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.

New talks added to PRONI YouTube channel

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni) has just added the following lecture to its You Tube channel:

Glentoran & The Community of East Belfast: The Ties That Bind
Published on 16 May 2017

PRONI hosted an event on 5th May 2017, examining the history of Glentoran Football Club and its role at the heart of a developing and changing community. The 2 speakers were Sam Robinson & Alan Carr.

The talk is available at https://youtu.be/Q_iuOJRo97o or can be viewed below:




PRONI also recently uploaded the following:

From Ireland to India - Women of Change
Published on 21 Mar 2017

To mark International Women's Day, PRONI hosted an afternoon event which explored the role of Irish women in India. This event took place on 8th March 2017.

The lecture is available at https://youtu.be/9wFTSoYs2B4 or can be viewed below:




The PRONI YouTube channel is available at https://www.youtube.com/user/PRONIonline

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.

Lost MacCarthy family archive repatriated to Cork

An archive of family papers for a sept of the Irish MacCarthy family has been repatriated from Oregon USA, to Cork City and County Archives (www.corkarchives.ie) in Ireland.

Daniel MacCarthy Glas’s family was directly descended from the 13th century princes of Carbery, the MacCarthy Reaghs and the MacCarthy Glas, based at Togher Castle near Dunmanway in Co Cork. The bulk of the material from his collection, dating from the 1700s and 1800, has been in private storage in the US for over a century, and contains over 1500 items, including a rare 1784 family pedigree of Gaelic prince Jeremiah MacCarthy (Diarmuid an Dúna), as compiled by John Collins of Myross, aka the last bard of Munster.

The story of the collection's discovery, including the role of DNA testing via the McCarthy DNA project, and its repatriation, is available via the Irish Examiner at www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/centuries-of-lost-maccarthy-lore-returned-450172.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.

Forces War Records commemorates the Somme and Passchendaele

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

Did your ancestor fight in the Battle of the Somme or Passchendaele, Forces War Records may hold the answer.

Commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

FREE ACCESS TO UNIQUE WW1 INTERACTIVE BATTLEFIELD MAP - 1st and 2nd July only!
To commemorate the 101 anniversary and all those who served at the Battle of the Somme, Forces War Records will be making its WW1 Troop Movements FREE to access for the weekend only (from 1st 2nd July).

Our specialist data team has transcribed the official Orders of Battle publications, published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, as well as numerous official histories of the Great War, to help create this in-depth record of military operations and engagements by the British Army including the Somme offensive. All of this information is now available from Forces War Records in the form of this new map, and we hope that it will provide an insight into the movements and actions of your ancestor during the Battle of the Somme.

Access to this feature will be FREE to use from Sat 1st July until midnight 2nd July, 2017. There will be a free download available during the promotion: SOMME101 interactive pdf packed with facts, images and information on one of the bloodiest battles in human history.


Passchendaele 100 The Third Battle of Ypres, 30 & 31 July 2017

2 FREE BATTLEFIELD TOUR TICKETS - Offer runs from 16th - 20th July!
Passchendaele - the Third Battle of Ypres (31 July 10 Nov, 1917) has become one of the most iconic battles of the First World War and for the soldiers who fought, it was known as the Battle of Mud. In commemoration of the 100th year since the first battle commenced it is important that we never forget what happened on the battlefield, and honour the memory and bravery of those who served and those who fell, for generations to come.

In remembrance of this battle Forces War Records will be giving away 2 FREE tickets worth a total of £978, for the They called it Passchendaele four day tour starts on 11th September 2017, provided by Leger Battlefield Tours and specialist guides. The 4-day tour of the battlefields, includes a visit to Messines & Ploegsteert, Pilkem Ridge & Tyne Cot, Passchendaele & Poperinghe. Full details can be seen at https://www.leger.co.uk/battlefields/tours/they-called-it-passchendaele

HOW TO ENTER: To be in with a chance of winning these 2 tickets, email customercare@forces-war-records.co.uk. Please put Passchendaele100 as your subject and then state that you are available on 11th September or simply visit: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/passchendaele100
This offer is open to full members only, and expires at 23:59 on 20th July 2017.

