Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ancestry adds UK, Military Indexes, 1920-1971

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added a new dataset, the UK, Military Indexes, 1920-1971 collection. It can be accessed at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61448.

The collection is described as follows:

About UK, Military Indexes, 1920-1971

Within These Records

These lists comprise the names and service numbers of those who were discharged from the armed forces after 1920 and born before 1901. Details given for over 300,000 individuals found within this collection may include (where available):
  • Initial and Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Their Service
  • Service Number
  • Ministry of Defence Reference Number

The source for the collection is very vaguely described as "Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0", but appears to be from the National Archives in England.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Forthcoming talks at PRONI in Belfast

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


At a Glance....Coming up at PRONI

Glentoran and the community of East Belfast – the ties that bind - PRONI is pleased to host an event in PRONI Lecture Theatre, on the afternoon of Friday 5 May 2017, 2pm to 4pm, examining the history of Glentoran Football Club and its role at the heart of a developing and changing community
Speakers and themes

Sam Robinson, author of “There’s a Green Sward Called the Oval – the Life and Times of a Football stadium”: “The story of the Oval and of its people is one perseverance, foresight, tragedy, murder, political intrigue, community spirit, civil unrest, war and peace, highs and lows and success against the odds.”

The second speaker will be Alan Carr, lecturer, trade unionist and Glentoran fan – ‘Standing upon the shoulders of Giants – the rise of the Labour and Trade Union Movement in Belfast’: “The rise of Glentoran, as a progressive, non-sectarian club, coincided with the rise of the labour and trade union movement, with thousands of workers concentrated in East Belfast in heavy industry, the Shipyards, Ropeworks, Gallagher’s and the Short’s Aircraft factory.”

Booking for this event is Free via Eventbrite


Connecting people and place: exploring your Ulster roots; 13 May 2017

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Ulster Historic Foundation, the Federation of Local Studies and the North of Ireland Family History Society are delighted to welcome you to a day of family history to be held at PRONI on 13 May 2017, 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.

The event is sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund.

More and more people would like to know how to trace their ancestors or to learn more about the history of their community. The study of history for personal research is a hugely enjoyable, rewarding, sociable and life-enhancing pastime. This event is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about their ancestors or the local area where they live. It is free of charge and open to everyone irrespective of skills or experience – novice and more experienced researchers alike are welcome.

The Keynote Speaker will be Joe Mahon of UTV’s Lesser Spotted Fame.
Morning programme (10.00 am–12.45 pm)
· Keynote speaker - Joe Mahon: People and place
· Gillian Hunt: An introduction to family history research
· Janet Hancock: Getting started online at PRONI
· Break
· Roddy Hegarty: Making connections with local and family history: a case study
· John Dooher: The local press in Strabane in WW1, shared narratives and diverging priorities
Lunch and guided tours of PRONI (12.45 pm-1.45 pm)
Afternoon programme (1.45 pm–4.00 pm)
· Rosemary Murphy: Glenelly My Home: A Facebook project in local and family history
· Brian Mitchell: Sources for family history in North West Ulster
Panel discussion
· Facilitator: Fintan Mullan
· Valerie Adams: Church records [TBC]
· Dr Brian Lambkin: Migration records
· Dr William Roulston: Landed estate records
· Ann Robinson: The resources of the North of Ireland Family History Society

Admission is FREE, however booking is essential as spaces are limited. Register for this event at Eventbrite


To coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, PRONI is delighted to host the following event organised by the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies (Founded 1936) - BECKETT LECTURE - ‘From Antichrist to ARCIC: Protestant attitudes to Catholicism, 1517-2017’ - Prof Alan Ford (University of Nottingham), Thursday, 25 May 2017 6:30pm

Prof Alan Ford is an Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Nottingham and a leading expert on Irish history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a particular interest in religious identity.

