Category Archives: British Isles

Latest batch of British WWI unit diaries now online

The National Archives announced a couple of days ago that it has made a third batch of WWI unit war diaries from France and Flanders available online through its First World War 100 portal. The unit war diaries provide accounts … Continue reading

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British Pathé releases 85,000 vintage films on YouTube

British Pathé announced yesterday that it has uploaded its entire newsreel collection of 85,000 vintage news reports and cinemagazines to its YouTube channel. More than 3,000 hours of footage are searchable and viewable online. To make searching easier, the archive … Continue reading

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Tartan Day — Resources about the Scottish in Quebec

Happy Tartan Day! Today we celebrate our Scottish heritage in Canada where almost five million people claim Scottish ancestry. With this post, I will attempt to generate the same level of enthusiasm that Online resources about the Irish in Quebec did on … Continue reading

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Britain to turn off lights to mark WWI centenary

On August 4, every household in Britain will be asked to turn off their lights at 11:00 p.m. to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War. People are being asked to replace their lights with one single light to … Continue reading

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TV series Outlander to air this summer

Warning: Some readers may scream with delight when they read the following post… even though it has little to do with genealogy. Good news for fans of Diana Galbaldon’s books. The TV series, Outlander, that takes place in the Scottish … Continue reading

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National Archives releases second set of WWI unit war diaries

Today The National Archives announced it has published the second batch of 3,987 digitized WWI unit war diaries from France and Flanders. They said that the “collection now covers all of the cavalry divisions and the first 33 infantry divisions deployed … Continue reading

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FFHS produces WWI leaflet

Thanks to the British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS), I learned that the Federation of Family History Societies (FFHS) “has recently published the 2014 version of Our really useful information leaflet which, as this year is the centennial of the start of … Continue reading

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