Saturday, 27 May 2017

Recent UK additions and updates to FamilySearch

Still catching up from some recent news. The following collections on FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) are shown as being most recently launched or updated on FamilySearch - all are either English or UK collections:

  • England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984 (28 Apr 2017)
  • England, Norfolk, Parish Registers (County Record Office), 1510-1997 (28 Apr 2017)
  • England, Essex, Bishop's Transcripts, 1779-1892 (28 Apr 2017)
  • England, Northumberland, Non-conformist Records, 1708-1982 (28 Apr 2017)
  • England, Northumberland, Parish Registers, 1538-1950 (28 Apr 2017)
  • England, Manchester, Parish Registers, 1603-1910 (28 Apr 2017)
  • England, Northumberland, Cumberland, Durham, Miscellaneous Records, 969-2007 (20 Apr 2017)
  • England, Durham Diocese, Marriage Bonds & Allegations, 1692-1900 (11 Apr 2017)
  • British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries (16 Mar 2017)
  • England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 (03 Mar 2017)
  • United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122) (01 Mar 2017)
  • England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918 (28 Feb 2017)
  • England, Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers, 1797-2004 (13 Jan 2017)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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FindmyPast - latest additions

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com) has added several datasets this week. The following collections for England are amongst them:


Surrey institutional records 1788-1939

Explore over 200,000 assorted records from 16 institutions across the English county of Surrey, including poor law unions, workhouses, schools, infirmaries, goals and more. Each result will provide you with a transcript of key details from the source material. The records cover 13 places in Surrey: Addlestone, Chertsey, Cobham, Dorking, Farnham, Godstone, Guildford, Hambledon, Redhill, Richmond Upon Thames, Southwark, Warlingham, and Woking.


Essex Baptism Index 1538-1917

Over 32,000 records covering 50 parishes across the county have been added to the Essex Baptism index. The collection now contains more than 279,000 records taken from a range of original parish and probate documents.


Sussex, Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices

Over 186,000 records have been added to our collection of Eastbourne Gazette Newspaper Notices. The Eastbourne Gazette was a weekly tabloid paper first published in 1859.


Derbyshire Hospital Admissions and Deaths 1855-1913

Over 800 records have been added to our collection of Derbyshire Hospital Admission & Deaths. The collection now contains over 5,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913.

Further additions include more Irish Newspapers, Australian Capital Territory Deaths and Vermont, Enrolled Militia Records 1861-1867 - further dteails on these and the above-mentioned English collections are available at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-may-26th-2422212258.html.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

New British Newspaper Archive front page

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) website has changed its front page design yet again. It now looks like this on a PC:



And this is how it appears now on a tablet:


The BNA has attempted to explain this new layout at http://blog.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/2017/05/25/our-new-look/.

I have no idea if this was intended to be a better interface for those accessing the site on a PC or from the use of a tablet, but users on both platforms now have much more scrolling to do to find other more useful features, such as recent additions, located well to the bottom and off screen.

I suppose it creates employment...!

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Friday, 26 May 2017

TheGenealogist adds 1920s UK passenger lists

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

New Passenger Lists go online for the 1920s era

TheGenealogist has just released four and a half million BT27 records for the 1920s. These Outbound Passenger Lists are part of the growing immigration and emigration record sets on TheGenealogist and contain the historical records of passengers who departed by sea from U.K. ports in the years between 1920 and 1929.


With the addition of this decade of records, the already strong Immigration, Emigration, Naturalisation and passenger list resources on TheGenealogist have been significantly expanded.

The fully searchable records released today will allow researchers to:

● Identify potential family members travelling together with SmartSearch. TheGenealogist’s unique system can recognise family members together on the same voyage. In this case it will display a family icon which allows you to view the entire family with one click.

● Find people travelling to America, Canada, India, New Zealand, Australia and elsewhere in the Passenger lists of people leaving from the United Kingdom by sea.

● See images of the original documents which were kept by the Board of Trade's Commercial and Statistical Department and its successors.

● Discover the ages, last address and where the passenger intended to make their permanent residence.

● These fully indexed records enable family historians to search by name, year, country of departure, country of arrival, port of embarkation and port of destination.


Those with ancestors who travelled out of Britain will welcome this fascinating new release from TheGenealogist that adds to their Immigration and Emigration records which already includes passenger lists from as far back as 1896 and the valuable Naturalisation and Denization records.

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Recent National Archives podcasts

The following podcasts have recently bveen made available online by the National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk):

‘Dadland’: the father who was also an undercover guerrilla agent
http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/keggie-carew/

Keggie Carew discusses her book ‘Dadland’, a story about a madcap English childhood, the poignant breakdown of a family, and dementia. The novel centres upon her father Tom Carew, an enigmatic, unorthodox character, who was an undercover guerrilla agent during the Second World War.
‘Dadland’ is the winner of the Costa Biography Award 2016 and a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller.

