New records on this month include British Army prisoners of war. The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) reports that these include those held in Austria and Poland as well as Germany in World War II.

Drum and Colours of the Wiltshire Regiment c.1905

Drums and Colours of the Wiltshire Regiment c.1900

Ancestry has also released the UK Army Roll of Honour for 1939 to 1945, but if you’re not signed up to Ancestry you can see this free at This site is dedicated to the men and women who fell fighting for their country in wars from the Napoleonic period right through to Iraq and Afghanistan. It contains the names inscribed on many UK war memorials and in cemeteries as well as some overseas. Not all UK memorials are on there yet as it’s a work in progress by volunteers, but there seems to be something from most counties. So if you’re looking for details about someone who died in battle it’s well worth a look.

In a slightly different vein, Ancestry has also released a database of criminal registers 1891 – 1892 for England and Wales. This is a list of individuals charged with crime and gives information about the individual, the trial and, if convicted, the sentence. It’s compiled from Home Office Criminal Registers and Ministry of Security records held at The National Archives.

Good news for everyone with early ancestors in Essex. In September Essex Archives put its pre-1700 parish registers online at This searchable database contains about 80,000 images of original parish register pages. It also contains their catalogue of parish registers so that you can see at a glance which parish registers they hold and in what format. Note though that parish registers for the London Borough of Waltham Forest (formerly in Essex) are deposited at the Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow, not at Essex Archives.

If telling a family history story on television appeals to you, Icon Films, a UK documentary production company, are looking for “fascinating 1911 census stories” which they can use for the BBC’s One Show in the lead-up to the 2011 census, according to Findmypast (

Suggestions for stories include the discovery that you live in a house once occupied by your direct ancestor; or that there are “amazing coincidences” between your family and the family who lived in your house in 1911; or even that something about the occupants of your house 100 years ago has moved or inspired you.

Lots of scope there for anyone interested in describing their discoveries on camera!

If you have a suitably moving story to tell, email