Thursday, 29 June 2017

The white gloves debate!

Whenever you visit an archive you will quite understandably have to obey certain rules and regulations in order to gain access to the documents you wish to see. None is perhaps more controversial, however, than the age old 'white glove' debate - the idea that in order to hold old documents you might have to wear a pair of white gloves to protect them. Many archives absolutely insist upon users doing so, whilst others absolutely insist on the opposite.

On Twitter last night I was surprised to see the National Records of Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk) tweeting an image of television presenter and archaeologist Neil Oliver wearing a pair of white gloves whilst examining a document for the BBC2 documentary “The Hector: From Scotland to Nova Scotia”. I wasn't surprised because he was in an archive wearing gloves, but because I have personally never been required to use a pair of white gloves at the NRS in over a decade!


So I did what every good researcher tries to do, and simply asked them - why was Neil wearing white gloves? The answer, in short, is that it was for the telly! But helpfully, the NRS has actually posted a blog post by archivist Dr. Tristram Clarke to clarify specifically why the presenter was wearing them, and the archive's policy on the use of gloves, which you can read at https://blog.nrscotland.gov.uk/2017/06/29/white-gloves/.

Having previously made historical documentaries myself for the BBC, I'm not a hundred per cent convinced on the whole response - yes, presenters may be required to hold a document up for two or three takes, but probably no more so than somebody using the same document to make a transcription for research purposes, for example (who would probably hold it a lot more!). But I do agree with the last line: "The gloves are also a visual indication that the document is fragile and precious, and that we are caring for it professionally." It is television shorthand now to wear gloves, it's the equivalent of someone walking into an old shop with a sign above it saying "Ye Olde Shoppe" so that everyone watching knows that person is going into an old shop - it help sets the tone and context of the environment being portrayed.

So the bottom line at the NRS is that for the most part you will still not have to wear them, and that their policy has not changed - unless you are accessing photos (as identified in the archive's response), or intend to turn up with a camera crew (please give the archive advance notice on the latter!).

But what do you think - should we have to wear white gloves at archives?!

(With thanks to Christina and Tristram at the NRS)

Chris

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Medway, Kent, Methodist records join Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has a new collection that may be of interest if you had Methodist ancestry in Kent, England. The new Medway, Kent, England, Methodist Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1798-1932 collection has been sourced from Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Chatham, Kent, England.

Here's the on-site blurb:

About Medway, Kent, England, Methodist Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1798-1932

Historical Backgrounds

British Methodist congregations separated from the Church of England shortly after the death of early proponent, John Wesley in 1791. The various streams of Methodism were brought together in 1932, to form one main Church. Methodists are linked together in a 'Connexion' of churches, circuits and districts.The local church is the congregational place of worship. A circuit is a group of local churches, served by a team of local preachers and ministers including the superintendent minister.The district serves a geographical group of circuits and is led by the district chair.

This Collection

Baptisms typically include (where available) the name of the child, parents’ names, baptism date, occupation of father, and by whom baptised. In some cases the birth date is noted as well. In some registers of children baptised, you may find family groups being baptised together. An infant baptism can be a clue that a member had been in the congregation for all of his or her life, whereas christenings done later in life could indicate the family had more recently joined the congregation.

Marriage records include the marriage date, the couple’s names, residences, and their father's names. Ages are often recorded as well.

Burial records typically included the name of the deceased, date of death and age.

The collection can be accessed at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61402.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Free FamilySearch classes and webinars for July

FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) has announced the following timetable for free genealogy classes and webinars in July. Here's the blurb:

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (June 28, 2017),  The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for July 2017. Participants can attend in person or online. Many of the July classes teach beginners how to research using historic records in various countries and languages. See the table below for the full schedule of offerings. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don't forget. Easily find and share this announcement online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online (no preregistration). Those attending in person simply go to the room noted in the Library. Invite your family, friends, and colleagues. All class times are in mountain standard time (MST).

If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access these, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.

DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | ROOM
Sat, 1 July,1:00 PM [{{EmailCampaignAction-¡¡¡En sus marcas, listos, AHORA!!!}}]¡¡¡En sus marcas, listos, AHORA!!! (Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Mon, 3 July,10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively  (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Wed, 5 July,11:00 AM Ask Your United States Research Question  (Beginner) Webinar | MF-B
Thur, 6 July,10:00 AM Searching for Place Name Information in the Online MeyersGerman Gazetteer (Beginner) WebinarMF Lab
Thur, 6-Jul,11:00 AM Calendar Changes in German, Dutch, and French Research(Intermediate) WebinarMF Lab
Thur, 6 July,1:00 PM British Case Study and Your British Research Questions Answered(Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab
Mon, 10 July,10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab
Tue, 11 July,11:00 AM [{{EmailCampaignAction-Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records}}]Tips and Tricks for Using FamilySearch’s Historical Records(Intermediate) WebinarMF Lab
Tue, 11 July,1:00 PM Irish Research: Importance and Use of Census Substitutes!(Intermediate) WebinarB2 Lab
Tue, 11 July,3:00 PM FamilySearch Wiki: Denmark, Norway, Sweden (Beginner) Webinar | MF-B
Wed, 12 July,10:00 AM Indexing Reviewer Training Class (English language) [{{EmailCampaignAction-(1½ hrs)}}](1½ hrs)(Beginner) Webinar | MF-Lab
Wed, 12 July,11:00 AM Introduction to Chinese Genealogy (Chinese Speaking) (Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Wed, 12 July,1:00 PM Tracing British Ancestry at Ancestry.co.uk (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab
Wed, 12 July,6:30 PM Indexing Reviewer Training Class (English language)  [{{EmailCampaignAction-(1½ hrs)}}](1½ hrs)(Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Thur, 13 July,11:00 AM United States Naturalization Records (Beginner) Webinar | MF-B
Sat, 15 July,1:00 PM [{{EmailCampaignAction-Recursos genealógicos de Chile}}]Recursos genealógicos de Chile (Beginner) Webinar | B1 Lab
Mon, 17 July,10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)  Webinar | MF Lab
Mon, 17 July,1:00 PM [{{EmailCampaignAction-The Joy of Ancestral Discoveries Before England’s Civil}}]The Joy of Ancestral Discoveries Before England’s Civil Registration Using FamilySearch.org (Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab
Tue, 18 July,1:00 PM Starting Family Tree: Open Questions & Answers (Beginner) WebinarMF-C
Thur, 20 July,1:00 PM Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry via Scotlandspeople.gov.uk(Beginner) Webinar | B2 Lab
Tue, 25 July,11:00 AM Danish Tax Records (Intermediate) WebinarMF-B
Thur, 27 July,11:00 AM Planning and Implementing a Research Trip (Beginner) Webinar | MF-B
Mon, 31 July,10:00 AM Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) Webinar | MF Lab

(With thanks to Paul Nauta at FamilySearch)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
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PRONI provides on site access to FindmyPast and BNA

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni)has announced that it is now providing access to both FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) and the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) at its facility in Belfast.

The following is the announcement made via Facebook:

Find My Past records now available at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) search room at Titanic Quarter..

PRONI is pleased to announce the acquisition of an annual subscription to the FindMyPast online resources. The records now available to PRONI cover not only Ireland and the UK but also contain global information. The records available on the website cover centuries of information and include,

• Birth, Marriage, Death and Parish Registers
• Census, Land and Surveys
• Churches and Religion
• Directories and Social History
• Education and Work
• Institutions and Organisations
• Military, armed Forces and Conflict
• Travel and Migration
• 1939 Register (England and Wales)

In addition to FindMyPast PRONI has also acquired access to the British Newspaper Archive.

(With thanks to PRONI via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/publicrecordofficeni/)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

New content added to Irish Newspaper Archive

The Irish Newspaper Archive (www.irishnewsarchive.com) has added new content to its site, as follows:
  • Evening Herald 1950 - 1999; Full colour PDF 2005 -2017
  • Belfast Newsletter 1900 -1938; Full colour PDF 2013 - 2017
  • Donegal Democrat 1919 - 1998; Full colour PDF 2016-2017

To help you explore the new material, the site is offering a 25% discount, using the code New001.

The discount code is valid from June 28th to July 7th 2017, and can be applied to monthly or annual memberships, as follows:

Monthly Normal Price €30.00 less 25% = €22.50
Yearly Normal Price €178.00 less 25% = €133.50

To subscribe to the site, visit https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/subscribe?cur=EUR.

