Genealogists these days are being spoilt by all the records that are coming online, with FamilySearch announcing millions more records added online a few days ago, and Ancestry, MyHeritage and Mocavo continue to grow their records at an amazing rate … but it’s findmypast that I’m wanting to talk about today, as they’ve just launched their “100 in 100 campaign“.
What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”
They’ve started off with some military records on the Pals Battalions. findmypast have collected records from across the UK, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Salford and the South Downs. Compiled from contemporary publications, these records include details not found in medal rolls or service records. These young men, mostly educated, white collar workers, signed up in 1914 in the first excitement of Kitchener’s ‘Your Country Needs You’ campaign. For many, the first action they saw was at the Somme. The Pals signed up together, fought together and in many cases, died together. Find out whether your relatives were among them in our Pals Battalion collection, the most extensive online collection available.
To keep an eye on all of the new records that are added, visit the 100 in 100 page
- Birmingham Pals 1914-1918
- Birmingham Employers’ Roll of Honour 1914-1918
- 1st Bradford Pals (16th West Yorkshire Regt)
- Edinburgh Pals (15th & 16th Royal Scots Regt)
- Glasgow Pals 1914 – 1918
- Liverpool Pals 1914 – 1918
- Salford Pals (15th, 16th & 19th & 20th Lancashire Fusiliers)
- South Down Battalions (11th, 12th & 13th Royal Sussex)