Please ensure that you are available for the tour dates from 11th - 15th September 2017 before entering the draw. *You will need to be a fully subscribed member to qualify for this offer. Well notify one winner and provide full details.

(With thanks to Jennifer Holmes)

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.

Unlock the Past announces Alaska genealogy cruise 2018

Unlock the Past Cruises (www.unlockthepastcruises.com) has officially announced its 14th genealogy cruise is now open for bookings, and I'm delighted to finally be able to confirm my involvement as a speaker - I'm very much looking forward to returning to the US, to see a part of the country I haven't visited before! We'll also be stopping off in the beautiful city of Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, where I had the pleasure to stay with Pat and Al Hocker two years ago whilst on a talks tour of the province.

This is going to be a great cruise - why not come along?! :)

Announcing the 14th Unlock the Past cruise (Alaska 2018)

Adelaide, South Australia, 17 May 2017 – Unlock the Past Cruises announces its 2018 cruise – an opportunity to discover more about your family history while in great company and visiting great destinations.

The Alaska cruise, 7-14 September 2018 on Royal Caribbean‘s Explorer of the Seas will leave from Seattle, visiting Juneau, Skagway, Tracy Arm Fjord, Alaska and Victoria, British Columbia over 7 days.


The conference program will feature 40–45 talks in three streams from an international team of 12–15 speakers. No talks will occur when in port or during scenic cruising. An optional full day extra seminar is being considered the day before the cruise to offer additional value to the many who will travel from a distance. This will feature leading north American speakers and a different program.

The featured presenters on the cruise are:

* Chris Paton (Scotland) – Chris is one of the most sought after presenters in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Ireland, Canada and the US. He has written many books (including nine for Unlock the Past) and numerous articles for genealogy magazines.


* Dick Eastman (United States) – Dick is widely known internationally for his Eastman’s online genealogy newsletter. He has been involved in genealogy for more than 30 years and has worked in the computer industry for over 40 years in hardware, software, and managerial positions.



Other speakers are Dr Janet Few and Caroline Gurney from England, Jan Gow from New Zealand, Shauna Hicks, Eric and Rosemary Kopittke, Mike Murray and Helen Smith from Australia and Cyndi Ingle from the United States. More will be announced. For details, bookings and registration of interest go to www.unlockthepastcruises.com/alaska. US Passport holders have the option of booking with our US travel agent partner, Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel.

Some comments on previous cruises:

A genealogy conference on the high seas? Not only do you get all the fun of a regular cruise, you have the opportunity to network with other family historians from all over the world. The best part: the lectures and educational presentations are offered by some of the leading speakers in the genealogy industry. And Unlock the Past Cruises has the best selection of destinations and speakers hands down! – Thomas MacEntee, United States, 4th cruise presenter

Only one thing beats a good genealogy conference, and that is a genealogy conference that offers a chance to see a bit of the world, to enjoy some top class entertainment, and above all else, meet many other people sharing a similar interest. It’s also the perfect family holiday, with plenty of fun activities for your partner and kids to get up to on board whilst you’re attending conference sessions! – Chris Paton, Scotland, 2nd, 4th and 8th cruise presenter


About Unlock the Past Australian based Unlock the Past was established in 2009. It is the event and publishing division of Gould Genealogy & History which has served family and local historians since 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 and a new publishing brand. It also maintains general and events directories online.



COMMENT: Unlock the Past is partnering with Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel to provide a “local” booking option for those in the US. Terri O'Connell, the principal of this agency, is known to many as a genealogist and co-founder and Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist.

Although the cruise is over 15 months away at least two price rises have occurred since Royal Caribbean released the 2018 Alaskan cruise schedules and further increases are likely. Both Cruise Planners: O’Connell Travel and Unlock the Past Cruises hold a limited number of cabins at fixed prices, but it is recommend that bookings, or at least registrations of interest, be made early before our allocations sell out.

It's going to be fun, but you've yet to make your mind up? Ah go on - ye will, ye will, ye will...! :)

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.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Book review: A Dictionary of Family History

A Dictionary of Family History - The Genealogists' ABC, is a new book by Jonathan Scott, published by Pen & Sword Family History. At 247 pages in length, the book is a hefty tome that essentially acts as an encyclopaedia, almanac and directory of topics on a a variety of subjects for those researching their family history.

