Saturday, 16 February 2019

Family tree chart offer from My History

From My History (https://www.my-history.co.uk) in Yorkshire:

Our latest `Deal of the Week`

25% off Printed Charts when you use our free online Chart Generator
Offer ends 4pm Thursday 21st February 2019

This week we are offering 25% off a printed chart when you order using our online chart generator. The chart generator allows you to create any number of free charts in PDF format for checking before deciding if you wish to have any of them printed. Click here to find out how to get started with your family tree file. The 25% discount will be automatically given at the cart. Prices from £11.58. Normally you would need to order two copies of a chart to get this discount.

COMMENT: Don't forget also to check out My History's Unlock the Past genealogy guide books section at https://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Unlock-the-Past-Booklets-p1.html.

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

RootsIreland adds Laois and Offaly records

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie):

New Laois and Offaly Records Online

15th February 2019 By fdmadmin

We are pleased to announce that Irish Midlands Ancestry have added 18,000 records for Laois (Queen’s County) and Offaly (King’s County) to their databases at www.laois.rootsireland.ie and www.offaly.rootsireland.ie. These records include:

Tullamore RC baptisms and marriages, 1900-1916;
Census Laois and Offaly, 1659;
King’s County Chronicle, 1890-1895;
King’s County Electors, 1836;
King’s County Voters, 1829;
Landholders, King’s County, 1824;
Landowners, King’s County, 1876;
Landowners, Queen’s County, 1876;
Queen’s County Freeholders, 1758-75;
Queen’s County Voters, 1846;
Rateable Occupiers of Geashill Barony (King’s County), 1883-84;
Subscribers Parsonstown Poor Relief Fund, 1855.

For a full list of sources for Laois and Offaly, and to search these records, go to www.laois.rootsireland.ie and www.offaly.rootsireland.ie.

(Original story at http://www.rootsireland.ie/2019/02/new-laois-and-offaly-records-online/)

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

PDF option for English & Welsh GRO records now permanent

From the General Register Office for England and Wales (https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/default.asp):

GRO News

GRO has been piloting a service providing PDF copies of historical birth and death records. From the 16th February 2019 PDF’s have become a permanent service.

Applications for PDF’s cost £7, must be made online and include a GRO index reference. England and Wales records which are available to order in PDF format include:

Births: 1837–1918
Deaths: 1837–1957

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, therefore a paper certified copy [certificate] is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or where required to give notice of marriage.

(With thanks to @CensusDetective via Twitter)


Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

In Search of Missionaries: Tracing relatives on a mission from God

Whilst I am personally not very religious, several members of my family have worked as missionaries in the past.

On my research service blog, I discuss how I traced the careers of the Rev. William Paton, Mary Paton, and the Rev. David MacDonald Paton, as well as the missionary work that they carried out in India and China. I note many of the resources I found online, and at English based repositories such as the School of Oriental and African Studies archive in London, and the University of Birmingham archives.

You'll find the article at https://scotlandsgreateststory.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/in-search-of-missionaries/ - enjoy!

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Discover Your Ancestors 8 now on sale

The eighth annual bookazine Discover Your Ancestors is now available for sale.

The 196 page bookazine contains new in-depth articles, research advice, social and general history, 'how to' features, case studies, places in focus, and much more! It is ideal for both experienced researchers and those just starting out.
  • Fascinating features about life in the past
  • Different types of records explored
  • Explore Edward's Era - meet the Edwardians at home and at play
  • How to research: Methodists & Dissenters, Scots criminals and family myths
  • George Eliot: 200th Anniversary
  • Celebrity genealogies: Emily Blunt and Michael Caine
  • Over £170 of FREE resources! Including a 6 Month Gold Subscription to leading website TheGenealogist (worth £44.95!) and a 12 Month Subscription to the monthly online magazine, Discover Your Ancestors Periodical.
  • Lots of other downloadable resources and much more!
To order a copy visit https://genealogysupplies.com/user/basket/

NB: This edition includes articles by me on researching Scottish ancestors in times of crisis, and on researching Irish birth, marriage and death records - enjoy!

(With thanks to Andrew Chapman)

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

FindmyPast adds Scottish irregular marriage index

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has uploaded a useful resource for irregular Scottish marriages this week:

Scotland, Irregular & Cross-Border Marriage Index
Did you have ancestors' that eloped to be married or had an irregular marriage in Scotland? Search over 13,000 records spanning 1624 to 1898 and covering places such as Gretna Green, Coldstream, and Lamberton Toll to find details of their marriage in this collection. Marriage by a declaration in front of two witnesses was legal in Scotland, however, in 1753 a law was passed in England which banned such irregular marriages and this led to many couples eloping.

