Friday, 3 April 2015

FindmyPast adds English and Welsh school registers and log books

New additions to FindmyPast (

National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914
New records from 22 archives and over 1,850 schools from around England and Wales have been added to the National School Admission Registers & Log-Books 1870-1914 project. The collection was originally launched in September 2014 and now a further 2 million records covering 14 new counties are now available to search. This project was facilitated by the ARA and The National Archives under the National Digitisation Consortium banner and brings together over 100 archives and schools in the largest collaborative digitisation project that there has ever been. A third and final release of school records will take place in September 2015.

The records comprise fully searchable scanned colour images of the original handwritten admission registers and log-books from the archives. Details contained within the log-books from the period leading up to World War One include attendance records, reasons for absence, visitors to the school and the daily activities of school life. The admission registers provide many useful details for family historians, including dates of birth, names of parents and addresses.

Australian Records
The Dubbo Old Cemetery Headstone Index 1863-1934 contains over 4,000 records transcribed by members of the Dubbo & District Family History Society. Dubbo cemetery opened in 1863. Dubbo was proclaimed a village in 1849, a town in 1872 and officially became a City in 1966. Each record contains a transcript of the original records.

New South Wales, Newcastle, Lost Cemeteries 1842-1902 contains over 7000 records. The historic mining township of Newcastle has a number of burial grounds from the nineteenth century that have since been converted into open parks or building sites. The records contain the burial records of five of the ‘lost’ cemeteries in the Newcastle region spanning the period from 1842 to 1902. Further details of all five cemeteries are recorded in publications by Newcastle Family History Society Inc. Each record includes a transcript of an individual burial.

Military Records
Brand new higher quality images have been added to volumes 1, 3 and 5 of De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour. A new and improved search has also been added and it is now possible to search by soldier number, regiment, year of birth and year of death rather than by name only.

Consisting of over 11,000 records, the South Africa Roll of Honour 1914-1918 contains the details of South African Soldiers killed in the African, Asian and European theatres of the First World War. The Union of South Africa was tied closely to the British Empire, and automatically joined with Great Britain and the allies against the German Empire. South Africa was part of significant military operations against Germany and more than 20,000 South African soldiers fought against the Germans in South West Africa. Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original document.

Containing over 58,000 records, Britain School & University Memorial Rolls 1914-1918 consist of records of service from the University of Aberdeen, the University of London, Eton, Oxford, Manchester University, the University of Durham, the University of Edinburgh and St Andrews. Memorial lists were created as a way to remember and honour the dead. If your ancestor attended more than one school or college, you may find multiple entries. Each record includes a transcript of information found in the original sources.

United States Army Enlistments, 1798-1914
Containing over 1.3 million records, United States Army Enlistments, 1798-1914, consists of enlistment registers for the U.S. Army. The records refer mainly to career soldiers but also include registers for other organisations including the Indian Scouts, 1878-1914, Philippine Scouts, 1901-1913, Hospital Stewards, 1854-1889 and Record of Prisoners, 1872-1901.

Each entry includes a transcript and an image of the original register. The amount of information included in each may vary but many will include the soldiers name, rank, regiment, company commander, regimental commander, height, weight, colour of eyes, hair, complexion, age, occupation, county or state of birth, date and place of enlistment and any miscellaneous remarks.

(Thanks to Alex Cox)


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