Thursday, 27 August 2015

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions - CDs added in 2015

I managed to catch up with Helen Grant of Scottish Monumental Inscriptions (www.scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com) at the recent Lanarkshire Family History Show, and she has kindly given me a list of CDs that have been added this year to her impressive range of cemeteries from across the country:

Alloway Old Kirk, Ayrshire
Alvie, Inverness
Arclach, Nairn
Ardersier, Inverness
Auldearn, Nairn
Brachligh-Gollanfield, Inverness
Broadford, Skye
Carbost, Skye
Causeway Kennoway, Fife
Daviot, Inverness
Dunvegan (St. Mary's), Skye
Dyke, Moray
Errol, Perthshire
Fonab, Perth Kinross
Geddes, Nairn
Inchture, Perthshire
Insh, Inverness (separate CDs for cemetery and church)
Inverallan, Moray
Kilspindie, Perthshire
Kingussie, Highland
Kinneff, Kincardineshire
Kirkoswald, Ayrshire
Kirkton of Ardesier, Inverness
Laurenceton Parish and Episcopal Church, Kincardineshire
LogiePert, Angus
Methven, Perthshire
Muiravonside church and Stirling burial ground, Falkirk
Murie, Perthshire
Muthill, Perthshire
Oathlaw, Forfar/Angus
Old Monklands (CD3 and CD4), Lanarkshire
Petty-Torgrain, Inverness
Skeabost, Skye
South Dalziel, Lanarkshire
St. Bride's (North Ballachulish Church), Highland
St. Maddoes and Kinfauns, Perthshire
St. Ninian's, Stirling
Struan, Perth Kinross
Tannadice, Forfar/Angus

Full price and ordering information via the website.

(With thanks to Helen)

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.

Wyre council managed cemeteries on Deceased Online

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

60+ cemeteries and 5 million Lancashire records available with the addition of Wyre Council

Records for the four cemeteries managed by Wyre Council in North Lancashire are now available on www.deceasedonline.com.

With the new addition of Wyre Council, Deceased Online now has nearly 5 million records for 60+ cemeteries and crematoria in Lancashire and Greater Manchester available on the website.

Wyre Council's four cemeteries are located in Fleetwood, Poulton le Fylde and Preesall. See full details here

The new collection dates back to 1840 and comprises:
digital scans (or computerised versions) of original burial registers
details of all grave occupants in each cemetery
maps indicating the section in each cemetery for all graves

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.

Scottish seafarers deaths added to ScotlandsPeople

ScotlandsPeople (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) has added 14000 new death records for Scottish seafarers, as recorded by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen:

Deaths of Seamen and other Marine Returns of Deaths go online

A complete record of the deaths of Scottish seafarers from late Victorian times until 1974 is being made available online for the first time through ScotlandsPeople.

Among the 14,000 new records available through ScotlandsPeople are monthly returns of the Deaths of Seamen, which list Scots along with other crew members of all nationalities who were serving on British-registered vessels between 1897-1974.

The records were compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. Only the Scots can be searched for by name.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

"Scotland is a maritime nation with fascinating stories and an important seafaring history and these new online registers will provide wider access to this heritage. I welcome the addition of this new resource that NRS is making available, which is part of the story of Scotland and will encourage people from across the world and at home to find out more about Scotland's seafaring heritage".

Tim Ellis, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

“The Returns of Deaths of Seamen and Deaths at Sea open a window into the lives of Scots seafarers in the first half of the twentieth century. They reveal the dangers experienced by seamen and passengers alike, and provide useful information for anyone wishing to discover more about their ancestors. Our commitment at National Records of Scotland is to continue to extend digital access to the key records that researchers want.”

For more on the story, including how to access the records, visit http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/Content/Help/index.aspx?r=2345

COMMENT: For more on the responsibilities of the English based Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, and his responsibilities to the General Register Office of Scotland, the areas that he was responsible for, and those that he wasn't, consult my book Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, available in print or as an e-book (please see my Books section at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html for distributors in England, Australia, and Canada). As this illustrates, not everything concerning the civil registration of Scots' vital records is on ScotlandsPeople - a lot of it isn't even in Scotland!

(With thanks to ScotlandsPeople via Facebook)

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, 26 August 2015

Free access to Ancestry's UK and Irish records this coming weekend

As it is a bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland this forthcoming weekend, Ancestry has a issued a free record forecast:

The forecast this Bank Holiday weekend is Free Access

This August Bank Holiday weekend, come rain or shine, we’re opening up our site to give you FREE access to more than 1 billion UK records. We’re also giving you a first chance to try out our new features such as LifeStory, Facts View and Gallery—and discover the stories behind the names. Free Access starts this Friday, 28 August*.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from 28 August until 11:59 p.m. GMT on 31 August 2015. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. We will then send you a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please visit http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/uk_irish_records?o_xid=67198&o_lid=67198&o_sch=Email+-+Campaigns.

Have fun!

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, 25 August 2015

All Scottish children to be issued with library cards

Scottish children are to be automatically issued with library cards from birth, aged three, or upon entry to Primary One, in several pilot schemes being set up across the country, including the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. The aim is to promote better literacy within children at a younger age. The full story is available at https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/2243/children-to-be-given-library-cards-in-drive-to-promote-early-years-literacy and http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-34048868.

Comment: This is just another reason for arguing why library services should be retained across the UK (they are not just for genealogists!). Those seeking to cut library funding anywhere in the UK should beware of the damage they are creating in the process. Libraries lie at the very heart of our communities.

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.

Society of Genealogists certificates of recognition awarded

Congratulations to both Wendy Hibbitt and Peter Higginbotham on receiving certificates of recognition from the London based Society of Genealogists (www.sog.org.uk). The certificates are for 'exceptional contributions to genealogy by individuals and institutions'.

