Sunday, 24 July 2016

British Newspaper Archive approaches 15 million pages

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) collection is fast approaching 15 million pages, with the total currently standing at 14,930,175 pages, sourced from 659 titles. The most recent additions in the last 30 days are:

Belfast Telegraph 1871 - 1881, 1886 - 1892, 1897 - 1899, 1906 - 1909
Berkshire Chronicle 1871, 1882 - 1896, 1899 - 1909
Cheltenham Mercury 1861 - 1872, 1874, 1883
Cornish Telegraph, The 1854 - 1862, 1908
Coventry Evening Telegraph 1940
Coventry Standard 1939
Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough 1939 - 1940
Dundee People's Journal 1858 - 1861, 1863 - 1865, 1871 - 1873, 1879 - 1882, 1884 - 1885, 1887 - 1892, 1914 - 1919, 1930
Essex Herald 1834, 1863, 1865 - 1876, 1878 - 1879, 1881 - 1884, 1888, 1897, 1899
Galloway Advertiser and Wigtownshire Free Press. 1852
Harrogate Herald 1917
Illustrated London News 1842 - 1899, 1901 - 1925, 1927 - 1938, 1940
Leeds Mercury 1909, 1911
Lincoln Gazette. 1877
Newcastle Daily Chronicle. 1859
Newcastle Evening Chronicle 1939 - 1940
Peterborough Advertiser 1876 - 1877
Petersfield Express 1879
Pontefract Advertiser. 1858, 1891
Shepton Mallet Journal 1858 - 1872, 1874 - 1885, 1899, 1901 - 1911, 1913 - 1950
Sports Argus 1939 - 1940
Western Chronicle 1891, 1908 - 1910, 1912 - 1927
Western Daily Mercury. 1864, 1883

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.

Oxfordshire Family History Society fair October 1st

Oxfordshire Family History Society (www.ofhs.org.uk) is holding a Family History Fair at Woodstock on Saturday 1st October 2016. From its website:

Our 2016 Family History Fair will again be held at The Marlborough School just outside Woodstock.

As usual it will run from 10am to 4pm.

This venue has a generous flat exhibition area and ample car parking. The accessibility has been appreciated, and remarked upon, by both exhibitors and visitors alike.

The Family History Fair will feature the usual assortment of visiting Societies, publishers, dealers in second hand books and postcards, and the like. The stands will be spread across both the Marlborough Enterprise Centre (MEC) Hall and the adjoining Sports Hall.

Our own Society's range of transcripts and search services will be available for consultation, whilst we will also be manning a beginners' helpdesk. Additionally, there will be computing advice on such things as which genealogical software package to choose, and the use of the internet in family history.

Please visit this page regularly (or fill in the box at the foot of the page to be notified by email when changes are made) as we confirm all the services and stalls that will be on offer to further your family history research.

A range of delicious hot and cold food, cakes and teas/coffees etc, will again be provided by Wendy of Good Food Catering which received many compliments at the 2015 fair!

Free on-site parking and free admission to the Fair, don't miss it!
 
For further details, inclusing a list of attending vendors and societies, please visit http://www.ofhs.org.uk/fair.html

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.

Latest FindmyPast additions

The latest additions to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com) include the following:

British Army Service Records Image Browse
Browse our collection of more than 7.8 million records and delve through a myriad of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents and more.

Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Electoral Registers 1864-1931 Image Browse
Browse 485 volumes of Scottish electoral registers to find out if your ancestor voted, if they owned property and to discover their exact location between censuses.

Britain, Absent Voters Lists 1918-1921 Browse
Browse 182 volumes Absent Voters Lists and uncover the names of thousands of service men and women who were away supporting the war effort during World War 1.

New South Wales 1901 Census
Explore over 232,000 records, the only surviving fragments of the New South Wales 1901 census, to discover where your ancestors were living and who was living with them. Included in each result is a transcript and image of the original census document.

PERiodical Source Index
18,257 articles from 94 publications have been added in our June update. The articles, photos, and maps found within PERSI can help flush out the historical context of your family history research.

Further details at https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-friday--1935939315.html

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.

Latest additions to The Original Record

New additions to The Original Records (www.theoriginalrecord.com):

Added this week:

1725
Citizens of London
A list of the persons who polled for Charles Goodfellow esquire at the late election for a member of parliament to represent the city of London, held 23rd to 28th November 1724. Full names are given, surname first, arranged by the livery companies to which the citizens belonged. This list was published in The Daily Post and elsewhere: 'Gentlemen, we desire you will carefully examine the following list of polsters, and in case you find yourselves or friends polled by others, or any polled who are dead or absent, or who have no right, that you'll give immediate notice thereof at Salter's Hall in Swithin's Lane, where attendance will be daily given from 8 a-clock in the morning till 9 a-clock at night. It is not doubted but the endeavours to obtain a law to secure your invaded rights and privileges will be soon successful, this should now excite you to a diligent search after false pollers, which will in all probability make the majority greater for sir Richard Hopkins. N.B. The scrutineers so far as they have proceeded, do find a much greater number of false pollers for Mr Goodfellow, than for sir Richard Hopkins.'

1789
Coggeshall, Essex, Owners and Occupiers
The rental of the copyhold and freehold estates held of the manor of Coggeshall or Coggeshall Hall, gives for each holding the annual rent; the name of the owner of the estate at Michaelmas 1789; the name(s) of the occupier(s) at that time; and a description of the copyhold premises.

1824
Deaf and Dumb Children
At a general meeting of the committee of the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, London, held 12 July 1824, fifteen boys and fifteen girls were elected for admission.

1830
Sentenced to Death, Transportation or Imprisonment at Gloucester Assizes
31 prisoners were sentenced to death at Gloucester Assizes in April 1830; 11 to seven months' transportation; 36 to various terms of imprisonment; 23 were acquitted; four admitted King's Evidence; and against three the bills were ignored.

1833
Visitors to Buxton, Derbyshire
The Derby Mercury of 14 August 1833 carries this list of arrivals at Buxton.

1861-1905
Women Students Entering Stockwell Teacher Training College
This list, revised to August 1908, gives the student's name and her then address (if known); the Remarks column indicates whether she left the course early; left the profession; went abroad; died; became a headmistress; and/or married: married name is often given.

1898
Subscribers to the History of Wisbech
Frederic John Gardiner's 'History of Wisbech and Neighbourhood during the last Fifty Years, 1848-1898' attracted a subscription list, mainly from the immediate vicinity of Wisbech.

(With thanks to The Original Record)

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.

Summer Talks 2016 at the National Library of Ireland

From the Irish Family History Centre (www.irishfamilyhistorycentre.com):

Join us for the return of @NLIreland
Summer Talks 2016

Curated by Fiona Fitzsimons of the Irish Family History Centre, the Summer Talks @NLIreland features a glorious gallimaufry of guest speakers exploring aspects of Irish Family History.The Summer Talks series takes place in the Genealogy Room, NLI, Kildare St., at 1pm every Tuesday and Thursday, commencing Tuesday 26th July, concluding Thursday 8th September

This is the 5th year of this successful talks series.

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For the 2016 Summer Talks, our line-up of speakers features some of the leading creative artists, scholars and activists in Ireland, discussing how their work intersects with Irish family history, to inspire and influence them.

In 2016, the talks presented range from Ireland’s prehistory (Ogham Stones), to an up-to-the-minute discussion of what constitutes Irish-American identity today?

In between we consider, who were the first Irish settlers; learn how family and local history is in the DNA of our native Irish language; gain a new perspective on Oscar Wilde; explore how family stories provided the inspiration for one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary writers; and cross linguistic boundaries with a signed/ interpreted talk on the history of Deaf Culture in Ireland.

We’re confident that our speakers will entertain, stimulate your interest, and inspire your research.

Le gach dea-mhéin,

Fiona Fitzsimons


“Fiona Fitzsimons has put together an exciting line-up of speakers for the Summer Talks 2016 series at the National Library. We’re delighted to work with The Irish Family History Centre operated by Eneclann on the series for the 5th year in a row.”

Ciara Kerrigan, NLI


July
o Sinead McCoole: Mná - 25 years of searching - lessons & leads
Date: July 26th

o Dermot Bolger: A reading from his new novel - The Lonely Sea and Sky, followed by a talk.
Date: July 28th

August
o Paul McCotter : Territory, maps and genealogy
Date: August 2nd

o Fiona Fitzsimons: Explorations in Irish genealogy
Date: August 4th

* Liam Breen / Cormac Leonard (interpreter): A history of Deaf Culture in Ireland
Date: August 9th

* Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill: ‘The selkie’s skin’: How Irish oral traditions preserve family and local history
Date: August 11th

* Eleanor Fitzsimons: Wilde’s women: How Oscar Wilde was shaped by the women in his life.
Date: August 16th

