Genealogy news round-up: The National Archives releases naval rating records

By Guest, 28 July 2015 - 3:01pm

Naval service ratings

Ratings of the Royal Navy relax on board the HMS Curacoa in March 1937 (Photo: Getty Images)

The National Archives has released two sets of historic naval service records on the web. Digitised from material held in series ADM 362 and ADM 363, the documents provide information about the careers of naval ratings who enlisted in the Royal Navy before 1923 and served after 1924. The index is free to search via The National Archives’ Discovery service, with scans of the original documents available to download for £3.30 each. Find out more here.
 

Australian convict records added to Findmypast

Findmypast has released over 113,000 Australian convict records from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the Island of St Helena. The material was uploaded on Friday (24 July) as part of the site’s ongoing ‘Findmypast Friday’ campaign, along with a list of over 3,000 British Army Officers receiving half-pay in 1714 and an Irish Army census created during the 1922 Irish Civil War. Find out more here.
 

Associated Press to upload footage to YouTube

Associated Press, together with British Movietone, is to upload more than a million minutes of digitised film footage to YouTube. Spanning 1895 through to the present day, it will be the largest release of historical news content on the video-sharing platform to date. Read the full story here.
 

Durham Records Online expands online collections

Throughout July, Durham Records Online has been updating its archives with the release of thousands of burial and baptism records from across north-east and north-west England. The newly available records include 7,955 burials from St Oswald’s Church in Durham from 1537 to the end of 1749, which join up with records from 1750-1868 that are already available on the site. For full details of the updates, click here.
 

Historic photo exhibition opens in Birmingham

Historic England has opened a new exhibition showcasing highlights from its extensive photographic archives. On display at the Library of Birmingham until 21 September 2015, the exhibition reveals how the country has changed over the past 150 years, including shots of St Paul’s Cathedral taken between 1855-1859, and a photograph showing the re-erection of Stonehenge in 1920. For more information, click here.

Words: Rosanna Quigley

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