Monday, 21 May 2018

Family Tree Live - call for papers

From Family Tree magazine (

Call for papers

Family Tree Live, being held at Alexandra Palace on 26 and 27 April 2019, will offer family history enthusiasts of all levels the opportunity to attend talks presented by an inspiring and knowledgeable range of experts in their subject.

The lecture programme will cover a full range of family history topics, aimed at different levels of experience, and the Family Tree Live lecture programme organisers invite summaries for the delivery of 30-minute talks. 10 minutes will be allowed for questions at the end of each talk.

Please can you present your submission by supplying the details requested below.

Submissions should be sent to and on or before Friday 17 August 2018.

(With thanks to Helen Tovey)


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History of Women Religious Britain and Ireland conference 2018

The 2018 annual conference for History of Women Religious Britain and Ireland ( takes place at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway at the Moore Institute on Thursday 7 June and Friday 8 June 2018. The conference will explore the theme of Space, Place and the History of Women Religious across a broad chronological timeframe, from medieval to modern

The full conference programme is available at, whilst travel information and a registrationlink can be found at Tickets for the event are directly available at - priced at €25 (student/unwaged) – €30 (waged). 


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Ancestry adds Victoria, Australia, Birth Index, 1837-1917

Ancestry ( has added the following collection for Australia:

Victoria, Australia, Birth Index, 1837-1917
Source: Victoria, Australia, Birth Index, 1837-1917. The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

About Victoria, Australia, Birth Index, 1837-1917

This collection contains a birth index for the Australian state of Victoria.

These birth records typically contain the following information:

Name of the child
Father's name
Mother's maiden name
Registration year
Registration number
URL link to the certificate

The following additional information may be found on the original document. Original documents may be ordered from the Victoria Registry of Births, Deaths, and Marriages by following the purchase link on the record page .

Date and place of birth
Full names of parents
Occupations of parents
Place of birth and age of parents
Marriage of parents (date and place)
Previous children of relationship (meaning older siblings)
Informant name and address
Witness details (earlier records only)
Registration officer name and signature
Registration date


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Saturday, 19 May 2018

British India directories 1792-1948 added to FindmyPast

The following collections have been added to FindmyPast (

British in India, Directories 1792-1948 Browse
Browse through 75 assorted almanacs that offer a comprehensive view of life in British India. They contain lists of medical staff, veterinary staff, police, civil servants, and engineers working in India, as well as lists of debtors, charity members, and freemasons. You can also discover practical information for living in India, such as gardening calendars and advice for posting parcels and letters.

UK deaths 2007-2016
Search over 2.5 million transcripts to discover relatives who died in the United Kingdom. The collection covers England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Jersey and list the individual's name, date of death, and location of death.

1939 Register Map Search
You can now search the 1939 Register by address using our new map search feature. Simply enter the name of the street or location you wish to search to see a list of results for all the households in that area.

Queensland, Trustee files 1889-1929
Explore transcripts of trustee files created under the provisions of wills. This collection comprises trustee files created under the provisions of wills. The original records contain details on a range of topics, such as land ownership, rental properties, fund disbursement, relatives, school fees, and wage lists. The majority of the files included have a 75-year restricted access period.

United States Obituary Notices
Over 2.6 million additional records have been added to our collection of United States Obituary Notices. The entire collection now contains over 8.7 million records.

Further details and links at


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GDPR casualties on the DNA front

From FamilyTreeDNA (

Dear Valued Ysearch & Mitosearch Members,

On May 24th, 2018, our free, public genetic-genealogy databases, and, will no longer be accessible as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect on May 25th.

As the founders of the direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy industry, we did not make this decision lightly. We believe it is necessary given the resources it would take to make both sites GDPR compliant. The current environment regarding DNA privacy as well as recent events in the news, particularly DNA databases being utilized to solve cold cases, were also considerations, but the rigorous requirements of GDPR would have prompted this action irrespective of current events.

User privacy policies across all of the major consumer genetic-genealogy service providers have become a topic of national conversation, and it is our goal to ensure that our privacy policies continue to meet or exceed industry norms.

We encourage you to continue your journey of discovery with us on FamilyTreeDNA, and we thank you for your participation in “citizen science” over the years.



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Recent additions to the British Newspaper Archive

The following has been added to the British Newspaper Archive ( over the last 30 days:

Penrith Observer
25564 pages
1860-1878, 1880-1895, 1897-1900, 1902, 1908, 1938-1958

Lakes Chronicle and Reporter
10636 pages
1876-1881, 1883-1895, 1898-1910

The Referee
1248 pages

Newcastle Journal
37634 pages
1958-1959, 1961-1967

Music Hall and Theatre Review
11332 pages
1889, 1891-1894, 1897-1899, 1904-1907

English Lakes Visitor
11962 pages
1877-1888, 1890-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1908, 1910

Tralee Chronicle
3972 pages

Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser
8822 pages
1833-1850, 1852-1855

Cheltenham Examiner
31444 pages

Warrington Guardian
832 pages

Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette
10244 pages
1825, 1827-1868

