Thursday, 22 August 2019

North Lanarkshire records added to Ancestry

The following Scottish collections have been added to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1847-1969
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/northlanarkshire/
Source: North Lanarkshire Electoral Registers, North Lanarkshire Archives, Motherwell, Scotland.

This database contains yearly registers listing names and residences of people in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, who were eligible to vote in elections. These year-by-year registers can help place your ancestors in a particular place and possibly also reveal some information about property they owned.


North Lanarkshire, Scotland, Poor Law Applications and Registers, 1849-1917
https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/northlanarkshirepoorlaw/
Source: North Lanarkshire Poor Law Applications and Registers, North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre, Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

After the Poor Law Scotland Act of 1845, Scottish parishes were able to establish institutions called Parochial Boards to care for the poor, house them and give out relief. Whilst there was a Central Supervising body, each institution was locally run. Unlike the poor in England, those who were destitute in Scotland were able to appeal if denied relief.

This collection contains applications for relief from parish institutions in North Lanarkshire. To establish the needs of the applicant and their eligibility, Inspectors of the Poor recorded large amounts of personal data in ‘registers of applications’ or ‘general registers of poor’.

Applications and General Registers will normally include:

  • Name of applicant, including maiden name of women
  • Age and/or birth date
  • Birthplace, including county of birth (compulsory from 1865)
  • Religion (from 1865)
  • Dependants, including children’s names, ages, places of birth
  • Marital history
  • Names of applicant’s parents and parents-in-law, confirming where born and if still alive
  • Previous addresses

Have fun!

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Scottish Research Online course starts soon!

Hi folks, just over a week to go until the start of my next Scottish Research Online course, which starts on September 2nd 2019, and which runs for 5 weeks - here's the description!

Scottish Research Online (102)
Tutor: Chris Paton

Scotland was first to have major records digitized and offer indexes and images online. It has also been a leader in placing resource information on the World Wide Web. This course describes the major sites, the types of information and data that they offer, the forms in which databases are presented and how to analyze results. You will learn to lay the foundations for searching a family, how to select best resources and what to do next either online or in libraries and archives.

Lesson Headings:
  • Scotlands People, Family Search, Ancestry, FreeCen: content, comparison, assessment
  • Essential Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration and Census Research Online
  • Searching in Church of Scotland Registers Online
  • Scottish Wills and Inventories Online
  • Take It From Here

Note: it is recommended but not required that students in this course sign up for the basic search option, 30 units/seven days, at ScotlandsPeople (cost is seven pounds).

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

STUDENTS SAID: "I particularly liked the fact that the course didn't just focus on the well-known BMD resources available, but on a much wider range of websites, including many which give extremely useful background information on the geography and history of the localities where our ancestors lived."

"a very knowledgeable Instructor"

Relevant Countries: Scotland

This course is offered twice annually.

Course Length: 5 Weeks
Start Date: 2 September 2019
Cost: £49.99

And for a wee video introduction, visit https://youtu.be/ssdYLlGtoHw or watch below!



To sign up to the course, please visit https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102

Note that the follow up course to this, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs starts on November 4th - for further details on this, please visit https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions - 50% discount offer

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions (https://scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com) is offering a 50% discount on all of its burials CDs.

Visit the site, and when making a purchase, use the code K3A60DDXR2QH


Have fun!

(With thanks to Helen Grant)

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Society of Genealogists announces search for new premises

From the London based Society of Genealogists (http://www.sog.org.uk):

Society of Genealogists looks to relocate

After two years of careful analysis and discussions the Trustees of the Society of Genealogists have concluded that that we have finally outgrown our premises in Clerkenwell and are seeking to relocate.

Charterhouse Buildings is our fifth home since the Society was founded in 1911. But after 35 years, the current library no longer provides adequate space and facilities for our needs and requires significant investment for major repairs, maintenance and IT.

Moving to more suitable premises will enable the Society to reinvest in our core services of providing the best genealogical library and collections in the UK, to continue and expand upon our education programme and to create a more convivial space for our members and users.

No decisions have yet been made about when we will move or where we will go. Rest assured no decision will be made until we have consulted widely and sought advice and input from our stakeholders. The process will no doubt take some time and it is unlikely to be less than a three to five-year period.

We hope that our members and friends will join us in this period of transformation and look forward to better times ahead.

For any further comment or questions please direct enquiries to June Perrin, Chief Executive Officer, Society of Genealogists ceo@sog.org.uk

(With thanks to Else Churchill)

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

The Men Behind The Glass Exhibition at PRONI

Details of a talk and exhibition at PRONI (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni) on Tuesday 20th August 2019:

The Men Behind The Glass Exhibition

PRONI is delighted to host a lunchtime talk on the Men Behind the Glass exhibition and project on 20 August, 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm.

