Wednesday, 16 January 2008

New TNA podcasts

Almost a year ago I mentioned that The National Archives (UK) has a series of podcasts, presentations made at Kew. Many of them now available were recorded in the last few months. Despite not having the visuals that go with these presentations, which is an improvement I would recommend to TNA, they are worth reviewing.

Some podcasts explain TNA initiatives, like the most recent "20th Century Cabinet Records: Digitising a core collection of modern political records" by Ed Hampshire. The project will see full text digitization of UK Cabinet documents, both decisions and supporting documents, starting from the middle of WW1 to the 1970s. There will be considerable educational material produced too.

Others, like "In the name of God, amen: Wills for family history" are more practical for genealogy. Dave Annal looks at how to access wills and how you can use them to get a better understanding of what life was really like for your ancestors.

Some of the others are:

The Road to Jamestown (2 parts)
Modern Sources for Immigration (to the UK) (2 parts)
Army deaths, marriages and births 1761-1913
Finding Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths
Sex, Lies & Civil Registration
Sources for First World War army ancestry
Tracing your Irish ancestors at The National Archives

You can find them all linked from The National Archives web site here.

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