One site I always make sure to return to is the UK National Archives site. This time, I’m returning to check out the third batch of 724 WWI war diaries from France and Flanders available at their First World War 100 portal.
WWI war diaries from the front.
It’s on this site I’ve found some of the oldest and most intriguing finds of my genealogy research, including the fifteenth century wills of Ann Stone, Hannah Stone and Robert Stone of Wyke Regis, Dorset. These are not just the transcriptions we’ve become used to finding, but are high quality scans of the original wills. Luckily, I’ve had some experience transcribing ‘ye olde Englishe’, so I was able to transcribe them for this site.
The war diaries recently made available provide a glimpse into the daily lives and circumstances of those who took part in the hostilities, especially at the front.
Some highlights from the war diaries now available are:
a sports day programme dated 31 October 1917, which notes pillow fighting, wheelbarrow races and wrestling on mules (WO 95/2524/3),
two photos giving a ‘how to’ and ‘how not to’ guide to laying trench boards (WO 95/2670/1),
three photos of battalion officers from 7th Battalion Black Watch Fife (one of these photos is shown above) (WO 95/2879/5), and
sketch of a ‘snapshot’ view from the front (which notes ‘dead animals’ and even a ‘dead Frenchman’) (WO 95/2970/3).
Are you interested in playing a role in digitizing, tagging, and capturing data from WWI war diaries?
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Ancestry.com announces expansion of their collaboration with FamilySearch.org, making over 1 billion records from over 67 countries available.
The following is taken verbatim from a press release from Ancestry.com. On the surface, I was glad to see the records being available for access increasing. However, I read the post on genealogysstar.com describing the author’s point of view, which made me stop to think. It was stated that these new additions were resembling an ‘aggravator’ site, and after thinking about it, I tend to agree.
Ancestry.com announced today an extension of their collaborative efforts with FamilySearch International that will make more than 1 billion additional records from 67 countries available on Ancestry.com.
These already digitized records, provided by FamilySearch, are in addition to the agreement the two largest providers of family history resources announced a few months ago that will help digitize, index and publish an expected 1 billion global historical records never before published online from the FamilySearch vault over the next five years.
These additional records, which are already digitized collections, represent a significant expansion to Ancestry.com, which hosts the largest collection of global records available online. The records also add to the aggressive international digitization efforts already in place by Ancestry.com.
As stated previously by the company, Ancestry.com has a long-term content strategy, which is committed to investing $100 million to digitize and index new content over the next five years. The company is focused on providing access to a global collection of records and expand family history interest in its current markets and worldwide.
The additional collections include more than 1 billion digitized and indexed records and over 200 million images containing birth, marriage, death, census and church records from Europe, Latin America, South Africa, South America, Asia and more. These collections will provide Ancestry.com customers with rich details that will help them discover new information about their ancestors from around the world.
“We are excited to be expanding our exclusive, groundbreaking agreement with FamilySearch. In addition to the previously announced plan to together digitize 1 billion records never before published online, we’re thrilled to be able to provide our members with access to this additional 1 billion records from 67 countries,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry.com. “These new global records will mean even more discoveries for our members.”
A focus on adding global content isn’t new to Ancestry.com, who has offices around the world and 12 billion global records already on the website. The site currently hosts record collections dating back to the 1300’s that include records around the census, immigration and naturalizations and military, just to name a few. In fact, hundreds of millions of records from Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Eastern Europe have been added in recent years to the billions of records from the company’s primary operating markets and record digitization projects are underway for collections from many more countries.
These 1 billion additional records are expected to be available on Ancestry.com starting in January and fully published over the next few months. To search records from around the world currently available on Ancestry.com visit www.ancestry.com.