Tuesday, 12 November 2019

APG digitises 40 years of Journal content

From the Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org):

APG Digitizes All 40 Years of Its Journal
Association of Professional Genealogists Digitizes All 40 Years of Its Journal

Members May Now Access More Than 5,000 Pages of Professional Genealogy Content

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 November 2019 - In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of its founding, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) announced it has digitized all 40 years of its member publications. Beginning in 1979 with typed and photocopied newsletters, the professional publication for its members has evolved to its present Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ). Comprising more than 5,000 pages, the archive of APG publications spans topics of interest to genealogists, from running a business to attracting clients.

"The APGQ is the longest-running publication dedicated to the genealogy profession, said Mary Penner, CG, managing editor. "Its fascinating to see how the profession has evolved over the past 40 years and to see how many of the articles are just as relevant today as they were when they were written. This digital archive is an unparalleled resource for our members as they strive to make their businesses successful and serve the genealogy community. It also helps preserve the history of APG."

The future of the profession has long been a topic of discussion, as evidenced by early articles such as, "What is a Professional Genealogist?" and "Is there a Future in Professional Genealogy?" For APG's 10th anniversary in 1989, the APGQ reprinted an earlier article from Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, "Genealogical Quality is Not a Professional Concern Only."

"What a wonderful way to celebrate our fortieth anniversary!" said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. By preserving and sharing the wisdom of our members through the years concerning this wonderful field of professional genealogy, we can see how our field has evolved and we can also focus on the core elements that combine to make genealogy both art and science. Our heartfelt thanks to Mary Penner for her hard work which made this gift a reality."

A comprehensive index of all APG publications is freely available on the APG website.

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Review: Ant and Dec's DNA Journey

That was properly painful viewing...

Chris


Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Hackney records added to Lloyd George Domesday Survey

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

Hackney Area Lloyd George Domesday records added to TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™

TheGenealogist has just released the Hackney maps and field books into its property ownership and occupancy record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. Family historians can use this unique online resource to see where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period for a number of areas and will extend out across the country in time.


These records make use of TheGenealogist’s powerful new Map Explorer™ to access the maps and residential data, so that those who want to discover where their ancestors lived in the period before the First World War are able to see the district as it was in that period. Because these large scale maps include plots for the exact properties and are married to various georeferenced historic map overlays and modern base maps on the Map Explorer™,by using the opacity controls researchers can see how the land has changed. The Lloyd George Domesday Survey records are sourced from The National Archives and are being digitised by TheGenealogist.

This release includes the following areas: Clapton, Dalston, Hackney, Homerton, Hornsey South, Hoxton, Kingsland, Moorfields, South Hackney, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington and West Hackney.
  • TheGenealogist’s Lloyd George Domesday Survey records zoom down to show individual properties on extremely detailed maps used in 1910-1915
  • Fully searchable by name, county, parish and street
  • The transparency slider reveals a modern street map underlay
  • Change the base map displayed to more clearly understand what the area looks like today

Read about how the Hackney Landowner and Occupier records detail the last days of a Highwayman’s Inn
https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/hackney-landowner-and-occupier-records-and-the-highwaymans-inn-1204/


Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Latest additions to FindmyPast

Added this week to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Britain, The Great War, I Was There
Learn about the Great War from those who experienced it first-hand. The Great War: I Was There is a magazine that was first published in 1938. Edited by Sir John Hammerton, its 51 editions ran from 29 September 1938 to 19 September 1939 and are available to view in PDF format. The magazine was a weekly periodical, available on Thursdays, which aimed to capture the undying memories of the 1914-1918 war. It contained excerpts from other sources but mainly consisted first-hand accounts and previously unpublished images.

Burma Star Association Membership Forms
Did your military ancestor serve in the Burma campaign of World War 2? Search over 53,000 membership forms of the Burma Star Association, to become a full member of the Association, an ex-Serviceman, ex-Servicewoman or Nurse must have been awarded the Burma Campaign Star for service in Burma during World War 2 for the necessary qualifying period or the Pacific Star with Burma Clasp. The Association is Tri-Service and for members of The Merchant Navy who hold the Burma Star with permanent representatives from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Royal British Legion on the National Council.

