Thursday, 24 April 2014

Allertonshire marriage bonds and Norfolk poor law records via Ancestry

Two new English collections are available via Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk), in browse format only. Both are also available via FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org), from where the digitised images have been sourced:

England, Norfolk Poor Law Union Records, 1796-1900
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9859
FamilySearch description at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England_Norfolk_Poor_Law_Union_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

England, Yorkshire, Allertonshire, Marriage Bonds and Allegations
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9937
FamilySearch description at
https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/England,_Yorkshire,_Allertonshire,_Marriage_Bonds_and_Allegations_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project Exhibition

From the University of Strathclyde:

Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project Exhibition
21 June - 2 August, 2014
Hosted by the National Trust for Scotland in their new Bannockburn Visitor Centre

Do You Have A Warrior’s Genetic Code in Your DNA?

To mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, researchers have discovered genetic codes passed down the generations from the warriors who fought on the blood-soaked fields of 1314.

The Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme within the University of Strathclyde is currently running a Bannockburn Family History Project, exploring and revealing the genetic connections between Scotland’s medieval warriors and their modern day descendants.

By studying documents, archives and records, student researchers have traced the family trees of several Bannockburn warriors, which led to the discovery of several male descendants. Graham Holton, Principal Tutor with the programme explained that these modern day descendants of Bannockburn’s warriors were happy to undergo DNA testing, supported by Family Tree DNA, which enabled the researchers to pinpoint the genetic code each had inherited from their warrior ancestor. “Having identified the same genetic code in the men’s DNA, others, without a specific genealogical link to Scotland’s Bannockburn warriors will be able to discover if their forebears also fought at the history-changing conflict,” said Graham Holton.

“This cutting edge combination of genealogy, history and science underpins all the work of the Programme. In this case, by using family trees, historical research and DNA testing, we have brought to life a fascinating range of connections to present day descendants of Bannockburn’s brave soldiers.”

The key findings of the research will be on display at the Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project Exhibition at the Bannockburn Visitor Centre, from 21 June until 2 August, 2014. The exhibition features cameo profiles of selected Bannockburn warriors, including names, coats of arms, family trees and DNA results. “Visitors to the exhibition can see where their own backgrounds and histories fit into the different families – and we strongly suspect this will enable some visitors to the exhibition to discover, confirm, or begin to explore a link to the Battle of Bannockburn,” continued Graham.

In addition, Haydn Rees of MacDonald and Rees, revealed that in-depth family history research has been carried out on those families confirmed by the DNA testing as having a direct connection to warriors who fought at Bannockburn. “The experts at MacDonald and Rees have undertaken deeper and wider research into these family stories,” said Haydn. “This enabled our authors to write the unique stories of these people - stories which will be on display at the Battle of Bannockburn Family History Exhibition – ready to be explored’.

For further press enquiries, please contact: Graham S Holton, Principal Tutor Tel:  (0141) 548 3483 E-mail: g.s.holton@strath.ac.uk

(With thanks to Strathclyde)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

PRONI - Using Church Records lecture on YouTube

A big thanks to PRONI for helping me to resolve something that has bugged me for a few years! The archive has placed online a lecture by Valerie Adams of the Presbyterian Historical Society of Ireland, entitled Using Church Records, and divided up into four segments. Here's the first:



Also directly available on YouTube at http://youtu.be/K-0_pihTPO0

Links for the rest are:
Part 2 http://youtu.be/5wYHJPrUup4
Part 3 http://youtu.be/u0WQi2t4rhM
Part 4 http://youtu.be/0CRXTcjTbP0

The question that bugged me was about Ireland's state church records, those of the Anglican based Church of Ireland. If the church's hierarchy was Anglican, why were there not bishops transcripts kept at the diocesan level, as in England and Wales? Well, it it turns out that there were - but they were also destroyed in the Four Courts fire in 1922, with just a few fragments surviving. It's a small thing, but wee questions like that bug the hell out of me if I can't get an answer - so that's another one to tick off the list...!

The PRONI You Tube channel also has a copy of a lecture by Dr. Annaleigh Margey of Dundalk Institute of Technology on The 1641 Depositions- an early source for local history (and beyond), available via http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/search_the_archives/proni-on-youtube.htm

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Scottish Genealogy Club forum launches

A new discussion forum has been set up for Scottish family history called the Scottish Genealogy Club, located at http://scottishgenealogyclub.org.uk.

