Monday, 15 July 2019

Huge update to The List of Historic Welsh Place Names

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (https://rcahmw.gov.uk) has announced that The List of Historic Welsh Place Names has added some 500,000 place names, after it received date from the Cynefin Project from the National Library of Wales before Christmas. The number of names it now holds is 660,000.

The Cynefin: Mapping Wales’ Sense of Place project ran from 2014 to 2017, and saw the digitisation of, and transcription of data from, some 1,100 Welsh tithe maps held at the NLS.

For more on the story visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/list-of-historic-welsh-place-names-now-over-660000-records. To access The List of Historic Place Names of Wales project itself visit https://historicplacenames.rcahmw.gov.uk.

Chris

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Sunday, 14 July 2019

New address for IWM's Lives of the First World War

I have just noticed that the Lives of the First World War project, which ended in March of this year, is now back up and running at a new web address and platform at https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk.


From the site:

IWM’s Lives of the First World War tells the stories of individuals from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served in uniform and worked on the home front.

This innovative digital project ran from 12 May 2014 to 19 March 2019. From individuals and families, to communities and organisations, more than 160,000 people collaborated to piece together the lives of people who experienced the conflict, through sharing anecdotes and digitising material that has been hidden away in attics until now.

The project is no longer taking contributions, being now very much a permanent digital memorial site which allows you to search for individuals and communities that were established throughout the original project.

It's an impressive project, and well done to the IWM for bringing it back so quickly - have fun exploring!


Chris

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Peterloo Massacre event at the UK's National Archives

The National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) is hosting an event on August 16th to commemorate the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819. The following is the description:

On 16 August 1819, 60,000 peaceful pro-democracy protestors gathered in Manchester. They were charged by cavalry, leaving at least 15 dead. This event became known as the Peterloo Massacre.

200 years on, our experts will examine Peterloo’s impact on the parliamentary reform movements; on the use of the military to maintain civil power; and ask what bearing the massacre had on the way we think today about the history of democracy. Footage from Mike Leigh’s acclaimed Peterloo, and original testimonies, will provide context.

Speakers include Jacqueline Riding, historian for Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo, and George Hay, records specialist at The National Archives.

For further details, and to book, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-peterloo-massacre-at-200-tickets-62581158931.

Chris

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Saturday, 13 July 2019

New Windsor Herald of Arms appointed

For those interested in heraldry, the latest appointment of a herald to the College of Arms (www.college-of-arms.gov.uk) in England:

By Letters Patent under the Great Seal dated 5 July 2019, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint John Michael Allen-Petrie, Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms, to the Office of Windsor Herald of Arms, vacant by the retirement of William George Hunt, Esquire, T.D.

The College of Arms has no jurisdiction over Scottish heraldry, but is instead the body which oversees matters armorial in the rest of the UK. For the body which oversees Scottish heraldry, visit the Court of the Lord Lyon website at www.courtofthelordlyon.scot.

(With thanks to @yorkherald via Twitter - original announcement at https://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/news-grants/news/item/166-windsor-herald)

Chris

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Friday, 12 July 2019

FindmyPast expands US passenger lists collection

The latest additions to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) this week:


United States, Passenger and Crew Lists
Containing more than 100 million records, our new and improved national collection of US passenger lists is a blend of all our existing US lists as well as more than 2 million new additions covering Boston, Texas and South Carolina. Spanning 165 years of travel (1800-1965), the collection includes ship manifests kept by shipmasters, crew lists, flight manifests, passenger arrival lists, and more. This extensive collection of migration records includes ship manifests kept by shipmasters, crew lists, flight manifests, passenger arrival lists, and more. The numerous lists document the arrival of millions of immigrant from Europe, Asia, and South America into America, where most created a new life for themselves and their descendants.

Huddersfield Baptisms
Over 52,000 records covering 14 new parishes have been added to our collection of Huddersfield Baptisms. All new parishes are highlighted in the Huddersfield baptisms parish list.

Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions
Over 5000 additional records covering 14 Anglican churchyards across the York area (West Riding, North Riding and Ainsty) have been added to the collection. Mainly covering the years of the First and Second World War, these records will enable you to discover when your ancestor died and where they were laid to rest.

Middlesex Baptisms
Over 64,000 new records have been added to existing parishes within our collection of Middlesex Baptisms.

International Records Update – Czech Republic
Two new Indexes, Czech Republic Births & Baptisms 1637-1889 and Czech Republic Marriages 1654-1889 are now available to search.

British & Irish Newspapers
This week we have added 98,602 brand new pages to The Archive. We have updates to eleven of our existing titles – spanning 134 years between 1865 and 1999, and covering towns and cities across England and Northern Ireland. You can find extensive updates this week to Yorkshire title the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, with over 12,000 new pages added, which include the years between 1885 and 1909. We have additions to other regional titles as well, covering the south of England (Crawley and London), the Midlands (Coventry), as well as the north of the country (Liverpool). We are excited to welcome further updates to one of our specialist publications – Field – for which we now have editions up to 1911. Field is a newspaper dedicated to country pursuits, and is a unique window into the world of the Victorian country gentleman.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-fridays-2639165517.html

Chris

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

WDYTYA? returns on 22 July

The next series of Who Do You Think You Are? commences on Monday 22 July 2019. Here's the blurb:

Daniel Radcliffe
Who Do You Think You Are?
Series 16
Episode 1 of 8

Actor Daniel Radcliffe discovers that the Hatton Garden robbery of his great-grandfather’s jewellery business was far more dark and dramatic than he ever imagined, while an unseen cache of his great-great uncle’s letters reveal a heart-wrenching First World War love story.

