Wednesday, 15 April 2015

New Lanark Mill Visitor Books transcription

Glasgow University Archive Services has an interesting post about a project to transcribe the names recorded in its New Lanark Mills visitors books.

The full story is at https://universityofglasgowlibrary.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/monthly-collections-blog-post-transcribing-the-new-lanark-mill-visitor-books/

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Glasnevin Cemetery's Easter Rising Necrology

From Glasnevin Cemetery (www.glasnevintrust.ie) in Dublin:

Our 1916 Easter Rising Necrology research suggests 485 people were killed in the Easter Rising.
This list researched by Glasnevin Trust shows 485 men, women and children killed during or as a direct result of the 1916 Rebellion.

The story of Glasnevin Cemetery and those buried here is central to the history of the 1916 Rebellion. The full significance of this list will be further explored in the 1916 Rebellion Centenary Exhibition at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. We hope you will join with us and support us in telling that story.

Additional information on all of the names listed is currently held by Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. We would like people who are related to, or have information on those listed, to get in contact with us so we can further expand these stories in advance of our exhibition and events to mark the centenary of the Rebellion.

We need your help.
We are asking the public who may have relatives killed in the Easter Rising to contribute to the Necrology. Please use form on our website to submit any information.

If you have already submitted a form and haven't yet heard from us, please contact Historian and Curator, Conor Dodd at the museum on +353 (0)1 882 6550 or email CDodd@glasnevintrust.ie

(With thanks to Glasnevin Cemetery)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Who Do You Think You Are? Live to return to Birmingham in 2016

It looks like London's been abandoned as a venue next year - a newsletter from Who Do You Think You Are Live (www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com) has just confirmed that the show will be returning to Birmingham again in 2016.

From the newsletter:

Dates for 2016 revealed!

Due to the fantastic popularity of this year's show so far, we have already re-booked Birmingham's NEC for from 28th - 30th April 2016. Early bird tickets on sale this weekend!

The link for the early bird tickets, however, is currently to a page for this year's event.

Incidentally, a free app for Apple devices for this year's event is available at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/who-do-you-think-you-are-live/id820984342?mt=8

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live exhibitor map

An exhibitor map is now available for Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Birmingham this week, which takes place from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th April 2015. It can be viewed at https://bristolcdn.s3.amazonaws.com/WDYTYALive/2015_map.pdf. For details on the show itself, visit http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/.

For the three days I will be working on the Unlock the Past Cruises (www.unlockthepastcruises.com) stall, 126, as well as doing stints with the Society of Genealogists hosted Ask the Experts stall on Friday from 10-11, and Saturday from 10-12, so please do pop along and have a chat!

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

TheGenealogist updates tithes records and adds WW1 medal records

From The Genealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist is launching millions of new records at the Who Do You Think you Are? Live show. These include many unique resources:-

New Tithe Maps for more English counties
New Tithe Apportionment documents for Wales completing the release.
750,000 new Parish Records
4.66 million new WW1 Medals Records

A major addition to the National Tithe Records have been launched for the show. Joining the previously released maps for Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Leicestershire, are the counties of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Lancashire, Oxfordshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire & Yorkshire.

Tithe maps allow you to identify the land on which your ancestors lived and worked in the 19th century. The tithe apportionments list the names of both the owner and the occupier as well as detail the amount of land, how it was used, and tithe rent due. These unique records are key to geographically placing where your ancestors lived and worked in these times.

750,000 more Parish Records from 22 counties join the already significant collection on the site and these new records include: Buckinghamshire, Caernarvonshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumberland, Devon, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, London, Monmouthshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Shropshire, Somerset, Sussex, Worcestershire and Yorkshire.

Parish records are a prime source for family historians to find the key life events of their ancestors and so this release will be greatly welcomed by many whose ancestors are from these areas.

TheGenealogist is launching at the show, 4.66 million new WW1 Campaign Medal Cards. This takes their WWI medal collection close to 6 million records. Included in this new release are the following medals

1914 Star
1914/15 Star
British War Medal 1914-1920
Victory Medal 1914-1919

These medal cards make it even easier to find an ancestor in the collection of military records online as many of our ancestors who served in the First World War will have been eligible.

Mark Bayley, head of Content at TheGenealogist said “We always like to have a big release for the show. The completion of the Tithe apportionments and the release of maps for an additional 11 counties gives researchers the opportunity to beat the abiding challenge of finding where their ancestors lived and worked. With the vast number of Parish, Medal and Tithe Records that we are releasing there should be something for everyone to discover.”

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Monday, 13 April 2015

National Records of Scotland catalogue services still offline

The National Records of Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk) catalogue and other services such as the SCAN catalogue, the National Register of Archives for Scotland catalogue, the Scottish Handwriting website and the Scottish Documents platform, are all still offline, after more than two weeks. To say this is frustrating is an understatement, and no doubt may well be causing many genealogists problems, not least those who work as family historians for a living. I tweeted the archive earlier to ask for an update and possible timescale for its restoration, and received the following response:

Apologies - we are making every effort to enable access ASAP but cannot yet offer a timescale.

