Wednesday, 28 June 2017

New content added to Irish Newspaper Archive

The Irish Newspaper Archive (www.irishnewsarchive.com) has added new content to its site, as follows:
  • Evening Herald 1950 - 1999; Full colour PDF 2005 -2017
  • Belfast Newsletter 1900 -1938; Full colour PDF 2013 - 2017
  • Donegal Democrat 1919 - 1998; Full colour PDF 2016-2017

To help you explore the new material, the site is offering a 25% discount, using the code New001.

The discount code is valid from June 28th to July 7th 2017, and can be applied to monthly or annual memberships, as follows:

Monthly Normal Price €30.00 less 25% = €22.50
Yearly Normal Price €178.00 less 25% = €133.50

To subscribe to the site, visit https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/subscribe?cur=EUR.

(With thanks to Andrew Martin)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Outlander starts on More 4 this week

Long after the rest of Earth and mankind has seen it, the first series of Scottish based series Outlander is FINALLY (!) getting a UK broadcast showing starting this Thursday on More4 at 9pm - here's the Radio Times summary of the first episode (http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/c62rq6/outlander--s1-e1-sassenach/):

Series 1 - Episode 1: Sassenach
Thursday 9pm - 10:20pm More4 (not More4 +1)
HD SUB

Period drama telling the story of a Second World War nurse who is mysteriously transported back to 1743 Scotland as she travels back from the battlefields with her husband. In the opening episode, Claire Randall finds herself at the mercy of a British soldier before being kidnapped by a group of Highlanders whose ranks include an injured man named Jamie, Starring Caitriona Balfe, Gary Lewis and Tobias Menzies.


The first episode is slightly slow, but the series soon picks up pace! The title, 'Sassenach', refers to the Gaelic word for an English person ('Sasann' means 'England' in Gaelic), and in this case refers to the heroine of the series, Claire Randall.

Forgive the occasional historical hiccups along the way, but if you want to immerse yourself in the Jacobite campaigns for a bit, hear a bit of Scottish Gaelic along the way, boo the bad guy, cheer on the heroine, then give it a wee whirl!

And if you fancy coming to Scotland and visiting some of the locations featured in the series, drop my pal Ian Walker a note at Borders Journeys via http://www.bordersjourneys.co.uk/category/ancestral-tourism/ - he'll soon sort you out! :)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Who Do You Think You Are? series 14 participants announced

The participants of the next UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? have been announced as follows, with their transmission slots on BBC1 at 9pm, commencing on July 6th with veteran actor Charles Dance:

Charles Dance (July 6th)
Craig Revel Horwood (July 13th)
Clare Balding (July 20th)
Adil Ray (July 27th)
Emma Willia (August 3rd)
Lisa Hammond (TBA)
Noel Clarke (TBA)
Lula (TBA)
Fearne Cotton (TBA)
Ruby Wax (TBA)

The schedule may change in due course.

For further details, please visit Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine's coverage at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/who-do-you-think-you-are-2017-celebrities-revealed.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

FamilySearch to cease microfilm distribution

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that its FamilySearch service (https://familysearch.org) will permanently cease its family history records microfilm distribution service from September 1st 2017, thanks to the vast proportion of material that it has already digitised, and which it will continue to digitise until 2020.


For the full announcement, please visit https://www.lds.org/callings/temple-and-family-history/familysearch-microfilm-discontinuation?lang=eng.

(With thanks to Thomas MacEntee via Facebook)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

More Presbyterian kirk records join ScotlandsPeople

The ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) is adding more dissenting Presbyterian records to its site tomorrow (Monday 26th June), including 20,255 births and baptisms (1744-1855), 10,368 marriages and proclamations (1729-1855) and 5,422 death and burial records (1783-1855).

There is no information as yet as to which churches will be represented, other than Martyr's Reformed Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh (NRS: CH3/1198), from which an example has been drawn for the website's own news announcement at https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/article/news-article-release-presbyterian-church-records.

To understand how the various dissenting Presbyterian churches came to be, read the first chapter of my book Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) for FREE at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/kirk-history.html. For more on what to expect from the records, and how to maximise research within them, the book can be purchased worldwide (including from the UK) - details on how to obtain a copy are available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

TNA podcasts - First World War VD prosecution, and medieval treason and magic

The National Archives based in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) has two new podcasts available.