An irregular marriage in Scotland did not require the ceremony to be carried out by an ordained minister or to be preceded by proclamation or Banns. Parental permission was also not required for the marriage to be recognized as being legal. Irregular marriages were disagreed with in principle by the churches, they were however tolerated as the churches feared that if the law did not recognize such relationships, the couple would end up 'living in sin.'

Source: not listed.

[NB: My books Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) and Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records cover irregular marriages in both the pre-civil registration and civil registration eras - see https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. The final form of irregular marriage in Scotland, marriage by habit and repute, was not abolished until the Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006 - for more, see my blog post at https://scotlandsgreateststory.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/abolition-of-marriage-by-habit-and-repute/]


Also released this week:

Scotland, Edinburgh Field Officers From Almanacs 1758-1800
The Edinburgh Field Officers from Almanacs 1758-1800 is an excellent resource for anyone researching their ancestors' military history and want to understand more about their military life.

United States Marriages
Over 23 million additional marriage records covering 46 states have been added to the collection. These new additions span nearly 450 years of American history, containing records dating all the way back to 16th century Massachusetts.

Arkansas First Draft Registration Card, 1940-1945 Image Browse
Do you have ancestors from the state of Arkansas who were drafted during WW2? Explore over a million draft cards to learn facts such as their birth date, address, place of employment, relative's names, physical description and more. Browsing allows you to explore images of original draft cards from beginning to end.

New records from the Dominican Republic
Over 677,000 new records from the Dominican Republic are now available to search. These new releases consist of 5 separate collection covering civil registrations, baptisms, marriages and deaths between 1666 and 1924, including:

Dominican Republic Civil Registration, 1801-2010
Dominican Republic civil death registration, 1801-2010
Dominican Republic Marriage Index 1743-1929
Dominican Republic Death Index 1666-1862
Dominican Republic Baptism Index 1726-1924

British And Irish Newspaper update
This week we have added 128,578 new pages to The Archive. We are excited to welcome two brand new additions to our collection – the much requested Long Eton Advertiser and the Runcorn Guardian. We also have updates to six our existing titles, including three of our Irish publications, as well as the Middlesex County Times, the Manchester Evening News and the Lennox Herald. This week sees substantial additions to our twentieth century holdings, including an extensive run of 1930s titles, featuring the Middlesex County Times and the Long Eaton Advertiser.

For further details see https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2629023080.html

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Free access to Irish and UK records on Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) is offering free access to its Irish and UK collections until Monday:


 *Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until 23:59 GMT on 18 February 2019. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. 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.

Have fun!

NB: Ancestry is one of the websites I'll be discussing in my next Scottish Research Online course on March 11th - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102 for details!

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Ancestry adds London Poor Law Hospital Admissions and Discharges records

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has finally added a new English collection to its site, the first in some time.

London, England, Poor Law Hospital Admissions and Discharges, 1842-1918
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61711&key=U
(Source: Board of Guardians records held by the London Metropolitan Archives, London, England)

About London, England, Poor Law Hospital Admissions and Discharges, 1842-1918

Historical Context

After the Poor Law Act of 1834, workhouses became the main vehicle of assistance for the poor. Conditions were very hard and many of those who entered workhouses needed medical care. Infirmaries attached to workhouses, and administered by the Poor Law Unions were used to provide some relief for the impoverished elderly, chronically ill and anyone who suffered from one of many ailments prevalent at the time.

The role of the Workhouse infirmaries steadily expanded over the 19th century and by 1900, they were used to treat and care for not only Workhouse inmates but non-paupers as well; some were even operating as private hospitals.

This Collection

Users may find the following details for individuals found in the registers (where available):

Name
Gender
Admission Date
Age
Death Date
Discharge Date
Poor Law Union

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

West Norwood Burial Records now on Deceased Online

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

West Norwood Burial Records now on Deceased Online

Burial records from the historic West Norwood cemetery in Lambeth, London, are now available on www.deceasedonline.com. This beautiful cemetery, one of the 'Magnificent Seven' Victorian cemeteries, was founded in 1836 and is home to a great many listed monuments. The cemetery maintains a place in the English Heritage National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, and is recognised as a site of nature conservation value within Lambeth.

