Wednesday, 26 July 2017

AncestryDNA 25% kit discount offer

AncestryDNA is offering a 25% discount on all new DNA testing kits before August 3rd 2017.



(Also at https://youtu.be/ns8gOcOQ9Go)

For further details visit https://www.ancestry.co.uk/dna/

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Northamptonshire Council to impose outrageous archive charges

There has been what can only be described as a fairly outrageous development in England this week with regard to access to archives, in that Northamptonshire County Council has decided to restrict free access to its archives collections from August 21st to Tuesday-Thursday monrings, and a handful Saturdays throughout the year - and to impose a whopping sized charge of £31.50 per hour for access at other times.

Here is the announcement from the archive's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthamptonshireArchives/:

Important Information: From 21 August 2017, opening times for free access to the Archives Service will be as follows:

• Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9am to 1pm
• First Saturday of the month only, April - October: 9am to 4pm

The times during which researchers can visit the Archives Service are being increased. Appointments can now be booked, in advance and for a fee, to view original documents during the following times. The current fee is £31.50 per hour.

• Monday & Friday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
• Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 2pm - 4pm

1-1 personal consultations can also be booked in advance for an hourly fee during the following times:

• Monday to Friday: 9am - 4pm

A subsequent post made today (Wednesday) states "A further statement about the changes to opening hours will be made tomorrow."

Such a charges regime will surely be damaging to the archive - who is going to pay £31.50 an hour to view its holdings? Clearly a MAJOR rethink is in order here.

A petition condeming the announcement and asking the archive to go home and think again is available at https://www.change.org/p/northamptonshire-county-council-northamptonshire-county-council-don-t-charge-for-visiting-archives - please do sign. If this sets a precedent, it will cause unlimited damage to the field of family history research, and I would venture, hit academic research hard also.

(With thanks to Vivienne Dunstan via Facebook)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Plant a Family Tree software released

I've received the following press release from Miavy Systems:

Miavy Systems has announced the launch of its online family tree builder - Plant a Family Tree (https://www.plantafamilytree.com)

Miavy Systems is the developer of the existing My Family Tree app for Mac OS, and is looking to expand their offerings of genealogical software with this web based online family tree builder.

The Plant a Family Tree builder is targeted towards users looking for a simple and fun editor which is not over-complicated by the in-depth record keeping features which are standard with other genealogical software.

The tool is ideal for beginner genealogists and parents looking to get their children involved in researching and building a beautiful family tree.

The online builder is available free of charge to all users.

Paid accounts are also available at $4.99 monthly for users who wish to store their family trees online to continue editing them later.


Company Bio

Miavy Systems
Founded: 2010
Developer of several apps for Mac OS including "My Family Tree"

Contact:
support@miavy.com
abdulqadir@miavy.com

(With thanks to Abdulqadir Rashik)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

The Bailie's Great Adventure in Elgin

From Moray and Nairn Family History Society:

Council Corruption

Documents have come to light, revealing council corruption on a grand scale: votes bought and sold; kidnapping; attacks on properties; and, mob rule.

Read all about it (free online) in a new publication from Moray & Nairn Family History Society on their website at http://www.morayandnairnfhs.co.uk/moray.asp, in The Bailie’s Great Adventure.

In the early part of the 19th century, general elections were very different to what we know today. In the town of Elgin, for example, there were only 17 voters. Little wonder then that
the greatest efforts were made to capture the votes of these people. 

This publication describes some of the events surrounding the general election called at the
death of King George III in 1820. It follows the life of one of the bailies of Elgin, Francis
Taylor, during the election period in March that year.

(With thanks to Doug Stewart)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Dundee cemeteries

In response to a previous post I had a query from a reader called Ravey Hites, which I accidentally deleted instead of publishing, so apologies Ravey!

The query was with regards to the existence of Dundee cemeteries - you'll find maps of the city's cemeteries at http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/environment/cemeterymaps, and some burial transcriptions at http://www.fdca.org.uk/ and https://www.scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com/collections/angus-area.

Hope that helps!

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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QUB's Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland website

Have you used the Ordnance Survey Memoirs for Irish research? They provide a great contextual backdrop to the parishes in the north of Ireland in early to mid 19th century Ireland.

Queens University Belfast previously had a great page detailing their contents, but this now seems to be dead - however, I have found it preserved on the Internet Archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20140403234906/http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/IrishStudiesGateway/Research/PastResearch/OrdnanceSurveyMemoirs/OrdnanceSurveyMemoirsbyCounty/.

They are a great resource - the volumes themselves can be purchased form the Ulster Historical Foundation at https://www.ancestryireland.com/latest-news/ordnance-survey-memoirs-now-available/.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

FamilySearch courses and webinars in August

FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) is hosting the following online classes in August 2017:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (25 July 2017), The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for August 2017. Participants can attend in person or online. Many of the August classes teach how to research records in Great Britain, China, and Prussian Poland, to understand DNA, and to use documents and photos to preserve memories. Some classes are also in Spanish. See the full schedule below. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don't forget. Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in mountain standard time (MST).

Most sessions are recorded and can be viewed at a later date at Family History Library classes and webinars.

DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | ROOM
Wed 2 Aug,11:00 AM Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Sat, 5 Aug,1:00 PM Los libros de la vida (Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Mon, 7 Aug,10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 8 Aug,11:00 AM Starting Family Tree: Navigating, Adding a Person, Standardizing Views, and Printing (Intermediate) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 8 Aug,1:00 PM British Case Study (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab
Tue, 8 Aug,3:00 PM Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 10 Aug, 3:00 PM DNA: I’ve Tested; Now What? (Intermediate) Webinar | MF Lab
Mon, 14 Aug, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 15 Aug,11:00 AM Starting Family Tree: Preserving Memories Using Photos and Documents (Intermediate) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 17 Aug, 1:00 PM Tracing Ancestry in English Census Records (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab
Sat, 19 Aug,1:00 PM La tecnología de Ancestry (para miembros SUD) (Intermediate) Webinar | B1 Lab
Mon, 21 Aug, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | 2N Lab
Mon, 21 Aug, 1:00 PM Researching in Prussian Poland (Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Tue, 22 Aug,10:00 AM FamilySearch Wiki (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 22 Aug,1:00 PM Kissing Cousins or Not? Understanding British Generations, Kith, Kin, and Relationships (Intermediate) Webinar | B2 Lab
Tue, 22 Aug,3:00 PM Finding Records of Chinese Americans (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 24 Aug, 10:00 AM Using Metasuche or Metasearch on Genealogy.net (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 24 Aug, 1:00 PM Genealogical Treasures at findmypast.co.uk (Intermediate) Webinar | B2 Lab
Thur, 24 Aug, 3:00 PM Organizing Your Family History Research (Beginner) Webinar | 2N Lab
Mon, 28 Aug, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 29 Aug,10:00 AM Family Tree: Research Help and Searching the Records (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 31 Aug, 1:00 PM Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Monday, 24 July 2017

How to deal with a disastrous Scottish naming tradition!

It's the middle of summer, and a bit quiet here in Scotland just now, so here's a wee advert to remind you of the importance of those all important historic naming conventions - and how to deal with them when they don't suit your taste!



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

For those not in the know, Irn-Bru is Scotland's national soft drink, and there has been a decades long tradition of humorous adverts for the product!

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions website revamped

The Scottish Monumental Inscriptions website has been revamped at https://www.scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com.

The site provides images and transcriptions of monumental inscriptions from graveyards across Scotland. As well as new CDs being added over the next week, there are also additional links and general information now available on the site. Amongst the new additions is a page listing family history researchers who might be able to help.

Please note that as part of the change, if you were registered on the old site, you will need to re-register for the new version.


(With thanks to Helen Grant)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Latest British Newspaper Archive additions

The following newspapers have been added to the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) over the last 30 days:

Irish Independent
1898, 1903-1908

Southern Echo
1891-1896, 1909-1910

Limerick Chronicle
1832-1868

Sheffield Daily Telegraph
1915, 1918-1932

Mid-Ulster Mail
1891-1892, 1894-1898, 1900-1909

Fulham Chronicle
1914-1918, 1939-1940, 1942, 1944-1945

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow
1898

East Anglian Daily Times
1894, 1905

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser
1869-1871, 1873-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1910

Hampstead & Highgate Express
1888, 1900-1910

Knaresborough Post
1868-1878, 1880-1898, 1900-1905, 1912

Galloway Gazette
1891-1892, 1895, 1952

Forfar Dispatch
1912-1952

Kidderminster Times and Advertiser for Bewdley & Stourport
1874, 1900

Londonderry Sentinel
1885, 1925

Carluke and Lanark Gazette
1906-1913, 1915-1951, 1953

Buchan Observer and East Aberdeenshire Advertiser
1863-1917

Brechin Advertiser
1879-1898, 1925-1957

Northern Constitution
1877-1899

Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser
1873-1875, 1878, 1880-1896, 1898-1905, 1907-1909

Wharfedale & Airedale Observer
1880-1881, 1884-1885, 1888-1889, 1899-1907, 1909-1910

Kilburn Times
1876, 1881-1882, 1885, 1892, 1901-1909

Isle of Wight County Press and South of England Reporter
1884-1887, 1889, 1900-1902

Eastern Evening News
1882-1883, 1885, 1900-1904

Ilford Recorder
1905

Islington Gazette
1908-1910

Boston Guardian
1938

Northwich Guardian
1861-1879, 1882-1896, 1898-1910

Nottingham Journal
1893

Lancashire Evening Post
1953-1957

Shields Daily News
1875-1876, 1879

Brighton Gazette
1877, 1889

Ballymena Weekly Telegraph
1896-1902

Weston-super-Mare Gazette, and General Advertiser
1901-1902

Staffordshire Chronicle
1887-1892, 1894-1896

Yarmouth Independent
1895, 1938

Skegness Standard
1922

Wigan Observer and District Advertiser
1890, 1902-1910, 1912-1918

Rothesay Chronicle
1875-1877, 1879-1882, 1884-1892

Glasgow Evening Post
1884, 1892-1893, 1895

Catholic Standard
1933-1936, 1938-1949, 1951-1957

Kentish Mercury
1872-1884, 1898-1910

Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin review; and Forfar and Kincardineshire advertiser.
1935-1951, 1953-1957

Ballymena Observer
1951-1957

Watford Observer
1879-1886, 1898-1900

Irish Society (Dublin)
1919

Nelson Leader
1929, 1931-1937, 1940-1949, 1951, 1953-1957

Yarmouth Mercury
1880

Hackney and Kingsland Gazette
1902-1909

Bradford Daily Telegraph
1878, 1897

Hexham Courant
1877

(Source: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/titles/recently-added/30days)

Use subscription discount code BNAJULY30 to get a 30% discount from a subscription - offer ends July 23rd 2017.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.