Author: Keggie Carew Duration: 00:36:57


Black British politics and the Anti-Apartheid struggle
http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/black-british-politics-anti-apartheid-struggle/

In 1948, from the introduction of apartheid in South Africa, racial discrimination galvanized the international community into protest. British people and black communities in particular attempted to lead the global opposition against apartheid.
Historian Dr Elizabeth Williams (Goldsmiths, University of London) will discuss aspects of the documents she looked at while writing her book ‘The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa: Black British Solidarity and the Apartheid Struggle’ (2015).
Please note, due to a technical error this recording ended a few minutes prior to the end of the talk.

Author: Dr Elizabeth Williams Duration: 00:53:59


From the Somme to Arras
http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/somme-arras/

Andrew Lock discusses the progress made by the British Expeditionary Forces between the battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras (1917). Although lessons were learned during the Somme campaign, Arras clearly exposed command and preparation deficiencies, leading to setbacks and the highest casualty rate of any British offensive in the war.

Author: Andrew Lock Duration: 00:49:30

All can be listened to via the above links, downloaded from the sites, or listened to via iTunes.

Chris

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11th 2017 - details at
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For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Ancestry adds poor law union removals from England to Ireland

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released two new Irish collections, as indexed as part of its World Archives Project. The following are the descriptions:

Ireland, Poor Law Union Removals From England, 1859-1860
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61317

Following the Act of Settlement in 1662, parishes in the United Kingdom were obliged to help those who were ‘legally settled'. If they could not fulfil the required criteria, they could be removed by force and sent to their parish of legal settlement.

Removal Orders could be issued if the person or family were deemed to have no right to settlement in the parish. Removal Orders record the names of the poor persons involved, the parish from which they were removed and the parish to which they were to be removed. Removal Orders sometimes list all the children in the family and give their ages.

Amongst those who were affected by removal were thousands of Irish applicants in England. If, upon examination, it was found that they had no right of settlement, they could be deported from the nearest port back to Ireland, at the time part of the United Kingdom. Often, families were placed on boats to the port nearest their home parish, but they still may have had a journey of many miles after disembarking. They would have had to pay their own way as the English parish would only pay enough for them to get to Ireland, not for the entire journey back to their original home parish.


NB: I presume that these removal lists were originally sourced from the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (http://parlipapers.proquest.com/parlipapers) collection, which is freely accessible via subscribing libraries across the UK. It should be noted that there are many such lists from the 1860s and 1870s in the archive, not just from England, but from Scotland and Wales also. You will find additional lists freely available on the Raymond's County Down website at http://countydown.x10.mx/html/index2.htm, as follows:
  • Return of all poor persons, removed from Scotland to Ireland 1867/1869
  • Return of all poor persons removed from England & Wales to Ireland 1867/1869
  • Return of poor persons, England & Wales since 1st Jan. 1875
  • Return of poor from Scotland to Ireland, 1875/76/77/78


Ireland, School Masters and Mistresses, 1826
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61316

The Irish Education Inquiry published its second report in the year 1826, in Dublin, Ireland and aimed to provide a picture of the state of education in Ireland at the time. The stated goal of the commission was "To inquire into the nature and extent of the instruction afforded by the several institutions established for the purpose of education and maintained either in whole or in part from the public funds; to inquire also into the state of the diocesan and district Schools, and the Nature of the Instruction there given; for ascertaining whether any and what regulations may be fit to be established with respect to the Parochial Schools, and for reporting as to the Measures which can be adopted for extending generally to all classes of the People the benefits of Education." The report's findings were presented to the UK Parliament as Ireland was, as that time, part of the United Kingdom.

The report also included the names of Masters and Mistresses employed in schools at that time.

What can be found in the records?

For each Master or Mistress found within the report, you may be able to find (where available):

Their Name
The County in which they taught
The Parish in which they taught
The location of the school in which they were employed


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Resignation from SCAN Ltd

Yesterday I submitted my resignation as one of the directors of the Scottish Archive Network Ltd, after four years in the role.

I've wished the Scottish Council on Archives (www.scottisharchives.org.uk) all the very best in trying to further plans for its proposed Scotland Online project, a replacement for the current SCAN catalogue (found at http://scan.org.uk/), which is in much need of updating and replacing. SCAN Ltd has previously contributed some funds towards trying to achieve this goal.

Until, and if, Scotland Online is eventually realised - in whatever form - SCAN remains the most useful platform currently to search for materials held in over 50 archives across the country. Note however, that it has not been updated in many years, and that in some cases, local archives now host their own online catalogues which may be more comprehensive - so always look to the local archive website also!

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Archives and elections

As someone who recently stood (and failed!) for election to my local government authority, I have certainly been made much more aware of a lot of activities to do with the electoral process and the rules of the Electoral Commission. One thing that never occurred to me however, was the role of local archives in the carrying out of elections, in particular within their immediate aftermath.

I've just received the latest newsletter from Highland Archive (https://www.highlifehighland.com/archives-service/), and in this there is a fascinating insight into its role on this front.

