Monday, 15 July 2019

Huge update to The List of Historic Welsh Place Names

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (https://rcahmw.gov.uk) has announced that The List of Historic Welsh Place Names has added some 500,000 place names, after it received date from the Cynefin Project from the National Library of Wales before Christmas. The number of names it now holds is 660,000.

The Cynefin: Mapping Wales’ Sense of Place project ran from 2014 to 2017, and saw the digitisation of, and transcription of data from, some 1,100 Welsh tithe maps held at the NLS.

For more on the story visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/list-of-historic-welsh-place-names-now-over-660000-records. To access The List of Historic Place Names of Wales project itself visit https://historicplacenames.rcahmw.gov.uk.

Chris

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Sunday, 14 July 2019

New address for IWM's Lives of the First World War

I have just noticed that the Lives of the First World War project, which ended in March of this year, is now back up and running at a new web address and platform at https://livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk.


From the site:

IWM’s Lives of the First World War tells the stories of individuals from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served in uniform and worked on the home front.

This innovative digital project ran from 12 May 2014 to 19 March 2019. From individuals and families, to communities and organisations, more than 160,000 people collaborated to piece together the lives of people who experienced the conflict, through sharing anecdotes and digitising material that has been hidden away in attics until now.

The project is no longer taking contributions, being now very much a permanent digital memorial site which allows you to search for individuals and communities that were established throughout the original project.

It's an impressive project, and well done to the IWM for bringing it back so quickly - have fun exploring!


Chris

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Peterloo Massacre event at the UK's National Archives

The National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) is hosting an event on August 16th to commemorate the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819. The following is the description:

On 16 August 1819, 60,000 peaceful pro-democracy protestors gathered in Manchester. They were charged by cavalry, leaving at least 15 dead. This event became known as the Peterloo Massacre.

200 years on, our experts will examine Peterloo’s impact on the parliamentary reform movements; on the use of the military to maintain civil power; and ask what bearing the massacre had on the way we think today about the history of democracy. Footage from Mike Leigh’s acclaimed Peterloo, and original testimonies, will provide context.

Speakers include Jacqueline Riding, historian for Mike Leigh’s film Peterloo, and George Hay, records specialist at The National Archives.

For further details, and to book, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-peterloo-massacre-at-200-tickets-62581158931.

Chris

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Saturday, 13 July 2019

New Windsor Herald of Arms appointed

For those interested in heraldry, the latest appointment of a herald to the College of Arms (www.college-of-arms.gov.uk) in England:

By Letters Patent under the Great Seal dated 5 July 2019, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to appoint John Michael Allen-Petrie, Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms, to the Office of Windsor Herald of Arms, vacant by the retirement of William George Hunt, Esquire, T.D.

The College of Arms has no jurisdiction over Scottish heraldry, but is instead the body which oversees matters armorial in the rest of the UK. For the body which oversees Scottish heraldry, visit the Court of the Lord Lyon website at www.courtofthelordlyon.scot.

(With thanks to @yorkherald via Twitter - original announcement at https://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/news-grants/news/item/166-windsor-herald)

Chris

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Friday, 12 July 2019

FindmyPast expands US passenger lists collection

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


United States, Passenger and Crew Lists
Containing more than 100 million records, our new and improved national collection of US passenger lists is a blend of all our existing US lists as well as more than 2 million new additions covering Boston, Texas and South Carolina. Spanning 165 years of travel (1800-1965), the collection includes ship manifests kept by shipmasters, crew lists, flight manifests, passenger arrival lists, and more. This extensive collection of migration records includes ship manifests kept by shipmasters, crew lists, flight manifests, passenger arrival lists, and more. The numerous lists document the arrival of millions of immigrant from Europe, Asia, and South America into America, where most created a new life for themselves and their descendants.

Huddersfield Baptisms
Over 52,000 records covering 14 new parishes have been added to our collection of Huddersfield Baptisms. All new parishes are highlighted in the Huddersfield baptisms parish list.

Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions
Over 5000 additional records covering 14 Anglican churchyards across the York area (West Riding, North Riding and Ainsty) have been added to the collection. Mainly covering the years of the First and Second World War, these records will enable you to discover when your ancestor died and where they were laid to rest.

Middlesex Baptisms
Over 64,000 new records have been added to existing parishes within our collection of Middlesex Baptisms.

International Records Update – Czech Republic
Two new Indexes, Czech Republic Births & Baptisms 1637-1889 and Czech Republic Marriages 1654-1889 are now available to search.

British & Irish Newspapers
This week we have added 98,602 brand new pages to The Archive. We have updates to eleven of our existing titles – spanning 134 years between 1865 and 1999, and covering towns and cities across England and Northern Ireland. You can find extensive updates this week to Yorkshire title the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, with over 12,000 new pages added, which include the years between 1885 and 1909. We have additions to other regional titles as well, covering the south of England (Crawley and London), the Midlands (Coventry), as well as the north of the country (Liverpool). We are excited to welcome further updates to one of our specialist publications – Field – for which we now have editions up to 1911. Field is a newspaper dedicated to country pursuits, and is a unique window into the world of the Victorian country gentleman.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-fridays-2639165517.html

Chris

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

WDYTYA? returns on 22 July

The next series of Who Do You Think You Are? commences on Monday 22 July 2019. Here's the blurb:

Daniel Radcliffe
Who Do You Think You Are?
Series 16
Episode 1 of 8

Actor Daniel Radcliffe discovers that the Hatton Garden robbery of his great-grandfather’s jewellery business was far more dark and dramatic than he ever imagined, while an unseen cache of his great-great uncle’s letters reveal a heart-wrenching First World War love story.

For more on the series visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007t575

COMMENT: I am unclear if every BBC region is showing this at this time. The Radio Times site has it listed as BBC One (not South), whilst the WDYTYA site notes this as the transmissiojn slot for BBC One HD & London only. Check https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl6v#outlets for your BBC region.

Chris

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Lloyds Banking Group Virtual War Memorial

David McNay has created a new Facebook page, the Lloyds Banking Group Virtual War Memorial. Here's the description:

This page is to remember the names listed on the war memorials belonging to Lloyds Banking Group.

The organisations we will feature names from are:

Bank of Scotland
British Linen Bank
Lloyds Bank
Clerical Medical
Scottish Widows
Halifax Building Society
Union Bank of Scotland
Cox & Co.
Anglo-South American Bank
British Bank of South America
London & Brazilian Bank
London & River Plate Bank
Bank of London & South America

We hope you find the posts of interest. If you have any information on any of the names we share, we'd be glad to hear from you.

The page is located at https://www.facebook.com/The-Lloyds-Banking-Group-Virtual-War-Memorial-321739982068577/.

Chris

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Monday, 8 July 2019

August events at PRONI in Belfast

The following events are forthcoming at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni):

Dr Raphael Ernest Grail Armattoe: The West African Scientist in 1940s Ireland
5 August, 1-2pm
Elly Omondi will explore the legacy of Dr Armattoe, his pioneering contribution as a West African immigrant, his work as a locum doctor in Belfast, as a GP in Derry~Londonderry, and his lasting work on anthropology as a science.
Book tickets via http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/dr-raphael-ernest-grail-armattoe

East Belfast and the Blitz
6 August, 1-2pm
The presentation will focus on the people from East Belfast who died during the German air raids of 1941, and on public and family commemoration.
Book tickets via http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/east-belfast-and-blitz-nigel-henderson

Women in the Archives
7 August, 1-2pm
Lynsey Gillespie and Jason Burke will explore hidden stories from the archives of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Linen Hall Library.
Book tickets via http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/women-archives-lynsey-gillespie-and-jason-bourke

The "Wee Yard" and the Great War
8 August, 1-2pm
This presentation marks the 100th anniversary of the Workman Clark war memorial which is now located at the Pumphouse in the Titanic Quarter. The presentation will provide a wide-ranging account of the involvement of the Workman Clark shipyard and its employees in the First World War.
Book tickets via http://www.eastsidearts.net/event/wee-yard-and-great-war

'Men Behind the Glass' Exhibition
From 19 August
The exhibition will be on display in the PRONI atrium and will run from 19 August until 30 September.
Further details via https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/talks-and-events

(With thansk to the PRONI Express)

Chris

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Latest additions to the British Newspaper Archive

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

Field
1853-1856, 1858, 1860, 1862-1863, 1865-1868, 1870-1877, 1879-1881, 1884-1900, 1902-1911

Strabane Chronicle
1899-1906, 1909-1911

Crawley News
1991, 1998-1999

Huddersfield Daily Examiner
1885, 1888, 1896-1897, 1905-1909

Harefield Gazette
1998-1999

Coventry Standard
1919

Pinner Observer
1998-1999

Sandwell Evening Mail
1989

Kingston Informer
1986-1987, 1994, 1998-1999

Tablet
1865

Liverpool Daily Post
1911

Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle
1873-1911, 1925-1933, 1958-1969

Staffordshire Sentinel
1903-1910, 1913-1919

Newcastle Evening Chronicle
1894, 1913, 1919

The People
1946-1949

Newcastle Chronicle
1875-1896, 1899-1900

Surrey Advertiser
1909

Limerick Chronicle
1825

Aberdeen Press and Journal
1980-1984

Harrow Leader
1998-1999

Ealing Leader
1998-1999

Hayes & Harlington Gazette
1998-1999

Acton Gazette
1871-1880, 1885, 1888-1892, 1894-1903, 1910-1917, 1921-1939

Amersham Advertiser
1998

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette
1991

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
1874, 1884, 1887, 1891, 1894

Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough
1901-1905, 1907, 1910, 1912

Hamilton Advertiser
1889-1895, 1897, 1901, 1903-1904, 1906-1909

Kensington Post
1991, 1994-1997, 1999

Harrow Midweek
1979-1983

Nouvelle Chronique de Jersey
1889, 1896

Essex Guardian
1894-1897, 1899-1908

Northern Ensign and Weekly Gazette
1854, 1864, 1866, 1870-1871, 1879-1885, 1887, 1889-1892, 1895-1896, 1901, 1922-1926

Aberdeen Evening Express
1939-1943, 1945, 1980-1984

Middlesex Gazette
1889-1910, 1912-1913

Middlesex Independent
1883-1893, 1895

Western Mail
1913

Bristol Times and Mirror
1814, 1831-1832, 1835, 1837

Harrow Observer
1974

Bridgwater Journal
1989-1990

Volunteer Record & Shooting News
1884-1902

Thanet Times
1986

North Down Herald and County Down Independent
1939

Protestant Watchman and Lurgan Gazette
1874

Fishing Gazette
1895

Newcastle Journal
1879

Manchester Evening News
1888

Lichfield Mercury
1987

Chris

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Friday, 5 July 2019

National Library of Wales now a FamilySearch affiliate

A tweet from the National Library of Wales (https://www.library.wales):

We are pleased to announce that @NLWales is now a FamilySearch Affiliate Library giving free access within our building to digital genealogical collections that are otherwise accessible only through one of their centres


For more on FamilySearch affiliate libraries visit https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-affiliate-libraries/.

Chris

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Highland Archive Centre 10th Anniversary

From Highland Archive (https://www.highlifehighland.com/highland-archive-centre/):

Highland Archive Centre 10th Anniversary

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Highland Archive Centre and we will be holding an event on 23rd November to mark this (details to follow in our next full newsletter!).

In the run up to the event we would like to gather a collection of words that people associate with archives, heritage, family history, genealogy, and all things related! We are asking our social media followers, searchroom users, depositors, event attendees, staff and other archive professionals to contribute words which will then form part of a piece of artwork.

For some people archives provide reliable historical information which enables them to carry out their job, for others they provide a way of educating and inspiring young people about our past, present and future. Some use archives to reminisce about places and people and others use them to discover their roots. If you have any words which sum up archives, family history or the Highland Archive Centre for you, please let us know using any of the means listed below. We're excited to hear all the different things that people come up with - we know how much archives matter to so many people.

Postal Address: The Highland Archive Centre, Bught Road, Inverness, IV3 5SS
Email: archives@highlifehighland.com
Telephone: 01349781130
Facebook: @highlandarchives
Twitter: @hlharchives


(With thanks to Highland Archive)

Chris

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Latest additions to FindmyPast

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


British Officers Serving In Early America, 1614-1787
Explore six fascinating 19th century publications that record then names and details of British Army Officers serving in America prior to and during the Revolutionary War.

Pennsylvania Immigrants, 1727-1776
Explore this 1856 publication which, in its own words, is a 'A Collection of Upwards Of Thirty Thousand Names Of German, Swiss, Dutch, French And Other Immigrants In Pennsylvania From 1727 To 1776: With A Statement Of The Names Of Ships, Whence They Sailed, And The Date Of Their Arrival At Philadelphia, Chronology.'

Pennsylvania, Oath of Allegiance
Did your ancestor arrive in Pennsylvania between 1727 and 1775 or between 1786 to 1808? This records hold the names of thousands of male immigrants who were required to take an oath of allegiance to the British Crown and the Province of Pennsylvania as well as immigration lists between 1786 and 1808. Within these pages you will find your ancestor's name, the ship they arrived on, there and arrival ports, and arrival date. Names are organised by vessel.

British Army Records & Regimental Histories
One new publication, The CIV and the War - Illustrated Souvenir of the City of London Imperial Volunteers, has been added to the collection.

British & Irish newspaper update
This week we have added 132,230 brand new pages to the collection. We are delighted to welcome over 100,000 pages to our specialist country pursuits publication Field, which covers an array of topics, such as farming, fishing and country house management. It is a wonderful window into the world of the Victorian country gentleman, and we now have 2,348 issues available to search. We have also added new pages to two of our Staffordshire titles – the Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle and the Staffordshire Sentinel. These new pages cover the late 1890s and early 1900s,

International records update – Austria
Three indexes of Austrian births, baptisms, marriages and burials are now available to search.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-july-8th-2639083980.html

Chris

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Free access to UK Military records this weekend

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

Discover the untold military chapter in your backstory

So many people have played a part in Britain’s military story. Their everyday acts of bravery are waiting to be discovered. See what part your family played with three days’ FREE access to all UK military records.

FREE access until Sunday 7 July 2019 at 23:59 GMT. Registration required. Terms apply.


Further details at https://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/free-access?o_xid=100211&o_lid=100211&o_sch=Email+Campaigns

Chris

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Thursday, 4 July 2019

Norfolk parish registers and bastardy records added to TheGenealogist

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

New Unique Searchable Parish Records 
Some of the records reveal the parents of illegitimate children

TheGenealogist has released over half a million new parish records for Norfolk into their Parish Records collection. In addition to containing the uniquely transcribed records of Baptism, Marriages and Burials with images for over 250 parishes, these records also include some fascinating Bastardy bonds, Examinations, Warrants and Orders. With this release family historians will be able to find the details of ancestors baptised, married and buried as well as those that had children born out of wedlock in this East Anglian county.

The Outcast. Richard Redgrave

The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

● Over half a million individuals in records

● Names of parents of illegitimate children

● Images also reveal the names of people standing guarantor for the father

● The baptism, marriages and burials of ancestors in Norfolk

These fully searchable records are transcribed from the original records and linked to the images from the Norfolk Record Office. This release covers the parishes of:

