November family history records roundup: Ancestry adds Second World War artillery cards

By Rosemary Collins, 6 November 2019 - 2:37pm

Plus: Findmypast adds Norfolk and Westmorland parish records; Forces War Records adds military conduct awards

Second World War artillery record Ancestry
The Royal Artillery Tracer cards were used to track each artilleryman's movements

Tracing your family history has become easier than ever as more and more records are being released online.

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This month, Ancestry releases a new collection of Second World War records, Findmypast publishes over a million Norfolk parish records and Forces War Records adds military medal records.

 

Ancestry

What's been added?

Ancestry has added a new collection of 177,750 Second World War Royal Artillery Tracer Cards.

What can the records tell you?

Over one million men served in the Royal Artillery during the Second World War. The tracer cards were created to keep track of their movements when they transferred between units. The records include each soldier’s date of enlistment, date of discharge, their service number and the unit or units they served in. The new collection covers artillerymen whose surnames begin with A to P. The rest of the alphabetical records will be added at a later date.

Where do they come from?

The records are held in the Royal Artillery Museum in Larkhill, Wiltshire. Ancestry is adding them as part of plans to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of the Second World War.

 

Findmypast

What's been added?

Findmypast has added over 1.4 million records to its Norfolk parish registers collection. The records date from 1464 to 1993 and cover 500 new parishes. They bring the total number of Norfolk baptism, marriage and burial records at Findmypast to 6.2 million. The record set includes both transcriptions and digital images of the original records.

In addition, the website has added 39,000 baptisms, 22,000 marriages and 9,000 burials for the historic county of Westmorland in north-west England, and an index of 164,000 Scottish wills and testaments (1481-1807).

What can the records tell you?

Parish records include baptisms, marriages and burials and can tell you the dates and places your ancestors were born, married and died, as well as the names of their parents and spouses. The wills index includes the date and place where the will was proved.

Where do they come from?

The Norfolk records are taken from original parish registers held in Norfolk Record Office. The Westmorland collection is taken from parish register transcripts created by the College of Arms.

 

Forces War Records

What's been added? 

Forces War Records has added a new collection of Long Service & Good Conduct Awards 1831-1979, offering an additional resource for locating ancestors who served for long periods in the army. The records list over 500,000 records for the recipients of the Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal (1830-1930) and its later incarnation, the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military). It also includes recipients of the medal known as the Volunteer Force Long Service Medal (1894-1907), the Territorial Force Efficiency Medal (1908-1921), the Territorial Efficiency Medal (1921-1930) and the Efficiency Medal (Territorial).

What can the records tell you? 

The records include the recipient’s service number, rank and unit and the year they received the medal.

 

Other records

French family history website Filae is now available in a new English-language version. The website holds over 150 million records, including church and civil collections, censuses, passenger lists and military records.

FamilySearch has added a new collection of 376,993 transcribed Bedfordshire parish records (1538-1983).

An additional two years of Irish civil registration records are now publicly available and have been indexed on Irish Genealogy. The website now holds births from 1864 to 1918, marriages from 1864 to 1943, and deaths from 1878 to 1968. The marriage index data for 1864 to 1869 has also been updated with additional images.

TheGenealogist has added the maps and tithe maps for north Buckinghamshire to its 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Survey collection.

The Irish Military Archives has added 1540 new records to its collection of pensions claims from the 1919-21 War of Independence and 1922-23 Civil War.

In the USA, Reclaim the Records has published the New York City Geographic Birth Index online. The collection consists of an index to all births in New York City from roughly 1880-1912. Unusually, the records are arranged by the street address.

 

 

 

 

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