Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Happy 30th Birthday to Family Tree magazine!

Two important things happening tomorrow on October 1st - 1) my brother gets to be the same age as me for 5 days - and 2) Family Tree magazine celebrates its 30th birthday! Happy birthday to both - and here's the press release from Family Tree!

Britain’s oldest family history newstrade magazine celebrates its 30th birthday

Britain’s first popular magazine for family historians is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special souvenir edition.

Family Tree started life on a dining room table in Cambridgeshire in 1984 and is now read by thousands around the globe.

It remains the UK’s only independent newstrade magazine for a hobby that it has helped to nurture and support from its earliest days.

Originally called Family Tree Magazine, it was the brainchild of family historian Michael Armstrong and his wife Mary. They recognised the need for a national, ‘glossy’ genealogy magazine for the rapidly growing hobby.

Helen Tovey, editor of Family Tree, said: “Readers’ letters from our earliest days reveal that family historians were delighted to have a hobby magazine. It unified them and gave them a voice and a place to share their discoveries and knowledge in the pre-internet age.

“Thirty years on and we’re proud of our heritage. We’re still a small, independent publisher owned by the same family, trusted and respected in our field.

“Our strengths lie in our roots and our friendly, forward-thinking outlook, as we embrace all the advances the digital age brings for genealogists.”

She added: “For our readers, we’re still the place to go to share and discover family history stories, learn new research skills and keep up to date with the very latest developments in the world of family history. Our branches reach around the world, with a loyal following in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada as well as the UK.

“As we mark our 30th anniversary, we’d love to thank all our readers, subscribers, contributors and advertisers for their much-valued support. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

The November souvenir issue goes on sale in the UK and on digital platforms on Wednesday, 1 October.

It features special anniversary giveaways, 30-minute ideas for quick family-history fixes, genealogy software reviews, a timeline to the First World War on the Home Front, advice on how best to collaborate with fellow researchers, plus all the regular favourites such as dating old photos, Dear Tom, Diane Lindsay, Q&As, diary dates, news and reviews. Published by owners ABM Publishing Ltd, it is on sale in the UK until 30 October in WH Smiths, supermarkets and independent newsagents.

Find out more at www.family-tree.co.uk

Issue 1

(With thanks to Karen Clare)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

National Records of Scotland website expansion

Almost three and a half years ago the National Archives of Scotland and the General Register Office for Scotland merged to form a single body, the National Records of Scotland. Despite the merger, both institutions retained their respective websites, with only a limited portal website for the National Records of Scotland being established at www.nrscotland.gov.uk.


Today sees a major expansion of this NRS website, which will soon completely replace its predecessors at www.gro-scotland.gov.uk and www.nas.gov.uk. From today the GROS website will no longer be updated with any new content, and the catalogues and other content from the NAS site will soon also be made accessible via the National Records site.

(With thanks to Anne Slater at the NRS)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

No changes to access of Scottish adoption records

I blogged a couple of days ago that a major change is now being implemented in England and Wales concerning access to adoption records now being granted to the relatives of those who were adopted - see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/relatives-of-adopted-adults-now-able-to.html. The press release was issued by the Department of Education for England and Wales, but I was unclear as to whether the same changes were being implemented in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

As such, I contacted the National Records of Scotland to seek clarification, and they have just replied that this is unfortunately not a change coming to Scotland, at least for the foreseeable future. The NRS has an adoption unit, and its detailed guidance on who can access the adoption records here is available online at http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/guides/adoption-records. The conditions are very stringent as the situation stands just now, and any changes will likely only be forthcoming if the Scottish Parliament looks at the issue in due course. I suspect it will likely be the same situation in Northern Ireland.

(With thanks to the National Records of Scotland)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Post-1996 English and Welsh probate records database online

The Probate Service for England and Wales has added a searchable database online for post-1996 wills and grants of probate, to complement its soldiers wills offerings already available. The database is at https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills.

There is a basic search facility (surname and year of death) and an advanced search capability (surname, first name, year, month and date of death, year, month and date of probate). If an entry is found from the search a full copy will cost £10 to access.

It's useful if you have to find an English or Welsh will - but be warned, it is the blandest looking website I have ever seen, a proper government issue, austerity inspired, let's-not-waste-money-on-any-paint, soul destroying affair... :)



(With thanks to @GeoffatGSGS and @CensusDetective)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

850 Scottish centenarians alive in 2013

The National Records of Scotland has revealed that in 2013 there were 850 centenarians alive in Scotland, a rise of 60% from 530 in 2003. There were 18 male centenarians for every 100 female centenarians.

The full story is at http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2014/number-of-centenarians-in-scotland-continues-to-increase

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Yorkshire parish records on FindmyPast

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has released nearly a million parish records from North Yorkshire County Record Office, Doncaster Archives and Local Studies, East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, Teesside Archives and Sheffield Archives and Local Studies, as well as over 3 million parish records and Bishop’s Transcripts from the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York), which cover the whole of Yorkshire including West Yorkshire.

The records are accessible via http://www.findmypast.co.uk/yorkshire-parish-records.

(With thanks to Alex Cox)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Monday, 29 September 2014

More on Scottish Valuation Roll from 1875

A quick note from Ken Nisbet of the Scottish Genealogy Society (www.scotsgenealogy.com), concerning the 1875 Valuation Roll on ScotlandsPeople (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk):

Hi Chris, as you are aware the 1875 valuation rolls index is free to use. As you know the index does not tell you who owned the property if your relative was a tenant, a good way to do this is to go to the box marked Place and put the name of the street or farm name etc. in, this will tell you who owned the property

For example I know my relatives lived at Broomhill in the Parish of Cawdor Nairnshire. I got to the county, put in Nairnshire, then parish Cawdor, and Place Broomhill. It states there are 5 entries. I then click to access the index and it tells me that Earl Cawdor owned all the properties and the the names of the tenants including my relative Charles Macarthur who rented the farm.

