Sunday, 21 September 2014

Scottish Military Research Group pre-WW1 guide

The Scottish Military Research Group (http://www.scottishmilitaryresearch.co.uk) has placed a free research guide online for pre-First World War military service.

To access the guide visit https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=31471A884E56A78D!138&ithint=file%2cpdf&app=WordPdf&authkey=!AHJWf4wDd038UYA

(With thanks to David McNay)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Cambridgeshire Family History Society Fair

From Cambridgeshire FHS:

If you’ve ever thought about researching your ancestry, expert advice will be on hand at the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Fair on 25 October. Speakers will teach you how to find your Cambridgeshire ancestors and then show you how you can turn your research into an interesting story for your family and friends. You will also hear about the Imperial War Museum Duxford’s collection of Second World War images as well as learning how to date old photographs from looking at clues given in pictures.

Exhibitors from family and local history societies will be attending, as well as organisations offering everything that you need to help you with your research. Whether your ancestors are from Cambridgeshire, or beyond, our experienced volunteers will be available for one-to-one sessions to give advice about getting started and what to do if you get stuck. There will also be free access to the main genealogy websites throughout the day. Share ideas and practical tips with your fellow family historians and, for a small charge, we’ll even provide soup and a roll for lunch while you chat!

The fair is taking place at Girton Glebe School, Girton. Doors open 10am-4pm. Parking and entry is free (£2 to attend each talk). The Citi 6 bus stops outside the school.

See www.cfhs.org.uk or http://on.fb.me/UdrbZ8 for further details or contact Lisa Newman, cambsfhs@hotmail.co.uk

(With thanks to Lisa Newman)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

My Unlock the Past books are now available in the UK

For the last few years I have been writing a series of books for the Australian based publisher Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au). I am now delighted to say that these books are being reprinted in the UK by genealogy supplies firm My History (www.my-history.co.uk). Not only are they priced more competitively now for the UK market, but the postage costs are also much more friendly from South Yorkshire.

The books are:

Discover Scottish Church Records £9
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Discover-Scottish-Church-Records-UTP0281%2ehtml#SID=876

Irish Family History Resources Online £9
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Irish-Family-History-Resources-Online-UTP0282%2ehtml#SID=876

Discover Scottish Land Records £8
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Discover-Scottish-Land-Records-UTP0283%2ehtml#SID=876

British and Irish Newspapers £7
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Discover-Scottish-Land-Records-UTP0285%2ehtml#SID=876

Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records £7
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Discover-Scottish-Land-Records-UTP0284%2ehtml#SID=876

Several titles from other authors are also available - see http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Unlock-the-Past-Booklets.html for the full list.

At the moment it appears that there is a 25% Deal of the Week offer happening, with my Discover Scottish Church Records book available for £6.75 (instead of £9), my Discover Scottish Land Records book at £6 (instead of £8), etc. The offer lasts until mid-day 26th September!


  
 

(NB: E-book editions are also available from www.gen-ebooks.com)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Saturday, 20 September 2014

TNA podcast - Naval policy of the Free Church of Scotland

The latest podcast from the National Archives in England is entitled The Naval Policy of the Free Church of Scotland. Yes, you read that right! It's a half hour talk by Alex Ritchie and can be listed to at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/naval-policy-free-church-scotland/ or downloaded for free via iTunes.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Meanwhile, in the rockstar world...!

The Scottish referendum was not the only huge vote taking place last week - in Canada, it was time for the third of John Reid's Rockstar Genealogist polls asking folk to vote for those who "give must attend presentations at family history conferences or as webinars; who, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy; who you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter".

I'm delighted to say that I've appeared on a few of the lists - it transpires that I came second in Canada, fourth in Australia, eighth in Britain, and on a cumulative basis, I came joint first for genies based within the Commonwealth (defined here as England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and Canada), alongside Janet Few. So crikey, thanks to all who voted!  The full lists are available on John's blog at http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.co.uk/.

As for that other poll - well, the team I was playing for came second. It was an extraordinary campaign, the greatest democratic exercise in Scottish history, and I was thoroughly honoured to play my part within it. I've written an update about this on my other blog at http://walkingineternity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/scotland-says-no-for-now.html, and my roll within it, but suffice to say it was most definitely a life-changing event, the story of which has not just ended but really only begun. But for now, it's back to full-time business again as a genie...! :)

(With thanks to John Reid)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Free access to Ancestry this weekend

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) is offering free access to its UK records collections this weekend, until midnight on Sunday.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Monday, 15 September 2014

Historic week for Scotland and the UK

As I am sure that you are undoubtedly aware, the Scottish independence referendum is happening this Thursday. Because of this I have not been posting much genealogy news on this blog over the last few days, as I have been out campaigning, and will continue to do so until the day itself. On Thursday I will then be volunteering as a polling agent at three poll stations in my local area, and after 10pm, when the ballot has closed, I will be at the main North Ayrshire count throughout the early hours of the morning, keeping an eye on proceedings as one of many agents registered for the Yes side (for independence). On Friday, whatever the result, I will then be sleeping! This means that whilst I will try to post when I can, this week may be a bit thin for news from me, but I'll try to put anything up if I get it.

