Saturday, 21 January 2017

North of Ireland family history courses announced

The following press release comes from God's favourite family history society...! :)

NIFHS Launches Spring Series of Family History Short Courses

The North of Ireland Family History Society (www.nifhs.org) has released its spring schedule of family history short courses

The programme covers a wide range of topics of interest to everyone from beginners to those
wanting to dig deeper into their roots. DNA testing for genealogy continues to be a popular topic so we have extended those classes. A new topic this year is photo restoration for beginners. Day, evening and weekend classes are available
  • Starting your Genealogy - Beginners Course
  • Breaking through Brickwalls
  • Using Newspapers for Family History Research
  • Land Records
  • Valuation Records
  • Photo Restoration for Beginners
  • Technology for Genealogy
  • Family Tree Maker: Basics and Benefits
  • Family History using Powerpoint
  • Family Finder
  • Using Gedmatch
  • Dublin Archives (+ visit if there is interest)
  • Emigration to Australia & New Zealand
  • Researching Military Ancestors

With the success of programmes like Who Do You Think You Are?, there has been an increased interest in family history and more people than ever are taking up this fascinating and worthwhile hobby.

NIFHS Education Officer, Martin McDowell, said,“I think it's a great line-up with something for everyone. Courses are open to everyone and I hope people enjoy discovering more about their roots.”

All the classes will be held in the Society's Honneyman Room at the NIFHS Research Centre in Newtownabbey where there's plenty of free parking available. An on-site café is usually open until mid-afternoon.

The courses are of one to three-week duration and run between February and April. They cost between £10 and £24, with Society members getting a discount. For anyone wishing to do additional research, the Society's Library is open until 8pm every Tuesday and from 10.30–1pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month.

The classes will be run in addition to the packed programmes of lectures presented by each of
the Society's eleven branches.

For further details and to book a place, please visit: www.nifhs.org/resources/courses/

(With thanks to Maeve Brogan at the NIFHS)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

England's active six generation family!

This takes some going! A family in Yorkshire, England, currently has six generations alive at the same time, headed by great great great grandmother Hilda Hanson, aged 103. Baby Finley is the most recent addition - in total there are 44 members of the family.

The BBC ran an interview on local radio with members of the family to to try to establish who was related to whom - have a listen at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38704598 !

The Guardian newspaper also has a story on the family at https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/jan/21/nought-to-103-in-six-generations-bradford-hanson-family-claim-uk-record.

Some of us can only get back that number of generations after a lot of research - if only we could just have a cup of tea and interview all of our ancestors in one go, as with this Yorkshire family!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Jersey parish records join Ancestry

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), several new collections for Jersey, in the Channel Islands, have now been released:
  
Jersey, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1541-1812
http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60860
Total Images: 21,998
Total Records: 458,350

Jersey, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915
http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61218
Total Images: 15,686
Total Records: 289,952

Jersey, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1940
http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61219
Total Images: 21,013
Total Records: 152,195

Jersey, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1940
http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=61220
Total Images: 9,953
Total Records: 86,286

Further details via the individual URLs.
Here's the official press release:

Jersey Baptisms, Marriages and Burials now available on Ancestry

Jersey Heritage is delighted to announce that, as a result of a collaboration with Ancestry and with the kind permission of the Dean of Jersey, the Island’s Church of England baptism, marriage and burial records from 1540 – 1940 are now available to search online for the first time.

The collection includes over 72,000 images covering the key milestones in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Islanders from Tudor times to the beginning of the Second World War.

The records are searchable by name, birth date, parish, baptism, marriage and burial date, name of spouse and name/s of parents, and these records contain vital information for anybody looking to find out more about an ancestor who lived in Jersey.

Local Personalities

A number of famous names can be found in this important collection from philanthropists and artists of the 20th century to well-known sporting figures, including:

· Jesse Boot - 1st Lord Trent, of Boots the Chemist, businessman and philanthropist, who transformed the small business founded by his father into an international retail company. Jesse came to Jersey to convalesce after an illness in 1886 and met his future wife, Florence Rowe. The couple were married at the St Helier Town Church on the 30th August 1886 and on their marriage record Jesse’s occupation is described as a ’wholesale druggist’. The couple retired in Jersey, where they made a number of very generous donations to help improve the lives of Islanders such as FB Fields.

