Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Documents Online

Documents Online now available to library users ...

The Genealogical Society of Victoria's latest major acquisition is free downloads from The National Archives (UK) Documents online service. Documents Online allows you online access to The National Archives (UK) collection of digitised public records, including both academic and family history sources.

Normally most of these records cost £3.50 per document, however, the Genealogical Society of Victoria now has available to members (and others for a day member fee) this great resource. Normal costs for printouts apply, but you can download to your USB drive/memory stick, etc.

This complements the free access (within the Genealogical Society of Victoria) to other online resources such as Ancestry, Findmypast , the Origins network and Burke's Peerage and Gentry Online.

The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. They give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives. There are over 270 million records available online Including the following of interest to family historians on Documents Online:

WW1 Campaign Medals

WW2 Seamen's Medals

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills 1300-1858

Death Duty Registers: country court' registers between 1796 and 1811

Victorian Prisoners Photograph Albums

Registers of Seamen's Services

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC)

French Muster Rolls

Royal Naval Division

Victoria Cross Registers

Recommendations for Honours and Awards (Army)

Poor Law Union Correspondence

Aliens Registration Cards

Domesday Book

Combat Reports, Second World War

WW1 Airwomen's Records

Royal Naval seamen's Wills 1786 and 1882

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve: Records of Service, WW1

WW1 Women's Royal Naval Service

RN Officer's Service Records

War Diaries

Royal Marines Register of Service

Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Movement Cards

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Early Irish Maps from State Papers c1558 - c1610

RAF officers' service records 1918 - 1919