It is totally free to join, and simply requires registration, though some paid for look up services are available (the site does describe itself as not for profit). The site's aims are at http://scottishgenealogyclub.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=3



Other forums dedicated to Scottish ancestral research include Talking Scot (www.talkingscot.com), ScotFamTree (http://scotfamtree.b1.jcink.com) and the Scottish component of Rootschat (www.rootschat.co.uk).

(With thanks to the SGC)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

TNA podcast - The Post Office Tower

The latest podcast from the National Archives in Kew is entitled The Post Office Tower: symbol of a new Britain?, a twenty minute talk from Mark Dunton about the construction of the tower in 1965 in London. It can be listened to directly at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/post-office-tower/ or downloaded for free from iTunes.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Nottinghamshire Archives refurbishment

Forwarded by the Federation of Family History Societies (www.ffhs.org.uk):

Nottinghamshire Archives is pleased to announce that work to extend the strong rooms and refurbish the public areas will commence on 31st March 2014.

We will endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum; however, there may be times when selected collections are temporarily unavailable. On 20th October the service will close for approximately three months.

Important dates

31st March 2014 Building work commences. From this date no car parking facilities will be available.

20th October 2014 Service closures for refurbishment of public and staff areas

Early February 2015 service reopens (with no car park)

Late March 2015 – car park becomes available

May 2015 – official reopening


Why are we doing this?

Once the works are completed we will have:
· secured enough storage to acquire historical documents for the next 20 years
· a new storage area with improved standards of security, fire, flood and environmental control
· provided two meeting rooms, with one on the ground floor
· improved visitor facilities
· modernised the service offer
Regards

Ruth Imeson
Team Manager Archives and Local Studies
Nottinghamshire County Council
ruth.imeson@nottscc.gov.uk
www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/archives

(With thanks to Beryl Evans)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

FindmyPast - the How To video

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has created a short video to try to explain the features of the new version of the site, a radically changed beast which has alienated many long term users. It can be accessed here:



(Also on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOEi_nLLkRw)

The first minute is wasted restating the FindmyPast corporate line on just why this is so good and why the changes had to be done, after which there is then a walk through of some features - you may need to watch this a couple of times, it goes quite fast. Narrator Myko Clelland ends almost apologetically explaining that "new FindmyPast is very different but it is the same old friend" and states that the firm is "proud to be part of this passionate genealogy community".

Changes are being applied to the site to try to make it more fit for purpose, but I suspect there is still a hell of a long way to go to regain the trust of users. I've just checked, and my own personal bugbear remains what the company has done in terms of the source citations that have now been placed online for the Scottish censuses, which - not to put too fine a point on it - are basically utter crap, meaningless and completely unfit for purpose (see my recent post at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/findmypast-scottish-censuses.html). Are there actually any genealogists advising on these things at FMP Towers?

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Recent parish records updates at TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk) has recently added to its parish records collections for England and Wales.

29,000 additional baptisms from Worcestershire have been uploaded (in partnership with Malvern Family History Society), covering 1544-1891, and additional records for Essex ( 388,100 records), Kent (167,222 records), Leicestershire (2,365 records) and Monmouthshire (1,226 records).

A full lost of parish holdings on the site is accessible at
http://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/nameindex/ai_content.php?show_cat=9#includes

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Mortonhall Crematorium report given to Edinburgh City Council

There's been a bit of a local scandal here in Scotland concerning Mortonhall Crematorium in Edinburgh, and the disposal of babies cremated remains without their bereaved parents' knowledge. The BBC has the story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-27118451.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Next of Kin WW1 exhibition starts in Edinburgh

The National War Museum in Edinburgh is hosting an exhibition entitled Next of Kin from today until March 2015, after which it will tour around Scotland until 1917, visiting eight venues - these are Dumfries Museum, Rozelle House (Ayr), Hawick Museum, Low Parks Museum (South Lanarkshire), Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Grampian Transport Museum (Aberdeenshire) and Orkney Museum. For details on the exhibition visit https://www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/war_museum/next_of_kin.aspx.

The BBC has an article showing some of the exhibits at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-27021381.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.