For the full story visit http://www.sog.org.uk/news/article/society-of-genealogists-certificate-of-recognition-2015-awards-and-2016-nom

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, 24 August 2015

Family history events in Angus

From Angus Heritage Week:

Are You Who You Think You Are?

This year’s Angus Heritage Week, which runs from 4-11 September, features several free events providing help, expert advice and inside information about tracing a family tree – and discovering more about those who appear on various branches.

On Sunday, September 6, anyone with a connection to the fisher families who lived and worked along the Angus coastline can search for information about their forebears in the Auchmithie Archives, which will be on display at the Annie Gilruth Hall in Auchmithie. The Auchmithie Archives include historic documents from the late 19th and early 20th century, newspaper cuttings and photos of residents of the clifftop fishing village in days gone by.

The Angus Archives at Restenneth Priory by Forfar provides safekeeping to over 800 years of documents recording the history of the county’s people and places. “Although a lot of basic genealogy information is available online, nothing beats looking through the original records and the thrill of spotting the name of one of your ancestors,” said Craig Pearson, archivist, Angus Council, who is hosting two free family history workshops at the Angus Archives during Angus Heritage Week 2015.

At the family history workshop on Thursday, September 10, Craig will provide a guide to making the most of the historic documents held at the Angus Archives and, in particular, school and poorhouse records and legal papers. On September 11, the second family history workshop at the Angus Archives will focus on uncovering the details which can transform family history research from a list of names, dates and places into a spellbinding story to rival any Hollywood blockbuster!

“Both of these workshops are a chance to explore sources that can’t be found online and discover how they can flesh out a family’s history,” said Craig, who added that, as both workshops are expected to be popular, booking is highly advised.

For the full programme of events happening during Angus Heritage Week 2015, visit www.angusheritage.com or pick up a copy of the Angus Heritage Week Event Programme at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife.

Shelling mussels for bait at Auchmithie
(Copyright Angus Archives, Angus Council)

(With thanks to Wendy Glass)

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.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Church of Ireland search forms for pension claimants

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):

Church of Ireland parish record search forms

Containing over 11,000 records, the Church of Ireland parish record search forms filled out by Irish Public Records Office staff while dealing with Old Age Pension applications. The pension was introduced in Ireland 1864 (Chris - incorrect, it was 1908!) and record office staff would be required to prove an applicant’s eligibility by checking dates of birth in parish and census records. Since many births, marriages or deaths were not recorded in Church of Ireland registers, confirmation of the applicant’s age would then be looked for in the 19th Century censuses. Many Irish census records were destroyed in the Public Records Office fire of 1922 making these records and invaluable census substitute for those with Church of Ireland ancestors.

The forms were used by Record Office staff to document their findings and often contain notes on other family members uncovered during the course of their research. Each record contains a transcript and an image of the original search forms. The information varies according to what kind of search was carried out but will usually list the applicants name, birth year, parents name as well as the source type, year, parish and county.

COMMENT: Census records were also used for proof of age with the pension - for the equivalent search forms for these, as held at the NAI in Dublin, visit http://censussearchforms.nationalarchives.ie/search/cs/home.jsp. PRONI (www.proni.gov.uk) also has additional books for the north (Form 37s) which are indexed via www.ireland-genealogy.com. Note also that when consulting Church of Ireland vestry records on microfilm, you may also find some photographed letters to the local minister asking for proof of age for pension purposes.

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.

Fantastic family history show at Motherwell

I'm just back from a fantastic day in Motherwell at the Lanarkshire Family History Show. I turned up just before 11 in time to give a talk on the use of British and Irish newspapers for genealogical research, which was well attended, and then spent the afternoon talking to vendors and catching up with a few folk! We had a choir from St Patrick's Primary School in Coatbridge at lunchtime to entertain us, many speakers, help on hand from various experts, ScotlandsPeople and more, and a real buzz all day - a huge congratulations to Lanarkshire FHS (http://www.lanarkshirefhs.org.uk) for a great event! My day ended with a get together of members from the Scottish Genealogy Network, who were on hand during the day to help out with advice for folk with brick wall problems.

Next year's Scottish Association of Family History Societies' conference is to take place on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the splendid surroundings of New Lanark Mill, one of our Scottish gems and a world heritage site. Details on this will be available on the SAFHS website later in the year (www.safhs.org.uk), and the organisers for the conference will be Lanarkshire Family History Society - should be a great event!






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.

Hamilton and Paisley paternity case indexes online

From Scottish Indexes:

Annan, Scotland – To celebrate the “Lanarkshire Family History Society Local and Family History Show” (the largest family history show in Scotland) www.scottishindexes.com is releasing thousands of historical Scottish paternity records. The total number of paternity records now indexed is 11,723!

These records give a unique insight into the lives of our ancestors and allows people with illegitimate ancestors to trace their male line more easily; often helping you overcome a ‘brick wall’ in your family tree! The new additions are Hamilton paternity cases 1845-1915 & Paisley cases 1830-1833

As these are a new source to many researchers Scottish Indexes provides a free ‘Learning Zone section to guide you: http://www.scottishindexes.com/learningcourt.aspx

Graham Maxwell, genealogist at Scottish Indexes, says, “For years people have struggled to trace the father of their illegitimate ancestors, our hope is that this index will lead people to the key sources they need to trace their family tree. Without the aid of our volunteer this index would not be possible.”

Scottish Indexes is also using the ‘Sponsor an Index’ initiative to fund some indexing and major new releases of indexes mental health records and prison records are planned in the coming year.

(With thanks to Emma Maxwell)

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.