Friday, 6 December 2019

Cornish burials added to FindmyPast

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


United Kingdom Deaths 2007-2017
Over 2.7 million new additions from across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Isle of Man have been added to the collection. These transcripts, provided by Wilmington Millennium, will provide you with the individual’s name, date of death, and location of death.

UK Electoral Registers & Companies House Directors 2002-2019
Over 981,000 new additions are now available to search. This collection enables you to search registers of UK directors whose companies are registered with Companies House along with the UK’s electoral registers beginning from 2002.

Cornwall Burials
Explore your Cornish roots with over 76,000 new additions covering 57 assorted parishes across the county. See our parish list for more information. Each transcript will reveal a combination of your ancestor’s birth year, death year, burial date and burial place. Some records may also include relative’s names.

New York, Marriage Index Cards (Force-Vorce Family) Browse
Browse through this unique set of marriage records published in partnership with the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. The marriage index is focused on the Force-Vorce family name and includes names, event dates and generation numbers.

British & Irish Newspaper Update
This week we have added 88,734 brand new pages including a trio of new Scottish titles and updates to eight of our existing titles. First up, we have added the Kilmarnock Herald and North Ayrshire Gazette, a weekly local newspaper published every Friday in the historic burgh of Kilmarnock. We have also added the North Briton. Published in Edinburgh every Wednesday and Saturday, this title is not to be confused with eighteenth century title The North Briton, which was a voraciously anti-Scottish publication associated with radical politician John Wilkes. Rounding off this week’s Scottish trio is the Northern Chronicle and General Advertiser, published in Inverness every Wednesday.

Further details and links are available at https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/new-additions-from-across-the-uk-and-new-york

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. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Almost a fifth of libraries in Britain have closed since 2010

We have a general election next week, and one thing you might wish to bear in mind when casting your vote is that almost one fifth of libraries in Britain have closed since austerity was introduced in 2010.

From today's Guardian: "The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (Cipfa) annual survey of the UK’s libraries, excluding Northern Ireland, shows there are 3,583 library branches still open in the UK – 35 fewer than last year. Since 2010, 773 have closed."

In the same period, the number of librarians has plummeted from 24,000 salaried staff to 15,300. There are now 51,000 volunteers working in libraries also. The number of library visits has equally plummeted from 315 million visits in 2009/2010 to just 226 million visits over the last year.

The full story is available at https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/dec/06/britain-has-closed-almost-800-libraries-since-2010-figures-show.

There may be many factors affecting how you vote this year. Hopefully you can throw this one into the mix also before December 12th!

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. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Ireland's Beyond 2022 project progresses

The Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury project, which aims to receate much of the material lost in the Four Courts explosion at Ireland's public record office in 1922, is making substantial progress, with its likely success at a “greater extent than ever previously imagined,” according to Dr. Peter Crooks, a key driver behind the project.

The project will also gain an additional tranche of funding today from Ireland's Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, who believes that the project will leave a “permanent, meaningful and imaginative legacy beyond the conclusion of the decade of centenaries”.

A progress report on what has already been found, and its ultimate aims, can be read in the Irish Times at www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/retrieval-of-irish-archive-lost-in-1922-fire-astounding-historian-says-1.4104963.

For more on the Beyond 2022 project visit  https://beyond2022.ie. The video below provides a further overview (available also at https://youtu.be/CXuExly6dl4):



(With thanks to Michael Merrigan @MerriganMI 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. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Quarriers apologises for historic child migration policy

Quarriers (https://quarriers.org.uk) has apologised for its historic child migration policy to Australia and Canada.

Chief Executive Alice Harper said: "We apologise to children migrated through Quarriers and to children who suffered abuse following migration.  While people and organisations - including Quarriers - believed at the time that the UK government's international migration scheme offered the chance of a better life, it was misguided and wrong. Vulnerable children were sent away and we recognise that some also suffered physical and emotional abuse, including sexual abuse."

The apology has been issued as the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry continues to hear evidence in Edinburgh. For more on the story visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-50645316.

Library and Archives Canada hosts resources for Home Children who arrived in Canada between 1869 and 1932, with a dedicated page at www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/immigration/immigration-records/home-children-1869-1930/Pages/home-children.aspx. These were predominantly orphaned children sent by the British Government from the UK to new homes across its empire, although in some cases, parents and children were misled as to the fate of each other prior to their separation.

