Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk and The National Archives have today announced a joint project to digitise hundreds of thousands of service records of First World War Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Air Force (RAF) airmen. The contract to digitise this record set, known as AIR 79, was awarded to findmypast.co.uk by The National Archives following a competitive tender process. It is estimated that, once digitised, the collection will comprise 360,000 transcripts and 800,000 scanned full-colour images dating back to 1912. The handwritten records begin with the creation of the Royal Flying Corps in 1912 and continue into the inter-war period. They provide insight into the lives of the extraordinary RFC and RAF airmen who served during the First World War, including details of medals awarded, discharge dates, promotions and information on the airmen’s families. For the first time these records will be made available and fully searchable … Continue reading
For quite some time, I’ve been wanting to add images to the website and wondered if there are photographers / artists / artisans who would be interested in sharing their images of Wales in exchange for a link back to their site and full photo credit? As Ancestral Wales itself is a not for profit site, I’d like to feature some local artists /photographers in the hope of promoting local work. I’m not sure if this is a feasible request or not – I will give full credit, but the image must be your own. I would be willing to have copyright protected images. Please contact me at email@example.com if you are interested in promoting your artistic works through Ancestral Wales. Thanks!
findmypast.co.uk has been busy adding many new and fascinating records lately, from Boer War records to our Criminal Ancestors. (I’ve been dying to find black sheep, but no luck yet!!) The latest collection records reveal 400 Years Of Westminster’s History. Here’s what they have to say about this first phase of the records: “Leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has today published online for the first time parish records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. The Westminster Collection comprises fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of the parish registers dating back over 400-years. The 3 million records cover the period 1538-1945 and come from over 50 Westminster churches including St Anne, Soho, St Clement Danes, St George Hanover Square, St James Westminster, St Margaret Westminster, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary-le-Strand and St Paul Covent Garden. Some of the fascinating documents now available online detail the wedding of Theodore Roosevelt, … Continue reading