Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Roman Catholic records from Salford diocese are being digitised

The Catholic Family History blog has a report on a current project to digitise the Roman Catholic parish registers from the diocese of Salford in England (which includes Manchester), including all baptism, confirmation, marriage and death registers as deposited at Lancashire County Record Office. The cut off point will be the mid 20th century, and the project will also include some registers still held at parish level. Many of the records have already been digitised, with work continuing on the rest, and there are plans to create indexes.

The full story is available at https://catholicfhs.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/salford-diocese-parish-registers-project/, with a direct link to the project also available at www.sdaregisters.co.uk.

(With thanks to Lawrence Gregory at the Catholic Family History blog)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Hammersmith and Fulham records now held at LMA

From London Metropolitan Archives:

Which records of Hammersmith and Fulham are now at LMA and why?

Hammersmith and Fulham Archives, based for many years in the Lilla Huset building on Talgarth Road, is now offering public access from the refurbished Hammersmith Library. In preparation for this move, a review of the archival holdings was carried out to help the service make some important decisions such as identifying holdings that would be more appropriately held in other collections. Following a public consultation, it was agreed to implement the recommendations of the review which included the move of certain classes of records to LMA. Nicola Avery describes the records transferred to LMA and explains how they fit into the LMA collections.

Nicola's article is accessible at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/the-collections/Pages/which-records-of-hammersmith-and-fulham-are-now-at-lma-and-why.aspx

(With thanks to LMA)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Oxfordshire Family History Fair returns in October

Oxfordshire Family History Fair will be held once again at Marlbororugh School, Woodstock on Saturday October 3rd. For a full list of societies and exhibitors that will be attending, as well as information on parking and other concerns, please visit www.ofhs.org.uk/fair.

(With thanks to Wendy Archer)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Glasgow's Duke Street Prison

There's an interesting article on the University of Glasgow Library blog at https://universityofglasgowlibrary.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/town-plan-of-glasgow-duke-street-prison/ concerning Duke Street Prison, which used to exist in the centre of Glasgow from 1798-1955. Well worth a read!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

LMA nominated for award for preservation of the Great Parchment Book

London Metropolitan Archives has been nominated for an award for its groundbreaking conservation work on the Great Parchment Book. Here's its announcement:

Conservation of Great Parchment Book shortlisted for prestigious award

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Conservation of the Great Parchment Book has been shortlisted for The Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation 2015. The award recognises excellence in conserving an individual or collection of cultural heritage objects in the UK. Four shortlisted projects, including the Great Parchment Book, are now in with a chance to win a coveted prize fund, trophy and attend the VIP awards ceremony in October at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. We will let you know how we get on.

The Great Parchment Book, compiled in the late 1630s to list tenants and landholders in County Londonderry in Ireland, is accessible in a digitised and fully searchable format at www.greatparchmentbook.org.

(With thanks to the LMA)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

SCRAN launches new blog - Scranalogue

From SCRAN, the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (www.scran.org.uk)

Scranalogue - the Scran Blog

Scranalogue (https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/scranblog/) is the new home for rolling news, features, updates on Scran collections, learning and teaching materials and insights into our outreach activities.

September - this month find out about:
  • The Ian Landles Archive, an oral history collection from Scottish Borders Council Archive Service, featuring fantastic material about the First World War, the old Borders railway and the suffragettes. 
  • Scran's work with Skills for the Future trainees on The Scotsman Collections, a rich seam of social history on Scran.
  • New Pathfinders about Scotland's historic properties in English and Gaelic, developed in partnership with Historic Scotland.

Visit our blog to find out more.

SCRAN is also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Scranlife

(With thanks to Jackie Sangster)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Paisley paternity cases indexed

Scottish Indexes (www.scottishindexes.com) has added more cases to its Sheriff Court Paternity Decrees index at www.scottishindexes.com/courtsearch.aspx, covering Paisley Sheriff Court from 1833-37.

The full list of available indexed cases to search is detailed at www.scottishindexes.com/coveragecourt.aspx.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook available on the Internet Archive

A quick heads up for a useful resource on the Easter Rising. Although the Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook from 1916-197 is available to search on the FindmyPast website at http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/the-weekly-irish-times-sinn-fein-rebellion-handbook-easter-1916-1917, I have also just discovered it available free of charge at the Internet Archive, at https://archive.org/details/sinnfeinrebellio00dubl.

The handbook collects various articles from the Irish Times that were published throughout the rebellion. FindmyPast, in the blurb for its collection, notes that it provides "an official list of the casualties, names of prisoners, photographs, and important maps of key locations in Dublin city at the time".

Don't forget to also consult Military Archives (www.militaryarchives.ie) for additional resources on those involved with the Easter Rising on the Irish side.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

No more Dublin Gazettes to go online from the Oireachtas

A couple of weeks ago I discovered that the Oireachtas in Ireland had made available online digitised editions of the Dublin Gazette (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-dublin-gazette-from-1750-1800-is.html). Although the files carrying the newspaper are incredibly large (about 1GB each), I had identified that the coverage was from 1750-1800, thanks to the Wikipedia article on the newspaper available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dublin_Gazette. Curious to know if this is the sum total of all editions due to go online, I contacted the library at the Oireachtas, and have just received the following response:

Dear Chris

Many thanks for your query and for your comments on the digitised collections. It is good to know they are proving to be a useful resource.

From having reviewed the digitisation project files as far as I am aware all of our issues of the Dublin Gazette were digitised.

To my knowledge there are currently no plans to digitise Iris Oifiguil. If anything changes in this respect I will let you know.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Jennifer McGrath,
Assistant Librarian,
Library & Research Service,
Houses of the Oireachtas Service

To search for all the online editions from 1750-1809, visit the Oireachtas Library catalogue at http://opac.oireachtas.ie/liberty/libraryHome.do, where you will find many, many other valuable publications that have been digitised also.

UPDATE: *Sigh*  I initially reported that the Oireachtas catalogue showed coverage extending to 1809, rather than 1800, as had initially been shown on Wikipedia. In fact, it turns out upon download that the collection does indeed stop at the end of 1800 - the catalogue entry is wrong in stating 1809. So fifty years it remains then... (I have amended this post and the header to reflect this)

(With thanks to Jennifer McGrath)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bank holiday closures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

If planning to go to an archive, library or museum tomorrow (Monday 31st) in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland, you might want to check if it is open first - it's a bank holiday.

Scotland, meanwhile, stands defiantly open for business...!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.