The British Home Children in Canada platform at https://canadianbritishhomechildren.weebly.com has additional resources which may help.

Sources for tracing Home Children sent to Australia can be determined from http://guides.naa.gov.au/good-british-stock/index.aspx.

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. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Christmas is coming, where's the goose...?!

If you are short of a present or two for your genealogy obsessed relatives (or your genealogy obsessed self!), a quick plug for my latest two family history books from my publisher Pen and Sword (www.pen-and-sword.co.uk), which you still have time to order and obtain before Christmas Day!

Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848
£11.99 (plus p&p)

Despite its Union with England and Wales in 1707, Scotland remained virtually independent from its partners in many ways, retaining its own legal system, its own state church, and its own education system.

In Tracing Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records, genealogist Chris Paton examines the most common records used by family historians in Scotland, ranging from the vital records kept by the state and the various churches, the decennial censuses, tax records, registers of land ownership and inheritance, and records of law and order.

Through precepts of clare constat and ultimus haeres records, feudalism and udal tenure, to irregular marriages, penny weddings and records of sequestration, Chris Paton expertly explores the unique concepts and language within many Scottish records that are simply not found elsewhere within the British Isles. He details their purpose and the information recorded, the legal basis by which they were created, and where to find them both online and within Scotland's many archives and institutions.


Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (Second Edition)
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483
£11.99 (plus p&p)

In this, the fully updated second edition of his bestselling guide to researching Irish history using the internet, Chris Paton shows the extraordinary variety of sources that can now be accessed online. Although Ireland has lost many records that would have been of great interest to family historians, he demonstrates that a great deal of information survived and is now easily available to the researcher.

Thanks to the pioneering efforts of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland, organizations such as FindmyPast Ireland, Ancestry.co.uk and RootsIreland and the volunteer genealogical community, an ever-increasing range of Ireland’s historical resources are accessible from afar.

As well as exploring the various categories of records that the family historian can turn to, Chris Paton illustrates their use with fascinating case studies. He fully explores the online records available from both the north and the south from the earliest times to the present day. Many overseas collections are also included, and he looks at social networking in an Irish context where many exciting projects are currently underway.

His book is an essential introduction and source of reference for anyone who is keen to trace their Irish roots.

This latest title in Pen and Sword's most excellent genealogy library is one of the very best I have ever read, with thoroughly practical examples of websites where you can get information from, in many cases for no cost (you'll notice I avoided using the very wrong phrase "for free"!) The websites mentioned have genuinely free information, and they all work. Chris Paton has written a brilliantly useful book - we happen to have Irish ancestry in our family, and will be delving into this information just as soon as we have the time. In the meantime, I urge you to get this book and do the same!

- Books Monthly



And coming soon...

Over the Christmas holidays I will be working on my next two books:

Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet - already written, and now at the proof stage, this title will be published in April 2020 and I hope will complement Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records!

Sharing Your Family History on the Internet - I'm still at the keyboard with this one, and will announce more about it in due course!!!!

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. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Family History Down Under announced by Unlock the Past for 2021

From Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au):

ANNOUNCING A MAJOR WORLD-CLASS GENEALOGY CONFERENCE
Adelaide, South Australia, 3 December 2019


Unlock the Past is delighted to announce Family History Down Under (FHDU) to be held 22-26 March 2021 in one of Australia’s most exciting holiday destinations. This follows on from the highly successful DNA Down Under (August 2019), which attracted 1400 people in six cities across Australia, including 400 at the final three-day conference in Sydney.

The main conference will be over four days – Tuesday-Friday 23-26 March 2021. There will be three main tracks – DNA, British Isles and General/Methodology, plus a fourth track for sponsors and others. Other optional sessions will be offered, including workshops. There will also be a supporting exhibition. A pre-conference day on Monday 22 March 2021 is planned, including, amongst other things, tours to places of interest in the region.


VENUE

The Sunshine Coast Convention Centre and Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel, Twin Waters, Queensland, is our conference venue.


This is a superb facility at one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations.

• A large state-of-the art conference centre (opened May 2019)
• Stay on-site at the 361 room, 4 star, Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel — or other nearby hotels
• 7 minute drive from the Sunshine Coast airport and 75 minutes from Brisbane Airport
• Close to numerous tourist attractions, including the world famous Australia Zoo and much more.