Booking for this event is Free via Eventbrite


Messines Memorial exhibition, 30 May to 9 June

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines - of special interest in Ireland due to the fact that in the course of this battle the 16th (Irish) division fought side by side with the 36th (Ulster) division - PRONI is delighted to display an art installation entitled ‘Assembly - Memorial Chairs’ by Derbyshire Artist, Val Carman. This exhibition will be on display during PRONI's normal opening hours from Tuesday 30 May 1.00 pm until Friday 9 June 2017 at 1.00 pm.
Assembly - Memorial Chairs

The five memorial chairs are from Passendaele St Audomarus Church and will be accompanied by a beautifully constructed register of c.173,000 names of those from the UK and Ireland who lost their lives during the First World War in Belgium.

Each of the five chairs represents the casualties of one year of the war, 1914-18 (which is shown in small lead numbers on each of the chairs). The accompanying book includes names printed on the left hand side of the book, leaving blank pages on the right hand side for visitors to write their own testimony or personal story. Any story or local reference about WW1 can be added to the book, and this special social history will then become part of the exhibits at In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres Belgium, when it returns there in 2018. Photocopies of images and letters are also welcome.

This exhibition is travelling the UK and Ireland until 2018 and this will be the only opportunity to view it in Northern Ireland. We would encourage any groups interested in the First World War, particularly local schools and community organisations to contact us in advance to arrange a visit of the installation and an accompanying tour of PRONI. This display has been organised in conjunction with the In Flanders Fields Museum.


The Island of Ireland and the Great War in Flanders by Piet Chielens, Thursday, 1 June at 7pm

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines, PRONI are delighted to welcome Piet Chielens, the Coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium on Thursday 1 June 2016 at 7.00 pm.

PRONI is hosting this event in conjunction with the Government of Flanders. The In Flanders' Fields Museum is a museum in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the study of the First World War. The battle of Messines was particularly significant in the history of Ireland due to the contribution of both the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions. Piet’s presentation will reference all the Irish regiments over the period 1914-18, as reflected in Ireland’s Memorial Records. Piet has been co-director of the award winning In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres since 1996, where he is director of exhibitions and public programming. From 1992 to 2007 he was also artistic director of Peace Concerts Passchendaele. He has published and collaborated on numerous publications for both institutes (CD’s, guide books, catalogues, articles).

Booking for this event is Free via Eventbrite


Battle of Messines lunchtime lecture series, 2 June – 7 June, 12:30-1:30pm

To mark the display of Val Carmen’s installation ‘Assembly’ PRONI, in conjunction with the Antrim and Down Branch of the Western Front Association, is hosting a series of lunch time talks on various aspect of the First World War.
Series

All talks take place at 12.30 pm in PRONI.
Friday 2 June

Dr Tom Thorpe - The British Army in 1917: how serious were the morale problems?
Monday 5 June

Dr Stephen Sandford – Ireland in 1917
Wednesday 7 June

Mr Nicholas Perry - The Limits of Partnership: The Irish Divisions in Flanders in 1917

Admission is FREE, however booking is advised. Register for this event at Eventbrite


Wrens of HMS Caroline – Exhibition Launch and Film Screening, 12 June 2pm

PRONI is delighted to launch HMS Caroline’s travelling exhibition examining women’s experiences of serving on the ship on Monday 12 June 2.00 pm.

2017 is the centenary year of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS). This exhibition highlights the women's experience of serving on the ship, firstly as part of the WRNS during the Second World War and later as part of the Women’s Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (WRNVR).

The exhibition launch will include the first public screening of the ‘Wrens of HMS Caroline’ film which was produced by HMS Caroline and students from Northern Regional College earlier this year.

Admission is FREE, however numbers are limited so advanced booking is required. Register for this event at Eventbrite


Wrens object handling session, 26 June, 2-3pm

This event is being held in conjunction with the Wrens of HMS Caroline exhibition as part of the WRNS centenary in PRONI on Monday 26 June 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Journey through the history of the Wrens by taking a closer look at items from a WRNS kit bag, along with pieces from the HMS Caroline collection. Hear about the history of the Caroline WRNS and the role of women since 1917. Take a look at photos and uniforms and try your hand at the Wrens Aptitude Test.