The archive has its status updated at www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/catalogues-and-indexes to say the following:

Please note that we are currently experiencing technical issues with our catalogues and indexes.
We hope to restore all services as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience.

It should also be noted that for those hoping to seek any advice from the archive that neither the NRS nor ScotlandsPeople appear to be included in the vendors list for this week's Who Do You Think You Are? Live event in Birmingham.

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

PRONI lunchtime lectures - The Antrim Coast in the Age of Industry

This looks like being a cracking series of lunchtime talks at PRONI (www.proni.gov.uk):

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: The Antrim Coast in the Age of Industry, 1750 to 1890.
When: Tuesday lunchtimes from the 28th April to 2nd June 2015
Where: PRONI

PRONI will be delivering a series of lunchtime lectures in April, May and June 2015 examining the arrival of Victorian technology and industrial activity in the Antrim coast and Glens. Until the 1800s much of the Antrim coast and Glens was wild and hard to access. During the nineteenth century the landscape was opened up and efforts were made to bring about an industrial revolution, like that of Belfast, in the country villages and peat-bogs.

Tuesday 28th April: The Industrial Heritage of the Antrim Glens, Fred Hamond

Tuesday 5th May: The Limestone Town of Glenarm: quarries and quarrymen, Gerard Muldoon

Thursday 21st May: The Ballintoy Project: how to organise a Local History Group, Robert Corbett

Tuesday 26th May: William Bald and the Making of the Antrim Coast Road, 1832 to 1840, Desmond McCabe

Tuesday 2nd June: Iron and Stone: the Earls of Antrim as Victorian industrialists, Ian Montgomery

(With thanks to the PRONI Express)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Irish Manor Courts lecture at PRONI cancelled

From PRONI in Belfast (www.proni.gov.uk):

The Lecture due to take place on Thursday 16th April titled 'The rise and fall of the Irish Manor Courts 1785 - 1859’ by John Larkin QC, has been cancelled. It is hoped that this event may take place later in the year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

BACSA South Asian cemeteries news, and Pakistani BMD site

From the Kabristan Archives newsletter:

NEWS FROM INDIA & PAKISTAN
If you need a birth or death certificate there is a dedicated web
site that will obtain it for you BIRTH CERTIFICATE PAKISTAN trusted not
to compromise

See http://birthcertificatepakistan.com/death-certificate-from-pakistan/

THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION FOR CEMETERIES IN SOUTH ASIA (BACSA)
The British Association for Cemeteries in South Asia (BACSA) has
launched its new website www.bacsa.org.uk This society specializes in
preserving the memories of the Raj by giving grants and repairing
European cemeteries in the Indian sub-continent and elsewhere in South
Asia. New members are wanted and if you are interested in the British
heritage in Asia, BACSA would love to have you on the team.

(With thanks to Ken Nisbet)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

FindmyPast update

The latest releases from FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):

· Containing over 29,000 records, the New South Wales Gaol Photographic Books 1871-1969 consist of entries of prisoners from 14 different gaols around the state. The records are particularly fascinating as they contain not only transcripts and scans of the original prisoner entry listings themselves, but also the mugshot photographs of individual inmates. The original series, held by the State Records Authority of New South Wales, was created as per the ‘Gaol Regulation’ which was proclaimed in the New South Wales Government Gazette on 19 February 1867. This required that description books be maintained to keep track of incoming and outgoing prisoners. Each record includes a transcript and image.

· The New South Wales Government Gazette Indexes 1832-1863 consist of over 1.2 million transcripts containing rich details of life in Australia’s most populous state. The information recorded was of an administrative and bureaucratic nature and can reveal details of your ancestor’s property, occupation, transactions and other useful biographical information. Each record includes a transcript of the original document.

· Containing over 156,000 records, the Essex Wills Beneficiaries Index 1505-1916 was compiled over a 15 year period by researcher Thora Broughton. The index records all people mentioned in a will, with the exception of witnesses and those with the same name as the testator - therefore not only beneficiaries and relatives appear but also executors, trustees, occupiers of property and adjacent landowners and so on. Each record contains a transcript and an image of the index

· Containing over 4,000 records, Craven's Part in the Great War 1914-1919, was designed to serve as a memento of the part that the district of Craven in Yorkshire played in the Great War. The memorial itself is divided into two main sections. The first is a nominal roll containing names, ranks and regiments, while the second section is a roll of honour includes including photographs supplied by the families of the deceased. Each record includes a transcript as well as an image of the original document.

· Over 5.3 million articles and 15 new titles have recently been added to our collection of historic British newspapers. The collection now stands at over 124 million articles from across England, Scotland and Wales and covers 245 years of British history from 1710-1955. New to the collection is the national title, The Daily Telegraph from 1871. There’s also new additions from other cities and towns around the country including Nottingham, Fife, Yorkshire and London. Substantial additions have also been made to existing titles, including the Fife Herald and the Derbyshire Courier.

(With thanks to Alex Cox)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.