has been published on Ancestry. Available via the site’s pre-existing Railway Employment Records collection, the new material includes details of employees on the payroll of the London and North Eastern Railway Company between 1897 and 1947, ranging from porters to drivers. The records have been digitised from material held in series RAIL397 at The National Archives in Kew. Search by clicking here (requires subscription).

Former IGRS president passes away

The former president of the Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has died at the age of 84. Yorkshire-born diplomat Sir David Goodall, who served as British High Commissioner in India, had been involved with the IGRS for two decades before being made the third president of the organisation in 1992 – a position that he held until 2012. Read a full obituary here.

Findmypast releases 1901 NSW Census

The only surviving fragments of the 1901 Census of New South Wales have been made available to explore on Findmypast. Fully searchable, the 232,000 records within the collection show the names and addresses of individual householders, with tickboxes identifying people of Aboriginal and Chinese origin. Search the collection here (requires subscription).

IWM Duxford launches aircraft campaign

Imperial War Museums Duxford is hoping to give a rare 1950s aircraft a new lease of life. The Cambridgeshire museum has set up a page on crowdfunding website JustGiving, where it seeks to raise £450,000 to fund the restoration of its Handley Page Victor XH648, which saw action during the Cold War. Read the full story here.

Indexing marathon adds 10 million records to FamilySearch

Over 116,000 volunteers signed up to take part in the FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event at the weekend, adding over 10 million records to the family history website. Beginning on Thursday in Southeast Asia and Australia and ending on Sunday night in the Pacific, the 72-hour event encouraged volunteers to log on and help index some of the vast collection of records held by the site. Volunteers could choose what they wanted to index from a selection of records, including Irish Civil Registration material. Read more here.

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