Admission is FREE, however booking is essential as spaces are limited. Register for this event at Eventbrite


NICS Live Challenge event at PRONI, Healthy Mind and Body, 20 April, 7-8.30 pm

PRONI is pleased to welcome Healthy Mind and Body as part of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Live Team Challenge event in aid of Aware NI
on 20th April 2017 from 7pm to 8-30pm
Guest speakers, including Lynda Bryans, will be speaking about personal experiences with depression.
Admission is free but voluntarily donations are welcome on the night, with all proceeds going to Aware NI https://www.aware-ni.org/.
The evening concludes with announcement of the results of Online Auction and Donation Prize Draws.
This event is organised as part of NICS (Northern Ireland Civil Service) Live Team Challenge, developed in conjunction with Business in the Community, which has volunteers from across the NI Civil Service working with charities during a six week period every year.


Western Front Association 2017 program

The Western Front Association is hosting a series of meetings and lectures at 6.30 pm on evenings throughout 2017. Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Details are on the PRONI Website at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/western-front-association-2017-program

Antrim and Down Western Front Lecture Series – Gerard O’Meara - Lorrha (Tipperary) people in the Great War, 11 May 2017, 6.30pm, PRONI Lecture Theatre

The most northerly parish in Tipperary, Lorrha has long been known for its ancient and medieval monastic settlements. However, it also has a significant military history as recounted in the recent acclaimed study by Gerard O’Meara, Lorrha People and the Great War (Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, 2016). Though perceived as a strong republican parish during the War of Independence (1919-1921), many people from Lorrha also served during the Great War, whether with Irish or British regiments, or Commonwealth (usually Australian) or American forces. They fought in all theatres of war and in the infantry, cavalry and artillery and earned a number of awards for valour, notably the Victoria Cross won by Martin O’Meara of Lissernane. This talk will examine the social and family backgrounds to the men from Lorrha fighting in the Great War. Gerard will bring along copies of the book for signature and sale.

Antrim and Down Western Front Lecture Series, 20 April – ‘Ireland's contribution to winning the war at sea 1914-18 - RN, RNAS, USN, USNAS - Queenstown, Larne, Buncrana, Berehaven, Killybegs, Kingstown’ by Guy Warner, PRONI Lecture Theatre, 6.30pm

Dedicated and prolific NI researcher and author, Guy Warner, has in recent years turned his attention to the fascinating developments in air surveillance and protection that took place at various naval and air bases around the coast of Ireland during the First World War. The threat of the German submarine fleet to merchant and passenger vessels making their way across the Atlantic was the primary reason for setting up these bases. Sophisticated dirigible airships and then fixed-wing aircraft monitored the sea for signs of submarine activity. American air personnel lent a hand from 1917 and remained some years after the war. These ports and bases eventually became contested sites after the partition of Ireland in 1922 and the background to the so-called ‘Treaty Ports’ is an enthralling story.


(With thanks to the PRONI Express)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Ancestry makes Commonwealth collections free over Easter

Free access to several collections on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) for Easter:

ACCESS MILLIONS MORE RECORDS
Get closer to your overseas family right now
Your Free Access to millions of extra Commonwealth records starts now.


Our four-day Easter Free Access* is sure to lead to new discoveries. So don’t delay, get searching our extensive collections and reveal your relatives overseas.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 14 April and be free until 17 April, 2017 at 23:59 BST. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk Worldwide paid membership.

To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please visit http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/commonwealth_records.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Writing Your Family History course

From genealogist Gill Blanchard:

I will be repeating Module One of my E-Course in Writing Your Family History in May 2017 and would be grateful if you could include the details in your blog.

This is a practical writing course that guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life in an entertaining manner. It will enable students to choose the most suitable format, decide what to include (and exclude) and how to find and integrate relevant background context.

The course consists of two ten week modules, although module one can be taken as a stand alone unit. Lessons are delivered electronically. Students receive individually tailored in-depth feedback; have regular live discussions with the tutor and each other and access to an online learning hub.

