The Washington Post: This map helped George Washington win the Revolutionary War. Now it’s on display at Mount Vernon.. “In the summer of 1781, Gen. George Washington and his French engineers probed the British defenses of New York, looking for a way to attack. While the British responded with heavy gunfire, Washington observed, and the engineers prepared a map of the enemy positions… Now the historic French map, along with more than 1,000 other rare maps and images, have been donated to the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon by a noted New York collector….It will eventually be available to scholars, in person, and later some of the items will go on public display, library officials said. Most of the pieces have already been digitized and are online.”
State Archives of Florida: Florida Militia Muster Rolls, 1826-1900. This link goes to a Facebook Page post. “Muster rolls are rosters of officers and men in military units and can be useful for tracing relatives who do not appear in other traditional genealogical sources, such as federal or state census records. Florida Memory recently digitized about 600 documents from Florida militia companies dating from 1826 to 1900.”
The Guardian: George III’s vast collection of military maps goes online. “George III may never have left the south of England or fought on a battlefield, but he explored the world through a vast collection of military maps that are now being made available online, offering extraordinary insight into the art of warfare and mapping.”
Narragansett Times: The Non-Profit World War II Foundation Launches Innovative Educational Website. “The non-profit World War II Foundation has launched its totally redesigned website… to provide students, educators and the public with resources to teach and learn more about the personal stories of the World War II generation.”
New to me, from the UK National Archives: War behind the wire: The story of allied civilians in occupied Europe during the Second World War. “On 16 January 2018 I wrote an introductory blog on the project to catalogue the series of records WO 416 consisting of an estimated 200,000 records of individuals captured in German occupied territory during the Second World War. These individuals were primarily Allied service men (including Canadians, South Africans, Australians and New Zealanders) but there were also several hundred British and Allied civilians and a few female nurses. Two years on, with the huge support of our on site volunteers, we have so far catalogued more than 110,000 records relating to individuals. This blog, the fourth in the series, focuses on the records of those held in Ilags.”
Belarus News: Belarus’ National Library to launch online project to celebrate Great Victory. “Belarus’ National Library is launching a new project titled 100 Days Before the Great Victory through the Pages of the Belarusian Newspapers, BelTA has learned from the library. From 30 January to 9 May the website of the National Library will be presenting daily chronicles of news and events as reflected in the periodical press of Soviet Belarus back in 1945.”
Federation of Genealogical Societies: FGS and National Park Service Announce Launch of US-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor Database. “The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the National Park Service’s Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park (NPS) announce the launch of the U.S.-Mexican War Soldier & Sailor database. This online, searchable database contains information for over 85,000 U.S. and Mexican veterans who served in this war. Many records include personal details, such as hair color and occupation.” Looks like the database will launch officially on January 27th.