PRONI will be hosting a travelling exhibition curated by Campbell College this summer. The exhibition features many former Campbellians including First World War participants such as Lieutenant Edmund De Wind VC. Subjects include, Pre-War Campbell, life at Campbell, Campbellians at War, Campbell’s Contribution and Commemorating. The exhibition will be on display from 19 August to 27 September.


(With thanks to Gavin McMahon)

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Latest additions to FindmyPast

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


Manchester, Peterloo Witnesses and Casualties, 1819
Discover if your English ancestor witnessed or was injured during the Peterloo Massacre which occurred on 16 August 1819 at St Peter’s Field, Manchester. The records show whether a person was injured and how; such as, “right elbow and head cut severely”. It also includes witness statements like, “saw constables hitting [John] Lees with truncheons and a broken flagpole. Addresses, occupations and additional notes are also included in many transcripts.

Maryland, Wills and Probate Records
Do you have ancestors’ from Maryland? Search this collection of Wills and Probates to find out the date of their Will. As confirmed in the introduction of the publication, the Maryland Calendar of Wills was compiled in response to an already “long existent and steadily increasing need for such work, a need not only of genealogists, nor only for Marylanders now living in the State, but also for the large class of persons, whose ancestors are to be numbered among the men and women who took part in the nation-building as begun on Maryland shores, and whose descendants are now to be found in every State of the Union.”

Maryland, Index To Colonial Probate Records, 1634-1777
Search this index to more than 107,000 probate records from 1634 to 1777 for transcripts and images of both Prerogative Court and County records. The amount of information listed in each record will vary but looking at images is always recommended.

Britain, Knights Of The Realm & Commonwealth Index
Over 14,000 additional records have been added to the Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth Index.

International Records Update - Hungary Baptisms 1734-1895
Discover if your ancestors were baptised in Hungary. Search through 14,000 records from the Hungarian baptism index to find out. The records were created through the International Genealogical Index and will generate hints against your Findmypast family tree.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added 123,844 brand new pages. We have two new titles covering the Moray area, namely the Forres News and Advertiser and the Northern Scot and Moray & Nairn Express. Our third new Scottish newspaper is the Renfrewshire Independent, for which we have so far published the years 1858 to 1877. Our final new addition this week is the Devon Valley Tribune. Published in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, we have an impressive run of pages for this title, ranging from the end of the 1890s right up until the 1950s.

Further details at https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/new-records-covering-maryland-knights-of-the-realm

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

TheGenealogist adds Charles Booth's London poverty maps

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

TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer adds the Charles Booth Poverty Maps of London

TheGenealogist’s innovative Map Explorer, which allows family history researchers to trace an ancestor’s property and then view the changing environment over time, now boasts another powerful new feature.

While previously researchers were able to view the georeferenced Lloyd George Domesday Survey Data Layer of maps and also see the sites of UK War Memorials, cemeteries and churchyards from across the country, TheGenealogist has now added the fascinating Booth Poverty Maps of London 1898-1899 to this useful resource.

● Use the new Charles Booth Maps to reveal London streets classified by income and class

● Research neighbourhoods where different classes of people lived close to each other

● Use the opacity slider to view various modern day maps as a base layer to see the area today

There were seven classifications detailed on Booth Maps ranging from the lowest to the wealthy. Those streets coloured black were for the ‘Lowest classes. Vicious, semi-criminal’. Next was dark blue for the ‘Very poor, casual. Chronic want’. This was followed by light blue to indicate ‘Poor. 18s to 21s a week for a moderate family’. Streets in purple indicated ‘Mixed. Some comfortable others poor’. Those roads in pink were ‘Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings’. Red designated a street inhabited by the ‘Middle class. Well to do’, while yellow the ‘Upper-middle and upper classes. Wealthy.’

Diamond subscribers to TheGenealogist are able to use the interface by clicking on the large map of England, Scotland and Wales on the main search page.


The next screen allows the researcher to enter major street names or an area so that you can browse the locality.

In the recent BBC 1 Who Do You Think You Are? episode, Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet was researching her 2x great-grandfather, a Swedish born tailor, who lived in Great Pulteney Street, Westminster. Using this example we start typing Great Pulteney into the search box. We are presented with a choice of two from which we select the one that is in the City of Westminster, Greater London. Under Map Layers we chose the ‘Historic – Middle Layer’ and here select the ‘1898-1899 Charles Booth’s London’ from the dropdown menu. This will now highlight the street on the map.

TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer has been developed to view these georeferenced historic maps overlaid on top of modern background maps including those from Ordnance Survey and Bing Street maps, as well as a satellite view. With the Map Explorer you can search for an ancestor's property, discovering its site, even if the road has changed or is no longer there.

