Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Ancestry adds Irish military census and pension indexes

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added two new indexes for collections sourced from the Military Archives at Cathal Brugha barracks in Dublin (www.militaryarchives.ie). These are as follows:

Ireland, Military Service Pension Index, 1916 - 1923
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70816

Web: Ireland, National Army Census, 1922
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70815


The following description of the Military Service Pension Collection is taken from my new book, A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923:

This vast collection contains supporting documentation for those making pension claims off the Irish government for any military service offered between the Easter Rising and September 1924. The recipients included members of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, the IRA, Cumann na mBan, Fianna Éireann, the Hibernian Army and the National Army, as well as other participants, such as members of the Connaught Rangers who mutinied in India in 1920 in protest at the imposition of martial law in Ireland.

Various Army Service Pensions Acts were passed by the Dáil in 1923, 1927 and 1932, dealing with wounded service personnel and deceased participants’ dependants. The latter act significantly extended the pension provision to those who had fought for independence prior to 1921, but who had either ceased serving at that point or switched to the Anti-Treaty side. Separate Military Service Pension Acts were also passed in 1924 and 1934 for surviving claimants who had seen active service. A subsequent Act in 1949 allowed for reviews of cases previously rejected under the earlier Acts.

This section of the website also contains a vast amount of material from 1921 to 1923, including IRA nominal rolls (arranged by division), Cumann na mBan (arranged by County), and Fianna Éireann (by county).

The 1922 National Army census was recorded in November 1922 in order that the new Free State could work out how many soldiers it essentially had to pay.

Both collections are available to search for free via www.militaryarchives.ie, to which searches from Ancestry will redirect.

For more on resources to help you research your Decade of Centenaries ancestral connections, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/a-decade-of-centenaries-researching.html - the book is already available in Australia, and due out shortly in the UK, Canada, and in ebook formats.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Irish and English additions to the Original Record

Latest additions to the Original Record (www.theoriginalrecord.com):


1292-1293
Cheshire Pleas
Civil pleas for Cheshire were recorded in abbreviated Latin on parchment and sewn together in annual rolls, preserved at Chester castle until the 19th century, when they were removed to London. This is a transcript by David Bethell of the court's proceedings from the period Michaelmas 1292 to Michaelmas 1293, hitherto unpublished. CHES 29/7

1425-1426
London Drapers' Accounts
The accounts of the Worshipful Company of the Drapers of London for August 1425 to August 1426 include fees for apprentices, payments from masters, tenants and workers.

1771
Subscribers to The Accomptant's Oracle
Wardhaugh Thompson 'many years an accomptant in London' published 'The Accomptant's Oracle; Or, Key to Science. Being a Treatise of Common Arithmetic: With the Doctrine of Vulgar and Decimal Fractions. Upon a Plan Entirely New. To which are added Decimal Tables, with their Use and Construction.' The work was printed in Whitehaven, attracting a large subscription, mainly from northern England and southern Scotland.

1826
Teachers in county Louth Deserving of Encouragement
The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor of Ireland awarded gratuities to 'Teachers, appearing, from the Inspectors' Reports of their Schools, to be deserving of encouragement'. Nine such teachers were identified in Louth in 1826, and these are listed in the society's report for the following year, with their full name and the name of their school.

1839-1849
Prisoners in Essex County Gaol for Contempt
The return of prisoners in Essex County Gaol (Springfield) for contempt of court gives full name; date committed; by what authority; cause of committal; and date of discharge.

(With thanks to the Original Record)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Monday, 8 February 2016

A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923

Now on sale in Australia is another of my latest Unlock the Past books, entitled A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923. A UK edition, Canadian edition and ebook version will also be available shortly. Here is the back cover blurb:

As the issue of Home Rule reared its head for a third time, its supporters and detractors raised militias to defend their positions, whilst women fought for the vote and labourers fought for better terms from their employers. The First World War would soon dramatically change everything, leading some to see England's difficulty as Ireland's opportunity. When an independent republic was proclaimed through force of arms at Easter 1916, the response would see a brutal guerilla war fought between the British forces the Irish republicans, a partitioned island, and a nation divided.

A century on, in this book from Unlock the Past, Northern Irish born family historian Chris Paton will help you to discover whether your ancestors were caught up in the events of that period - whether they were Suffragettes, unionised workers, Ulster or Irish Volunteers, fighting with the British Army and Crown forces, against them as rebels and revolutionaries, and in the ensuing civil war on both sides of the Treaty divide. With improved cataloguing by archives, and better access to the records, both online and offline, a new gateway has been opened into one of the island's most tumultuous, tragic, exciting, and utterly desperate periods of the 20th century. In this book he will show you how to step through it.

