Tuesday, 24 May 2016

My Irish talks at Strathclyde's Summer Institute of Genealogical Studies

A quick note to say that I will be contributing two lectures to the University of Strathclyde's Summer Institute of Genealogical Studies, as part of the 'Irish Resources and Research Techniques' strand of lectures being led by the Ulster Historical Foundation's William Roulston and Gillian Hunt.

The week long programme takes place in Glasgow from June 27th-July 1st 2016, with my talks being given on Friday 1st July. These are:

Sources for studying the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ (1912-1923) in Ireland
Looking for Irish ancestors in Scottish records

For a full itinerary of talks for the Irish strand, as well as those for the parallel strands, 'British Military Research' and 'Practical Applications of Genetic Genealogy', see the university's website at http://www.strath.ac.uk/cll/cpd/genealogicalstudies/summerinstitute/.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Munster Express coverage extended on Irish Newspaper Archive

Coverage of the Munster Express has been extended on the Irish Newspaper Archive (www.irishnewsarchive.com) to cover the years from 1860-present day (previously it started at 1908). For more information please visit https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/wp/munster-express-archive-update, where you will also find a discount code to allow 15% off access to the title, and access to the first edition for free.

Note the following years have been added specifically - 1860-1907 / 1909-1910 / 1912 / 1914-1915 / 1917- 1919 / 1921 / 1925 / 1941 / 1943 / 1951 / 1957 / 1966 / 1970 / 1974-1979

This should keep me fairly busy for a bit - I've already found a tonne of information on my wife's family from this paper in the past, it's been an absolute gold mine!



(With thanks to Andrew Martin via email)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Lancashire Archives cuts hours for public access

From Lancashire Archives (http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/archives-and-record-office.aspx):

Please note that from Monday 4 July 2016 Lancashire Archives will be open as follows:

* Monday CLOSED
* Tuesday 9.30-5.00 – open until 7.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month
* Wednesday 9.30-5.00
* Thursday 9.30-5.00
* Friday 9.30-5.00
* Saturday 10.00-4.00 on the second Saturday of each month only

The reduction from 42.5 to 30 hours each week reflects a significant reduction to the archive service budget and the loss of several staff. These stem from the county council's need to make significant financial savings, both to offset the Government's cuts to its funding and to account for cost pressures brought about by high demand for services. Additionally, the fall in archive visits from 12887 in 2005 to 5504 in 2015 means that we have to do things differently. The phrase 'use it or lose it' starts to become real.

Mondays will be spent on essential tasks such as cleaning new accessions, answering enquiries, and digitisation. At the moment I intend to continue document production on demand and throughout lunchtime (except on Saturday) but this will be kept under close review and I can't rule out further reductions in opening hours or a document ordering system in the future.

Following the user consultation, which identified a surprising amount of support for an evening opening, I have decided to open on one Tuesday evening each month. This will be fully staffed and I hope that it will be well supported by archive users. Saturday opening will remain as at present, so that there is an opportunity for people who work Monday to Friday to use the service.

I am sorry to introduce these cuts and I sincerely hope that they will not cause major problems to archive users, but will instead encourage you to make the most of the time when the searchroom is open .

Jacquie Crosby
Archives Service Manager
Lancashire Archives
Lancashire County Council
01772 533028
www.lancashire.gov.uk

(With thanks to the Federation of Family History Societies Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FederationFHS/posts/1117954911605693)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Update on National Archives podcasts

Thanks to reader Jacqui Kirk (@genealgenie) who on the back of my recent post about the lack of TNA podcasts in recent months (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/has-national-archives-stopping.html) contacted the archive's User Advisory Group to enquire as to the reason. The reply was that it is all down to recent staff changes, but with a promise to add more soon.

As if to make good on that promise, a new podcast has been uploaded, the first since January. It is a talk just under 45 minutes long by Heidi Thomas entitled Researching Call the Midwife, and available to listen to at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/heidi-thomas-researching-call-midwife/ or via iTunes.

Incidentally, the National Archives is advertyising for a new Collections Knowledge Manager, to help with the management of its online systems - full job specs at https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1491644, the deadline for applications is June 1st.

(Additional thanks to @DavidUnderdown9 for heads up on the new podcast upload)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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, 21 May 2016

FindmyPast adds Irish election registers and Westminster records

FindmyPast has added 26 volumes of British Library Electoral registers from Ireland, for the years 1885-1886, covering the counties of Armagh, Fermanagh, Down, Limerick, Mayo, Meath, Tyrone, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

The site has also added 300,000 baptisms, 409,000 marriages and 517,000 burial records for Westminster.

