TheGenealogist.co.uk adds war memorials

By Jon Bauckham, 28 February 2013 - 12:31am

The family history website’s latest release enables researchers to gather information about thousands of war memorials with ease
 

Thursday 28 February 2013
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A search for 50-year-old Thomas Ambrose provides images of a memorial in the Suffolk village of Sudbury, where Ambrose and four others were killed during a German zeppelin raid in 1916

Family historians can now discover whether any of their forebears are recorded on war memorials across the world following the launch of a new online database.

Announced at Who Do You Think You Are? Live last weekend (22-24 February), the new facility at TheGenealogist.co.uk comprises over 100,000 individual records, providing valuable details about civilians and soldiers killed during conflicts ranging from the Boer War to more recent clashes in Northern Ireland.

As well as incorporating Google’s StreetView technology, which enables researchers to view the precise location of the memorial, each result can also be ‘clicked through’ to display a close-up photograph of the inscription itself.

In addition, search listings are connected to the Imperial War Museum’s vast War Memorial Archive, providing a full history of the monument, including details about when it was built and who paid for the construction.

“This is the first time that a fully searchable database of war memorials, complete with images, has been made available online,” explains Nigel Bayley, Managing Director at TheGenealogist.co.uk.

“With regular reports of plaques being stolen, it’s never been more important to ensure that these monuments are properly recorded and made widely accessible.”

 
 
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