Genealogy news round-up: TheGenealogist completes Norfolk collection

By Jon Bauckham, 16 June 2016 - 3:08pm

Plus: First World War naval site hits the web; WW2 digital archive pays tribute to US air heroes; Irish Family History Centre opens doors; Kirsty Wark backs new CWGC initiative; Historic Irish newspaper revealed online

Edith Cavell baptism record on TheGenealogist

The baptism registers include an entry for nurse Edith Cavell, born in 1865. She would later be executed by a German firing squad during the First World War, sparking outrage across Britain

Over 5.95 million Norfolk parish records have been made available to access on TheGenealogist.

Fully searchable, the material provides details of baptisms, banns, marriages and burials dating back to the 1500s.

The documents have been digitised from original registers held at Norfolk Record Office, completing an online collection that began with the launch of an initial tranche containing 3.6 million records in January. The same records can also be searched through Findmypast and FamilySearch.

Search here (requires subscription). 

First World War naval site hits the web

A database offering free access to thousands of Royal Navy service records from the First World War has hit the web.

Launched yesterday (15 June), First World War: Lives at Sea currently provides details of more than 3,500 naval officers and ratings who served during the conflict.

Fully searchable, the material represents just a small portion of the total service records from the First World War period found in series ADM 188 and ADM 196 at The National Archives, which are gradually being transcribed and uploaded to the database.

Read our full news story here.

WW2 digital archive pays tribute to US air heroes

The stories of United States airmen stationed in East Anglia during the Second World War can be uncovered online thanks to a free new resource.

Unveiled on Thursday 19 May, the Second Air Division Digital Archive gathers together more than 30,000 historic photographs, letters, diaries and memoirs relating to members of the Second Air Division of the United States Air Force.

Read our full news story here

Irish Family History Centre opens doors

A state-of-the-art research facility aimed at helping people trace their Irish roots has opened its doors to the public.

The Irish Family History Centre, located at Custom House Quay in Dublin, was unveiled last month as part of the €15 million EPIC Ireland visitor attraction, which tells the story of the Irish diaspora through an array of interactive exhibits.

As well as opportunities to take part in quizzes and view displays on emigration and migration, visitors to the Family History Centre can sit down with a genealogy expert for a 15-minute research consultation. 

Learn more here.

Kirsty Wark backing new CWGC initiative

Journalist Kirsty Wark has teamed up with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) as part of a campaign encouraging Britons to research local war dead.

Launched on Monday (13 June), the Living Memory Project is looking for 141 UK community groups to hold events marking all 141 days of the upcoming Somme centenary. Groups will be encouraged to explore the stories behind their local war graves and commemorate the lives of those who served.

Speaking at a launch event for the initiative in Glasgow, Wark said she had a “very personal connection” with the Battle of the Somme, as her great uncle James Wark fought during all 141 days of the campaign.

"The men who fought at the Battle of the Somme did so in some of the most horrendous conditions and saw many of their fellow comrades killed or badly wounded,” she said.

"We must never forget them, and instead remember these men by visiting their graves here in Scotland and finding out their stories." 

Historic Irish newspaper revealed online

Copies of an historic Irish newspaper have been uploaded to the web for the first time.

On Monday (13 June), Irish Newspaper Archives announced it had started uploading copies of the Evening Herald from 1891 to 1949.

To mark the release of the first tranche, the website has made the first edition of the newspaper – dated 19 December 1891 – available to download free of charge.

Users can also get 20 per cent off monthly and annual membership rates to the site with the code EHARC20. Full details can be found here.

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Hall of Names ( is offering our readers an exclusive £5 off its full range. The company offers a selection of family history and heraldic products, from Scottish clan gifts and surname histories to mugs and engraved brandy glasses.

You will need to be quick though, the £5 discount will only be available until 10pm tomorrow (Friday 17 June). Just enter FAMILYGIFT into the 'Coupon code' box when you check out to receive the £5 discount.

T&Cs: The code can only be used once per household. The £5 discount excludes delivery costs. The code FAMILYGIFT will not work after 10pm Friday 17 June 2016. 


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