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If I ever get to visit The National Archives

I’m starting a list of documents I need to consult when I get time to visit The National Archives:

In 1677 the Admiralty introduced examinations for prospective lieutenants to test whether individuals had the necessary experience and skills. They were awarded a certificate if they passed. These certificates, which can provide information about a man’s service prior to the exam, usually recorded the age, date and place of birth of the officer as well as the names of the ships he had served on – Alfred Young

Royal Navy lieutenants’ passing certificates 1691-1902 / by Bruno Pappalardo

Be part of The Nation’s Family Album

Be part of The Nation’s Family Album. Your family photos could be in a special display at the National Portrait Gallery in 2023.

Be part of The Nation’s Family Album

The National Portrait Gallery in London holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, and you could be a part of it. To launch our partnership, we’re creating a special display at the gallery in 2023 called The Nation’s Family Album. Submit your favourite family photo for your chance to feature in the display, we want to include as many as possible.

Submit images that represent what family means to you, thinking about the themes of belongingconnectionlegacy and identity.

It could be your great-grandfather’s military portrait, your family celebrating an important occasion, or even a picture you’ve painted of your aunt. Make sure you include the story behind the image, as we want to know why it’s so special.

Start searching through your camera roll, old albums or even the attic and together we can create The Nation’s Family Album.

You can upload a maximum of three images and entries must be submitted by 30th June 2022. You can enter your images here.

{New} England & Wales Electoral Registers 1920-1932

In partnership with the British Library, Find My Past have recently added over 16 million names to the England & Wales Electoral Registers collection. Voting lists are compiled annually of people who are eligible to vote and include their reason for eligibility, such as their residence or ownership of a property. You’re likely to find your ancestor featured more than once.

Electoral Registers can reveal fascinating facts for your family tree including:

  • Your relatives’ names and addresses
  • Their occupations or ages (sometimes)
  • The year of the register
  • Nature of qualification or a description of the property
  • The name, description and residence of the landlord or other person to whom rent is paid
  • The polling district or place and constituency your ancestors were registered

This invaluable record set includes those first entitled to vote after 1918 and is an excellent substitute for the lost 1931 England & Wales Census.

Free access to UK records on Ancestry

I haven’t had time to do any research for a while now but I was excited to receive an email from Ancestry that I thought was worth sharing.

Are you from a long line of adventurers? Perhaps a recently discovered cousin is from a long line of minor royals? Now is the time to find out with FREE access to all UK and Ireland records.

Access to the records in the featured collections are free until 29 August 2016 at 23:59 BST. To view the records you will need to register for free with with your name and email address.

Happy searching!

Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2016

I thought this might be of interest. Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 12pm on Friday, January 22nd to 12pm on Monday, January 25th (GMT), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection

The largest online collection of England & Wales Electoral registers, containing over 220 million names

Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century

The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538

Historical newspapers from across the world, including nearly 13 million British newspaper dating all the way back to 1710

The most comprehensive collection of UK military records anywhere online

The largest collection of Irish family history records available online

Passenger lists for ships sailing to and from Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and the USA

An easy to use online family tree builder, which allows you to import and export your tree if you’ve built it elsewhere

Our Family Tree hints feature, which will suggest potential matches between the ancestors in your tree and records from our archives  

Family historians will also have free access to the millions of other records available to search on Findmypast. Access to the 1939 Register has not been included and pay as you go credits will be required in order to unlock household records.

You can find out more at Findmypast’s dedicated Free Weekend page.

Napoleonic Prisoner of War records

Today I’m sharing a press release from Findmypast which might be useful. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Findmypast has released thousands of fascinating new Napoleonic Prisoner of War records in partnership with The National Archives.

Prisoners of War 1715-1945 Phase 2 – Napoleonic Wars

Comprising over 71,000 entries, the new Napoleonic Prisoner of War records have been released in partnership with The National Archives. The release marks the second phase of a landmark project to make 250 years of British Foreign Office, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force papers relating to the internment of allied and foreign Prisoners of War available to search online. These records form part of the wider Prisoners of War 1715-1945 collection and contain not only the details of members of the armed forces, but also of captured civilians and merchant seamen of various nationalities.

The new Napoleonic additions record the details of Danish, French, Prussian and American prisoners captured by British Forces during the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812. They list the prisoner’s name, nationality, rank, service number and the conflict in which they were captured. They can also reveal exactly when and where they were captured, where they were held, and many include full physical descriptions detailing hair colour, eye colour, build, complexion and any distinguishable marks. Records were also kept of the provisions and the supplies received by POWs such as blankets, clothing, and beds etc. providing incredible insights into the experiences of a Napoleonic prisoner of war.

Each record includes a transcript and an image of the original handwritten document. The amount of information in each record can vary depending on the type of document and the amount of detail recorded at the time of the event.