Saturday, 24 February 2018

Latest additions to FamilySearch

The following collections from England and Ireland have been added/updated to FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) since the start of this year:

England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010
(840,334 records) 02 Feb 2018

England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 
(2,215,752 records) 16 Jan 2018

England, Rutland Parish Registers, 1538-1991 
(326,083 records) 26 Jan 2018 (Partner site: FindmyPast)

England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 
(2,511,778 records) 17 Jan 2018

and

Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913 
(1,042,394) 05 Jan 2018

Further information via https://www.familysearch.org/search

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Free FamilySearch classes and webinars for March 2018

From FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org)

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for March 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (24 February 2018), The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for March 2018. Participants can attend in person or online. The March schedule has been generally broken down into the following categories:Mondays—FamilySearch Catalog @ 10:00 A.M.

Tuesdays—FamilySearch.org and Family Tree Classes @ 10:00 A.M. MST
Wednesdays—Indexing Classes @ 10:00 A.M. MST
Thursdays—Research Classes @ 1:00 P.M. MST

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).

If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access these, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.

Monday, 5 March, 10:00 a.m. MST
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Webinar| 2N Lab

Tuesday, 6 March, 10:00 a..m. MST
Starting Family Tree: Submitting Names for Temple Ordinances (LDS Church Members) (Beginner)
Webinar| M Lab

Thursday, 8 March, 1:00 p.m. MST
Are You Your Own Brick Wall? (Intermediate)
Webinar| Main A

Monday, 12 March, 10:00 a.m. MST
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Webinar| 2N Lab

Tuesday, 13 March, 10:00 a.m. MST
Starting Family Tree: Correcting Relationships (Intermediate)
Webinar| M Lab

Wednesday, 14 March, 10:00 a.m MST
Portuguese Language Indexing (1-1/2 hours) (Beginner)
Webinar| M Lab

Thursday, 15 March, 1:00 p.m. MST
British Foods throughout the Centuries (Beginner)
Webinar| Main A

Saturday, 17 March, 1:00 p.m. MST
Mi árbol es verdadero. ¡Tengo la prueba! (Beginner)
Webinar| Main A

Monday, 19 March, 10:00 a.m. MST
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Webinar| 2N Lab

Tuesday, 20 March, 10:00 a.m. MST
Starting Family Tree: Overview of FamilySearch (Beginner)
Webinar| M Lab

Thursday, 22 March, 1:00 p.m. MST
How to Use the Danish National Archive Website (Beginner)
Webinar| M Lab

Monday, 26 March, 10:00 a.m. MST
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Webinar| 2N Lab

Tuesday, 27 March, 10:00 a.m. MST
Starting Family Tree: Navigating, Adding, Editing, and Standardization of Dates and Places (Beginner)
Webinar| M Lab

Wednesday, 28 March, 10:00 a.m. MST
Italian Language Indexing (1-1/2 hours) (Beginner)
Webinar| M Lab

Thursday, 29 March, 1:00 p.m. MST
Poland Civil Registration (Beginner)
Webinar| Main A

Links for the respective classes and webinars are available at https://media.familysearch.org/free-family-history-library-classes-and-webinars-for-march-2018/

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Changes to data protection laws in the UK

From May 25th 2018 the provisions of the Data Protection Act of 1998 will be replaced in the UK by the EU General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR (https://www.eugdpr.org).

If you are a data handler working in the genealogy sector, whether a family history society, a records vendor, or a family historian, you may wish to have a glance at the new provisions, as it extends rights of individuals in many ways, including a right to be forgotten. The Information Commissioner's Office has a dedicated Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation available at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/.

Various archives and libraries have already updated their data protection policies - that for the National Records of Scotland, for instance, is at https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files//record-keeping/legislation/nrs-data-protection-policy.pdf.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Friday, 23 February 2018

English mining disaster victims records join FindmyPast

The latest releases this week on FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):

There are over 175,334 records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:


Greater London Marriage Index
Over 94,000 new records from the Royal College of Arms covering historic chapels at St James Duke's Place, Gray's Inn, Somerset House and the Austin Friars Dutch Reform Church are now available to search. Dating back to the early 1500's the records will reveal details of your ancestor's residence, occupation, marriage and spouse. A number of records also include images of original documents.

England, Mining Disaster Victims
Discover the names and circumstances of those who died in mining accidents with over 9,000 transcripts that list their name, birth year, age, event date, colliery, and incident details. Four counties are represented in the records: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, and Yorkshire. This collection has been obtained from the Alan Beales Database of Fatalities in the Coal Fields. Additional information about the records can we found on the source's website.

