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Mil­lions of his­toric school records have been digi­tised and up­loaded to the web for the first time.

Orig­i­nally launched in Septem­ber 2014, the Na­tional School Reg­is­ters col­lec­tion at find­my­past.

co.uk has now been ex­panded to in­clude ma­te­rial from 16 new re­gions across Eng­land and Wales: Bre­con­shire, Caernar­fon, Ceredi­gion, Conwy, Den­bighshire, Flintshire, Gwent, Hamp­shire, Isle of Wight, Le­ices­ter­shire, Lin­colnshire, Mon­mouthshire, Pem­brokeshire, Suf­folk, Sus­sex and Wrex­ham.

Also in­cluded in the tranche are mar­itime school records held at the Mar­itime Ar­chives & Li­brary at Na­tional Mu­se­ums Liverpool, as well as doc­u­ments for coun­ties pre­vi­ously cov­ered by the col­lec­tion, in­clud­ing Devon and Mid­dle­sex.

Span­ning 1870-1914, the col­lec­tion in­cludes colour im­ages of the orig­i­nal hand­writ­ten school ad­mis­sion reg­is­ters, which can re­veal an ar­ray of use­ful de­tails for the fam­ily his­to­rian, in­clud­ing dates of birth, names of par­ents and ad­dress.

Th­ese are com­ple­mented by log­books, which al­though vary­ing in the level of de­tail, record daily life at the school. Ex­plor­ing th­ese can re­veal in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing exam re­sults, vis­i­tors and sport­ing events, pro­vid­ing re­searchers with ad­di­tional con­text to help them un­der­stand their an­ces­tors’ school days.

Reg­is­ters from Gwynedd Ar­chives Ser­vice, for ex­am­ple, show that dur­ing the Pen­rhyn Quarry Strike at the turn of the 20th cen­tury, a num­ber of chil­dren left school to em­i­grate over­seas. Ac­cord­ing to prin­ci­pal ar­chiv­ist Lynn Fran­cis, some pupils were also re­moved be­cause their par­ents be­lieved that the schools had “too many chil­dren of strike-break­ers”.

Each of the ar­chives and record of­fices that have sup­plied doc­u­ments be­long to the Na­tional Digi­ti­sa­tion Con­sor­tium, which was formed in 2009 to make his­toric ma­te­rial avail­able on­line through com­mer­cial part­ners.

Sup­ported by The Na­tional Ar­chives and the Ar­chives & Records As­so­ci­a­tion, the Na­tional School Reg­is­ters pro­ject is the first of its kind, and will con­clude with a third and fi­nal re­lease in Septem­ber 2015.

“The Na­tional School Reg­is­ters col­lec­tion is one of the few re­sources avail­able to fam­ily his­to­ri­ans where they can learn about their an­ces­tors’ child­hood,” Find­my­past fam­ily his­to­rian De­bra Chat­field told Who Do You Think

You Are? Mag­a­zine.

“The reg­is­ters pro­vide cru­cial fac­tual de­tails, such as date of birth and ad­dress, while the log­books paint a vivid pic­ture of their school life day by day in the run-up to the out­break of the First World War.”

The log­books paint a vivid pic­ture of school life in the run-up to WW1

The se­cond re­lease from the Na­tional Digi­ti­sa­tion Con­sor­tium fea­tures records from 1,850 schools across Eng­land and Wales

A record for Robert Wil­liams, who at­tended school on board the train­ing ship In­de­fati­ga­ble in Liverpool dur­ing the 1870s

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