Guest post: Military and Irish records online

Guest contributor: Marie Hickey

Now that the Christmas/New Year break is over many of you will have been visiting/visited by relatives and caught up on all the latest family news, exchanged family info etc and may now have new avenues of research to follow up on.
Here are some records which have recently come available on the internet which may be of use with your research.

 Digitised records of about 100,000 RAF officers serving in WWI (killed or discharged before 1920) from series AIR 76 at TNA (the National Archives) are now available through the Documents Online service.
 Another site for those with military links/interests is the aerial reconnaissance photographs for WWII.  The first instalment of 4,000 photographs may be viewed at
 For those of you who may have links with the East India Company and therefore have someone who served in the Bombay Army 1795-1862 may find the databases  on The Families in British India Society useful although, do bear in mind that this is only a selection of records but still of value.
Twenty nine directories for Belfast and nearby towns 1819-1900 have been digitised are available at
The National Library of Ireland have produced a free sources database cataloguing over 180,000 Irish manuscripts and articles from over 150 publications up to 1969

Over 280,000 images from glassplates taken from three major collections held by the National Library of Ireland have also been digitised and can be viewed at:

Happy searching!

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