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

Crime Museum talk at Bletchley Park

From Bletchley Park (www.bletchleypark.org.uk):

The Curator of the Metropolitan Police's notorious Crime Museum is to give a rare talk at Bletchley Park. Formerly known as the Black Museum, this macabre museum is felt to be too disturbing to allow in anyone but police officers. On Sunday 19 October at 2pm, Bletchley Park Presents Gary Ayton as part of its prestigious 2014 lecture series. Tickets are £20 per person and include admission to Bletchley Park's galleries and exhibitions.

Further details at https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/781619-Bletchley-Park-Presents---Gary-Ayton.html

(With thanks to Bletchley Park)

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

PRONI opening for European Heritage Open Days

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.proni.gov.uk) is open this coming weekend as part of the European Heritage Open Days, offering a full service in particular on Saturday. Here's the blurb:

PRONI is open on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September 2014

Saturday
We are open 9am to 4.45pm and will be operating a full service.

Sunday
We will be opening at 9am to 4.45pm and operating a limited service.
(There will be no Document Productions on Sunday)

Both days will have behind the scenes tours and talks throughout it.

The Heritage Café at PRONI will be open on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

PRONI's address is:
2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter,
Belfast BT3 9HQ
Phone: 028 9053 4800
Fax: 028 9053 4900
Email: proni@dcalni.gov.uk

(With thanks to PRONI)

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

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway indexes move

The Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway have their very handy indexes to collections from the archives now hosted on the main council site at http://info.dumgal.gov.uk/HistoricalIndexes/. Not sure when they moved, but the following resources can be found there:

Census
1851 Census

Burgh Records:
Dumfries Burgh
Chamberlains' Accounts 1793-1801
Dean of Guild Plans 1892-1974
Jail Books 1714-1810
Midsteeple Minutes 1703-1708
Police Criminal Album 1907-1920
Police Tax Books 1810-1818
Dumfries Court Indictment 1719-1720
Stent Rolls 1650-1794
Stent Rolls (cess on new properties) 1685-1794
Town Council Minutes 1727-1734

Lockerbie Burgh
Dean of Guild Plans 1900-1994

Moffat Burgh
Dean of Guild Plans 1869-1975

Customs and Excise:
Shipping Registers 1824-1920

Kirk Sessions and Presbytery:
Dumfries Kirk Session and Presbytery Minutes 1687-1838
Dumfries St Michaels Minutes 1169-8186 (?!)
Dumfries New Kirk [Greyfriars] Minutes 1784-1869
Dumfries Presbytery Minutes 1694-1700
Mouswald Minutes 1640-1659
Troqueer Minutes 1698-1771

Parish
Dumfries Poor Board Minutes 1871-1885

NB: the work is ongoing - If you are interested in volunteering get in touch with the Archive Centre at libarchive@dumgal.gov.uk

(With thanks to @Loreburne via Twitter)

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, 8 September 2014

Irish Lives Remembered Sept/Oct issue out

From Irish Lives Remembered (www.irishlivesremembered.com)

The September/October edition (25th issue) of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now live and can be read/downloaded FREE of charge via www.irishlivesremembered.com or directly at http://bit.ly/1we2OIE

Topics of interest covered in our latest issue include:

Tracing your OFFALY Ancestors
· Irish Midlands Ancestry offers advice on tracing your Offaly/Laois ancestors
· Findmypast Ireland look at what records they hold for Offaly
· Offaly Libraries provides an overview of the key primary sources available in their local studies department
· Offaly History (Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society showcases their society’s work.

The Irish in Illinois
· Joe Buggy looks at tracing the Irish in Illinois
· Maureen Wlodarczyk looks at the life of Catherine O’Leary and her sons in Chicago
· Useful links to help research your Illinois ancestors

General News
· ACE Irish Genealogy Summer School at University College Cork announce their program for 2015
· Fiona Fitzsimons from Eneclann shares her research on Irish American Comedian, Stephen Colbert’s Laois roots
· Michael Merrigan writes about the commemoration of the Irish men and women who lost their lives in WWI
· Irish Ancestry Research Centre in Limerick praises the success of the Genealogy Event in Limerick
· Fly Leaf Press are offering a special discount to Irish Lives readers on their title ‘Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors’
· Back To Our Past invite you to their Genealogy & Family History 3 day event at the R.D.S, Dublin. See special coupon on page 5 which offers Irish Lives readers a €3 discount
· The Murphy family celebrates their Louth heritage with a family gathering
· Neil Watt from PRONI delves into the past of Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples (The Barefoot Baronet)
· Photo Historian, Jayne Shrimpton talks us through a 1895 image of the Browne family, Greenville, Waterford
· Findmypast adds Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers, Daily Mirror 1914, 1915, 1918 to British Newspaper Archives and publishes a handy guide to Tracing Your World War I Ancestors.
· Tony McCarthy remembers Tim Cadogan
· News, Events and Book store

The Irish in Australia
· Shauna Hicks traces the Irish in Australia (post 1901) through Immigration, Naturalization & Citizenship records

(With thanks to Eileen Munnelly)

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

Canadian National Railway Immigrant Records, 1937-1960

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has a new collection which may be of interest if your ancestors worked in the railways and emigrated to Canada in the 20th century:

Canada, Canadian National Railway Immigrant Records, 1937-1960
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9211

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

Labour MSP finds family treasures whilst canvassing on Scottish referendum trail

There has been a Scottish independence referendum campaign running for the last two years, with the culmination taking place next week, on Thursday September 18th, when here in Scotland we will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after 300 years, and to reconvene as an independent nation. The latest polls over the weekend show that the Yes campaign (for independence) has just taken the lead for the first time, though there is no complacency on either side about the result - it's a very closely fought contest, and something I have been actively involved in myself on the Yes side for a few months now. I have kept the referendum and its politics out of this blog for the most part, but there was one story that did grab my eye this morning - and it actually involves a remarkable genealogy tale concerning an MSP out canvassing for the No side!

Labour's Neil ­Findlay MSP was out canvassing in Pumpherston, West Lothian, when he decided to knock on the door of his grandmother's old house to solicit support for his side in the campaign. What he discovered is probably something all of us would give our eye teeth for! The full story is at http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/scotland/independence-referendum/family-treasure-find-for-canvassing-msp-1.562465

I should add that this is all the publicity that I am giving to the No campaign! lol :) But a great tale, that shows you just never know where those family history resources may lie, and why tracking down where your family once lived may be more fruitful than you think!

(With thanks to Stewart Stevenson MSP via @zsstevens on Twitter)

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