Among the notable famous people of the past buried in West Norwood cemetery lie John Dwight Doulton and his son Sir Henry Doulton. John Doulton, who died in 1873, was the founder of the firm that would become known as Royal Doulton. Originally the firm existed as a partnership with Martha Jones and John Watts, and was known as Jones, Watts, and Doulton. They specialised in industrial ware, brown stoneware, and stoneware bottles for liquid chemicals. Jones withdrew from the partnership in 1820 and, following the retirement of Watts in 1853, Doulton merged his company with his son Henry's company, Lambeth pottery, to become Doulton and Company. Henry's love of literature and the arts channelled the production of Doulton towards the manufacture of Art Pottery, for which Royal Doulton has become famous. Sir Henry was interred in a mausoleum at West Norwood cemetery made from red pottery tiles and bricks from the Doulton Works, and this has become a Grade II listed building.

Isabella Mary Beeton, author of the 1861 work Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, is also resting in West Norwood cemetery after dying in 1865 of puerperal fever at the young age of 28. Mrs Beeton worked extensively with her publisher husband, Samuel Beeton, revitalising the The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine with Isabella listed as 'co-editress'. Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, a collection of 24 articles from the The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, became one of the major publishing events of the 19th century. It was immensely well received by critics of the time and sold over 60,000 copies in its first year. It is still in print today.

English architect and designer William Burges, among the greatest of the Victorian art-architects, rests in West Norwood cemetery in the tomb he designed for his mother. Burges was described by contempories as eccentric, over-indulgent, and unpredictable, but his sense of humour and lively conversation won him many friends. He was well known for his opium addiction and party-batchelor lifestyle, which some have speculated was at least partly responsible for his early death in 1881, at the age of 53. Burges left behind an incredible body of work in architecture as well as designs in metalwork, sculpture, jewellery, furniture, and stained glass. His most notable works include Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork, Cardiff Castle, Gayhurst House in Buckinghamshire, and the Church of Christ the Consoler in Yorkshire.

The 165,000 records available on Deceased Online cover 1837 to 2005 and comprise microfiche scans of the original burial registers, information showing the other occupants of the grave, and maps showing the grave's approximate location in the cemetery.

Records from West Norwood crematorium are also available on Deceased Online.

Other Magnificent Seven cemeteries available on Deceased Online:
Kensal Green Cemetery
Highgate Cemetery
Nunhead Cemetery
Brompton Cemetery

(With thanks to Deceased Online via email)

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

RootsTech announces keynote speakers

From RootsTech (www.rootstech.org):

RootsTech 2019 Announces Lineup of Keynote Speakers and Entertainers

RootsTech_2019_Keynote_Speaker_Collage.pngSalt Lake City, Utah (13 February 2019), RootsTech 2019, the world’s largest family history conference, announced its full lineup of keynote speakers and entertainers, including Saroo Brierley, Patricia Heaton, Derek Hough, Jake Shimabukuro, and Steve Rockwood. Fueled by the popularity of DNA genealogy, social networking platforms, and related mobile apps, RootsTech 2018 had over 50,000 in-person and online attendees. Hosted by FamilySearch International, the conference will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 27 through March 2, and select content is broadcast live online.


Keynote Speakers

RootsTech 2019 kicks off on Wednesday, February 27, with classes on topics such as DNA research, photo preservation, and using social media to preserve family legacies. Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, will be the featured keynote speaker on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. mountain standard time.

Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton takes the stage on Thursday to share stories of faith and family. Heaton is most recognized for her role as Deborah Barone on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005) and more recently as Frankie Heck in The Middle (2009–2018). Heaton is also the author of two books. Her most recent, a recipe book, is Patricia Heaton’s Food for Family and Friends: 100 Favorite Recipes for a Busy, Happy Life, and her humorous collection of essays about life and family, published in 2003, is Motherhood and Hollywood: How to Get a Job Like Mine.

Saroo Brierley, whose story is recounted in the international bestselling autobiography A Long Way Home, will be the featured keynote speaker on Friday, March 1. Brierley’s remarkable family reunification story was depicted in the 2016 film Lion.

On Saturday, March 2, world-renowned ukulele musician and composer Jake Shimabukuro will take the stage. Shimabukuro’s records have repeatedly topped Billboard world music charts. Shimabukuro will speak about his efforts to honor his heritage through music and will perform live for the RootsTech audience.

Derek Hough, professional ballroom dancer and choreographer, will perform during the Friday evening event, Connecting through Music and Dance. Hough is widely recognized for his work on the ABC dance-competition series Dancing with the Stars, where he has won a record six seasons.

Classes

RootsTech 2019 offers more than 300 classes and activities for families and individuals with varying interests and skills. Select classes will be broadcast live (see https://www.rootstech.org/salt-lake/live-stream-schedule). RootsTech also offers a Virtual Pass, which provides access to additional online recorded sessions from the conference. Learn more or register for the event at RootsTech.org.

(With thanks to RootsTech via email)

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.