Derbyshire Parish Records
Brand new records covering the parishes of Alvaston, Boulton, Chellaston, Holbrook, Longford, Newton Solney and Wilne have been added to our collection of Derbyshire Parish records, including:

255,626 Baptisms
126,083 Marriages
16,902 Burials

Irish Newspapers
Over 54,000 new articles and one new title, the Social Review (published from 1888 to 1924), have been added to our collection of historical Dublin Newspapers.

Further details and relevant links via https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2538210222.html.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Colour Tithe Maps for Buckinghamshire added to TheGenealogist

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

Colour Tithe Maps for Buckinghamshire added to TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist has added Colour Tithe Maps from The National Archives to their National Tithe Records collection. With this release researchers can see the plots owned or occupied by ancestors that lived in this ‘home county’ at the time of the survey in the 19th century.

Colour Tithe map of Buckingham 1847

The new data includes:

● Over 40,000 Plots of Land covering the years from 1837 to 1855 with some much later plans of altered apportionments

● Joining the apportionment record books and the previously published greyscale maps



These tagged colour maps and their fully searchable tithe schedule records are from those held at The National Archives. The collection gives the family history researcher the ability to search by name and keyword (for example parish or county) to look for all levels of society from large estate owners to occupiers of tiny plots such as a cottage or a cowshed.

Read TheGenealogist’s article: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/buckinghamshires-colour-tithe-maps-online-748/

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Carto-Cymru - The Wales Map Symposium 2018 - Charting the Seas

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (https://rcahmw.gov.uk) is hosting a dedicated mapping conference this May 18th 2018 at the National Library of Wales (https://www.llgc.org.uk):

Carto-Cymru - The Wales Map Symposium 2018 - Charting the Seas

Charting the seas and coasts of the World – how maps depict the sea and coastline and how such mapping is used to widen our understanding of these environments.

Admission by ticket
£20.00 which includes buffet lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments

Bilingual event with simultaneous translation provided

TICKETS
01970 632 548
Website: events.library.wales


(Original source: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/carto-cymru-the-wales-map-symposium-2018-charting-the-seas/)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

TNA podcast: Henry VIII and the break with Rome

The latest podcast from the National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) in England is based on the story of the English Reformation under Henry VII.

Henry VIII and the break with Rome is a recording of a talk given by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb at a recent two day long conference entitled Reformation on the Record.

At just over 47 minutes long, the recording can be accessed via the archive's media platform at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/reformation-record-suzannah-lipscomb-henry-viii-break-rome/.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Forthcoming events at PRONI in Belfast

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

Association football and Irish-born player migration to Britain and the USA, 1888 - 1939 - 22 February 2018, 1 - 2pm
Dr Conor Curran will explore Irish-born footballers’ migration in the 1888 to 1939 period - in particular, exploring the reasons behind the significant increase in the migration of Irish-born footballers to England in the 1920s.

The Art and Science of Linen, 22 February 2018 - 7 - 8.30pm
As part of the NI Science Festival, the Linen Biennale and PRONI are hosting an evening on the art and science of linen.

War, Women and the gypsy caravan: the emergence of Belfast’s first female police officers, 1914-43 - 27 February 2018, 1 - 2pm
As part of PRONI’s programme to ma
rk the anniversary of suffrage for women and International Women’s Day, Dr Janice Holmes will deliver a presentation about the first female police officers in Ireland.

The contribution of the Indian Community through Trade, Migration and Cultural rites of passage - 28 February 2018, 1 - 2pm
Nisha Tandon, OBE, Executive Director of ArtsEkta will talk about the Indian community in Northern Ireland and the recent three-year Sanskriti project and exhibition.

International Women’s Day: Women and Medicine during the First World War - 6 March 2018, 10am - 1pm
To mark International Women’s Day, PRONI will host a half day conference exploring the role of female medical staff during the First World War.

Imperial War Museums - WomensWork100 - Nursing & Medicine on Film, 6 March 2018, 2.30pm
The First World War Centenary Partnership is marking the contribution of women to nursing and medicine with a number of film screenings.

First World War Memories and Memorialisation - 7, 14 & 21 March 2018
PRONI is holding a series of talks in March relating to memories and memorialisation for the First World War. Speakers: Robert Corbett, Hugh Patrick Lynch and Nigel Henderson.

