Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Norfolk title deeds talks for beginners

From Norfolk Record Office (@NorfolkRO), news of a forthcoming talk at Norfolk Heritage Centre:

Ever wanted to find out more about using title deeds to further your historical research? Then this is the event for you! Our NRO expert, Archivist Frank Meeres, will guide you through the process of finding, interpreting and using various different types of deeds. An introductory talk at the Norfolk Heritage Centre on Tuesday 5 May (1-2pm) is followed up with a practical workshop at the Norfolk Record Office where you will be able to see original documents. The workshop will run on Tuesday 12 May (at NRO) from 2-3.30pm.

This mini-course is free but booking is required. You are welcome to attend one or both of the parts of this course but it is best to attend part one to get the most from the practical workshop. Any queries please telephone (01603) 774740.

For further details and to register visit http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/title-deeds-for-beginners-tickets-16199259421

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Medieval English Genealogy website update

The Medieval English Genealogy website (www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk) has an update with news of new published additions to the Victoria County History series, abstracts for 2916 fines for several counties added to the Feet of Fines sections, new web links, and more.

For full details visit www.medievalgenealogy.org.uk/updates/update.shtml

(With thanks to the Guild of One Name Studies via Twitter)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Free trial on Irish Newspaper Archives

Claire Santry has news of another free 3 day trial on Irish Newspaper Archives - for further details see http://www.irishgenealogynews.com/2015/04/irish-newspaper-archives-three-day-free.html

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Chief Executive sought for new Scottish heritage body

From Historic Scotland:

Chief Executive sought for new lead public body for Scotland’s historic environment

A Chief Executive is being sought for a brand new lead public body for Scotland’s historic environment.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES), established by the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014, brings together two organisations - Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).

The new organisation will be the lead public body for the historic environment in Scotland, working to deliver the Scottish Government’s Historic Environment Strategy “Our Place in Time”.

The successful candidate will lead an organisation with responsibilities ranging from looking after over 345 properties in care to having a statutory role as a regulator and advisor to ministers, to holding one of the largest photographic collections in the world. They will also lead a team of archaeologists, craftspeople, conservators and historians amongst many others, to help manage, celebrate and promote Scotland’s unique historic environment.

The new organisation will come into effect from October of this year, with a board now in place, headed up by Chair, Jane Ryder OBE.

Jane Ryder, OBE, Chair of Historic Environment Scotland, said:

“The new role as a lead public body focusses on working with, and enabling others, as part of a more collective approach. That requires crossing some conventional barriers and some creative thinking, including how we can engage with others, so that the collective approach that is laid out in ‘Our Place in Time’ can be realised.

“As the first Chief Executive of HES, the successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to be involved in the creation of a new organisation which will play a lead role in shaping the historic environment in Scotland, and in the lives of Scottish people and visitors alike, for decades to come.

“We believe there is a no more exciting and challenging role for anyone interested in Scotland’s history and in the development of modern Scotland, and look forward to hearing from candidates.”

Applications are now being welcomed with recruitment open until 18th May. For further information visit
http://www.aspenpeople.co.uk/vacancies/vacancy.php?id=225 http://www.s1jobs.com/apply/jump/570806790.html

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Two more New Zealand databases on Ancestry

Just released on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

New Zealand, Teacher and Civil Service Examinations and Licenses, 1880-1920
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=6196

New Zealand, Sheep Returns, Owners and Officers, 1879-1889
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=6162

Further details via the links

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Early bird ticket offer for WDYTYA Live 2016

From WDYTYA Live (www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com):

We are already working hard to ensure that next year's show will grow on this year’s success! We have re-booked the Birmingham NEC from 7-9th April for 2016, so book your tickets early here and quote: EARLY for a special 2015 early-bird price of 2 for £22 to avoid disappointment!

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Deceased Online adds records for Sandwell

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

Sandwell, heart of the Black Country, adds records to Deceased Online

Records for all cemeteries and crematoria managed by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council are being added to www.deceasedonline.com. Sandwell is a large council area in the famous Black Country in England's West Midlands (adjacent to the City of Birmingham)

Although Sandwell is a relatively new council area, it has a great heritage from the Industrial Revolution and includes such well known towns as Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich. See full details here.

The new collection dates back to 1858 and will comprise over 1 million records for over 300,000 burials and 130,000 cremations; immediately available are records for four key sites at Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and Oldbury.

The records comprise:

- digital scans (or computerised versions) of original burial registers
- details of all grave occupants in each cemetery
- maps indicating, where possible, the section where the grave is located in Tipton cemetery

Our blogger and genealogist Emma Jolly and her family have much Black Country ancestry so they're very excited about this latest collection. Read her latest blog about Sandwell and the Black and Country and her discoveries at last week's Who Do You Think You Are Live.

(Thanks to Deceased Online)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

National Records of Scotland catalogue back up

After four weeks of being offline, the National Records of Scotland catalogue is now back up at http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/search.aspx. Other services such as SCAN (www.scan.org.uk) also appear to be back up.

And about time too.

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Reduced posting over next few days

Hi folks, as I had a series of minor operations yesterday at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on my left hand, right arm and right shoulder, there will be a likely reduction in my posting over the next few days, as having ten stitches to contend with is making typing a little awkward!

I was actually out canvassing last night for the forthcoming election as soon as I got out of hospital (I can hold clipboards and leaflets etc!), it's just repetitive typing that hurts a wee bit, but I will do my best to keep things up to date, even if that means just one liners for posts - normal service will hopefully resume soon!

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

FindmyPast releases Yorkshire, Co. Clare and POW records

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has released the following new records for Yorkshire:

Over 1,2 million new Yorkshire baptisms, 1538-1914
Over 1.3 million new Yorkshire bishop’s transcripts of baptisms, 1578-1914
Over 277,000 new Yorkshire banns, 1653-1930
Over 709,000 new Yorkshire Marriages 1539-1930
Over 684,000 new Yorkshire bishop’s transcripts of marriages 1534-1899
Over 885,000 new Yorkshire burials 1538-1966
Over 945,000 new Yorkshire bishop’s transcripts of burials 1578-1972

It has also released 43,000 POW records from the First World War.

Amongst other releases is the following collection from Ireland:

Containing over 7,000 records, Clare County Government Proceedings 1732 – 1882 record the members, presentments and correspondence of Clare’s Grand jury. Grand juries were the forerunner of county councils and functioned as local government authorities. Letters and circulars to the Grand Jury are also to be found.

For further details visit http://blog.findmypast.com/2015/this-findmypast-friday-new-pow-records-plus-phase-2-of-the-yorkshire-collection/

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.