For more on the series visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t575

COMMENT: I am unclear if every BBC region is showing this at this time. The Radio Times site has it listed as BBC One (not South), whilst the WDYTYA site notes this as the transmissiojn slot for BBC One HD & London only. Check https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl6v#outlets for your BBC region.

Chris

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Lloyds Banking Group Virtual War Memorial

David McNay has created a new Facebook page, the Lloyds Banking Group Virtual War Memorial. Here's the description:

This page is to remember the names listed on the war memorials belonging to Lloyds Banking Group.

The organisations we will feature names from are:

Bank of Scotland
British Linen Bank
Lloyds Bank
Clerical Medical
Scottish Widows
Halifax Building Society
Union Bank of Scotland
Cox & Co.
Anglo-South American Bank
British Bank of South America
London & Brazilian Bank
London & River Plate Bank
Bank of London & South America

We hope you find the posts of interest. If you have any information on any of the names we share, we'd be glad to hear from you.

The page is located at https://www.facebook.com/The-Lloyds-Banking-Group-Virtual-War-Memorial-321739982068577/.

Chris

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Monday, 8 July 2019

August events at PRONI in Belfast

The following events are forthcoming at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni):

Dr Raphael Ernest Grail Armattoe: The West African Scientist in 1940s Ireland
5 August, 1-2pm
Elly Omondi will explore the legacy of Dr Armattoe, his pioneering contribution as a West African immigrant, his work as a locum doctor in Belfast, as a GP in Derry~Londonderry, and his lasting work on anthropology as a science.
Book tickets via http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/dr-raphael-ernest-grail-armattoe

East Belfast and the Blitz
6 August, 1-2pm
The presentation will focus on the people from East Belfast who died during the German air raids of 1941, and on public and family commemoration.
Book tickets via http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/east-belfast-and-blitz-nigel-henderson

Women in the Archives
7 August, 1-2pm
Lynsey Gillespie and Jason Burke will explore hidden stories from the archives of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Linen Hall Library.
Book tickets via http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/women-archives-lynsey-gillespie-and-jason-bourke

The "Wee Yard" and the Great War
8 August, 1-2pm
This presentation marks the 100th anniversary of the Workman Clark war memorial which is now located at the Pumphouse in the Titanic Quarter. The presentation will provide a wide-ranging account of the involvement of the Workman Clark shipyard and its employees in the First World War.
Book tickets via http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/wee-yard-and-great-war

'Men Behind the Glass' Exhibition
From 19 August
The exhibition will be on display in the PRONI atrium and will run from 19 August until 30 September.
Further details via https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/talks-and-events

(With thansk to the PRONI Express)

Chris

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Latest additions to the British Newspaper Archive

The following titles have been added to or updated on the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) over the last 30 days:

Field
1853-1856, 1858, 1860, 1862-1863, 1865-1868, 1870-1877, 1879-1881, 1884-1900, 1902-1911

Strabane Chronicle
1899-1906, 1909-1911

Crawley News
1991, 1998-1999

Huddersfield Daily Examiner
1885, 1888, 1896-1897, 1905-1909

Harefield Gazette
1998-1999

Coventry Standard
1919

Pinner Observer
1998-1999

Sandwell Evening Mail
1989

Kingston Informer
1986-1987, 1994, 1998-1999

Tablet
1865

Liverpool Daily Post
1911

Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle
1873-1911, 1925-1933, 1958-1969

Staffordshire Sentinel
1903-1910, 1913-1919

Newcastle Evening Chronicle
1894, 1913, 1919

The People
1946-1949

Newcastle Chronicle
1875-1896, 1899-1900

Surrey Advertiser
1909

Limerick Chronicle
1825

Aberdeen Press and Journal
1980-1984

Harrow Leader
1998-1999

Ealing Leader
1998-1999

Hayes & Harlington Gazette
1998-1999

Acton Gazette
1871-1880, 1885, 1888-1892, 1894-1903, 1910-1917, 1921-1939

Amersham Advertiser
1998

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette
1991

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
1874, 1884, 1887, 1891, 1894

Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough
1901-1905, 1907, 1910, 1912

Hamilton Advertiser
1889-1895, 1897, 1901, 1903-1904, 1906-1909

Kensington Post
1991, 1994-1997, 1999

Harrow Midweek
1979-1983

Nouvelle Chronique de Jersey
1889, 1896

Essex Guardian
1894-1897, 1899-1908

Northern Ensign and Weekly Gazette
1854, 1864, 1866, 1870-1871, 1879-1885, 1887, 1889-1892, 1895-1896, 1901, 1922-1926

Aberdeen Evening Express
1939-1943, 1945, 1980-1984

Middlesex Gazette
1889-1910, 1912-1913

Middlesex Independent
1883-1893, 1895

Western Mail
1913

Bristol Times and Mirror
1814, 1831-1832, 1835, 1837

Harrow Observer
1974

Bridgwater Journal
1989-1990

Volunteer Record & Shooting News
1884-1902

Thanet Times
1986

North Down Herald and County Down Independent
1939

Protestant Watchman and Lurgan Gazette
1874

Fishing Gazette
1895

Newcastle Journal
1879

Manchester Evening News
1888

Lichfield Mercury
1987

Chris

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Friday, 5 July 2019

National Library of Wales now a FamilySearch affiliate

A tweet from the National Library of Wales (https://www.library.wales):

We are pleased to announce that @NLWales is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library giving free access within our building to digital genealogical collections that are otherwise accessible only through one of their centres


For more on FamilySearch affiliate libraries visit https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-affiliate-libraries/.

Chris

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