Wednesday, 26 July 2017

AncestryDNA 25% kit discount offer

AncestryDNA is offering a 25% discount on all new DNA testing kits before August 3rd 2017.



(Also at https://youtu.be/ns8gOcOQ9Go)

For further details visit https://www.ancestry.co.uk/dna/

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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Northamptonshire Council to impose outrageous archive charges

There has been what can only be described as a fairly outrageous development in England this week with regard to access to archives, in that Northamptonshire County Council has decided to restrict free access to its archives collections from August 21st to Tuesday-Thursday monrings, and a handful Saturdays throughout the year - and to impose a whopping sized charge of £31.50 per hour for access at other times.

Here is the announcement from the archive's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthamptonshireArchives/:

Important Information: From 21 August 2017, opening times for free access to the Archives Service will be as follows:

• Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9am to 1pm
• First Saturday of the month only, April - October: 9am to 4pm

The times during which researchers can visit the Archives Service are being increased. Appointments can now be booked, in advance and for a fee, to view original documents during the following times. The current fee is £31.50 per hour.

• Monday & Friday: 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm
• Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 2pm - 4pm

1-1 personal consultations can also be booked in advance for an hourly fee during the following times:

• Monday to Friday: 9am - 4pm

A subsequent post made today (Wednesday) states "A further statement about the changes to opening hours will be made tomorrow."

Such a charges regime will surely be damaging to the archive - who is going to pay £31.50 an hour to view its holdings? Clearly a MAJOR rethink is in order here.

A petition condeming the announcement and asking the archive to go home and think again is available at https://www.change.org/p/northamptonshire-county-council-northamptonshire-county-council-don-t-charge-for-visiting-archives - please do sign. If this sets a precedent, it will cause unlimited damage to the field of family history research, and I would venture, hit academic research hard also.

(With thanks to Vivienne Dunstan 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.
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Plant a Family Tree software released

I've received the following press release from Miavy Systems:

Miavy Systems has announced the launch of its online family tree builder - Plant a Family Tree (https://www.plantafamilytree.com)

Miavy Systems is the developer of the existing My Family Tree app for Mac OS, and is looking to expand their offerings of genealogical software with this web based online family tree builder.

The Plant a Family Tree builder is targeted towards users looking for a simple and fun editor which is not over-complicated by the in-depth record keeping features which are standard with other genealogical software.

The tool is ideal for beginner genealogists and parents looking to get their children involved in researching and building a beautiful family tree.

The online builder is available free of charge to all users.

Paid accounts are also available at $4.99 monthly for users who wish to store their family trees online to continue editing them later.


Company Bio

Miavy Systems
Founded: 2010
Developer of several apps for Mac OS including "My Family Tree"

Contact:
support@miavy.com
abdulqadir@miavy.com

(With thanks to Abdulqadir Rashik)

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 Bailie's Great Adventure in Elgin

From Moray and Nairn Family History Society:

Council Corruption

Documents have come to light, revealing council corruption on a grand scale: votes bought and sold; kidnapping; attacks on properties; and, mob rule.

Read all about it (free online) in a new publication from Moray & Nairn Family History Society on their website at http://www.morayandnairnfhs.co.uk/moray.asp, in The Bailie’s Great Adventure.

In the early part of the 19th century, general elections were very different to what we know today. In the town of Elgin, for example, there were only 17 voters. Little wonder then that
the greatest efforts were made to capture the votes of these people. 

This publication describes some of the events surrounding the general election called at the
death of King George III in 1820. It follows the life of one of the bailies of Elgin, Francis
Taylor, during the election period in March that year.

(With thanks to Doug Stewart)

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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Dundee cemeteries

In response to a previous post I had a query from a reader called Ravey Hites, which I accidentally deleted instead of publishing, so apologies Ravey!

The query was with regards to the existence of Dundee cemeteries - you'll find maps of the city's cemeteries at http://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/environment/cemeterymaps, and some burial transcriptions at http://www.fdca.org.uk/ and https://www.scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com/collections/angus-area.

Hope that helps!

Chris

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QUB's Ordnance Survey Memoirs of Ireland website

Have you used the Ordnance Survey Memoirs for Irish research? They provide a great contextual backdrop to the parishes in the north of Ireland in early to mid 19th century Ireland.

Queens University Belfast previously had a great page detailing their contents, but this now seems to be dead - however, I have found it preserved on the Internet Archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20140403234906/http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/IrishStudiesGateway/Research/PastResearch/OrdnanceSurveyMemoirs/OrdnanceSurveyMemoirsbyCounty/.

They are a great resource - the volumes themselves can be purchased form the Ulster Historical Foundation at https://www.ancestryireland.com/latest-news/ordnance-survey-memoirs-now-available/.

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.

FamilySearch courses and webinars in August

FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) is hosting the following online classes in August 2017:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (25 July 2017), The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for August 2017. Participants can attend in person or online. Many of the August classes teach how to research records in Great Britain, China, and Prussian Poland, to understand DNA, and to use documents and photos to preserve memories. Some classes are also in Spanish. See the full schedule below. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don't forget. Find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in mountain standard time (MST).

Most sessions are recorded and can be viewed at a later date at Family History Library classes and webinars.

DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | ROOM
Wed 2 Aug,11:00 AM Ask Your United States Research Question (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Sat, 5 Aug,1:00 PM Los libros de la vida (Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Mon, 7 Aug,10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 8 Aug,11:00 AM Starting Family Tree: Navigating, Adding a Person, Standardizing Views, and Printing (Intermediate) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 8 Aug,1:00 PM British Case Study (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab
Tue, 8 Aug,3:00 PM Genetic Genealogy: An Introduction to DNA (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 10 Aug, 3:00 PM DNA: I’ve Tested; Now What? (Intermediate) Webinar | MF Lab
Mon, 14 Aug, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 15 Aug,11:00 AM Starting Family Tree: Preserving Memories Using Photos and Documents (Intermediate) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 17 Aug, 1:00 PM Tracing Ancestry in English Census Records (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab
Sat, 19 Aug,1:00 PM La tecnología de Ancestry (para miembros SUD) (Intermediate) Webinar | B1 Lab
Mon, 21 Aug, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | 2N Lab
Mon, 21 Aug, 1:00 PM Researching in Prussian Poland (Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Tue, 22 Aug,10:00 AM FamilySearch Wiki (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 22 Aug,1:00 PM Kissing Cousins or Not? Understanding British Generations, Kith, Kin, and Relationships (Intermediate) Webinar | B2 Lab
Tue, 22 Aug,3:00 PM Finding Records of Chinese Americans (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 24 Aug, 10:00 AM Using Metasuche or Metasearch on Genealogy.net (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 24 Aug, 1:00 PM Genealogical Treasures at findmypast.co.uk (Intermediate) Webinar | B2 Lab
Thur, 24 Aug, 3:00 PM Organizing Your Family History Research (Beginner) Webinar | 2N Lab
Mon, 28 Aug, 10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 29 Aug,10:00 AM Family Tree: Research Help and Searching the Records (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Thur, 31 Aug, 1:00 PM Your British/Irish Research Questions Answered (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab

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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Monday, 24 July 2017

How to deal with a disastrous Scottish naming tradition!

It's the middle of summer, and a bit quiet here in Scotland just now, so here's a wee advert to remind you of the importance of those all important historic naming conventions - and how to deal with them when they don't suit your taste!



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

For those not in the know, Irn-Bru is Scotland's national soft drink, and there has been a decades long tradition of humorous adverts for the product!

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.

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions website revamped

The Scottish Monumental Inscriptions website has been revamped at https://www.scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com.

The site provides images and transcriptions of monumental inscriptions from graveyards across Scotland. As well as new CDs being added over the next week, there are also additional links and general information now available on the site. Amongst the new additions is a page listing family history researchers who might be able to help.

Please note that as part of the change, if you were registered on the old site, you will need to re-register for the new version.


(With thanks to Helen Grant)

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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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Latest British Newspaper Archive additions

The following newspapers have been added to the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) over the last 30 days:

Irish Independent
1898, 1903-1908

Southern Echo
1891-1896, 1909-1910

Limerick Chronicle
1832-1868

Sheffield Daily Telegraph
1915, 1918-1932

Mid-Ulster Mail
1891-1892, 1894-1898, 1900-1909

Fulham Chronicle
1914-1918, 1939-1940, 1942, 1944-1945

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow
1898

East Anglian Daily Times
1894, 1905

Torquay Times, and South Devon Advertiser
1869-1871, 1873-1892, 1894-1895, 1897-1910

Hampstead & Highgate Express
1888, 1900-1910

Knaresborough Post
1868-1878, 1880-1898, 1900-1905, 1912

Galloway Gazette
1891-1892, 1895, 1952

Forfar Dispatch
1912-1952

Kidderminster Times and Advertiser for Bewdley & Stourport
1874, 1900

Londonderry Sentinel
1885, 1925

Carluke and Lanark Gazette
1906-1913, 1915-1951, 1953

Buchan Observer and East Aberdeenshire Advertiser
1863-1917

Brechin Advertiser
1879-1898, 1925-1957

Northern Constitution
1877-1899

Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser
1873-1875, 1878, 1880-1896, 1898-1905, 1907-1909

Wharfedale & Airedale Observer
1880-1881, 1884-1885, 1888-1889, 1899-1907, 1909-1910

Kilburn Times
1876, 1881-1882, 1885, 1892, 1901-1909

Isle of Wight County Press and South of England Reporter
1884-1887, 1889, 1900-1902

Eastern Evening News
1882-1883, 1885, 1900-1904

Ilford Recorder
1905

Islington Gazette
1908-1910

Boston Guardian
1938

Northwich Guardian
1861-1879, 1882-1896, 1898-1910

Nottingham Journal
1893

Lancashire Evening Post
1953-1957

Shields Daily News
1875-1876, 1879

Brighton Gazette
1877, 1889

Ballymena Weekly Telegraph
1896-1902

Weston-super-Mare Gazette, and General Advertiser
1901-1902

Staffordshire Chronicle
1887-1892, 1894-1896

Yarmouth Independent
1895, 1938

Skegness Standard
1922

Wigan Observer and District Advertiser
1890, 1902-1910, 1912-1918

Rothesay Chronicle
1875-1877, 1879-1882, 1884-1892

Glasgow Evening Post
1884, 1892-1893, 1895

Catholic Standard
1933-1936, 1938-1949, 1951-1957

Kentish Mercury
1872-1884, 1898-1910

Montrose, Arbroath and Brechin review; and Forfar and Kincardineshire advertiser.
1935-1951, 1953-1957

Ballymena Observer
1951-1957

Watford Observer
1879-1886, 1898-1900

Irish Society (Dublin)
1919

Nelson Leader
1929, 1931-1937, 1940-1949, 1951, 1953-1957

Yarmouth Mercury
1880

Hackney and Kingsland Gazette
1902-1909

Bradford Daily Telegraph
1878, 1897

Hexham Courant
1877

(Source: https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/titles/recently-added/30days)

Use subscription discount code BNAJULY30 to get a 30% discount from a subscription - offer ends July 23rd 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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Controversial BritainsDNA company passes into history

BritainsDNA has ceased trading. Hallelujah.

The DNA testing company, which led some to believe that a new field of 'genetic astrology' was being invented, traded under several names, including BritainsDNA, ScotlandsDNA, and YorkshireDNA. Whilst its DNA results themselves were not contentious, the company was never a stranger to controversy in terms of how those results were interpreted, with outlandish claims about who people were descended from. For a while it seemed to be the darling of the British media sector, not least because of the close connections to the sector that one of its founders had with the industry. At one point it even claimed to have found 'Eve's grandson' in Scotland, and nine people related to the Queen of Sheba (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/bbc-story-featuring-britainsdna.html).

Effectively challenging many of the company's more extraordinary claims was University College London, which set up a page to document and refute some of the nonsense at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/mace-lab/genetic-ancestry, whilst industry commentators such as Buzzfeed News's science correspondent even ran a headline stating "This DNA Ancestry Company Is Telling Its Customers “Mostly Total Bollocks” About Their Ancestors".

The full announcement of the company's final demise is told at http://notjustsheepandrugby.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/britainsdna-thing-of-past.html.

(With thanks to Debbie Kennett via Facebook)

Chris

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For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Tracing your Dublin Ancestors 4th edition now on sale

From Flyleaf Press (www.ancestornetwork.ie/flyleaf/):

Flyleaf Press has published a completely updated Edition of Tracing your Dublin Ancestors, a guide to all of the records available for tracing families in Dublin city and county, and how to find them and use them to trace your ancestry. The title is available from Flyleaf or (to bookshops and giftshops) through Argosy Books. www.argosybooks.ie. We also have similar guides for 10 other counties.

Tracing your Dublin Ancestors - Fourth Edition
by James G Ryan and Brian Smith
ISBN: 978-1-907990-31-1
Soft-cover; 230 x 143 mm
€14 retail

Tracing your Dublin Ancestors is filled with information on what the records contain, and where they can be accessed. It is well illustrated with useful maps; with examples of the types of records to be found; and with relevant background material. It also sketches the social history of the county and how this history has affected the keeping and survival of records. There is also a comprehensive index.

This is the latest in a series of county guides published by Flyleaf Press. These include guides for Kildare, Limerick, Sligo, Galway, Cork, Clare, Westmeath, Kerry, Limerick, Roscommon, Mayo and Donegal. Reviews of previous editions have said: ‘Well-written, concise and easy to follow. It lists the records available for Dublin city and county, including individual church records…. A most valuable contribution to Irish genealogy’ Irish Family Links; and ‘…An impressive amount of information intelligently presented’ NY Genealogical & Biographical Record.

(With thanks to Jim Ryan - a review copy is being sent to me, so I hope to blog further about this in a few weeks time when I return from Australia!)

Chris

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Friday, 21 July 2017

England and Wales, Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has recently added a new collection of workhouse related records for England and Wales, as sourced from information gathered by Peter Higginbotham.

England and Wales, Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61439
Source: Long-Term Workhouse Inmates, 1861, Peter Higginbotham, workhouses.org.uk


Here's the relevant part of the description:

On 29th June 1860, The House of Commons ordered that the name of every adult pauper in each workhouse in England and Wales, who had been an inmate for a continuous period of 5 years or more, was to be recorded. The report was printed on 30 July 1861 and listed 14,216 adults. When compared with the total workhouse population of approximately 67,800 adult workhouse inmates (excluding vagrants) the percentage of long term inmates was just over 21%.

For each union, the list shows:

'The Name of every Adult Pauper who has been an Inmate of the Workhouse during a continuous Period of Five Years'.
'The Amount of Time that each of such Paupers shall have been in the Workhouse'
'The reasons assigned why the Pauper in each case is unable to maintain Himself, or Herself'.
'Whether or not the Pauper has been brought up in a District or Workhouse School'.

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.

Somerset records added to FindmyPast

The latest additions to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

Somerset Baptisms Index
Our new collection of Somerset Baptisms is an index to more than 2.1 million parish baptisms held at the Somerset Archives. The collection consists of transcripts spanning the years 1501 to 1917 and covers baptisms performed in 496 parishes across the county.

Somerset Banns Index
The Somerset Banns Index contains over 258,000 transcripts of original parish records. Banns are the public announcement in a Christian parish church of an impending marriage between two specified persons.

Somerset Marriages Index
Find out when and where your Somerset ancestors were married with over 1 million transcripts spanning nearly 500 years of the county's history. The records found in this collection are a combination of transcripts created by Findmypast from original registers held by the Somerset Archives and transcriptions gathered and created from original records by the Somerset & Dorset Family History Society.

Somerset burials index
Were your West Country ancestors were laid to rest in Somerset? Search more than 1.5 million transcripts to discover when your ancestor died and where they spent their final days.

British Newspapers
Over 1.1 million articles and 9 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historic British Newspapers this month. New titles now available to search include:

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow
Knaresborough Post
Galloway Gazette
Forfar Dispatch
Fulham Chronicle
Hampstead & Highgate Express
Kidderminster Times and Advertiser for Bewdley & Stourport
Buchan Observer and East Aberdeenshire Advertiser
Carluke and Lanark Gazette

(Further details and links via https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2462591504.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.

Free access to Ancestry's UK military records

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) is offering free access to its UK military holdings over this weekend, via http://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/free-access - here is the blurb:

Our military history is on our minds at the moment, with the Passchendaele centenary and the new Dunkirk film. Don't miss this chance to track down your ancestors who served their country in WWII, WWI and earlier conflicts. From 21-24 July, get access to millions of records and find the military men and women in your family—all completely free.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from 00:01 BST 21 July until 23:59 BST 24 July, 2017. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. We will then send you a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here (i.e. http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/uk_military_collections).

Good hunting!

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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Not every document is on paper!

My wife and I returned from a short three day visit to Germany yesterday, where we stayed in Düsseldorf and visited Cologne (Köln). Whilst there I came across many forms of commemoration for people and events, including a statue of Otto von Bismarck (Germany's first chancellor), a sculpture commemorating the rebuilding of Düsseldorf after the Second World War, plaques commemorating all sorts of historic developments in the city, lovelocks on Cologne's main bridge, coats of arms, streetsigns, and a fairly new one on me, 3D printed sculptures of people, either as commemorative items in their own right or for putting on wedding cakes!

Just a wee reminder folks that not every document of use for family history research is on paper or parchment - and I wonder who is recording all that genealogical data available on the lovelocks...?!


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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Discover Scottish Land Records (2nd ed) - now on sale

My latest guide book is now out, an updated second edition of my popular Discover Scottish Land Records title. Some of the links in it have been refreshed, some further context added, and new areas for research included, such as the usefulness of Scotland's ultimus haeres records for family history research.  Here's the blurb from Gould Genealogy's website., from where you can buy the book - an e-edition will be available shortly, and hopefully localised availabilty from Canada and the UK in due course.

Media: BOOK - paperback, 64 pages
Author: C. Paton
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781925323696
Other: 2nd ed., b&w photos, glossary, further reading, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

This updated guide from family historian Chris Paton takes a look at the complicated records concerning land and property based research in Scotland.

For centuries property transactions within the country were governed by feudal tenure, a system which was abandoned in England and Wales in the Middle Ages, but which continued in Scotland until 2004. But feudalism was not the only method by which land was held, with Udal Law, duthchas, leasehold and more competing as forms of tenure across the country at different times.

Connected with the rules surrounding property transactions were those associated with the inheritance of land and heritable estate, all of which are explained in great detail. From sasines to skat, from retours to precepts of clare constant, and from apparent heirs to heirs apparent, this concise guide will help you get to grips with one of the most exciting and useful topics within Scottish family history.

Contents:
Introduction to first edition
Introduction to second edition
Acknowlegements
1. Where were they?
- The vital records
- Parish records
- Census records
- Street directories
- Phone directories
- Valuation rolls
- Burgh assessmernt rolls
- Earlier tax and valuation rolls
- Newspapers
2. A Sense of place
- Maps
- The Statistical Accounts of Scotland
- Other gazetteers
- Forfeited estates
- Other National Records of Scotland collections
- Historic Environment Scotland
3. Land tenure
- Scottish laws
- Feudalism
- Charters
- Instruments of Sasines
- Protocol books and the Secretary's Register
- The Registers of Sasines
- Locating the records
- Pre-1781 sasines minute books
- Liferents and trusts
- Registers of Scotland
- Registers of deeds
- Tacksmen
- The end of feudalism
- Other forms of tenure
4. Inheritance
- Apparent heirs
- The Services of Heirs
- Precept of Clare Constat
- Types of heir
- Ultimus hacres
Glossary
Further reading
Index

To purchase a copy, please visit https://www.gould.com.au/discover-scottish-land-records/utp0283/. And if you are wondering where the cover image was taken - it was at Kinlochleven! :)

Chris

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Deceased Online adds Crewe burial and cremation records

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

Cheshire East Records Now on Deceased Online

Cheshire East's cemeteries and crematoria are managed by Orbitas Bereavement Services, a company owned and controlled by Cheshire East Borough Council. There are now 130,000 records from the Crewe office available on www.deceasedonline.com. Records for the Macclesfield area have been digitised and will be released later in the year.


The area contains many towns associated with the industrial revolution and particularly textile mills; many specialising in silk, such as Congleton, Macclesfield, and Sandbach. Crewe is famous as one of the centres of the nascent railway industry of the early 19th century, as well as a centre for Rolls Royce engine manufacturing. Cheshire is also famous for its cheese, and Nantwich has hosted the International Cheese Awards since 1897.

The cemeteries in Cheshire East are the final resting place of many notable Victorians, such as William Hope, paranormal investigator and pioneer of 'spirit photography'. Paranormal investigator Harry Price proved Hope's methods fraudulent by marking Hope's photographic plates, and finding the resulting spirit photographs to be presented on unmarked plates. Hope formed the Crewe Circle Spiritualist group and after his death in 1933 was buried in Crewe cemetery.

All records for the Crewe area's six cemeteries and one crematorium are available on Deceased Online. These are:
• Congleton Cemetery – 500 records from 2004 to 2015
• Coppenhall Cemetery - 10,400 records from 1861 to 2015
• Crewe Cemetery - 51,750 records from 1872 to 2016
• Nantwich Cemetery - 11,150 records from 1870 to 2015 *
• Sandbach Cemetery - 3,950 records from 1935 to 2015
• Weston Cemetery - 1,150 records from 1908 to 2015
• Crewe Crematorium - 52,100 records from 1954 to 2009

The records comprise digital scans of all burial registers or cremation indexes and grave details for each of the graves and their occupants.