See our featured article on Kate Winslet’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? where she makes use of the Booth Maps in her research: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2019/who-do-you-think-you-are/kate-winslet-1156/

Find out more at www.TheGenealogist.co.uk/maps/

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Flooding reveals graveyard bones in Fife

The BBC and STV have reported that heavy rain on Saturday has caused a wall to collapse at Largo and Newburn churchyard in Upper Largo, Fife, with several historic lairs exposed, and with some bones washed onto the adjacent street.

The head of Fife Council's bereavement services, Liz Murphy, is quoted as saying "Unfortunately, some historic graves were disturbed and exposed. In order to preserve the dignity of the deceased, where safe, the remains have been moved into the church.Any exposed ancient lairs are covered until it is safe to restore or rebury them."

You'll find the story at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-49344842 and https://stv.tv/news/east-central/1439974-human-bones-washed-onto-street-after-graveyard-floods/.

Fife News has further coverage at https://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/bones-wash-out-onto-fife-road-after-church-wall-collapses-1-4981693.

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

RootsTech London announces keynote speakers

From RootsTech:

Salt Lake City, Utah (14 August 2019), RootsTech, the world’s largest genealogy convention and hosted by FamilySearch, is coming to London, October 24–26, at the ExCeL London. The RootsTech London keynote speakers and entertainers include Donny Osmond, Nick Barratt, Dan Snow, Tre Amici, and Steve Rockwood. Boasting 150+ classes, one-on-one coaching corners, an exhibition hall filled with the latest in genealogy and technology, RootsTech London is the perfect place to discover and celebrate family stories.


Keynote Speakers

RootsTech London 2019 begins Thursday, 24 October. Classes will cover a wide variety of topics, including first steps on your genealogy journey, DNA in genealogy, preservation tools, archival research, and more. Dr. Nick Barratt, a former genealogy consultant for Who Do You Think You Are?, will host and emcee the convention.

Dan Snow, popular historian, broadcaster, and television presenter, will be the featured keynote speaker on Thursday, 24 October, at 11:00 A.M. GMT. Snow was born and raised in London. Having graduated Oxford University, he went on to present military history programs with his father, Peter Snow. Their series Battlefield Britain won a BAFTA award. He has appeared regularly on the ONE show on BBC1 and has contributed to several books, including Death or Victory; The World’s Greatest Twentieth Century Battlefieldsand The Battle of Waterloo Experience.

On Friday, 25 October, at 11:00 A.M. GMT, Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International, and Nick Barratt will address the audience as featured keynote speakers. Nick Barratt is known for his work on Who Do You Think You Are?, House Detectives, Hidden House Histories, Secrets from the Attic, and Missing Millions. He has authored several books, including Lost Voices from the Titanic, The Forgotten Spy, and The Restless King.In 2016 he was made an Honorary Associate Professor of Public History at the University of Nottingham. He is a committee member for the Community Archive and Heritage Group, and President of the Federation of Family History Societies.

Friday night at 6:00 P.M. GMT, RootsTech will host the talented singing trio, Tre Amici—an international classical pop trio made up of Leroy Vickers, Michael Thomas, and Martin Jackson. Tre Amici combines a moving combination of operatic arias, contemporary ballads, and classical theater.

Donny Osmond will grace the stage on Saturday, 26 October, at 11:00 A.M. GMT. Osmond’s successful career as an entertainer has spanned 5 decades. He is known internationally for his talent as a singer, songwriter, actor, television series host, and best-selling author. Osmond has performed since the age of 5 in such productions as The Andy Williams Show, The Osmonds, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and most recently with his sister in their Vegas show Donnie and Marie. “I’m really looking forward to RootsTech London,” said Osmond. “The United Kingdom is like a second home to me.”

Classes

RootsTech London 2019 will offer 150+ classes and activities for families and individuals with a variety of interests and skills. Select classes will be broadcast online. Learn more or register for the event at RootsTech.org. Passes start at only £49.

Further information on Rootstech London at https://www.rootstech.org/london

UPDATE: I'm sharing this tweet from US genie Megan Smolenyak in response to this post, because, actually, I wholeheartedly agree:

Must do better...

(Cheers Megan!)

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 12 August 2019

Lanarkshire Local and Family History Show 2019

The Lanarkshire Local and Family History Show will be taking place in early October:


Lanarkshire Family History Society
presents
Scotland's Largest Local & Family History Event​
9:30am - 4:30pm
Back again this year on Saturday 5th October 2019
Motherwell Concert Hall, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, ML1 1AB
Entry £2.00 (Accompanied Children Free)
Talks cost £3 each - £10 for all 4 talks (Pay at the venue)
Enquiries - Email secretary-lanarkshirefhs@hotmail.co.uk

Further details are available at https://lfhsshow.weebly.com, including speakers at the event - I'll be amongst them speaking about an Irish house history.

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 Scottish Research Online course starts 2 September 2019 - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.