(With thanks to Andrew Martin)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Outlander starts on More 4 this week

Long after the rest of Earth and mankind has seen it, the first series of Scottish based series Outlander is FINALLY (!) getting a UK broadcast showing starting this Thursday on More4 at 9pm - here's the Radio Times summary of the first episode (http://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/c62rq6/outlander--s1-e1-sassenach/):

Series 1 - Episode 1: Sassenach
Thursday 9pm - 10:20pm More4 (not More4 +1)
HD SUB

Period drama telling the story of a Second World War nurse who is mysteriously transported back to 1743 Scotland as she travels back from the battlefields with her husband. In the opening episode, Claire Randall finds herself at the mercy of a British soldier before being kidnapped by a group of Highlanders whose ranks include an injured man named Jamie, Starring Caitriona Balfe, Gary Lewis and Tobias Menzies.


The first episode is slightly slow, but the series soon picks up pace! The title, 'Sassenach', refers to the Gaelic word for an English person ('Sasann' means 'England' in Gaelic), and in this case refers to the heroine of the series, Claire Randall.

Forgive the occasional historical hiccups along the way, but if you want to immerse yourself in the Jacobite campaigns for a bit, hear a bit of Scottish Gaelic along the way, boo the bad guy, cheer on the heroine, then give it a wee whirl!

And if you fancy coming to Scotland and visiting some of the locations featured in the series, drop my pal Ian Walker a note at Borders Journeys via http://www.bordersjourneys.co.uk/category/ancestral-tourism/ - he'll soon sort you out! :)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
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Who Do You Think You Are? series 14 participants announced

The participants of the next UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? have been announced as follows, with their transmission slots on BBC1 at 9pm, commencing on July 6th with veteran actor Charles Dance:

Charles Dance (July 6th)
Craig Revel Horwood (July 13th)
Clare Balding (July 20th)
Adil Ray (July 27th)
Emma Willia (August 3rd)
Lisa Hammond (TBA)
Noel Clarke (TBA)
Lula (TBA)
Fearne Cotton (TBA)
Ruby Wax (TBA)

The schedule may change in due course.

For further details, please visit Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine's coverage at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/who-do-you-think-you-are-2017-celebrities-revealed.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

FamilySearch to cease microfilm distribution

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has announced that its FamilySearch service (https://familysearch.org) will permanently cease its family history records microfilm distribution service from September 1st 2017, thanks to the vast proportion of material that it has already digitised, and which it will continue to digitise until 2020.


For the full announcement, please visit https://www.lds.org/callings/temple-and-family-history/familysearch-microfilm-discontinuation?lang=eng.

(With thanks to Thomas MacEntee via Facebook)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
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More Presbyterian kirk records join ScotlandsPeople

The ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) is adding more dissenting Presbyterian records to its site tomorrow (Monday 26th June), including 20,255 births and baptisms (1744-1855), 10,368 marriages and proclamations (1729-1855) and 5,422 death and burial records (1783-1855).

There is no information as yet as to which churches will be represented, other than Martyr's Reformed Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh (NRS: CH3/1198), from which an example has been drawn for the website's own news announcement at https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/article/news-article-release-presbyterian-church-records.

To understand how the various dissenting Presbyterian churches came to be, read the first chapter of my book Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) for FREE at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/kirk-history.html. For more on what to expect from the records, and how to maximise research within them, the book can be purchased worldwide (including from the UK) - details on how to obtain a copy are available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

TNA podcasts - First World War VD prosecution, and medieval treason and magic

The National Archives based in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) has two new podcasts available.

‘A Bit of a Scratch’, a radio drama about the battle against Venereal Disease during the First World War

‘A Bit of a Scratch’ explores the first recorded prosecution under the Venereal Diseases Act 1917. The legislation was introduced due to the large numbers, roughly 5%, of UK troops returning from the First World War with venereal diseases and to ensure that treatment was undertaken by qualified medical professionals. The last century has seen remarkable developments in sexual health, however with rising numbers of sexually transmitted infections and the emergence of antimicrobial resistant disease, the provision of high quality sexual health services are more important than ever.

This podcast was produced jointly with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). More information on the issues
contained within this podcast can be found on the BASHH website and @BASHH_UK.

The podcast is available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/bit-scratch/


Medieval treason and magic

In this podcast, two of our records specialists tell us about treason and necromancy in The National Archives’ medieval records.

The first part, narrated by Paul Dryburgh, tells the story of a band of men from Coventry who planned to kill King Edward II and his supporters, the Despencers, with a plot that involved wax effigies and pins. In the second part, Sean Cunningham discusses one of the earliest English language statements in legal history; a tale involving a mole catcher and a magical dismembered hand.

The podcast is available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/medieval-treason-magic/

NB: Please note the survey that the archive is asking for responses from, concerning its online media player, available at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FFCFX/.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.