Monday, 24 November 2014

FamilyHistorian to integrate My Heritage search technology

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com), news of a collaboration with the Family Historian (www.family-historian.co.uk) software programme:

TEL AVIV, Israel & LONDON, UK – November 24, 2014: MyHeritage, the popular family history network, and Calico Pie Limited, London-based publishers of genealogy software, today jointly announced that MyHeritage’s Smart Matching™ and Record Matching technologies will be integrated into Family Historian, Calico Pie’s popular desktop genealogy program. This will enable users to benefit from automated discoveries sourced from millions of family trees and billions of global historical records on MyHeritage.
Family Historian incorporates comprehensive features designed to make family history friendly for beginners and experts alike. The new version 6 of Family Historian, scheduled for release on December 9th 2014, will feature MyHeritage matching. Some matches will be free to view while others will require a MyHeritage subscription.

MyHeritage helps millions of families worldwide discover and preserve their unique history effortlessly on its services across Web, mobile and desktop. Its flagship technologies Smart Matching™ and Record Matching match family trees with other family trees and relevant historical records. This allows users to discover new stories about their ancestors, discover relatives and connect with family members they have not known before. With a high accuracy rate of 97%, these technologies make fascinating family history discoveries automatically.

“We’re delighted to enhance the latest release of Family Historian with the best matching technologies in the industry,” said Simon Orde, Managing Director of Calico Pie. “With the seamless integration of MyHeritage technologies, Family Historian is set to deliver unprecedented value to users interested in exploring their past.”

“We’re excited to provide our matching technologies to a top-notch product like Family Historian”, said MyHeritage’s Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet. “Our technologies have been used successfully on MyHeritage by millions of people. They have helped people make life-changing discoveries and have enriched their lives. We are now proud to make these technologies available also to partners, and Family Historian will be among the first to include them, to be followed by many more.”

MyHeritage matching technologies are also being integrated by leading Dutch genealogy software Aldfaer and the online genealogy services of Coret Genealogie in the Netherlands.

COMMENT: This is an understandably good move for MyHeritage, but to me, the thing I actually want to see from FamilyHistorian is an easy sync facility with a tree hosted on both a PC and an iPad. FamilyHistorian was by far my favourite software programme until Family Tree Maker created a facility to sync its tree online to the Ancestry website and via its app on iPad, with one simple click, making it considerably more useful, and trumping FamilyHistorian in the process.

One feature I don't like or use on FTM, however, is its integration with Ancestry for searches, something I still prefer to do manually. I suspect I will feel the same about this MyHeritage collaboration, if it is attempting to do the same thing with its site. As long as it remains an option that can be ignored or used as a user decides, then what harm? But if it becomes a facility that tries to force me to use MyHeritage, I would have an issue. Online records sites provide data, and on that basis I am happy to go to them as and when I need to - but I never want to be in a position where they start telling me how to do my research and trying to control my research experience. I suspect I understand my needs and aims on that front considerably better than any online supplier ever will!

(With thanks to Laurence Harris)

Chris

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Friday, 21 November 2014

TNA podcast - Transgender Diplomat at the Court of George III, 1763-1777

The latest podcast from the National Archives at Kew, England, is entitled The Chevalier d’Eon: Transgender Diplomat at the Court of George III, 1763-1777, and is a 46 minute talk by Dr Jonathan Conline.

It can be accessed at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/chevalier-deon-transgender-diplomat-court-george-iii-1763-1777/ or downloaded fro free from iTunes.

Chris

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New South Wales Quarter Sessions court records online

Ancestry has released a new database of interest to those whose ancestors may have travelled to Australia. The New South Wales, Australia, Court Records, 1830-1945 database is available at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=5325 the Courts of General and Quarter Sessions (known as Quarter Sessions) records having been sourced from the State Records Authority of NSW.

Chris

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Latest FindmyPast records include Griffith's Valuation maps and plans

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has added the following records collections today to its site:

This week, we've added new records from Ireland, the UK and the United States, including:
  • Griffith's Survey Maps & Plans for Ireland, 1847-1864
  • Over 4,000 additional British Prison Ship (Hulk) Registers, 1811-1843
  • National School Admission Registers for Anglesey and Plymouth & West Devon in England
  • Births, marriages and deaths from District of Columbia, USA

Further details available via the site.

Chris

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Society of Genealogists events in December

From the Society of Genealogists (www.sog.org.uk) in London:

The following Society of Genealogists Events will take place in December. To book a place online, visit our website at: www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/

Sat 6 Dec 10:30-17:00 Family Historian Software for Beginners and Refreshers
An overview of this popular and useful family history software package - the only major one now written in the UK (please note this course is NOT a general discussion on family history software packages). Bring your software user questions along! Suitable for Beginners and Refreshers

A full-day course with John Hanson, Cost 35.00


Sat 13 Dec 10:300-17:00 How to get the Most from Family Pictures
This full-day course is a visual Power Point presentation that provides an in-depth guide to dating, analysing and understanding all types of family portraits, from inherited paintings, drawings and silhouettes, to Victorian studio photographs and 20th century snapshots. Accurate dating is essential when trying to identify and discover more about unlabelled family pictures and the course demonstrates how to establish an accurate time frame, using a variety of techniques and research tools. It also discusses the portrait tradition and considers the historical context in which artworks and, later, photographs were commissioned: what did these special pictures mean to our ancestors and how should we interpret them?

A full-day course with Jayne Shrimpton, Cost 35.00 (please note this course is re-scheduled from its original date of 13 September).

(With thanks to Lori Weinstein)

Chris

Stuck for a Christmas gift?! I have a series of genealogy books available in the UK, Australia and Canada, on Scottish, Irish and British based subject areas. Further details at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. Santa approves!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Petition to save Imperial War Museum

A petition has been launched online to help save the Imperial War Museum (www.iwm.org.uk), which is being forced to find savings to stop an annual £4 million deficit due to funding cuts to be implemented as part of the UK Government's austerity agenda. The museum's services at London, Manchester and Duxford are all likely to be affected.

