Thursday, April 19, 2012

(UK) National Archives Digital Microfilms On Line

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The (UK) National Archives digital microfilm allows the reader to search and download some of the most popular records from the convenience of your computer. http://tinyurl.com/yc3t8ez
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline/digital-microfilm.asp
Previously,  these records were only available on microfilm-and available only at the Archives.  The delivery is by large pdf's--some as large as 800 pages-therefore, to access these treasures, one needs access to a broadband connection--then save the record to your hard drive. To read the pdf you will need Adobe Reader installed on your computer- which is available at no cost at: http://get.adobe.com/reader/

The records have not been indexed so scrolling through the pdfs is required. The records are free to access.

A list of which digital microfilms are currently available is on the website- and include such records as Royal Ships Musters, naval hospital books, lists of officers and entitlements 19th century Navy engagement books, indexes of passport holders for specific time periods, convict transportation registers, War Office registers of various sorts WWI Security Service papers, indexes to foreign births, marriages and deaths and more.

Thank you  to Saul Issroff for notifying of us regarding these records available on-line.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Vice President
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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