Quite wisely the author describes it in his preface as 'a dictionary of family history' and not 'the dictionary of family history', with the main criteria for subject selection being what the author has himself found of interest - as honest an approach as you will find anywhere! A huge range of topics are categorised in alphabetical order, although the categorisation is sometimes odd - the 1939 Register, for example, is indexed under R for Register (and not under a category such as 'National Identity'), 'Missing from the census' is in a different part of the book to the rest of the 'Census' categories (would it not have been better to index it as 'Censuses - missing entries'?!), and the miscellaneous Really Useful Websites category should perhaps have been an appendix - bearing in mind that so many other entries contain really useful websites! At times the book also assumes that the reader knows more than perhaps he or she does. If I want to look for a source to help me trace an ancestor who was a Scottish architect, for example, I cannot look up 'Scotland' or 'architects' as a keyword, I need to look for the entry marked 'Dictionary of Scottish Architects' - which is great if I know that such a resource exists, but considerably less accessible if I don't.

From this Scottish based Ulsterman's perspective, the book also in parts has a frustrating habit at times of switching to a default English based perspective on certain subjects without identifying itself as doing so - that in itself is not the issue, it is the fact that the book is inconsistent in its approach. If I look up the 1939 Register entry, for example, it tells me that 'British' returns are online on FindmyPast, but neglects to tell me that these are only for England and Wales, and with no further information available on how to access the Scottish and Northern Irish equivalents (which although not online, certainly exist). Similarly, on topics such as marriage, there is a great exposition on various terms and laws associated with marriage in England, but absolutely nothing on Scotland, where the law has always been completely different to its southern British neighbour (a situation found with other topics such as 'nonconformism'). That is not to say that Scotland and Ireland do not get a good innings in the book - there are various subject headings on counties and localised resources, discussion on subjects such as sasines (land registration records), and more. The separate poor laws for Ireland and Scotland quite rightly warrant and receive separate entries from those for England and Wales, and are given a fair hearing, as do topics such as civil registration in the different countries. It is just a pity that this does not apply consistently throughout the book on all topics.

Nevertheless, wherever you are from in the UK, this is certainly a book worth adding to your genealogy library. Along the way there are some fun facts and figures - I for one will certainly sleep better knowing what a 'nob thatcher' and a 'printer's devil' once did for a living! - and there are a plethora of resources you will certainly have never heard of, which you will find of interest. The author has spent many years working on family history publications such as Family History Monthly and Who Do You Think You Are, and has gathered many unique resources from years of work. It is packed with gems - albeit at times perhaps located in parts of the book where you might least expect them to be recorded.

A Dictionary of Family History - The Genealogists' ABC
by Jonathan Scott
Published by Pen & Sword Family History, £14.99
ISBN: 9781473892521

NB: The book is currently on a promotion at Pen and Sword for just £10.49 - see https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/A-Dictionary-of-Family-History-Paperback/p/12849 

(With thanks to Pen and Sword)

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 York marriage indexes added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added the following American collection to its site:

New York City, Marriage Indexes, 1907-1995
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61406
Source: New York City Municipal Archives, New York, New York

The following description explains what is available:

This database contains indexes for marriages in New York City from 1907 to 1995. The marriage certificates themselves are not available online at this time; these abstracts were created with limited information for filing purposes.

Please note that the bride and groom appear on separate images, listed alphabetically according to surname.

These records may contain:

* name of the bride or groom
* marriage date
* page number
* volume number
* marriage number


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 genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Ulster Historical Foundation talks in Australia and New Zealand

The Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com) is about to go on tour of New Zealand and Australia. The following is the itinerary:

Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors?


We are currently busy getting ready for our Australia and New Zealand lecture tour which is scheduled to begin on Thursday 18 March in Wellington, NZ. Our tour will see us travel from Wellington to Wanaka, NZ before travelling to Sydney, Nambour, Perth and Melbourne in Australia and ending the tour back in New Zealand with two dates in Auckland on the 04 June.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops. Places are filling up fast so if you are interested in attending please visit or contact the host organisations.

