Monday, 28 July 2014

Who Do You Think You Are - 10th anniversary special

I announced yesterday that the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? will commence on Thursday August 7th at 9pm on BBC1 (see ). However, with this being the 10th series, a one hour anniversary special will be shown the night before on Wednesday 6th August on BBC 1 at 10.35pm. Entitled Who Do You Think You Are: Who Do They Think They Are? 10 Years, 100 Shows, it will celebrate the series to date - here's the blurb from the Radio Times:

The stories of celebrities who have been on a tour of their ancestry, marking the return of Who Do You Think You Are? as the series celebrates its 10th birthday and approaches its 100th episode. Featuring contributions from favourites including Jeremy Paxman, Bruce Forsyth, Alexander Armstrong, Emilia Fox, Alistair McGowan, Boris Johnson, Ainsley Harriot and Natasha Kaplinsky, who uncovered experiences of forebears spanning a cross-section of life from the workhouse to a royal palace, and even a brothel.

There's more at the Who Do You Think You Are website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d8tdg.

NB: Don't forget that the Who Do You Think You Are Live event (www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com) kicks off on August 29th for three days at the Glasgow SECC. To enter a competition to try to win two tickets, see my post from Saturday at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/competition-win-tickets-to-who-do-you.html.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Special opening hours at PRONI in September

More news from PRONI in Belfast (www.proni.gov.uk), this time concerning some special opening hours in the weeks ahead:

Good news for those of you who cannot visit PRONI during normal working hours. To celebrate the forthcoming European Heritage Open Days 2014, PRONI will be open to the public on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September. On Saturday 13th September, PRONI will provide a full service (9am –4.45pm). On Sunday 14th September, the self-service microfilm facility will be available (10am – 4pm). Talks and tours of the building will be available on both days. For more information, please click here.

PRONI will also open its doors to the public on Friday 19th September (4.30pm – 7.30pm) for Culture Night Belfast 2014 . The theme of the evening will be PRONI and the Home Front. For more information click here.

COMMENT: This is exactly what I was referring to a few days ago in my posts about the National Records of Scotland's lack of any similar such provision - see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/national-records-of-scotland-needs-to.html and http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/comparing-uks-three-national-archives.html. Whilst PRONI and the National Archives at Kew go out of their way to provide access for those working Mondays to Fridays from 9-5 when they can, the NRS in Edinburgh steadfastly refuses to provide any similar such provision. PRONI here is showing how it can be done - Edinburgh, please take note.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Researching the First World War conference in Belfast

News of PRONI's forthcoming First World War conference in Belfast:

PRONI is currently preparing a series of events which will mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War. Among these events which start in August, will be a conference entitled ‘Researching the First World War – Sources and Resources’ The keynote speaker will be Dr Tim Bowman (University of Kent) and the conference will take place in PRONI on Tuesday 5 September. More details will be available soon at www.proni.gov.uk/index/exhibitions_talks_and_events/talks_and_events.htm.

(With thanks to PRONI)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Digging Up Your Roots one off special

BBC Radio Scotland will be broadcasting a one off Digging Up Your Roots edition, presented by Bill Whiteford, at 11.05am on Sunday 3rd August, to be themed on past emigration to Commonwealth countries.

For further details visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04cfh70.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

TNA podcast - Courtroom reality in medieval England

The latest podcast from the National Archives at Kew (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) is entitled Annual lecture of the Pipe Roll Society (2014): Formal record and courtroom reality in 13th and 14th century England, a 50 minute talk by Prof. Paul Bland.

The podcast can be heard for free at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/annual-lecture-pipe-roll-society-2014/ or downloaded from iTunes.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Several new releases on Ancestry

Ancestry's been a bit busy - the following may be of use for your ancestors in Norfolk, or in various countries across the world:
  • U.S., Headstone and Interment Records for U.S. Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil, 1942-1949
  • Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1879
  • England, Norfolk Non-conformist Records, 1613-1901
  • Canada, South African War Land Grants, 1908-1910
  • New South Wales, Australia, Passengers Arriving at Port Phillip

Full details via http://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/reccol/default

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Try ScotlandsPeople out in Glasgow at the Games

The ScotlandsPeople team will be in Glasgow next week offering free demos of the website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) - here's the detail from their latest newsletter:

The ScotlandsPeople Team at Commonwealth House, Glasgow

If you're in Glasgow while the Games are taking place, you might like to visit Commonwealth House at 32 Albion Street (G1 1LH) and have a free trial search on ScotlandsPeople. There will be access from Monday 28th July to Sunday 3rd August, with staff on hand to offer free tips and advice for people who are looking to trace their Scottish ancestors.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Who Do You Think You Are returns August 7th

The new UK series of Who Do You Think You Are comes to our screens on Thursday 7th August, BBC1, with the first episode featuring actress Julie Walters. Her story is traced back to County Mayo in Ireland, and the formation of the Land League.

Further details via the Radio Times at http://www.radiotimes.com/episode/czt28p/who-do-you-think-you-are--series-11---1-julie-walters

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Competition - win tickets to Who Do You Think You Are Live in Glasgow

Don't say I'm not good to ye...! The good folks from Immediate Media Company, the people behind the forthcoming Who Do You Think You Are Live event in Glasgow from Friday 29th-Sunday 31st August 2014, have given me two complimentary tickets to give away in a competition. Each ticket is valid for one day's entry.

Evil Chris says the competition question should be something really tricky and selfish, such as "where exactly is the baptism record for my 2 x great grandfather John Brownlie MacFarlane of Glasgow, born sometime in the 1830s?" The man has been winding me up for 14 years...

However, Nice Chris says there's a load of competition happening now already here in Glasgow, and it's too warm to check a pile of emails for correct answers. So here's the deal - it's Commonwealth Games time just here right now, and clearly all British GENES readers want Scotland to win the Games, because this is where God's holiday home is. So all you need to do is just send me an email with the heading COME ON SCOTLAND! and include your name and the county where you live (not full address yet please), and I'll pick a winner, who will get both tickets. Deadline is next Saturday August 2nd at 12pm (midday). Email address is christopherpaton @ tiscali.co.uk

This competition is open to UK applicants only, I'm afraid, that way I can guarantee you get them in time by registered post. I'll notify the winner next weekend, at which point I'll ask for a full address to post them to.

Good luck!

NB: Don't forget that you can purchase tickets from WDYTYA Live via a promotion I've secured with them also - 2 tickets for £24. For the promotion code, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/british-genes-wdytya-live-tickets-offer.html

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Free weekend access to Ancestry

I'm still in Belfast on a two day research trip, but just picked up on the following from Ancestry's Facebook page:

We are providing open access to all U.K records from midnight tonight through to midnight Sunday. If you have a UK Essentials subscription or guest access you will be able to search U.K collections not currently available to you. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to advance your research.

Have fun at www.ancestry.co.uk

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast - please reinstate the original Scottish census citations on your new site