Tuesday, 12 November 2019

APG digitises 40 years of Journal content

From the Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org):

APG Digitizes All 40 Years of Its Journal
Association of Professional Genealogists Digitizes All 40 Years of Its Journal

Members May Now Access More Than 5,000 Pages of Professional Genealogy Content

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo., 11 November 2019 - In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of its founding, the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) announced it has digitized all 40 years of its member publications. Beginning in 1979 with typed and photocopied newsletters, the professional publication for its members has evolved to its present Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ). Comprising more than 5,000 pages, the archive of APG publications spans topics of interest to genealogists, from running a business to attracting clients.

"The APGQ is the longest-running publication dedicated to the genealogy profession, said Mary Penner, CG, managing editor. "Its fascinating to see how the profession has evolved over the past 40 years and to see how many of the articles are just as relevant today as they were when they were written. This digital archive is an unparalleled resource for our members as they strive to make their businesses successful and serve the genealogy community. It also helps preserve the history of APG."

The future of the profession has long been a topic of discussion, as evidenced by early articles such as, "What is a Professional Genealogist?" and "Is there a Future in Professional Genealogy?" For APG's 10th anniversary in 1989, the APGQ reprinted an earlier article from Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA, "Genealogical Quality is Not a Professional Concern Only."

"What a wonderful way to celebrate our fortieth anniversary!" said APG President Billie Stone Fogarty. By preserving and sharing the wisdom of our members through the years concerning this wonderful field of professional genealogy, we can see how our field has evolved and we can also focus on the core elements that combine to make genealogy both art and science. Our heartfelt thanks to Mary Penner for her hard work which made this gift a reality."

A comprehensive index of all APG publications is freely available on the APG website.

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Review: Ant and Dec's DNA Journey

That was properly painful viewing...

Chris


Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Hackney records added to Lloyd George Domesday Survey

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

Hackney Area Lloyd George Domesday records added to TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™

TheGenealogist has just released the Hackney maps and field books into its property ownership and occupancy record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. Family historians can use this unique online resource to see where an ancestor lived in the 1910-1915 period for a number of areas and will extend out across the country in time.


These records make use of TheGenealogist’s powerful new Map Explorer™ to access the maps and residential data, so that those who want to discover where their ancestors lived in the period before the First World War are able to see the district as it was in that period. Because these large scale maps include plots for the exact properties and are married to various georeferenced historic map overlays and modern base maps on the Map Explorer™,by using the opacity controls researchers can see how the land has changed. The Lloyd George Domesday Survey records are sourced from The National Archives and are being digitised by TheGenealogist.

This release includes the following areas: Clapton, Dalston, Hackney, Homerton, Hornsey South, Hoxton, Kingsland, Moorfields, South Hackney, Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington and West Hackney.
  • TheGenealogist’s Lloyd George Domesday Survey records zoom down to show individual properties on extremely detailed maps used in 1910-1915
  • Fully searchable by name, county, parish and street
  • The transparency slider reveals a modern street map underlay
  • Change the base map displayed to more clearly understand what the area looks like today

Read about how the Hackney Landowner and Occupier records detail the last days of a Highwayman’s Inn
https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/hackney-landowner-and-occupier-records-and-the-highwaymans-inn-1204/


Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Latest additions to FindmyPast

Added this week to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Britain, The Great War, I Was There
Learn about the Great War from those who experienced it first-hand. The Great War: I Was There is a magazine that was first published in 1938. Edited by Sir John Hammerton, its 51 editions ran from 29 September 1938 to 19 September 1939 and are available to view in PDF format. The magazine was a weekly periodical, available on Thursdays, which aimed to capture the undying memories of the 1914-1918 war. It contained excerpts from other sources but mainly consisted first-hand accounts and previously unpublished images.

Burma Star Association Membership Forms
Did your military ancestor serve in the Burma campaign of World War 2? Search over 53,000 membership forms of the Burma Star Association, to become a full member of the Association, an ex-Serviceman, ex-Servicewoman or Nurse must have been awarded the Burma Campaign Star for service in Burma during World War 2 for the necessary qualifying period or the Pacific Star with Burma Clasp. The Association is Tri-Service and for members of The Merchant Navy who hold the Burma Star with permanent representatives from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Royal British Legion on the National Council.

Dekho, Burma Star Association
Search over 4,000 records to find out if your World War 2 became a member of the Burma Star Association. Dekho! Is the journal of the Burma Star Association, it is published three times a year. It informs members of the Association who are unable to get out and meet their comrades with information about events that are going on in the Burma Star Association. These editions run from 1951 to 2018.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added over 115,000 new pages and five new titles; the Musselburgh News, Coatbridge Leader, Fifeshire Journal, Port-Glasgow Express and Blairgowrie Advertiser. We have updated twelve of our existing Scottish titles this week, with highlights including the 26,378 pages we have added to the North British Daily Mail, spanning the years 1849 to 1894. Other significant updates include those to the Wishaw Press, with 17,552 pages covering the later half of the twentieth century.

Further info and details at https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/learn-about-the-great-war-from-those-who-experienced

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 8 November 2019

English and Welsh GRO adds recent deaths indexes

From the English and Welsh General Register Office (GRO) at www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/login.asp


Website Improvements

Welcome to the new look website for the General Register Office which was updated on 12th September 2019

We are currently adding to our online indexes which will help you identify and apply for copies of our records. We have now added online indexes for deaths registered between 1984 to 2019.

We will notify you here when more indexes are added online.

COMMENT: Fair play to the English GRO, it's about time! Here's hoping births and marriages follow soon.