Luton Reporter
19826 pages

Oxfordshire Telegraph
6796 pages
1860-1871, 1873, 1875-1894

Winsford & Middlewich Guardian
832 pages

Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser
4906 pages
1856-1868, 1870-1871

Stroud News and Gloucestershire Advertiser
18500 pages
1867-1880, 1883-1910

Bridgwater Mercury
424 pages

Wigan Observer and District Advertiser
826 pages

Sligo Champion
5638 pages

Hereford Journal
482 pages

Macclesfield Courier and Herald, Congleton Gazette, Stockport Express, and Cheshire General Advertiser
478 pages

Ballyshannon Herald
4100 pages
1832, 1834, 1837-1840, 1842-1850, 1864-1865, 1871-1873

County Advertiser & Herald for Staffordshire and Worcestershire
19900 pages

Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail
7088 pages
1845-1855, 1873-1877, 1890

Bournemouth Graphic
22168 pages
1902-1920, 1931-1937

Banner of Ulster
9450 pages
1842, 1847, 1851-1852, 1857-1869

Weekly Freeman's Journal
7016 pages

Worthing Gazette
36590 pages
1889-1897, 1899-1958

Eastern Morning News
6066 pages
1889, 1897, 1899

West Sussex Gazette
35668 pages
1853-1891, 1897, 1910, 1912-1958

West Sussex County Times
414 pages

Leamington, Warwick, Kenilworth & District Daily Circular
1732 pages
1896, 1904

Eastern Daily Press
2486 pages

Shields Daily News
3286 pages

Good Morning
3688 pages

Crawley and District Observer
8120 pages

Christchurch Times
14570 pages
1858-1860, 1866, 1878-1911

Forres Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Northern Review and Advertiser
12674 pages

South Wales Daily Post
1240 pages

Leicester Journal
14842 pages
1882-1914, 1916-1920

Glasgow Evening Citizen
1254 pages

Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette
3480 pages

Lloyd's List
4360 pages

Clifton Society
128 pages , updated 25 days ago

Bournemouth Guardian
15528 pages
1883-1891, 1897-1910, 1912-1921

Horsham, Petworth, Midhurst and Steyning Express
7596 pages
1863-1868, 1870-1871, 1873-1896, 1899-1902

Southern Times and Dorset County Herald
25626 pages
1852-1866, 1872-1886, 1890-1896, 1898-1899, 1902-1910

Crewe Guardian
14114 pages
1872-1873, 1877, 1880, 1882, 1885-1886, 1888-1891, 1896, 1899, 1902-1903, 1905-1906, 1910

Votes for Women
2082 pages
1907-1909, 1916

200 pages

Irish Citizen
1676 pages


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

New look Forces War Records website

From Forces War Records (

Forces War Records are pleased to announce the launch of their new look website.

Forces War Records, the website to visit for anyone researching their family’s military history or searching for ancestors through military data are excited to announce that it’s new and refreshed website is now live.

With a fresh new design and feel, the new look website gives users the opportunity to navigate through Forces War Records extensive database of military records, documents, products and services with ease. Delivering a fully responsive experience, the new website gives users a seamless transition from desktop to mobile browsing and improved searchability. Also, there’s a whole host of smaller but impactful changes, all to make your experience of the Forces War Records site that much better for you. Visitors are able to explore the new look site by visiting Come take a look for yourself. We hope you like the changes, and if you have any feedback, please let us know via our Customer Services, Facebook or Twitter.

About Forces War Records.

Forces War Records ( is the website to visit for those researching their family’s military history. Specialising only in military history, the genealogy site contains over 10+ million records of individuals who have served from medieval times - right through to the present day. This fascinating site also has a crack team of professional researchers and military experts on hand to personally uncover extra layers of history about long gone forebears. Its mission is to hold the most in-depth, accurate and helpful military records available.

Initial searches are free, but for a subscription costing, at most, £8.95 a month, users have complete, unrestricted access to Forces War Records’ data. Every time a search is made all files are cross-

referenced automatically and every relevant article will appear where a particular ancestor is referenced, maybe even a photo from our historic library archive. Search results can include such information as an individual’s rank, nationality, service number, campaign medals, regiment, battalion, and promotion dates and more. (Please be aware that due to the way we collate and cross-reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed)

With the impending World War One Centenary in 2018 marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, Forces War Records is sure to be the first port of call for many researching the conflict and their family history.

(With thanks to Neil White)


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Monday, 14 May 2018

Launch of The Great Irish Famine Online

The Irish Tánaiste, Simon Coveney TD, has formally launched The Great Irish Famine Online project as part of this year's National Famine Commemoration.

According to the website of University College Cork, the project, located at, "allows users access to interactive maps which facilitates research into the details of how the famine affected people in local areas, down to civil parish and town level. It will enable users to view online the information for any location across the island. People can analyse detailed information charting changes in the social, political and economic landscape of pre and post famine Ireland."

