I was recently sent a code to unlock a household record for free from the newly released 1939 Register at Find My Past. I would love to explore the 1939 Register but the cost of accessing the records has put me off. I understand that people invest a lot of money in digitising records and need to make money but I just don’t have any spare money for accessing these kinds of records at the moment.
Anyway, thanks to my free credit I was able to access one record. But which record to choose? I opted for my paternal grandparents as 1939 was the year before my father, their only child, was born. I knew they moved to Swindon at some point around this time so was interested to see where they were living.
I searched for my paternal grandmother – Viola M Young. Her first name is quite unusual so she was easy to find and according to the site was living with her husband – Henry H Young in Southampton. I used my code to see the relevant page of the 1939 Register.
They were living at 170 The Broadway, Portswood Road, Southampton. As well as their dates of birth, the fact they were married, the 1939 Register gives their occupations. My paternal grandfather was Manager, Wine, Spirit and Beer Retailer. This record has been transcribed as Retired, but I think it says Retailer so have submitted a request to amend their record.
My grandmother has her occupation listed as Unpaid domestic duties.
It was really interesting to find this record but I don’t think it was worth the money that Find My Past are currently charging to access the records. Hopefully they will become cheaper and I will be able to use it soon.
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.
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.
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.
I recently read that The Genealogist has released some new records from the First World War. This new release contains over 800,000 records. Included are 575,000 Killed in Action records, over 226,000 unique Missing-in-Action records and 14,000 Status Updates.
My great-uncle Alfred Mansel Young was killed in action in 1916 so I was interested to see if I could find out any more information about his death.
Unfortunately The Genealogist is a subscription site and although it looks like they might have some interesting records I can’t afford a subscription. However, they offer a 2 week free trial here so it looks like I shall be signing up later tonight to take a closer look!
Tonight I spent some time uploading information to the Lives of the First World War site about my great uncle Alfred Mansel Young (you can see his life story page here). As you all know, this weekend is Remembrance Sunday which seemed like the perfect time to encourage you to use the site too.
The site is really easy to use:
Go to livesofthefirstworldwar.org
Who will you remember? – type in a surname (and service number, if known)
Find your connection in millions of Life Stories already started by IWM
Create a free account and press the ‘Remember’ button on the Life Story page – so everyone can see who you are Remembering
Use email, Facebook and Twitter to Share the link to the Life Story page with your family and friends.
Use #remember and #LivesOfWW1 to join the community remembering together on Twitter.
Who will you remember? Your First World War connection could be a relative who served, someone who shares your surname or a person listed on your local war memorial.
Upload your story to ensure that these Life Stories are remembered now and saved for future generations on Lives of the First World War.
The wedding of George Duncan and Ada Selina Harriet Young happened on 11th May 1878 at the Register Office in Portsea Island.
George Duncan was aged 35 and a Surgeon
Ada Selina Harriet Young was aged 25
He was living at West Street, Fareham at the time of the wedding
She was living at Green Road, Portsea
His father was James Duncan, a Gentleman
Her father was Alfred Young (deceased) a Commander Royal Navy
The wedding was witnessed by (? illegible) Cleverly and J.W. Brough