Genealogy news roundup: TheGenealogist marks RAF centenary with new release

By Jon Bauckham, 29 March 2018 - 6:17pm

Plus: Ancestry to offer free access this Easter; Forces War Records adds Victorian army indexes; Deceased Online publishes Norfolk photographs and more

Sir Hugh Trenchard
The Air Force Lists detail the career of Sir Hugh Trenchard (pictured front, centre), who became Marshal of the Royal Air Force on 1 January 1927. Photo: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Details of officers who served in the Royal Air Force between 1921 and 1944 have been made available to explore on TheGenealogist.

To mark 100 years since the formation of the RAF on 1 April 1918, the website has added a series of digitised Air Force Lists to its military collections, revealing a wealth of information about senior personnel, including their rank and service number.

To complement the release, users can also explore full copies of Flight Magazine from 1909-11, as well as reference books from the 1930s, each revealing the names of early aviators.

The addition of the RAF records comes days after TheGenealogist published the names of 29,000 individuals who were decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal during the First World War, available to search here.
 

Ancestry to offer free access this Easter

Ancestry is offering free access to its UK, Ireland and Commonwealth collections over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

From Friday 30 March until 11.59pm (GMT) on Monday 2 April, researchers will be able to view millions of crucial documents including census returns, parish records and electoral registers.

As well as the chance to view material from countries such as Canada and Australia, it will also provide non-subscribers with an opportunity to explore newly-released collections closer to home, such as UK, Historical Photographs and Prints, 1704-1989, which features thousands of images from the Hulton press archive.

Other recent additions include databases of Kent and Yorkshire parish records, spanning 1539-1876 and 1538-1873 respectively. 

To see the full list of collections available as part of the offer, click here.
 

Forces War Records adds Victorian army indexes

Two large databases of 19th-century British soldiers have been published on Forces War Records.

Subscribers to the military genealogy site now have access to the 1851 and 1861 Worldwide Army Indexes, revealing the names, service numbers, ranks and regiments of troops stationed across the former British Empire and beyond.

Read our full story below:

Forces War Records adds Victorian army indexes

 

Deceased Online publishes Norfolk photographs

Over 10,000 Norfolk cemetery photographs have been made available to view on Deceased Online.

The collection, supplied by Louise Cocker, depict headstones and memorials found at 90 different sites across the county.

It also features other relevant images such as portraits, lists of commemorations, and long shots of the churchyards showing the relative positions of the memorials.

View the images here (requires credits or subscription).
 

MyHeritage announces customer service improvements

Genealogy subscription website MyHeritage has announced a raft of customer service improvements.

Representatives state that the company will now be offering customer support "24 hours a day, seven days a week", with 138 full-time staff available to answer questions via phone and email.

Following feedback from users at February's RootsTech conference, MyHeritage has also rolled out a number of changes to its DNA service, allowing researchers to view more accurate relationship information and navigate their lists of DNA matches with greater ease.

Read the full statement here.
 

Findmypast adds Gloucestershire and Somerset records

A series of antiquarian books from the West Country have been published on Findmypast for the first time.

The subscription site has uploaded a digitised copy of Ralph Bigland's monumental inscriptions collection Historical, Monumental and Genealogical Collections Relative to the County of Gloucester, as well as six volumes of Rev Frederick Brown's Abstracts of Somerset Wills, featuring probate records from the 16th-18th centuries.

Both publications, presented as individual PDF pages, have been fully indexed and are searchable by details including name and parish.

Other additions to Findmypast over the past week include more than 63,000 entries to the Hue and Cry Police Index, plus 400 new records to the Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth Index.

 

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