The project is a collaboration between staff at UCC’s Geography Department and the Irish Government's Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. From the website:

The Great Famine was one of the most tragic events in Irish history. The deaths of over 1 million people and the emigration of a further million had a profound and devastating effect on Irish society.

The mapping of the famine at parish level provides us with new ways of seeing the Famine, by revealing the complex local and regional dimensions, which raises questions about the social conditions which prevailed in different localities and the diverse responses in terms of relief. Behind the maps are the stories of individuals and communities and how they fared during this traumatic period.

Direct access to the various pages and maps is available at


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FindmyPast adds Norfolk records for browsing

FindmyPast ( has added the following collections to browse for Norfolk, England:

Norfolk Parish Registers Browse
Browse through original parish registers spanning more than 300 years of Norfolk history. Delve through more than 13,000 pages of baptism, marriage, banns and burial registers covering Church of England across the region.

Norfolk Parish Chest Records 1300-1990 Browse
Explore more than 227,000 parish chest records from Norfolk in a collection spanning six centuries. These records will enable you to browse through account books, apprenticeship registers, vital event records, poor rate books, and much more.

Norfolk Land Tax Assessments 1665-1837 Browse
Browse through over 60,000 assorted tax assessment records for the county of Norfolk. The collection spans the years 1665 to 1837.

The Norfolk Record Office records included in this collection are classified into the following event type categories:

Assessment for ongoing war
Assessment lists for royal aids
Assessment lists for royal aids and window tax assessments
Land & window tax assessments
Land tax assessments
Poll & land tax assessments
Poll tax assessment
Window tax assessments

Norfolk Borough Records 1317-1981 Browse
Browse through more than 58,000 Norfolk borough records from 1317 to 1981. There are 44 different types of record included this collection covering apprentices, freeman, courts, churches, petitions, sessions, poor rates and more.

Norfolk Archdeacon's Transcripts 1600-1812 Image Browse
Explore over 78,000 Archdeacon's transcripts to uncover vital details related to your ancestor's baptism, marriage, and burial.

Further details and relevant links are available at


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Ancestry adds Cheshire based Church of England records

Ancestry ( has added new colelcxtion of interest to those with family from Cheshire:

Cheshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1564-1837
Source: "Electronic databases created from various publications of parish records."

About Cheshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1564-1837

This collection comprises historical parish registers from Cheshire, England. The records in this collection range from 1564 to 1837. Parish records--primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials--provide the best source ofvital record information in the centuries before civil registration. All of the data was indexed as it was originally presented in various published registers and books. For this reason, you may find interesting phonetic spellings.


The individual files in this database may not include all dates and records for each parish/church. Use caution in assuming that any database is a complete set of records--even for the parishes and time period listed. Due to the legibility of the original sources, there may be gaps in the records, including partial sentences, cut-off words, and other omissions.

Due to the nature of the records and because the records were originally compiled by a third party, it is difficult to absolutely verify the completeness and validity of the data. The information in this collection is as correct as it was when received it, and has merely been reproduced in an electronic format.

What historical background should I know to use this data?

A large number of parish records date from the 16th century, when a series of mandates required clergy to compile records of baptisms, marriages, and burials within the parish, and to send an annual copy to the Bishop. Essentially, there are two sets of records: the parish copy and the copy the clergyman sent to the Bishop each year, known as Bishops Transcripts. Many records were destroyed, lost, or simply not kept during the Civil War (1642-60). Of the surviving records, many have since been transcribed and collected by genealogical societies. The records are a valuable resource for finding vital information of people of the time. The content of the records may vary between the two sets.

Cheshire: - Marriage Bonds of Archdeaconry of Cheshire, 1700-06/07 Cheshire: - Marriage Bonds of Archdeaconry of Cheshire, 1707-11 Cheshire: - Marriage Bonds of Archdeaconry of Cheshire, 1711-15 Cheshire: - Marriage Bonds of Archdeaconry of Cheshire, 1715-19 Cheshire: - Marriage Licences granted within the Archdeaconry of Cheshire, 1691-1700

Marriages at Alderley, 1629 to 1837
Marriages at Bosley, 1729 to 1750
Marriages at Capesthorne, 1722 to 1747
Marriages at Chelford, 1674 to 1752
Marriages at Marton, 1563 to 1769
Marriages at Poynton-cum-Worth, 1723 to 1753
Marriages at Siddington, 1722 to 1783
Marriages at Pott Shrigley, 1685 to 1751

Cheshire: Bruera - Parish Register (Christenings, Marriages, Burials & Inhabitants), 1662-1812 Cheshire: Chester - Marriage Licenses Granted within the Archdeaconry of Chester in the Diocese of Chester, 1639-1644
Cheshire: Chester Cathedral - Parish Register (Christenings, Marriages, Burials & Inhabitants), 1687-1812 Cheshire: Overchurch - Register of Upton in Overchurch (Christenings, Marriages & Burials), 1600-1812 Cheshire: Prestbury - Parish Registers (Christenings, Marriages & Burials), 1560-1636


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