Most of the documentation from polling stations requires to be kept for a year in accordance with Electoral Commission regulations. This documentation includes the marked register used by the clerk at the polling station when they score off your name when you go to cast your vote, as well as the actual ballot paper you put your cross on in the polling booth. This year, as well as being on duty at the recent local elections, we will also be present at the forthcoming surprise General Election on 8th June to take custody of the documents. The work usually involves being present at the count overnight. We turn up about an hour before the polls close and we are there well after the count ends, because we have to pack all the counted ballot papers when the count staff leave and transport them to the Highland Archive Centre for safe keeping. In the event of a dispute regarding the election, these papers need to be available for scrutiny, so Records Management has an extremely important role to play.

For more on the archive's involvement, and to read the full newsletter, visit http://mailchi.mp/highlifehighland/highland-archive-service-newsletter-may-2017?e=36f4314bac.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

UK archives and libraries security precautions

In the aftermath of the terrorist outrage in Manchester, England, on Monday, a quick note on security upgrades now in place at institutions across the country.

The National Records of Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk) has tweeted the following:

We’ve increased our security at General and New Register House today – please bear with us as our team works to keep you safe.

Also in Edinburgh, the National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) Maps Collections department (@natlibscotmaps) has similarly tweeted the following:

Increased security at present means that large bags (backpacks, cases, etc) aren't allowed in our buildings. Thanks for your understanding.

The National Archives at Kew has also shared the following (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/additional-security-measures-at-the-national-archives/):

In response to the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester the government terrorist threat level has been raised to Critical, meaning that an attack is expected imminently.

The National Archives will open as normal and will operate a full service, however additional security measures will be in place. Visitors are asked to remain vigilant and report any concerns or suspicious activity to a security officer or member of staff.

Our thoughts remain with the families and loved ones of the victims, the injured, and everyone affected by the attack.

I have yet to see if any other institutions have similar precautions enacted, but I think if planning a trip to any archive or library at present anywhere in the UK, it might be worth checking if any additional security requirements have been put in place that might affect your visit.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Appalling news from Manchester

The whole of the UK is in shock today, with the news that last night a suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb after a concert at the Manchester Arena in the city centre, killing at least 22 people, including children, and injuring dozens more.

My mother lived in Manchester for several years before passing away in 2013, and both my wife and I still have family living there today. I have always considered the city to be the jewel of England, and the response of everyday Mancunians last night was humbling to witness via social media and the broadcast news.

Last night's cowardly attack was a shocking and appalling incident. As someone who grew up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, my heart goes out to all those who have been affected, and to whom I offer my sincere condolences.

With this being a genealogy news blog, the only relevant piece of associated news to bring you is that Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society has just tweeted that "Our @MLFHS help desk was open as usual today in Central Library and will be again tomorrow" (i.e. Wednesday).

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Monday, 22 May 2017

MyHeritage adds new collection catalogue

MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com) has introduced a new Collection Catalog on its site, which lists the historical record collections indexed and available on MyHeritage SuperSearch. From MyHeritage:

The catalog is useful for beginners as well as professional users. It lists next to the name of each collection the number of records in it and the date in which it was added or last updated, and indicates with a special icon which collections are new or recently updated. Some people call this a “card catalog” in reference to the way libraries used to index their inventory on cards in the old days, but our Collection Catalog is digital; It is available online and includes many useful functions.


For more on the new feature, visit the company's blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2017/05/new-collection-catalog/.

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

PRONI is now on Facebook

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is now on Facebook!

To follow Northern Ireland's national archive, visit https://www.facebook.com/publicrecordofficeni.


Don't forget also that The GENES Blog is also on Facebook - you'll find it under thre site's previous name at https://www.facebook.com/BritishGENES/!

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

More genealogy ripples from an ancestor's murder story

It's a small world! As some of you might already know, the murder of my three times great grandmother Janet Rogers (nee Henderson) with a kitchen axe in 1866 at Mount Stewart Farm in Forgandenny, Perthshire, is Scotland's longest unsolved murder by a modern police force. Janet was clubbed to death in the kitchen by an unknown assailant, and her body was discovered lying beside the hearth by her brother William later that evening. It is a story about which I wrote a book a few years ago, The Mount Stewart Murder, in which I did not try to solve the case, but in which I instead tried to paint a portrait of the communty and my family over the course of a year, as the investigation unfolded, and in the aftermath of the trial, with the tragic consequences that ensued.


My four times great grandfather Andrew Henderson took up the tenancy of the Perthshire farm in 1845, along with his son William, although Andrew had passed away by the time of his daughter's murder in 1866.

Well as with any story that can be published, there can often be ripples in the aftermath! In this case, I've just been contacted by someone in New Zealand who is currently organising a family reunion, who got the shock of his life when he discovered my book. When my Henderson ancestors took on the lease for the farm in 1845, the previous holders, the Marshall family, had been this person's ancestors, with his family having held possession from 1763-1845 at a time when the farm was instead known as 'The Fluars'. I in fact mentioned the Marshalls in the book, although only the generation prior to the arrival of my lot.

Here's one of his comments: "When taking a sabbatical in 1998 I visited Mt Stewart and was deeply moved at that time to have had the opportunity to sit by the ‘hearth' and celebrate with a dram my families 70 years living and farming at Mt Stewart. The images and memory of that visit are still strong in my mind, though 'now' somewhat modified since reading your book. Your description of the farm and house brought a freshness once again to my family's Scottish history. Thank you."