Dekho, Burma Star Association
Search over 4,000 records to find out if your World War 2 became a member of the Burma Star Association. Dekho! Is the journal of the Burma Star Association, it is published three times a year. It informs members of the Association who are unable to get out and meet their comrades with information about events that are going on in the Burma Star Association. These editions run from 1951 to 2018.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added over 115,000 new pages and five new titles; the Musselburgh News, Coatbridge Leader, Fifeshire Journal, Port-Glasgow Express and Blairgowrie Advertiser. We have updated twelve of our existing Scottish titles this week, with highlights including the 26,378 pages we have added to the North British Daily Mail, spanning the years 1849 to 1894. Other significant updates include those to the Wishaw Press, with 17,552 pages covering the later half of the twentieth century.

Further info and details at https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/learn-about-the-great-war-from-those-who-experienced

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 8 November 2019

English and Welsh GRO adds recent deaths indexes

From the English and Welsh General Register Office (GRO) at www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/login.asp


Website Improvements

Welcome to the new look website for the General Register Office which was updated on 12th September 2019

We are currently adding to our online indexes which will help you identify and apply for copies of our records. We have now added online indexes for deaths registered between 1984 to 2019.

We will notify you here when more indexes are added online.

COMMENT: Fair play to the English GRO, it's about time! Here's hoping births and marriages follow soon.

Looking at you now Northern Ireland...

(With thanks to Karen Cummings and the Census Detectives via Twitter)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Ant & Dec's DNA Journey starts Sunday

From ITV:

ITV has commissioned a two-part special which will see the UK’s best loved duo embark on a surprisingly emotional journey of discovery in Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey.


A Voltage TV and Mitre Television co-production, viewers will see Ant and Dec navigate a tougher terrain than the Australian jungle. Guided by expert genealogists and historians, the pair will follow their maternal and paternal blood lines using their DNA to search their ancestral history.

As their travels take them to Ireland and the US, including The United Nations Headquarters, the pair will not only delve into their past but will also meet relatives they had no clue even existed, unveiling some truly shocking revelations that only their DNA could unlock.

Whose great grandfather is a celebrated war hero and whose DNA cousin is a former US female wrestling promoter? Whose ancestors’ bones were deemed ‘of historical importance’ and who discovers that they are a descendant from Royalty?

As Ant & Dec embark on their journey, viewers will be treated to a rare and personal glimpse into this truly remarkable friendship with their warmth and infectious humour that has not only captured the nation over the years, but has seen them achieve huge success resulting in a multitude of awards and accolades.

Ant said:

“I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to historical events, so to get the chance to research our family history using our DNA was too good an opportunity to pass up. What we find out is mind-blowing and nothing either of us could ever have imagined. It’s something that will stay with us both forever. "

Dec said:

“A huge part of this was to find out my heritage, especially on my dad’s side. I always thought I knew a fair bit about where I came from but it turns out I was wrong! Whilst it was incredible to find out about the past, what was hugely overwhelming was to meet relatives neither of us knew we had. It was a truly amazing experience."

Siobhan Greene, who commissioned the show when she was ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioned said:

“This documentary captured Ant and Dec at an intersection in their lives. I feel sure the ITV viewers will be on the edge of their seats watching twists and turns of their DNA journey unfold, and their honesty and openness, will leave a lasting heart print.”

Kathleen Larkin, Executive Produce from Voltage TV said:

“It’s been a privilege working with such talent as Ant & Dec. This is a film that celebrates friendship, showing two brilliantly funny best mates making a unique trip of a lifetime to find out about their heritage past and present. It’s been a passion for all involved and we’ve loved working with the fantastic team at ITV to make something we all believe in.”

Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey is a Voltage TV and Mitre Television co-production for ITV. It was commissioned by Siobhan Greene when she was ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning and Louise Major Assistant Commissioner, Entertainment, ITV. The Executive Producers are Kathleen Larkin and Sanjay Singhal and the Director is Iain Thompson, Voltage TV.

(Source: ITV Press Centre - https://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/ant-decs-dna-journey

COMMENT: The two-part show will start on ITV, STV and UTV on Sunday 10 November, from at 9pm-10.30pm.

From the Radio Times:

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly may think they know who they are, but in this two-part documentary, the popular presenters uncover their surprising and emotional family histories, using a combination of DNA and genealogy. The shock revelations include military men in both of their families - one a medal-winning war hero, the other a deserter. And as well as delving into the past, Ant and Dec also get to meet DNA relatives they never knew existed.