For further details visit https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/fridays

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

MyHeritage to add DNA database

From My Heritage (www.myheritage.com):

We're excited to let you know that we now offer the ability to upload DNA data to your family tree on MyHeritage, enabling you to discover more about your family history. Your DNA data will be kept private and secure.

Enhancing your family tree with DNA results can lead to new discoveries. Soon, MyHeritage will roll out DNA Matching, allowing you to be matched to other people who share DNA with you and are likely related to you. MyHeritage will allow you to review the family trees of your DNA Matches (excluding living people) and filter them by shared surnames or locations to focus on matches that are more relevant to you. Best of all, DNA Matching will be combined with the power of MyHeritage's other technologies — Smart Matching™ and Record Matching — helping you determine the likely relationship path to your DNA Matches and prove or disprove other matches. You will be able to connect with new relatives and collaborate with them.

Further down the road, MyHeritage will provide detailed ethnic and geographic origin reports based on DNA.

These features, including the DNA Matching, are currently FREE.

If you or your family members have already done a DNA test on AncestryDNA, 23andMe or FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder, you are invited to export this data, and upload it to MyHeritage in just a few clicks. Your DNA will be matched for free to a very large set of additional people. You'll benefit from MyHeritage's vast international user base of 82 million registered users, plus the 10 million additional registered users on Geni, and get matches you would not receive otherwise. If you upload your DNA data now, you will enjoy DNA Matching for free. This may become a paid feature
later on, but it will remain free for users who upload now.

(With thanks to MyHeritage)

UPDATE: Before using this new feature it is highly recommended that you read the following blog post from the Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, concerning the new facility's terms and conditions and which consent you are required to give to use it - see http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2016/05/22/myheritage-dna-matching-terms-of-use/.


Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Norfolk archive commemorates WW2 US pilots

A new online digital archive, the Second Air Division Digital Archive, has been launched in Norwich telling the story of US pilots stationed in Norfolk during the Second World War. The collection includes more than 30,000 photographs and other documents from the United States Army Air Force Second Air Division.

For more on the story visit http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/newly_launched_online_archive_sheds_light_on_us_heroes_based_in_norfolk_1_4541646 - the archive itself is accessible at http://www.2ndair.org.uk/digitalarchive.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

RootsIreland offers new 24 hour subscription

RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie) has created a realistic subscription option for folk wishing to gain access to its site for a 24 hour period, as opposed to a month:

New 1 day (24 hours) Subscription now available

A 1 day subscription is a subscription that runs over a continuous 24 hour period. Prices are $11.00 or €10.00 or £8.00.

You can upgrade your 1 day (24 hours) subscription to any of our other subscription options when the one day subscription ends. If you decide to upgrade to a 1, 6 or 12 month subscription within 30 days of purchase, the price you paid for your 1 day subscription will be deducted from the cost of your new subscription.

To avail of the upgrade offer you must purchase a new 1, 6 or 12 month subscription within 30 days of the purchase of the 1 day subscription. The upgrade offer applies to upgrades from the 1 day (24 hours) subscription only to a 1, 6, or 12 month subscription. Subscriptions are non-transferable.

NB:The RootsIreland site offers the largest online collection of transcribed parish records for the island of Ireland, with some other collections which vary from county to county.

(With thanks to Karel Kiely)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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, 17 May 2016

Historic mental health institutions in Scotland resources

The Scottish Indexes website, run by Graham and Emma Maxwell, has added a new dedicated page detailing known mental health institutions, and the locations of records (some of which they are indexing), which may help with your research.

From the site:

Over the past few centuries, many mental health institutions have operated in Scotland. It is relatively easy to find information regarding the large public asylums. Many smaller institutions also existed, some of which had only a few private patients. We aim to include as many of these as possible as we expand these pages. For the moment, the pages contain details of all licensed institutions operating when the 1857 report of the Royal Lunacy Commission was being prepared. The commission visited each licensed institution in Scotland, and the appendices of the report contain accounts of each of their visits, the text of which is to be found in these pages. We have also added pages for some other institutions which operated prior to 1857, and which opened later, but many still need to be added. We hope this serves as a starting point.

For details of institutions per each county, visit http://www.scottishindexes.com/institutions/countylist.aspx#c45

(Image: Murray Royal Lunatic Asylum, Scone, Perthshire)

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts Monday 17th May - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.

Who Do You Think You Are June 2016 issue on sale

The June issue of Who Do You Think You Are magazine is now on sale.

Articles include 10 useful facts about parish registers, the history of the Royal Artillery, the battle of the Somme, estate records, overseas BMDs, the Police Gazette newspaper, stonemasons, resources in North London, and more.

For further information visit www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com.

Chris

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the OPRs course starts Monday 17th May - see http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. For details on my genealogy guide books, including 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.