I aim to please! :)

This is now the second time that I've been contacted by someone with a major connection to something written about in this book. In 2012, whilst at Who Do You Think You Are Live, I experienced perhaps the most astonishing coincidence I think I've ever encountered just shortly before the book's publication - you can read all about it at a previous blog post at  http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/wdytya-live-part-4-victims-descendants.html!

If interested in the story, you can obtain The Mount Stewart Murder from the History Press at http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/the-mount-stewart-murder/9780752460208/.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Friday, 19 May 2017

FindmyPast adds Nottinghamshire parish records

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com) has added over 1 million parish register entries from Nottinghamshire to its website. The additions are as follows:


Nottinghamshire Baptisms Index 1538-1917

Over 580,000 records have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire baptisms. The collection now contains over 1.4 million transcripts that will reveal your ancestor's baptism date, baptism location, religious denomination, residence and parent's names.


Nottinghamshire Banns Index 1600-1812

Nottinghamshire Banns contains over 800 records that will allow you to discover whether your ancestors were married via this ancient legal tradition.


Nottinghamshire Marriages Index 1528-1929

Over 295,000 records spanning 400 years have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire Marriages. The collection now contains over 984,000 transcripts that will reveal your ancestor's birth year, residence, marriage date, marriage place, occupation, residence, father's name, whether they were married by banns or licence and corresponding details for their spouse. Some records may also list the names of any witnesses present.


Nottinghamshire Burials Index 1596-1905

Over 423,000 new transcripts of original parish records and bishop's transcripts have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire burials.

The site has also added 16,000 images to its PERiodical Source Index.


For further details visit https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-friday-2413057438.html


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

End of an era at Geneabloggers

US based Thomas MacEntee has announced that the Geneabloggers platform (www.geneabloggers.com), which documents new and merging blogs available online of interest to the family history community, is to wind down, with the following changes happening this month:

The following features will no longer appear as of May 1, 2017:

* Daily Blogging Beat
* Genealogy Blogging Events
* New Genealogy Blogs

The following features will run until May 31, 2017:

* May I Introduce to You
* The Archive Lady

Existing content will, however, remain online. In a blog post at http://www.geneabloggers.com/major-changes-geneabloggers-com/ Thomas has cited changes in the way that users are now accessing and presenting their information online as a reason for this development, and has also announced some further projects he will be developing in due course. Well worth a read...

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Wiltshire parish records join Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released new parish records collections for Wiltshire in England. The source for the records is the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.

The collections are accessible from the following links:

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61188

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61187

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61190

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61189

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries opens

Dunfermline's new £12.4 million Carnegie Library & Galleries (http://www.onfife.com/venues/dunfermline-carnegie-library-galleries) has officially opened today. The project, a Fife Council development with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, commenced construction.

To celebrate its opening a porgramme of activities is underway for the first week, details of which can be accessed at https://www.onfife.com/sites/default/files/DCLG%20Activities%20Lealfet_0.pdf. This includes a series of family history tasters at 11am each morning from today until Wed 24th May (excluding Sunday) - see http://www.onfife.com/whats-on/detail/family-history-tasters to book a free place.

From the facility's latest newsletter (http://www.onfife.com/sites/default/files/DCL%26G%20Newsletter%20Feb%20Final.pdf):

The new Reading Room combines the reference and local studies departments into one beautifully designed space. 12 public access pcs will supplement the extensive range of books about the local area as well as family history sources, newspapers, maps and photographs. There is plenty of space to study once you have finished contemplating the inspiring historic view. Local Archives as well as the unique special and rare books collections will be available for research by appointment in our new search room. If there was a competition for the most beautiful library space in Scotland we think the Reading Room would certainly be a winner.

Visit Scotland has noted several key features with the new facility at https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/dunfermline-carnegie-library-and-galleries-p1423451, including:

A new Local Studies Centre - Visitors will be free to browse Dunfermline’s wide-ranging collection of local history archives, books and photographs in a purpose built study space. Special emphasis will be given to exploring some of the town’s hidden gems, including the Murison Burns Collection, a significant collection of books and memorabilia relating to Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, and the George Reid collection of illuminated manuscripts and early books.

Preservation and celebration of the world’s first Carnegie Library - The new development of a modern children’s library and the preservation and conservation of existing facilities within this historic building will create a cultural hub and learning resource for local residents and visitors alike.

Te local Dunfermline press has an article on the opening also at http://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/15292057.It_s_been_a_rollercoaster_ride_but_today__Dunfermline_s_new___12_4_million_museum_opens/.

Looks like a great facility!

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Historic Welsh boundary maps go online

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (https://rcahmw.gov.uk) has uploaded two digital maps that it has created, using late-medieval sources and historic parish boundaries, to show the boundaries of the commotes (cymydau) and cantrefs (cantrefi) of medieval Wales.

The commission notes that "future developments will examine how these boundaries have changed over time and map them in further detail. These digital resources will be made freely available to the public as an aid to encouraging research."