HMS Belfast 80, 12 March 2018, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
To mark the centenary of the creation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, PRONI in conjunction with the NI War Memorial and the RAF are hosting a one day conference exploring a hundred years of the RAF in Northern Ireland.

Eamonn McCann - The Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement - 15 March 2018, 6.30pm - 8pm
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland, the History Teachers’ Association is putting on this event featuring one of the main activists.

Practical Workshop - Using family and local history resources online - 28 March 2018, 11am - 1pm
Are you interested in local and family history? Come along to a workshop at PRONI to find out more and improve your IT skills.

Beyond the Boundary Commission: Partitioned Identities in Modern Ireland, 19 April 2018, 7pm - 8pm
In conjunction with the Ulster Society for Historical Studies, PRONI will host this lecture by Professor Timothy G. McMahon.

RAF 100: Early Operations in Ireland - 25 April 2018, 10am - 3.30pm
To mark the centenary of the creation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, PRONI in conjunction with the NI War Memorial and the RAF are hosting a one day conference exploring a hundred years of the RAF in Northern Ireland.

The Penal Times: The Catholic Church in Eighteenth-Century Ireland, 24 May 2018, 7pm - 8pm
In conjunction with the Ulster Society for Historical Studies, PRONI will host this J.C. Beckett memorial lecture by Professor Ian McBride.

Plantations in Ulster, 1600-41: Book Launch, 30 May 2018, 2pm - 4pm
PRONI and the Ulster Historical Foundation invite you to the launch of Plantations in Ulster, 1600-41: A collection of documents by R.J. Hunter.

For further details on PRONI's talks, and to book tickets, please visit https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/talks-and-events

(With thanks to the PRONI Express)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Free access to Ancestry's UK and Irish records

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), a free weekend's access to UK and Irish records:

FREE ACCESS 23-25 FEBRUARY*
Banish those winter blues – make the most of free access to Ancestry

Starting this Friday, we're giving you free access* to all our UK and Irish records for three whole days.*

*Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 23 February 2018 and will be free until 25 February 2018 at 23:59 GMT. 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 https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/uk_irish_records.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Monday, 19 February 2018

New County Fermanagh research guide from NIFHS

County Fermanagh in Ireland is an area that keeps yielding surprises for my own family history research. A couple of years back I discovered that a four times great grandfather, William Halliday, was born in Enniskillen (in about 1797); elsewhere, in Magheraculmoney parish, my Morrow family have stories slowly being uncovered, whilst my Mitchell ancestors from Breagho townland in Enniskillen recently yielded one of my biggest DNA successes yet, when it turned out that just about all of the family emigrated to Boston, Massachussetts, in the mid-19th century - with the exception of my two times great gran, who made her way to Scotland!

It is fair to say that Fermanagh is my as yet untapped genealogical frontier. Thankfully, with almost Jedi like insight, the North of Ireland Family History Society seems to have sensed this and produced the perfect research guide to help me out.

Co. Fermanagh is the fifth county based guide in the Researching Your Ancestors in the North of Ireland book series produced by the society. At 49 pages in total, and in full colour throughout, it packs a lot in with regards to maps, background information, and information on those all important resources for ancestral research.

The opening pages priovide a background to Fermanagh's topography and history, including information on the town of Enniskillen and the village of Pettigo, half of which is in fact in Co. Donegal, followed by an overview of some of the 'usual suspects', such as Griffith's Valuation and the Registry of Deeds. The section on 17th, 18th and 19th century census substitutes includes many useful links, followed by information on the census itself, with some limited returns for 1821, 1841 and 1851 surviving, prior to the full returns for 1901 and 1911.

The section on Church Records, listing what records have survived and where to find them, forms the main heart of the book, followed by detailed information on Gravestone Inscriptions, Estates Records and records from the Plantations. Various supplemetary records collections are further discussed, with notable sections on Newspapers, Directories, Grand Jury records, School Records, and Workhouses, followed by a detailed bibliography of Fermanagh based literature. The guide is rounded off with lists of useful contact details and websites to help further with research.

The NIFHS county guides are turning into a very useful library collection if you have forebears from the north of Ireland, with additional guides already available covering Cavan, Monaghan, Tyrone and Londonderry/Derry. The price for each is £6 plus postage.

For further details, visit http://www.nifhs.org/product-category/booklets/

 The new Fermanagh guide went on sale at Back To Our Past in Belfast.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.