This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of new UK burial and military records as well as substantial updates to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers.
Two sets of WW1 Military Tribunal records have just been released to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the introduction of conscription in Britain on March 2nd 1916. Also available to search this week are Monumental Inscriptions from the English county of Middlesex and a Nationalistic Irish Newspaper that was banned by the British Government.
Over 1.5 million new articles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspapers including one brand new title, the United Irishman. The United Irishman was a staunchly nationalist title that ran weekly in 1848 until it’s suppression under the Treason Felony Act. Substantial updates have been made to 8 existing titles including the Dublin Daily Express with 1.4 million new articles, Dublin Daily Nation with over 124,000 new articles and The Ulsterman with almost 28,000 new articles.
Middlesex, Poplar Military Tribunals 1916-1918 contains the records of over 3,000 men who appealed their conscription into the British Army at military tribunal hearings in Poplar, East London, at the height of the First World War.
The Military Service Act came into force on 2 March 1916 and required all men between the ages of 18 and 41 who were single, childless and/or widowers could be conscripted into military service. Individuals had the opportunity to apply for an exemption from military service. A person could appeal on the grounds of ill health, serious economic hardship, or conscientious objection to the war, or if their education or employment was of national importance. In the later cases, the individual’s employer could appeal for exemption on their employee’s behalf. Each record consists of a transcript and image of the original document. Transcripts will reveal your ancestors name, occupation, age, the date of their application and hearing as well as their employers name, business and address.
Northamptonshire Military Tribunals 1916-1918 consists of over 12,000 indexed military tribunal case records. Each records consist of a transcript of the original case files which will provide information on the box number the case file is kept in at the Northamptonshire Archives. Transcripts will also reveal your ancestors appeal number, name, age, residence, occupation, reason for the appeal, outcome, date of the decision and additional information on the final decision. People using this index are welcome to visit Northamptonshire Archives to look through the case files themselves, or else can order copies of the documents to be made for them.
The original case files are packed with poignant stories. There are examples of mothers writing to the tribunal begging them not to take their last sons away to fight, of villages pleading for the last baker in the village not to be taken away, and even of sisters writing to the tribunals begging them to take their brothers away into the army because it will do them well. All these examples show the tensions the war created amongst communities and families, and the index created is a huge step forward in unlocking these personal stories.
Delve through over 20,000 transcripts of monumental inscriptions from nine burial sites across Middlesex to discover your ancestor’s birth year, death year, and place of burial. The collection was provided by West Middlesex Family History Society. The records cover the years from 1485 to 2014 and include transcripts for each entry. While the amount of available information will vary from transcript to transcript, most will include a combination of your ancestors name, birth year, death year, dedication, place, monument type and inscription.
Inscriptions may include the names of others buried in that plot as well as more specific details regarding age and birth and death dates. This can be incredibly helpful as it can provide you with the names and dates of your ancestor’s next of kin, including their relation to one another.
Links you to a PDF document that includes histories, images, and burial ground plans for the churches represented in this collection are also included.
Don’t forget to regularly check our dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with all the latest additions.
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