To further give a flavour of the structure of the book, the following is the contents list:

Contents:

Introduction
Acknowledgements

1. The genealogical landscape
- Vital records
- Burials
- Censuses
- Probate
- Newspapers
- National archives and libraries
- Family and local history societies

2. Home Rule
- Ireland in the Union
- The Ulster Covenant
- Ulster and Irish Volunteers
- Researching the Volunteers

3. Women's suffrage
- Demand for the vote
- The campaign escalates
- Suffragette sources

4. Workers' rights
- Background
- The Dublin Lockout
- Researching the Lockout
- Other disputes

5. The First World War
- Military records

6. The Easter Rising
- The Rebellion
- The participants
- Researching the Rising

7. Towards independence
- Conscription and election
- The War of Independence
- The Treaty
- The Irish Civil War
- Northern Ireland
- Legacy
- Researching 1919-1923

Further reading
Index

The book is available from Gould Genealogy at http://www.gould.com.au/A-Decade-of-Centenaries-Researching-Ireland-1912-p/utp0288.htm.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover 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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

WDYTYA Live 2016 names first celebrity guest

From Who Do You Think You Are Live 2016 (www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com):

Introducing... Anita Rani to the show

The wait is finally over. We are very excited to announce that our celebrity guest at this year’s show is television presenter and Strictly Come Dancing star Anita Rani!


For those of you who may have missed Anita on the Who Do You Think You Are? TV series this is your chance to hear about her experience and have the opportunity to meet and question her yourself. Anita will be joining us on Saturday 9 April in Theatre one at 10.15 - 11.00 and again at 12.15 - 13.00 you can book tickets to these workshops here as we advise booking in advance for the best price and to avoid disappointment.

“My experience of WDYTYA? moved me to my core and from the reaction I had it impacted most people who watched it too. I am very much looking forward to being able to discuss it at the Live event.”

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Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover 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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Friday, 5 February 2016

FindmyPast to add 10 million Irish Catholic records in March

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

FINDMYPAST ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF 12 MILLION IRISH PARISH REGISTERS

Leading family history site, Findmypast, announced today at Rootstech that it will launch 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers, one of the most important Irish record collections, in March 2016.

Covering over 200 years from 1671-1900 and over 1,000 parishes, Findmypast has worked to transcribe the National Library of Ireland’s online image collection of 3,500 baptism and marriage registers. This is the first time that the collection has been indexed with the images linked online, making the search much easier and the records more accessible. As a result, family historians will now be able to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers. These essential records cover the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Ben Bennett, Executive Vice-President North America and International for Findmypast said:

“The Irish Parish Registers will be a gold mine for anyone with Irish heritage. The 10 million baptism and marriage records will help even more people to trace their Irish ancestors. In addition to being able to search this valuable collection, customers with family trees on Findmypast will benefit from leads that automatically connect the records related to their family directly to their trees. The Catholic Parish Registers are a hugely important addition to Findmypast’s Irish collection, the largest and most comprehensive source for online Irish family history research.”

NB: Note that most of the collections only go up to 1880/1881, not 1900 - nevertheless, a very useful development

(With thanks to Alex Cox, and Sue Wilkes via Twitter)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover 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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Botched war memorial in Cornwall

There's an interesting story from the Western Morning News about a war memorial in Bodmin, Cornwall, which may have in the region of a hundred errors on it, due to the poor way that the information required for the memorial was gathered.

The errors were unearthed by Ann Hicks of Cornwall Family History Society (www.cornwallfhs.com), and the project may cost in the region of £3000 to sort out.

The full story is available at http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Botched-war-memorial-Cornwall-100-errors/story-28662379-detail/story.html

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

FindmyPast adds Norfolk parish records

In addition to the new American marriage records added to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk), parish records from Norfolk, England, have also been uploaded:

Norfolk Baptisms
Explore over 1.8 million baptisms from 546 parishes around Norfolk. Uncover your ancestors' birth place, parents' names and baptism dates.

Norfolk Marriages
Over 953,000 marriages dating back to the early 1500s are now available to search. Uncover new branches of your Norfolk family tree and learn the names of parents to jump back through the generations.

Norfolk Burials
Delve through over 1.4 million burial records to find out when your relatives died, the date of their funeral, where they spent their final years and if they died in unusual circumstances.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Ulster Historical Foundation North American lecture tour

From the Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com):

North American lecture tour, 05–22 March 2016‏

Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors?
Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and large collections have come online in recent years.

Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Foundation during their annual North American lecture tour to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops!

Saturday, 05 March Toronto, ON
Location: North York Civic Centre, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room, North York Civic Centre 5110 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 5W4, Canada
Host: The Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadian Department, North York Central Library
Web: http://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/ulster-historical-foundation-north-american-tour-2016/?instance_id=1181
Tel./e-mail: courses@torontofamilyhistory.org

Sunday, 06 March Boston, MA
Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 275 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116
Host: New England Historic Genealogical Society
Web: http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/irish-family-history-day-1?pass-through=true
Tel./e-mail: 888-296-3447 education@nehgs.org

Tuesday, 08 March Philadelphia, PA
Location: Moriarty's Pub and Restaurant, 1116 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Host: The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP)
Web: https://genpa.org/events/celebrating-your-irish-scots-irish-ancestors
Tel./e-mail: 215-545-0391 email info@genpa.org

Wednesday, 09 March Leesburg, VA
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 W Market St, Leesburg, VA, 20176
Host: Thomas Balch Library
Web: www.leesburgva.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/23391/327
Tel./e-mail: 703-737-7195 balchlib@leesburgva.gov

Thursday, 10 March Newberry, Chicago
Location: The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
Host: The Newberry Library
Web: www.newberry.org/
Tel./e-mail: +1 312-943-9090 (ask for the Genealogy and Local History department)

Friday, 11 March Salt Lake City, UT
Location: Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, 122 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, United States
Host: Heritage Journeys
Web: www.heritagejourneys.net/project/an-irish-gatherin-salt-lake-city-ut-march-2016/
Tel./e-mail: 801-557-1059 info@heritagejourneys.net

Saturday, 12 March Portland, OR
Location: Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
Host: Genealogical Forum of Oregon
Web: www.gfo.org/IrishSeminar_Mar2016.pdf
Tel./e-mail: seminar@gfo.org

Sunday, 13 March Portland, OR
Location: Genealogical Forum of Oregon, 2505 SE 11th Ave., Suite B-18, Portland, Oregon 97202
Host: Genealogical Forum of Oregon
Web: www.gfo.org/IrishSeminar_Mar2016.pdf
Tel./e-mail: seminar@gfo.org

Monday, 14 March Chehalis, WA
Location: Bethel Assembly of God Church, 132 Kirkland Road, Chehalis, WA 98532
Host: Lewis County Genealogical Society
Web: www.walcgs.org/
Tel./e-mail: 360-219-6912 wa.lcgs@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 16 March Fountaindale, IL
Location: Fountaindale Public Library, 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Host: The Plainfield Public Library and the Fountaindale Public Library
Web: http://host7.evanced.info/fountaindale/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
http://www.fountaindale.org/
Tel./e-mail: 630-685-4201 ddudek@fountaindale.org

Thursday, 17 March Memphis, TN
Location: Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN
Host: Tennessee Genealogical Society
Web: www.tngs.org/
Tel./e-mail: 901-754-4300 tngs@tngs.org

Saturday, 19 March Pittsburgh, PA
Location: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Host: Heinz History Center and the Westmoreland County Historical Society
Web: www.westmorelandhistory.org/index.php/news-events/event-calendar/irish-genealogy-workshop/?eID=83
Tel./e-mail: 412-454-6361 history@westmorelandhistory.org

Sunday, 20 March York County, PA
Location: 250 East Market St, York, PA 17403
Host: South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
Web: www.scpgs.org/meetings/
Tel./e-mail: 717-848-1587 or 717-843-7043 scpgswebsite@wildblue.net

Tuesday, 22 March Halifax (Debert), Nova Scotia
Location: The Debert Hospitality Centre, 130 Ventura Dr, Debert, NS B0M 1G0, Canada
Host: Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia
Web: www.novascotiaancestors.ca/cstm_conferenceReg.php
Tel./e-mail: (902) 454-0322 info@novascotiaancestors.ca

What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day itself, than by making a start on your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestral quest. Your Irish genealogy is waiting to be discovered.

With sixty years’ experience of serving Irish people everywhere, let the Ulster Historical Foundation help you discover your family’s story.

Please share this information about our lecture tour with your genealogical or historical society and friends on social media.

We know that information about a North American tour is not relevant to those of you who do not live there but we will travel anywhere where we are invited to speak. For example, we are doing a workshop in Manchester, England this weekend so please do get in touch with us if you or your society would be interested in hosting one of our events (enquiry@uhf.org.uk)

(With thanks to the Ulster Historical Foundation)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

London Metropolitan Archives - February events

Forthcoming events from London Metropolitan Archives:

Exhibitions:

War in London
Runs until 27 April 2016

The current exhibition at LMA reveals the effects of five conflicts on Londoners and their city, from the English Civil War to the Cold War.

