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
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
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
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee