Thursday, 21 February 2019

Armagh Ancestry Genealogy Conference 2019

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie):

Armagh Ancestry Genealogy Conference 2019

Armagh Ancestry in conjunction with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are hosting their inaugural Genealogy Conference on Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th May 2019 at the Navan Centre & Fort, 81 Killylea Road, Armagh, BT60 4LD. The Conference will open on the Friday evening with a Mayoral Welcome and reception.

The underlying theme for our Conference is ‘Emigration – voluntary or forced’ and Brian Mitchell’s lecture ‘Emigration Records and their usefulness when searching for your Ancestors’ is a case study for port of Derry and demonstrates the types of records that can be examined to identify an ancestor’s departure from Ireland. These include newspapers, government papers, business records, and passenger departure lists. Tom Quinlan of the National Archives of Ireland examines ‘Sources in the National Archives of Ireland for Researching a Convict Ancestor’ and his lecture will outline the archival sources of information available for researching a convict ancestor. It will set the archives in context by explaining their administrative origin, their scope and content, and it will discuss how they can be interpreted and used. Both these talks will be of immense interest to the Irish diaspora and also of benefit to the people who remained in Ireland as they will detail sources which may contain information which will assist further genealogical or historical research.

The cost of the Conference is £20 GBP per day or £30 GBP for both days (Friday is FREE) and the fee includes tea/coffee during breaks. A special Lunch menu is available each day for only £5 GBP however this must be pre-booked.

For further information contact Armagh Ancestry at researcher@armaghbanbridgecraigavon.gov.uk or by telephone 00 44 2837529644.

https://armagh-navancentre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873599873

For further details - including a list of the speakers and their topics - read the full announcement at http://www.rootsireland.ie/2019/02/armagh-ancestry-genealogy-conference/

(With thanks to RootsIreland)

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

NLS uploads Second World War maps of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) has added a series of Second World War maps of Scotland to its online mapping holdings, as well as a small number for the Isle of Man and south-east England. Here's the blurb from the site:

War Office, Great Britain 1:25,000. GSGS 3906, 1940-43

This military map series at 1:25,000 was begun in the 1930s, but at the outbreak of War in 1939, only covered around a seventh of the country. Printing was then dramatically speeded up, so that the whole series was completed in a few months. Our holdings have printing dates from 1940-43.

The underlying topographic detail was photographically reduced from the latest available Ordnance Survey six-inch to the mile maps. This topographic base was then usually overprinted them with thick brown contour lines, enlarged from the latest Ordnance Survey one-inch to the mile maps. The map series was produced by the War Office, or Geographical Section, General Staff, and carry their series designation, G.S.G.S. 3906.

This is all our holdings of this series, consisting of 829 sheets. Coverage of Scotland is complete, with a small number of sheets covering the Isle of Man and south-east England



To view the maps, visit https://maps.nls.uk/os/25k-gb-1940-43/

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thanks to Beith, and forthcoming talks

A huge thank you to Garnock Valley Family History Group (www.beithtownhouse.co.uk/event/garnock-valley-family-history-group-5/) for its hospitality last night in Beith, Ayrshire, where I gave a talk on Irish family history resources. Thank you also to the person who came up to me at the end and gave me the shortest review ever - "pure dead brilliant!"

Beith Townhouse (www.beithtownhouse.co.uk) was the venue, a wonderful building which houses Beith Cultural and Historical Society - and as this was my first visit, I couldn't resist taking a few pics of some of the local treasures on display!


I have a few more confirmed talks lined up over the next year:
  • March 14th 2019, Lanarkshire Family History Society, Motherwell - topic tbc
  • April 15th 2019, Glasgow and West of Scotland FHS - Irish Sources
  • October 5th 2019, Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS (Glasgow branch) - Discover Scottish Church Records
  • October 19th 2019, Manchester & Lancashire FHS, Manchester, England - Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis
  • November 13th 2019, Central Scotland FHS, Stirling, Scottish Research Resources before 1800
  • January 18th 2020, Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS (Edinburgh branch) - Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis

I will updated this once I have confirmed a couple of further invites. I hope you can make one (or more!) of them.

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Forthcoming talks and events at PRONI

Forthcoming events at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni):

PRONI Workshop - Getting Started
Various dates
Introductory workshop on essential skills for researching family and local history.

PRONI workshop - Online family and local history resources
Various dates, January - April 2019, 11am-1pm and 6-8pm
Introductory workshop on using PRONI’s online records for family and local history.

Soft power and subterfuge: The women of Tyrone’s Rebellion, 1593-1603
21 February 2019, 7pm
Lecture organised by the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies. Dr James O’Neill explores role of women during The Nine Years War.

Wreck and Rescue lecture series
27 February 2019 - 3 April, 1-2pm
A series of lectures looking at various aspects of the history of maritime disasters and the organisations who work to save life at sea.

Book launch: A long week in March by Michael Nugent
28 February 2019, 7pm
Michael James Nugent explores the events of the 21 March 1918

The development of physical education, 1922-54
7 March 2019, 1-2pm
Dr Conor Curran explores the changing role of physical education in NI.

Whatever the Weather
26 March 2019, 1 - 2:30pm
Dr Catherine Ross of the Met Office National Meteorological Archive charts the world of weather related records.


International Women’s Week

PRONI will be hosting two events in the run up to International Women’s Day

Archival Traces Exhibition Launch
4 March 2019, 1-2pm
“Archival traces” is a visual exploration of boglands on the island of Ireland by Michelle Moloney. The work is primarily concerned with these landscapes as repositories; sites of memory and preservation: natural archives.

Through the eyes of Margaret Cousins – Irish and Indian Suffragette – Dr Keith Monroe
8 March, 1-2pm
Dr Keith Monroe will deliver a talk on his book.

To register for PRONI events, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--belfast/proni/

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Scottish Government consults on inheritance law shake up

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into proposed changes to inheritance law in Scotland. The following is the ministerial forward from the Government's Community Safety Minister, Ash Denham:

While the law of succession affects everyone, it can also divide opinion.

It is precisely because it affects everyone that there must be some consensus on what reforms will deliver outcomes that are appropriate for the majority of modern day Scots and in line with their expectations. This is no easy task.

We consulted in 2015 on recommendations made by the Scottish Law Commission in their Report on Succession published in 2009. It was clear from the responses that there was insufficient consensus on a significant number of the recommendations to progress them further.

On testate succession, whilst the current scheme of legal rights attracts criticism, the Scottish Government has concluded from the responses that it does have the benefit of striking a balance between testamentary freedom and limited protections for spouses/civil partners and children and so will not bring forward reforms to the law on testate succession.

This paper focuses on intestacy. The key area which remained unresolved in the 2015 consultation was how an estate should be split where there are both a surviving spouse/civil partner and children. This paper therefore seeks views on a fresh approach to reform of the law of intestacy with reference to regimes which operate elsewhere.

Given that the current rules on intestacy have been in place for over half a century, the approaches explored in this paper may seem novel. Nevertheless I would urge you to consider them and would be grateful for your views. The paper also seeks views on extending an alternative approach to cohabitants to test whether views on what cohabitants' rights on intestacy should be, have shifted.

There are a number of other discrete succession issues in the final chapter on which we would welcome views

I am pleased therefore to publish this consultation paper and I look forward to considering the responses which will inform our policy in this area.

For more on the story visit https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/scottish-government-consider-reform-inheritance-law.

Details of the consultation are available at https://www.gov.scot/publications/consultation-law-succession/.

Chris

For more information on the historic laws on inheritance in Scotland, consult my book Discover Scottish Land Records - details at https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html.

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Britain's Cold War Revealed at the National Archives

From the National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk):

Britain's Cold War Revealed

We're excited to announce the launch of our new Cold War season this April.

The season will open with an insightful exhibition - 'Protect and Survive: Britain’s Cold War Revealed' - and a whole host of events exploring the reality of life in Britain under the persistent threat of nuclear attack during the Cold War era.

We're thrilled to announce the first few events for the Cold War season and give you, as a valued mailing list subscriber, exclusive advance access to book tickets for them. Read on for more details...

An Evening with Dame Stella Rimington
Friday 5 April, evening event

Now a best-selling thriller writer, Dame Stella was appointed Director General of MI5 in 1992, the first woman to take the post and the first Director General to be publicly named. This unique evening event sees Dame Stella discussing her career, followed by an opportunity for questions.

Book tickets for this event


The Scandalous Case of John Vassall
Thursday 25 April, afternoon event

Uncover the fascinating tale of John Vassall, a civil servant embroiled in a honeytrap by the Soviet Secret Service at the height of the Cold War.

Book tickets for this event


From the Bomb to The Beatles
Thursday 9 May, evening event

Learn about the fascinating cultural and social developments in Britain in the 20 years following the Second World War, from the restricted culture of 1945 to the dawn of heady freedoms in the 1960s.

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Archives at Night: Cold War Revealed
Friday 17 May, evening event

Fancy yourself as a bit of a modern history buff? From pop culture to spies and scandal, test your trivia knowledge at this fun evening event at the UK’s very own home of history.

There will also be the chance to immerse yourself in the era through gallery tours of new exhibition Protect and Survive, 80s-inspired craft and more.

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Creative writing workshop: Protect and Survive
Saturday 22 June, afternoon event

Join us for a post-apocalyptic creative writing workshop with award-winning poet Suzannah Evans, touching upon themes ranging from Cold War bunkers, censorship and redaction.

Book tickets for this event



And if you can't get to Kew...

If you can't make it to the events or exhibition, don't worry - we'll be adding lots of new Cold War content to our website over the coming months, so you'll be able to share in the experience!

Explore the Cold War websiteat https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/coldwar

(With thanks to TNA by email)

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Family tree chart offer from My History

From My History (https://www.my-history.co.uk) in Yorkshire:

Our latest `Deal of the Week`

25% off Printed Charts when you use our free online Chart Generator
Offer ends 4pm Thursday 21st February 2019

This week we are offering 25% off a printed chart when you order using our online chart generator. The chart generator allows you to create any number of free charts in PDF format for checking before deciding if you wish to have any of them printed. Click here to find out how to get started with your family tree file. The 25% discount will be automatically given at the cart. Prices from £11.58. Normally you would need to order two copies of a chart to get this discount.

COMMENT: Don't forget also to check out My History's Unlock the Past genealogy guide books section at https://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Unlock-the-Past-Booklets-p1.html.

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

RootsIreland adds Laois and Offaly records

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie):

New Laois and Offaly Records Online

15th February 2019 By fdmadmin

We are pleased to announce that Irish Midlands Ancestry have added 18,000 records for Laois (Queen’s County) and Offaly (King’s County) to their databases at www.laois.rootsireland.ie and www.offaly.rootsireland.ie. These records include:

Tullamore RC baptisms and marriages, 1900-1916;
Census Laois and Offaly, 1659;
King’s County Chronicle, 1890-1895;
King’s County Electors, 1836;
King’s County Voters, 1829;
Landholders, King’s County, 1824;
Landowners, King’s County, 1876;
Landowners, Queen’s County, 1876;
Queen’s County Freeholders, 1758-75;
Queen’s County Voters, 1846;
Rateable Occupiers of Geashill Barony (King’s County), 1883-84;
Subscribers Parsonstown Poor Relief Fund, 1855.

For a full list of sources for Laois and Offaly, and to search these records, go to www.laois.rootsireland.ie and www.offaly.rootsireland.ie.

(Original story at http://www.rootsireland.ie/2019/02/new-laois-and-offaly-records-online/)

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

PDF option for English & Welsh GRO records now permanent

From the General Register Office for England and Wales (https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/default.asp):

GRO News

GRO has been piloting a service providing PDF copies of historical birth and death records. From the 16th February 2019 PDF’s have become a permanent service.

Applications for PDF’s cost £7, must be made online and include a GRO index reference. England and Wales records which are available to order in PDF format include:

Births: 1837–1918
Deaths: 1837–1957

Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, therefore a paper certified copy [certificate] is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or where required to give notice of marriage.

(With thanks to @CensusDetective via Twitter)


Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

In Search of Missionaries: Tracing relatives on a mission from God

Whilst I am personally not very religious, several members of my family have worked as missionaries in the past.

On my research service blog, I discuss how I traced the careers of the Rev. William Paton, Mary Paton, and the Rev. David MacDonald Paton, as well as the missionary work that they carried out in India and China. I note many of the resources I found online, and at English based repositories such as the School of Oriental and African Studies archive in London, and the University of Birmingham archives.

You'll find the article at https://scotlandsgreateststory.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/in-search-of-missionaries/ - enjoy!

Chris

My next Scottish Research Online course starts March 11th 2019 - see www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.