Friday, 4 December 2009

TNA Kew: Meet the Chief Executive Day - report

A report on the Meet the Chief Executive Day at the National Archives in Kew, on October 22nd, has been placed online at the TNA website. During the day, Chief Exec Natalie Ceeney spent time in the reading rooms meeting the archive's users, and the report summarises the main issues raised with an offical TNA response.

To view the document, visit www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documents/2009-ceo-day-report-final.pdf

The following is one example of a question raised:

Q. Why did The National Archives not include the name of the regiment with the name of the soldier when the First World War Soldiers' Documents from Pension Claims in WO 364 were digitised?

A. WO 364 was one of our early digitisation projects and, with hindsight, it would have been useful to include the regiment of each soldier. We have done that in digitising the larger series of First World War soldiers documents (WO 363). The work of retrospectively capturing each soldier’s regiment in WO 364 starts in February 2010 and is scheduled to be available via Ancestry in June 2010.

There's plenty of other useful updates, including news about Home Guard records, GRO indexes in London, and more.

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