- Royal Hospital Chelsea documents dating from 1760 to 1914. The hospital for disabled soldiers opened in 1692.
The records may include each ex-serviceman’s name, age, birthplace and service history, physical appearance, conduct sheet, previous occupation, and in some cases, the reason for discharge. After 1883, details of marriages and children may also appear.
- Merchant Seamen records from 1835 to 1844 and 1918 to 1941, which will provide the name and the date and place of birth. Many 20th-century records include photographs of the sailors and details of their voyages. Nearly a third of UK families have ancestors who were merchant seaman, according to FamilySearch’s announcement.
For this three-year project, FamilySearch staffers will digitize the records at the UK National Archives, and FindMyPast will create indexes and transcriptions. When they’re through, the indexes and images will be searchable at FindMyPast and FamilySearch.
I can hear you wondering, Will they be free? FamilySearchs announcement didnt say one way or the other, but in previously announced partnerships, records are to be free on FamilySearch and partner organizations have the option to provide fee-based access.