‘A Bit of a Scratch’, a radio drama about the battle against Venereal Disease during the First World War

‘A Bit of a Scratch’ explores the first recorded prosecution under the Venereal Diseases Act 1917. The legislation was introduced due to the large numbers, roughly 5%, of UK troops returning from the First World War with venereal diseases and to ensure that treatment was undertaken by qualified medical professionals. The last century has seen remarkable developments in sexual health, however with rising numbers of sexually transmitted infections and the emergence of antimicrobial resistant disease, the provision of high quality sexual health services are more important than ever.

This podcast was produced jointly with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). More information on the issues
contained within this podcast can be found on the BASHH website and @BASHH_UK.

The podcast is available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/bit-scratch/


Medieval treason and magic

In this podcast, two of our records specialists tell us about treason and necromancy in The National Archives’ medieval records.

The first part, narrated by Paul Dryburgh, tells the story of a band of men from Coventry who planned to kill King Edward II and his supporters, the Despencers, with a plot that involved wax effigies and pins. In the second part, Sean Cunningham discusses one of the earliest English language statements in legal history; a tale involving a mole catcher and a magical dismembered hand.

The podcast is available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/medieval-treason-magic/

NB: Please note the survey that the archive is asking for responses from, concerning its online media player, available at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FFCFX/.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Lawson Lies Still in the Thames - book launch

Genealogist Gill Blanchard has been in touch to ask if I can give a quick plug for her forthcoming book and its launch, so here goes.

Gill has written a historical biography, based on the story of someone she came across whilst researching the history of a house. The book is Lawson Lies Still in the Thames: The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson, and concerns an almost forgotten hero of the English Civil Wars who, despite being a committed parliamentarian, played a pivotal role in the restoration of the monarchy. The book is available from www.amberley-books.com/lawson-lies-still-in-the-thames.html or from Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/hak7o49.

The book launch will be at Jarrolds in Norwich, England, on 13 July at 6pm, where Gill will be reading some extracts and talking about his life and the research undertaken. Tickets are £5.

For further details, please visit www.jarrold.co.uk/events-diary/events-list/an-evening-with-gill-blanchard.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Wanted - Researching Abroad roadshow ambassadors!

In August I will be heading once again to Australia and New Zealand to participate as a speaker in the Unlock the Past sponsored Researching Abroad roadshow (see www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-finding-british-isles-and-european-ancestors), which will focus on British and European themes.

Both myself and Dirk Weissleider will be providing several presentations on the key themes (I'll be focussing in particular on Scotland and Ireland), but we will also be joined by many local speakers from down under whilst on our travels. As they say in my neck of the woods, it should be some craic!

Unlock the Past has just announced a new initiative to help try to promote the events, and that is to ask folk to consider registering as a Researching Abroad Roadshow Ambassador. There are perks involved for bloggers and societies who might wish to help promote the tour, so if you are interested, please do take a look at the terms at www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-finding-british-isles-and-european-ancestors/ambassadors

I'm looking forward to heading back to Oz again in a few weeks time - hopefully see you there!



UPDATE: Dirk has also just recorded a short video inviting you to come along!



(Also available at https://youtu.be/rs8KyiQVGOc)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

King James VI Hospital in Perth

I've written a blog post on 'my other wee blog' looking at a university study I did some time ago into the role of King James VI Hospital in the development of the city of Perth, Scotland, the feudal records involved, and some personal family connections found along the way.

The post is available at https://scotlandsgreateststory.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/king-james-vi-hospital-in-perth/.



And thanks to Sue Moon Warner on The Genes Blog Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BritishGENES/) for adding a comment that might also be of interest, which ties in, concerning the potential final location of one of the king's ancestors, James I! See http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/msp-calls-for-king-james-i-perth-grave-dig-bid-1-2785052.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank

I had a bit of fun earlier today with a website yesterday, whilst writing an article for Family Tree magazine - it's the English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank, with many digitised recordings of old English folk songs, including some sea shanties. The site is accessible at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/resource-bank/a-z-list.

Enjoy! :)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.