Thursday, 25 August 2016

ScotlandsPeople Centre remains closed

Another update from the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh (www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2016/customer-notice-service-disruption):

Following a recent problem at one of our buildings we continue to experience technical difficulties at our ScotlandsPeople search rooms. These will remain closed today and Friday 26 August so please check back before travelling.

The SFHS (Scottish Family History Service) network and some other users are also affected. We’re working hard to resolve the problems and restore services and will continue to provide updates here and at our Twitter account, @natrecordsscot. Our online services and the historical and legal search rooms remain unaffected.

COMMENT: The Scottish Family History Service network essentially means all the centres across Scotland that are connected to the ScotlandsPeople database, so there will be problems at Glasgow, Hawick, Inverness, etc. I've read a few tweets and Facebook messages today from folk who will be affected - this is not a great advert for all the tourists making their way here to use the service, here's hoping it gets resolved quickly.


Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Coming Soon - A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy

A quick heads up for my new book, coming very soon from Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au):


More soon! (And kudos to anyone who recognises the church!)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Irish Police Gazettte 1861-1893 records on Ancestry

Ancestry has released a new collection, Ireland, Police Gazettes, 1861-1893, available at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61046.

From the site:

About Ireland, Police Gazettes, 1861-1893

This collection contains printed publications used for communication among members of the police force in Ireland between 1861 and 1893. It contains information on wanted criminals, crimes committed, criminals who had been apprehended, and missing persons.

The collection can be searched by:

Name
Birth year
Publication year
Event year
Event location
Event Type
Role in Crime
Conviction Place


Ancestry has written a blog post about the collection at http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2016/08/22/wanted-criminals-and-reward-systems-revealed-in-new-irish-police-gazette-records/.

NB: In terms of coverage, the collection is very incomplete, with coverage for some years very hit and miss, and in some cases absent altogether. It starts in February 15th 1863, with no records at all then from 1864-1865, 1867-1869, 1872-1873, or 1881. Within the years presented, a quick search test has shown that in the year 1870, there are only six pages in total, whilst only 3 pages are returned for 1871, 5 for 1875 etc, so some years are very well represented, and some not at all. This is not Ancestry's fault, it has merely digitised the source as presented, which comes from Luminary Trading Ltd. Nevertheless, for what is available, you may find a useful gem.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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 Centre closed again

Just a quick update on a story from a couple of days ago to say that the ScotlandsPeople Centre (www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/visit-us/scotlandspeople-centre) in Edinburgh has re-opened its doors again today (Tuesday), following its recent closures due to computer problems.

UPDATE 11am: No sooner had I posted this based on an update from the ScotlandsPeople website, than I then discover this on Twitter:

We’re very sorry, our technical problems have reoccurred and our ScotlandsPeople search rooms aren’t open this morning.

Other hobbies are available...! :) Might be worth giving it a day or two before planning a trip.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

WW2 Merchant Navy deaths and Bexley records join Ancestry

The following collections have been released by Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

UK, Merchant Seamen Deaths, 1939 -1953
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61094
Source: Lists of Merchant Seamen Deaths. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, UK.

This collection details the names of over 50,000 merchant seamen who lost their lives during and just after WWII. The Merchant Navy during this time was made up of approximately 185,000 seamen, including 40,000 men of Indian, Chinese and other nationalities. When war broke out, the merchant fleet, which was the largest in the world, was put under the control of the Ministry of Shipping, later part of the Ministry of War Transport. The most significant battle that involved the merchant navy was the Battle of the Atlantic, during which the merchant fleet, with its naval escorts, struggled to bring food, fuel, equipment and raw materials from America and elsewhere across the Atlantic, while Germany mobilized U-boats, battleships, aircraft and mines against them in an attempt to sever Britain's supply lines.

Please note that the organisation of the collection on Ancestry reflects the way that the original data is arranged at the National Maritime Museum.


Bexley, Kent, England, WWI Registration Cards, 1914-1919
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61152
Source: Bexley World War I registration cards. The Mayor & Burgesses of the London Borough of Bexley, Kent, England

The first National Registration exercise in the United Kingdom was taken during the First World War. The basis behind the exercise was to identify the number of men within the population available to fight. Existing statistics were judged to be insufficiently accurate and the Cabinet decided to resolve the matter through the introduction of national registration. Under the National Registration Bill, personal information on all the adult population was compiled in locally-held registers, and identity cards were issued.


Bexley, Kent, England, Electoral Registers, 1734-1965
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61151
Source: Bexley Electoral Registers. The Mayor & Burgesses of the London Borough of Bexley, Kent, England.

This database contains yearly registers listing names and residences of people in Bexley, Kent, who were eligible to vote in elections. These year-by-year registers can help place your ancestors in a particular place and possibly also reveal a bit about property they owned.

Further details are available via the links.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Gould Genealogy revamps website

Australian genealogy store Gould Genealogy is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, and its twentieth online. As such, it has taken the opportunity to revamp its website, which has now been launched at www.gould.com.au. The company's Alona Tester has blogged a feature looking at previous incarnations of the site, should you fancy a trip down memory lane, at www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/08/gould-genealogy-website-now/.