Module One starts 13 May 2017
10 Weeks. £125
Starting Out
Expanding a Family History Biography
Bringing your Family History to Life – Building Background Material
Developing a Family History Further
Introduction to Publishing, Layout and Production

Contact me for more information on gill@writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk
Or see the website at: www.writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

(With thanks to Gill)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Free nurses records on Forces War Records

From Forces War Records (www.forces-war-records.co.uk):

FREE WW1 & WW2 NURSES RECORDS

May 12th marks International Nurses Day, and Forces War Records, the specialist military genealogy website is releasing their new WW1 & WW2 Nurses collection - FREE to search and view for the entire weekend*. (*Offer expires 23:59 14th May 2017)


These records include civilian nurses who worked during WW2, as well as those who worked as nurses in WW1, and will provide important details such as registration number, married and maiden names, permanent address, date and place of registration, training hospital and dates of qualification. Free access to this new collection will be provided on 12th via this link:

https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/lp-nurses-records

(With thanks to Jennifer Holmes)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

TheGenealogist adds India collection and English parish records

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist launches millions of new Parish records as well as their New British in India Collection

TheGenealogist has just announced three important releases to coincide with the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show covering Britain and British India.

Over 2.5 Million people in the latest release of Parish records!

Augmenting the substantial Parish Records that are already av
ailable on TheGenealogist comes the release of more than 2.5 million people for two major counties:

Hampshire Parish Records (Bishop’s Transcripts) (886,616 individuals)

This brings our total number of records to 3,199,820 with coverage of

Baptisms: 2,379,836 (1538 to 1940)
Marriages: 495,034 (1538 to 1940)
Burials: 324,950 (1538 to 1940)

Durham Parish Records (1,697,206 individuals)

This brings our total number of records to 1,850,068 with coverage of

Baptisms: 1,253,273 (1556 to 1919)
Marriages: 198,845 (1540 to 1896)
Burials: 397,950 (1538 to 1939)

These will be a boon to Family Historians looking for key events in the lives of their ancestors.


The British in India Collection

The TV series ‘Indian Summers’ starring Julie Walters created in many a fascination with India under British rule. This new record set reveals information about those ancestors that lived in the subcontinent, their lifestyle and the communities that they lived in.

Millions of British people went out to India in the past and so many family historians will have an ancestor that made the journey. For some, India would turn out to be their last resting place and among their ranks were merchants, soldiers, sailors, civil servants, missionaries and their families.


* Parish Records of British in India* Headstone Records of British Cemeteries in India
* British War Memorials in India
* East India Registers
* Indian Army and Civil Service Lists
* Image Archive - British in India

The release of The British in India Collection on TheGenealogist now allows family historians to search for ancestors who went out to British India in a very broad-ranging set of resources ranging from the early 1800s up to the 1920s.

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Monday, 27 March 2017

TheGenealogist releases London educational records

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist Launches Various London Educational Records

TheGenealogist has just released a batch of London school and university records to join its ever growing educational collection.

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments within London between 1831 and 1927. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons; deans; visitors and professors, in the case of universities and the principles, masters and governors in the case of the schools.

This release covers the names of those who graduated from the University of London between 1836 and 1926 - while for King’s College London, it also provides a list of Fellows from 1847 to 1920, registered students for 1920-1921 and those awarded degrees in 1920 and 1921 as well as the prizes given at King’s.

With a number of school records, joining this London release, researchers can also find old boys who served in World War I. For example it is possible to track down men serving with the colours in the Great War in the case of the Old Wilsonians, as listed in The Wilsonian Magazine. For those Old Alleynians and Old Haberdashers, who perished in the war, their names and often a photograph are recorded in the First World War Roll of Honours for both Dulwich College and the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hampstead School.

The list of records included in this release are

● University of London Historical Record 1836-1926
● The Skylark Magazine from Haberdashers' Aske's Hampstead School 1918
● The Wilsonian Magazine April 1914-April 1919
● University College School, London Register 1831-1891
● Royal College Of Chemistry, Royal School Of Mines And Royal College Of Science Register Of Associates
● Record of Old Westminsters Vols 1 and 2 earliest times -1927
● King's College, London Calendar 1921-1922
● Dulwich College War Record 1914-1919

These records and more are available at TheGenealogist.co.uk

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Forces War Records free tutorials

From Forces War Records (www.forces-war-records.co.uk):

Forces War Records – 5 FREE military genealogy tutorials are now online and available to download

With 10 million records covering over 300 years of conflict, and thousands of new records being added daily, there’s always something new to find on the site. But there’s so much more to gain from a visit to Forces War Records. The military and genealogy specialists have a wealth of knowledge and information to help anyone rese
arching their family tree, or with those with military queries.

