Sunday, 14 January 2018

Forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives

Forthcoming exhibitions and talks at London Metropolitan Archives (https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/default.aspx):

Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts
Exhibition runs until 16 May 2018

Between 1700 and 1900, Britain stopped punishing the bodies of convicts and increasingly sought to reform their minds. Exile and forced labour in Australia and incarceration in penitentiaries became the dominant modes of punishment. This exhibition uses the collections of LMA to trace the impact of these punishments on convict lives.

Free - during normal LMA opening hours. Further details at https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/news-events/Pages/criminal-lives-exhibition.aspx


A Visit to Conservation
Thursday 18 January, 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. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-visit-in-conservation-tickets-41041084990


The IHR British History in the Long 18th Century Seminar: Sparing the noose: the penal outcomes of convicts sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, 1730 to 1868
Wednesday 24 January, 5.15 - 7.30 pm.

A significant and increasing proportion of those sentenced to death at the Old Bailey were ‘spared the noose’ and instead transported, imprisoned, or given free pardons. This talk explains how the death penalty was gradually abandoned and discusses how, and on what basis, decisions about alternative penal outcomes were made. Speaker Bob Shoemaker

See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ihr-british-history-in-the-long-18th-century-seminar-sparing-the-noose-the-penal-outcomes-of-tickets-39911625747


Approaches to Opening Up Medical Records
Friday 19 January, 9.30 am - 1.30 pm.

At this professional seminar, London Metropolitan Archives and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives will share their approaches to opening up access to medical records in their collections through two current projects funded by the Wellcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History scheme. More information on the Eventbrite booking page.

Free - booking essential. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/approaches-to-opening-up-medical-records-tickets-40179235174


Training and induction sessions
Check future events at LMA

Every month, we run a selection of training sessions for LMA users to enable you 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

See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/london-metropolitan-archives-2913691059


LGBTQ+ History Club: Discovering the Archive
Wednesday 17 January, 6 - 7.30 pm.

An introduction to LGBTQ+ History Club, including a behind the scenes tour, document viewing and a chance to discuss ideas. LGBTQ+ History Club meets to explore and share lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer histories. Keep up to date here: www.facebook.com/lgbthistory. Contact LMA to be added to the LGBTQ+ email list

Free - drop in session. See https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lgbtq-history-club-discovering-the-archive-tickets-41040925513

(With thanks to LMA)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tender issued for English and Welsh 1921 census project

The National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) has issued a tender for a partner to digitise and license the 1921 census for England and Wales. From the tender:

The National Archives is seeking expressions of interest for the 1921 Census records digitisation and licensing project.

The project will be to digitise, transcribe and publish online the records of the 1921 Census of England and Wales. The contract award will include a commercial license to publish the images (and associated transcription data produced by the project) online and to complete all the required processes to complete this (including such activities as digital image capture, transcription of data to allow for meaningful searches of the records, online publication).

To demonstrate eligibility to be considered for this tender, potential Suppliers must demonstrate:

a) Experience of managing and completing large-scale digitisation projects of heritage material;

b) Online publication of heritage material specifically for use by the Family History Market;

c) Viable commercial models that return an income stream to licensor partners.

The full terms of the tender are available at http://www.government-online.net/tender-for-1921-census-records-digitisation-and-licensing/.

The 1921 census is the last available full census for these two countries prior to 1951, with the 1931 English and Welsh census destroyed during the Second World War, and no census carried out in 1941 due to the war.  The National Identity Register for England and Wales, an effective census substitute carried out in 1939, is available on FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk).

There was no census carried out in 1921 in Ireland, with both the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland subsequently having a census on the same night in 1926 - of these, only the records from the Free State (now the Republic of Ireland) survive. The next available surviving census for Northern Ireland was recorded in 1937 (to be released in 2037), with the 1939 National Identity Register for Northern Ireland already available for consultation via the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni).

In Scotland, the 1921 census is held by the National Records of Scotland, which will digitise the records separately to the English and Welsh returns, for release and presentation in 2021. The 1931 Scottish census has also survived, and will be due for release in 2031, whilst the 1939 National Identity Register for Scotland is already available through the NRS (see https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/guides/national-register).

For an indication of the information recorded by the 1921 census, visit www.1921census.org.uk. The census form can also be previewed at www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/census/2011/how-our-census-works/about-censuses/census-history/200-years-of-the-census/census-1911-2001/1921-census-form.pdf

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

ScotlandsPeople civil registration records update

The ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) has updated its website to now include a further 106,469 statutory birth records from 1917, 47,514 marriage records from 1942, and 59,729 death records from 1967.

The website hosts a short article previewing the new additional records at https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/article/news-article-statutory-record-release.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Forthcoming Londonderry Plantation talk in Belfast

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

Lunchtime lecture with Professor James Stevens Curl



Thursday, 18 January, 12:15-14:00 GMT

Join us for a lunchtime lecture given by historian and author Professor James Stevens Curl on the historical background and unique story behind the financing of the early Londonderry plantation.

This event is designed for Guild members (though non-members are welcome) to help celebrate the achievements of ‘one of our own’. Prof. James Stevens Curl is a life member of the Guild and was awarded the prestigious President’s Medal by the British Academy in 2017. Everyone is welcome to attend the event, though pre-registration is advised.
How to register for the event

Guild member registration

This event is free of charge to members of the Foundation’s Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild (the Guild).

To register visit https://www.ancestryireland.com/special-lecture-prof-james-stevens-curl/

Non-member registration

Non-members can attend this lecture for just £5.00. Registrations made via Eventbrite will attract an additional charge of £1.84 comprising an administrative fee and VAT, giving a total amount of £6.84.

If you are not a Guild member and wish to register please go to Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/londons-derrie-the-background-to-the-building-and-financing-of-the-early-londonderry-plantation-tickets-41518647392

Alternatively you can contact the Foundation on 028 9066 1988 to arrange payment.

(With thanks to the Foundation)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Scottish WW1 Pensions Appeal records update

Some welcome news concerning a potentially major resource in Edinburgh for those researching First World War military ancestors from Scotland and their dependants.

I've been contacted by reader Tunji Lees, to provide an update on a discovery he made over 5 years ago at the National Records of Scotland, and for which he wrote a great guest post for this blog. As noted on 2 JAN 2012, Tunji had found that the NRS held Scottish WW1 Pension Appeals Tribunal records, as catalogued under PT6. The key points were as follows:

The records are catalogued under the reference PT6 and contain the pension application records of 1000s of Scottish soldiers - and next of kin of soldiers (usually widows) - who suffered from injuries sustained in the war, or died after the war due to injuries. These appear to be the Scottish equivalent of the PIN26 series for England and Wales (which, unlike the Scottish PT6 series, is indexed). Whereas the PT26 series appears to only be a selection of the disability pensions awarded to English and Welsh soldiers after the First World War, the Scottish PT6 series appears to be complete...

The applications are organised in boxes alphabetically by month, from November 1919 (reference PT6/1), to December 1932 (reference PT6/288). That's about 29 meters (or 95 feet) of pension records! There are also records from the same series covering post-WW2 disability pension applications, however seeing as they are closed for 75 years, the first set (those from 1945) will only be available in 2021.

It doesn't appear as if any genealogists are aware of the existence of these records, as they aren’t mentioned in the NAS publication Tracing your Scottish Ancestors, or in any guides to tracing WW1 ancestry that I've read, although they're a fantastic source of information on Scottish army ancestors.

Tunji's full account of these records, inclusing the potential detail available in each file, is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/guest-post-scottish-ww1-pensions-appeal.html.

Tunji has now contacted me with the news that the charitable foundation Wellcome Trust has apparently approved a Research Resource Grant for work to index the records. The grant is believed to fund work for 24 months, which potentially means the job will have been completed by the end of December 2019. Tunji has also stated that as it is a grant, indexed records will be made available free of charge, posisble through the ScotlandsPeople website. It is unclear as yet whether this will just be the index, or digital images of the records themselves. Tunji's final point is that the records, referenced under PT6, have disappeared from the catalogue, perhaps because they have been removed for indexing.

Once again a huge thank you to Tunji for such a fascinating update on a collection with a great deal of potential for ancestral research!

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Genealogist previews its 2018 releases

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

What to look forward to this year on TheGenealogist

2018 will see millions of new records added to TheGenealogist, increasing our coverage of a wide variety of useful record sets for genealogists.

We have already started releasing New Parish Records with original images and are continuing to expand our already large coverage of Baptism, Marriage and Burial records.

Millions of new additions for further counties will also be released in our Parish Record Transcripts and Bishops' Transcripts collections.


We are launching the second stage of the Lloyd George Domesday project, giving even more detail on where our ancestors lived. Released county by county, these records will accompany the highly detailed annotated historic maps. Searchable by name, address and area, results will link to the high resolution maps pinpointing the property.

TheGenealogist's ongoing project with The National Archives will see the release of yet more detailed Colour County and Tithe Maps with tags to show you where your ancestors lived.

In the coming months we are also expanding our Criminal, Migration and Newspaper collections as well as the International Headstone and War Memorial Projects as more photographs and transcriptions are added by our volunteers.


New Warwickshire Parish Records


TheGenealogist has added over 366,000 individuals to their Parish Records for Warwickshire, to increase the coverage of this county in the heart of England.

Released in association with Warwickshire County Record Office, this brings high quality transcripts as well as images to family historians researching ancestors in this area.

Warwickshire Parish Records

The original Parish Register images are available for a growing list of parishes.

These new records are available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist and join the millions of Parish Records already on the site.

Chris


For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

FindmyPast adds English burial collections

FindmyPast has released a few more English gravestone records and parish collections:

Norfolk Monumental Inscriptions 1600-1900's Image Browse
Browse through more than 14,000 transcriptions of monumental inscriptions captured from 260 parishes across Norfolk.

Lancashire, Oldham Cemetery Registers 1797-2004 Image Browse
Browse more than 45,000 records taken from cemetery registers covering Chadderton, Crompton, Failsworth, Greenacres, Hollinwood, Lees, and Royton in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham.

Wiltshire parish baptisms index 1538-1917
Over 613,000 records have been added to our collection of Wiltshire parish baptisms. Whilst the registers are for Church of England parishes, most other denominations also used the Anglican parishes for registration purposes, with the exception of Quaker and Jewish records. Transcriptions were created by both Findmypast and Wiltshire Family History Society.

Middlesex Monumental Inscriptions 1485-2014
Over 3,000 records covering burial sites in Twickenham and Uxbridge have been added to our collection of Monumental Inscriptions.

And from the US:
  • South Carolina, Will Transcripts 1782-1866
  • South Carolina, Plats for State Land Grants 1784-1868South Carolina Land Grant Records
  • South Carolina, Legislative Papers 1782-1929
  • Search South Carolina Legislative Papers
  • South Carolina, Criminal Court Records
  • South Carolina, Records of Confederate Veterans 1909 – 1973 


Further details are available at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2524657129.html

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

New part-time job, but business as usual!

As of this week I have taken on a new part-time job, three days a week from Mondays to Wednesdays, working as a case worker for an elected constituency member of the Scottish Parliament. From Thursdays to Saturdays I will be back in genie mode, although I will keep the blog updated throughout the week.

I don't foresee any major changes to the routine just now, just a slight re-ordering of how my workload is organised. Client research work will continue (I was at the Burns Monument Centre yesterday in Kilmarnock, and so impressed that they now have free complimentary tea and coffee!), as well as writing, tuition and lecturing.

My new part-time post gives me an opportunity to continue to support my fellow constituents here in North Ayrshire (I stood in a local election last year and narrowly lost), and I will be working with a great team. The new routine allows me to tap into both my key interests - local politics and genealogy - and in a much more focussed way, so I am very much looking forward to the months and years ahead!


Chris

Needing a Christmas present for a family history obsessed love one (or for yourself)?! For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

MyHeritage updates DNA Matching tools

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

Major Updates and Improvements to MyHeritage DNA Matching

We’re excited to announce major updates and improvements to DNA Matching rolled out today for all our users. Anyone who took a MyHeritage DNA test, and anyone who uploaded DNA data from another service, will now receive more accurate DNA Matches; more plentiful matches (about 10x more); fewer false positives; more specific and more accurate relationship estimates; and indications on lower confidence DNA Matches to help focus research efforts. We also added the long-requested Chromosome Browser feature, described below.

These improvements have been many months in the making by our Science Team. They took much time and effort because we wanted to perfect the science and provide our users with optimal results.


What do these improvements mean for MyHeritage DNA users?

Now, you will get:
  • More accurate DNA Matches
  • About 10 times as many DNA Matches
  • More specific and more accurate relationship estimates
  • Indications of DNA Match confidence levels to help focus your research efforts

For the full detailed announcement, visit https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/01/major-updates-and-improvements-to-myheritage-dna-matching/.

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

FamilySearch updates Irish and New Zealand civil registration records

The following collections have been added to FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org):

Collection
Indexed Records
Digital Images
Comments
39,058
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
199,670
199,670
Added indexed records and images to an existing collection
653,321
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
901,347
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
3,389
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
2,115
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
56,762
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
36,064,931
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
19,650
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
24,787
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection
787,752
0
Added indexed records to an existing collection


The full announcement is at https://media.familysearch.org/new-historic-records-on-familysearch-week-of-january-8-2018/.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

National Archives in Kew runs online survey

The National Archives in England is running an online survey - and there is some money up for grabs! From the archive:

We are carrying out research to find out more about people who are interested in The National Archives and how they use our services.
As part of this, we would like to learn more about you and what you think about us, especially our online services.
We would love to hear from you, even if you have never visited The National Archives or used our online services before.
As a thank you for completing the survey, you will be invited to enter a prize draw to be in with a chance of winning a £100 retail voucher.

To participate in the survey, visit https://research.audiencesurveys.org/s.asp?k=151515522090

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Oxford College Archives new website launch

A new Oxford College Archives website has been established at https://oac.web.ox.ac.uk, designed to provide useful information on its constituent members. From the site:

Oxford contains the largest concentration of archival repositories in the south-east. The documents they hold include the papers of local government and administration, the records of the University and its colleges, business records, and personal correspondence. Museums and galleries all have their own papers about their collections and collectors. There are maps and plans, archaeological records, the papers of religious institutions and politicians, charity and health records, and the papers of schools. In fact, there is very little you won’t find in an archive somewhere in Oxford.

Although these pages deal principally with the archives of the Oxford colleges, you will find information about, and links to, many other local archives and to other resources which will help you in your research.

The Oxford Archivists’ Consortium (OAC) was set up in 2001 to provide a support network for all those working in archives in the city. We hope that these pages will answer any questions you have about archives in Oxford but if the answer you are looking for evades you, please contact OAC and we should be able to point you in the right direction.



(With thanks to Wendy Archer)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Rootsweb updates users on security breach

A new update from Rootsweb  (http://rootsweb.com), following the recent security breach of the platform:

Update: January 9, 2018

We have spent the last few weeks reviewing the functionality on RootsWeb and have created a plan to bring many of your contributions back online over the next few months. As we stated before, our first priority is security, and ensuring that every part of RootsWeb meets our stringent security standards. Our next priority is getting you, the users of RootsWeb and its services, access to your content.

Right now, the best way for us to meet both goals is to begin bringing portions of RootsWeb back online in a read-only state. This means you will have access to content, but you will not be able to load new content in these sections. While this may not be ideal, it is the best way for us to protect RootsWeb users while also providing the ability to use the content you value. This is an interim step while we continue to evaluate the potential for bringing more of the RootsWeb services back online in a more complete manner.


Here’s our current plan:

Hosted Web Sites: Soon we will begin bringing Hosted Web Sites back online. We will start with a few hundred and then add more over time, giving us a chance to scan the content.

Family Trees/WorldConnect: Family Trees or WorldConnect allows you to upload a GEDCOM file and publish it for others to see. It is currently being reviewed by our software engineers and security team and we plan on having a read-only, searchable version up in the next few weeks. The ability to upload new GEDCOM files will be available in the coming months.

Mailing Lists: Mailing Lists have been functioning as normal, but the archives have been unavailable. We plan to make the archives available to you once we have WorldConnect available to you in a readable version.

We will be making decisions about other functionality over time.

We appreciate your patience as we bring the different pieces of RootsWeb back online in a secure manner. You, our contributors and viewers, are what has made RootsWeb the vibrant free genealogy community it is.

The RootsWeb Team

(With thanks to Wendy Archer from Oxfordshire FHS)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Celtic Genealogy Cruise announced for 2019

From Christine Woodcock of Genealogy Tours of Scotland:

ANNOUNCING A CELTIC GENEALOGY CRUISE

Visit Your Ancestral Homeland by Sea
May 4 – 16, 2019
Aboard Crown Princess

Are you ready to learn more about your Celtic Ancestors? Join us for a Celtic Genealogy Cruise, where we combine genealogy travel with research opportunities, chances to consult with local genealogists who can assist you with your brick walls, and loads of fun ways to connect with your Celtic heritage.


The cruise starts and ends in Dublin, Ireland. Ports of call include:

Dublin
Belfast
Glasgow (Greenock)
Inverness
Edinburgh (S. Queensferry)
Le Havre, France
Southampton, England
Guernsey
Cobh

To learn more: https://celticgenealogycruises.com/

LEARNING
The British Isles aren't very big and there are only 11 miles between Ireland and Scotland. We have very little time at sea to allow for a genealogy conference to happen onboard. Our learning will all be via webinars and will take place BEFORE YOU GO so you are well prepared for your time in your ancestral homeland.

RESEARCH
On site research opportunities will be available in Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh. Unfortunately, we can't arrange research in Ireland because we arrive on a bank holiday and everything is closed. However, there will be ample opportunity to consult with local genealogists to seek help with your Irish brick walls.

We are happy to arrange a bespoke research tour for you after the cruise. This can take place in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Inverness or Edinburgh.

Christine Woodcock
genealogytoursofscotland@gmail.com

(With thanks to Christine)

Chris

For my http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.
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Saturday, 6 January 2018

FIBIS 20th Anniversary Conference

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

FIBIS 20th Anniversary Conference

The next FIBIS residential conference celebrates the society’s 20th birthday and will run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September at the Hawkwell House Hotel in Iffley, Oxford. We have lined up speakers on a range of topics which we hope will fill in some gaps and encourage delegates to pursue their own investigations.

There will be opportunities over the weekend to consult FIBIS and other experts on individual research problems, and also to view examples of past FIBIS transcriptions and research results and to browse a gallery of photographs.

There will be some tutorials; such as research or practical advice on the use of the FIBIS and other websites, and in contributing to FIBIS database, Wiki and Gallery

We will also have space for discussion groups on specific topics of common interest suggested by delegates and run by themselves. And of course there will be time to network with fellow delegates.

Timings

The event will start at 13.00 on Friday with an open forum session and other tutorial or discussion opportunities. Formal lectures will begin at 14.30. We will have afternoon lectures and one shorter after-dinner lecture. There will be a full day of talks on Saturday, including an after-dinner speaker, and two further talks plus a plenary session on Sunday morning. The conference will close at 13.00 on Sunday.

Not a FIBIS member? Join FIBIS today and benefit from the reduced member rate.

For further details on the programme, speakers, how to book, and how to join FIBIS if not a member, please visit https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/.

(With thanks to Valmay Young)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Friday, 5 January 2018

London burials, Red Cross volunteers and Irish military pensions and medals

The first FindmyPast Friday in 2018 from FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has seen the release of the following collections:


Middlesex, Brompton Cemetery Records

Search through more than 645,000 records from one of Britain's oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. 'Middlesex, Brompton Cemetery Records' consists of transcripts and images of original documents held at the National Archives in Kew. In many cases, you will find more than one result for your ancestor – a burial register entry and a grave purchase record. Transcripts may reveal a combination of your ancestor's death year, age at death, burial date, burial place and residence. Images may reveal additional details such as the cost of the grave, the owner of the gravesite, who paid for the burial, whether a private or common grave, and your ancestor's occupation.


Greater London Burial Index

Over 19,000 new records covering Clerkenwell in central London have been added to the Greater London Burials Index. The Index contains over 1.6 million names from more than 300 Anglican and non-conformist parishes in the Greater London area.


England, Cheshire School Records, 1782-1950

Were your ancestor's educated in the English county of Cheshire? Search over 423,000 records covering more than 120 schools across the county in this collection of records from FamilySearch.


British Army, British Red Cross Society Volunteers 1914-1918

Find out if your ancestor volunteered for the British Red Cross Society during World War 1. Following the start of the 'Great War' in 1914, the British Red Cross joined forces with the Order of St. John Ambulance to form the Joint War committee and Joint War Organisation. They pooled resources and formed Voluntary Aid Detachments (or VADs) with members trained in First Aid, Nursing, Cookery, Hygiene and Sanitation. These detachments all worked under the protection of the Red Cross, working in hospitals, rest stations, work parties and supply centres.


Mississippi, Tippah County Records 1836-1923 Image Browse

Browse through more than 115 records related to deeds, chattel deeds (personal property), and probate case files from Mississippi's Tippah County Courthouse.


Ireland Military Pensions and Medals 1916-1922

Search over 52,000 records Pension and Medal records to find out whether your Irish ancestor served during the Easter Rising or the War of Independence. The collection covers members of the Óglaigh na hÉireann, National Army, Irish Republican Army, Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, or Cumann na mBan.


For further details and collection links visit https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2522528536.html.

Chris

Needing a Christmas present for a family history obsessed love one (or for yourself)?! For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

New social media channels for local APG chapter

Following my earlier post concerning a CPD event I participated in with the Association of Professional Genealogists (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/how-to-stand-out-from-crowd-developing.html), I've been contacted by Fiona Fitzsimons with news of some further developments for the local chapter - namely its new social media channels, which are now up and running. Here's the message:

The APG Britain Ireland and the Isles chapter of APG are delighted to tell you that with a little help from our friends, we've set up social media channels for the chapter:

Twitter: @APG_BII (www.twitter.com/APG_BII)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/APG.BII/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNpw0pqciqhkw3GJbalffBw

It should facilitate our being able to come together online, and is the first step towards more, and better networking. Details of the next webinar/ discussion for CPD will follow shortly.


(With thanks to Fiona)

Chris

Needing a Christmas present for a family history obsessed love one (or for yourself)?! For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

How To Stand Out From The Crowd – Developing a Personal Brand

On November 9th 2017 I took part in an online CPD event for the Britain, Ireland and the Islands Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (https://www.apgen.org), entitled How To Stand Out From The Crowd – Developing a Personal Brand. Hosting and steering the conversation was Fiona Fitzsimons from Dublin based Eneclann (www.eneclann.ie), and interviewed alongside me was Cork based Lorna Moloney (Clans and Surnames www.clansandsurnames.com, and The Genealogy Radio Show).

We had a fascinating discussion in what was an all Ireland bash (although I'm based in Scotland!), in which we covered a range of issues about how we have both tried to create careers for ourselves in this mad auld genealogy world within which we reside, and in which we provided various takes on how things are changing around us.

The discussion is now freely available online on YouTube at https://youtu.be/FvK_Ow7H5C0, and presented here for convenience:



Further CPD sessions from the APG are being planned - to join the organisation, visit the website at https://www.apgen.org.

(With thanks to Fiona, Lorna, and the APG)

Chris

Needing a Christmas present for a family history obsessed love one (or for yourself)?! For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

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Chris

Needing a Christmas present for a family history obsessed love one (or for yourself)?! For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.