Here's the initial part of the petition:

One hundred years after the outbreak of the First World War, the Imperial War Museum is under threat.

The Museum is facing an annual deficit of £4m because of cuts in government funding.

It has drawn up proposals to:

• close its unique library and dispose of the majority of its collection

• cut important education services

• cut 60-80 jobs

• close the widely emulated ‘Explore History’ facility in London.

The Museum’s library gives ordinary people access to research materials on all aspects of British and Commonwealth involvement in conflict since 1914.

Prospect trade union believes the world's leading authority on conflict will be irreparably damaged by the £4m deficit.

It has launched this petition to help ensure that the Imperial War Museum continues to provide for, and encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience'.


For more information, to sign the petition and/or make a donation to the museum, visit https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-george-osborne-mp-urgently-reverse-current-and-future-cuts-to-the-uk-imperial-war-museum-s-annual-operating-grant-in-aid-so-that-it-can-maintain-services-and-preserve-its-standing-as-an-international-centre-for-study-research-and-education.

There's also more on the cuts in a Financial Times story at www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2c1d49f8-6bfa-11e4-b939-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3JLAmfmbV.

(With thanks to @wdytyamagazine via Twitter)

Chris

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New publications from Aberdeenshire & NE Scotland FHS

I've had a note from Aberdeenshire and North East Scotland Family History Society (http://anesfhs.org.uk) about some new publications now available from them:

Monumental Inscriptions:
Fraserburgh Kirkton (Old Ground) - £3.00 (plus £1.17 postage)
Logie Buchan with Newburgh Holyrood - £3.00 (plus 73p postage)

Also available:
The Middletons of Birse by Michael Brown - £9.00 (enquire about postage)

Chris

Stuck for a Christmas gift?! I have a series of genealogy books available in the UK, Australia and Canada, on Scottish, Irish and British based subject areas. Further details at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. Santa approves!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

NRS relocates Extant OPRs guide to new website

One of the most useful research guides that the National Records of Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk) provides is a guide to the coverage for its Church of Scotland register collections, which it provides on a dedicated page called Extant OPRs. It tells you when looking for records from a parish what still survives by way of baptismal, marriage and burial records for the Kirk, the records for which were called in upon the creation of the General Register Office for Scotland (in two stages, in 1855 and 1885), they being noted as state records. A series of appendices also notes the following:

Appendix 1: kirk session records (our reference CH2) containing pre-1855 birth, death and marriage entries

Appendix 2: kirk session and other material found in the Old Parish Registers

Appendix 3: miscellaneous records containing entries from non-conformist churches relevant to the Old Parish Registers

For a few years this guide has been accessible via the ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) under the Help & Resources tab. However, for a long time, there was a major issue with this guide in that unless it was viewed using Internet Explorer as the web browser, the numbers allocated to the parishes did not line up on the site to the list of the holdings available alongside. If using Firefox or Chrome, for example, everything displayed on the page was offset by a line, making it quite confusing for folk who weren't too familiar with Scottish geography to know that something may have been wrong when consulting the resource.

Thankfully, as part of its drive to make the www.nrscotland.gov.uk platform the key web platform for its NAS and GROS services, the Extant OPRs guide has now been relocated to a new address at www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/guides/old-parish-registers/list-of-old-parish-registers, and now works fine with any browser. As before, it is still also accessible from the ScotlandsPeople page, again, from the Help & Resources tab. In addition, the guide, previously compiled in 1975, has been revised, though at present I am not sure how extensive the revisions may be. The various files remain accessible in PDF format, which can be downloaded to your computer.



From what I can see, all other resources remain available as they were on the ScotlandsPeople site, but this definitely gets a big thumbs up as one of the most useful resources available on the site, and now presented in a much clearer and user friendly way.



Well worth bookmarking the page!

Chris

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TNA podcast - The civil service in the First World War

The latest podcast from the National Archives at Kew, England, is entitled The civil service in the First World War.

It's an hour long talk from the archive's family history specialist Audrey Collins, and can be listened to at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/civil-service-first-world-war/ or downloaded for free from iTunes.

Well worth listening to, Audrey's always good value!

Chris

Stuck for a Christmas gift?! I have a series of genealogy books available in the UK, Australia and Canada, on Scottish, Irish and British based subject areas. Further details at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. Santa approves!

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Genealogy Radio Show from Ireland

Something you may wish to tune into is the Genealogy Radio Show from Cork based genealogist Lorna Moloney. Available via http://rcb.ie/shows/thegenealogyradioshow/ it's now on its 12th episode, and there's a fair amount covered in the editions so far, with interviews with many of the great and the good in Irish genealogy, including Brian Donovan, Eileen O' Duill, and John Hamrock, and lost of tips and tricks to help you on your way.

Even if you're not into Irish genealogy, the theme tune itself is worth tuning in for - it being a glorious Irish rendition of Dougie McLean's Caledonia, Scotland's unofficial national anthem. The words and music for this song, I'm led to believe, were found by Dougie alongside the Dead Sea scrolls as a gift from God to give thanks to the people of Scotland for being just so d*mned brilliant. Before anyone asks what the connection with Ireland is, the word 'Scotland' comes from the 'Scotti', the name the Romans gave to the Irish colonists who colonised Argyll a gazillion years back, and anyway that's not the point, just tune in! :)

Definitely one to bookmark!

Chris

Stuck for a Christmas gift?! I have a series of genealogy books available in the UK, Australia and Canada, on Scottish, Irish and British based subject areas. Further details at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. Santa approves!