· Lillie Langtry – actress, renowned beauty and mistress of King Edward VII. Lillie, who was born Emilie Charlotte Le Breton, was baptised in the Parish Church of St Saviour on the 9th November 1853, by her father Reverend William Corbet Le Breton. Lillie married her first husband, Edward Langtry in this same parish church on the 9th March 1874 and was eventually laid to rest in the cemetery on the 23rd February 1929, following her death in Monaco.

· Harry Vardon – golfer, six times winner of the British Open. Henry William Vardon was baptised in the Parish Church of Grouville on 12th June 1870. Harry did not take up golf until his late teens, as he needed to work from a young age to help support his family. When he decided he could make a career from the sport his natural talent shone through and it was not long before the young man from Jersey who had been too poor to buy his own golf clubs went on to become acknowledged as the world number one. Vardon won the British Open Championship six times, which is a record that still hasn’t been broken. He also toured America, winning the US Open in 1900, and becoming golf’s first international superstar.


The records are predominantly recorded in French, this being the written language at that time, but they follow a standard format and with some French knowledge they are relatively easy to interpret.

Linda Romeril, Archives and Collections Director at Jersey Heritage said; “The publication of the Church of England registers by Ancestry is a significant step forward in opening up access to Jersey’s records. These unique images can now be accessed by individuals with Jersey connections around the world.

”We know that a number of people left Jersey over the centuries and believe that their descendants will now be able to find their connections to our unique Island. We hope that this will encourage individuals to continue the stories of their Jersey ancestors by searching our catalogue www.jerseyheritage.org/aco for more information and ultimately visiting the Island to discover their roots.”

Rhona Murray, Content Manager at Ancestry, adds: “We are delighted to be working with Jersey Heritage to provide online access for people all around the world to these valuable parish records. The large-scale historic migration from the Island has resulted in a broad Jersey diaspora across the globe, so whether you’re aware of having heritage from the Island or are curious to discover if you have ancestors from the Channel Islands, now is the perfect time to search these collections on Ancestry and find out.”

The images can be searched by visiting www.ancestry.co.uk. As part of the agreement with Ancestry there is now free access to search the Ancestry catalogue at Jersey Archive.

(With thanks to Bryony Partridge)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), 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, 18 January 2017

New London based record collections on Ancestry

The following London collections are now available on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) :

London, England, TS Exmouth Training Ship Records, 1876-1918
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61332
Source: TS Exmouth training records held by the London Metropolitan Archives, London, England.

London, England, Gamekeepers' Licences, 1727-1839
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61308
Source: Gamekeepers Licences, Middlesex Sessions, London Metropolitan Archives, London.


Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), 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, 16 January 2017

Talks tour to New Zealand and Australia in 2017

Hi everyone and apologies that I've been away from this blog for a few days. I have some major developments on a couple of fronts currently happening at my end, which has kept me unbelievably busy, which I will be in a better position to discuss in the near future. In the meantime, here's news of another major development affecting what I will get up to later in the year...

So brace yourself Australia and New Zealand - I'm heading back down under again in August! And this time I'll be there for Family History Month!


From August 8th to 26th I am participating in another Unlock the Past talks tour of Australian cities, and in an expo organised by Auckland Library, in which I will be accompanied by fellow genie Dirk Weissleder, an expert in German genealogy (www.forum-familiengeschichte.de). The following is the current schedule proposed for the event:

BRISBANE - Tue-Wed 8-9 Aug
Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside South - 9am-4.30pm each day

AUCKLAND - Fri-Sun 11-13 Aug (Auckland expo organised by the Auckland Library)
Fickling Convention Centre, Three Kings, Auckland

SYDNEY - Tue-Wed 15-16 Aug
Parramatta RSL, Parramatta - 9am-4.30pm each day

MELBOURNE - Fri-Sat 18-19 Aug
Veneto Club, Bulleen - 9am-4.30pm each day

CANBERRA - Mon 21 Aug
venue to be advised - 9am-4.30pm

ADELAIDE - Wed-Thu 23-24 Aug - Adelaide
The German Club, Adelaide - 9am-4.30pm each day

PERTH - Sat 26 Aug - Perth
venue to be advised - 9am-4.30pm


Program

Each city will have a two-stream program

Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide
- British Isles stream one day – headed by Chris Paton
- European/German stream the other day – headed by Dirk Weissleder
Canberra and Perth - both streams the same day in two separate theatres
Auckland - Chris and Dirk will be key presenters in the wider expo program

Supporting presentations will be given by major libaries and societies in each city.

