Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hampshire records added to TheGenealogist

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

Millions of New Parish Records added to the TheGenealogist


* Released in partnership with the Hampshire Genealogical Society there are over 2.1 million new fully searchable records of individuals released online for the first time

* With these records those searching for ancestors from Hampshire can discover almost 1.8 million people recorded within the baptisms from this area in the south of England as far back as 1538 up to 1751

* Family researchers can also discover the details of over 212,000 individuals from marriages between 1538 and 1753 and nearly 143,800 people listed in the burials of Hampshire from 1838 to 1865

Hampshire Genealogical Society worked with TheGenealogist to publish their records online, making 2,135,878 individuals from baptism, marriage and burial records fully searchable. Dolina Clarke, Chairman of Hampshire Genealogical Society said:

“The Hampshire Genealogical Society have decided to put the remaining data from their parish register indexes for Hampshire, which are not already on line, with FHS-Online and TheGenealogist (S & N). We looked at various different online sites and felt that S & N were able to offer us a very fair deal. Furthermore they are a British company with whom we have had a very good relationship for over 20 years.” Dolina Clarke, Chairman HGS www.hgs-familyhistory.com

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Development at TheGenealogist, welcomed Hampshire Genealogical Society to the growing number family history societies on both TheGenealogist and FHS-Online saying: “We’re delighted that HGS chose to publish their records through TheGenealogist and FHS-Online. This release adds to the ever expanding collection of parish records on both websites. These partnerships help societies boost their funds whilst bringing their records to a much wider audience, through online publication.”

This release joins TheGenealogist’s already published Hampshire parish records, sourced from the Phillimore Registers, and soon we will also be adding further transcriptions that will fill in any gaps to provide an even more comprehensive coverage of this important county.

If your society is interested in publishing records online, please contact Mark Bayley on 01722 717002 or see www.fhs-online.co.uk/about.php

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

1831 census records from Hampshire online

I've received the following announcement from Kevin Smith, which may be of interest to those with Hampshire connections in England:

A free Christmas present for genealogists researching Fordingbridge, Hampshire

The 1831 census for Fordingbridge Town, Burgate & Midgham, and Godshill Tything have been transcribed and are freely available at www.kevinRsmith.co.uk (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the links).

The 1831 census was taken on 30 May 1831 but, unlike later censuses, lists only the head of each household, along with the number of people in the household and the number in each type of occupation. These records are rare surviving examples of this census.

These Hampshire records join others available from Kevin R. Smith covering Dorset and Aberdeenshire.

(With thanks to Kevin Smith)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Forces War Records offer

From Forces War Records (https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/):

Your pre-Christmas gift from Forces War Records - Original 1914 Princess Mary’s box with gift cards inside.


The Princess Mary Christmas gift box was given to all members of the armed forces on Christmas day 1914. These small boxes, made from silver for Officers and brass for all others, typically contained an ounce of tobacco, a packet of cigarettes, a lighter, a Christmas card and photograph from Princess Mary, some also contained sweets. Amazingly, it took until 1920 to deliver all 2.5 million!

So here’s our pre-Christmas gift to you – an original tin containing a selection of gift cards from Forces War Records:

1. 12 months free membership
2. Discount when you hire a professional researcher
3. Free Family Historian Software

Become a full member between 4th Dec and 11.59pm 11th December, 2016 and this could be yours. (winner selected at random) Why not give the gift cards as Christmas presents.

JOIN HERE: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/records.asp

(With thanks to Neil White)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

New South Wales records added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added a tonne of material online concerning New South Wales in Australia:

New South Wales, Australia, Miscellaneous Records, 1787-1976
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8822

The source for the materials included is The State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales.

The detail on what has been included is something else! For a comprehensive overview of the additions please view http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/dbextra.aspx?dbid=8822. Let's just say it should be enough to keep some folk busy for a bit!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Ten years of FamilySearch Indexing

This is definitely worthy of a wee announcement! From FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org):

Salt Lake City, Utah (28 November 2016), You go online to FamilySearch. You type an ancestor’s name. You instantly find your ancestor in any number of 5.5 billion historical records in the free online database. You are elated at how easy it was as you fill in another missing piece of your family tree puzzle. That successful experience was brought to you by a phenomenon called indexing. And most likely, you were the recipient of a free gift empowered by the efforts of many online indexing volunteers.

Next week (December 5th) is International Volunteer Day, and FamilySearch International is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its web-based, volunteer-driven, indexing initiative, which started in 2006. The migration from the previous CD-ROM-based format to the web has been nothing short of amazing, and the rest has been record-making history—literally. The indexing initiative is the largest undertaking of its kind and is unparalleled in its achievements.

As a thank you to indexers and the millions of people who have found family documents from their efforts, FamilySearch is sharing a collection of free downloadable “I HEART Families” images for use on social media, or as cell phone and computer wallpaper.

FamilySearch and its predecessors have been gathering and preserving the world’s historic records to assist people like me and you in making family history discoveries. It publishes millions of digital images of historic records from around the world on FamilySearch.org weekly. FamilySearch’s proprietary software, a lot of computing power, and the contributions of hundreds of thousands of volunteers and countless millions of donated hours make the genealogically rich names and information hidden on those historic records easily and freely searchable to millions of curiosity seekers online.

