Monday, 22 May 2017

MyHeritage adds new collection catalogue

MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com) has introduced a new Collection Catalog on its site, which lists the historical record collections indexed and available on MyHeritage SuperSearch. From MyHeritage:

The catalog is useful for beginners as well as professional users. It lists next to the name of each collection the number of records in it and the date in which it was added or last updated, and indicates with a special icon which collections are new or recently updated. Some people call this a “card catalog” in reference to the way libraries used to index their inventory on cards in the old days, but our Collection Catalog is digital; It is available online and includes many useful functions.


For more on the new feature, visit the company's blog at https://blog.myheritage.com/2017/05/new-collection-catalog/.

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

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.

PRONI is now on Facebook

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is now on Facebook!

To follow Northern Ireland's national archive, visit https://www.facebook.com/publicrecordofficeni.


Don't forget also that The GENES Blog is also on Facebook - you'll find it under thre site's previous name at https://www.facebook.com/BritishGENES/!

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.

More genealogy ripples from an ancestor's murder story

It's a small world! As some of you might already know, the murder of my three times great grandmother Janet Rogers (nee Henderson) with a kitchen axe in 1866 at Mount Stewart Farm in Forgandenny, Perthshire, is Scotland's longest unsolved murder by a modern police force. Janet was clubbed to death in the kitchen by an unknown assailant, and her body was discovered lying beside the hearth by her brother William later that evening. It is a story about which I wrote a book a few years ago, The Mount Stewart Murder, in which I did not try to solve the case, but in which I instead tried to paint a portrait of the communty and my family over the course of a year, as the investigation unfolded, and in the aftermath of the trial, with the tragic consequences that ensued.


My four times great grandfather Andrew Henderson took up the tenancy of the Perthshire farm in 1845, along with his son William, although Andrew had passed away by the time of his daughter's murder in 1866.

Well as with any story that can be published, there can often be ripples in the aftermath! In this case, I've just been contacted by someone in New Zealand who is currently organising a family reunion, who got the shock of his life when he discovered my book. When my Henderson ancestors took on the lease for the farm in 1845, the previous holders, the Marshall family, had been this person's ancestors, with his family having held possession from 1763-1845 at a time when the farm was instead known as 'The Fluars'. I in fact mentioned the Marshalls in the book, although only the generation prior to the arrival of my lot.

Here's one of his comments: "When taking a sabbatical in 1998 I visited Mt Stewart and was deeply moved at that time to have had the opportunity to sit by the ‘hearth' and celebrate with a dram my families 70 years living and farming at Mt Stewart. The images and memory of that visit are still strong in my mind, though 'now' somewhat modified since reading your book. Your description of the farm and house brought a freshness once again to my family's Scottish history. Thank you."

I aim to please! :)

This is now the second time that I've been contacted by someone with a major connection to something written about in this book. In 2012, whilst at Who Do You Think You Are Live, I experienced perhaps the most astonishing coincidence I think I've ever encountered just shortly before the book's publication - you can read all about it at a previous blog post at  http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/wdytya-live-part-4-victims-descendants.html!

If interested in the story, you can obtain The Mount Stewart Murder from the History Press at http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/the-mount-stewart-murder/9780752460208/.

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.

Friday, 19 May 2017

FindmyPast adds Nottinghamshire parish records

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com) has added over 1 million parish register entries from Nottinghamshire to its website. The additions are as follows:


Nottinghamshire Baptisms Index 1538-1917

Over 580,000 records have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire baptisms. The collection now contains over 1.4 million transcripts that will reveal your ancestor's baptism date, baptism location, religious denomination, residence and parent's names.


Nottinghamshire Banns Index 1600-1812

Nottinghamshire Banns contains over 800 records that will allow you to discover whether your ancestors were married via this ancient legal tradition.


Nottinghamshire Marriages Index 1528-1929

Over 295,000 records spanning 400 years have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire Marriages. The collection now contains over 984,000 transcripts that will reveal your ancestor's birth year, residence, marriage date, marriage place, occupation, residence, father's name, whether they were married by banns or licence and corresponding details for their spouse. Some records may also list the names of any witnesses present.


Nottinghamshire Burials Index 1596-1905

Over 423,000 new transcripts of original parish records and bishop's transcripts have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire burials.

The site has also added 16,000 images to its PERiodical Source Index.


For further details visit https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-friday-2413057438.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.

End of an era at Geneabloggers

US based Thomas MacEntee has announced that the Geneabloggers platform (www.geneabloggers.com), which documents new and merging blogs available online of interest to the family history community, is to wind down, with the following changes happening this month:

The following features will no longer appear as of May 1, 2017:

* Daily Blogging Beat
* Genealogy Blogging Events
* New Genealogy Blogs

The following features will run until May 31, 2017:

* May I Introduce to You
* The Archive Lady

Existing content will, however, remain online. In a blog post at http://www.geneabloggers.com/major-changes-geneabloggers-com/ Thomas has cited changes in the way that users are now accessing and presenting their information online as a reason for this development, and has also announced some further projects he will be developing in due course. Well worth a read...

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.

Wiltshire parish records join Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released new parish records collections for Wiltshire in England. The source for the records is the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Chippenham, Wiltshire, England.

