Wednesday, 28 June 2017

New content added to Irish Newspaper Archive

The Irish Newspaper Archive (www.irishnewsarchive.com) has added new content to its site, as follows:
  • Evening Herald 1950 - 1999; Full colour PDF 2005 -2017
  • Belfast Newsletter 1900 -1938; Full colour PDF 2013 - 2017
  • Donegal Democrat 1919 - 1998; Full colour PDF 2016-2017

To help you explore the new material, the site is offering a 25% discount, using the code New001.

The discount code is valid from June 28th to July 7th 2017, and can be applied to monthly or annual memberships, as follows:

Monthly Normal Price €30.00 less 25% = €22.50
Yearly Normal Price €178.00 less 25% = €133.50

To subscribe to the site, visit https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/subscribe?cur=EUR.

(With thanks to Andrew Martin)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Outlander starts on More 4 this week

Long after the rest of Earth and mankind has seen it, the first series of Scottish based series Outlander is FINALLY (!) getting a UK broadcast showing starting this Thursday on More4 at 9pm - here's the Radio Times summary of the first episode (http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/c62rq6/outlander--s1-e1-sassenach/):

Series 1 - Episode 1: Sassenach
Thursday 9pm - 10:20pm More4 (not More4 +1)
HD SUB

Period drama telling the story of a Second World War nurse who is mysteriously transported back to 1743 Scotland as she travels back from the battlefields with her husband. In the opening episode, Claire Randall finds herself at the mercy of a British soldier before being kidnapped by a group of Highlanders whose ranks include an injured man named Jamie, Starring Caitriona Balfe, Gary Lewis and Tobias Menzies.


The first episode is slightly slow, but the series soon picks up pace! The title, 'Sassenach', refers to the Gaelic word for an English person ('Sasann' means 'England' in Gaelic), and in this case refers to the heroine of the series, Claire Randall.

Forgive the occasional historical hiccups along the way, but if you want to immerse yourself in the Jacobite campaigns for a bit, hear a bit of Scottish Gaelic along the way, boo the bad guy, cheer on the heroine, then give it a wee whirl!

And if you fancy coming to Scotland and visiting some of the locations featured in the series, drop my pal Ian Walker a note at Borders Journeys via http://www.bordersjourneys.co.uk/category/ancestral-tourism/ - he'll soon sort you out! :)

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.

Who Do You Think You Are? series 14 participants announced

The participants of the next UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? have been announced as follows, with their transmission slots on BBC1 at 9pm, commencing on July 6th with veteran actor Charles Dance:

Charles Dance (July 6th)
Craig Revel Horwood (July 13th)
Clare Balding (July 20th)
Adil Ray (July 27th)
Emma Willia (August 3rd)
Lisa Hammond (TBA)
Noel Clarke (TBA)
Lula (TBA)
Fearne Cotton (TBA)
Ruby Wax (TBA)

The schedule may change in due course.

For further details, please visit Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine's coverage at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/who-do-you-think-you-are-2017-celebrities-revealed.

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.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

FamilySearch to cease microfilm distribution

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that its FamilySearch service (https://familysearch.org) will permanently cease its family history records microfilm distribution service from September 1st 2017, thanks to the vast proportion of material that it has already digitised, and which it will continue to digitise until 2020.


For the full announcement, please visit https://www.lds.org/callings/temple-and-family-history/familysearch-microfilm-discontinuation?lang=eng.

(With thanks to Thomas MacEntee via Facebook)

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 Presbyterian kirk records join ScotlandsPeople

The ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) is adding more dissenting Presbyterian records to its site tomorrow (Monday 26th June), including 20,255 births and baptisms (1744-1855), 10,368 marriages and proclamations (1729-1855) and 5,422 death and burial records (1783-1855).

There is no information as yet as to which churches will be represented, other than Martyr's Reformed Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh (NRS: CH3/1198), from which an example has been drawn for the website's own news announcement at https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/article/news-article-release-presbyterian-church-records.

To understand how the various dissenting Presbyterian churches came to be, read the first chapter of my book Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) for FREE at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/kirk-history.html. For more on what to expect from the records, and how to maximise research within them, the book can be purchased worldwide (including from the UK) - details on how to obtain a copy are available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.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.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

TNA podcasts - First World War VD prosecution, and medieval treason and magic

The National Archives based in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) has two new podcasts available.

‘A Bit of a Scratch’, a radio drama about the battle against Venereal Disease during the First World War

‘A Bit of a Scratch’ explores the first recorded prosecution under the Venereal Diseases Act 1917. The legislation was introduced due to the large numbers, roughly 5%, of UK troops returning from the First World War with venereal diseases and to ensure that treatment was undertaken by qualified medical professionals. The last century has seen remarkable developments in sexual health, however with rising numbers of sexually transmitted infections and the emergence of antimicrobial resistant disease, the provision of high quality sexual health services are more important than ever.

This podcast was produced jointly with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). More information on the issues
contained within this podcast can be found on the BASHH website and @BASHH_UK.

The podcast is available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/bit-scratch/


Medieval treason and magic

In this podcast, two of our records specialists tell us about treason and necromancy in The National Archives’ medieval records.

The first part, narrated by Paul Dryburgh, tells the story of a band of men from Coventry who planned to kill King Edward II and his supporters, the Despencers, with a plot that involved wax effigies and pins. In the second part, Sean Cunningham discusses one of the earliest English language statements in legal history; a tale involving a mole catcher and a magical dismembered hand.

The podcast is available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/medieval-treason-magic/

NB: Please note the survey that the archive is asking for responses from, concerning its online media player, available at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FFCFX/.

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, 23 June 2017

Lawson Lies Still in the Thames - book launch

Genealogist Gill Blanchard has been in touch to ask if I can give a quick plug for her forthcoming book and its launch, so here goes.

Gill has written a historical biography, based on the story of someone she came across whilst researching the history of a house. The book is Lawson Lies Still in the Thames: The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson, and concerns an almost forgotten hero of the English Civil Wars who, despite being a committed parliamentarian, played a pivotal role in the restoration of the monarchy. The book is available from www.amberley-books.com/lawson-lies-still-in-the-thames.html or from Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/hak7o49.

The book launch will be at Jarrolds in Norwich, England, on 13 July at 6pm, where Gill will be reading some extracts and talking about his life and the research undertaken. Tickets are £5.

For further details, please visit www.jarrold.co.uk/events-diary/events-list/an-evening-with-gill-blanchard.

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.

Wanted - Researching Abroad roadshow ambassadors!

In August I will be heading once again to Australia and New Zealand to participate as a speaker in the Unlock the Past sponsored Researching Abroad roadshow (see www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-finding-british-isles-and-european-ancestors), which will focus on British and European themes.

Both myself and Dirk Weissleider will be providing several presentations on the key themes (I'll be focussing in particular on Scotland and Ireland), but we will also be joined by many local speakers from down under whilst on our travels. As they say in my neck of the woods, it should be some craic!

Unlock the Past has just announced a new initiative to help try to promote the events, and that is to ask folk to consider registering as a Researching Abroad Roadshow Ambassador. There are perks involved for bloggers and societies who might wish to help promote the tour, so if you are interested, please do take a look at the terms at www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-finding-british-isles-and-european-ancestors/ambassadors

I'm looking forward to heading back to Oz again in a few weeks time - hopefully see you there!



UPDATE: Dirk has also just recorded a short video inviting you to come along!



(Also available at https://youtu.be/rs8KyiQVGOc)

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.

King James VI Hospital in Perth

I've written a blog post on 'my other wee blog' looking at a university study I did some time ago into the role of King James VI Hospital in the development of the city of Perth, Scotland, the feudal records involved, and some personal family connections found along the way.

The post is available at https://scotlandsgreateststory.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/king-james-vi-hospital-in-perth/.



And thanks to Sue Moon Warner on The Genes Blog Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BritishGENES/) for adding a comment that might also be of interest, which ties in, concerning the potential final location of one of the king's ancestors, James I! See http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/msp-calls-for-king-james-i-perth-grave-dig-bid-1-2785052.

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.

English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank

I had a bit of fun earlier today with a website yesterday, whilst writing an article for Family Tree magazine - it's the English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank, with many digitised recordings of old English folk songs, including some sea shanties. The site is accessible at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/resource-bank/a-z-list.

Enjoy! :)

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.

Free access to FindmyPast

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) is offering free access to most of its British and Irish records collections from June 22nd - 26th. There are some exceptions to this, including the 1939 English and Welsh National Identity Register entries, and the British Newspaper Archive holdings.

For further details visit http://www.findmypast.com/british-and-irish-family-history/.


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, 21 June 2017

My WDYTYA article on free online Scottish genealogy resources

Who Do You Think You Are? magazine has published online the first part of my article detailing the top 50 resources available for Scottish genealogy and family history research online. The online presentation notes the first 17 resources, and can be freely read at www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/blog/17-best-free-online-scottish-resources.

For the full article, please seek out July's edition of the magazine, available at all good newsagents, or at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/issue/july-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.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

TheGenealogist adds York Colour Tithe Maps and Yorkshire Directories

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

TheGenealogist releases York Colour Tithe Maps and Yorkshire Directories.

TheGenealogist is very pleased to announce the release of the City of York and Ainsty Colour Tithe Maps, plus another significant batch of Yorkshire directories released in time for the Yorkshire Family History Show at York Racecourse.

To coincide with the return of one of the largest family history events in England, at the Knavesmire Exhibition Centre at the York Racecourse on the 24th of June and which is sponsored by TheGenealogist, today sees the release of a set of new records for York.

TheGenealogist has just added the colour tithe maps that cover the City of York and Ainsty to its National Tithe Records collection to compliment the gray scale maps and apportionment books that are already live. In addition it has released another 23 residential and commercial directory books to its ever expanding collection of Trade, Residential and Telephone Directories to help those with Yorkshire ancestors find their addresses.

The fully searchable records released online will allow researchers to:

● Find plots of land owned or occupied by ancestors in early Victorian York and Ainsty on colour maps

● See where your forebears lived, farmed or perhaps occupied a small cottage or a massive estate.

● Discover addresses of ancestors before, between and after the years covered by the census in the Trade, Residential and Telephone Directories. (1735-1937)

● Uncover details of the neighbourhood and understand communication links to other towns where your stray ancestor may have moved to.


TheGenealogist’s National Tithe Record Collection covers all counties of England and Wales and so can be used to find where your English and Welsh ancestors lived at the time that this great survey took place between 1837 and the mid 1850s. The Trade, Residential & Telephone directories also encompass the whole country and can be useful both as research tool and as a valuable insight into the lives of our ancestors. They are a useful resource for tracing ancestors, particularly if they had a distinctive trade and can be used as a census substitute for the years prior to 1841 or after 1911 and also to provide information on their whereabouts between census years.

For anyone with Yorkshire ancestors this new release from TheGenealogist adds colour to the story of where their family lived. To search these and the vast number of other records covering the country see more at https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk.

(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.
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Congratulations to Maureen Selley!

A belated congratulations to everyone's favourite Time Lady, Maureen Selley, on being awarded a British Empire Medal in the most recent Honours list, for "Services to Local History".

Maureen has been a long running volunteer with Devon Family History Society (www.devonfhs.org.uk), of which she is the current Secretary and a former Chairman. She's also a bundle of fun, and thoroughly dedicated to helping others with their family history pursuits - and more importantly, for this particular genie, a fellow Whovian!  I've had the pleasure to meet and chat with Maureen on several occasions in recent years, both at Who Do You Think You Are Live? events, and in Portugal at the Lost Cousins conferences in 2014 and 2015, and this is most certainly a thoroughly deserved recognition by the state for all of her past and continuing efforts.

The formal announcement is available in the London Gazette at https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/61962/supplement/B31.

Well done Maureen!

(With thanks to Wendy Archer at Oxfordshire FHS)

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, 19 June 2017

Forces War Records - genealogy discounts page

Forces War Records has a genealogy discounts page, allowing you to gain discounts on subscriptions to various UK based family history services and magazine subscriptions. Included in the offer are discounts to TheGenealogist Diamond subscripiton, as well as discounts for subscriptions to Family Tree and Who Do You Think You Are magazine subscriptions.



To access the discounts page, visit https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/genealogy-discounts.

(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.

Free University of Strathclyde genealogy course

The University of Strathclyde is about to start its free genealogy MOOC (massive open online course) for the fourth time - here's the blurb:

Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree

This free online course offered by the University of Strathclyde and FutureLearn will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. Starts the 3rd of July and runs for 6 weeks. The course has recently been updated to include more information on autosomal (or ‘cousin matching’) DNA testing. So far more than 50,000 students worldwide have participated!

Learn more and sign up at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy

(With thanks to Tahitia McCabe)

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.

200 years of Jewish communities in Scotland

A quick plug for a series of local talks this week by Michael Tobias to commemorate 200 years of Jewish communities in Scotland. The talks are being held as follows:

Dunfermline - Monday 19th June, 6.30pm
Falkirk - Tuesday 20th, 6.30pm
Ayr - Thursday 22nd, 6.30pm

For further details call 077245 49817, email events@scojec.org or visit www.scojec.org/events.html.



(With thanks to @SCoJeC)

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.

Applying for an Irish passport

Today the Brexit negotiation process finally got underway. As someone personally appalled at the prospect of being taken out of the EU against my will, and as someone who has long struggled with my identity (as to whether I am British or Irish), I finally exercised my right last year to apply for Irish passports for myself and my two sons. We now have dual citizenship, confirming our Irish connection as well as our UK one, and maintaining EU access and rights for myself and my two boys. (I appreciate others may have a different view!)



The Belfast Telegraph is noting that the number of applications for Irish passports is not slowing up, with 833 applicants on one day alone in March (see http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/833-irish-passport-applications-from-ni-in-a-day-35839433.html). Over the course of my own application I blogged a series of posts detailing the process (as an applicant in Scotland), including what ancestral connections qualify you to apply for a passport, and which genealogical records you may need for the process. If you too are interested in obtaining an Irish passport, my posts are still available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/claiming-irish-passport-1.html - links to subsequent posts are at the end of the first article.

Good luck if you choose to go for it!


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.

The spelling of Irish townlands in deeds

I've been doing quite a bit of personal research over the last few weeks using the Irish Registry of Deeds records which are now available on FamilySearch at https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/185720. They are a fascinating resource, and although I have occasionally used the microfilm copies of the records in the past at PRONI in Belfast, the digitised returns make research much easier, with the records themselves much easier to read off a screen than on a microfilm reader!

Although some deeds have been indexed by the ongoing Registry of Deeds project at http://irishdeedsindex.net, the majority have not, and you need to work through the land indexes or name indexes manually, before consulting the relevant deeds memorials. Amongst my latest finds, I've discovered an original deed recorded by the Irish Land Commission noting the purchase of Killonerry Farm, Co. Kilkenny, by my wife's widowed great great grandmother Bridget Prendergast from the Earl of Bessborough in May 1892. The mortgage was for £2650, on interest of 'three and one eighth per cent', to be paid back over 49 years. The record also notes that the farm had previously been leased from the Earl's estate by her husband Thomas Prendergast in May 1868 for 31 years, although additional evidence from other sources (the Munster Express, and tithe records) confirms the family had held the property from much earlier in the 1820s.

I've written a detailed article on how to use the online version of these records for a forthcoming edition of Your Family History magazine, but I thought I would flag up something here that might help with Irish research across the board, and that is the complete lack of standardisation in Irish townland names that you might come across. Another branch of my wife's family also had a farm in a separate townland called Tybroughney, in Co. Kilkenny. When you Google the name 'Tybroughney' today, the returns will usually add the phrase 'statutory spelling Tibberaghny (Irish: Tiobra Fhachna)'. But don't for one moment think that that means there were two spelling variants for Tybroughney. In fact, if you look through the land index for the register of deeds, this is the sort of response you might get for various placenames..!



This is a short list from one of the compiled indexes, but there are other indexed years where there are even more variants listed for Tybroughney - the moral of the story here is to think laterally about the spelling of Irish place names when you go looking in the records, especially those for which they can't even agree on the spelling today!

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.

The weeding of Scottish court records

The National Records of Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk) has published an interesting blog post about the process of 'weeding' records that it collects each year from Scotland's sheriff courts.

Whilst all court registers are kept and preserved, not all original court files are retained, only those which have "historical, evidential or informational values". This is why in some cases, whilst you may find an initial summary record of a historic civil case, for example, the original case files themselves may not be available to consult at an archive. Weeding happens in many archives, across a range of record types, in order to save space within archives, and in many cases to actually make the research process easier (removing duplicates and unnecessary suport materials). Of course, from a genealogist's point of view, there may be a very different interpretation of what constitutes "historical, evidential or informational value" to what the state decides!

For more on the NRS story, visit the blog post by Jennifer Homewood, of the SCTS/NRS National Sheriff Court Records Survey, at https://blog.nrscotland.gov.uk/2017/06/19/weeding-scotlands-courts/.

The full policy on the weeding of court records by the NRS is also available online at https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/record-keeping/records-policies/selection-of-court-and-legal-records-policy.

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, 14 June 2017

National Library of Scotland updates Curious Travellers map

The National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) has updated its Curious Travellers map at http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/map/, to allow users a chance to follow in the footsteps of Johnson and Boswell as they toured around the country in 1773.



The four-year project was launched in September 2014 by the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and the University of Glasgow, with its priorty being the writings of Flintshire naturalist and antiquarian Thomas Pennant (1726-1798), who travelled across both Scotland and wales and recorded his observations along the way.

For more on the Curious Travellers project, visit http://curioustravellers.ac.uk/en/.

(With thanks to @natlibscotmaps)

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.

1 million First World War hospital records on Forces War Records

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

WW1 Hospital Records collection has now reached 1 Million!
Exclusive to Forces War Records - the specialist military genealogy website



These records have been painstakingly transcribed, directly from the original Military Hospital records in the National Archives, so you won't find these anywhere else online. The original documents were handwritten, often barely readable, but the Forces War Records UK based transcription team of 70+ experts (pictured below) worked for 2 years to decipher it and get the data online, making it easy for this collection to be searched, simply by name.

Why search our Hospital Records? In some cases these records may be the only existing proof for those researching, that their WW1 ancestors fought in the war. They'll show what he was treated for and where he went after he was patched up (or not!).

Further details at https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/military-hospital-records

(With thanks to Jennifer Holmes)

Chris

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Historic European traveller writings in Wales

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (https://rcahmw.gov.uk/) has partnered with Bangor University and the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) to create a digital resource to showcase 18th and 19th century travel writings of European travellers to Wales, and to use these to permit ‘virtual visits’. This new project builds on the recent uncovering of 400 accounts of visits to Wales by European travellers between 1750 and 2010, as part of an earlier research project.

According to the announcement, many of the featured texts to be made available are in French and German, , with additonal accounts from travellers from Poland, Hungary, Scandinavia and the Czech Republic.

For more on the story, please visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/european-travellers-a-new-view-on-historic-tourism-to-wales/

Chris

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Family Tree magazine - family history survey

Let's have a wee natter! 😃

How do you feel about the family history scene just now? How healthy is the family history world, what activities, products, events, etc work for the family historian, and what doesn't? What would you like to see change in the near future - and what should stay the same?

For several years now I have been writing for the UK's longest running genealogy magazine, Family Tree (https://www.family-tree.co.uk), and yesterday I was contacted by the team and asked if I could perhaps fill out a short survey being sent out to various folk who work in the industry. I was more than happy to do so, but in discussion with the editor, Helen, I suggested it might be a conversation that readers of this blog might also wish to participate in. I'm glad to say that the offer has been taken up!

Whether you're an active family historian, a relative newbie, or someone who works in the variety of areas connected to the ancestral world, please take a few moments if you can to contribute to Family Tree's survey at the following link: https://www.research.net/r/Y78QM8H.

As Helen suggests, this is an opportunity to "mull over the future of family history and think of ways we can continue it as the fab hobby it is". In due course, I'll ask Helen to comment on some of the findings, and we'll publish some of your comments on this blog!  

Let us know what you think - and please do share the link to anyone you know who might be willing to add their thoughts!


(With thanks to Helen Tovey)

Chris

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Bengal Army European Soldiers database on FIBIS

From the Families in British India Society (www.fibis.org):

Transcribed entries for nearly 10,000 soldiers have been uploaded to the FIBIS database website. The details come from the Registers of Bengal Army European Soldiers for 1790-1839 (IOR/L/MIL/10/122-123) in the India Office Records at the British Library, The registers give full personal details of enlisted men, including casualties, in a rougly alphabetical arrangement in date order of arrival in Bengal. They were compiled at East India House, mainly from the Muster Rolls.

The database can be searched at https://search.fibis.org/frontis/bin/aps_browse_sources.php?mode=browse_components&id=1135&s_id=340

(With thanks to Valmay Young)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Permission granted to visit Australia!

My visa has now been granted to visit Australia in August, to participate in the Unlock the Past sponsored Researching Abroad talks roadshow (http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-finding-british-isles-and-european-ancestors).

I'm very much looking forward to my return to Australia and New Zealand - my fifth trip now to Oz (fourth with UTP), and my second to see my Kiwi friends. See you all soon in a few weeks time!


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, 6 June 2017

British Newspaper Archive approaches half way point

Congratulations to the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) as it approaches its halfway stage as a project, having almost reached 20 million pages of newspaper content (19,947,210 pages at time of writing), out of a proposed 40 million pages over a ten year period.

The following collections and years have been added over the last seven days (including a potentially useful Londonderry Sentinel for my research!):


Roscommon Messenger
1910, 1915-1919

Glasgow Evening Citizen
1867, 1869, 1882, 1884, 1887-1888, 1892

Oswestry Advertiser
1855, 1870

Londonderry Sentinel
1862-1868, 1875, 1883, 1893, 1895-1899, 1901-1907, 1909, 1930-1940

Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail
1900-1909, 1911-1919

Norfolk News
1871-1897, 1899-1910

Cornish Times
1860, 1877

Oxford Times
1888, 1890, 1892, 1894

The People
1918

Sunday Mirror
1914

West Somerset Free Press
1872

Weston-super-Mare Gazette, and General Advertiser
1878-1886, 1888-1896, 1898-1900, 1903-1907

Weston Mercury
1885-1896, 1899-1909

Lake's Falmouth Packet and Cornwall Advertiser
1873-1910

Cricket and Football Field
1910

Isle of Wight Observer
1888, 1901-1907, 1910-1919

Eastern Morning News
1886, 1888

Boston Guardian
1930-1936

Mayo Constitution
1872

Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser
1902-1910

Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties' Advertiser
1893-1936, 1938-1944, 1946-1949, 1951-1957

Pateley Bridge & Nidderdale Herald
1883-1888, 1890-1894, 1896, 1898, 1900-1904

Isle of Wight County Press and South of England Reporter
1903-1910

Annandale Observer and Advertiser
1873, 1886, 1893, 1895

Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser
1883-1888, 1890-1893

Barnet Press
1897

Chris

UPDATE: And we're now there!


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Monday, 5 June 2017

The forgotten Irish Census of 1813-15

The first decennial census carried out in Ireland was in 1821, correct?

Not exactly!

There was a previous census carried out in Ireland before that, between 1813-1815, but it was so poorly executed that it was never presented to Parliament. When some statistical findings from it were published a few years later in 1822, they were deemed to be completely unreliable.

The following questions were those required to be asked under the provisions of the Census of Ireland Act 1812:

1st. How many Inhabited Houses are there in your Parish, Barony, or Half Barony; and by how many Families are they occupied?

2nd. How many Houses are now building, and therefore not yet inhabited?

3d. How many other Houses are uninhabited?

4th. What Number of Families in your Parish, Barony, or Half Barony, are chiefly employed in and maintained by Agriculture; how many Families are chiefly employed in or maintained by Trade, Manufactures, or Handicraft; and, how many Families are not comprized in either of the Two preceding Classes?

N.B. The Total Number of Families in Answer to this Question, must correspond with the Number of Families in Answer to the 1st Question.

5th. How many Persons (including Children of whatever age) are there actually found within the Limits of your Parish, Barony, or Half Barony, at the Time of taking this Account; distinguishing Males and Females, and exclusive of Men actually serving in His Majesty's Regular Forces, or in the Militia, and exclusive of Seamen either in His Majesty's Service, or belonging to Registered Vessels?

6th. How many of the whole Number of Persons mentioned by you in Answer to the 5th Question, are Inhabitants of any City, Town, or Village, distinguishing the Number which are found in each City, Town or Village respectively?

7th. Are there any other Matters which you may think it necessary to remark, in Explanation of your Answers to any of the preceding Questions?


The full text of the census act is available online at http://histpop.org/ohpr/servlet/AssociatedView?path=Browse&active=yes&mno=4028&assoctitle=Census%20of%20Ireland,%201813&assocpagelabel=.

For more on the story of the census itself, visit http://histpop.org/ohpr/servlet/View?path=Browse/Essays%20(by%20kind)/Census/Ireland&active=yes&mno=2038.

Just another tragic census story from Ireland *sigh*.

The Irish authorities got their act together by 1821, producing a much more detailed decennial census than its British equivalent. Unfortunately, unlike Britain, later generations made a complete dogs dinner of preserving the records, with the earliest complete Irish census to survive being that of 1901. For those fragments that have survived before 1901, as well as the 1901 and 1911 returns, visit www.census.nationalarchives.ie.

Chris

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London Metropolitan Archive - June events

Some forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives:

The Londoners - portrait of a working city, c1447-1980
Exhibition runs until 5 July 2017

Hundreds of thousands of faces - images of born Londoners and more transient visitors - are preserved forever in our collections.
Winners, losers, the famous or the forgotten, countless Londoners have been recorded as they went about their work in the capital.
From studied portraits to casual snapshots, from 15th century drawings to recent colour photographs, the archive brings them all together and presents them as the history of our capital city.

Free - during normal LMA opening hours.



The Londoners: Exhibition Tour with the Curator

Join us for a tour of our current exhibition of images of Londoners. Encounter artists and aldermen, loungers and labourers, at home, in the street, or in the studio.

Free - drop in sessions will be running on the following dates:

Thursday 8 June, 6 - 6.30 pm.
Tuesday 13 June, 1 - 1.20 pm.
Thursday 22 June, 1 - 1.20 pm.


A visit to Conservation
Thursday 22 June, 2 - 3 pm.

Meet members of the Conservation team and find out about the essential work which preserves our records for future generations.

Free - booking essential.


Deciphering Old Handwriting (Advanced)
Thursday 15 June, 5.30 - 7 pm.

This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 16th and 17th centuries. You will practice with copy documents from LMA's collections and get tips for deciphering early historical writing. Some experience of reading historical documents is required.

£8 - booking essential. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deciphering-old-handwriting-advanced-tickets-32619444637


Making the most of your trip to LMA

Every month, we run a selection of training sessions for LMA users to enhance your research. Whether you're new to archives or a seasoned visitor, you may still find these sessions useful!

We run sessions most months on the following topics:
  • Getting started at LMA
  • Handling documents
  • Family History starter sessions
  • Understanding old handwriting

LGBTQ History Club
Wednesday 7 June, 6 - 7.30 pm.

A regular monthly meeting to explore lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer histories.

Keep up to date with the programme here: www.facebook.com/lgbthistory.


Photography and Film in the Archives Group
Tuesday 20 June, 5.30 - 7.30 pm.

Join us for a monthly series of talks, document viewings and discussions about photographic archives, collections and histories.

Free - drop in session.


More details on the above, plus further events, are outlined at http://mailchi.mp/cityoflondon/may-events-at-london-metropolitan-archives-812969

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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Geniarts kickstarter - family trees as art

Occasionally I get an email with something just a little different that catches my eye, and today was no different, with a message from Brussels based Geniarts (www.geniarts.com). The firm is seeking to raise €55,000 through a crowdfunder campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/geniarts/geniartscom-when-a-family-tree-becomes-art.


Here's the blurb:

For more than 5 years Geniarts has been developing the next generation of family tree templates, by creating a website dedicated to contemporary artists who imagine new family tree templates.

In three simple steps, your family tree becomes the heart of a work of art !

The bottom line is that the company is seeking to create a new series of family tree style templates that can be displayed as art, but to do so it needs to raise the Kickstarter money by Mon, July 3 2017 6:19 PM BST. You can pledge money to purchase one of the designs at a certain size, depending on your budget - if all of the money is raised, you'll get the design you've pledged for, and if not, you won't, and no money will go to the project.

There's also a wee video to go with it:



(This is also available at https://youtu.be/cKl2jp16cm0)

I'm not sure if this is quite my thing, but it may very well be your kind of thing - and I am very much a member of the 'God loves a trier' school of thought!  So do take a look, see if it is up your street, and in the meantime, good luck to the Geniarts team!

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.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

PRONI stakeholder forum report from Belfast

Yesterday (Friday June 2nd) I attended the regular stakeholder forum for the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni) in beautiful Belfast. The following is a quick summary of recent developments at the archive.

We first heard from Lorraine Bourke on cataloguing. Work continues on the papers of the Brabazon Sharpe family of Galway and Mayo, which are being catalogued under D4523, and also on the Northern Ireland Women's Football Association records from 1973-1993. Another major new accession is a series of posters collected by Northern Ireland civil rights activist, and amateur historian and archivist, Fred Heatley, who died earlier this year. These document a range of political issues over the years on everything from elections in the province to the hunger strikes, and are being catalogued under D4629. Papers from the Belfast Co-Op Society's former York Street premises, including admin records, photos, etc. have been acquired, and these are being catalogued under D3895.

Another interesting project is work in progress to preserve the Prisons Memory Archive of about 175 walk and talk oral history interviews of from people who were at the Maze/Long Kesh, and Armagh prisons, including staff, chaplains, prisoners. This is a collaboration between PRONI, Queen's University and the Prisons Management Group, which as  Heritage Lottery Funded project was formally launched on March 29th. Posts are currently being filled to get this underway, but the plan is to work on 12 recordings a month, and to have them available for consultation in due course at the archive, and posisbly at relevant access hubs across the country.

We had a brief update also on plans to update the catalogue inside the archive (not the online version), with regards to accessing digitised holdings, such as some church records. One of the key points made about the length of time it takes to catalogue and make materials available for consultation was the lack of metadata that is supplied by those making deposits to the archive, which the archive has to address. Metadata is 'data about data' - e.g, you might gift a photograph to PRONI, but who is depcited within the photograph? That's the metadata bit!

Janet Hancock then gave us an overview of PRONI's plans to seek UK archive accreditation during 2017/18. This involves aspiring to reach key standards of work practice in three areas, namely  longevity, collections care, and stakeholder engagement, and essentially helps the archive to focus on which areas it needs to perhaps concentrate more on, and to recognise which areas it is already making good progress in. If PRONI achieves this accreditation, its standards would then be re-evaluated again every three years, to keep pushing for better practice. Anyone who holds an archive can apply for such accreditation.

We were informed that there is a possibility that the archive might seek to install library editions of some of the more popular genealogy websites. I asked how popular the usage of the four GENI (https://geni.nidirect.gov.uk) platforms at PRONI have been since they were made available - the system that allows you to search for the GRONI's birth, marriage and death events from Northern Ireland. The terminals (see below for a pic of the area where they are located) have been quite popular, particularly for those seeking post-Partition Northern Ireland records, which are not available on the free Irish Genealogy (www.irishgenealogy.ie) site, as well earlier pre-1922 records not yet available on the southern hosted platform. There are no plans to increase the number of terminals - not only has the IrishGenealogy site making many records available for free taken some pressure off expected demand, the new GRONI search room at Stranmillis is also now up and running. Four seems to be a good number at PRONI, so everyone's happy!