This exhibition uncovers historical manuscripts, maps, photographs and films that tell us about the destruction of the city, the threat of imminent invasion and the heroism of ordinary Londoners.

War in London: 20thC Conflicts and London’s Response
Talk

This informal session will be an opportunity to examine some of LMA’s material relating to the First and Second World Wars and to civil defence plans in the second half of the century.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Tuesday 16 February, 2 - 3 pm.

You can see more events for our War in London exhibition on our events feed on Eventbrite.


Talks and events

The Voice of a Community
Talk

Hear the recollections of relatives whose family emigrated from China to London during the early 1900s, listen to the memories of Black sailors who worked aboard the British Merchant Naval ships of the 1950s and uncover what life was like as a resident on a Peabody Estate in the 1930s.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event on Thursday 4 February, 3 - 4 pm.


Drill Hall Days & Nights: 1977-2011
Event

For nearly 35 years the Drill Hall Theatre and arts centre in Bloomsbury changed London’s cultural and political landscape.

The Drill Hall archive is now at LMA and Outhouselondon is hosting a celebration with performers, friends, speakers and recordings of shows plus guided tours of the LMA archives. All of this is followed by fabulous food and drinks at The Bourne & Hollingsworth bar (fully accessible and next door) from 2pm onwards.

£10 / £7 - booking essential (includes drinks and canapés). You can book online at Eventbrite for this event on Friday 5 February, 12.30 - 2 pm.


Maps and London
Event

In 1616 Dutchman Claes Visscher published his now famous panorama of London. In this day of talks and walks we will explore the archives collection of maps, plans and panoramas before taking to the streets to compare the modern city with the old.

£10 (bring a picnic) - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Saturday 13 February, 11 am - 4 pm.


Conference

Animating Black Archives - the Next Ten Years: Annual Huntley Conference at LMA

Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA will partner and present with linked archives. There will be presentations from the Black Cultural Archives, the George Padmore Institute, the Institute for Race Relations, FHALMA and photographer Charlie Phillips.

The conference will address ‘ways forward’ for Black British Archives over the next ten years and showcase related recent and future projects.

£10 - booking essential (includes lunch). You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Saturday 27 February, 11 am - 4.30 pm.


Regular events

LGBTQ History Club
Event

Surat-Shaan Rasberger Knan will make a presentation on the Twilight People oral history project. The project sets out to record the experiences of LGBTQ people of faith. Discover more about the project here: http://www.twilightpeople.com

Free - drop in session on Wednesday 3 February, 6 - 7.30 pm.

You can find out full details for the event on Eventbrite

Film Club
Event


February Film Club: London’s Parks and Forests

This month's Film Club will look at the green spaces that are so important to London. We will see a number of parks and forests, with a particular focus on Epping Forest. We hope you can join us in watching a range of films that examine these characteristic parts of our city.

Free - drop in session on Wednesday 17 February, 6 - 7.30 pm.

You can find out details of the full programme on the Eventbrite website


Training sessions for new visitors to LMA:

We run a variety of learning sessions for new visitors, or anyone who wants a refresher on how to get the most out of your research at London Metropolitan Archives. You can check our events listings on eventbrite to see which sessions are coming up:

Getting Started: Come along and tour the Information Area to find out how to get the best out of our research facilities.

Using the Catalogue: There are 3.5 million record descriptions in our catalogue! Let us help you find your way around with advice and guidance for exploring our collections online.

Handling Documents: This practical session aims to help you handle archival items in the most appropriate way. As well as demonstrating how to handle various archival formats, a conservator will also explain the dos and don’ts that apply in the Archive Study Area.

Family History Starter Session - Using our Digital Resources: Starting your family history? Come along to this workshop and learn how to get the most out of digitised family history sources, including LMA’s records on Ancestry. This workshop is aimed at beginners.

Deciphering Old Handwriting: This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA’s collections and get tips for deciphering all kinds of writing. We run sessions for beginners and intermediate level.

For events dates, times and booking details for these sessions and all our other events, please see the LMA events feed on the Eventbrite website.


A Visit to Conservation
Tour

Meet members of the Conservation team and find out about the essential work which preserves our records for future generations.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Thursday 18 February, 2 - 3 pm.


Further details via https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/default.aspx

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Ancestry worldwide subscription 20% sale

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Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.