The collections are accessible from the following links:

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1916
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61188

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61187

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1916
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61190

Wiltshire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1916
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61189

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.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries opens

Dunfermline's new £12.4 million Carnegie Library & Galleries (http://www.onfife.com/venues/dunfermline-carnegie-library-galleries) has officially opened today. The project, a Fife Council development with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, commenced construction.

To celebrate its opening a porgramme of activities is underway for the first week, details of which can be accessed at https://www.onfife.com/sites/default/files/DCLG%20Activities%20Lealfet_0.pdf. This includes a series of family history tasters at 11am each morning from today until Wed 24th May (excluding Sunday) - see http://www.onfife.com/whats-on/detail/family-history-tasters to book a free place.

From the facility's latest newsletter (http://www.onfife.com/sites/default/files/DCL%26G%20Newsletter%20Feb%20Final.pdf):

The new Reading Room combines the reference and local studies departments into one beautifully designed space. 12 public access pcs will supplement the extensive range of books about the local area as well as family history sources, newspapers, maps and photographs. There is plenty of space to study once you have finished contemplating the inspiring historic view. Local Archives as well as the unique special and rare books collections will be available for research by appointment in our new search room. If there was a competition for the most beautiful library space in Scotland we think the Reading Room would certainly be a winner.

Visit Scotland has noted several key features with the new facility at https://www.visitscotland.com/info/see-do/dunfermline-carnegie-library-and-galleries-p1423451, including:

A new Local Studies Centre - Visitors will be free to browse Dunfermline’s wide-ranging collection of local history archives, books and photographs in a purpose built study space. Special emphasis will be given to exploring some of the town’s hidden gems, including the Murison Burns Collection, a significant collection of books and memorabilia relating to Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, and the George Reid collection of illuminated manuscripts and early books.

Preservation and celebration of the world’s first Carnegie Library - The new development of a modern children’s library and the preservation and conservation of existing facilities within this historic building will create a cultural hub and learning resource for local residents and visitors alike.

Te local Dunfermline press has an article on the opening also at http://www.dunfermlinepress.com/news/15292057.It_s_been_a_rollercoaster_ride_but_today__Dunfermline_s_new___12_4_million_museum_opens/.

Looks like a great facility!

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.

Historic Welsh boundary maps go online

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (https://rcahmw.gov.uk) has uploaded two digital maps that it has created, using late-medieval sources and historic parish boundaries, to show the boundaries of the commotes (cymydau) and cantrefs (cantrefi) of medieval Wales.

The commission notes that "future developments will examine how these boundaries have changed over time and map them in further detail. These digital resources will be made freely available to the public as an aid to encouraging research."


To view the maps visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/mapping-the-historic-boundaries-of-wales-commotes-and-cantrefs/.

The Commission has also recently launched the The List of Historic Place Names of Wales, "a groundbreaking website that provides a fascinating insight into the landuse, archaeology and history of Wales. Over 300,000 place names are included in the List, reflecting the various forms and spellings used historically, and revealing the often forgotten or overlooked legacies of buildings, people, archaeological or topographical features in our landscapes."
For more on this visit https://rcahmw.gov.uk/list-of-historic-place-names-now-live/.

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.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Body found in search for missing Ayrshire archivist

Sad news in that a body has been found in the search for missing 32 year old Ayrshire based archivist Alexander Singerman.

Ayrshire Police Division has issued the following release:

UPDATE - ALEXANDER SINGERMAN

With reference to our previous releases regarding 31 year-old Alexander Singerman, who was last seen in Auchencruive in Ayrshire on Wednesday 10 May 2017, please note:

Around 1115 hours today, Wednesday 17 May 2017, the body of a man was found in the area of Auchincruive Estate. Formal identification has still to take place, however, police believe the body to be that of Alexander Singerman and his family have been informed.

A post mortem examination will be carried out to establish the exact cause of death, however, the death is not being treated as suspicious.

A full report will be forwarded to the Procurator Fiscal.

The BBC also has the story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-39953481.

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.

New Oxfordshire surnames project

From Oxfordshire Family History Society (www.ofhs.org.uk):

Oxfordshire Family History Society (OFHS) has started a new Oxfordshire surnames research project, examining surnames recorded in Oxfordshire parish registers from 1538 onwards, currently estimated at up to 20,000 key variants. The team is also using many other early recorded sources to build a comprehensive database of Oxfordshire surnames. The aim is to trace their whereabouts in different parishes over time, their origins, hotspots, DNA connections and many other facets of Oxfordshire surnames. The project will take about 2 years to complete.

The project team is appealing for help from those who have a good recorded family history in Oxfordshire or who manage a one-name study. They are welcome to contact the team with a brief description and their contact details, so that when their surname is analysed they may be able to participate in submitting content for that name. All significant contributors will be acknowledged.

# At this stage the team want just a interest in being involved - so please send your contact details, name of interest, and place(s) in Oxfordshire where you have records of the name's occurrence, to the team leader Sue Honore via surname-project@ofhs.org.uk

# Later, you will be asked for more detail, tied to place - so wills, and newspaper records, for instance - or, for instance, gamekeeper licences - would all be of interest.

# It is anticipated that the analysis will be published as a book, with a page or so on the occurrence and detail of each name, and lots of maps, and with some information also made available on the OFHS website, in the members' section.

Do join the project!

(With thanks to Wendy Archer)

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.