Saturday, September 13, 2008
The information available on the privateers and letters of marque which took part in the War of 1812 is far greater than generally realized; this site aims to uncover their forgotten history," and includes some crew lists for example:-
War of 1812: Muster roll of American privateer Prince of Neufchatel:
High Court of Admiralty HCA32/1342
Public Record Office
Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia):
"The Castle and Regimental Museum, Monmouth, holds the records of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia). The Regiment was formed in the sixteenth century and the records cover the period 1786 to 1976.
The Regiment was originally a local militia and is now part of the Territorial Army. Throughout its long history, it has always been a reserve force, composed of men with ordinary occupations who were brought together at intervals for training, and were called upon for active service at times of need. It is the senior regiment in the reserve Army."
Archives Hub: Contributors: The Castle and Regimental Museum, Monmouth: "a small volunteer-run museum, which tells the story of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia). This Regiment has its origins in the Monmouthshire Militia in the sixteenth century; it has survived through a number of changes of name and of role, to the present day. Now an engineer regiment, it is the senior unit of the reserve army. Throughout its long and unbroken history, it has always been a reserve force, composed of men with ordinary occupations who were brought together at intervals for training, and were called upon for active service at times of need."
The Museum: http://www.monmouthcastlemuseum.org.uk
The Regimental Archives: http://monmouthcastlemuseum-archives.org.uk
Address: Great Castle House, Monmouth NP25 3BS
Thursday, September 11, 2008
A new initiative to bring old newspapers that pre-date the digital age to the web has been launched by the search giant Google.
The company has partnered with around 100 newspapers to digitize them and make scanned copies available online.
This means users will see entire pages of the original paper as they were printed at the time.
"This is huge," said Google's Marissa Mayer. "We're branching into a new form of content."
The company's vice president of search products announced the new feature at the TechCrunch50 conference in San Francisco, a forum for start-up businesses pitching to venture capitalists and the technology industry.