Genealogy news round-up: Cornish archive resource hits the web

By Jon Bauckham, 3 December 2015 - 7:15pm

Plus: Certificate consultation process set to begin; TheGenealogist adds Australian passenger lists; Thames Watermen records revealed online; Railway restoration project seeks stories

More than 31,000 Cornish photographs, films and audio clips can now be accessed online

A free archive of materials relating to the history of Cornwall has been made available online. Made possible thanks to a £225,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the new Cornish Memory website provides digital access to a wealth of photographs, films and audio recordings from the county dating back to the mid-19th century. More than 31,000 items are currently available to explore, but the project curators hope to expand the collection over the coming months. Click here to search the site now.
 

Certificate consultation process set to begin

Genealogists are being asked to have their say on plans to make English and Welsh civil registration certificates available online. As LostCousins founder Peter Calver reports, the General Register Office (GRO) has invited a number of researchers to two public consultations, which will be held in Southport (18 December) and London (21 December). The developments come 10 months after the House of Lords passed an amendment to the Deregulation Bill, enabling the GRO to provide birth, marriage and death information in alternative formats to hard copy certificates, which currently cost £9.25 each.
 

TheGenealogist adds Australian passenger lists

Details of passengers who sailed to New South Wales during the 19th century have been made available to search on TheGenealogist. Comprising more than 190,000 records, the website’s latest release includes transcripts of British and Irish passenger lists, each showing the names of people who arrived in New South Wales between 1828 and 1896. Click here for the full story.
 

Thames Watermen records revealed online

Records of thousands of Thames Watermen and Lightermen have been made available to search on Findmypast. Launched last week as part of the website’s ongoing ‘Findmypast Friday’ campaign, the records are split into five separate datasets, together offering details of men who worked on the river between 1628 and 1921. Although the level of information will vary depending on the year and collection, the records can provide an individual's age, place of birth and the date on which they began their employment. Find out more here.
 

Railway restoration project seeks stories

A project to bring an historic steam locomotive back to its former glory is appealing to the public for help. Built in 1941, the Merchant Navy class train Canadian Pacific carried evacuees, soldiers, emigrants and holidaymakers before ending its working life in 1965. Once restoration work is complete, the engine and its two wooden carriages will run on the ‘Watercress Line’ between Alresford and Alton – a distance of 10 miles. However, the Mid Hants Railway is looking to hear from people who may have memories or photographs of the Canadian Pacific, whether former passengers or trainspotters. Find out more here.
 

National Army Museum recognised for volunteer efforts

The National Army Museum (NAM) has received a major accolade for its work with volunteers. The museum, which was founded in 1960, was last month named as a recipient of the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard award – the only award of its kind available to UK organisations involving volunteers. NAM received particular praise for the way it has engaged volunteers during the ongoing Building for the Future project, which will see the museum’s flagship London site transformed into a new £23.5 million facility by the end of 2016.

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