Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Forthcoming PRONI talk on war poetry postponed

From PRONI (, news of a postponement to a forthcoming talk:

LUNCHTIME POETRY: War Words: poetry inspired by the First and Second World Wars
When: Monday 30th June, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Where: PRONI

This event will be rescheduled at a later date. Please check the PRONI ‘Talks and Events – What’s On’ page and your weekly edition of the PRONI Express for updates.

PRONI apologises for any inconvenience.

(With thanks to PRONI)


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.


  1. Hi Chris

    There is a very significant development taking place in WW1 military/family history with the digitisation of the entire WW1 medal rolls and the availability of these rolls (firstly by CD-Rom) and then via a new website 'The Naval & Military Archive'. The links are here:

    The second link explains how for a reasonable subscription individuals will be able to go through as many Western Front war diaries as they like, no more individual download charges unless you want to get a copy from the National Archives website. This changes the way they can be used as it makes it feasible to look through multiple war diaries for a small cost. I also emailed Naval and Military Press who confirmed that the other 7 million newly digitised WW1 records on the site (apparently 6.5 million) will be the digitised Medal Rolls meaning that these can also be accessed economically without buying the CD-Rom. The digitisation of the Medal Rolls is a really significant development as sometimes they include detail on names and service details of WW1 soldiers not included in the Medal Index Cards (the MICs are in effect an index to the rolls for each individual). With only around 30 to 40% of WW1 Army service records still in existence the information in the rolls can be vital in working out the details (battalion etc) for those soldiers without service records and linking them to the events described in war diaries/battalion histories.



    1. Thanks Justin - I'll actually put this up as a new post, many thanks - £5 for 24 hours war diary access seems a bargain!