Full details and booking form for each city to come

COMMENT: I'm very much looking forward to returning, particularly to Auckland, whilst my visit to Sydney in particular will be the third time that I'll have spoken in the Parramatta RSL - so I'm guessing I might even qualify for residency soon!

Keep an eye on the Unlock the Past website at www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-british-isles-and-germanyeurope for more developments, as well as for biographies on both myself and Dirk, and I will of course update this blog in due course. 


It's going to be a lot of fun - see you there!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Friday, 6 January 2017

FindmyPast completes Irish petty sessions court registers

Following on from the release of a further 900,000 more dog license register records from Ireland last week, FindmyPast has now completed the Petty Session Court Registers collection for the country, with the addition of 227,000 more records. A list of courts records previously available in the collection is available at http://www.findmypast.ie/articles/world-records/full-list-of-the-irish-family-history-records/institutions-and-organisations/petty-sessions-order-books-1842-1913 but I have absolutely no idea what is in the update, as FindmyPast has not actually indicated what court records have been added. Their blog merely states the following:


Ireland, Petty Sessions Court Registers

Over 227,700 new records have been added to complete our collection of Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers. Petty Sessions handled the bulk of lesser criminal and civil legal proceedings in Ireland. Now the largest collection of Irish court & prison records available anywhere online, there over 22.8 million records in the collection. They include details of victims, witnesses and the accused, such as address, date in court, details of the offence, details of the verdict and the sentence...

...before going into a general description of the records. It is great that these are online, but would it honestly hurt to actually inform us about what is actually new, other than the total of names included?

Other collections released today include:
  • Dorset Memorial Inscriptions
  • Warwickshire Burials
  • Northumberland & Durham Monumental Inscriptions
  • Ireland, Society Of Friends (Quaker) Congregational Records

Details - such as they are! - are at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-january-05-2017-2180504219.html.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Asiatic Annual Register records indexes on FIBIS

The Families in British India Society has added indexes to birth, marriage and death records from the Asiatic Annual Register for the years 1806 and 1807 to its online database at http://search.fibis.org/frontis/bin/aps_browse_sources.php?mode=browse_components&id=1038 - adding to the entries already indexed from 1798-1801 and 1815. The records have been indexed by Pat Sewell and S. Seager.

Note that several editions of The Asiatic Annual Register; or, A view of the history of Hindustan, and of the politics, commerce and literature of Asia from 1799-1810/11are freely available to view on The Internet Archive (www.archive.org).

(With thanks to Valmay Young)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy book on sale in Canada

Another quick note here to say that I have also noticed that my latest Unlock the Past guide book, A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, released last August in Australia, is now also available for sale in Canda from Global Genealogy at http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/england/resources/2590289.htm, priced at CAN$18.

Here's the blurb!

You've decided that you want to trace your British and Irish family history, but have absolutely no idea where to start. If only there was a handy beginner's guide...?

In this Unlock the Past guide, genealogist Chris Paton takes you through the key record sets that will help you get underway with your family history research. He will introduce you to the family history societies and archives that can assist your efforts, and provide a little context to the ancestral landscape within which your ancestors once lived, and into which you will soon be immersed. Along the way he will point out some of the major differences in record types to be found in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Crown Dependencies of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

In each chapter Chris also provides a steer towards further books which can further develop your skills as you become more experienced with the subject matter, making this an invaluable introduction.

Warning – once you get started with your family history research, you will never stop...!

And the contents list:

Introduction
Acknowledgements
1. Researching your family tree
- Documentary sources
- Gateways
- Record your finds
- Gadgets
- Brick walls
- Overcome mistakes
- Question everything
- Make your ancestors real
- Damn the rules!
- Further reading
2. Civil registration records
- Basic information
- England and Wales
- Scotland
- Ireland
- Certificate exchange sites
- Further reading
3. Parish registers
- Baptisms
- Marriages and banns
- Burials and deaths
- Locating state church records
- Records of church governance
- Non-conformist churches
- Further reading
4. Monumental inscriptions
- English and Welsh gravestones
- Scotland
- Ireland
- Further reading
5. Cenuses
- What censuses contain
- Online records
- Scotland
- Ireland
- Census substitutes: directories
- Further reading
6. Wills and testaments
- Forms of estate
- Probate and confirmation
- England and Wales
- Recent wills
- Scotland
- Ireland
- Further reading
7. Maps and gazetteers
- Modern maps
- Ordnance Survey maps
- Other maps
- Gazetteers
- Further reading
8. Occupations
- Ancestral context
- Understand the job
- Newspapers
- Dig deeper
- Further reading
9. Societies, archives and libraries
- Umbrella bodies
- National societies
- Special interest groups
- Archives
- Catalogues
- Libraries
- Further reading
10. Social networking
- Facebook and Twitter
- Blogs
- Message boards and forums
- Family tree networks
- Further reading
11. DNA tests
- Types of DNA
- Testing companies
- Further reading
Appendix: The Crown Dependencies
- Isle of Man
- The Channel Islands
Index

For details of all of my genealogy books, and how and where to purchase them, please visit the Books section of this blog at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Enjoy!

Chris
 
For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Discover Scottish Church Records 2nd edition - on sale in UK

A quick note to say that my book Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) is now on sale from Yorkshire based My History at http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Discover-Scottish-Church-Records-UTP0281A.html#SID=876. Released last year in Australia and Canada, it now joins several other titles available in the UK from both myself and other Unlock the Past writers.

For a sneak preview of the title, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/kirk-history.html, where you can read the first chapter for free, and get the heads up on what else to expect within the book. I should add that of all the books I have written for Unlock the Past so far, this is one of my faves, as it includes a great deal of material and topics that I have not seen covered in other Scottish genealogy guides.

The range of Unlock the Past books available from My History can be browsed at http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Unlock-the-Past-Booklets.html. I hope they can help with your research!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

ScotlandsPeople's New Year records update

From ScotlandsPeople (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk):

Entries from important statutory records have been released today onto ScotlandsPeople; the family history website operated by the National Records of Scotland.

Digital images of 110,000 birth entries from 1916, more than 47,000 marriage entries from 1941 and 64,000 death entries from 1966 are now available for members of the public to search, view and save, no matter where they are in the world.

Three entries give details relating to the lives of three Scots of note. These are:

* The birth of Jessie Grant Kesson (nee McDonald) (1916 – 1994), who wrote The White Bird Passes. Born in Inverness on 29 October 1916, Kesson rose from humble beginnings to become an acclaimed author receiving honorary degrees from both the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dundee.

* An entry detailing the birth Jack Milroy (1915 -2001), the Scottish comedian, who was born James Cruden on 28 December 1915 in Govanhill, Glasgow. Being born so near to the end of the year, Jack’s birth was not registered by his father until 17 January 1916. Jack Milroy was best known for his double act with comedy actor Rikki Fulton. Jack played Francie in the famous comedy duo Francie and Josie.

The death record entry for Alexander Carrick, RSA (1882 – 1966), one of Scotland’s leading monumental sculptors of the early twentieth century. Carrick’s extensive body of work includes war memorials include those at Fraserburgh, Berwick and Killin in Perthshire.

The 1941 marriage records reveal the details of those wed in wartime Scotland including one couple whose union was cut tragically short by the Clydebank blitz in 1941. They were married from just one month.

Alexander Clarkson and Margaret O’Donnell, were married on 12 February 1941 in a civil ceremony by the Registrar in the district of Old Kilpatrick. Sadly, Margaret was killed when the Benbow Hotel where Alexander and Margaret were residents was hit by a bomb on the evening of 13 March, leaving only the shell of the building.

Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:

“The releases of these records give us a richer understanding of Scotland’s story and our people. The marriage certificates from the early '40s in particular provide further insight into the consequences of the Second World War, and how it affected the things we take for granted today.

“I’d encourage anyone interested in finding out more about their local history or genealogy to have a look at the wealth of records now available as part of our new ScotlandsPeople website. No matter where you are in the world, you can instantly find out more about your own personal story.”

The new version of the ScotlandsPeople website launched in September 2016; it has experienced an average 3.4 million site views a year and around 1 million unique users since its launch in 2002.

Since September, visitors to ScotlandsPeople can now search statutory record indexes including birth, death and marriage certificates for free. Users are now only charged if they wish to view or download a record image.

The records will be released at 09.30 GMT on Thursday 5 January.

(With thanks to Richard Holligan)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.