These 5 free guides have been put together in-house and are free to all, perfect for complete beginners to advanced researchers:

1: Understanding your ancestor's record
All the details of your ancestor's record made easy

2: Breaking down brick walls
Renowned historian Simon Fowler gives his top 10 tips to get your family tree started

3: Trench Traumas & Medical Miracles
If your ancestor was wounded in WW1, this is what his medical journey would have been like

4: How to trace your POW ancestor
Want to know if your ancestor was taken a prisoner and what would have happened to him?

5: Quick guide to requesting WW2 records
Struggling to find your WW2 ancestor's record? Here's to get hold of them.

They can be downloaded here: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/free-tutorials

(With thanks to Jennifer Holmes)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Strathclyde University appoints genealogy research fellow

A press announcement from the University of Strathclyde's Genelogical Studies Department (http://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/centreforlifelonglearning/genealogy/):

Honorary Research Fellow Appointed

Dr Iain McDonald has been appointed as Honorary Research Fellow in the Genealogical Studies Department, University of Strathclyde.

Iain comes originally from an Aberdonian family, and began his interest in genealogy 15 years ago, whilst trying to identify any family connection to the Lords of the Isles. Unfortunately, there was no connection, but the process led to an avid interest in Scottish genealogy, and the early history and movement of the Scottish people.

By day, Iain is an astrophysicist, working at the University of Manchester. By night, he has been using physical, statistical and mathematical techniques to develop tools, for both conventional and genetic genealogy.

His speciality is in estimating the dates of male-line (surname) relationships from commercial genetic tests, and using these to construct models of population movements between mainland Europe and the British Isles over the last 5000 years.

Tahitia McCabe, Course leader said: “we are delighted to have Iain on board and look forward to utilising his expertise and knowledge of the technical aspects of DNA testing as applied in genetic genealogy”.

For further information on our study pathways including an online 8-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course, please contact us at scosh@strath.ac.uk

(With thanks to Tahitia)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Holy Land tour and genealogy conference

Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au) has announced a tour and conference in Israel, in partnership with MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

Adelaide, South Australia, 8 March 2017 – Unlock the Past announces another innovative event – a Holy Land tour and associated genealogy conference (Israel).


10-day Holy Land tour - 23 October – 1 November 2017
http://www.theisraeltours.com
This is organised in partnership with the Israel Travel Centre. It is a general Holy Land tour timed around, and taking in, the
31 October centenary commemoration of the Charge of the ANZAC Light Horse on Beersheba on 31 October 1917.

The general tour will visit many places of Christian/biblical interest, as well as later Christian and general history – Caesarea built by Herod the Great, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem (2 days and 2 nights), the Dead Sea, Masada (the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans) and Abrahams Well and Visitor Center, Beersheba ... and more.

The battle of Beersheba was part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. … The final phase of this all-day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on 7 November and advance into Palestine – from the Australian War Memorial.

2-day genealogy conference – Tel Aviv 1-2 November 2017
This is separate from, but immediately follows the tour. Unlock the Past is organising this in association with Israeli based MyHeritage as conference sponsor and host. It will feature 12 main presentations on a variety of topics – British Isles, Europe, Jewish genealogy, DNA, War in Palestine and MyHeritage’s technologies for genealogy.

Presenters include Caroline Gurney (England), Daniel Horowitz (Israel) and Judy Russell (US) … and others yet to be announced.

Follow developments and discussion - on the tour/conference Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1414447581955223/.

Unlock the Past
Unlock the Past was established in 2009. It is the event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History which has served family and local historians since 1976. It is a collaborative venture involving an international team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners to promote history and genealogy through innovative major events and a new publishing brand. It also maintains general and events directories online.

MyHeritage – www.myheritage.com – is the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. Learn about content, technologies, and services at MyHeritage designed to help you discover new information about your family and to find previously unknown ancestors.

(With thanks to Alan Phillips)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.