In 2006, the call went out for volunteers to help in this unprecedented, global cause, and the online community responded. In fact, in just 10 years, over 1.2 million volunteers worldwide have joined the cause and continue to donate much needed time and talent to help index the world’s historic genealogical records.

In the past 10 years, online volunteers have personally pored over 1.5 billion images of historic records from all over the world and made over 5 billion ancestral names conveniently searchable to me and you from any web-enabled device.

Who are these unsung heroes? “They are your next door neighbors and work colleagues who continue to respond to the call to make the world’s historic records freely searchable online for anyone interested in discovering the branches of their family trees,” said Collin Smith, a marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. “They hail from all over the world—200 countries to be exact and collectively, the volunteers speak and read 58 languages.”

Why do they do it? Their motivations vary according to Smith. Some are paying it forward because they personally have benefited from priceless searchable record collections online. Others like participating in something meaningful and historic that will make a big difference somehow. Ornella Lepore, a native of Naples, Italy, now living in the United States, helps index Italy’s records online—particularly those pertaining to her ancestral roots. “I can’t afford to travel to Italy as often or whenever I want to do my family history research,” said Lepore. “Having the historic records indexed online where my ancestors are from will help me in my research in the long run.” Not every historic collection from Italy she helps with will hold keys to her personal research, but she knows in time, some of them will. And that’s motivation enough for her.

The entire suite of US Censuses from 1790 to 1940 is most notable of the volunteers’ efforts. All of those records are now freely searchable online at FamilySearch.org. In 2010, the power of this online community was unleashed on the newly released 1940 US Census. They indexed the entire census—all 3.8 million pages of it—in just 4 months, giving access to 134 million names.

And so these volunteers continue to show up daily online, unsung and untold in the internet clouds, ages 12–95, picking historic projects of interest and making a difference for the next person online hoping to find an ancestor in the growing sea of historic records.

Learn more about volunteering online at FamilySearch Indexing (https://familysearch.org/indexing/).

COMMENT: Well done to all concerned - each index transcriptions makes the research process for
others just a little bit easier.

(Original press release sent via email)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), 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, 27 November 2016

Forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives

Some forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives (https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/default.aspx):

City in the Blitz - walking tour
Thursday 29 December , 11 am - 1 pm.
On 29 December 1940 the City of London was subjected to one of the most intense bombing raids of the Second World War. This walk retraces the sequence and focal points of the raids, and the personal stories and heroism of the people involved.
Meet outside St Paul’s Tube Station (by exit marked to Cathedral).
Led by Chris Everett, CityHighLights.
£10 - booking essential.
Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/city-in-the-blitz-tickets-26943199836


Queer Time; Queer Place; Queer Action: Sexualities and LocalitiesConference
Saturday 3 December, 9 am - 5 pm
The 14th LGBTQ History and Archives Conference will be created with the involvement of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Sexualities and Localities project (a collaboration between Birkbeck College and Leeds Beckett University).
£15 / £10 concs. (includes lunch)
Find out more and book your place https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/queer-time-queer-place-queer-action-sexualities-and-localities-tickets-26943527817


London’s Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666
Exhibition runs until 1 February 2017
Taking its inspiration from Thomas Farriner and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this exhibition tells the story of London’s bakers from 1666 to the 20th century. Discover recipes (to take away and bake!) for almond cakes c1700, suet puddings c1850 and questionable school puddings from the 1970s.
Free - during normal LMA opening hours.
Find out more at https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/news-events/Pages/londons-baking.aspx


Make the most of your trip to LMA
Every month, we run a selection of training sessions for LMA users to enhance your research. Whether you're new to archives or a seasoned visitor, you may still find these sessions useful!
We run sessions most months on the following topics:
  • Getting started at LMA
  • Handling documents
  • Family History starter sessions
  • Understanding old handwriting
Find out which events are coming up at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--london/new-visitors-to-lma/


Workshops and classes

Writing and Presenting Your Family History
Thursday 1 December, 2 - 4.30 pm
This workshop offers ideas and approaches to writing your family history using different styles and media, from creative scrapbooks to a basic website. Feel free to bring in work in progress. Think about how you want to present your work. Will it be a book, an illustrated magazine, a strip cartoon or an album?
£10 - booking essential
Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-and-presenting-your-family-history-tickets-26943219896

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Friday, 25 November 2016

AncestryDNA sale this weekend

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has announced a limited sale this weekend on its DNA kits in the UK:

Lowest ever price for AncestryDNA

This Black Friday, you’ll be surprised at what you can discover with AncestryDNA. You’ll be even more surprised at the price – just £49. Make new family connections and reveal more of your unique story for less than ever before.

Now £49* Was £79
SAVE £30


*Offer expires on 28 November 2016 at 23:59 GMT. Offer does not include shipping costs. AncestryDNA is offered in the United Kingdom by Ancestry International DNA LLC.