* There is an historic lack of accuracy in some of the original register entries of older records in Nantwich cemetery. There are some duplicated records but as we have no way of ascertaining the correct grave details in these cases, we have included them for the completeness of the data.

Other local records in the region available on Deceased Online:
Bolton Council (Greater Manchester/Lancashire)
Cheshire West and Chester
East Staffordshire Borough Council
Trafford Council (Greater Manchester/Lancashire)
Lancashire (removal of graves and tombstones records from The National Archives)
Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (memorial inscriptions)

(With thanks to DeceasedOnline)

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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Monday, 17 July 2017

NLS completes 25 inch OS English county maps coverage

The National Library of Scotland has completed its coverage of the 25 inch county map series for England (1841-1952), with some 85,279 sheets now available online.

The completely free to access maps are available to consult at http://maps.nls.uk/os/25inch-england-and-wales/index.html.



(With thanks to the NLS via Twitter)

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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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Westminster Roman Catholic records added to FindmyPast

The latest records release from FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

Over 121,000 new Roman Catholic Parish records covering the Diocese of Westminster are available to search this Findmypast Friday, including:

England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

Over 94,000 records covering parishes throughout the Catholic Diocese of Westminster have been added to our collection of English Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms. Each record will include both a transcript and an image of the original document. The amount of information in each transcript may vary depending on the age of the original record, its legibility, and the amount of detail recorded by the parish priest at the time of the event. Images may provide additional information about your ancestor such as the names of their godparents, the minister who performed the baptism, and the parent's residence. Some registers will even include notes about the individual's marriage.


England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

Just under 9,000 additional Westminster records have been added to England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages. Every result will display the original sacramental register and a transcript of the vital details which may vary depending the age and condition of the register itself. Most transcripts will list the couple's full names, role, date of marriage, marriage location and father's names.


England Roman Catholic Parish Burials

New Westminster records have also been added to our collection of English Roman Catholic Burials. Transcripts will reveal when and where your ancestor was laid to rest, the year in which they were born and the year of their death.


England Roman Catholic Parish Congregational Records

Did your ancestor receive confirmation? Were they a benefactor of the parish? Explore more than 16,000 new additions to our collection of Roman Catholic congregational records to discover your ancestor's relationship with their local Catholic parish.


England Roman Catholic Parish Registers Browse

All of this week's new additions have also been added to the England Roman Catholic Registers Browse function. The entire collection now contains 756 volumes from the Birmingham and Westminster Archdiocesan Archives spanning the years 1657 to 1907.

(Original release at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-july-14th-2458806930.html)


Chris

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Friday, 14 July 2017

TheGenealogist releases Northumberland parish records

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

TheGenealogist launches over 1.3 million Parish Records for Northumberland

TheGenealogist has expanded its UK Parish Records collection with the release of over 1,363,000 new records for Northumberland. These records make it easier to find your ancestors’ baptisms, marriages and burials in these fully searchable records that cover the ancient parishes of the northernmost county of England. Some of the records can take you as far back as 1560.
In this release you can find the records of:

903,314 individuals in Baptisms, 157,329 individuals in Marriages and 302,378 individuals in Burials

Use these records to find the names of ancestors, parents’ forenames (in the case of baptisms), father’s occupation (where given), abode or parish, parish that the event took place in, the date of the event, in the case of marriage records, the bride’s maiden name and the witnesses’ names.

In these records you can find Grace Horsley Darling, the famous lighthouse keeper’s daughter who saved the crew from a shipwrecked paddle steamer. She was born on 24th November 1815, at her grandfather's cottage in Bamburgh in Northumberland and was baptised the following month.

Grace was the daughter of William and Thomasine Darling who, when only a few weeks old, was taken to live in a small cottage attached to the lighthouse on Brownsman Island, one of the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland.


Her father ran the lighthouse there and she is famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked paddle steamer Forfarshire in 1838.

It was carrying sixty two people when it foundered on the rocks, split in two, the survivors managed to clamber onto Big Harcar a rocky island and were spotted by Grace looking from an upstairs window. She and her father rowed out in a four man boat for a distance of about a mile and between them rescued the nine survivors.

Search these and millions of other records on https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk

Credits:- Grace Darling rowing out to sea, to save sailors from a shipwreck, in a furious storm. Colour wood engraving by E. Evans after C.J. Staniland - Wellcome Library, London

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

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