Acle, Alby, Antingham, Ashby with Oby, Ashby With Oby and Thurne, Ashill, Ashwellthorpe, Ashwicken, Aslacton, Babingley, Bacton, Banham, Barton Bendish All Saints & St Mary, Barton Bendish St Andrew, Bawsey, Beechamwell, Beighton, Billingford, Billingford with Thorpe Parva, Billockby, Bixley, Blickling, Booton, Boughton, Bracon Ash, Bradfield, Brancaster, Braydeston, Breccles, Bressingham, Brinton, Brundall, Buckenham, Bunwell, Burgh next Aylsham, Burgh St Peter, Burlingham St Edmund, Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Thorpe, Burnham Westgate, Caister St Edmunds & Trinity, Caistor St Edmunds, Calthorpe, Carleton Rode, Castle Rising, Caston, Catton, Chedgrave, Cawston, Chedgrave, Clippesby, Colney, Congham St Andrew, Corpusty, Croxton, Denton, Dersingham, Diss, Dunston, Earlham, East Bradenham, East Carleton, East Dereham, East Harling, East Lexham, East Tuddenham, East Walton, East Winch, Eccles, Edgefield, Edingthorpe, Elsing, Erpingham, Felthorpe, Fersfield, Flitcham, Flordon, Fordham, Forncett St Peter, Foulsham, Framingham Earl, Framingham Pigot, Fundenhall, Gayton, Gayton Thorpe, Gaywood, Gimingham With Trunch, Gissing, Glanford, Great Bircham with Bircham Newton and Bircham Tofts, Great Dunham, Great Fransham, Great Poringland, Great Snoring, Great Witchingham, Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth St Nicholas, Grimston, Griston, Guestwick, Haddiscoe, Hales, Hapton, Hardley, Hardwick, Hassingham, Heacham, Heckingham, Heigham, Hellington, Hethersett, Hilgay, Hingham, Hockering, Hoe, Holkham, Honingham, Horning, Horsford, Horsham St Faith, Howe with Little Poringland, Hunstanton, Ingoldisthorpe, Ingworth, Itteringham, Kempston, Kenninghall, Ketteringham, Kilverstone, Kirby Bedon, Knapton, Lammas with Little Hautbois, Langley, Limpenhoe, Lingwood, Little Barningham, Little Walsingham, Little Witchingham, Loddon, Ludham, Marham, Marlingford, Mattishall, Merton, Metton, Mintlyn, Morton on the Hill, Moulton, Moulton All Saints & St Michael, Moulton St Mary, Mulbarton, Mundesley, Narborough, Needham, New Buckenham, Newton Flotman, North Creake, North Elmham, North Lopham, North Pickenham, North Tuddenham, Northwold, Norton Subcourse, Norwich Lakenham, Norwich Pockthorpe St James, Norwich St John de Sepulchre, Norwich St Margaret and St Swithin, Norwich St Mary in the Marsh, Norwich St Peter Parmentergate, Old Buckenham, Oulton, Pakefield, Paston, Postwick, Pulham St Mary the Virgin, Quidenham, Redenhall with Harleston & Wortwell, Ringland, Ringstead St Andrew, Rockland St Mary with Hellington, Runcton Holme, Runton, Saham Toney, Salhouse, Sandringham, Saxthorpe, Sedgeford, Sharrington, Shelfanger, Shelton with Hardwick, Shingham, Shipdham, Sidestrand, Skeyton, Snetterton, Snettisham, Somerleyton (Suffolk), Southrepps, Southwood, Sparham, Sporle With Palgrave, Starston, Stiffkey, Stoke Holy Cross, Stow Bardolph, Stow Bedon, Stradsett, Stratton Strawless, Strumpshaw, Swaffham, Swannington, Swanton Abbot, Swanton Morley with Worthing, Swanton Novers, Swardeston, Tacolneston, Tasburgh, Tharston, Thetford St Cuthbert, Thetford St Mary, Thetford St Peter, Thompson, Thorpe By Haddiscoe, Thorpe Episcopi, Thorpe Market, Thurlton, Thwaite, Tibenham, Titchwell, Toft Monks, Toftrees, Tottenhill, Tottington, Trowse, Trunch, Tuttington, Upper Sheringham, Wacton, Warham, Watlington, Watton, Weeting St Mary With All Saints, Wereham, West Newton, Westacre, West Tofts, Wheatacre All Saints, Wickmere, Wighton, Winfarthing, Witton, Wolferton, Wolterton, Wood Norton, Wood Rising, Woodbastwick, Wormegay, Worstead, Worthing, Wreningham and Wretton.

Read TheGenealogist’s article: Tracing Illegitimate ancestors online https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/tracing-illegitimate-ancestors-online-1127/

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

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Genealogy and the Use of Online Resources

I've discovered that an article I wrote for the journal Scottish Archives in 2012, entitled Genealogy and the Use of Online Resources, is hosted online at https://www.scottishrecordsassociation.org/Scottish%20Archives%2018.web.2%20Paton.pdf.

Although some parts are now dated (Addressing History sadly no longer exists online, and the NRS is now wifi enabled!), it might still be of interest, as I suspect that the immortal battle between the merits of both online and ofline access to records is one that will continue until Armageddon!


Chris

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Irish Workhouse Drawings online, and Tipperary workhouses booklet published

Thanks to Peter Higginbotham via Twitter (@Workhouses) for the news that the Irish Workhouse Drawings Collection, from University College Dublin and the Irish Architectural Archive (iarc.ie), is now online at http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:260452. The following is the abstract from the page describing the collection:

The Workhouse Drawings collection contains a representative sample of drawings, plans, and documents drawn from the Irish Architectural Archive's Workhouse Collection. The Workhouse Collection (reference 85/138) in the Irish Architectural Archive includes surviving drawings for workhouses built in Ireland to provide relief for the poor. Built between 1839 and 1847, the workhouses were designed in a Tudor domestic idiom by architect George Wilkinson. Occasionally drawings are accompanied by other documents including the standard printed specification or, more rarely, items of correspondence. Many are in extremely poor condition and their extreme fragility precludes public access. This online collection provides access to drawings and documents relating to the Mallow, Castleblayney, Lismore, and Gorey workhouses. The drawings for Mallow Workhouse may be considered a representative set of the surviving drawings for the Tudor style workhouses built by Wilkinson. The majority of the drawings were produced mechanically (engraved and printed). The inclusion of drawings from Castleblayney, Lismore, and Gorey, in addition to those of Mallow, ensures that this online collection includes samples of each printed drawing.


Also on workhouses, the Irish Workhouse Centre (http://irishworkhousecentre.ie) is hosting a talk in Nenagh Library, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary on the subject of The Workhouses of County Tipperary to promote a new booklet by Steve Doolan for Irish Heritage Week on Tipperary's twelve workhouses.

Further details are available at https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/the-workhouses-of-county-tipperary.


Chris

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Digitisation of Ireland's Registry of Deeds volumes

Irish genealogy news blogger Claire Santry has reported that Ireland's Registry of Deeds is being considered for digitisation by the Property Registration Authority, which has recently hosted the first meeting of the Registry of Deeds Digitisation Strategy Steering Group. Claire's report is at https://www.irishgenealogynews.com/2019/07/irelands-registry-of-deeds-step-closer.html, with the original news release available at https://www.prai.ie/inaugural-meeting-of-the-registry-of-deeds-digitisation-strategy-steering-group/.

COMMENT: There is already some access available online to the Registry of Deeds records via FamilySearch, through its Transcripts of memorials of deeds, conveyances and wills, 1708-1929 collection available on the catalogue at https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/185720. There are, however, several problems with this presentation. The images have been digitised from early microfilmed copies of the records in black and white, with many of the images illegible and difficult to make out due to poor photography, and they are not indexed via a keyword search facility, although the original indexes for granters and places have been digitised also and placed on the same page. A separate volunteer based indexing prject is also available online at https://irishdeedsindex.net.

