Friday, 12 February 2016

Latest FindmyPast additions

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com) has added the following collections:

Ireland, Non-Conformist Births & Baptisms
Immerse yourself in 212 years of baptisms from Counties Clare, Down, Dublin and Limerick

Ireland, Non-Conformist Congregational Records
Did your family join one of Ireland's non-conformist communities?

Ireland, Non-Conformist Marriages
Uncover new branches of your Irish family tree

Britain, Merchant Seamen, 1918-1941
Over 240,000 new records have been added. Discover valuable information about their voyages, ranks, next of kin, physical descriptions and more. In some cases, you may even find photographs. Was your forefather a salty sea dog?

Britain, Business Indexes, 1892-1987
Delve through over 4,000 additional records in a fascinating index of shopkeepers, businessmen and women, and their companies. A number of records will include photographs of establishments and their proprietors. Discover your captain of industry

Shropshire, Non-Conformist Membership Lists, 1819-1906
Examine lists from Congregational and United Reform Churches across Shropshire to uncover your ancestor’s residence and occupation. Learn about their religious beliefs

Further details at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/fridays/

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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Software Mackiev discusses Family Tree Maker plans

A huge thanks to Alona Tester from Gould Genealogy (www.gould.com.au) for flagging up a useful interview road-mapping the future direction of the Family Tree Maker software, which Ancestry has sold to Software MacKiev (https://www.mackiev.com), having decided to no longer support it itself.


At the recent American based Rootstech family history show, genealogy tech blogger Tamura Jones interviewed Jack Minsky, the president of Software MacKiev, to discuss his plans for the product. There are some useful insights in the discussion, one of which is that the syncing technology to Ancestry's trees will be getting a revamp in the near future, so I'm guessing that those with current editions of FTM 2014 may potentially have issues in the future. It is quite a detailed discussion (some of it a wee bit techy in parts), but nevertheless provides the clearest indications of what the company plans to do with the product, and when.

To read the interview visit www.tamurajones.net/NewFamilyTreeMakerFuture.xhtml.

(Original source: www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/02/family-tree-maker-an-update/)

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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Parish registers from Christ Church, Limerick, digitised

Crikey, lots of Irish developments today! This one is from Eneclann (www.eneclann.ie):

Historic Parish Registers at Christ Church, Limerick, published online

For the first time the historic parish registers held by Christ Church Limerick are being made available online. They contain the names of thousands of people who were members of the Presbyterian and Methodist congregations of Limerick city as well as Kilrush in County Clare and Killarney in County Kerry. Dating from 1813 they document the lives of these non-conformist communities, with details of baptisms, marriages and church attendance. The lengthy and detailed Subscribers lists (Methodist) and Communicants Rolls (Presbyterian) give a snap shot of the community at several dates from 1835 onwards and include details of emigration and occupation. The records are a window into an important part of the Munster community that tends to be over looked because of their smaller numbers.

While never numerically large, in the past there were many more “dissenters”, as they were known, than today. These were people who professed a different protestant Christian faith to the Established church (Church of Ireland). In 1861 they made up nearly 2% of the population of Limerick city. Christ church was established in 1813 to service the Methodists on Limerick city, and 40 years ago they united with the city’s Presbyterian congregation. As a consequence Christ Church houses the records of both denominations. But they have also collected more, including the Methodist mission in Kilrush, Co. Clare (1847 to 1901) and the Presbyterian congregation in Killarney, Co. Kerry (1879-1907).

The project to digitise and publish the records was initiated by John King, CEO of the Irish Ancestry Research Centre (IARC), working in partnership with Eneclann and Findmypast. Eneclann digitally imaged all the records at high resolution preservation standard. This work was done for free and donated to Christ Church so they could retain ownership of their own records, both original and virtual. Findmypast transcribed all the records and, with the images, published them online for all
researchers to use.

It is hoped that more churches and denominations see this exercise as an example of how they can facilitate access to their historic records as well as undertaking the important task of creating high quality copies, working in partnership with IARC, Eneclann and Findmypast.


To access the collections, visit the following links:

Baptisms: http://search.findmypast.ie/search-world-Records/ireland-non-conformist-births-and-baptisms
Marriages: http://search.findmypast.ie/search-world-Records/ireland-non-conformist-marriages
Burials: http://search.findmypast.ie/search-world-Records/ireland-non-conformist-burials
Congregational: http://search.findmypast.ie/search-world-Records/ireland-non-conformist-congregational-records

(With thanks to Laura Carroll at Eneclann)

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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

FindmyPast invests in Twile

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN TWILE

Leading family history site, Findmypast, has announced a strategic investment in Twile, creators of the visual family history timeline and winner of two innovation awards at the recent RootsTech 2016, the world’s largest family history event.

The investment in Twile reflects Findmypast’s drive to put innovation at the centre of its development programme. It follows on the announcement of a raft of global partnerships with leading technology providers, such as RootsMagic and Puzzilla, which are designed to offer customers an easy and engaging family history experience.

Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, said:

“We are delighted with this partnership with such an innovative company as Twile. The RootsTech awards speak to the creativity of Twile and to win the People’s Choice award shows clearly that this is a product that the public wants. We believe that our partnership offers great value to both companies’ customers. At Findmypast we are committed to enhancing family history stories not just through new records but also through new technologies. Our aim is to make family history as easy and as rewarding as possible.”

Twile was voted “People’s Choice” by the RootsTech audience, as well as finishing on the podium in the judges’ competition. The most popular innovation at the event, Twile enables customers to create amazing family history timelines complete with photos and milestones and all of it totally private. With Twile, you can tell the story of the whole family from the earliest ancestors to the most recent additions bridging the gap between the past, the present and the future.

The agreement will offer Twile’s fast growing customer base access to Findmypast’s rich bank of eight billion records. Leads generated by Findmypast will link Twile customers directly to relevant records enabling them to easily expand their family trees. Together Findmypast and Twile will develop a tool that will allow Findmypast’s customers to automatically display their family tree in a media-rich Twile timeline.

Paul Brooks of Twile said:

"This is a huge opportunity for Twile and we are really pleased to be working with Findmypast. From our earliest conversations with them, it's been clear that they share our mission of making family history more engaging for the wider family, especially the younger generations. Our customers will see this relationship makes Twile better in every sense, while also adding a whole set of features that wouldn't have been possible otherwise."


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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Isle of Man parish record indexes added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added third party indexes for three Isle of Man based parish collections:

Web: Isle of Man, Baptism Index, 1600-1981
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9217

Web: Isle of Man, Marriage Index, 1606-1984
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9218

Web: Isle of Man, Burial Index, 1598-2003
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9219

The original records are hosted by Manx National Heritage at http://www.imuseum.im/search/people/.

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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Seven new book titles available from Unlock the Past

Australian based publisher Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au) has released several new titles which may be of interest, including a couple of my own which I have recently mentioned on this blog.

The new titles are as follows:

A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923 - Chris Paton

Discover Protestant Nonconformity in England and Wales - Paul Blake

Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) - Chris Paton

Google: The Genealogist's Friend - Helen V. Smith

Migration to New Zealand: A Guide for Family History Researchers (2nd ed) - Christine Clement

Resources for Researching your Family History Norfolk Island 1788-1814 - Cathy Dunn

The Genealogy Do-over Workbook - Thomas MacEntee




The books are currently available in Australia through Gould Genealogy at http://www.gould.com.au/Unlock-the-Past-guides-s/2576.htm or in ebook format at www.gen-ebooks.com.

British editions should be available soon via http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Unlock-the-Past-Booklets.html and in Canada via http://globalgenealogy.com/admin/utp.htm

Note that on the gen-eBooks site you should be able to find PDF based preview samples of each title.

(With thanks to Unlock the Past)

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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

The A-Z DNA of Belfast & Northern Irish Jewry

Also from the North of Ireland Family History Society (www.nifhs.org):

Rare Research Book to Be Presented to Family History Library

Talk and book presentation: Heritage: The A-Z DNA of Belfast & Northern Irish Jewry

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will host a book presentation to The North of Ireland Family History Society at The Flax Gallery at The Museum at the Mill at their historic Mossley Mill site on Wednesday 17 February at 7pm.

Author Stuart Rosenblatt P.C. FGSI, of the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society (a division of the Irish Jewish Museum), and President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, has spent 20 years researching not only his own family roots but those of the entire Jewish community in Ireland, dating back hundreds of years. His research for Northern Ireland has resulted in an impressive volume of over 6000 names and additional information going beyond dates of birth and including census information, school and migration records and much more.

Mr Rosenblatt will be presenting a copy of this limited edition book to the North of Ireland Family History Society on Wednesday 17th February. The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg and Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Blair are both invited guests at this event.

Mr Rosenblatt will speak about his research at the event, talking about the Jewish community in Northern Ireland and the interesting stories he has discovered. He said: "Here, away from the uncertainly of Imperial Russia, they found a safe haven to practice their religion and provide for their families. Their contribution to Northern Ireland was phenomenal in business, culture and education".

The book will be presented to the North of Ireland Family History Society. Society President, Rosemary Sibbett, said “This book is extremely rare and it is a privilege to receive it and make it available in our Library and Research Centre. For anyone with Jewish ancestry whose ancestors lived in Northern Ireland, a wealth of information is available in this book.”

For further details or if you would like to attend this event please contact nifhs@btinternet.com

(With thanks to Maeve Rogan)


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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Northern Irish Family History Short Course Programme

From the North of Ireland Family History Society (www.nifhs.org):

Family History Short Course Programme Released

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has released their spring schedule of family history classes. Once again there is a wide variety of topics to help family historians both research and present their genealogy. The topics range from traditional research methods, such as using newspapers, through to how to write up your research. There is a series of classes on presenting and displaying your research using scrapbooking techniques. History, military research and heraldry are all covered as are more modern techniques such as using DNA testing or Facebook to help with your research.

* Using Newspapers for Family History Research.

* Writing up Your Family History. 3 sessions.

* Life in Ulster in the 1830s.

* Understanding Heraldry. 2 sessions.

* Researching Military Ancestors. 2 sessions.

* Tagging Your Family History, a creative craft class. 3 sessions.

* A Beginners’ Guide to Facebook.

* You’ve taken the DNA Test, what next? Understanding Family Finder. 3 sessions.

Classes have been arranged for daytime, evenings and weekends so there is something to suit everyone. They are open to members and non-members alike, although members do get a discount. They cost from £5 to £25. Courses are held at the NIFHS Library and Research Centre in Newtownabbey. Some classes are run on days when the Library is already open so there will be an opportunity to do further research. The Library opening hours are currently Tuesdays 2pm-8pm and the 3rd Saturday of each month 10.30am-12.30pm). For day-time classes, there is a café on site.

The classes range from single sessions to triple sessions. The programme starts next week (16th February) and runs through until April.

More details and a booking form are available on their website: http://www.nifhs.org/resources/courses/



(With thanks to Maeve Rogan)

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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Ancestry to release Irish Roman Catholic records indexes

Things are getting very interesting on the Irish front - here's the latest announcement from Ancestry:

ANCESTRY TO LAUNCH IRISH CATHOLIC REGISTERS ONLINE

* Ireland Catholic Parish Registers to launch in March
* 10 million records will help create the largest collection of Irish registers available online
* Collection covers the period 1740 – 1900
* Baptism, Marriage and Burial records available

More than 10 million Catholic Parish records from Ireland are to be published online by Ancestry, the world’s largest family history resource. The collection means that Ancestry will have over 55 million Irish records and will provide the largest collection of Irish Catholic parish records available online.

The collection is made up of Baptism, Marriage and Burial records from over 1,000 Catholic parishes across the whole of the island of Ireland - both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Baptism and Marriage records make up the majority of the collection and Burial records can be found primarily for parishes in the northern regions.

Ancestry has indexed records from over 3,500 parish registers. This is the first time that the collection has been indexed with the images linked online.

John Slyne, VP, International Operations at Ancestry comments: “The Ireland Catholic Parish Registers is the single most important collection needed to trace Roman Catholic ancestors in Ireland in the 1800s and we are delighted to make it available through Ancestry. Providing the very best Irish records to our members is important to us and this collection helps us do that, taking the total number of Irish records to over 55 million. It also means we continue to provide the largest online collection of Irish Catholic parish records available anywhere which is good for those in Ireland and also those across the World with Irish roots.

The collection is set to go live on Ancestry in March 2016.

Note that Ancestry has also just released Catholic parish and school record collections for Crusheen in County Clare:

Crusheen, County Clare, Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1860-2014
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61010

Crusheen, County Clare, Ireland, Catholic School Records, 1862-1919
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61011

(With thanks to Bryony Partridge)

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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

New website for Scottish Catholic Historical Association

The Scottish Catholic Historical Association has a new dedicated website at www.scha.scot.

Amongst the site's holdings is a run of The Innes Review, available via a link to the Edinburgh University Press website, containing some 2000 articles, notes and book reviews from over 65 years of scholarship. The site also has newsletters and details of forthcoming conferences and events.

Membership of the society is open to all - for further details, please visit the site.



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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.