* Damien Shiels: The Forgotten Irish: Revealing the voices of Irish 19th Century Emigrants
Date: August 18th

* U.S. Ambassador O’Malley: Irish American identity, how do we sustain the people to people links between Ireland and the United States?
Date: August 23rd

* Aoife O’ Connor: Seen? Heard? Records of Children in Nineteenth Century Ireland
Date: August 25th

* Clodagh Tait: The Simple annals of my parish poor: stories from parish registers
Date: August 30th


September
* Nora White: Ogham Stones – Our earliest genealogical sources
Date: September 1st

* Joe Buggy: Ten free websites for U.S. genealogy research.
Date: September 6th

* Professor Dan Bradley: Adventures in ancient DNA: Who were the first Irish?
Date: September 8th

For more information and for event updates keep an eye on our Website blog at www.Irishfamilyhistorycentre.com, our Facebook page, and on Twitter via @FionaFitzsimons

We will provide regular updates with all the information you need, Email us at marketing@eneclann.ie

See you then!

(With thanks to Laura Carroll)

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, 21 July 2016

The Name Event in London 2017

A genealogy show called The Name Event, specifically for Londoners, is being proposed for early 2017, although details about the event are extremely vague at this stage. The site's website at http://thenameevent.com notes that the organisers are as follows:

We are a group of people currently involved in Family History, Genealogy, Local History and various Craft & Heritage Projects,
&
We are passionate about organising a much needed London Event where everyone will be welcome
Some members of the group were involved in organising the very successful The FH Event at the Barbican in 2009 & others have had many years experience in all areas covered by The Name Event

In terms of actual details, the site merely states that the location is in 'London (found)' and the date is '2017 (early)', although it is already taking payments for tickets. Ticket sales will only be in advance, and no tickets will be available at the door.

A list of prospective attendant societies is available at http://thenameevent.com/?page_id=49.

COMMENT: I think the organisers could do with putting some further details on the site if they are charging for it - not least the date and venue!

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.

GRO Belfast search room reopens after passports pressure

The General Register Office for Northern Ireland has reopened its public search room, having been forced to temporarily close it in recent weeks, such was the demand for birth certificates for Irish passport applications on the back of the Brexit vote.

For the full story visit the Irish News story at www.irishnews.com/news/2016/07/19/news/-high-demand-for-birth-certificates-in-the-wake-of-brexit-610940/.

I have been one of those who has applied for Irish passports, as have my two sons. For details on how we have sought to do so, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/claiming-irish-passport.html.

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, 19 July 2016

Forthcoming talks and webinars from the National Archives

Forthcoming talks and webinars hosted by the National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) in England:

Wednesday 27 July 2016, 11:00 am
Serving on the Somme

Wednesday 27 July 2016, 6:00 pm
Webinar - Naturalisation and citizenship records

Thursday 28 July 2016, 2:00 pm
Writing to a ghost: Far East prisoners of war

Saturday 6 August 2016, 10:30 am
Potatoes in bread and other delicacies

Tuesday 9 August 2016, 6:00 pm
Webinar - Using Discovery for family history

Friday 12 August 2016, 11:00 am
Behind the scenes tour

Tuesday 16 August 2016, 10:00 am
The Shakespeare Records

Tuesday 16 August 2016, 10:30 am
The Great Fire of London

Wednesday 17 August 2016, 2:00 pm
A tourist's guide to Shakespeare's London

Friday 19 August 2016, 6:00 pm
Webinar - Birth, marriage and death records at The National Archives

Wednesday 24 August 2016, 2:00 pm
Cinema in the First World War

Thursday 25 August 2016, 6:00 pm
Webinar - Inventions that didn't change the world

For full details please visit http://nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/visit-us/whats-on/events/.

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.

Ancestry adds Norfolk parish records

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added the following parish record collections for Norfolk in England:

Norfolk, England, Church of England Baptism, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61045

Norfolk, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61042

Norfolk, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1940
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61043

Norfolk, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1990
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61044

The source for the record collections is Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, Norfolk, England.

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.

Monday, 18 July 2016

TNA podcast - 100 years of the Women's Institute

The latest podcast from the National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) in England is entitled 100 years of the WI: The acceptable face of feminism, a 50 minute lecture by Maggie Andrews, professor of Cultural History of the University of Worcester.

The lecture can be listened to at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/100-years-wi-acceptable-face-feminism/ or downloaded for free via iTunes.

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.