The opportunity to see images digitised in full colour from the originals, in a more modern and accessible manner will certainly help, and this is the welcome part of the news release: "The Property Registration Authority has a long term vision to make the historical records of the Registry of Deeds available and discoverable online for research and the enjoyment of all"

It will take time, but this is one that will most certainly be worth the wait!

(With thanks to Claire Santry)

Chris

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FamilySearch adds English and Welsh National Probate Calendar

FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org) has added a new database:

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2451051

This collection is the National Probate Calendar for England and Wales, it is an index to wills and administrations from 1858-1957.

The National Probate Calendar is the English and Welsh equivalent of Scotland's Calendars of Confirmations and Inventories, with the confirmation process down south known as 'probate'.

FamilySearch's index is free to search, but to view an image for further details you will need to visit a LDS family history centre, or affiliate centre.

UPDATE: Thanks to David Wharton via The GENES Blog facebook page, for the following important additional point:

"And they have also indexed the Executors or Administrators, incorrectly described as Beneficiaries [although they might also be one]. They give the deceased's name and the probate date, so it is then easy to go to the official site probatesearch.service.gov.uk to see the index. For 1858 to 1925 you can see the actual registered copy of the will at a Family Search Library."

Chris

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Tuesday, 2 July 2019

RootsIreland annual subscription offer

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.com):

Special Summer Offer on Annual Subscriptions.
Get a 12-month subscription to Roots Ireland at 20% off *.

To obtain this offer just go to the following link and login using your existing RootsIreland login details: http://www.rootsireland.ie. If you currently have a subscription, click My Account, My Subscription and Start a New Subscription. The special deal subscription will then begin once your current subscription runs out.

Why take out a subscription with RootsIreland?

RootsIreland have the most complete and most accurate set of Roman Catholic church records online. Our index is easily searchable and has features such as standardised surname and forename searches which make your searches even more user-friendly.

We hold over 21 million records which is being added to continually. In 2018, we added to our database almost 200,000 records from Counties Tipperary, Clare, Wexford, Offaly, Laois, Waterford, Limerick, Sligo, East Galway and Westmeath. So far in 2019, we have added 100,000 new records from Laois, Offaly, East Galway, Wexford, Armagh and Waterford. New records are uploaded regularly to our database.

Together, our 34 genealogy centres have an unparalleled amount of local knowledge which can be invaluable to those tracing their ancestors, a service which no other website or company can provide to such a high standard. By taking out a subscription with RootsIreland, you are helping these centres to continue to provide a world-class service and securing many Irish jobs.

If you have any questions please check our Help section and if this does not provide an answer, then you may contact us or one of the county centres.

*Offer applies until 12 midnight Irish time on 14th July 2019 only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

COMMENT: Was UK £198, offer price £158.

Chris

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Friday, 28 June 2019

Irish and Scottish poor law records added to FindmyPast

This week's releases on FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Donegal Workhouses Registers and Minute Books
Search for your Irish ancestry through more than 400,000 new and exclusive records from the Donegal workhouses. The records include admission and discharge registers as well as board of guardians' minute books. The books span from 1840 to 1922, comprise records from 7 poor law unions across Donegal and join our growing collection of Irish Work House and Poor Law records. These records are also available to browse. The unions covered include Ballyshannon, Donegal, Dunfanaghy, Glentis, Inishowen, Letterkenny, Milford, and Stranorlar. The original records are held by the Donegal County Council and have been digitised through a partnership with Findmypast. Within the collection, you will find a wide variety of records.

Scotland, Highland Poor Law 1845-1929
Find out if your Highland ancestors fell on hard times with more than 9,000 new poverty relief records. These detailed transcripts can reveal a wide range of information about your ancestors, a description of the relief they received, location, their occupation, residence, earnings, the names and earnings of their relatives, how poor they actually were and the nature of their disability (if disabled).

Scotland, Highlands and Islands Assisted Emigration 1852-1857
Search the names of those who received assistance from the Highlands and Islands Emigration Society in emigrating from the Highlands of Scotland for Australia. Each transcript will reveal when your ancestor's dates and ports of both departure and arrival, their age and residence, the ship they sailed on, the name of their sponsor and the amount they received.

British & Irish Roots Collection
More than 1.2 million records has been added to our exclusive British and Irish Roots Collection, a vast database of nearly 100 million records, handpicked by our in-house experts, that identify a British or Irish emigrants in North America.

International Records Update – Luxembourg
Does your family tree have roots in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg? Find out with three new indexes of births & baptisms, marriages and deaths & burials spanning the years 1662 to 1840.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we are delighted to welcome 137,896 new pages to The Archive, with new pages adding to 18 existing publications spanning 128 years from 1871 to 1999. This week's new additions include:

Staffordshire Sentinel: 1906-1910, 1918-1919
Newcastle Evening Chronicle: 1894, 1913, 1919
The People: 1946-1949
Newcastle Chronicle: 1875-1896, 1899-1900
Surrey Advertiser: 1909
Limerick Chronicle: 1825
Aberdeen Press and Journal: 1983-1984
Walsall Observer, and South Staffordshire Chronicle: 1873-1911, 1925-1933, 1958-1969
Pinner Observer: 1999
Harrow Leader: 1998-1999
Ealing Leader: 1998-1999
Hayes & Harlington Gazette: 1998-1999
Acton Gazette: 1871-1880, 1885, 1888-1892, 1894-1903, 1910-1917, 1921-1939
Amersham Advertiser: 1998
Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Gazette: 1991
Dumfries and Galloway Standard: 1874, 1884
Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough: 1901-1902
Hamilton Advertiser: 1889-1892, 1894, 1897, 1901, 1903-1904, 1906-1908

Further information, and links, at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-fridays-june-28th-2019-2639002540.html

Chris

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Thursday, 27 June 2019

New Update to the MyHeritage Mobile App

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

New Update to the MyHeritage Mobile App

The MyHeritage mobile app makes it easier than ever to explore and share your family history on the go. It’s available for iOS and Android, for both smartphones and tablets.


We’re happy to announce several new features in the MyHeritage mobile app to help you improve your family history research. Among the newly introduced features are Family Timelines, the ability to view family trees that you’re matched with, the ability to choose which information you extract from Smart Matches™, an improved research page, and more.

The full announcement is available at http://blog.myheritage.com/2019/06/new-update-to-the-myheritage-mobile-app-2/.

Chris

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts indexes added to FamilySearch

FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org) has added the following new indexed English collection (no images):

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/3155913

Church of England parish registers containing christening, marriage, and burial entries that took place in the county of Hereford from 1583 to 1898. Records may include: name, parents, spouse, father's occupation, residence, date of birth, date of marriage, burial date and place and much more depending on the record type. The original records are held at the Hereford Record Office.

Chris

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Monday, 24 June 2019

Lest We Forget Glasgow WW1 items digitised now online

Glasgow City Archives has announced that items digitised at its First World War digitisation day earlier this year on April 10th, for the University of Oxford-run Lest We Forget project, are now freely avalable to view online at http://lwf.it.ox.ac.uk/s/lest-we-forget/item-set/6928.

The materials available include photographs, letters, diaries, newspaper cuttings, medals, an oral history recording and more.

Further items from Britain (including Aberdeen, Stonehaven and Edinburgh), and the Isle of Man, are available at http://lwf.it.ox.ac.uk/s/lest-we-forget/page/welcome.


(With thanks to @GC_Archives)

Chris

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Saturday, 22 June 2019

Scottish nonconformist records added to FamilySearch

FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org) has added a new collection to its site of interest to those carrying out Scottish research:

Scotland Presbyterian & Protestant Church Records, 1736-1990
https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/2421466

Records of Free, United Presbyterian, United Free and Other Protestant Churches in Scotland from 1736-1990 originally filmed at the National Archives of Scotland, CH3 series.

The collection is noted as having 109,010 records, but there is no indication of which parishes are included as yet. Many nonconformist records have been previously been sourced by FamilySearch through its IGI and British Isles Vital Records Collections, which are now included in its Scottish births and baptism and marriage databases, but it is unclear if this was the source or if there has been a separate filming.

The indexes are free to search, and images of the records are available for those who can sign in to Familysearch.org as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who have access to a FamilySearch family history center, or access to a FamilySearch affiliate library.

Information on the various churches that split from the Kirk can be found at the top of this page in my section on Kirk History, directly accessible at https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/p/kirk-history.html.

Chris

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Friday, 21 June 2019

MyHeritage Live 2019’s schedule announced

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

MyHeritage Live 2019’s Schedule: Genealogy, DNA, and So Much More


We are excited to announce the schedule for MyHeritage Live 2019 — our second annual international user conference that will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, September 6 – 8, 2019. Offering an exceptional mix of engaging lectures and workshops on the latest in genealogy, DNA and MyHeritage features, participants are sure to have a fantastic weekend and go home with some new skills to enrich their family history research.

Three Conference Tracks

At the heart of MyHeritage Live 2019 is a jam-packed schedule centered with three different tracks for participants to choose from: a genealogy track, a DNA track, and track dedicated to hands-on workshops. Lecturers will include world-renowned experts in the fields of genealogy and DNA, as well as presentations by senior MyHeritage staff members. Hands-on workshops will offer unique opportunities to discover MyHeritage tools and features. The tracks will run simultaneously and participants can pick and choose their favorites from each of the three.
Attendees have multiple options of lecture choices per time slot

The lectures and workshops will be led by an incredible lineup of international speakers, MyHeritage staff, and local experts including MyHeritage Founder & CEO Gilad Japhet, Chief Science Officer Prof. Yaniv Erlich, Blaine Bettinger (The Genetic Genealogist), Yvette Hoitink (Dutch Genealogy), Diahan Southard (Your DNA Guide), Roberta Estes (DNA eXplained), Leah Larkin (The DNA Geek) and more.

The genealogy track includes world-class lectures taught by industry experts and top MyHeritage staff. Topics include ways to maximize your research with MyHeritage record collections, uncover immigration stories, best utilize MyHeritage matching technologies, get overviews of major MyHeritage historical collections, and learn top insider genealogy tips.

In the DNA track, you’ll discover MyHeritage’s latest exciting features — Theory of Family Relativity and Autoclusters. Explore the Autoclusters feature in a session given by their actual creator. Learn how to use your DNA results to uncover your ancestors’ stories. Discover the future of DNA testing and advancements in the field of genetic genealogy with top experts in the field, such as MyHeritage’s Chief Science Officer, Yaniv Erlich.

The hands-on workshops run by top MyHeritage staff will take you through the top MyHeritage tools and features step-by-step and teach you how to use them to maximize your family history discoveries.

The speaker schedule is available at https://live2019.myheritage.com (scroll to bottom)

Meet us in Amsterdam

The conference lectures and workshops offer unparalleled opportunities to expand your knowledge of MyHeritage and learn more about researching your family history. Participants will still have ample opportunities to mingle with hundreds of genealogists and MyHeritage users from all over the globe as well as enjoy world-class performances and entertainment.

Amsterdam is a city brimming with life and a rich history. Not to be missed are the city’s vast archive collections, museums, and beautiful canals and architecture. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

To register and receive an early bird discount visit https://live2019.myheritage.com

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz - original announcement at https://blog.myheritage.com/2019/06/myheritage-live-2019s-schedule-genealogy-dna-and-so-much-more/)

Chris

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NRS is working on a Gaelic Language Plan

In 2017 the Scottish Government published its Gaelic Language Plan for 2016-2021 (https://www.gov.scot/publications/scottish-government-gaelic-language-plan-2016-2021/), as part of efforts with Bòrd na Gàidhlig to help restore Gaelic speaking in Scotland to the levels recorded in the 2001 census (it having fallen in 2011).

In the section entitled Implementation of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005, it notes the following sections:

Gaelic Language Plans

Bòrd na Gàidhlig may request a public authority to produce a Gaelic Language Plan. A list of Gaelic Language Plans produced to date may be viewed at http://gaeliclanguageplansscotland.org.uk/. Public bodies which carry out functions on the Scottish Government's behalf and have not yet been asked to produce a Gaelic Language Plan may refer to this plan and the national Gaelic language plan for an indication of an appropriate level of Gaelic language commitments to implement, particularly in relation to branding.

Other sector-specific bodies

A wide range of other agencies and NDPBs carry out functions on behalf of the Scottish Government, and through their activities are likely to enhance the status of Gaelic. Creative Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, National Records of Scotland, and others are all involved in promoting and supporting the Gaelic language in a variety of ways.

In working on my next book yesterday, I noticed that the National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) and Historic Environment Scotland (www.historicenvironment.scot) have a visible Gaelic profile on their home pages, noting their agencies' names bilingually, but that the National Records of Scotland does not. The NLS has a Gaelic Language Plan (see https://www.nls.uk/news/archive/2018/02/draft-gaelic-language-plan-2018-2023), as does Historic Environment Scotland (https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications/publication/?publicationId=6100001d-485b-4d0e-90ea-a94900a2db24), but I was unable to find one for the NRS.

I therefore queried this on Twitter, and have just received the following response from the archive:

Hi Chris: NRS is working with stakeholders to develop a Gaelic language plan, in tandem with our work to prepare for Scotland’s Census 2021. Ross


It's good to see that the NRS is not ignoring this. For some folk, it won't make a difference if we see a bit of rebranding to include Gaelic on the site, and the NRS does already include some Gaelic on correspondence that it sends, but a Gaelic Language Plan is certainly something that is needed to promote the language's use in other ways. 

For those who have Gaelic as a working language in their daily lives, and for those of us who are learning (some of us for twenty years or more!), it is important to see such small measures in helping to recognise and promote our heritage and to help promote equality for a language so important to Scotland's history and psyche.

Suas Leis a' Ghàidhlig, agus cum Gàidhlig beo!

(With thanks to the NRS)

Chris

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AGRA announces speakers for Sept 2019 conference

AGRA (www.agra.org.uk) has provided further news of its second conference (see https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/2018/09/agra-announces-conference-for-2019.html), including its speakers and talks programme, which will be of particular interest to those with English and Welsh ancestry:

Bloomin' Ancestors! Giving your family history personality 
https://www.agra.org.uk/conference2019/

AGRA’s second conference, open to the public as well as AGRA Members and Associates, will be held in Pembroke College, Oxford University. It will commence with a formal dinner in the College Hall on the evening of 27th September. The lectures, featuring an exciting programme of expert speakers, will be held in the state-of-the-art Pichette Auditorium on Saturday 28th. It will be possible to come to the dinner and stay overnight or just attend on Saturday.

The conference speakers will be as follows:

· Dr Janina Ramirez will be the keynote speaker opening the Conference. She will be speaking about ‘Personalities of the Past’. Janina will be familiar as a British art and cultural historian, but above all as a presenter of history programmes on BBC4.

· Sue Adams - Follow the Money in the Property Records of the Manor

· Carol Kerry Green – Dying to Impress – Examining the role and image of the Press Gang (Impressment), particularly during war time. It will show how a single line in a burial register can lead to fleshing out an ancestor’s life and gaining an understanding of the times they lived in.

· Sue Paul – A Most Notorious, False, Lying Fellow: a Global Black Sheep or Maligned Character – a Case Study of Henry Smith demonstrating how you can use historical sources – East India Company Records, published source and private papers – to enhance your ancestral history.

· John Titford – Bounce Backers - ancestors who moved away, then returned home.

There will be three concurrent workshops as follows:

· Antony Marr – On the Authority of the Registrar General - Exploring the little understood area of re-registrations and corrections on register entries

· Susan Moore – Cracking Chancery Records

· Charity Rouse - Discoveries from Across the Pond

The conference dinner will be held on Friday 27th September in the medieval College Hall. We are very lucky to have the writer Nick Barlay as the after-dinner speaker. Nick has written four novels, including Scattered Ghosts, which tells the 200-year story of his Hungarian Jewish family through war, Holocaust and revolution to contemporary Britain.

For more information and bookings, visit https://www.agra.org.uk/conference2019/

(With thanks to Sharon Grant, Chair, AGRA)

Chris

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FindmyPast adds Darien Scheme Investors and Lancashire parish records

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Lancashire Baptisms
Over 31,000 additional records are now available to search amongst out collection of Lancashire Baptisms. The new additions cover the parishes of:

Edge Hill, St Nathaniel -1869 to 1918
Liverpool, St John - 1785 to 1898
Liverpool, St Silas, Pembroke Place - 1841 to 1918
Liverpool, St Stephen the Martyr – 1851 to 1918
Newburgh, Christ Church – 1860 to 1917
Seaforth, St Thomas - 1839 to 1918
Stoneycroft, St Paul – 1916 to 1918
Toxteth Park, St Bede – 1882 to 1918

Lancashire Marriages & Banns
A further 179,000 records have also been added to our collection of Lancashire Banns & Marriages. These new marriage registers add coverage for a selection of new Liverpool parishes, including:

Edge Hill, St Nathaniel - 1871 to 1943
Everton, Emmanuel – 1835 to 1943
Liverpool, St John – 1785 to 1898
Liverpool, St Stephenn the Martyr – 1852 to 1943
Seaforth, St Thomas – 1870 to 1943
Stoneycroft, St Paul - 1916 to 1943
Toxteth Park, St Bede – 1887 to 1943

Lancashire Burials
Over 54,000 new records from the central Liverpool Parish of St John. These new records span the years 1767 to 1883 and will allow you to discover when your Liverpool ancestors were laid to rest.

United States Obituary Notices
A whopping 5.7 million new records are now available to search within our collection of United States Obituary Notices. These records, obtained from the tributes.com and currentobituary.com websites will enable you to discover your ancestor's name, birth and death years as well as the original obituary text.

Scotland, Darien Scheme Investors 1696
Explore the records of investors in The Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies, also called the Scottish Darien Company. It was funded by investments from people across Scotland. These transcripts will provide you with information on those who invested money and their representatives.

International Records Update – Iceland
To mark Icelandic National Day this week, we have made over 287,000 baptism and marriage records from the land of fire and ice available to search on Findmypast. These two new indexes span the years 1730 to 1920 and will generate hints against your Findmypast Family tree.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
A bumper crop of new and updated titles have been added to the collection this week, with 163,404 new pages added. We have seven brand new titles added this week, covering both England and Scotland. We have three new London publications joining us – the Harrow Midweek, the Middlesex Gazette and the Middlesex Independent – as well as one Scottish title (the Northern Ensign & Weekly Gazette) and one new Essex title (the Essex Guardian). We are also delighted to welcome two specialist sporting titles – namely, the Volunteer Record & Shooting News, which 'warmly supports the interests of the shooting man,' and the Fishing Gazette, a publication which covers all types of fishing across the world. Further to these new arrivals, we have also updated sixteen of our existing titles. Updates this week cover the length and the breadth of the United Kingdom and Ireland, with updates incorporating publications from Aberdeen to Jersey, from Kingston to County Down, from Bristol to Kensington, from Crawley to Strabane.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2638931846.html

Chris

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

Scottish Enlightenment exhibition to open at National Library of Scotland

From the National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk):

National Library to launch major exhibition on Scottish Enlightenment

A major exhibition exploring the Scottish Enlightenment, Northern Lights, will open at the National Library of Scotland on Friday 21 June.

The exhibition takes a fresh look at one of the most concentrated periods of intellectual enquiry the world has ever seen, a time when polymaths peer-reviewed, challenged and encouraged one another's work through the many social networks available to them.

Household names connected with the Scottish Enlightenment such as David Hume and Adam Smith feature in the exhibition, as well as other figures less commonly associated with it such as Robert Burns and James Watt. A rare first edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica will be on display, as will a first edition of Smith's 'The Wealth of Nations' and countless unique manuscripts.


National Librarian, Dr John Scally, said:

'We have an unparalleled collection of items relating to the Scottish Enlightenment. Indeed, some of the chief figures of the Enlightenment such as David Hume and Adam Ferguson worked at our predecessor institution, the Library of the Faculty of Advocates.

This exhibition tells the story of those who helped shape the world we live in today. These individuals developed radical ideas on theology, the sciences, economics and identity, amid a growing awareness of the world around them.

The exhibition celebrates 18th-century Scotland as a place of enlightened discourse and debate. It was a time of mutual respect and politeness, where people appreciated each other's opinions and values, and further developed their theories on the basis of such conversations. Some may find this of great contrast to the present day, where people are less inclined to expose themselves to other ideas.

We present the world as it was then, and we are in prime position to do so given we were actively collecting items relating to the Enlightenment during the Enlightenment itself. We welcome those whose appetite is whetted by the exhibition to explore these ideas further at our reading rooms, and we will also be examining this period with a contemporary lens in our programme of talks and events.'

Northern Lights is curated by Robert Betteridge, Curator of 18th-Century Printed Collections, and Ralph McLean, Curator of Manuscripts for the Long 18th Century. It explores the Scottish Enlightenment through the display of rare books and manuscripts from 18th-century Scotland, and is grouped into themes: pre-Enlightenment Scotland, moral philosophy and religion, social science and academic innovation, language and literature, art and architecture, science and medicine, and sociability and society.

Northern Lights opens to the public on Friday 21 June and runs until 18 April 2020 at the National Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EW. Entry is free.

(Original news release at https://www.nls.uk/news/press/2019/06/enlightenment-exhibition)

Chris

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National Archives of Ireland repository redevelopment by 2040

From the Irish Government:

National Archives’ major €22 million Project Ireland 2040 Repository Redevelopment now underway

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD today announced that the first phase of enabling works to prepare for the National Archives’ major new Project Ireland 2040 Repository Redevelopment is completed, with much of the State’s papers and documents being moved to temporary storage in order to facilitate the preliminary site works. The project is intended to deliver new purpose-built storage facilities at the National Archives premises in Bishop Street, Dublin 8 and will build-in the potential to develop and construct additional storage in the future. It is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under Project Ireland 2040.

Did you know?

Over 70,000 boxes of records have been transferred off-site temporarily during the repository redevelopment project while the majority of our records continue to be accessible to the public
This equates to
1,500 pallets
60 articulated lorry loads
Over 2m records
Once completed the Archive Repository will have the capacity to store 250,000 boxes of records

The Minister also complimented the National Archives’ new website (www.nationalarchives.ie) which provides easy online access to services provided by the National Archives to both government and the public, all over the world. Video technology has been incorporated into the new site to facilitate a behind the scenes look at some of the projects currently being undertaken in the National Archives, such as the conservation of archives salvaged from the Public Record Office fire in 1922.

Microsites highlighting the abundant genealogy collections and contributions by the National Archives to the Decade of Centenaries can now be accessed from the new homepage, enabling easier online pathways and showcasing the variety and richness of its records which are available to the public.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Madigan said: “I am delighted to be here in the National Archives to view first-hand the exciting new developments both on-site and online and I look forward to accessing the rich range of records and information at www.nationalarchives.ie”.

(Source: https://www.chg.gov.ie/national-archives-major-e22-million-project-ireland-2040-repository-redevelopment-now-underway/)

The department has a short video accompanying its announcement on its Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/i/status/1141677616694517760


Chris

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