Sunday, 15 July 2018

Newly catalogued Welsh collections from RCAHMW

The latest monthly edition of the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW) Archives and Library Bulletin lists all newly catalogued material, including archival items, library books and journal articles, all of which are all available to view in its public reading room. The full archive catalogue is available on Coflein (www.coflein.gov.uk) and contains digital copies of many of the items listed. All publications may be found on the Commission's online Library Catalogue.

For further details visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/royal-commission-archive-library-bulletin-of-newly-catalogued-material-june-2018/.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Canadian Expeditionary Force service files update

From Library and Archives Canada:

As of today, 608,399 of 640,000 files are available online in our Personnel Records of the First World War database. Please visit the Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files page for more details on the digitization project.

Further details are available at https://thediscoverblog.com/2018/07/15/digitization-of-the-canadian-expeditionary-force-personnel-service-files-update-of-july-2018/


Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Jacobite Histories added to FindmyPast

The latest records added to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Berkshire Registers & Records
Explore over 600 registers and records from the English county of Berkshire. Discover your ancestor in parish registers from Leckhamstead and St Mary, Reading.

Durham Registers & Records
Learn more about your Durham ancestors with our collection of more than 2,800 registers and records from the North Eastern County.

Scotland, Jacobite Histories 1715-1745
Discover more about the Jacobites and the Jacobite Risings with this collection of historical publications. These documents are presented in a PDF format and can be searched by name, conflict, publication title and year, and keyword.

Greater London Burial Index
Over 109,000 new additions covering 27 Middlesex parishes have been added to the Greater London Burial Index. The records consist of transcripts that may reveal a combination of your relative's name, age, occupation, religious denomination and where they were buried.

British & Irish Newspapers
This week we have added 111,538 new pages to our collection of historic British Newspapers. We have added one new title – the Witney Express and Oxfordshire and Midland Counties Herald – and updated seven of our existing titles. We have added pages to four of our Irish titles, including the incredibly influential Freeman's Journal, as well as adding to our Liverpool and Dover titles, and also to the Music Hall and Theatre Review.

The new additions include;

Witney Express and Oxfordshire and Midland Counties Herald (new title) - 1869-1887
Evening Herald (Dublin) - 1897, 1899, 1901, 1907, 1996
Irish Independent - 1913, 1915
Freeman's Journal - 1912-1919, 1922-1924
Sligo Champion - 1983, 1988-1995
Liverpool Echo - 1973, 1979-1980
Music Hall and Theatre Review - 1910-1911

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-july-13th-2586088101.html

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

TNA podcast - West Africa and the First World War

The National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) in England has a free to podcast online which may be of interest to those researching the First World War:

West Africa and the First World War
https://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/west-africa-first-world-war/

The First World War had a great impact on West Africa, as Britain ordered the invasion of German colonies in Cameroon and Togoland, using its own colonies as base. The West African Frontier Force, drawn from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria and Gambia played a key role in the campaign. War had also had a great impact on the civilian population, as the British drew off workers and resources. How did African soldiers experience the campaign, and what did the war mean for West African societies as a whole?

There is a downloadable media file on the page which can also be interacted with as you listen.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Latest edition of Irish Lives Remembered online

From Eneclann:

The Spring Edition of Irish Lives Remembered is available to view now. Our cover star is Mark Hamill, aka Luke Skywalker! We also have:

Paul McCotter on the Dunne surname;
Dr. Maurice Gleeson on genetics and surnames;
Ned Kelly on Treasure Trove;
Brian Mitchell on Derry/Londonderry records;
Maureen Wlodarczyk on Francis Kilkenny and the Irish Home-Going Assoication
Lorna Moloney and Kealan McCormack on Knowing Nenagh
Michèle Castiaux on the Irish Geological Association Archive Project
An update on Findmypast and the Catholic Heritage Archive with Niall Cullen
Nathan Mannion on Zambia's Grandfather of Education
Fiona Fitzsimons reviews Ships from Ireland to E
arly America 1623–1850
A Book Excerpt from Damian Shiels The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America
Jayne Shrimpton's Photo-Detective;
Patrick’s Page with Patrick Roycroft; and
Ask Genie, our family history agony aunt.

To freely access the magazine visit https://irishlivesremembered.ie/latest-edition/.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

The Irish Jewish Family History Database

A new website has been launched online to help with your Jewish research in Ireland.

The Irish Jewish Family History Database has information on 61,821 Irish based Jews from between 1700 to the present day, as collated by Stuart Rosenblatt. Information includes basic vital records, as well as schooling and occupational details.

For further information visit www.irishjewishroots.com.



