Genealogy news round-up: TheGenealogist releases Prisoner of War records

By Jon Bauckham, 3 March 2016 - 5:24pm

Plus: Scottish 1930 Valuation Rolls hit the web; Ancestry and Findmypast add Irish Catholic parish registers; Newspaper archive offers access to Easter Rising material

Douglas Bader

A search for WW2 flying ace Douglas Bader (centre) reveals details of his incarceration in Colditz Castle (Photo: Getty Images)

Details of more than 150,000 Allied troops captured during the Second World War have been published on TheGenealogist. Available through the website’s fast-growing military collection, the additions can provide information about kin who served in the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF, plus members of the British Empire land forces held in Germany and German-occupied territories. Find out more and search here (requires subscription).
 

Scotland's 1930 Valuation Rolls hit the web

Details of millions of people across Scotland between the First and Second World Wars are now available online. Government genealogy website ScotlandsPeople has uploaded the 1930 Valuation Rolls, created to record information about property owners, tenants and occupiers across the country. Fully searchable, the material can provide crucial clues regarding a forebear’s economic status and the amount of rent they were liable to pay. Viewing document scans will incur a small fee, but the accompanying index will be free to search until 17 March 2016. Click here to explore.
 

Ancestry and Findmypast add Irish registers

Millions of Catholic parish records from both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic can now be explored more easily on the web. Originally released as a set of unindexed images last summer, the new databases on both Ancestry and Findmypast enable family historians to search the records by name for the first time. Read our full story here.
 

Archive offers free access to Easter Rising newspapers

A vast set of newspapers published during the Easter Rising are now available to explore for free. The Irish Newspaper Archives website is temporarily offering access to the full range of regional and daily titles in its collections from 1916, providing a snapshot of life during one of Ireland’s most turbulent periods. There is no charge for viewing the pages, but access requires submission of a name and email address. Click here to search.
 

Family history society to open 'pop-up' shop

One of Yorkshire’s top family history societies is to open a ‘pop-up’ shop later this month. Running between Thursday 10 and Saturday 12 March, the initiative will see members of Huddersfield & District Family History Society offering research advice in the Pack Horse Centre, Huddersfield, from 10am to 4pm each day. Find out more on the British GENES blog here.

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