Looking at you now Northern Ireland...

(With thanks to Karen Cummings and the Census Detectives via Twitter)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Ant & Dec's DNA Journey starts Sunday

From ITV:

ITV has commissioned a two-part special which will see the UK’s best loved duo embark on a surprisingly emotional journey of discovery in Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey.


A Voltage TV and Mitre Television co-production, viewers will see Ant and Dec navigate a tougher terrain than the Australian jungle. Guided by expert genealogists and historians, the pair will follow their maternal and paternal blood lines using their DNA to search their ancestral history.

As their travels take them to Ireland and the US, including The United Nations Headquarters, the pair will not only delve into their past but will also meet relatives they had no clue even existed, unveiling some truly shocking revelations that only their DNA could unlock.

Whose great grandfather is a celebrated war hero and whose DNA cousin is a former US female wrestling promoter? Whose ancestors’ bones were deemed ‘of historical importance’ and who discovers that they are a descendant from Royalty?

As Ant & Dec embark on their journey, viewers will be treated to a rare and personal glimpse into this truly remarkable friendship with their warmth and infectious humour that has not only captured the nation over the years, but has seen them achieve huge success resulting in a multitude of awards and accolades.

Ant said:

“I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to historical events, so to get the chance to research our family history using our DNA was too good an opportunity to pass up. What we find out is mind-blowing and nothing either of us could ever have imagined. It’s something that will stay with us both forever. "

Dec said:

“A huge part of this was to find out my heritage, especially on my dad’s side. I always thought I knew a fair bit about where I came from but it turns out I was wrong! Whilst it was incredible to find out about the past, what was hugely overwhelming was to meet relatives neither of us knew we had. It was a truly amazing experience."

Siobhan Greene, who commissioned the show when she was ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioned said:

“This documentary captured Ant and Dec at an intersection in their lives. I feel sure the ITV viewers will be on the edge of their seats watching twists and turns of their DNA journey unfold, and their honesty and openness, will leave a lasting heart print.”

Kathleen Larkin, Executive Produce from Voltage TV said:

“It’s been a privilege working with such talent as Ant & Dec. This is a film that celebrates friendship, showing two brilliantly funny best mates making a unique trip of a lifetime to find out about their heritage past and present. It’s been a passion for all involved and we’ve loved working with the fantastic team at ITV to make something we all believe in.”

Ant & Dec’s DNA Journey is a Voltage TV and Mitre Television co-production for ITV. It was commissioned by Siobhan Greene when she was ITV’s Head of Entertainment Commissioning and Louise Major Assistant Commissioner, Entertainment, ITV. The Executive Producers are Kathleen Larkin and Sanjay Singhal and the Director is Iain Thompson, Voltage TV.

(Source: ITV Press Centre - https://www.itv.com/presscentre/press-releases/ant-decs-dna-journey

COMMENT: The two-part show will start on ITV, STV and UTV on Sunday 10 November, from at 9pm-10.30pm.

From the Radio Times:

Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly may think they know who they are, but in this two-part documentary, the popular presenters uncover their surprising and emotional family histories, using a combination of DNA and genealogy. The shock revelations include military men in both of their families - one a medal-winning war hero, the other a deserter. And as well as delving into the past, Ant and Dec also get to meet DNA relatives they never knew existed.

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Free access to Ancestry's British military records

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

Find out how your ancestors played their part in the war

From serving in the military to looking after our land, there were so many ways our ancestors served in wartime Britain. Discover your family’s contributions this Remembrance Day with free access to wartime records until Monday.*

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until 11 Nov 2019 at 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 username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here.

You can also access the records at https://www.ancestry.co.uk/cs/free-access


Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Moving house shortly

After seventeen years based in the Ayrshire town of Largs, I will be leaving and moving half an hour down the road to the wonderful town of Irvine on November 14th, still within North Ayrshire (just!).

From a work point of view, this means I will be much closer to the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock (which hosts the ScotlandsPeople computer system), and the various branches of Ayrshire Archives in Irvine, Auchincruive and Kilmarnock, as well as other major libraries in Kilmarnock and Ayr.

I will update all my contact details on this blog and my research site in due course, but as I am sure you can appreciate, I have a hell of a lot of packing to do, so posting may be a little infrequent over the next week or so!

Below are a few pictures from Largs - it's well worth a visit, and we'll be back regularly (my son will still be attending school here!).

Onwards and upwards!

Chris

 

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

RootsIreland adds County Clare records

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie):

We are delighted to announce that Clare Heritage and Genealogical Centre have added 74,152 records to their database at http://clare.rootsireland.ie/ These records are as follows:

Roman Catholic baptisms and marriages:
Ballyvaughan (marriages 1862-1900), Broadford (marriages 1840-1883), Carron (baptisms, 1853-1900; marriages 1856-1898), Clonlara (baptisms, 1851-1900; marriages 1851-1900), Flagmount (marriages 1842-1900), Inagh (marriages 1850-1900), Killadysart (baptisms, 1829-1900; marriages 1867-1877), Killimer (baptisms 1859-1900), Kilmaley (marriages 1829-1900), Kilshanny (baptisms, 1869-1900), Liscannor (marriages 1866-1884), O’Callaghans Mills (marriages 1835-1900), Lisdoonvarna (baptisms, 1854-1900; marriages 1854-1899), New Quay (marriages 1848-1899), Sixmilebridge (marriages 1829-1868), Tubber (baptisms, 1833-1900; marriages 1864-1899).

Civil Births:
Cooleycasey (1894-1920), Crusheen (1885-1920), Ennis (1884-1920), Kilkishen (1896-1920), Scarriff (1886-1920).

Civil Deaths:
Bridgetown (1864-1970), Cooleycasey (1864-1970), Crusheen (1864-1970), Killaloe (1864-1970), Newmarket (1864-1970), Tulla (1864-1970), Ballyvaughan (1864-1970).

Gravestone Inscriptions:
Blakemount Tubber, Kilkeedy, Moore, Corrovorran, Coad, Kiltackey, Friary Abbey Ennis, Killilagh, Kilmoon, Killeny, Doolin.

Clare Journal 1778-1917
Marriages (1779-1917)
Deaths (1778-1917)

For a full list of records for Clare, and to search these records, go to www.clare.rootsireland.ie/

(Original announcement at http://www.rootsireland.ie/2019/11/new-clare-records/)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Ancestry adds WWII Royal Artillery Tracer Cards 1939-1948

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added the following Second World War collection:

UK, WWII Royal Artillery Tracer Cards, 1939-1948
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/royalartillerycards/
Source: Royal Artillery Tracer cards, Royal Artillery Museum, Larkhill, Wiltshire, England.

From the collection page:

About UK, WWII Royal Artillery Tracer Cards, 1939-1948

Historical Context

Since its inception in 1716, the Royal Regiment of Artillery, commonly referred to as 'The Gunners', has served as the artillery arm of the British Army, supplying it's firepower. At its peak during the Second World War, there were over one million men serving in 960 gunner regiments and at the end of the War, the RA was larger than the Royal Navy.

This Collection

This collection comprises cards created to track the movements of soldiers between units within the Royal Artillery during WWII. The role of the Tracer card was to answer the question 'where is that man right now?', saving the burden of administration and searching through many files. Only 'Other Ranks', or in other words those who were not commissioned officers, are included. Please be aware that some cards will include dates outside of 1939-1948.

The following information can be found, where available:

Name
Inferred date of birth
Place and date of death
Place and date of enlistment
Date of discharge
Inferred gender
Regiment and unit
Service rank
Service number

Please Note: In this first release, we have included all records for servicemen with surnames starting A-P. We will be adding all remaining cards in a future update. Please also be aware that not every member of the RA will have a corresponding Tracer Card but this collection will include all surviving cards.

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

The Genealogy Show announces speakers for 2020 event

The Genealogy Show has announced its speakers for the next show in 2020.

Giving the keynote talks will be

Celia Heritage
Fiona Fitzsimons
Maureen Taylor
Roberta Estes

Additional speakers include:

Daniel Smith Ramos
Dave Annal
Doreen Hopwood
Jacqui Kirk
Janet Few
Jean-Marc Bazzoni
Jenni Phillips
Jill Ball
John Boeren
Kai Michael Poppe
Karen Cummings
Les Mitchinson
Lynn Palermo
Mags Gaulden
Maya Hirschman
Michelle Leonard
Nathan Dylan Goodwin
Robert Bristow
Robert Parker
Ruth Blair
Steven Jackson

The event will be held on Friday 26th & Saturday 27th June at The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, England.

Further details are available at https://thegenealogyshow.uk - details of the talks programme itself will be made available soon.


Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Forces War Records adds Long Service Good Conduct Medal collection

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

Title: Was your ancestor's conduct recognised in this new collection from Forces War Records

RELEASE DATE: Today


An exciting ‘new’ collection of records has been added to the Forces War Records database that may contain your ancestor. A collection of over 500,000 records for the recipients of the Army Long Service Good Conduct Medal and its later incarnation the Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military) across various regiments of the military are now available to view online.

These military records could hold the information you are looking for. Search for a record in this new collection today.

Also included in this unique collection are records from the Volunteer Force Long Service Medal, The Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, Territorial Efficiency Medal and the Efficiency Medal (Territorial) and variations

For more information visit https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/was-your-ancestors-conduct-recognised-in-this-new-collection

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Resources added to MyHeritage Education

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

As you know, we recently launched MyHeritage Education, our new online resource center.

Available in English, German, Dutch, French, Swedish, and Norwegian, MyHeritage Education offers a wealth of material to help you learn about every facet of MyHeritage. The content includes articles, how-to videos, and webinars covering a wide variety of topics, as well as plenty of tips for everyone, from beginner family history enthusiasts to seasoned genealogists.

I’m pleased to share our first monthly update from MyHeritage Education! I hope that you’ll find it useful and enjoy receiving updates on all of the new material we publish each month.

Below you’ll find a summary of the new items that we’ve added to the site since its launch in September.

Webinars
We’ve published 23 videos of the sessions from MyHeritage LIVE 2019 in Amsterdam, plus:

On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy
Genealogy for Advanced Users: Grow Your Family Tree Online
Unlocking English & Welsh Civil Registration Records

Articles

5 Tips for Hosting a Fantastic Family Reunion
5 Tips for an Adoption-Related Search
Explaining Ethnic Regions
MyHeritage Discoveries Pages
DNA Results and Filtering Your DNA Matches
How to Use Chromosome Browsers for Genealogy

Videos

How to Invite People to Your Family Tree
How to Use the Consistency Checker

What can you do with this information? Stay up to date on new features, expand your knowledge of MyHeritage, and help us promote the new content on your social channels.

Please let us know if you have any feedback about the site or ideas for new content.

To acces the content visit https://education.myheritage.com/

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Book launch: Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA

From the University of Strathclyde:

DNA research is one of the most important and rapidly advancing areas in modern science and the practical use of DNA testing in genealogy is one of its most exciting applications. Yet there is no recent British publication in this field. That is why this accessible, wide-ranging introduction is so valuable. It offers a clear and practical way into the subject, explaining the scientific discoveries and techniques and illustrating with case studies how it can be used by genealogists to gain an insight into their ancestry.

The subject is complex and perhaps difficult for traditional genealogists to understand but, with the aid of this book, novices who are keen to take advantage of it will be able to interpret test results and use them to help answer genealogical questions which cannot be answered by documentary evidence alone. It will also appeal to those with some experience in the field because it places the practical application of genetic genealogy within a wider context, highlighting its role as a genealogical tool and suggesting how it can be made more effective.

BOOK LAUNCH:

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER, 19.00 - 21.00
ROOM 748,
CENTRE FOR LIFE LONG LEARNING,
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE,
GRAHAM HILLS BUILDING,
40 GEORGE STREET,
GLASGOW,
G1 1QE.

COMMENT: It's a great book! You can read my review at https://britishgenes.blogspot.com/2019/07/review-tracing-your-ancestors-using-dna.html

(With thanks to Linda Kerr, via the Scottish Genealogy Network)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Commonwealth Virtual Institute in March 2020

From the ISBGFH:

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR BRITISH GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY
PRESENTS COMMONWEALTH VIRTUAL INSTITUTE


The ISBGFH is pleased to announce their Virtual Institute which will run from March 16-19, 2020. The theme for this Institute is Researching in Commonwealth Countries. Each day of the Institute will feature 4 presentations on a particular Commonwealth Country:

Monday March 16 – Canadian Research presented by Kathryn Lake Hogan, UE, PLCGS. Kathryn is a Canadian professional genealogist who revels in teaching people how to find their ancestors in Canada. She is the founder and owner of the Canadian-based genealogy business, Looking4Ancestors.

Tuesday March 17 – South African Research presented by Sue McNelly. Sue is a professional genealogist based in Phoenix, Arizona, with over 16 years of experience. Born in South Africa to her English father and South African mother, Sue’s roots are predominantly English with a little Scottish, Irish and of course South African, to add to the mix. Sue is the owner of KindredPast, a genealogy company focusing on research in South Africa, England, and the Isle of Man.

Wednesday March 18 – British India Research presented by Emma Jolly. Emma Jolly MA is a professional genealogist and writer. Based in London, Emma writes regularly for family history publications and is the author of four books. Emma's media work includes radio and television appearances, as well as research for British and Swedish television channels, independent production companies, and national newspapers. She also edits the monthly newsletter of the Society of Genealogists. Emma specializes in genealogy problem-solving, tracing living relatives (alongside DNA test analysis), London history, social history, women's history and the British in India.

Thursday March 19 – Australian Research presented by Kerry Farmer. Kerry Farmer is a researcher, presenter and teacher in genealogical studies. She is on the Board of the Society of Australian Genealogists and convener of their Education Committee. She is Director of Australian Studies for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, developing their Australian Records courses.
**Please note that this will be a late afternoon/evening series given the time zone differences**

$70usd per day. $249usd for all 4 days.
Registration allows you access to recordings of the presentations until April 30th
To register: https://isbgfh.wildapricot.org/

(With thanks to Christine Woodcock)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

AncestryDNA test kit offer

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

Get AncestryDNA® for just £59


Get gifting done early and give a loved one AncestryDNA® this Christmas, so they can explore their heritage and discover the communities that shaped them. At just £59* + shipping for a limited time, now’s the time to get AncestryDNA®.

ONLY £59* (normally £79) + shipping

*Price excludes shipping costs. Offer ends 24 Nov 2019 at 23:59 GMT. Terms apply.

Obtain via https://www.ancestry.co.uk/order/express/O-24932#/expresscart/

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Irvine Burgh Archive Collection now available to consult

From North Ayrshire Council:

An additional 2000 records of historical importance have now been made available to the public for the first time at Irvine’s Townhouse after Ayrshire Archives launched the Irvine Burgh Archive Collection on Tuesday, October 24.

North Ayrshire Provost Ian Clarkson and Elected Members were among guests at the celebration event, where they heard more about one of the oldest and most complete Burgh archive collections in Scotland.

They also enjoyed an exhibition of archives dating from 1322 to 1975 from the collection, which included a rare opportunity to view the Irvine Charter of King Robert the Bruce, dated 1322, the Irvine Charter of King Robert II, dated 1372, and a Charter granted by Mary, Queen of Scots, from 1545.

Ayrshire Archives was established in 1996 to provide the archive service for North Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire councils. Collections are located across Ayrshire, including at the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock and Ayrshire Archives HQ at Auchincruive.

The archive service looks after and provides access to irreplaceable records of historical importance belonging to all three authorities and their predecessors, as well as private records that relate to the historical development of Ayrshire and Arran.

The collection can be used for research, learning and legal purposes, offering an insight into the history and development of families and individuals, communities, buildings and the physical environment, social and economic landscape and politics of the past.

Provost Ian Clarkson said: “What a truly fascinating collection of records we have at Irvine Townhouse. It was a treat to see these important Irvine Charter documents dating back to the 14th century.

“The Irvine Burgh Archive is a real treasure trove for anyone researching specific aspects of the town’s history, with trained staff able to help you along the way.

“Along with our Family History Service, which is also based at the venue, this is an extremely valuable resource for the people of North Ayrshire.”

For more information on how to trace your ancestors using North Ayrshire Council’s Family History service, click here.

Appointments to view the Irvine Burgh Archives are available at Irvine Townhouse on Thursdays between 9.30am and 1pm, then from 2pm to 4pm. To book, or for more information on Ayrshire Archives and collections relating to North Ayrshire, click here. You can also follow Ayrshire Archives on Facebook and Twitter

(Source: https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/news/Irvine-Burgh-Archive-Collection-is-launched-at-Townhouse.aspx)

COMMENT: for more on Ayrshire Archives's burgh records holdings visit https://ayrshirearchives.wordpress.com/the-catalogues/burgh-records/.

And very soon, I just might be able to do some look-ups for you -  all being well, I am moving to Irvine in a fortnight's time!

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

FindmyPast adds Liverpool 1801 census

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


1801 Lancashire, Liverpool Census
Discover your Scouse ancestor’s address, occupation and who they were living with in 1801 with over 13,000 new and exclusive early census records. Images will provide additional information about your ancestor’s abode.

Cornwall Burials
Over 75,000 new records covering 52 parishes across the Cornish peninsula are now available to search. These transcripts reveal when and where your ancestor was buried, their age at death, residence and relatives’ names.

Kent Burials
12,000 new records have been added to the collection this week. The majority of these new additions cover Swanscombe municipal cemetery and will reveal where and when your ancestor was buried as well as the names of their spouse and father.

New Zealand, Women's Suffrage Petition
Was your ancestor involved in the women’s suffrage movement in New Zealand? Discover if your ancestor signed the unsuccessful 1892 women’FindmyPast adds 1801 census for Liverpools franchise petition or the 1893 petition that finally succeeded in granting women the right to vote in New Zealand.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
Over 66,000 new pages have been added this week, including two brand new titles and updates to seven existing titles. Our two new titles, the Huntly Express and the Highland news, both hail from the Scottish Highlands and date from late 1800s. We have also added new pages to the Aberdeen Press and Journal, Birmingham Daily Gazette, Aberdeen Evening Express, Staffordshire Sentinel, Irvine Herald, Ayrshire Post and the Sandwell Evening Mail.

Further details and links at https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/new-records-from-liverpool-cornwall-kent-and-new-zealand

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Irish Newspaper Archive launches Radical Newspaper Archive

From the Irish Newspaper Archive (www.irishnewsarchive.com):

The world's oldest and largest Irish Newspaper Archives continues to grow. We have updated the archive with the following new content:

Cork Evening Echo 1960 - 1968

Missing Periods:
Kilkenny People 2005
Nationalist and Munster Advertiser 2005

Archive News:

For over a decade we have announced the release of some magnificent Irish titles to our archive however never before have we announced the release of a new product. The team at Irish Newspaper Archives are proud to release a special collection of Irish political and radical publications that offer a voice to the marginalised left in Ireland during the early 20th century. Read more on our new archive www.radicalnewspaperarchive.com

You can now subscribe to both archives with our Gold Membership subscription and for this spooky Halloween weekend you can get 35% off this fantastic collection.


COMMENT: The following titles are available on the new website:

An Geadal
Poblacht na h-Eireann ( Scot. Ed.)
Poblacht na h-Eireann ( Sth. Ed.)
Poblacht na h-Eireann ( War. Ed.)
An Saogal Gaedealac
An T-Óglác
Belfast Labour Chronicle
Belfast Strike Bulletin
Bottom Dog
Daily Sheet
Dublin Sheet
Dublin Strike News
Éire Ireland
Éire The Irish Nation
Election Buletin
Fianna
Sligo-Leitrim Liberator
Fianna Fail Bulletin
Free State 1922
Freedom
Honesty
Ireland Overall
Irish An Arim
Irish Citizen Army Bulletin
Irish Democrat
Irish Freedom
Irish Nation
Irish Opinion
Irish Statesman
Irish War News
Irish Workers Weekly
Labour News
Long War Sheet
Nationality
New Ireland
Notes from Ireland
Old Ireland
Prison Bars
Republican Congress
Republican Review
Repubican War Bulletin
Scissors & Paste
Sinn Fein
Sinn Fein Daily
Sinn Fein Weekly
Straight Talk
The Blueshirts
The Dalcassian
The Dublin Trade & Labour Journal
The Eye-Opener
The Facionist
The Felon Setter
The Fenian
The Freeman
The Harp
The Harp New York
The Hibernian
The Irish Bulletin
The Irish Citizen
The Irish Exile
The Irish Front
The Irish Hammer & Plough
The Irish Nation
The Irish Peasent
The Irish People
The Irish People War Special
The Irish Volunteer
The Irish Worker
The Irish Workers Voice
The Irishman
The Labour Opposition
The Land
The National Democrat
The Liberator & Irish Trade Unionist
The Nation
The National Democrat
The National Volunteer
The Nationalist
The Needle
The New Way
The Northern Patriot
The Peasant
The Pheonix
The Pioneer
The Plain People
The Red Flag
The Red Hand Magazine
The Republic
The Republican File
The Republic
The Separatist
The Shan Van Vocht
The Sinn Feiner
The Southern Bulletin
The Spark
The Star
The Student
The Toiler
The Torch
The Tribune
The Unionist
The United Irishman
The Voice of Labour
The Watchword
The Watchword of Labour
The Weekly Summary
The Wolfe Tone Weekly
The Women Worker
The Worker
The Worker Republic
Truth that is News
Truth War Issue
United Ireland
Workers Bulletin
Young Ireland

(With thanks to Andrew Martin)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Orkney witchcraft trial source books

Orkney Archive has uploaded a fascinating post on the records it holds concerning witchcraft trials in Orkney, including Sheriff Court records and other collections collated over the years.  The post is available to read at http://orkneyarchive.blogspot.com/2019/10/orkney-witchcraft-trial-source-books.html.