(With thanks to Ken)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Indian Infantry First World War diaries now online

The National Archives in England has added 171 First World War diaries from the Indian Infantry units, for download at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war/.

The records are also available for the online crowdsouring transcription project Operation War Diary at http://www.operationwardiary.org/

For further details visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/962.htm.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Durham Records Online update - and Durham records on FamilySearch

New records on Durham Records Online (http://www.durhamrecordsonline.com) :

Gateshead Wesleyan Methodist Circuit baptisms 1837-1883
6,373 baptisms on the Gateshead Wesleyan Methodist Circuit from July 1837 to August 1883.

Gateshead burials 1769-1812
9,993 burials at Gateshead St. Mary, covering 1769-1812. This includes the detail-rich period of 1798-1812 where all sorts of parentage answers can be found, even in burials! These are from a combination of the parish register and the Bishop's Transcript, for maximum detail.

Auckland St. Helen baptisms 1813-1814: details added
We recently discovered that in 1813, in addition to the standard baptism register at Auckland St. Helen, there is another baptism register that continues the Barrington-style entries (i.e. mother's maiden surname, parents' nativity, and child's birth date and birth order) to just past the middle of 1814. (Normally these stop at the end of 1812.) This 2nd register also contains 8 baptisms that are not in the standard register. We have now updated our 107 existing 1813-1814 baptisms to include the details from the 2nd register, and added the 8 missing baptisms, with an explanatory note.

Thornley marriages 1865-1915 updated with occupations, witnesses, abodes
985 existing marriages at Thornley (by Kelloe) in Easington district, from Feb 1865 to May 1915, were updated, gaining the occupations of the fathers and grooms, abodes and witnesses, and correcting errors. We also added 10 marriages to finish out 1915.

Coming Soon:
  • Gosforth baptisms, burials, & marriages 1762-1846
  • Benfieldside Cemetery burials 1920-1981
  • Penshaw baptisms, marriages, & burials 1841-1865
  • Hartlepool St James baptisms & marriages
  • Bishopwearmouth Cemetery burials 1900-1904
  • updates to existing Wingate Grange baptisms

In the queue: several South Shields Presbyterian churches, Morpeth, Felling, Longhorsley, Hart Cemetery MIs, South Shields St Hilda baptisms 1836+, Newcastle All Saints baptisms 1835-36, Hexham Whitley Chapel baptisms & burials 1843-1888, Birtley St Joseph Catholic marriages 1846-1899, Durham St. Cuthbert RC baptisms 1841-1885

(With thanks to Durham Records Online)

NB: If you have Durham based ancestry, FamilySearch has just added additional records from the diocese - see John Reid's blog post at http://www.anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2014/09/durham-diocese-records-at-familysearch.html for further details.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

At a glance - PRONI's October/November talks schedule

From the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.proni.gov.uk) in Belfast:

LUNCHTIME TALK: Overview of The Londonderry Papers, Lorraine Bourke
When: 1st October, 1pm
Where: Newtownards Visitor Information Centre

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Industrialists and Workers, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: 2nd October, 1pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME TALK: How to undertake War Grave Research – War Graves in Belfast, Nigel Henderson
When: 6 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Police, Lawyers and Criminals, Dr Barry Sheehan, Open University in Ireland.
When: 9th October, 1pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME TALK: ‘Peers, Politicians and Polemicists: The People Within the Londonderry Papers at PRONI’ Lorraine Bourke & ‘Lady Londonderry and the Great War,’ Brett Irwin
When: 9th October, 1pm
Where: Newtownards Visitor Information Centre

THE ROAD TO WAR LECTURE SERIES: Militarism in Ireland, 1912–18, Professor David Fitzpatrick, Trinity College, Dublin
When: 9 October, 7pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME TALK: How to undertake War Grave Research – War Graves in Northern Ireland, Nigel Henderson
When: 13 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

BELFAST CORPORATION LECTURE SERIES: ‘Serving Belfast, municipal services since 1613’, Robert Corbett, Belfast City Council
When: 14 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: Ulster Protestant Gaelic Tradition, by Diarmaid Ó Doibhlin
When: 15 October 2014, 1-2pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Churches and Churchgoers, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: 16th October, 1pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME TALK: An Unrepentant Romantic - Remembering Richard Hayward by Paul Clements
When: 17 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

BELFAST CORPORATION LECTURE SERIES: Building the City Hall, Robert Corbett, Belfast City Council
When: 21 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: Influence of Irish on English as we speak it, by Joe Ó Labhraí
When: 22 October 2014, 1-2pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Shops and Shoppers, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: 23rd October 1pm
Where: PRONI

THE ROAD TO WAR LECTURE SERIES: 'If the nation is to be saved women must help in the saving’: Women and War in Ireland, 1914-18, Dr Senia Paseta, University of Oxford
Thursday 23 October, 7pm
Where: PRONI

BELFAST CORPORATION LECTURE SERIES: Signature Events at Belfast City Hall, Robert Corbett, Belfast City Council
When: 28 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Doctors and Patients, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: 30th October 1pm
Where: PRONI

BELFAST CORPORATION LECTURE SERIES: Councils and Corporations, Ian Montgomery, PRONI
When: 4 November, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: History of the Irish Language, by Mícheál Ó Máirtín
When: 5 November 2014, 1-2pm
Where: PRONI

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘The First World War Diaries of Emma Duffin, Belfast Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse.’ By Trevor Parkhill
When: 11th November
Where: PRONI

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: Our Shared Musical Heritage, by Brian Mullen
When: 12 November 2014, 1-2pm
Where: PRONI

(With thanks to PRONI)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks