Tuesday, 21 May 2019

ScotlandsPeople adds Valuation Roll for 1940

ScotlandsPeople (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) has added the 1940 Valuation Roll for Scotland to its site. Here's the blurb:

National Records of Scotland have published valuation rolls from 1940 on our online research service, ScotlandsPeople, adding more than 60,000 new digital images.

You can now search over 2.8 million new indexed names and addresses for owners, tenants and occupiers of properties throughout Scotland.

Valuation rolls were created to help with collection of taxes, recording details of buildings, properties and their value, and the names of their owners and tenants.

They are a valuable tool for local history research and can be used to add foliage to your family tree by searching for people and properties between census years.


(Original story at https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/article/news-valuation-rolls-1940-go-online)

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 19 May 2019

New BBC Scotland series - The Generation Frame

The Generation Frame is a new four part series starting at 8pm on Monday 20th May 2019 on the BBC Scotland channel (this is a new channel recently set up for Scotland, separate to BBC1 and BBC2).


Here's the blurb:

Episode 1
The Generation Frame Series 1
Episode 1 of 4

What can the past tell you about who you are and where you live? Two families investigate their family histories to tell a personal story of Scotland.

For more on the series, a preview clip, and for BBC iPlayer catch ups after transmission, visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0005cdn

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

The GENES Blog Facebook page update

I should have got round to this earlier, but I have finally changed the address of the Facebook page accompanying The GENES Blog, so that it now says... errr, The GENES Blog!

You will find it at https://www.facebook.com/TheGENESBlog/ - the latest news, and a few wee extras from time to time!


Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

TheGenealogist adds nautical records

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

TheGenealogist is expanding its occupational records with over 300,000 records of Masters and Apprentices included in a nautical set of apprenticeship records.

These BT 150 records from The National Archives comprise of an index that had been compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and its predecessor. It consists of apprentices indentured in the Merchant Navy between 1824-1910.

Family historians can use these records to:
Find ancestors who had learned the trade of a professional merchant seaman
Discover the age of an ancestor at the time that he went to sea and his year of birth
Find the name of the company and the port that he was registered as an apprentice
In some cases also learn the name of the ship that your ancestor sailed on

The index was begun as a result of an Act of the UK parliament in 1823 which introduced a law that required the Masters of British merchant ships of over 80 tons to carry a given number of indentured apprentices on their vessels. The law required that these apprentice seamen’s names were to be enrolled with the local Customs Officer.

By the middle of the 1830s, however, these provisions were extended by the Merchant Seamen Act 1835 which now made it necessary that the indentures were officially registered. In London, this was done with the General Register and Record Office of Seamen; while in “outports” (other ports around the country), the registration was made with the local Customs officers who were under orders to submit quarterly lists to the Registrar General.

Compulsory apprenticeship was abolished in 1849, though the system of registration was maintained by the authorities and the index continued to be kept. The books have now been transcribed by TheGenealogist and include colour images of the original registers to add a fascinating resource to their broad range of records which can be used to build an ancestor’s story.

Read TheGenealogist’s article for tales of apprentices who rose to take command of the Cutty Sark, some more successfully than others:
https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/merchant-seamen-apprentices-to-captains-of-the-cutty-sark-1104/

(Pic: Alhigh Ship boarding by gang plank on river Tyne)

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

County Armagh Anglican confirmations added to RootsIreland

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie):

New records for County Armagh

Armagh Ancestry have added over 9,000 Church of Ireland Confirmations to their database at www.armagh.rootsireland.ie. For more details, please visit this link:
http://www.rootsireland.ie/2019/05/new-armagh-records/



To search these records, go to armagh.rootsireland.ie, choose Census Substitutes and select the Source 'Armagh Confirmations CI'. Login and Subscribe if required.

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Scotland set to win Eurovision song contest!

Only kidding! I meant to say there are a few more Scottish records on FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) this week - here goes:


United States Directories & Almanacs
Over 151,000 new records have been added to the collection. The new additions consist of city directories covering Ohio as well as directories covering the Washington, District of Columbia. The directories in this collection stretch across the 1700s to the 1900s and will enable you to discover your ancestor's address and occupation or explore the history of your home address. These directories are also a good substitute for the 1890 Census for the United States that was lost to fire.

Scotland, Shetland Newspaper Birth Index 1872-1990
Reveal your Scottish ancestry with this collection of more than 29,000 birth announcements from Shetland newspapers. Newspaper announcements are an excellent source for family history and may include your ancestor's birth place and parents' names. Newspapers can reveal valuable clues about the daily lives of our ancestors, allowing you to further understand their place within the local community.

Scotland, Occupations & Professions
Explore this index of more than 10,000 occupational and trade records from across Scotland to learn more about the working lives of your ancestors. Within the collection, you will find veterinary surgeons, photographers, police officers, watchmakers, and more. Many records will also include additional details such as addresses, physical descriptions, employer names or other facts.

This is a growing collection on Findmypast and we will continue to add more sources and records. We used the following sources to create this index:

Clock & Watchmakers of the Scottish Highlands & Islands
List of Students of Veterinary Colleges, recognised by Government, Who Have Passed Examinations, & Obtained The Certificate of the Highland & Agricultural Society, 1874, Edinburgh with Supplements
Photographers of Central Scotland
Photographers of Edinburgh and The Lothians
Photographers of Lanarkshire
Photographers of North Eastern Scotland
Photographers of Northern Scotland
Photographers of Western Scotland
The Edinburgh Police Register 1815-1859, P. Ruthven-Murray, Edinburgh, published 1991

Ontario - Oddfellows Life Insurance Applications (1875-1929)
Celebrate Victoria Day with new life insurance with The Independent Order of Oddfellows between 1875 and 1929. Consisting of more than 31,000 transcripts created by the Ontario Genealogical Society, these records will reveal the policy holders birth date, residence, policy number and date. The images that accompany this index will be added to the site next week.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added 96,930 new pages to The Archive. We are delighted to welcome a brand new Somerset title to our collection this week – the Cheddar Valley Gazette. We also have extensive updates to five of our London titles, and updates to the Reading Evening Post and the Amersham Advertiser.

International Records Update – Norway
Three new indexes containing over 9.1 million Norwegian baptisms, marriages and burials are now available to search as part of our new collection of European records. The Indexes span nearly 300 years of Norwegian history (1634 to 1927) and will generate new hints against your Findmypast family tree.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-may-17th-2637306089.html

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Queensland Licensed Victuallers Index 1900-1903

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added the following Australia collections:

Queensland, Australia, Licensed Victuallers Index, 1900-1903
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/qslvictuallersindex/
Source: Licensed Victuallers Index. Queensland State Archives

About Queensland, Australia, Licensed Victuallers Index, 1900-1903

The names of holders of victuallers’ licenses (publicans) were printed in the Queensland Government Gazette from 1900 to 1914 on an annual basis. This index covers the period from 1900 to 1903 and includes names, districts, and hotel names.

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Ulster Historical Foundation announces course dates

The Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com) has announced dates for its Irish Genealogy Essentials course:

Irish Genealogy Essentials - New Dates for 2019/20

The most comprehensive Irish family history focused genealogy course offered in the U.K. and Ireland, Irish Genealogy Essentials embraces the unique nature of Irish genealogical research.

It is ideal if you:
  • Have no experience with genealogy or family history research
  • Have some experience with genealogical research, but want to develop your skills and knowledge further
  • Consider yourself a more experienced genealogical researcher who wants to learn new techniques and lesser known sources.

The knowledge you gain from Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History Course will help you get to grips with research techniques, archives and genealogical sources in Ireland; provide you with the information and skills to further explore your family history and help you find your elusive Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.

The next genealogy courses are scheduled for:

04-08 November 2019
10-14 February 2020

For more information or to register for this course visit https://www.ancestryireland.com/irish-genealogy-essentials/

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Who Do You Think You Are wins BAFTA award

The 15th UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? has won a BAFTA Television award for the Features category. Congratulations to all involved.

You can see the award being accepted at https://youtu.be/0l9p2J3HnGU, or below:


Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Scottish vaccination records

From 1864-1948, it was compulsory in Scotland to have a child vaccinated within six months of its birth, but only rarely may you come across a record of this vaccination on ScotlandsPeople (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk).

For more on Scottish vaccination, the records generated, and how you may find them, read the post on the subject at my other wee blog at https://scotlandsgreateststory.wordpress.com/2019/05/06/vaccination-records.

 
Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

SAFHS website refreshed

I've just noticed that the website of the Scottish Association of Family History Societies at www.safhs.org.uk has had a bit of a refresh. You'll find contact details for most mainland Scottish societies on the site, as well as details of projects and other resources. Well worth bookmarking.



Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Staffordshire BMD indexes added to Ancestry

Just added to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

Staffordshire, England, Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1837-2017
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/staffordshirebmds/
Source: Indexes of births, civil marriages and death records for the administrative area of Staffordshire, Staffordshire County Council, Stafford, Staffordshire.

About Staffordshire, England, Birth, Marriage and Death Indexes, 1837-2017

Country wide civil registration of births, marriages and deaths commenced on 1 July 1837 in England and Wales. Registration took place at local civil registrar offices which in turn reported to the Registrar General at the General Register Office (GRO) in London. This national index to vital records is an essential source of genealogical information for family historians. This collection comprises indexes of civil registrations from Staffordshire, excluding the City of Stoke-on-Trent, reported quarterly to the General Register Office (GRO) in London. This index spans the years between 1837 and 2017.

The indexes for the three events are divided into volumes by year and names are listed alphabetically. Once an entry in one of the indexes is found, you are then able to use that information to order of copy of a death, marriage, or birth certificate from the GRO. Information that can be obtained from the birth marriage and death index includes, where available:

Name
Maiden name of mother
Date of event
Death Age
Place of Marriage
Gender
Registration district (each county in England and Wales was divided up into registration districts; jurisdictions are organized and appear as they existed at the time the record was created)
Reference

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 10 May 2019

American records added to FindmyPast

The latest additions to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books, 1890 – 1921
Explore lineage books consisting of information submitted by tens of thousands of individuals with connections to Revolutionary War patriots. First formed in 1890 in Washington DC, The Daughters of the American Revolution is dedicated to the preservation of American Revolutionary War genealogies. This database, containing over 57,000 references to Revolutionary War ancestors and their descendants, will reveal birth years, relative's names, family lineages and descriptions of American revolutionaries. Some records may even include a photo or sketch of a veteran or member.

Scotland, Wigtownshire & Minnigaff Parish Lists 1684
Search for your Scottish ancestors in parish lists containing over 53,000 names.

Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms
Over 53,000 new records have been added to our exclusive collection of Philadelphia Catholic Baptisms. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original register entry that will reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth date, baptism date, baptism place, residence and parent's names.

Philadelphia Roman Catholic Parish Marriages
Over 30,000 new additions are now available to search. Spanning the years 1800 to 1917, each new record includes a transcript and an image of the original sacramental register that will reveal a combination of the couple's names, birth years, marital status and parents' names as well as the date and location of their wedding.

Lincolnshire Parish Records
Over 266,000 additional records have recently been added to our collections of Lincolnshire parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added 108,044 new pages to The Archive. We are delighted to welcome three brand new publications to our collection. For those with an interest in economic history we have added the Course of the Exchange, which is a record of various financial data such as stocks, shares and bonds across the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. For this specialist journal we have published the years 1825 to 1908, with 8,455 issues now available to search. Also joining us this week are two further regional publications, Herefordshire title the Kington Times, and Somerset title the Bridgewater Journal. We have also updated three of our London titles, including the Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald, as well as adding further issues of the Irish Independent and the Crawley News.

International Records Update – Grenada
Explore your Caribbean heritage with over 30,000 birth and baptism records from Grenada. Saint Andrew, Saint David, Prospect Hill, Carriacon, and Grand Bay are a sample of the places represented in this collection. The index was created as part of the International Genealogical Index.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-may-10th-2636757452.html

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Family History Library in Utah to open on Sundays

From FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org), news concerning its library in Salt Lake City:

Family History Library to Add Sunday and Longer Monday Hours to Schedule

Salt Lake City, Utah (8 May 2019), The FamilySearch Family History Library, one of Salt Lake City’s top attractions and the world’s largest genealogy library, will extend its hours of operation beginning Sunday, June 2, 2019. For the first time, the main floor of the library, including the FamilySearch Discovery Experiences, will be open on Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., and extended to 9:00 p.m. on Mondays. Regular library hours will be Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The library is free to the public.

The addition of Sunday hours and extended Monday hours will allow more individuals and families to take advantage of the library’s rich, fun, and interactive discovery activities. On Sundays, services will be limited to the main floor of the library, with its immersive, interactive discovery experiences and 68 computers that provide free access to premium family history websites and digital collections. Guest support will be provided by a research specialist and local consultants. On Monday through Saturday, the library will be fully staffed and will continue to offer full services on all floors.

“Family history is a family activity,” explained David Rencher, the director of the Family History Library. “We are excited to extend our hours so that families can better connect, discover, and gather their families—both living and dead.”

Through fun, hands-on activities, the 10,000 square feet of discovery experiences at the Family History Libraryprovide people of all ages a personal way to explore and experience their heritage. The attraction offers more than 100 custom iPads, 44 touch-screen monitors, and 42 computers. Six recording studios enable guests to create free, high-definition audio and video recordings of family members and preserve treasured memories for future generations.

The library serves hundreds of thousands of guests yearly from all parts of the world. They come specifically seeking elusive ancestors in the family tree or are merely curious to see what they can discover about themselves while passing through Salt Lake City. In addition to free access to the world’s historical genealogical records, the library also offers free family history classes and webinars on various topics and accommodates field trips, bus tours, and group events.

“We are always looking at ways to make our amazing resources more accessible to our guests and to make their visit to the library more inviting and welcoming,” said Lynn Turner, a manager at the Family History Library.

The Family History Library is located at 35 North West Temple Street in downtown Salt Lake City, west of Historic Temple Square. The phone number is 1-801-240-6996.

(With thanks to FamilySearch via email)

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

FamilySearch adds Scottish 1901 census

FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org) has added a new collection, Scotland Census, 1901, available at https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/3212239.

Although listed as part of the New Free Historical Records on FamilySearch: Week of May 6, 2019 release (https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch--week-of-may-6-2019/), the records do not seem to be searchable as yet, although the page is live.

I do have to take FamilySearch to task on one point, however. As part of the description, FamilySearch notes that "This collection is located at The National Archive (England) and the archive series number is RG 13.The archive uses a unique two-part reference number combining the Series Number and the Registration District Number (RD). Each unique reference number corresponds to a distinct piece reference in the series. For example, RG 13/70. The index was provided by FindMyPast.com and Images are not available at this time".

Cue a big sigh...

I have raised the erroneous source citations of the Scottish censuses as held on FindmyPast in the past, and they either simply do not want to know, or cannot be bothered to do anything about it - but I do hope that FamilySearch might be a little more open to constructive criticism.

The 1901 Scottish census - and indeed ALL Scottish censuses - are not held in England at the National Archives, they are held at the National Records of Scotland (https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk) in Edinburgh (pictured right). They are not catalogued by the NRS under RG13, that's the English records classification at TNA. The Scottish census is not even collected on the same legal basis as the English census, and has not been since the 1861 census was the first to be carried out through the authority of the Registrar General for Scotland.

It would be great if FamilySearch could amend this.

FamilySearch has also added England, Northamptonshire, Non-conformist Records, 1840-1894 (https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2806100).

UPDATE: Actually, I should probably take them to task on the following bit also:

"These records are comprised of Enumeration forms that were distributed to all households before the census night and the complete forms were collected the next day by the enumerators."

They aren't. The records are the enumerators returns which were copied from the original enumeration forms, which were subsequently destroyed. But let's not split hairs!

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Free access to Danish and Finnish Historical Records on MyHeritage

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

Search Danish and Finnish Historical Records for Free

We’re excited to announce that we are offering FREE access to all Danish and Finnish historical records on MyHeritage for the next week, until May 12, 2019.


Danish Records

The 105 million Danish records on MyHeritage include extremely valuable data to enhance your family history research. After recently adding the 1940 Denmark Census to SuperSearch, we now have the world’s most comprehensive Danish historical record collection.

Denmark Census Records, 1787–1940: Denmark has some of the most consistent and comprehensive census content anywhere, making these 43 million records (which include images of the original documents) a treasure trove for genealogists.

Denmark Church Records, 1576–1919: The 48 million records with images in this collection serve as the vital records for all of Denmark. Lutheran ministers were appointed agents of the Danish Crown, and charged with recording births, marriages, and deaths.

MyHeritage also offers extensive baptism, burial, military, emigration, and probate records from Denmark, which complement the Census and Church collections.


Finnish Records

The 48.6 million Finnish records on MyHeritage are from the most important collections in Finnish genealogical research.

Finland Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books, 1675–1915: In Finland, children were historically listed in Pre-Confirmation “Children’s Books” until approximately age 15, while adults were documented in the Church Census records. The Church Census and Pre-Confirmation Books include 33.3 million records and they include images of the original documents.

MyHeritage also has 15.3 million Finnish baptism, marriage, and burial records dating back to 1657.

For links to the collections, visit https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/05/search-danish-and-finnish-historical-records-for-free/.

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Waterford Anglican baptisms added to RootsIreland

RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie) has added 38,000 Church of Ireland baptism records for County Waterford, as follows:

Affane 1858 – 1899
Ardfinnan 1870 – 1911
Cahir 1801 – 1920
Cappoquin 1834 – 1920
Carrick-On-Suir 1841 – 1919 (in Co. Tipperary)
Castlane 1878 – 1919
City of Waterford 1656 – 1900
Clonegam 1827 – 1854
Clonmel 1766 – 1920
Clonmore 1817 – 1874
Drumcannon 1791 – 1920
Dungarvan 1722 – 1920
Fiddown 1874 – 1920
Kilculliheen 1856 – 1920
Kill St Nicholas 1679 – 1920
Killaloan 1816 – 1918
Kilmeaden 1683 – 1919
Kilrossanty 1837 – 1865
Kilwatermoy 1837 – 1917
Lismore 1693 – 1920
Monksland 1878 – 1919
Newchapel 1792 – 1910
Rossmire 1866 – 1918
Shanrahan 1877 – 1920
St Olaf’s 1741 – 1910
St Patricks 1723 – 1920
Stradbally 1800 – 1920
Tallow 1773 – 1919
Templemichael 1801 – 1867
Trinity 1707 – 1880
Tubrid 1811, 1866
Tullamelan 1811 – 1919
Villierstown 1879 – 1918
Whitechurch 1772 – 1876
Youghal 1665 – 1918

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

ScotlandsPeople access in Alloa, Clackmannanshire

On Friday I carried out some family history research in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, using the registrar's service for access to ScotlandsPeople, as well as some local resources. As with other local centres, Alloa offers unlimited access to the ScotlandsPeople records from 9am-4.30pm for a flat out fee of £15.

It was my first visit to the Family History Centre in the Registration office at the Speirs Centre, Primrose Place, Alloa, and I have to say that I was extremely impressed with the facility. It was not very busy, the ScotlandsPeople system worked perfectly (having experienced yet more disruption in Glasgow on this last Wednesday, this mattered!), and there was free wifi available.

The team were helpful with their local knowledge. I had one issue about boundaries, concerning a family who lived in Menstrie, Clackmannanshire, who workshipped in Logie, Perthshire, which they helped to resolve, as well as useful advice on poor law records for the area. 

All in all, a great service, and heartily recommended. To book a seat, visit https://www.clacks.gov.uk/culture/genealogy/.

For ScotlandsPeople access in Glasgow, Kilmarnock, Hawick, Inverness and Edinburgh visit https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/local-family-history-centres and https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/visit-us/scotlandspeople-centre.

A few pics from the day!







Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

The Paton family returns to Edinburgh Castle!

Proud dad today!

My son Jamie is a tenor drummer with Largs Boys Brigade Pipe Band. Today they were invited, along with five other bands, to perform in Edinburgh, initially outside St. Giles Cathedral, and then outside Edinburgh Castle on the esplanade.

Family history note - Jamie's the first member of my Paton family to march in and out of the castle in a kilt since his five times great grandfather William Paton was stationed there in 1797 with the second battalion of Breadalbane's Fencibles!

Enjoy! (Also at https://youtu.be/HVZjW6jcqhg)











Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Scottish burgess records added to FindmyPast

The latest records added to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk), including Scottish burgess records sourced from the Scottish Genealogy Society in Edinburgh:


Scotland, Burgess & Guild Brethren Index
Did your Scottish ancestors become masters of their trade? Uncover details of their lives with over 64,000 records spanning nearly 650 years of occupational records. Each transcript will reveal a combination of their occupation or trade, dates, locations and notable life events.

Medieval and early Scottish burghs were controlled by a minority of residents known as burgesses. The burgesses were merchants and craftsmen of the burgh, they had the right to elect the Town Council, and the merchants were more influential. The other residents of the burgh were 'unfree' and had no vote of special privileges from living in a town. Affluent householders such as chamberlains and lawyers were often 'unfreemen', although many were awarded the status of burgess 'gratis', this conferred citizenship but little else. Widows who were respectable, may also be awarded this citizenship. Becoming a burgess was viewed as the key to social position, it was evidence of economic success within the community.

(COMMENT: Check out this month's edition of Who Do You Think You Are? magazine for an article by yours truly on freeman/burgess appointment records!) 

Scotland, People of Banffshire & Moray 1150-1857
Over 23,000 additional records have been added to the collection. The names in this collection have been discovered across a number of sources. Each record will tell you the original source and a description of the text.

British India Office Deaths & Burials
Over 12,000 additional records have been added to our collection of India Office Deaths & Burials. Discover details about the deaths of your ancestors who died in the UK, British India, Burma and other territories connected to the India office (St Helena, Sumatra, Kuwait, Aden, Penang, Macao). Discover where, when and in some cases how they died as well as where they were buried.

1939 Register Update
Over 37,000 additional 'open' records have been added to the 1939 Register. Since the Register was launched, Findmypast has matched nearly five million 'closed records' to multiple data sources to correctly confirm the date and location of death for individuals recorded.

International Records Update – Bahamas
Discover your Bahamian ancestors in this online index of registered births from the British Crown Colony of The Bahamas, from 1850-1891. Birth records are essential to expanding your family tree. There are tens of thousands of records in this collection, giving information not only about relatives born in the Bahamas but also their parents.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added 87,226 new pages to our collection We are delighted to welcome four new titles to our ever-growing collection, including an extensive run of Worcestershire publication the Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer, two Northern Ireland titles (the Protestant Watchman & Lurgan Gazette and the Ulster Examiner & Northern Star), as well as pages from West Sussex publication the Crawley News. This week also sees updates to nine of our existing titles covering various English counties, including five London publications. We have also updated the Crewe Guardian and the Reading Evening Post.

Further details ands links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2635914256.html

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Scotland 1750-1850 course starts in just over a week!

Just over a week to go until the start of my next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course, which gets underway on May 13th 2019, and runs for 5 weeks!

Here are the details:

This is an intermediate level course in Scottish family history for those who are going back beyond 1850. You should have some experience with research in the Old Parochial Registers of the Church of Scotland and in using major websites for Scottish research. This course discusses sources that fill the gap when the OPRs are uninformative or missing; for example, records of parish and town administration, occupations, land transfer and taxation. Using these records involves several different locations. You will learn how to check online finding aids and how to find the most effective way to obtain records that may be online, in print, on CD or microfilm. This is the second course on Scottish research. If you have not taken Scottish Research Online please check its description.

Lesson Headings:

* Kirk Sessions records and parish poor
* Burgh records and town poor
* Occupations, taxation and early lists
* Land transfer and the value of sasines
* Land, inheritance and estates

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week. See How the Courses Work.

STUDENTS SAID: "well structured chats with opportunities for questions as well"

Relevant Countries: Scotland
Course Length: 5 Weeks
Start Date: 5 Nov 2018
Cost: £49.99


The following video also gives a bit more of a flavour about what to expect:



(Available also at https://youtu.be/1vX6GZtwZJ0)

For further details, and to sign up, please visit https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302.

I'll hopefully see you there!

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Irish Family History Experience in June

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

Irish Family History Experience, 10-15 June


This brand new, six-day programme will offer you the opportunity to spend three days learning from the experts and researching in the Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI) followed by the option of three days of touring Ireland’s famous historic sites.

For further details visit https://www.ancestryireland.com/family-history-conference/summer

(With thanks to the UHF)

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

MyHeritage Live 2019 speaker line up

My Heritage (www.myheritage.com) has announced its speaker line-up for MyHeritage Live in Amsterdam this September.


Amongst ths presenting will be Blaine Bettinger, Yvette Hoitink, and the world's most fun presnter, Cyndi Ingle .

For full details visit https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/03/myheritage-live-2019-speaker-spotlight/

(With thanks to MyHeritage)

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Supporting school pupils on mental health issues

A non-genealogy post here, except for the fact that our kids are our future.

There have a been a couple of suicides by pupils at my son's school recently here in Scotland, and as such, a leaflet has just been sent out by the school with information that might help pupils suffering from mental health issues. The following are details of agencies that can help:

BREAK THE SILENCE
A local support to 16+ where self-harming is linked to adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
Info@breakthesilence.org.uk
01412292580 or 01314752380

PENUMBRA
A Scottish voluntary organisation working within the field of mental health.
www.penumbra.org.uk

CHOOSE LIFE
A National strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland.
www.chooselife.net
08000684141

PAPYRUS
Working towards prevention of young suicide.
www.papyrus-uk.org

BREATHING SPACE
A free, confidential phone helpline for those experiencing low mood/depression. Mon-Thurs (6pm -2am) / Fri-Sun (6pm -6am).
0800838587
www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk

YOUNG MINDS
Info about young people’s mental health.
08008025544 (parent helpline)
www.youngminds.org.uk

SAMARITANS
Provide a 24 hour confidential helpline for those in crisis or who may need to talk.
08457909090
www.samaritans.org

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Scottish records added to FindmyPast, and family tree service update

The latest records on FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Scotland, Shetland Newspaper Marriage & Anniversary Notices 1872-2018
Search over 47,000 marriage and anniversary notices printed in the Shetland Times between 1872 and 2018. Newspapers can an incredible resource when tracing your family tree, they reveal the daily lives of our ancestors, allowing you to further understand an ancestor's place within their local community.

Scotland Monumental Inscriptions
Almost 65,000 additional records covering Aberdeenshire, Caithness, Kincardineshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Tay Valley area have been added to our collection of Scottish monumental inscriptions.

Queensland Soldier Portraits, 1914-1918
Come face to face with your Australian military ancestor in this collection of over 24,000 photographic portraits from the First World War. Each result is provided with a link to view a portrait of your ancestor in his military uniform published in The Queenslander newspaper between 1914 and 1918. Transcripts may also reveal your ancestor's service number and regiment.

Queensland, Hospital Registers
Explore over 58,000 assorted Queensland hospital records from hospitals across Queensland including Brisbane, Croydon, Dalby, Mackay, and Wallagarra. These records are a wonderful genealogy resource, and an essential search for anyone with Queensland ancestry.

International Records Update – Panama
Three new indexes containing just under half a million vital records from the Republic of Panama have recently joined our growing collections of international records.

British & Irish Newspapers
This week we have added over 112,300 new pages to the collection. We are delighted to see updates to over seventy of our existing titles, which cover locations across the British Isles and Ireland. As well as updating regional papers, there are updates to some of our specialist titles including sporting publication The Referee, and religious publication the Catholic Standard. Updates this week variously cover the years 1872, 1912 and 1959, with more extended additions joining the Fulham Chronicle. We also have two brand new titles this week, London newspaper the Harrow Observer, and Nottinghamshire title the Mansfield and Sutton Recorder. The Harrow Observer has pages covering much of the twentieth century, whilst the Mansfield and Sutton Recorder covers the late twentieth century.

Further details and links are at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/family-historygenealogy-ww1-recordsscottish-recordsaustralian-recordsp-2635533663.html.

FindmyPast has also announced an update to its family tree service provision. For more on this, visit Alona Tester's blog at https://www.gouldgenealogy.com/2019/04/important-changes-coming-to-findmypast-online-tree-settings-and-tree-hints/.

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Update on my books, talks and courses

Apologies for the gap in blogging over the last week. I spent all of last week on a final push to complete my second book this year, Tracing Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records, which is now with the publisher, Pen and Sword.

I've also had an update on the publication schedule for my three books with Pen and Sword - Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) is now looking like it will be published this August, whilst Tracing Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records is provisionally set for November. My third book, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, will follow in 2020.

I have a few other irons in fires on other possible projects, but will blog about those in due course. In the meantime, some forthcoming talks I will be giving:
  • October 5th 2019 Lanarkshire Family History Show, Motherwell - An Irish house history
  • October 5th 2019, Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS (Glasgow branch) 2pm-4pm, Renfield Saint Stephen's Church Centre - Glasgow, 260 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JP - Discover Scottish Church Records
  • October 19th 2019, Manchester & Lancashire FHS, Manchester, England - Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis
  • October 21st 2019, Glasgow & West of Scotland FHS. An Irish house history (plus Irish records Q&A)
  • November 13th 2019, Central Scotland FHS, Stirling, Scottish Research Resources before 1800
  • January 18th 2020, Aberdeen & NE Scotland FHS (Edinburgh branch) - Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis

And a reminder that my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, commences on May 13th 2019 - full details are available at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302.

Finally, I've given my research service website a bit of an update, at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk - let me know if I can help with your research!

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

TheGenealogist adds prison records for debt and bankruptcy

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk), the following collection concerns those imprisoned for debt and bankruptcy through the English legal system:

New Records Reveal Those Imprisoned for Debt

TheGenealogist is expanding its Criminal Records collection with the release of over 146,000 individuals who were listed in prison records. Sourced from the PRIS 10 & PRIS 11 collections held at The National Archives, these documents contain records from 1697 to 1862 and reveal those jailed for debt or bankruptcy.

These records will give family historians details of those imprisoned in debtors prisons including the King's Bench Prison, Queen's Prison, Fleet Prison and Marshalsea Prison. They contain commitment and discharge records, giving details of names of the debtor, creditor and attorney, along with the amount of debt.

Use these records to:

● Find ancestors who were imprisoned for debts and bankruptcy
● Discover to who debts were owed
● See when individuals were discharged

Within these records, we find John Dickens, father of the famous author Charles Dickens, who was in debt to baker James Karr by the sum of 40 pounds. John was brought in to custody on 20th February 1824 and was later discharged on 26th May 1824 when his mother died leaving him enough money to pay off his debts.


Charles Dickens had to earn a wage from a young age and his childhood experiences affected him greatly. He used his experiences as background for the story of Little Dorrit.

Read our article here: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/little-dorrit-dickens-and-dads-debts-1103/

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Writing Your Family History course with Gill Blanchard

From genealogist Gill Blanchard, news of a forthcoming writing course:

Writing Your Family History
E-Course Module One
www.writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

Starts Friday 10 May 2019
Ends Week ending Friday 2 August 2019

12 Weeks. 5 Lessons. Weekly Discussions.
Cost £150

Tutor: Gill Blanchard
Author and Professional Family Historian
MA. Biography and Creative Non Fiction (UEA)

This is a practical writing course spread over a twelve week period that guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life. The aim is on producing an entertaining family history that other people want to read. The lessons will focus on enabling students to choose the most suitable format for them, decide what to include and how, and find and add relevant context. The tutor will provide personalised and in-depth feedback throughout the course.

Students are encouraged to move beyond a basic ‘John begat William and Jane begat Mary’ chronicle; learn how to integrate relevant social and local history materials and to deal with repetitions, missing pieces and anomalies in their writing.

The course lasts for twelve weeks and is comprised of five lessons. The first four lessons are posted online at fortnightly intervals, with an extra week after lessons four and five to allow additional time for reading, writing, critiquing and feedback.

The lessons include writing exercises, focussed guidance, useful tips, writing examples, links to useful resources and background reading. There will be regular live online discussions with the tutor and other students. A dedicated learning hub can be used at any time throughout the course to share work, ask questions and post news.

This course is aimed at those who have completed a body of research into their family history and are ready to start writing.

(With thanks to Gill)

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Family Tree Live - free showguide

The Family Tree Live (https://www.facebook.com/events/569744646715638/) show in Alexandra Palace, London, England, takes place on April 26th and 27th, from 09:30–17:00. The show is hosted by the UK's Family Tree magazine and the Family History Federation, with exhibitors from various walks of life.

To help find your way around, a showguide is freely available online from https://pocketmags.com/family-tree-magazine/family-tree-live-show-guide-19

More on the show:

Taking place on 26th & 27th April 2019 at Alexandra Palace, you can expect two jam-packed days of family history fun for ALL!

The team from Family Tree Live would love you to join them for a brand new UK family history show – two days packed with lectures, workshops, displays and stands – suitable for all levels of family history experience.

Family Tree Live is brought to you by Family Tree in partnership with the Federation of Family History Societies and will provide visitors with a vast range of learning opportunities under one roof. Highlights will include:

• Inspiring Family History Lectures
• Hands-on workshops
• A DNA hub
• Advice stations
• Child-friendly activities including a free goody bag (kids 16 and under go free!)
…and so much more.

Associate Sponsors…
FamilyTreeDNA
MyHeritage
Society of Genealogists
FamilySearch
Association of Genealogists & Researchers in Archive

To book tickets, visit https://familytr.ee/buyaticket


I won't be able to attend as I am at a conference event in Edinburgh next weekend, but enjoy the show, and I look forward to reading the reviews and reports!

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Durham Bishops Transcripts updated on FindmyPast

The latest additions to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):

Durham Bishop's Transcripts Baptisms
Over 741,000 records have been added to our collection of Durham Bishop's Transcripts of Baptisms. Bishop's transcripts are contemporary copies of parish registers and usually contain the same vital details found in parish registers such as baptism place, baptism date, residence, patent's names and father's occupation.

Durham Bishop's Transcripts Marriages
More than 296,000 transcripts of marriages are now available to search. Including both images and transcripts, these records can provide you with your ancestor's marriage date, marriage place, father's name, witness's names and corresponding details for their spouse.

Durham Bishop's Transcripts Burials
Over 554,000 new burial records have been added to our collection of Durham Bishops transcripts. Search these records to discover your ancestor's burial place, year of death and religious denomination. The records are copies of original parish registers and contain records of both Anglican and Quaker burials.

National Burial Index for England & Wales
The National Burial Index continues to grow with over 410,000 additional records. This latest update includes new records covering a variety of locations across Essex, Bradford, Durham and North Yorkshire. Each record consist of a transcript that will reveal your ancestor's birth year, death year, burial date, burial place and denomination.

International Records Update – Jamaica
Jamaica is the latest country to join or rapidly expanding collection of international records. This week's update includes five new sets encompassing over 2.4 million parish and civil register entries for births, baptisms, marriages, deaths and burials dating back to the mid-17th century. The Jamaican collections currently available to search include:

  • Jamaica Birth and Baptism Index 1752-1920
  • Jamaica, Church of England Parish Baptisms 1664-1880
  • Jamaica, Civil Birth Registrations
  • Jamaica, Civil Death Registrations
  • Jamaica, Civil Marriage Registrations

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added 121,734 new pages to our collection of historical British newspapers. We have three new titles covering the west London area, the Ealing Leader, the Hayes & Harlington Gazette and the Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette. The publication of these titles is made possible thanks to our ongoing partnership with Reach plc (formerly Trinity Mirror). We also have extensive updates to the Reading Evening Post this week, with just under 40,000 pages added. We have also added the year 1986 to the Staines & Ashford News.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-april-19th-2634977647.html

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Free Easter access to Ancestry

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

BIGGEST EVER FREE ACCESS
Discover a new branch of your family tree this Easter

Looking forward to some quality time with the family this Easter? Now you can find out together how far your family roots spread, with access to a billion UK, Irish and Commonwealth historical records from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until 22 Apr 2019 23:59 GMT. 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 user name 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.

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 13th 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Details of my genealogical research service are available at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. For my Scottish and Irish themed books, visit https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.