Thursday, 19 December 2013

Tank Corps records 1919-34 & English rate books on FindmyPast

FindmyPast ( has released two new collections.

The first is a collection of 19 million rate book records from England, as follows:
  • Manchester Rate Books, 1706-1900
  • Plymouth & West Devon Rate Books 1598-1933
  • Southwark Rate Books
  • Westminster Rate Books, 1634-1900

There's a bit of blurb on the site's blog at about the collection. The records include:
  • Name of occupier (head of household)
  • Name of owner
  • Description of the property (house or business)
  • Street address/township/parish
  • Rate to be paid (e.g. poor rate, water rate)
  • Amount to paid 
  • Date paid or any default on payment

The second release is Royal Tank Corps Enlistment Records 1919-1934, as sourced from original enlistment ledgers held at The Tank Museum Archive & Reference Library. These include information such as the following:

Service history
  • Date of enlistment
  • Details of previous service, including any First World War service
  • Service number
  • Campaigns fought in
  • Medals awarded
  • Date of discharge and reason for it

Biographical information
  • Name
  • Age
  • Date and place of birth
  • Place of residence
  • Occupation
  • Name and address of next of kin
  • Marriage details
  • Names and dates of birth of any children

There's more on this at, with the collection itself searchable at


My latest book, Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, is now available from (print) and (ebook), whilst Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet is available at

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