Gould Genealogy is also the parent company behind Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au), which does just about everything these days from genealogy cruises and conferences to books and e-books. My latest title for the company, A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, should be joining their book range shortly - watch this space for more details soon!

(With thanks to Alona Tester)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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 search rooms closed Monday 22nd

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

The ScotlandsPeople search rooms - closed on Monday 22 August 2016

The ScotlandsPeople search rooms will be closed on Monday 22 August 2016 due to technical problems affecting our services.

Our ScotlandsPeople online service and our historical and legal search rooms are unaffected.

We apologise for the inconvenience and will provide further updates when they are available on Twitter and Facebook.

For seat booking enquiries, please call 0131 314 4300.


COMMENT: There's been a few problems last few days apparently, so if you are planning to visit Edinburgh to do research next week, I would keep an eye for further announcements. I suspect this will also affect other centres hostinh the ScotlndsPeople system (it usuall does), such as the Glasgow Registrar's service at the Mitchell Library, and other centres in Kilmarnock, Inverness, Alloa, Hawick, etc - you may wish to contact them in advance if planning a visit also.

National Records of Scotland hosted catalogues seem to be unaffected.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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, 19 August 2016

Latest additions to The Original Record website

Latest additions to The Original Record (www.theoriginalrecord.com):

1664
Suffolk Archdeaconry Marriage Licences
Marriage licence bonds in the Suffolk Archdeaconry Registry at Ipswich, abstracted and printed by Frederick Arthur Crisp

1845-1850
Consistory Court of London Divorce Cases
The list of causes of divorce determined in the Consistory Court of London gives the title of the cause; whether opposed or unopposed; whether promoted by husband or wife; whether for adultery and cruelty, or which; when commenced; when concluded; whether appealed or not; whether carried to the House of Lords.

1850
Masters and Mates in the Merchant Service
Masters and mates in the Merchant Service who voluntarily passed an examination and obtained certificates of qualification under the regulations issued by the Board of Trade, from 28 February to 11 April 1850.

1868
Art School Teachers
The Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education produced this list of persons certificated as competent to act as teachers of art schools, revised to March 1868. The list gives name (surname first); school where previously taught; and certificates obtained (1 elementary drawing and colouring; 2 painting; 3 the figure drawn and painted; 4 modelling ornament; 5 modelling the figure; 6a mechanical drawing; 6b architectural drawing).

1876
Members of the Society of Biblical Archaeology
This membership list of the Society of Biblical Archaeology is corrected to January 1876; it gives names and addresses, asterisks indicating members of the society's council.

1882-1887
Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders Died in Egypt and Sudan
The roll of officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the 79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders who were killed in action or died of wounds and disease in Egypt and the S(o)udan 1882 to 1887, compiled from the orderly room records by Captain T. A. Mackenzie and Lieutenant C. Findlay: giving rank, full name, and where or how died.

1909-1910
Durham University Matriculation Examination
The lists of students who satisfied the examiners, September 1909 and March 1910: surnames are given, with initials.

(With thanks to The Original Record)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

FindmyPast releases Irish outrage reports 1836-1840

The following records have been released by FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com) today:

Ireland, Outrage reports 1836-1840 [TNA HO 100]
18,157 fascinating police reports released in association with the National Archives. Discover realities of life in historic Ireland and read descriptions of thefts, assaults, suicides, daring rescues, infanticide, arson, highway robbery, and much more.

Middlesex, London, Old Bailey Court records 1674-1913
Was your ancestor involved in a crime as either a perpetrator, victim or witness? Explore 239 of fascinating documents from the Central Criminal Court in London.

England & Wales Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms
Number of volumes added: 208,610
Total volumes: 1,564,672
Covering: Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, members of the Society of Friends and other denominations
Discover: Baptism date, place, parents' names, godparents & denomination

England & Wales Non-Conformist Marriages
Number of records added: 3,108
Total records: 8,007
Covering: Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, members of the Society of Friends and other denominations
Discover: Date of marriage, location, spouse's names, witnesses & denomination

England & Wales Non-Conformist Burials
Number of records added: 300,764
Total records: 888,641
Covering: Roman Catholics, Jews, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, members of the Society of Friends and other denominations
Discover: Birth year, death year, burial date, location, spouse's name, parents' names & denomination


Further details and collection links at https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-friday-1978092206.html


Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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, 17 August 2016

ScotlandsPeople to go offline for a few days next month

In preparation for the imminent revamp and relaunch of the ScotlandsPeople website, the following announcement as been posted at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/Content/Help/index.aspx?2394:

Service announcement for the ScotlandsPeople website

We are writing to let you know that the ScotlandsPeople website will be unavailable from Wednesday 7 September 2016 at 23.59 (BST). This is due to essential planned work which is taking place over this time. The work is expected to be completed and service resumed by Monday 12 September 2016. Please check Facebook or Twitter for updates.

Customers visiting The ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh or using one of the local family history centres will be able to access records as normal on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September 2016.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you and thank you for your patience.

The team at ScotlandsPeople.


Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.