(With thanks to Michael Merrigan on Twitter)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

American Revolutionary War records available for free until July 15th

If any of your ancestors made their way from Britain and Ireland to the American colonies and got involved in the Revolutionary War, Fold 3 (www.fold3.com) has free access to some records until July 15th which might be of interest:


Access Revolutionary War Records for Free*

Revolutionary War Signing for Payment Vouchers To commemorate Independence Day, Fold3 is providing free access* to our Revolutionary War Collection July 1–15.



We continue to offer everyday free access to our Constitutional Convention Records, Continental Congress Papers, George Washington Correspondence, and other archives from the founding of our nation! See the original manuscripts written with quill and ink by our founding fathers.

Our Revolutionary War collection contains 22 collections with almost 5 million records! Here’s just a few of the titles:

Revolutionary War Rolls: The Continental Army was made up of troops provided by each colony. They formed battalions, regiments, companies or militias. There is an introduction to this collection from the National Archives, and then you can search by state and narrow down to a specific fighting group.

Navy Casualty Reports, 1776 – 1941: This collection records both wartime and peacetime deaths of navy soldiers in the Revolutionary War and later conflicts including the War of 1812, Civil War, WWI and others.

Revolutionary War Service Records: These are service records for soldiers who fought for the Continental Army. They are arranged under state, fighting company and then alphabetically by soldier’s name.

Revolutionary War Prize Cases – Captured Vessels: After the US declared independence from the British, colonists were no match for the powerful British Navy. In an effort to disrupt British commerce, colonists captured British vessels. The vessels were known as prizes. These records, which are copies of the original manuscripts, are cases heard on appeal by courts from 1776-1886. You can browse them by state, case name, or by vessel name.

Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818-1864: This is a collection of records of final pension payments made to military veterans or his widow. They shed light on where a family may have moved after the war, death dates of veterans, widows, or dependent children, and sometimes the maiden name of a widow.

Get started searching our Revolutionary War Collection today! Access via https://go.fold3.com/revolutionary-war

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until July 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. MT. Free access requires registration for a free Fold3 account. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Fold3 membership.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Historic Medical Officer of Health reports

There's an interesting spot by Canadian based blogger John Reid concerning new Aberdeen Medical Officer of Health Reports that are now available online from the Wellcome Library - John's post is at http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.com/2018/07/medical-officer-of-health-reports-for.html. The post refers to the reports from the years 1890, 1895, 1900 and 1902-1971, for the city of Aberdeen only, although a search of the catalogue shows that there are many other reports from across Britain and Ireland that are also available.

Medical Officer of Health reports from across Scotland for the year 1891 only are also freely available on the ScotlandsPlaces website at https://scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/digital-volumes/official-reports/medical-officer-health-reports.Here's the blurb on the site for this collection:

From 1890 onwards a full-time Medical Officer of Health was appointed in each county in Scotland with a remit to report on the state of health of the county and its various parishes and towns. The annual reports of the Medical Officers give an objective view of the living conditions, diseases and major health issues in different parts of Scotland. Information on the individual parishes and towns are found within the 'registration districts' headings found in these volumes. The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) has an incomplete set of the published reports from 1891 onwards (NAS HH62).

A useful resource to help add some context to the environments where your ancestors once lived.

(With thanks to John Reid)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Further English church records added to FindmyPast

A quiet week for FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) this week in terms of new records:


Cambridgeshire Registers & Records
Explore publications pertaining to the English county of Cambridgeshire. Discover your ancestor in more than 300 parish register entries from Orwell and St Michael's.

Buckinghamshire Registers & Records
Discover your ancestor in over 600 records from the English county of Buckinghamshire. Explore parish registers from Great Hampden and Stewkeley as well as a historical guide to the county's Highways & Byways.

Thames & Medway Baptisms
Over 9,000 new records are now available to search. The new additions cover baptisms performed in the parish of St Mary Magdalene in Woolwich between 1837 and 1851.

Thames & Medway Burials
Over 6,000 new records pertaining to burials in the parish of St Nicholas in Deptford between 1813 and 1847 have been added to our collection of Thames & Medway Burials.

Further details are at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-july-6th-2584243508.html, including links to the respective search pages.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

RootsIreland adds further Waterford records

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie):

We are pleased to announce that Waterford Heritage have added over 12,000 records to its database at www.waterford.rootsireland.ie including the following:

Church of Ireland Marriages 11,772 Records
Tramore / Carbally Roman Catholic Baptisms 1,126 Records

For a full list of available resources for County Waterford on the website please visit http://waterford.rootsireland.ie/generic.php?filename=sources.tpl&selectedMenu=sources

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.