Friday, May 27, 2016

Battle of Jutland Service Records Available to Search This Findmypast Friday, May 28, 2016

Over 38,000 records of Royal Marine and Royal Navy service men who fought at the Battle of Jutland are available to search this Findmypast Friday.

The publication marks the 100th anniversary of the largest naval engagement of the First World War and has been specially put together using various service records held by The National Archives and Naval and Military Press. British Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Battle Of Jutland 1916 Servicemen gathers together the names of those who served with the British Grand Fleet between 31 May and 1 June 1916 to form a single, easily searchable index of Jutland servicemen.

The records contain the names, ranks, service numbers, enrolment dates, dates of birth and birth places of Royal Marines and Royal Navy personnel. Scanned images of original documents also reveal if they were promoted, the names of the ships on which they served and their dates of service. Many will also include a home address, occupation prior to joining the service and a full physical description. Each record consists of a transcript and a scanned image of the original document.

The Battle of Jutland was a collision of the world’s two largest naval powers, fought in Skagerrak, a strait on the North Sea off of the coast of Denmark. It was the largest naval battle of the First World War, with 250 ships and about 100,000 men. Of the total number of ships involved, 25 vessels were sunk: 14 British and 11 German. The battle also resulted is a large loss of life: 6,094 on the side of the British and 2,551 on the side of the Germans died. It was a confusing and bloody battle that resulted in an indecisive victory.

Paul Nixon, military expert at Findmypast, says: “The Battle of Jutland was the defining naval engagement of the First World War – and one which cost the British Navy over 6000 dead sailors. Today, one hundred years on, it is both timely and fitting and that we should be able to re-trace their heroics through Findmypast’s naval records of the First World War.”

Other new additions released this week include:

Over half a million new articles have been added to our Irish Newspaper Collection. The latest updates include 4 brand new titles as well as additional articles in a further 7 existing ones. This brings the entire collection to 119 different national, regional and local Irish newspapers covering 248 years of history from 1708-1956. In all, you can now delve into over 20.9 million fully searchable articles.

Over 5,000 records have been added to our collection of Irish Poverty Relief Fund records. The records come from The National Archives at Kew and relate to the Irish Reproductive Loan Fund. Each record includes an individual transcript and an image of the original record. The majority cover the years 1824-1846 and provide unique information about your ancestors from before and during the Irish Famine. Many of the records are loan application forms, which include the name of the borrower and two names of guarantors, who were often close family members or neighbours. Other details recorded include occupation, notes of health, family circumstances and whether the borrower emigrated.

Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, Bethany Children's Home Indexes contains just under 8,000 records that can help you trace your displaced ancestor who may have ended up in a children’s home due to parents’ deaths or their inability to care for the child.

Each record consists of a transcript and an image of the original index. The images may reveal which parent died, when the parent died, and their religious denomination. There may also be notes about the health and next of kin of the child, as well as information on whether the child was baptised and confirmed. Some entries will also include detailed notes about a child’s disposition and time at the home. Discharge notes can provide you with a wealth of information and direction on where to look for your ancestor next. The notes may include death dates (and cause of death), a relocation address or place, next of kin or new guardian information, or the names of the individuals who adopted your ancestor.

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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