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Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Wednesday, 07 May 2008
FamilySearch has announced an exciting project that will make millions of historical British military records easily accessible on the Internet—a boon for those with British ancestry.

This is a three-year project utilizing the combined efforts of the U.K. family history Web site findmypast.com, The National Archives of the United Kingdom, and FamilySearch. The trio will work together to digitize and index nine million images from the War Office’s Royal Hospital Chelsea Soldiers’ Service documents dating from 1760 and Militia Attestation Papers documents from 1870 through 1913.

These are very rich documents. Many of the 20th-century records of merchant seamen include portraits, personal details, and summaries of the voyages. They also include people of many nationalities and women’s service records. Many of the War Office’s Royal Hospital Chelsea Solders’ Service documents include information about service history, physical appearance, personal conduct, previous occupations, family details, and sometimes even a reason for discharge.

 

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