Genealogy news roundup: TheGenealogist adds 1940s passenger lists

By Rosemary Collins, 15 March 2018 - 2:44pm

Plus: New index makes 5.6 million Irish civil records easier to search; Glasgow veterans' hospital register goes online; Immersive suffragette exhibition opens

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The passenger list for the ship City of Benares, which sank in 1940 with evacuee children on board, is now available on TheGenealogist

Passenger lists from ships which embarked from the United Kingdom in the years 1940-1949 are now available on TheGenealogist.

The digitised lists, taken from series BT27 in The National Archives (also available on Ancestry and Findmypast), contain 1.4 million records altogether, bringing TheGenealogist's total Outbound Passengers record collection to 25 million.

They record the passengers leaving the UK during and after the Second World War, including child evacuees seeking safety in Canada and war brides who married overseas servicemen travelling to join them after the war.

 

New index makes 5.6 million Irish civil records easier to search

Millions of Irish civil birth and marriage records are now available for free on Findmypast, making them easier to search.

The website has added transcriptions of over 2.7 million records from the Irish Civil Birth Registers Index and over 2.6 million from the Irish Civil Marriage Index.

Researchers don't have to be Findmypast subscribers to view the records, but they do have to register.

The records are held by the General Register Office (GRO) of Ireland (Oifig An Ard-Chláraitheora), which also made them available for free on its website, IrishGenealogy.

New index makes 5.6 million Irish civil records easier to search

 

Glasgow veterans' hospital register goes online

Hospital records of injured First World War soldiers have been digitised online as the result of a partnership between veterans' care charity Erskine and the University of Glasgow.

The project was announced in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first Erskine Hospital, then called the Princess Louise Hospital for Limbless Sailors and Soldiers.

The university received a grant from the Wellcome Trust to conserve and digitise the hospital's 1916-1936 admissions register.

The register is now available to view, and can be searched by each soldier's name, age, occupation, address, regiment, battalion, regimental number or date of birth.

 

Immersive suffragette exhibition opens

An exhibition and immersive experience recreating the suffragettes' fight for the vote has opened at the London Pavilion in Piccadilly.

'Suffragette City', a collaboration between The National Archives, the National Trust and the Aziz Foundation, opened to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act and features recreations of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) Headquarters, a tea room and a police cell.

Audience members will learn about suffragette Lillian Ball, who was arrested for smashing a window in 1912, and, with the help of actors, take part in activities to bring to life the experiences of those fighting for suffrage.

They can also view high-quality facsimile materials from The National Archives relating to the suffragette movement.

'Suffragette City' is open until 25 March, with full-price tickets costing £18.50.

 

Plaque to be unveiled in Wickham Market to commemorate Basque child refugees

The 80th anniversary of the arrival of nearly a hundred child refugees from the Spanish Civil War in Wickham Market is to be commemorated with a new plaque in Wickham Market.

The Basque refugees arrived in the Suffolk village in early 1938 and were forced to live in a former workhouse and rely on support from local individuals and organisations.

The plaque, which will be unveiled at 1.30pm The Old Workhouse on 24 March, is a collaboration between the Wickham Market Area Archive Centre and the Association for UK Basque Children.

It will be unveiled by relatives of Chloe Vulliamy, who is said to have been the driving force behind efforts to welcome the refugees.

There will also be an exhibition and talks at Wickham Market Village Hall.

 

Fundraising appeal to turn Sunderland church into cultural space

An abandoned church in Sunderland could be transformed into a cultural space for celebrating the city's heritage if a fundraising campaign is successful.

Holy Trinity church was built in 1719 and housed the city's first public library, civic rooms, and the local fire engine, but is now abandoned and at risk of collapse.

The Churches Conservation Trust is now raising money to transform it into The Canny Space, described as "a cultural venue that brings the history of Sunderland to life through storytelling, interpretation, events and performances", as well as promoting mental health and social cohesion and teaching new skills.

The Trust has currently raised £3,326 towards the £20,000 needed to meet its target.

 

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