To buy the kit visit https://order.ancestry.co.uk/ng/signup/?offer_id=O-24975&rtype=85&o_xid=74411&o_lid=74411&o_sch=Email+Campaigns#/register/ (you might need to register for a basic account first)



COMMENT: Note that postage and packing is not included - I believe this may be an additional £15 per kit, but happy to be corrected.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC1

A new ten part series of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? series starts on Thursday evening at 8pm, BBC1.

From the BBC, a synopsis of the first episode:

EastEnders actor Danny Dyer hopes that he will 'freak a few people out' with his family history. Danny sets out to discover the history of his tough working-class family in the East End of London, but in the process he unearths an extraordinary lineage stretching back to the Norman conquest.



Who Do You Think You Are magazine has a feature on the actor's story at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/five-things-you-might-not-know-about-danny-dyer

The following trailer is also available for the whole series:



(Also available at https://youtu.be/x2z7Ae0GiVw)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Family Tree Maker news update

A news update from Software MacKiev on genealogy software package Family Tree Maker:

WHAT'S HAPPENING TO FTM AT THE END OF THE YEAR?

As it gets closer to the end of 2016, we're understandably hearing this question a lot. In large part that's because it was initially announced that FTM would only be supported through the end of December 2016. But that was a million years ago back in December 2015 when it was also announced that brand wouldn't continue at all. All that changed 7 weeks later on February 2nd of this year — the day Ancestry announced that they'd decided after all to sell this wonderful old brand to us. And that together we would be building on what Ancestry had started, including creating a new sync technology together.

So relax. TreeSync® will not stop working at the stroke of midnight this December 31st. And though it will be retired at some point in the not too distant future, before that happens, there will be new syncing technology available to replace it. It's already well into development and we will be starting outside beta testing before the end of the year. And that means syncing as we know it for FTM is going to live on into 2017 and beyond. So if you've been worried about what happens at the end of the year, well you can just stop worrying. Syncing, Search, and Shaky Leaf hints are all here to stay.

WHEN THE BEST CHARTS IN THE WORLD ARE NOT ENOUGH

Family Tree Maker users know that FTM already has the most extensive collection of charts of any leading family history software. But if even that leaves you wanting more, a new plug-in, Charting Companion, provides six unique chart types not found in FTM, including the Descendant Fan (a combination of descendant and family tree fan charts), plus a great collection of embellishments and lots of special print options.

Charting Companion is only the second “plug-in” ever written for Family Tree Maker (the other being Stefan Harms' excellent Family Book Creator). That means you can access Charting Companion from Family Tree Maker menus and it will work directly with your tree files as though it were part of the program. And for a limited time you can get Charting Companion from our new FTM Gift Collection for just £24.95 (regularly £28) by visiting http://www.mackiev.com/store/ftm/offers/gifts/intern.html?edition=uk. Enjoy!

WHAT ABOUT THOSE FREE UPDATES?

When we happily adopted FTM earlier this year, we set out to create free updates that we could wholeheartedly recommend to all current users of FTM 2014 and Mac 3. That work is still in progress, but if you'd like to get your hands on a copy and you're OK with a near-final build, then you can have one any time. Even right now. Just head on over to our Replacement Center (see Getting a Replacement Copy, below).

So, should you get the latest build right now then? Well, it depends. The improvements are mostly in stability and performance. So if FTM is crashing or has slowed to a crawl with large trees, then have at it. Same if waiting is driving you crazy, or you usually download interim updates anyway. But if, like most users, your copy is working just fine, we still suggest waiting for the final build. To be notified as soon as the updates are ready, make sure to sign up for the mailing list at www.familytreemaker.com. For more info on the updates see “Free Updates Coming Soon” below.

JUST THE BEGINNING

We are having the time of our lives in our new role as publisher of this most beloved of family history brands, and we couldn't be more excited about what's coming next. To make sure you are the first on your block to get the latest Family Tree Maker news, sign up for the FTM Mailing List at www.familytreemaker.com. And stay tuned. This is just the beginning.


Jack Minsky
President
Software MacKiev

(With thanks to Software MacKiev via email)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Thanks to Aberdeen and North-East Scotland Family History Society

A huge thanks to Aberdeen and North-East Scotland Family History Society's Glasgow branch for its hospitality on Saturday, when I gave my talk Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis.

The book on the talk is available at My History in Yorkshire, at http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Down-and-Out-in-Scotland-Researching-Ancestral-Crisis-UTP0286.html#SID=876 or as a PDF based ebook from Genealogy eBooks at http://www.gen-ebooks.com/down-and-out-in-scotland-ancestral-crisis.html.

A quick message from Buzzy Garden of the society:

"Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/anesfhs/ - worth following. For newbies, you are welcome to attend other ANESFHS meetings for exiles in the Central Belt - e.g. Edinburgh Group has the excellent Marjorie Harper on emigrants in Jan, Glasgow Group welcomes back Ken Nisbet on RCEs in Feb, etc. Details (& so much more) available on the recently revamped ANESFHS website at https://www.anesfhs.org.uk/meetings-events/events"

It was good also to catch up with colleagues from the Scottish Genealogy Network at the event - more on the network at www.scottishgenealogynetwork.co.uk.

(With thanks to Buzzy Garden and Michelle Leonard)

Chris





For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.