The London Gazette supplements – Findmypast

Delve through more than 40,000 announcements of armed forces promotions, appointments of official public offices, Royal proclamations and much more. The Gazette supplements also allow you to read through full reports and despatches from key battles of the First World War.

Source: The London Gazette, supplements August 1914 -January 1920 – Findmypast – Genealogy, Ancestry, History blog from Findmypast

Millions of British wills now online

More than 41 million British wills dating back 156 years are now available online. The database covers the hears from 1858 to 1996 and includes 280,000 handwritten wills from soldiers fighting in WWI.

The wills, covering England and Wales and owned by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), were painstakingly scanned in by hand.

To access the archive, go to to create an account, then choose the section you wish to search:

  • Wills and Probate 1996 to present;
  • Wills and Probate 1858 to 1996;
  • Soldiers’ Wills.

You’ll find the complete story and details for accessing the archive in Saturday’s

Dictionary of the Scots Language

From British GENE:

The site is one of the real workhorses of Scottish history research, allowing you in a single database to look up Scots words from two sources – the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue, for words from the 12th century-1700 (Older Scots), and The Scottish National Dictionary for more recent vocabulary (Modern Scots) from 1700-2005. The Scots tongue, although related to English, is a historically separate Germanic language with many regional dialects across Scotland (and closely linked historically with Northumbrian dialects in England), and which was also taken over to Ireland in the Plantations, where its local variant today is known as ‘Ulster Scots’ or ‘Ullans’ (Ulster Lallans). In the part of East Antrim where I was raised I was regularly chastised as a boy for being a wee hallion! It is a completely different language to the various tongues of Gaelic found in Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Visit the Dictionary of the Scots Language.

Dictionary of the Scots Language