Findmypast announces free weekend 6-9 March 2015

Findmypast announces they will be giving free access to all their historical records this weekend. That means that between midday on Friday, March 6th and midday on Monday, March 9th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to their comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

·         Over 900 million census records from across the UK, USA and Ireland
·         Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA
·         Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century, and the largest online collection of UK parish records
·         The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online
·         The largest collection of Irish family history records available online
·         Historical newspapers from across the world, including more than 10 million British newspaper pages from as long ago as 1710
·         An easy to use online family tree builder which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere
·         Our automatic Hints feature, which automatically searches our records for you and suggests potential matches to the people you add to your family tree

As well as millions of other records that will give everyone the opportunity to explore their family history and bring their past to life.

Extended access for existing users

It’s not only new users who will be able to take their family history research further this weekend. Those with current Findmypast Local subscriptions (with an active Britain, Ireland, US & Canada or Australia & New Zealand subscription) will be able to access Findmypast’s historical World records during the free access weekend, and those with active World subscriptions will have an additional three days added on to their subscription.

Find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

Soldiers’ Effects Records now online

Earlier today I received an email from lost cousins about First World War Soldiers’ Effects records now online. Years ago I contacted the National Army Museum about thee records  as I wanted to see if they had any record of my great uncle Alfred Mansel Young. They did, but I subsequently lost the information.

Anyway, last night I searched on Ancestry which is where the records are now available and was able to re-discover the record.

Soldiers' Effects Records

I am so happy to have a copy of this record. I don’t understand much of it but it does show that the money was paid to his father Mansel Young. I find this interesting as at the time of his enlistment he was living in South Wales and I’m not sure why.

The Soldiers’ Effects Records, 1901-60, relating to monies owed to soldiers who were killed in action are held by the National Army Museum (NAM Accession Number: 1991-02-333; Record Number Ranges: 317501-319000; Reference: 164). You can access them via Ancestry and search them here.

Baptism record from Portsmouth New Chapel, Green Row, Portsmouth

William Benger was present at the baptism of his first son Thomas Benger at Portsmouth New Chapel in Green Row, Portsmouth. Thomas was born 16th April 1837, baptised 1st May 1837 by Robert Sherwell.

Portsmouth New Chapel in Green Row, Portsmouth

I’m not sure where the Portsmouth New Chapel in Green Row, Portsmouth actually was so I shall have to do some detective work about this place.

Tithe Records Benjamin Hacker

One more record from The Genealogist relates to my great great grandfather Benjamin Hacker (1805-1890).

tithe record

This is an extract from Tithe Records for Plot 280 in Broad Hinton, Wiltshire, dated 21st April 1845.

The Landowner is William Browne Ruddle Esquire and the Occupier John Drunford & Benjamin Hacker.

Reference IR 29/38/46

 

1915 Swindon Voters list

I found this interesting record thanks to my free trial on The Genealogist website. I have very few records post the 1911 census so was excited to see Alfred Benjamin Hacker listed as the resident of 1 Whiteman’s Street, Swindon in the 1915 Swindon Voters list.

street directory

Although he died in 1935 his wife Elizabeth Hacker lived in the house until the late 1950s when she moved to a council house in Portal Road with one of her daughters and her family.

The Times Daily Casualty List

As I mentioned the other day I signed up for a free trial with The Genealogist and already I have found a new record! My great uncle is mentioned in the Daily Casualty List published in The Times, 4th September 1916.

Daily Casualty List