The coronavirus is providing a golden opportunity for those with an interest in the past to delve into all sorts of archives. Never before have researchers had such a huge range of online information at their fingertips – or at the click of a mouse!
Family historians will be pleased to know that , for example, The Forces War Records are managing to offer a full service and are being kept very busy. A spokesperson wrote: ‘Over the past few weeks, we have seen a huge growth in demand from around the world for people tracing their military ancestors and with the impending 75th Anniversary of VE Day only a week away this demand is going to increase.
‘Our expert team will still be working behind the scenes whilst complying with government health advice and providing a continuous service to all our valued customers, partners and friends around the world during these challenging times.’
Their UK-based team of experts, working from the safety of their homes, have been able to add more than 400,000 new military records to their extensive database.
Also, their military experts and customer support team are available to provide assistance and support 7 days a week.
There are many other resources of this kind and, whatever else it might be doing, Covid-19 is providing an ideal period for everyone to make more use of archives.