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Free access to Ancestry's British military records

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

Find out how your ancestors played their part in the war

From serving in the military to looking after our land, there were so many ways our ancestors served in wartime Britain. Discover your family’s contributions this Remembrance Day with free access to wartime records until Monday.*

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until 11 Nov 2019 at 23:59 GMT. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. We will then send you a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here.

You can also access the records at https://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/free-access


Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Moving house shortly

After seventeen years based in the Ayrshire town of Largs, I will be leaving and moving half an hour down the road to the wonderful town of Irvine on November 14th, still within North Ayrshire (just!).

From a work point of view, this means I will be much closer to the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock (which hosts the ScotlandsPeople computer system), and the various branches of Ayrshire Archives in Irvine, Auchincruive and Kilmarnock, as well as other major libraries in Kilmarnock and Ayr.

I will update all my contact details on this blog and my research site in due course, but as I am sure you can appreciate, I have a hell of a lot of packing to do, so posting may be a little infrequent over the next week or so!

Below are a few pictures from Largs - it's well worth a visit, and we'll be back regularly (my son will still be attending school here!).

Onwards and upwards!

Chris

 

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

RootsIreland adds County Clare records

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie):

We are delighted to announce that Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre have added 74,152 records to their database at http://clare.rootsireland.ie/ These records are as follows:

Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages:
Ballyvaughan (marriages 1862-1900), Broadford (marriages 1840-1883), Carron (baptisms, 1853-1900; marriages 1856-1898), Clonlara (baptisms, 1851-1900; marriages 1851-1900), Flagmount (marriages 1842-1900), Inagh (marriages 1850-1900), Killadysart (baptisms, 1829-1900; marriages 1867-1877), Killimer (baptisms 1859-1900), Kilmaley (marriages 1829-1900), Kilshanny (baptisms, 1869-1900), Liscannor (marriages 1866-1884), O’Callaghans Mills (marriages 1835-1900), Lisdoonvarna (baptisms, 1854-1900; marriages 1854-1899), New Quay (marriages 1848-1899), Sixmilebridge (marriages 1829-1868), Tubber (baptisms, 1833-1900; marriages 1864-1899).

Civil Births:
Cooleycasey (1894-1920), Crusheen (1885-1920), Ennis (1884-1920), Kilkishen (1896-1920), Scarriff (1886-1920).

Civil Deaths:
Bridgetown (1864-1970), Cooleycasey (1864-1970), Crusheen (1864-1970), Killaloe (1864-1970), Newmarket (1864-1970), Tulla (1864-1970), Ballyvaughan (1864-1970).

Gravestone Inscriptions:
Blakemount Tubber, Kilkeedy, Moore, Corrovorran, Coad, Kiltackey, Friary Abbey Ennis, Killilagh, Kilmoon, Killeny, Doolin.

Clare Journal 1778-1917
Marriages (1779-1917)
Deaths (1778-1917)

For a full list of records for Clare, and to search these records, go to www.clare.rootsireland.ie/

(Original announcement at http://www.rootsireland.ie/2019/11/new-clare-records/)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Ancestry adds WWII Royal Artillery Tracer Cards 1939-1948

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added the following Second World War collection:

UK, WWII Royal Artillery Tracer Cards, 1939-1948
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/royalartillerycards/
Source: Royal Artillery Tracer cards, Royal Artillery Museum, Larkhill, Wiltshire, England.

From the collection page:

About UK, WWII Royal Artillery Tracer Cards, 1939-1948

Historical Context

Since its inception in 1716, the Royal Regiment of Artillery, commonly referred to as 'The Gunners', has served as the artillery arm of the British Army, supplying it's firepower. At its peak during the Second World War, there were over one million men serving in 960 gunner regiments and at the end of the War, the RA was larger than the Royal Navy.

This Collection

This collection comprises cards created to track the movements of soldiers between units within the Royal Artillery during WWII. The role of the Tracer card was to answer the question 'where is that man right now?', saving the burden of administration and searching through many files. Only 'Other Ranks', or in other words those who were not commissioned officers, are included. Please be aware that some cards will include dates outside of 1939-1948.

The following information can be found, where available:

Name
Inferred date of birth
Place and date of death
Place and date of enlistment
Date of discharge
Inferred gender
Regiment and unit
Service rank
Service number

Please Note: In this first release, we have included all records for servicemen with surnames starting A-P. We will be adding all remaining cards in a future update. Please also be aware that not every member of the RA will have a corresponding Tracer Card but this collection will include all surviving cards.

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.