Stephen Scarth also updated us on the latest communications developments, the biggest development being PRONI's new Facebook site (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/proni-is-now-on-facebook.html). The plan is to try to put out posts at least a couple of times a day, on a range of things from news to interesting features from the archive. One other change which some may already have been advised of by email is that those who subscribe to the PRONI Express, the archive's newsletter, will have to re-subscribe, due to an update of the system. The plan is for this to become a monthly newsletter, and not so ad hoc - though Janet also advised that they weren't averse to still throwing in the occasional ad hoc edition!

Some other changes include a desire to try to produce four main 'headline events' per year at the archive, such as the current series of lectures commemorating the Messines in the First World War. If attending events at the archive, from now on you will need to book via Eventbrite.

Finally, we were taken on a tour behind the scenes of the archive's reprographics department, where we were told how some items were digitally enhanced or restored (and catalogued as a new item), as well as some of the work the department does to produce promotional materials for exhibitions, and projects such as the then and now photographic image mixes of key locations across time.



And below is a wee sneaky glimpse of the conservation area, which I snapped as I passed it...!



A great day in Belfast - topped off by my finally finding a record in the Registry of Deeds that actually concerns my family!

Visit Belfast - ye'll love it! :)




(With thanks to Stephen and the staff at PRONI)

Chris

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Ancestry adds Canadian Fenian Raids bounty applications

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added a new Canadian dataset which may be of interest to those with an interest in Ireland's 19th century overseas attempts to repeal the union with Britain by force:

Canada, Fenian Raids Bounty Applications, 1866-1871
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61221
Source: Fenian Raids Bounty Applications, 1866-1871. Record Group 9. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

From the site:

About Canada, Fenian Raids Bounty Applications, 1866-1871

This database consists of bounty applications for veterans having served during the Fenian Raids of 1866 to 1871 in Canada.

Between 1866 and 1871, the Fenian Brotherhood, Irish nationalists based in the United States, launched raids against Canada in an effort to force the British government to withdraw from Ireland. The raids took place at Campobello Island, New Brunswick; Ridgeway, Ontario; along the Quebec/US border at Eccles Hill and Huntingdon; and in 1871, an attempt was made to invade the province of Manitoba. To combat the Fenian threat, the Canadian Militia in both Ontario and Quebec was called out on several occasions, often for only a few days at a time. The Fenian scare was so widespread in British North America that the Nova Scotia Militia was also called out from time to time, although no raid took place in the colony.

Decades later, the federal government decided that all those who participated in the defence of Canada during the Fenian raids (and who were still living) would be provided a grant or bounty of $100 upon application under the terms of the Fenian Raid Volunteer Bounty Act (1912).

This database consists of lists of names, applications (2 sided), both allowed and disallowed, for the bounty as well as some records relating to pensions for those who were wounded, taken ill or killed while on active duty.

Application details available may include:

Name of Veteran
Muster Date
Muster Place
Discharge Date
Battalion

To see subsequent pages for possible statements by witnesses and comrades: press the arrow right to go to the next page.

Browse lists of names for Nova Scotia claims which are also included in Vol’s 28-38.

Chris

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Trumped in attempts to acquire a Coat of Arms

The New York Times is reporting an update to an old heraldic story, that the Court of the Lord Lyon (www.lyon-court.com) in Scotland challenged Donald Trump over his intentions to use a coat of arms on his Scottish golf courses. The Lyon Court's intervention forced a change to the design in 2012 that the US president wished to use.

The update is as follows:

"By 2012, when the golf course in Aberdeenshire opened, the new coat of arms had appeared. The same one is used at Mr. Trump’s course in Ayrshire, on Scotland’s west coast, which he bought in 2014. That year, Mr. Trump trademarked the redesigned emblem.

"Britain’s trademark office would not initially acknowledge the earlier application by Mr. Trump. It provided a copy last month only after The New York Times made a Freedom of Information request, and would not say why the application was rejected, citing a law restricting its ability to release information.

"The College of Arms, which oversees coats of arms in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, provided more detail. The emblem originally submitted in 2007 by Mr. Trump to Britain’s trademark office matched one that had been granted to Mr. Davies, an American of Welsh descent who once served as ambassador to the Soviet Union."


The coat of arms that the American president wished to use had previously been granted in 1939 to Joseph Edward Davies. The only difference was that the Trump organisation apparently changed the motto from "Integritas" (Latin for "integrity") to the much more imaginitive err.... "Trump".

A key point here for genealogists is that the use of someone else's coat of arms in Scotland is a breach of the law, effectively amounting to theft, and for which you can be prosecuted by the Court of the Lord Lyon, which has its own procurator fiscal (public prosecutor). The College of Arms (www.college-of-arms.gov.uk) in England also sets rules for armorial issues, although it does not have its own public prosecutor.

The full New York Times story is at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/28/business/trump-coat-of-arms.html?_r=0.


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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