Plenty to do before/after or, for your non-genie spouse/partner, during the conference.


PRESENTERS

We are delighted to announce two of seven FHDU headline speakers. The other five will be announced soon!

We invite expressions of interest in speaking, exhibiting and sponsoring the event.

Visit www.familyhistorydownunder.com and join the mailing list to be first to learn of key developments.

Blaine Bettinger — professional genealogist specialising in DNA evidence

Blaine, the best known and most sought after genetic genealogy speaker will be a prominent contributor to the DNA track. He is the author of “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy” and a number of other books.

He launched DNA Central in 2018, a major membership resource site helping genealogy DNA test takers understand their DNA test results.


Paul Milner — British Isles expert

Paul is an internationally recognised speaker and author on British Isles research. He is the author of a number of books on English and Scottish genealogy with Unlock the Past and other publishers.

Paul has often spoken at events in Australia and on Unlock the Past genealogy cruises. He will be a key contributor to the British Isles track.


Mark the Date | 22-26 March 2021

Visit www.familyhistorydownunder.com and join the mailing list to be first to learn of key developments. We invite expressions of interest in speaking, exhibiting and sponsoring the event.


Unlock the Past

Unlock the Past is the event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History (established 1976). It is a collaborative venture involving an international team of expert speakers, writers, organisations and commercial partners to promote history and genealogy through innovative major events, genealogy cruises and publications.

(With thanks to Alan Phillips)


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. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 29 November 2019

New Dundee and Angus records on FindmyPast

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

Explore historical Dundee and Angus in vivid detail

Findmypast is proud to announce a new online collection spanning nearly five centuries of Dundee and Angus history. Published in association with Leisure and Culture Dundee, University of St Andrews Library and DC Thomson, this vast archive of historical documents and original photographs provides researchers worldwide with the opportunity to discover their connections to the City of Discovery in unprecedented detail, for the first time online.

Findmypast has scanned in full colour from paper originals where possible, and created a full name index. This new release brings together millions of complementary records from multiple institutions, which, when placed alongside existing Findmypast Scottish collections, forms one of the most comprehensive collections of genealogical records from any area of the UK online.

These records give names, dates, residences, occupations and document life events of the people of Dundee and Angus, also including photographic records of streets and people, a goldmine for social and family historians alike. They contain some of the oldest photographs in existence, taken in the 1840s and showing parts of the city long since lost to redevelopment.

A particular highlight is a set of 50 images of ‘Dundee Old & New’ commissioned by the Dundee Police after the Improvement Act of 1871. This photographic album illustrates the changing landscape of a Victorian burgh in the firm grip of the Industrial Revolution through a unique ‘then and now’ perspective even at that time. When used alongside tenancy and electoral records of the people who lived in these streets released at the same time and going back to as early as 1823, a detailed picture of the people of Dundee can be seen, rich and fertile ground for tracing ancestors who stood on those cobblestones.

These exciting new records include:

● Fully indexed images of more than 23,600 Obituaries from local Dundee newspapers ranging from 1869-2018, added to a national Scottish collection of over 600,000

● Almost 4 million Dundee & Forfarshire (Angus) Electoral Registers 1857-1939

● Hundreds of thousands of indexed records of baptism, marriage & burial from across Dundee & Angus 1562-1855

● Over 5,000 comprehensively indexed original photographs of Dundee & Angus dating 1844-2010

By improving access to these rich documents and making them searchable for the first time, Findmypast provides family historians from around the world with even more opportunities to discover their Dundee & Angus ancestors. Researchers can now uncover details of their families past and add new generations to their family tree with greater ease than ever before.

With today’s release building on existing records from The National Archives, Scottish Catholic Archives, British Library, Tay Valley Family History Society, and more from the area, together with the publication of almost 10 million records from Scotland since January, (many exclusive and nowhere else online), Findmypast is cementing their reputation as the home of British & Irish family history, creating one of the most useful genealogical resources online for Scottish research.

(Source: https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/over-6-million-new-scottish-records-available-to-search)


COMMENT:  Relevant collection titles
  • Scotland, Newspaper Death Reports & Obituaries
  • Scotland, Dundee & Forfarshire (Angus) Electoral Registers 1857-1939
  • Scotland, Dundee & Forfarshire (Angus) Births & Baptisms 1562-1855
  • Scotland, Dundee & Forfarshire (Angus) Marriages 1562-1855
  • Scotland, Dundee & Forfarshire (Angus) Deaths & Burials 1562-1855
  • Scotland, Dundee & Forfarshire (Angus) Photographic 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. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

PRONI uploads digitised NI tithe books and school grant aid records

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni) has initiated a major evolution with its online catalogue, with the release of two important digitised record collections for the six northern counties now constituted as Northern Ireland (Antrim, Down, Armagh, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Londonderry). The collections are the Northern Ireland Tithe Applotment Books 1823-1837 (FIN/5/A), and the National Education Commisioners Grant Aid Applications (ED/1).

Tithe Applotment Books

The tithe applotment books can now be downloaded for each parish.

i) From the home page at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni, click on eCatalogue.
ii) Click on Search PRONI's eCatalogue
iii) Scroll down and click on the green Search the eCatalogue button.
iv) On the top right of the catalogue search screen, click Browse.
v) Type in FIN/5/A and click on Search.
vi) On the results page, which states the following, go to the second option:


vii) If you click on the word More in the Title/Description column, you will gtet a short summary describing what the tithe records are.
viii) If you instead click on the blue PRONI reference FIN/5/A link in the first column, you will now be taken to a more detailed listing for each parish in alphabetical order.


ix) The View link at the end column allows you to download a hefty PDF file for the relevant parish. When you click on it you will first be asked to agree to a copyright statement:


Then you will be asked if you wish to save the relevant PDF file or to open it. Upon completion, this is the sort of thing you will then see:



COMMENT: Some of the files are quite large, but the quality of the digitisation is superb. Note that the records cannot be keyword searched - you'll have to go into them the good oul' fashioned way!

I have downloaded a couple of parishes, but one parish of interest, Islandmagee (simply noted as Island in the list) is showing as a damaged file which 'cannot be repaired'! I have notified PRONI, suspect it is just a minor teething issue.

Tithe records for the Republic of Ireland are already freely available at http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie.


National Education Commissioners Grant Aid Applications

The search technique for these is similar to the above, with the results portrayed in county order over a series of files covering different periods from 1832-1899. For example, County Antrim is presented across ED/1/1 to ED/1/10, each of which subdivides further to individual schools - the ED/1/1 link, for example, leads to individual PDFs for 163 separate school applications (ED/1/1/1A to ED/1/1/164). Note that the applications are for named schools, so don't be going in looking for parish names in these.



Again, the presentation is superb, and the files with these are considerably smaller, so will open much quicker.

Have fun with the 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. and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848. Further news published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Irish Newspaper Archives sale

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

BLACK FRIDAY SALE VALID UNTIL 01.Dec.2019

Gold Membership: Access Irish Newspaper Archives & Radical Newspaper Archives
Standard rate: £169.00 50% SALE = £84.50

Silver Membership: Access Irish Newspaper Archives:
Standard rate: £149.00 50% SALE = £74.50

Radical Membership: Access Radical Newspaper Archives:
Standard rate: £30.00 50% SALE = £15.00

VALID UNTIL 01.December.2019


Further details at https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/subscribe

(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.

Tuesday, 26 November 2019

Bureau of Military History content back up online

The Bureau of Military History website content from Ireland's Military Archives (www.militaryarchives.ie) is now back up and running at http://militaryarchives.ie/collections/online-collections/bureau-of-military-history-1913-1921/, having been unavailable for much of the last week.


From the site:

The Bureau of Military History Collection, 1913-1921 (BMH) is a collection of 1,773 witness statements; 334 sets of contemporary documents; 42 sets of photographs and 13 voice recordings that were collected by the State between 1947 and 1957, in order to gather primary source material for the revolutionary period in Ireland from 1913 to 1921. The Bureau’s official brief was ‘to assemble and co-ordinate material to form the basis for the compilation of the history of the movement for Independence from the formation of the Irish Volunteers on 25th November 1913, to the 11th July 1921’ (report of the Director, 1957).

Enjoy!

(With thanks to @dfarchives)

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.