If interested in Scotland's dark history concerning witchcraft, don't forget to also visit The Survey of Scottish Witchcraft, "an electronic resource for the history of witchcraft and witch-hunting in Scotland" from the University of Edinburgh, available at http://www.shca.ed.ac.uk/Research/witches/.

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

FamilySearch adds new Oxfordshire and Yorkshire collections

FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org) has added two new small English records collections:

England, Oxfordshire Parish Registers 1538-1904 (826 indexed records)

https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/3293406
Source: “The original records are held at various record custodians.”

England, Yorkshire Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1613-1887 (96 indexed records)

https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/3477664
Source: “Church of England marriage bonds and allegations from the Diocese of York and Diocese of Ripon both in Yorkshire from 1613 to 1887. The original records are held at the Borthwick Institute.”

For other releases from the US, Canada, and South America, visit https://media.familysearch.org/new-free-historical-records-on-familysearch-week-of-28-october-2019/

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts soon

A reminder that my next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course kicks off in just over a week's time, from November 4th, and for five weeks. Here's the blurb:

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: 4 Nov 2019
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

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 25 October 2019

FindmyPast adds Norfolk and Dundee records

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


New Norfolk Parish Records
More than 1.4 million new Norfolk parish registers are now available to search. Published online in association with the Norfolk Record Office, these new records span more than 500 years (1464 to 1993) of Norfolk history and add more than 500 new parishes to our existing collection of Norfolk records.
Created from over 2,500 original handwritten registers.

Scotland, Forfarshire (Angus), Dundee Trade & Postal Directories 1783-1842
Explore nine Scottish trade and postal directories from Dundee spread over 1783 to 1842. Directories are a valuable source for your family history research, revealing your ancestor’s trade or occupation and address.

British & Irish Newspapers
This week we have added 130,418 new pages to The Archive, including one brand new title the Strathearn Herald.
We have also updated six of our existing Scottish titles including the Arbroath Guide, the Aberdeen Press and Journal and the Aberdeen Evening Express, the West Lothian Courier, the North British Daily Mail and the Staffordshire Sentinel.

For further information and links visit https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/new-norfolk-records-covering-500-parishes

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

PRONI adds History of Belfast City Cemetery talk to YouTube

PRONI has added a video to its YouTube channel entitled History of Belfast City Cemetery. Here's the blurb:

Author, Tom Hartley, talks about the history of Belfast City Cemetery which opened on the 1 August 1869 as a cross denominational burial ground for the people of Belfast. This event took place on 17 October 2019.

The talk can be viewed at https://youtu.be/6No9QLVxqbY and is presented here also for convenience:



Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Family Tree Maker England and Ireland tour

From Software MacKiev:

YOU ARE INVITED! UK+IRELAND TOUR

Family Tree Maker is heading to the UK and Ireland this week as we celebrate the arrival of our 30th Anniversary edition, FTM 2019, with two big events in four cities (Click here for an interactive map). The first stop is London for the RootsTech conference (Thursday - Saturday, Oct 24-26) where we'll be showing off new features and a sneak preview of updates on the way. And then three more stops for “insider” events in Belfast (Sunday, Oct 27), Cork (Monday, Oct 28) and Dublin (Tuesday, Oct 29). At each insider tour stop there will be THREE speakers (see list below), FREE conference totes, deep discounts on products, — and we'll be around after the presentations to chat and answer your questions. Hope to meet you along the way!

ROOTSTECH LONDON CONFERENCE

EVENT #1 – ROOTSTECH LONDON CONFERENCE (Thurs-Sat, Oct 24-26) — FREE
Join us for three days of ongoing presentations in our 24 seat stand theatre which is FREE and open to the general public. (See below how to get free RootsTech passes and reserve seats in our stand theatre.) In addition to an in-depth look at our new edition, there will be presentations by the creators of Family Book Creator (Stefan Harms) and Charting Companion (Pierre Clouthier). And of course a SHOW STORE with deep discounts on FTM 2019, Family Book Creator, Charting Companion and more.

STEP 1. Get FREE RootsTech entrance passes.
You can get FREE passes sent by email from RootsTech that will get you into the Exhibition Hall. Just click here.

STEP 2. New Option – Reserve a Seat.
You can reserve a Family Tree Maker theatre seat for certain times each day by clicking here
(and then clicking the red "Select a Date" button). Or just stop by our stand (#310) any time to join the next presentation.

RootsTech Exhibition Hall Hours
ExCel London Exhibition Centre
Thursday 9:45 AM – 7 PM
Friday 9:45 AM – 6 PM
Saturday 9:45 AM – 5 PM

EVENT #2 – UK+IRELAND TOUR – INSIDER SESSIONS (Sun-Tues, Oct 27-29)

Join us on the Emerald Isle as we continue our FTM 2019 Insiders Tour – right after RootsTech in London. We'll be visiting three cities: Belfast (Oct 27), Cork (Oct 28) and Dublin (Oct 29). At each insider tour stop there will be THREE speakers (see list below), FREE conference totes, deep discounts on products, — and we'll be around after the presentations to chat and answer your questions.
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FREE totes for all presentation attendees.

Advance Tickets Required. Most Insider Tour event tickets are FREE (paid by Family Tree Maker). After the free seats are filled, there will be additional tickets available for a small fee with all proceeds going to the co-sponsoring society as a donation. You do not need to be a member of the sponsoring society – all tour events are open to the general public.

How to get tickets. Click the link below for the session you want to attend:

BELFAST – Sunday, Oct 27
Park Avenue Hotel
Cranthorpe Suite 1
• Morning Session Click here. (10 AM - 12:30 PM)
• Afternoon Session Click here. (1:30 PM - 4 PM)

CORK – Monday, Oct 28
The Kingsley Hotel
Deane-Woodward Suite
• Evening Session Click here. (6 PM - 8:30 PM)

DUBLIN – Tuesday, Oct 29
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
Helen Roe Lecture Room
• Morning Session Click here. (11 AM - 1:30 PM)
• Afternoon Session Click here. (2:30 PM - 5 PM)
• Evening Session Click here. (6 PM - 8:30 PM)

CONFERENCE SPECIAL PRICES – AT ALL EVENTS
Family Tree Maker 2019 will be on sale for up to 50% off its regular price. We'll also have discounts on Charting Companion 7 which will help you integrate your DNA test results into your family history research, and Family Book Creator which creates a professional quality printed family history book using your FTM tree.

SPEAKERS AND SESSIONS
All tour stops including the RootsTech conference will feature all three speakers and topics:

Mark Olsen (Family Tree Maker Ambassador)
Family Tree Maker 2019 - An In-depth Insiders View

Stefan Harms (Creator of Family Book Creator)
Making a Professional Quality Family History Book

Pierre Clouthier (Creator of Charting Companion)
Using DNA Test Results in Your Family History Research

(With thanks to Mark Olsen)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

TheGenealogist adds colour tithe maps for Warwickshire

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

We have just released additional sets of Colour Tithe Maps to join the previously available greyscale maps in our National Tithe Records collection. This release for Warwickshire is of high-resolution colour digitised maps which will provide the family historian with highly detailed maps sourced from both The National Archives as well as the Warwick County Record Office.

Researchers searching for owners or occupiers of Warwickshire land surveyed in the 19th century for the Tithe Commutation Act 1836, now have a choice of plans linked to the fully searchable apportionment schedules. Subscribers to our Diamond membership can select to view The National Archives' grayscale maps, The National Archives' colour maps, or the Warwickshire Record Office colour maps when using the Tithe & Landowner records for this county. The Warwickshire Record Office maps are, in many cases, less faded and more vibrant in their colours, having had less wear and tear than the alternatives. 


For more on the story visit https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/warwickshire-colour-tithe-records-discovers-the-house-that-went-to-america-1198/

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

DeceasedOnline introduces new annual subscription tiers

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

New Subscriptions

At Deceased Online we are introducing new ways to improve and expand our range of data, adding records from a greater number of cemeteries and crematoria across the UK, and giving our users the benefit of more regular additions of new records.

These improvement plans will include changes to the way we offer annual subscriptions.

Our users range from the occasional family historian through to corporate users viewing many thousands of records a year. Until now we have not differentiated between types of user, but offered a single annual subscription option at £89 for unlimited views of most of our records. We’ve managed to resist the pressure to increase this price for over 5 years, since we first introduced subscriptions, even while users were expressing surprise at the generosity of the unlimited views offered.

Users can still purchase a subscription for £89, although the terms have changed slightly. We have decided, in line with other on-line genealogy websites, to offer a range of subscriptions to suit customers according to how heavily they would like to use the site.

To do this we now offer three annual subscription options, each with a different limit to the number of records viewable.

The basic annual subscription, now called ‘Silver’, will remain at £89. However, we have introduced a limit of 450 record views for this subscription*, which we calculate will not affect the majority of our users. For heavier professional and corporate users of the site we have introduced the ‘Gold’ subscription at £249 for a maximum of 2000 views, and the ‘Platinum’ subscription at £499 for 5000 views.

We feel this is a fair and long-overdue revision of our subscriptions policy, which will help us to be more cost effective and allow us to expand and improve the website, which is what our customers want.

*Existing subscriptions will remain unlimited until expiry

Terms and Conditions

We have amended Section 6 of the website Terms and Conditions to reflect the changes to subscriptions.

We have also in Section 10 clarified the types of user we allow to use the website. In particular we have made it clear that it is an abuse for registered users to distribute paid-for information from our website, via social media or by any other method, to others who are pursuing their own separate family history enquiries.

(With thanks to DeceasedOnline)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Ulster Historical Foundation announces 2020 programme

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

Are you already thinking of what to do or where to go for your 2020 vacation?

Now that our final conference of 2019 has ended we are delighted to announce that details and booking information for each of our 2020 research programmes and conferences are now available.


Tracing your Irish Ancestors: Family History Conference
10 - 17 June 2020

Our classic 8-day conference programme returns in June 2020!

This programme will include brand new tours to famous historic sites across the island of Ireland and crucially for the research enthusiast, all your time can alternatively be spent researching in the archives of Belfast and Dublin with the Foundation's team of researchers (or a mix of the two).

Assisted personal research, talks, tours and sightseeing are all part of the eclectic, friendly and fun mix of Tracing Your Irish Ancestors. Join us for the journey. We will be delighted to see you.


June 2020 Highlights

To uncover the history of this place, our extensive programme of tours throughout the week will take you through rolling countryside to sites of international renown from the Giant’s Causeway on County Antrim’s wild Atlantic coast to the famous and historic Walls of Derry and Hillsborough Castle, the official Northern Ireland palace of the Royal Family!

Our 2020 June programme will see delegates:

  • Journey into the heart of County Down, enjoying visits to Hillsborough Castle, Killyleagh Castle, Inch Abbey and the St Patrick's Centre.
  • Take a trip through Belfast and south County Antrim, enjoying visits to one of Belfast's most interesting visitor attractions at Crumlin Road Gaol and Ireland's oldest and best preserved Norman citadel at Carrickfergus.
  • Experience brand new tours to some of Dublin's most popular visitor attractions - locations to be announced soon.
  • With visits to Hillsborough Castle, Carrickfergus Castle and Inch Abbey and more, our June 2020 programme will see delegates tour the churches, castles and causeways of Ireland.

Irish Family History Experience: Introduction to Irish Genealogy
07-12 September 2020

Folllowing the success of the first programme which ran in June 2019, next year will see the return of the Foundation's Irish Family History Experience: Introduction to Irish Family History in September 2020

This programme will appeal to the budding family history researcher wishing to make the first step towards research success as well as the dedicated family historian wishing to break down those genealogical brick walls.

In just six days our September programme will give you the skills and experience to further explore your family history and help you find your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.

Irish Family History Experience will offer you the opportunity to spend three days learning from the experts in the classroom and researching in the Public Record Office Northern Ireland (PRONI) followed by the option of three days of tours to sites such as Kilmainham Gaol and the Giant's Causeway or assisted research in PRONI.

Book your place for June or September with just a £350 deposit
Given the current low value of sterling (GBP) against other currencies now is a particularly good time for overseas visitors to book their 2020 getaway. Sign up to one of the Foundation's family history research programmes today and save up to $160 on your booking (based on today's exchange rate compared to last week).

The present exchange rate values will ensure overseas delegates can make a very tidy saving on the cost.


Researching your Irish Ancestors: Assisted Research Programme
05-09 October 2020

Limited space available!

This enhanced research programme offers you the chance to spend a week researching in the archives each day being guided and supported by our team of researchers, and presents a great opportunity to break down any genealogical brick walls and unlock your family history.

This programme will also have a maximum capacity of 30 people meaning that you will experience more one-on-one time with our research team than you would at any of our other conferences and classes.

As our team know the archives and how to mine the information for your family tree, working closely with our researchers will greatly enhance your experience in the archives as well as improving your chances of success.

For more information, and to book a place on any of the above, visit https://www.ancestryireland.com

(With thanks to the UHF)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Forthcoming events at PRONI in Belfast

Forthcoming talks and events at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni):

History Teacher’s Association of NI: AGM
22 October, 6-8pm
The History Teacher’s Association welcomes all to sit in on their event. The guest speaker will be Dr Rosie Hickey from the Prison Memory Archive.

Cold War Heritage in Northern Ireland
24 October, 1pm
Dr James O’Neill will use archaeological examples to explore how the Cold War impacted on Northern Ireland during the 20th century.

Archives of Internment
24 October, 10am-1pm
PRONI would like to invite you to an event exploring the Prisons Memory Archive and PRONI’s other archives on internment.

Bank Buildings: The Story Behind the Façade
29 October, 1-2pm
Richard Graham navigates the history of one of Belfast’s most iconic sites, from the first building in 1797 until the last, which was engulfed by fire in August 2018.

A Haunting Halloween at PRONI
31 October, 6-7.30pm
Dr Andrew Sneddon, Lecturer at the University of Ulster, historian, and expert on the history of the supernatural in Ireland, will join PRONI to explore some of the spooky ghost stories from the archives.

Reflections on the Nineteenth-Century from the Beyond 2022 Project​
7 November, 7-8.30pm
A presentation will be given by Dr Peter Crooks on the virtual reality project which is recreating the Public Record Office of Ireland and its collections that were destroyed in 1922 during the Civil War.

Launch of Linenopolis Exhibition at PRONI​
8 November, 1-2pm
An exciting new exhibition launching at PRONI, celebrating Belfast's linen heritage. It explores the social history, lives of the workers. The Artists Wilma Kirkpatrick and Helen O'Hare will showcase a selection of embroidered linen samplers.

The Civil Rights Movement and the Role of the IRA​
13 November, 1-2pm
Journalist, author and broadcaster, Malachi O’Doherty will be giving a presentation looking at the change of the Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland over the past 50 years and will expand upon research from his book which will be available on the day.

Beyond the Centenaries: The First World War and its impact on Ireland​
14 November, 2-4.30pm
A conference and workshop chaired by Dr Timothy Bowman will be held at PRONI which will look at Ireland between 1912 and 1921 mainly focusing on the aftermath of the First World War.

Linenopolis: The Health & Welfare of Mill Workers​
21 November, 1-2pm
PRONI’s David Huddleston will examine the workhouse, asylum, school and mill records in PRONI to reveal the health and welfare of mill workers during the late 19th century.

Using WikiTree
27 November, 1pm
Anne Johnston will deliver an introduction to WikiTree, a free genealogy website that maintains over 17 million ancestral profiles which can be used to research your own family tree.

A Beginner’s Guide to Using DNA for Family History​
28 November, 1-2pm
DNA can now be used to track your family’s history even beyond paper records. Come down to PRONI and hear Martin McDowell give a talk about the usefulness of DNA for family history.

New Online Records at PRONI
29 November, 11am-3pm
This event will feature a series of presentations and demonstrations showcasing digitized records that will be made available online.
(See http://britishgenes.blogspot.com/2019/09/proni-to-release-new-digitised-records.html)


PRONI Workshops:
1) Getting Started
13 & 25 Nov, 16 Dec, 11am-1pm
Introductory workshops for those interested in local and family history.

2) Online Resources
26 November, 6 December, 11am-1pm
Introduction to using online records for family and local history research.

To book a seat at the above events visit https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/talks-and-events-proni

(With thanks to the latest PRONI Express)

Chris

Order Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483. My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts 4 November 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.