To view the maps visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/mapping-the-historic-boundaries-of-wales-commotes-and-cantrefs/.

The Commission has also recently launched the The List of Historic Place Names of Wales, "a groundbreaking website that provides a fascinating insight into the landuse, archaeology and history of Wales. Over 300,000 place names are included in the List, reflecting the various forms and spellings used historically, and revealing the often forgotten or overlooked legacies of buildings, people, archaeological or topographical features in our landscapes."
For more on this visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/list-of-historic-place-names-now-live/.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Body found in search for missing Ayrshire archivist

Sad news in that a body has been found in the search for missing 32 year old Ayrshire based archivist Alexander Singerman.

Ayrshire Police Division has issued the following release:

UPDATE - ALEXANDER SINGERMAN

With reference to our previous releases regarding 31 year-old Alexander Singerman, who was last seen in Auchencruive in Ayrshire on Wednesday 10 May 2017, please note:

Around 1115 hours today, Wednesday 17 May 2017, the body of a man was found in the area of Auchincruive Estate. Formal identification has still to take place, however, police believe the body to be that of Alexander Singerman and his family have been informed.

A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death, however, the death is not being treated as suspicious.

A full report will be forwarded to the Procurator Fiscal.

The BBC also has the story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39953481.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

New Oxfordshire surnames project

From Oxfordshire Family History Society (www.ofhs.org.uk):

Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) has started a new Oxfordshire surnames research project, examining surnames recorded in Oxfordshire parish registers from 1538 onwards, currently estimated at up to 20,000 key variants. The team is also using many other early recorded sources to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames. The aim is to trace their whereabouts in different parishes over time, their origins, hotspots, DNA connections and many other facets of Oxfordshire surnames. The project will take about 2 years to complete.

The project team is appealing for help from those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study. They are welcome to contact the team with a brief description and their contact details, so that when their surname is analysed they may be able to participate in submitting content for that name. All significant contributors will be acknowledged.

# At this stage the team want just a interest in being involved - so please send your contact details, name of interest, and place(s) in Oxfordshire where you have records of the name's occurrence, to the team leader Sue Honore via surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

# Later, you will be asked for more detail, tied to place - so wills, and newspaper records, for instance - or, for instance, gamekeeper licences - would all be of interest.

# It is anticipated that the analysis will be published as a book, with a page or so on the occurrence and detail of each name, and lots of maps, and with some information also made available on the OFHS website, in the members' section.

Do join the project!

(With thanks to Wendy Archer)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

New talks added to PRONI YouTube channel

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni) has just added the following lecture to its You Tube channel:

Glentoran & The Community of East Belfast: The Ties That Bind
Published on 16 May 2017

PRONI hosted an event on 5th May 2017, examining the history of Glentoran Football Club and its role at the heart of a developing and changing community. The 2 speakers were Sam Robinson & Alan Carr.

The talk is available at https://youtu.be/Q_iuOJRo97o or can be viewed below:




PRONI also recently uploaded the following:

From Ireland to India - Women of Change
Published on 21 Mar 2017

To mark International Women's Day, PRONI hosted an afternoon event which explored the role of Irish women in India. This event took place on 8th March 2017.

The lecture is available at https://youtu.be/9wFTSoYs2B4 or can be viewed below:




The PRONI YouTube channel is available at https://www.youtube.com/user/PRONIonline

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Lost MacCarthy family archive repatriated to Cork

An archive of family papers for a sept of the Irish MacCarthy family has been repatriated from Oregon USA, to Cork City and County Archives (www.corkarchives.ie) in Ireland.

Daniel MacCarthy Glas’s family was directly descended from the 13th century princes of Carbery, the MacCarthy Reaghs and the MacCarthy Glas, based at Togher Castle near Dunmanway in Co Cork. The bulk of the material from his collection, dating from the 1700s and 1800, has been in private storage in the US for over a century, and contains over 1500 items, including a rare 1784 family pedigree of Gaelic prince Jeremiah MacCarthy (Diarmuid an Dúna), as compiled by John Collins of Myross, aka the last bard of Munster.

The story of the collection's discovery, including the role of DNA testing via the McCarthy DNA project, and its repatriation, is available via the Irish Examiner at www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/centuries-of-lost-maccarthy-lore-returned-450172.html.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Forces War Records commemorates the Somme and Passchendaele

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

Did your ancestor fight in the Battle of the Somme or Passchendaele, Forces War Records may hold the answer.

Commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

FREE ACCESS TO UNIQUE WW1 INTERACTIVE BATTLEFIELD MAP - 1st and 2nd July only!
To commemorate the 101 anniversary and all those who served at the Battle of the Somme, Forces War Records will be making its WW1 Troop Movements FREE to access for the weekend only (from 1st 2nd July).

Our specialist data team has transcribed the official Orders of Battle publications, published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, as well as numerous official histories of the Great War, to help create this in-depth record of military operations and engagements by the British Army including the Somme offensive. All of this information is now available from Forces War Records in the form of this new map, and we hope that it will provide an insight into the movements and actions of your ancestor during the Battle of the Somme.

Access to this feature will be FREE to use from Sat 1st July until midnight 2nd July, 2017. There will be a free download available during the promotion: SOMME101 interactive pdf packed with facts, images and information on one of the bloodiest battles in human history.


Passchendaele 100 The Third Battle of Ypres, 30 & 31 July 2017

2 FREE BATTLEFIELD TOUR TICKETS - Offer runs from 16th - 20th July!
Passchendaele - the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July 10 Nov, 1917) has become one of the most iconic battles of the First World War and for the soldiers who fought, it was known as the Battle of Mud. In commemoration of the 100th year since the first battle commenced it is important that we never forget what happened on the battlefield, and honour the memory and bravery of those who served and those who fell, for generations to come.

In remembrance of this battle Forces War Records will be giving away 2 FREE tickets worth a total of £978, for the They called it Passchendaele four day tour starts on 11th September 2017, provided by Leger Battlefield Tours and specialist guides. The 4-day tour of the battlefields, includes a visit to Messines & Ploegsteert, Pilkem Ridge & Tyne Cot, Passchendaele & Poperinghe. Full details can be seen at https://www.leger.co.uk/battlefields/tours/they-called-it-passchendaele

HOW TO ENTER: To be in with a chance of winning these 2 tickets, email customercare@forces-war-records.co.uk. Please put Passchendaele100 as your subject and then state that you are available on 11th September or simply visit: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/passchendaele100
This offer is open to full members only, and expires at 23:59 on 20th July 2017.

Please ensure that you are available for the tour dates from 11th - 15th September 2017 before entering the draw. *You will need to be a fully subscribed member to qualify for this offer. Well notify one winner and provide full details.

(With thanks to Jennifer Holmes)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Unlock the Past announces Alaska genealogy cruise 2018

Unlock the Past Cruises (www.unlockthepastcruises.com) has officially announced its 14th genealogy cruise is now open for bookings, and I'm delighted to finally be able to confirm my involvement as a speaker - I'm very much looking forward to returning to the US, to see a part of the country I haven't visited before! We'll also be stopping off in the beautiful city of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, where I had the pleasure to stay with Pat and Al Hocker two years ago whilst on a talks tour of the province.

This is going to be a great cruise - why not come along?! :)

Announcing the 14th Unlock the Past cruise (Alaska 2018)

Adelaide, South Australia, 17 May 2017 – Unlock the Past Cruises announces its 2018 cruise – an opportunity to discover more about your family history while in great company and visiting great destinations.

The Alaska cruise, 7-14 September 2018 on Royal Caribbean‘s Explorer of the Seas will leave from Seattle, visiting Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia over 7 days.


The conference program will feature 40–45 talks in three streams from an international team of 12–15 speakers. No talks will occur when in port or during scenic cruising. An optional full day extra seminar is being considered the day before the cruise to offer additional value to the many who will travel from a distance. This will feature leading north American speakers and a different program.

The featured presenters on the cruise are:

* Chris Paton (Scotland) – Chris is one of the most sought after presenters in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the US. He has written many books (including nine for Unlock the Past) and numerous articles for genealogy magazines.


* Dick Eastman (United States) – Dick is widely known internationally for his Eastman’s online genealogy newsletter. He has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years and has worked in the computer industry for over 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions.



Other speakers are Dr Janet Few and Caroline Gurney from England, Jan Gow from New Zealand, Shauna Hicks, Eric and Rosemary Kopittke, Mike Murray and Helen Smith from Australia and Cyndi Ingle from the United States. More will be announced. For details, bookings and registration of interest go to www.unlockthepastcruises.com/alaska. US Passport holders have the option of booking with our US travel agent partner, Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel.

Some comments on previous cruises:

A genealogy conference on the high seas? Not only do you get all the fun of a regular cruise, you have the opportunity to network with other family historians from all over the world. The best part: the lectures and educational presentations are offered by some of the leading speakers in the genealogy industry. And Unlock the Past Cruises has the best selection of destinations and speakers hands down! – Thomas MacEntee, United States, 4th cruise presenter

Only one thing beats a good genealogy conference, and that is a genealogy conference that offers a chance to see a bit of the world, to enjoy some top class entertainment, and above all else, meet many other people sharing a similar interest. It’s also the perfect family holiday, with plenty of fun activities for your partner and kids to get up to on board whilst you’re attending conference sessions! – Chris Paton, Scotland, 2nd, 4th and 8th cruise presenter


About Unlock the Past Australian based 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.



COMMENT: Unlock the Past is partnering with Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel to provide a “local” booking option for those in the US. Terri O'Connell, the principal of this agency, is known to many as a genealogist and co-founder and Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist.

Although the cruise is over 15 months away at least two price rises have occurred since Royal Caribbean released the 2018 Alaskan cruise schedules and further increases are likely. Both Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel and Unlock the Past Cruises hold a limited number of cabins at fixed prices, but it is recommend that bookings, or at least registrations of interest, be made early before our allocations sell out.

It's going to be fun, but you've yet to make your mind up? Ah go on - ye will, ye will, ye will...! :)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Book review: A Dictionary of Family History

A Dictionary of Family History - The Genealogists' ABC, is a new book by Jonathan Scott, published by Pen & Sword Family History. At 247 pages in length, the book is a hefty tome that essentially acts as an encyclopaedia, almanac and directory of topics on a a variety of subjects for those researching their family history.

Quite wisely the author describes it in his preface as 'a dictionary of family history' and not 'the dictionary of family history', with the main criteria for subject selection being what the author has himself found of interest - as honest an approach as you will find anywhere! A huge range of topics are categorised in alphabetical order, although the categorisation is sometimes odd - the 1939 Register, for example, is indexed under R for Register (and not under a category such as 'National Identity'), 'Missing from the census' is in a different part of the book to the rest of the 'Census' categories (would it not have been better to index it as 'Censuses - missing entries'?!), and the miscellaneous Really Useful Websites category should perhaps have been an appendix - bearing in mind that so many other entries contain really useful websites! At times the book also assumes that the reader knows more than perhaps he or she does. If I want to look for a source to help me trace an ancestor who was a Scottish architect, for example, I cannot look up 'Scotland' or 'architects' as a keyword, I need to look for the entry marked 'Dictionary of Scottish Architects' - which is great if I know that such a resource exists, but considerably less accessible if I don't.

From this Scottish based Ulsterman's perspective, the book also in parts has a frustrating habit at times of switching to a default English based perspective on certain subjects without identifying itself as doing so - that in itself is not the issue, it is the fact that the book is inconsistent in its approach. If I look up the 1939 Register entry, for example, it tells me that 'British' returns are online on FindmyPast, but neglects to tell me that these are only for England and Wales, and with no further information available on how to access the Scottish and Northern Irish equivalents (which although not online, certainly exist). Similarly, on topics such as marriage, there is a great exposition on various terms and laws associated with marriage in England, but absolutely nothing on Scotland, where the law has always been completely different to its southern British neighbour (a situation found with other topics such as 'nonconformism'). That is not to say that Scotland and Ireland do not get a good innings in the book - there are various subject headings on counties and localised resources, discussion on subjects such as sasines (land registration records), and more. The separate poor laws for Ireland and Scotland quite rightly warrant and receive separate entries from those for England and Wales, and are given a fair hearing, as do topics such as civil registration in the different countries. It is just a pity that this does not apply consistently throughout the book on all topics.

Nevertheless, wherever you are from in the UK, this is certainly a book worth adding to your genealogy library. Along the way there are some fun facts and figures - I for one will certainly sleep better knowing what a 'nob thatcher' and a 'printer's devil' once did for a living! - and there are a plethora of resources you will certainly have never heard of, which you will find of interest. The author has spent many years working on family history publications such as Family History Monthly and Who Do You Think You Are, and has gathered many unique resources from years of work. It is packed with gems - albeit at times perhaps located in parts of the book where you might least expect them to be recorded.

A Dictionary of Family History - The Genealogists' ABC
by Jonathan Scott
Published by Pen & Sword Family History, £14.99
ISBN: 9781473892521

NB: The book is currently on a promotion at Pen and Sword for just £10.49 - see https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/A-Dictionary-of-Family-History-Paperback/p/12849 

(With thanks to Pen and Sword)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

New York marriage indexes added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added the following American collection to its site:

New York City, Marriage Indexes, 1907-1995
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61406
Source: New York City Municipal Archives, New York, New York

The following description explains what is available:

This database contains indexes for marriages in New York City from 1907 to 1995. The marriage certificates themselves are not available online at this time; these abstracts were created with limited information for filing purposes.

Please note that the bride and groom appear on separate images, listed alphabetically according to surname.

These records may contain:

* name of the bride or groom
* marriage date
* page number
* volume number
* marriage number


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.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.

Ulster Historical Foundation talks in Australia and New Zealand

The Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com) is about to go on tour of New Zealand and Australia. The following is the itinerary:

Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors?


We are currently busy getting ready for our Australia and New Zealand lecture tour which is scheduled to begin on Thursday 18 March in Wellington, NZ. Our tour will see us travel from Wellington to Wanaka, NZ before travelling to Sydney, Nambour, Perth and Melbourne in Australia and ending the tour back in New Zealand with two dates in Auckland on the 04 June.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops. Places are filling up fast so if you are interested in attending please visit or contact the host organisations.

Thursday, 18 May - Wellington, NZ
Location: Loaves & Fishes Hall @ Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, 45 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand.
Host: Irish Interest Group Lower North Island
Email: jenmartin@paradise.net.nz to register

Sunday, 21 May – Dunedin, NZ
Location: Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, 9058, New Zealand
Host: Dunedin Branch, New Zealand Society Of Genealogists
Web: www.dunedingenealogy.org.nz/

Tuesday, 23 May – Wanaka, NZ
Location: Wanaka Presbyterian Community Church Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka
Host: The Wanaka Genealogy Group
Web: wanakagenealogy.weebly.com/

Thursday, 25 May – Sydney, NSW
Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney
Host: Society of Australian Genealogists
Web: www.sag.org.au/learn/current-events/full-list-of-events/cat.listevents/2017/04/21/-.html

