A new online archive lists the 49,000 soldiers from the island of Ireland who died during the First World War or as a result of wounds sustained during battle. The archive, “Ireland's Memorial Records," has been developed in a cooperative venture involving Google, the In Flanders Fields Museum in Belgium and by Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs.
Ireland's deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, said, “This partnership between Google and the In Flanders Fields Museum has resulted in an incredible source of information for family, students and researchers. I commend Google for their efforts in helping collate this information but more importantly making it accessible. I encourage people to use it and share their stories so future generations can better understand the lives of their predecessors.”
Ireland’s Ambassador to Belgium, Eamonn MacAodha, has worked closely with Google and In Flanders Fields Museum to realise the project. The Irish genealogical history and heritage company Eneclann worked to digitize available information on the casualties.
John Herlihy, head of Google in Ireland said that Google was delighted to have worked with In Flanders Fields Museum on this significant project. “This is a great example of technology as a force for good, making information accessible and easily available,” he said
The records may be searched
- by name or military unit,
- by place of birth (Ireland and UK),
- by place of burial or commemoration (Belgium).
You can read more at http://goo.gl/XOc6Ut.
The new online archive may be found at http://imr.inflandersfields.be/search.html.
My thanks to newsletter reader Scott Phillips for telling me about this great, new online resource.