Thursday, 3 September 2015

Two new Yorkshire collections on Ancestry

Two more Yorkshire collections on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

West Yorkshire, England, Select Removal and Settlement Records, 1689-1866
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9015

This database contains West Yorkshire Poor Law records relating to settlement and removals of indigent residents.

Source: West Yorkshire, England, Removal and Settlement, 1627–1912. Digitized registers and loose papers. West Yorkshire Archive Service, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.


Leeds, England, Beckett Street Cemetery, 1845-1987
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8999

Source: Beckett Street Cemetery Records. Digitized registers. West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds, England.

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.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

North of Ireland FHS website is revamped

The North of Ireland Family History Society website has had a major revamp at www.nifhs.org, with the new site much brighter and considerably less cramped than before. On first glance, many of the resources previously available in the dedicated membership area, such as blank forms for records transcription, are now freely available in the new Resources section, though some resources remain hidden for members only, such as various graveyard inscriptions created by the society.


Here's the society's announcement for the new site on Facebook:

New season and new website!

The NIFHS website has had a makeover and just in time for our new season of talks and events! We hope you will enjoy discovering more about us, our resources and all our membership benefits. Our resources are clearly listed on the new website. Over time, more records will be transferred from our old website and usually some select data, such as names, will be made available for all to search freely so it will be easier for you to decide whether or not to dig deeper. That is a major change for us as previously our online records had been hidden behind our Members' Area. It will be an ongoing project but for now have a peek to see what you think of the new look and to try out this example of how the site will work:

If your relatives were from Belfast or moved there for work, then you might like to search the church records for St John's, Church of Ireland, Malone, Belfast. There are two fields in each column. Click on "surname" first to get the list of names. If you spot a family name, next go back and click on the year field to reach the database where more detailed family information is available.
http://www.nifhs.org/resources/church-records/

Please let us know if you find a relative in these free, newly accessible records!

Overall a great improvement - a huge thumbs up from this society member!

Incidentally, the Larne branch of the NIFHS has recently started up a Facebook page, which is accessible at https://www.facebook.com/groups/525964990888238/?fref=ts.

(With thanks to Maeve @NIFHS)

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.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Roman Catholic records from Salford diocese are being digitised

The Catholic Family History blog has a report on a current project to digitise the Roman Catholic parish registers from the diocese of Salford in England (which includes Manchester), including all baptism, confirmation, marriage and death registers as deposited at Lancashire County Record Office. The cut off point will be the mid 20th century, and the project will also include some registers still held at parish level. Many of the records have already been digitised, with work continuing on the rest, and there are plans to create indexes.

The full story is available at https://catholicfhs.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/salford-diocese-parish-registers-project/, with a direct link to the project also available at www.sdaregisters.co.uk.

(With thanks to Lawrence Gregory at the Catholic Family History blog)

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.

Hammersmith and Fulham records now held at LMA

From London Metropolitan Archives:

Which records of Hammersmith and Fulham are now at LMA and why?

Hammersmith and Fulham Archives, based for many years in the Lilla Huset building on Talgarth Road, is now offering public access from the refurbished Hammersmith Library. In preparation for this move, a review of the archival holdings was carried out to help the service make some important decisions such as identifying holdings that would be more appropriately held in other collections. Following a public consultation, it was agreed to implement the recommendations of the review which included the move of certain classes of records to LMA. Nicola Avery describes the records transferred to LMA and explains how they fit into the LMA collections.

Nicola's article is accessible at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/the-collections/Pages/which-records-of-hammersmith-and-fulham-are-now-at-lma-and-why.aspx

(With thanks to LMA)

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.

Oxfordshire Family History Fair returns in October

Oxfordshire Family History Fair will be held once again at Marlbororugh School, Woodstock on Saturday October 3rd. For a full list of societies and exhibitors that will be attending, as well as information on parking and other concerns, please visit www.ofhs.org.uk/fair.

(With thanks to Wendy Archer)

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.

Glasgow's Duke Street Prison

There's an interesting article on the University of Glasgow Library blog at https://universityofglasgowlibrary.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/town-plan-of-glasgow-duke-street-prison/ concerning Duke Street Prison, which used to exist in the centre of Glasgow from 1798-1955. Well worth a read!

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.

LMA nominated for award for preservation of the Great Parchment Book

London Metropolitan Archives has been nominated for an award for its groundbreaking conservation work on the Great Parchment Book. Here's its announcement:

Conservation of Great Parchment Book shortlisted for prestigious award

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the Conservation of the Great Parchment Book has been shortlisted for The Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation 2015. The award recognises excellence in conserving an individual or collection of cultural heritage objects in the UK. Four shortlisted projects, including the Great Parchment Book, are now in with a chance to win a coveted prize fund, trophy and attend the VIP awards ceremony in October at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. We will let you know how we get on.

The Great Parchment Book, compiled in the late 1630s to list tenants and landholders in County Londonderry in Ireland, is accessible in a digitised and fully searchable format at www.greatparchmentbook.org.

(With thanks to the LMA)

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.

SCRAN launches new blog - Scranalogue

From SCRAN, the Scottish Cultural Resources Access Network (www.scran.org.uk)

Scranalogue - the Scran Blog

Scranalogue (https://blogs.glowscotland.org.uk/glowblogs/scranblog/) is the new home for rolling news, features, updates on Scran collections, learning and teaching materials and insights into our outreach activities.

September - this month find out about:
  • The Ian Landles Archive, an oral history collection from Scottish Borders Council Archive Service, featuring fantastic material about the First World War, the old Borders railway and the suffragettes. 
  • Scran's work with Skills for the Future trainees on The Scotsman Collections, a rich seam of social history on Scran.
  • New Pathfinders about Scotland's historic properties in English and Gaelic, developed in partnership with Historic Scotland.

Visit our blog to find out more.

SCRAN is also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Scranlife

(With thanks to Jackie Sangster)

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.

Paisley paternity cases indexed

Scottish Indexes (www.scottishindexes.com) has added more cases to its Sheriff Court Paternity Decrees index at www.scottishindexes.com/courtsearch.aspx, covering Paisley Sheriff Court from 1833-37.

The full list of available indexed cases to search is detailed at www.scottishindexes.com/coveragecourt.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.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook available on the Internet Archive

A quick heads up for a useful resource on the Easter Rising. Although the Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook from 1916-197 is available to search on the FindmyPast website at http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/the-weekly-irish-times-sinn-fein-rebellion-handbook-easter-1916-1917, I have also just discovered it available free of charge at the Internet Archive, at https://archive.org/details/sinnfeinrebellio00dubl.

The handbook collects various articles from the Irish Times that were published throughout the rebellion. FindmyPast, in the blurb for its collection, notes that it provides "an official list of the casualties, names of prisoners, photographs, and important maps of key locations in Dublin city at the time".

Don't forget to also consult Military Archives (www.militaryarchives.ie) for additional resources on those involved with the Easter Rising on the Irish side.

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.