Thursday, 18 May - Wellington, NZ
Location: Loaves & Fishes Hall @ Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, 45 Molesworth St, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand.
Host: Irish Interest Group Lower North Island
Email: jenmartin@paradise.net.nz to register

Sunday, 21 May – Dunedin, NZ
Location: Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin Public Library, 230 Moray Place, Dunedin, 9058, New Zealand
Host: Dunedin Branch, New Zealand Society Of Genealogists
Web: www.dunedingenealogy.org.nz/

Tuesday, 23 May – Wanaka, NZ
Location: Wanaka Presbyterian Community Church Centre, 91 Tenby Street, Wanaka
Host: The Wanaka Genealogy Group
Web: wanakagenealogy.weebly.com/

Thursday, 25 May – Sydney, NSW
Location: Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street Sydney
Host: Society of Australian Genealogists
Web: www.sag.org.au/learn/current-events/full-list-of-events/cat.listevents/2017/04/21/-.html

Saturday, 27 May - Sunshine Coast, QLD
Location: Genealogy Sunshine Coast Resource Centre, Petrie Park Road, Nambour, QLD 4560
Host: Genealogy Sunshine Coast
Web: sites.google.com/view/genealogysunshinecoastinc-home

Sunday, 28 May - Perth, WA
Location: State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000, Australia
Host: The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS)
Web: membership.wags.org.au/

Tuesday, 30 May - (AIGS) Melbourne, VIC
Location: Willis Room, Whitehorse Centre, 397 Whitehorse Rd, Nunawading
Host: Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies Inc
Tel./e-mail: (03) 9877 3789 or info@aigs.org.au

Wednesday, 31 May - (VGS) Melbourne, VIC
Location: 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands VIC 3008
Host: The Irish Ancestry Group of the Genealogical Society of Victoria
Web: www.gsv.org.au

Saturday, 3 June, NZGS Auckland, NZ
Location: Alexandra Park, Greenlane West, Auckland
Host: New Zealand Society of Genealogists
Web: www.genealogy.org.nz/2017-conference_1571

Sunday, 4 June, Auckland, NZ
Location: 18 Airpark Dr, Mangere, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

For more information on these dates please go to: www.ancestryireland.com/australia-new-zealand-2017/

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 genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Forthcoming Pharos genealogy courses

The following courses will be run by Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd (www.pharostutors.com) in June:

All About Parish Registers (115)
Course Length: 3 weeks
Start Date: 05 Jun 2017
Cost: £34.99
Tutor: Karen Cummings

Researching Your Welsh Ancestors (119)
Course Length: 5 weeks
Start Date: 05 Jun 2017
Cost: £49.99
Tutor: Eilir Daniels

For further details visit https://www.pharostutors.com/coursesmainsd.php

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 genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Recent ScotlandsPeople website updates

The ScotlandsPeople website at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, which hosts many Scottish vital records, censuses and other materials. and which was recently relaunched in a new form that was clearly not properly tested in advance, continues to have a vast amount of improvement work to get it back up to scratch. The most recent updates, announced on May 5th, are outlined at https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/content/what-we-are-working-on.

For future developments, the site has stated that work on the 1935 Valuation Roll is currently under way, and an additional batch of Other Church Registers of baptisms, marriages and burials will be added to the site soon. Future releases will also include records such as kirk session material and other legal records.

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 genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Monday, 15 May 2017

National Archives (Kew) user forum meeting

The next user forum for the English based National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) takes place at Kew this coming Thursday 18th May 2017, from 12.30-13.45.

The following is the agenda:

1. Welcome - Emma Markiewicz, Head of Advice & Records Knowledge
2. Matters arising - February meeting notes
3. User Advisory Group (UAG) update - Anne Samson, Onsite Personal Interest Delegate
4. Reading Room changes update - Lee Oliver, Head of Venue Management & Services
5. Open discussion
6. Date of next meeting: Thursday 17 August 2017, 12.30 -13.45

The event is free. For further details visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/user-forum-tickets-32464207318?aff=ebapi.

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 genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

WDYTYA series wins UK BAFTA award

The UK television series Who Do You Think You Are?, produced for the BBC by Wall to Wall Television (www.walltowall.co.uk), has won a British Academy of Film and Television Award (BAFTA) for the Features category. It is the fourth time that the show has been nominated, but the first time it has won.

The announcement for the award, and its acceptance by the production team, is available to view at https://youtu.be/F2h9xcBplUQ or below:



Congratulations to all involved with the production. For BAFTA's own coverage of the Television Awards, visit http://www.bafta.org/television/tv-2017.

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Latest National Archives of Australia news

The latest news bulletin from the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) is now available online at http://email.synergymail.com.au/t/ViewEmail/r/99F954168C522A8B2540EF23F30FEDED/A1D5F02068EAF9FB3EDEEDC46EB9B960.


The newsletter includes:

Details of the archive's latest exhibitions, Facing Two Fronts: the fight for respect and Indigenous Australians at War from the Boer War to the Present,

Information on three travelling exhibitions - A Place to Call Home? Migrant hostel memories, the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach; A Ticket to Paradise?, the Newcastle Museum; and Without Consent: Australia's past adoption practices, Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga

News of two forthcoming talks in Adelaide - South Australian lighthouses, and Inventions that changed the world – or didn't.

(With thanks to the NAA)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Belfast hosted Irish Genealogy Essentials course

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

Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History Course, 09-13 October 2017


Researching your Irish and Scots Irish ancestors can be both exhilarating and frustrating. This taught course is highly recommended for those who are relatively new to Irish family history and wish to get to grips with research techniques, archives and genealogical sources in Ireland. It is also the ideal opportunity for those with more experience in genealogy to learn about lesser-known sources, many of which are not yet online and are available only in the archives.

The course will be delivered by the Ulster Historical Foundation’s experienced staff and will include a week of intensive learning, with practical demonstrations using relevant websites and other electronic resources, plus a day and a half of guided research in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Participants will have full access to the Foundation’s research and newspaper library, electronic resources, and of course the expertise of our staff.

Running from 09-13 October 2017 Tracing Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History Course will cover topics such as Irish land divisions; Nineteenth and early twentieth century census returns; Church records; Civil records; Griffith’s valuation; Tithe applotment books; wills and testamentary papers; and much more!

More information on the details of this course can be found at: www.ancestryireland.com/essentials-oct-2017

(With thanks to the Ulster Historical Foundation)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Forthcoming talks tour in Australia and New Zealand

I'm delighted to say that this August I will be making my way to Australia and Zew Zealand once again, as part of a talks tour sponsored by Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au) and the Auckland Family History Expo (www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz/EN/Events/Events/pages/familyhistoryexpo.aspx) entitled Researching Abroad: Finding British Isles and European Ancestors. I will be participating on the tour alongide German genealogist Dirk Weissleder, and several local speakers including Helen Smith, Rosemary Kopittke and Kerry Farmer.


The following is the scheduled itinerary:

BRISBANE - Tue-Wed 8-9 Aug
Kedron-Wavell Services Club, Chermside South - 9am-4.30pm each day

AUCKLAND - Fri-Sun 11-13 Aug (Auckland expo organised by the Auckland Library)
Fickling Convention Centre, Three Kings, Auckland

SYDNEY - Tue-Wed 15-16 Aug
Parramatta RSL, Parramatta - 9am-4.30pm each day

MELBOURNE - Fri-Sat 18-19 Aug
Veneto Club, Bulleen - 9am-4.30pm each day

CANBERRA - Mon 21 Aug
The Harmonie German Club of Canberra, Narrabundah - 9am-4.30pm

ADELAIDE - Wed-Thu 23-24 Aug
The German Club, Adelaide - 9am-4.30pm each day

PERTH - Sat 26 Aug
State Library of WA, Perth - 9am-4.30pm


I have previously spoken in all of the cities, though only at two of the venues listed in this itinerary (in both Sydney and Perth), and am very much looking forward to catching up with all my friends once again down under!

For more on the programme - including details of all the talks that both Dirk and I will be giving - please visit http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-finding-british-isles-and-european-ancestors.

I'll hopefully see you there!

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Thom's Irish Almanacs and Directories on Ancestry

I'm still catching up on some recent developments, but this seems a fairly significant one - a new collection on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), released in mid-March, called Ireland, City and Regional Directories, 1847-1946, available at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61314.

The collection consists of Thom's Irish Almanac and Official Directory, and covers all of Ireland, north and south, both before and after partition, as well as Britain. Here's the blurb on Ancestry about the set:

Alexander Thom published the first Thom’s Irish Almanac and Official Directory in 1844. Over the next one hundred years, it grew to include a Dublin street directory, volumes listing the names, addresses, and occupations for residents of other towns and districts in the country, and a wide variety of happenings, institutions, businesses, and departments for Ireland and the UK, including the following:

* County fairs and markets in Ireland
* Parliamentarian directories
* Civil service and law directories for Great Britain
* Navy, army, and militia directories
* Colonial directories
* Universities, colleges, schools
* Churches and ecclesiastical directories
* County and borough directories
* Postal directory
* Peerages

Within the collection, you will be able to find names, places and dates of residence and often an occupation is given as well.

Well worth exploring.

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Scottish Records Association page listings

I've just noticed that the Scottish Records Association (www.scottishrecordsassociation.org) page listing locally held records sources in Scotland that are not on the SCAN catalogue (http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/scancatalogue/welcome.aspx) appears to have been removed.

The direct URL that used to take me to the records listing page is now taking me (via Mozilla Firefox) to a page saying that the page has been labelled a 'Reported Attack Page', although I can still access it via Google Chrome.



However, if you want to be safe, and need access, it was cached last year by the Internet Archive at https://web.archive.org/web/20160607071054/www.scottishrecordsassociation.org/index.php/archival-summaries - all the links seem to be working there to the collection descriptions.



Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Friday, 12 May 2017

The Sphere newspaper added to TheGenealogist

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk)

TheGenealogist launches the First World War issues of The Sphere newspaper

TheGenealogist has expanded its Newspaper and Magazine collection with the release of The Sphere that cover August 1914 to June 1919.

Using the Historical newspapers and magazines resource on TheGenealogist enables researchers to follow current affairs that may have affected or concerned our ancestors at the time. Because the articles were written as events were occurring, they provide contemporary accounts of the world that our ancestors lived in and can furnish us with great insights into opinions of the time. In the case of the First World War years, covered by this release of The Sphere, we can gain information about individuals or read about situations that are similar to ones that our ancestors may have found themselves in.

The Sphere was an illustrated paper founded by Clement Shorter (1857-1926) who was also responsible for establishing the Tatler and it covered general news stories from the UK and around the world.

War Memorials collection

Also being released at this time by TheGenealogist are another 116 War Memorials containing 10,795 names. Included in this batch are a number of Boer War memorials as well as those for the First World War. With this addition the total figure for memorials on

TheGenealogist has now reached 1,540 with 363,838 names.

To search these and many other records on TheGenealogist, go to: www.thegenealogist.co.uk

(With thanks to Nick Thorne at TheGenealogist)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Scotland 1750-1850 course - still spaces available!

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 15th, with spaces still available.

In summary, this is the course that will take you beyond the basic online resources, allowing you to start locating some of the other more juicy materials yet to be digitised and made available online. It covers everything from kirk session and poor law records, to sasines (land records), inheritance, and the records of the royal burghs.

For a full description of the course, please visit https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. Hope fully see you there!


Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

MyHeritage DNA test sale

News of a DNA sail from MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

MyHeritage is happy to announce a huge DNA sale, starting now through May 15.

For a limited time, you can get the MyHeritage DNA test at the specially discounted price of £59.

Thanks to the fast-growing international database of people who have already been tested, MyHeritage DNA is connecting more and more relatives to each other. Watch the emotional reunion of sisters Jennisara and Morgan, and read about Robin reuniting with her biological daughter Becky, both reunions made possible through MyHeritage DNA.

The MyHeritage DNA test finds DNA Matches – people who are related to you, whom you may not have known before. It also provides ethnicity estimates that have among the highest resolution on the market, thanks to the unique Founder Population study conducted by MyHeritage.

MyHeritage DNA is the perfect gift for yourself and the people you love, now at the lowest price ever offered. There’s more! As part of this exciting offer, MyHeritage is reducing the shipping cost by 50% when you buy 2 kits, and offering FREE shipping for a purchase of 3 kits or more. By testing more relatives, you can learn more about yourself and determine whether your DNA matches are maternal or paternal.

All it takes is a few minutes and a gentle swab of the cheek to obtain the DNA sample that you mail back to the MyHeritage DNA lab. Within 4-5 weeks, DNA analysis will be complete, and you’ll be able to view the results online at MyHeritage.

Order now, for only £59 (see https://www.myheritage.com/dna)!

Best regards,
The MyHeritage Team

UPDATE: The offer has been extended to Thursday night, May 18th 2017.

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course commences May 15th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Recent English collections added to Ancestry

Some recent English records additions to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

Bedfordshire, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1986
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61264
Original data: Electoral rolls for Bedfordshire 1832-1986, Bedfordshire Archives, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.

London, England, Metropolitan Police Pension Registers, 1852-1932http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61310
Original data: Metropolitan Police Pension Registers MEPO 21. The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.

Dorset, England, Poor Law Settlement and Removal Records, 1682-1862
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60673
Original data: Dorset Poor Law Records, Dorset History Centre, Dorchester, Dorset, England.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts May 15th

My next 5 week long Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs, to be taught online, starts on May 15th. Here's the course description:

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 Reserach 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: 15 May 2017
Cost: £49.99

To sign up, please visit https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302

For some further detail, here's a YouTube video explaining a bit more about the course:



Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

So that was the election...!

So that was the local government election! Despite coming third out of eight candidates in the initial first preference votes in a ward offering three seats, the Scottish elections used the Single Transferable Vote system, which meant taking into account subsequent second, third, fourth preferences etc. Although I fought the election in Ayrshire's Stevenston ward exclusively on local issues, Scottish politics has now essentially become polarised into unionist and nationalist camps, and so with more unionists standing in the ward, most subsequent transfers went their way, leading to my elimination in the fifth round - ironically then allowing my SNP colleague to leap well beyond the quote needed once my transfer votes went her way. C'est la vie!

It was a great experience though, I've had the time of my life, listened to some extraordinary stories, and had some great banter with my friends and political opponents. No matter what your political beliefs are, or who you vote for, I would absolutely encourage everyone to get active politically at some point in their lives - not only is it invigorating, it is actually great fun, and you might actually just make a difference.

As of Monday then, I am back at your service full time with The GENES Blog, with a few announcements coming your way soon from me on some future ventures overseas that I have already signed up to this year, next year and 2019! Stay tuned... :)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Who Do You Think You Are Live axed

I'm just a few hours from an election in which I am standing as a candidate, but I've just heard the news that Who Do You Think You Are Live has been axed. Immediate Media, the organisers, have described the show as "running at a considerable loss".

For ten years the show was the UK's premier family history event, and it will be sorely missed. I was unfortunately not able to make it to this year's event due to the election campaign, but have many fond memories of the previous years, having attended all but the first event.

For more on the announcement of the closure, visit http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/wdytya-live-close-its-doors.


Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

National Library of Ireland Genealogy Service 2017

From Eneclann and Ancestor Network:

Dublin, Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Eneclann and Ancestor Network have been awarded the tender to support the genealogy advisory service with the National Library of Ireland in 2017.

This is the 6th year these leading Irish genealogy firms are partnering with the NLI to provide this unique genealogy service.

Visiting researchers to the NLI can avail of the advice of professional genealogists from Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5:00pm. The professional genealogists advise and assist on sources available at the NLI and other repositories as well as online resources. They are also available to respond to enquiries via email, telephone or by letter.

Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann stated: “We are delighted to be back in the National Library in 2017 to assist with the Genealogy Advisory Service. Family history is one of the paths most travelled, for everyone that looks for a deeper understanding of their Irish heritage.”

Aiden Feerick of Ancestor Network and Project Manager of the Genealogy Service stated: “Visiting family history researchers to the NLI can avail of the best expertise in Irish genealogy research advice. Our genealogists comprised of the teams of the National Library, Ancestor Network, and Eneclann are very open and friendly and every visitor to the service comes away with a smile and at least one nugget of family history information.”

Ciara Kerrigan, Assistant Keeper, National Library of Ireland added,

“The NLI is excited to be working again with the genealogy experts of Ancestor Network and Eneclann. Family history research continues to be one of the major motivations for people visiting the National Library of Ireland and it is critical that we provide a world class service in supporting our visitors in Irish genealogy.”

(With thanks to Fiona Fitzsimons)

Chris

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