Friday, 22 May 2015

New FindmyPast releases

The following collections have been released on FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) today:

City of London Haberdashers, Apprentices and Freemen 1526-1933
City Of London Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen 1511-1923
St George the Martyr Southwark Mortuary Register 1880-1891
Royal Navy Foreign Awards to Officers Index 1914-1922
Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923

Full details are available at http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/fridays/

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Jersey and Lancashire records added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added two new third party collections sourced from Jersey Archives in the Channel Islands to its site, via its web search initiative:

Web: UK, Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards, 1940-1945
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70779

Web: UK, Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments, 1663-1948
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70778

A blog post on the release is available at http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/05/22/records-from-the-jersey-archive-in-the-channel-islands-go-online-for-the-first-time/

Also released is a new Lancashire collection, sourced from Lancashire Record Office, Preston, England:

Lancashire, England, Quarter Session Records and Petitions, 1648-1908
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=6820

Further details via the links.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Colour film footage of Berlin from July 1945

Some remarkable film footage of Berlin shot in July 1945, shortly after the end of hostilities there in the Second World War, shows just how damage the German nation sustained under Hitler's regime. It has been cleaned up, stabilised and edited into a compilation - harrowing stuff.

The original post from which this has been drawn is available at http://twistedsifter.com/videos/remarkable-hd-footage-of-berlin-from-july-1945/.



Further footage below:



Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Ancestry reported to be exploring potential sale

The world's largest family history records site Ancestry (www.ancestry.com) is reported to be exploring a potential sale of its company valued between $2.5 billion and $3 billion (including debt).

For the full story visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/21/us-ancestry-m-a-exclusive-idUSKBN0O52UE20150521

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Recording Angels - Scottish Registrars since 1855 exhibition

From the ScotlandsPeople Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsPeople)

A new display at National Records of Scotland tells the human story behind the millions of documents that record the lives of every person in Scotland. 'Recording Angels - Scottish Registrars since 1855' is a free exhibition marking 150 years of the Association of Registrars in Scotland.

The display is on show at General Register House, 2 Princes Street, Edinburgh, from 19 May until 26 June 2015, Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:30.

Don't forget my book Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records book which may also be of interest - in the UK it is available from My History for £7, available at www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Scottish-Civil-Registration-UTP0284.html#SID=876 - it can also be obtained in ebook format at www.gen-ebooks.com. To obtain it in Australia or Canada, please see the Books section of this blog!

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

BIFHSGO uploads British Home Children deaths database

The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa (BIFHSGO) has added a new British Home Children deaths database to its website. For the full story read John Reid's blog post at http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/bifhsgo-adds-home-children-deaths.html.

(With thanks to John)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

National Library of Scotland's independence referendum project

The National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) is running a two year project to try to collect as much campaign materials and information as possible from last year's Scottish independence referendum. Its dedicated project page is at http://www.nls.uk/collections/topics/referendum.

Help us collect the referendum

Over the next few years we will be concentrating on collecting many different kinds of material from different sources. In essence we want to collect everything —
  • From the largest dossier to the smallest stamp
  • From official publications to jocular musings, both political and non-partisan.

We are looking for local items related to September's Scottish Independence Referendum, such as:
  • Leaflets, posters, newsletters or flyers — and nothing is too small to be of interest
  • Printed or digital material
  • Information about local campaign groups — including blogs, websites, or Facebook pages — will be especially useful.

We can only collect what we can find out about so your information now could make a real difference to our collections. After the independence referendum much of this material could be thrown out or deleted, making it too late to save.

Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Download our appeal flyer PDF at http://www.nls.uk/media/1128810/2014-07-referendum-collecting-appeal.pdf — and feel free to send it to your Scottish contacts so that they can contribute too. We want the collection to represent the widest geographical spread of Scotland that we can.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

West Yorkshire bastardy records added to Ancestry

The following collection for West Yorkshire has been added to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

West Yorkshire, England, Bastardy Records, 1690-1914
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2582

The source is West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, England. Full details via the lkink.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Strike action to affect trains next Monday and Tuesday

Proposed UK wide strike action next Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th will see severe disruption to services, should you be planning to visit any archives or libraries for your research.

Here in Scotland, very few services will likely be running, but for those that will, a dedicated timetable page has been established at http://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/uk-wide-rail-strike-plan-your-journey.

It is of course possible that the strike may be averted before then, but forewarned and all that...!

UPDATE 21 MAY - the strike has been called off!

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

New William Shakespeare portrait found

It's been a while since I've had an dealings with Country Life magazine (I worked as a researcher on a BBC2 documentary in Bristol about its 100th year anniversary in 1996!), but this story looks a good 'un - the discovery of a new image of William Shakespeare, thanks to the cracking of a Tudor code surrounding the illustration in a 16th century book.

The full story is available at http://www.countrylife.co.uk/features/world-exclusive-the-true-face-of-shakespeare-revealed-for-the-first-time-video-72243

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.