Saturday, 27 May - Sunshine Coast, QLD
Location: Genealogy Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, Petrie Park Road, Nambour, QLD 4560
Host: Genealogy Sunshine Coast
Web: sites.google.com/view/genealogysunshinecoastinc-home

Sunday, 28 May - Perth, WA
Location: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Host: The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS)
Web: membership.wags.org.au/

Tuesday, 30 May - (AIGS) Melbourne, VIC
Location: Willis Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
Host: Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc
Tel./e-mail: (03) 9877 3789 or info@aigs.org.au

Wednesday, 31 May - (VGS) Melbourne, VIC
Location: 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
Host: The Irish Ancestry Group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria
Web: www.gsv.org.au

Saturday, 3 June, NZGS Auckland, NZ
Location: Alexandra Park, Greenlane West, Auckland
Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Web: www.genealogy.org.nz/2017-conference_1571

Sunday, 4 June, Auckland, NZ
Location: 18 Airpark Dr, Mangere, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

For more information on these dates please go to: www.ancestryireland.com/australia-new-zealand-2017/

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.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.

Forthcoming Pharos genealogy courses

The following courses will be run by Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd (www.pharostutors.com) in June:

All About Parish Registers (115)
Course Length: 3 weeks
Start Date: 05 Jun 2017
Cost: £34.99
Tutor: Karen Cummings

Researching Your Welsh Ancestors (119)
Course Length: 5 weeks
Start Date: 05 Jun 2017
Cost: £49.99
Tutor: Eilir Daniels

For further details visit https://www.pharostutors.com/coursesmainsd.php

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.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.

Recent ScotlandsPeople website updates

The ScotlandsPeople website at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, which hosts many Scottish vital records, censuses and other materials. and which was recently relaunched in a new form that was clearly not properly tested in advance, continues to have a vast amount of improvement work to get it back up to scratch. The most recent updates, announced on May 5th, are outlined at https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/what-we-are-working-on.

For future developments, the site has stated that work on the 1935 Valuation Roll is currently under way, and an additional batch of Other Church Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials will be added to the site soon. Future releases will also include records such as kirk session material and other legal records.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.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.

Monday, 15 May 2017

National Archives (Kew) user forum meeting

The next user forum for the English based National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) takes place at Kew this coming Thursday 18th May 2017, from 12.30-13.45.

The following is the agenda:

1. Welcome - Emma Markiewicz, Head of Advice & Records Knowledge
2. Matters arising - February meeting notes
3. User Advisory Group (UAG) update - Anne Samson, Onsite Personal Interest Delegate
4. Reading Room changes update - Lee Oliver, Head of Venue Management & Services
5. Open discussion
6. Date of next meeting: Thursday 17 August 2017, 12.30 -13.45

The event is free. For further details visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/user-forum-tickets-32464207318?aff=ebapi.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.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.

WDYTYA series wins UK BAFTA award

The UK television series Who Do You Think You Are?, produced for the BBC by Wall to Wall Television (www.walltowall.co.uk), has won a British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for the Features category. It is the fourth time that the show has been nominated, but the first time it has won.

The announcement for the award, and its acceptance by the production team, is available to view at https://youtu.be/F2h9xcBplUQ or below:



Congratulations to all involved with the production. For BAFTA's own coverage of the Television Awards, visit http://www.bafta.org/television/tv-2017.

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. 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.

Latest National Archives of Australia news

The latest news bulletin from the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) is now available online at http://email.synergymail.com.au/t/ViewEmail/r/99F954168C522A8B2540EF23F30FEDED/A1D5F02068EAF9FB3EDEEDC46EB9B960.


The newsletter includes:

Details of the archive's latest exhibitions, Facing Two Fronts: the fight for respect and Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present,

Information on three travelling exhibitions - A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories, the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach; A Ticket to Paradise?, the Newcastle Museum; and Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices, Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga

News of two forthcoming talks in Adelaide - South Australian lighthouses, and Inventions that changed the world – or didn't.

(With thanks to the NAA)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. 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.

Belfast hosted Irish Genealogy Essentials course

From the Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com):

Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History Course, 09-13 October 2017


Researching your Irish and Scots Irish ancestors can be both exhilarating and frustrating. This taught course is highly recommended for those who are relatively new to Irish family history and wish to get to grips with research techniques, archives and genealogical sources in Ireland. It is also the ideal opportunity for those with more experience in genealogy to learn about lesser-known sources, many of which are not yet online and are available only in the archives.

The course will be delivered by the Ulster Historical Foundation’s experienced staff and will include a week of intensive learning, with practical demonstrations using relevant websites and other electronic resources, plus a day and a half of guided research in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Participants will have full access to the Foundation’s research and newspaper library, electronic resources, and of course the expertise of our staff.

Running from 09-13 October 2017 Tracing Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History Course will cover topics such as Irish land divisions; Nineteenth and early twentieth century census returns; Church records; Civil records; Griffith’s valuation; Tithe applotment books; wills and testamentary papers; and much more!

More information on the details of this course can be found at: www.ancestryireland.com/essentials-oct-2017

(With thanks to the Ulster Historical Foundation)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. 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.