Genealogy news round-up: Ancestry updates Gloucestershire collection

By Guest, 17 December 2015 - 6:02pm

Plus: WW2 database reaches half a million milestone; Findmypast releases Portsmouth and Plymouth records; Battle of Britain museum receives £1 million funding

Bibury cottages

Weavers' cottages in the Gloucestershire village of Bibury (Photo: Getty Images)

Thousands of new Gloucestershire parish records have been made available to explore on Ancestry. Released in partnership with Gloucestershire Archives, the fully searchable documents provide details of baptisms, marriages, banns and burials dating back to 1538. Each entry is accompanied by a scan of the original register page, enabling users to download and save the image to their computer. To search the newly updated collection, click here (requires subscription).
 

WW2 database reaches half a million milestone

An online database of Second World War casualty records has now expanded to include more than half a million entries. Forces War Records has transcribed and uploaded a new tranche of material from WO 417 at The National Archives, providing the names of British Army personnel listed as a ‘casualty’ on each day of the conflict. This means that they were either killed, wounded, went missing or taken prisoner of war. Find out more here.
 

Findmypast releases Portsmouth and Plymouth records

Electoral rolls for six Portsmouth parishes have been published on Findmypast for the first time. Covering the parishes of All Saints, St George, St John, St Mary, St Paul and St Thomas, the collection provides details of registered voters between 1835 and 1873, with the exceptions of 1836, 1837, 1866, 1870 and 1871. Despite the gaps, more than 198,000 transcriptions are included in the tranche. Findmypast has also recently released the Plymouth Plague Rate, containing the names of more than 600 residents in the Devon port city between 1627-29.
 

Battle of Britain museum receives £1 million funding

UK Chancellor George Osborne has announced that £1 million in fines levied from the Libor banking scandal are to be awarded to Bentley Priory Museum in West London. Based within a Grade-II listed house in Stanmore (formerly the headquarters of Fighter Command), the museum tells the story of the Battle of Britain and explores how victory was won through courage, skilled leadership and technology. The funding will be allocated to educational activities and events. Read the full story here.
 

Irish revolutionary documents to be digitised

The Irish Government has announced that it is going to continue funding the digitisation of records relating to the Easter Rising, the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Earlier this month, the Irish Military Archives released 2,839 files covering 882 veterans of the conflicts, including the father of Irish President Michael D Higgins. The project will be complete by 2023 – 100 years since the end of the Irish revolutionary period. Read the full story here.  

Words: Jon Bauckham and Stephanie Brown

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