For those interested in the campaign currently going on here, one of the huge joys about it has been how peaceful and civil it has been, and yet at the same time fiercely passionate. Some 97% of the adult Scottish population has been formally registered on the electoral roll, which is just astonishing, and the issue is all that is being talked about on the streets and in the pubs - this country has never been so democratically engaged in any discussion, certainly not in my lifetime. The polls are veering wildy from Yes at 54% to No at 53% - in truth, it really is on a knife edge somewhere in the middle with so many factors not taken into account when compared to normal elections (for example, thousands have registered to vote for the first time since the Poll Tax of the 1980s, whilst 16 and 17 years olds are set to vote for the first time in any British election). There has been a lot of fun - on Saturday, for example, there was a good friendly rivalry between our Yes stand and the Better Together stand (the No campaign to independence), both of us located side by side on the Main Street of Largs, as we tried to make our case and even convert each other's supporters with our arguments - occasionally returning badges to the other team if we succeeded! On Saturday there I even met Peter Mullan, an actor from one of my favourite films of recent years, Sunshine on Leith, who popped by our stall (see below), whilst a couple of weeks ago I was out canvassing the Main Street here in Largs with the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon. These are not normal times!


Whatever the result at the end of this whole process, whether an independent Scotland or a continued United Kingdom, this blog will continue to provide genealogy news from across the British Isles, and occasionally beyond our shores, as has been the case for the last few years - so hopefully, as of next week, it will be back to business as usual. If I'm still standing, of course...! :)

Finally, no comments please on the merits for or against the issue on this blog - I'm just explaining my temporary absence!

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

British Newspaper Archive update

New additions to the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk):

Aberdeen Journal – 1881, 1886
Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs – 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921
Bedfordshire Times and Independent – 1906, 1910, 1935, 1950
Bradford Daily Telegraph – 1868, 1870
Bucks Herald – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1947, 1948, 1949
Chester Chronicle – 1870
Coventry Herald – 1888, 1910, 1911
Daily Herald – 1918
Daily Mirror – 1914
Daily Record – 1916
Dumfries and Galloway Standard – 1859, 1915, 1918
Dundee Advertiser – 1841, 1849, 1850, 1851, 1852, 1853, 1879,
Durham County Advertiser – 1855, 1857, 1858, 1859, 1866, 1867, 1868, 1869
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – 1892
Falkirk Herald – 1853, 1854, 1855, 1865
Gloucester Journal – 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1813, 1838, 1839, 1840, 1841, 1842, 1843, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1854, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1859, 1860, 1863, 1874, 1875, 1879, 1880, 1906, 1939
Grantham Journal – 1936
Hartlepool Mail – 1880, 1897, 1940, 1941, 1942
Hastings and St Leonards Observer – 1943
Illustrated Times – 1870
Lake’s Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser – 1858, 1859, 1860, 1865, 1866, 1869, 1870
Lancashire Evening Post – 1930, 1931, 1941, 1943, 1945
Leamington Spa Courier – 1921, 1923, 1924
Liverpool Daily Post – 1870
London Evening Standard – 1870
Motherwell Times – 1917, 1918, 1919, 1921, 1922, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954
Northern Whig – 1868
Portsmouth Evening News – 1930, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941
Royal Cornwall Gazette – 1801, 1804, 1805, 1806, 1807, 1808, 1809, 1810, 1811
Southern Reporter – 1937, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944
Staffordshire Advertiser – 1812, 1816
Staffordshire Sentinel and Commercial & General Advertiser – 1856
Surrey Comet – 1858
Surrey Mirror – 1903, 1908, 1916, 1917, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1936
Sussex Agricultural Express – 1889, 1938, 1940
Tamworth Herald – 1889, 1899
Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser – 1852, 1874, 1875, 1876, 1908, 1911, 1924, 1929
Watford Observer – 1863, 1866
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser – 1903
Western Daily Press – 1905, 1906
Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald – 1921, 1923
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer – 1914, 1915

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Friday, 12 September 2014

More Blackburn records added to Deceased Online

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

All burial records for Blackburn with Darwen now available on Deceased Online

All burial and cremation records for the large South Lancashire local authority area of Blackburn with Darwen have been added to www.deceasedonline.com

The new collection includes nearly 350,000 individual burial and cremation records comprising nearly 1 million data items including:
  • digital scans of original burial and cremation registers
  • details of all interments in each grave
  • maps indicating the cemetery section location for each grave

Blackburn and Darwen was a thriving industrial area, world-renowned for cotton and textile production as well as engineering, brewing, mining and other industries throughout the late 18th and 19th centuries.

(With thanks to Deceased Online)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

'Rockstar genealogists' poll

John Reid's third annual 'Rockstar Genealogists' poll is now under way on his Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog, where he again invites readers to vote for those who "give must attend presentations at family history conferences or as webinars; who, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy; who you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter".

For full details visit http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/rockstar-genealogist-reminder.html

(With thanks to John Reid)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks