Thursday, 20 April 2017

Ancestry adds UK, Military Indexes, 1920-1971

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added a new dataset, the UK, Military Indexes, 1920-1971 collection. It can be accessed at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61448.

The collection is described as follows:

About UK, Military Indexes, 1920-1971

Within These Records

These lists comprise the names and service numbers of those who were discharged from the armed forces after 1920 and born before 1901. Details given for over 300,000 individuals found within this collection may include (where available):
  • Initial and Surname
  • Date of Birth
  • Their Service
  • Service Number
  • Ministry of Defence Reference Number

The source for the collection is very vaguely described as "Contains public sector information licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0", but appears to be from the National Archives in 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.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Forthcoming talks at PRONI in Belfast

Some forthcoming events at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni):


At a Glance....Coming up at PRONI

Glentoran and the community of East Belfast – the ties that bind - PRONI is pleased to host an event in PRONI Lecture Theatre, on the afternoon of Friday 5 May 2017, 2pm to 4pm, examining the history of Glentoran Football Club and its role at the heart of a developing and changing community
Speakers and themes

Sam Robinson, author of “There’s a Green Sward Called the Oval – the Life and Times of a Football stadium”: “The story of the Oval and of its people is one perseverance, foresight, tragedy, murder, political intrigue, community spirit, civil unrest, war and peace, highs and lows and success against the odds.”

The second speaker will be Alan Carr, lecturer, trade unionist and Glentoran fan – ‘Standing upon the shoulders of Giants – the rise of the Labour and Trade Union Movement in Belfast’: “The rise of Glentoran, as a progressive, non-sectarian club, coincided with the rise of the labour and trade union movement, with thousands of workers concentrated in East Belfast in heavy industry, the Shipyards, Ropeworks, Gallagher’s and the Short’s Aircraft factory.”

Booking for this event is Free via Eventbrite


Connecting people and place: exploring your Ulster roots; 13 May 2017

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Ulster Historic Foundation, the Federation of Local Studies and the North of Ireland Family History Society are delighted to welcome you to a day of family history to be held at PRONI on 13 May 2017, 10.00 am until 4.00 pm.

The event is sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund.

More and more people would like to know how to trace their ancestors or to learn more about the history of their community. The study of history for personal research is a hugely enjoyable, rewarding, sociable and life-enhancing pastime. This event is aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about their ancestors or the local area where they live. It is free of charge and open to everyone irrespective of skills or experience – novice and more experienced researchers alike are welcome.

The Keynote Speaker will be Joe Mahon of UTV’s Lesser Spotted Fame.
Morning programme (10.00 am–12.45 pm)
· Keynote speaker - Joe Mahon: People and place
· Gillian Hunt: An introduction to family history research
· Janet Hancock: Getting started online at PRONI
· Break
· Roddy Hegarty: Making connections with local and family history: a case study
· John Dooher: The local press in Strabane in WW1, shared narratives and diverging priorities
Lunch and guided tours of PRONI (12.45 pm-1.45 pm)
Afternoon programme (1.45 pm–4.00 pm)
· Rosemary Murphy: Glenelly My Home: A Facebook project in local and family history
· Brian Mitchell: Sources for family history in North West Ulster
Panel discussion
· Facilitator: Fintan Mullan
· Valerie Adams: Church records [TBC]
· Dr Brian Lambkin: Migration records
· Dr William Roulston: Landed estate records
· Ann Robinson: The resources of the North of Ireland Family History Society

Admission is FREE, however booking is essential as spaces are limited. Register for this event at Eventbrite


To coincide with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, PRONI is delighted to host the following event organised by the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies (Founded 1936) - BECKETT LECTURE - ‘From Antichrist to ARCIC: Protestant attitudes to Catholicism, 1517-2017’ - Prof Alan Ford (University of Nottingham), Thursday, 25 May 2017 6:30pm

Prof Alan Ford is an Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Nottingham and a leading expert on Irish history in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with a particular interest in religious identity.

Booking for this event is Free via Eventbrite


Messines Memorial exhibition, 30 May to 9 June

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines - of special interest in Ireland due to the fact that in the course of this battle the 16th (Irish) division fought side by side with the 36th (Ulster) division - PRONI is delighted to display an art installation entitled ‘Assembly - Memorial Chairs’ by Derbyshire Artist, Val Carman. This exhibition will be on display during PRONI's normal opening hours from Tuesday 30 May 1.00 pm until Friday 9 June 2017 at 1.00 pm.
Assembly - Memorial Chairs

The five memorial chairs are from Passendaele St Audomarus Church and will be accompanied by a beautifully constructed register of c.173,000 names of those from the UK and Ireland who lost their lives during the First World War in Belgium.

Each of the five chairs represents the casualties of one year of the war, 1914-18 (which is shown in small lead numbers on each of the chairs). The accompanying book includes names printed on the left hand side of the book, leaving blank pages on the right hand side for visitors to write their own testimony or personal story. Any story or local reference about WW1 can be added to the book, and this special social history will then become part of the exhibits at In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres Belgium, when it returns there in 2018. Photocopies of images and letters are also welcome.

This exhibition is travelling the UK and Ireland until 2018 and this will be the only opportunity to view it in Northern Ireland. We would encourage any groups interested in the First World War, particularly local schools and community organisations to contact us in advance to arrange a visit of the installation and an accompanying tour of PRONI. This display has been organised in conjunction with the In Flanders Fields Museum.


The Island of Ireland and the Great War in Flanders by Piet Chielens, Thursday, 1 June at 7pm

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Messines, PRONI are delighted to welcome Piet Chielens, the Coordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium on Thursday 1 June 2016 at 7.00 pm.

PRONI is hosting this event in conjunction with the Government of Flanders. The In Flanders' Fields Museum is a museum in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the study of the First World War. The battle of Messines was particularly significant in the history of Ireland due to the contribution of both the 16th (Irish) and 36th (Ulster) Divisions. Piet’s presentation will reference all the Irish regiments over the period 1914-18, as reflected in Ireland’s Memorial Records. Piet has been co-director of the award winning In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres since 1996, where he is director of exhibitions and public programming. From 1992 to 2007 he was also artistic director of Peace Concerts Passchendaele. He has published and collaborated on numerous publications for both institutes (CD’s, guide books, catalogues, articles).

Booking for this event is Free via Eventbrite


Battle of Messines lunchtime lecture series, 2 June – 7 June, 12:30-1:30pm

To mark the display of Val Carmen’s installation ‘Assembly’ PRONI, in conjunction with the Antrim and Down Branch of the Western Front Association, is hosting a series of lunch time talks on various aspect of the First World War.
Series

All talks take place at 12.30 pm in PRONI.
Friday 2 June

Dr Tom Thorpe - The British Army in 1917: how serious were the morale problems?
Monday 5 June

Dr Stephen Sandford – Ireland in 1917
Wednesday 7 June

Mr Nicholas Perry - The Limits of Partnership: The Irish Divisions in Flanders in 1917

Admission is FREE, however booking is advised. Register for this event at Eventbrite


Wrens of HMS Caroline – Exhibition Launch and Film Screening, 12 June 2pm

PRONI is delighted to launch HMS Caroline’s travelling exhibition examining women’s experiences of serving on the ship on Monday 12 June 2.00 pm.

2017 is the centenary year of the formation of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS). This exhibition highlights the women's experience of serving on the ship, firstly as part of the WRNS during the Second World War and later as part of the Women’s Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (WRNVR).

The exhibition launch will include the first public screening of the ‘Wrens of HMS Caroline’ film which was produced by HMS Caroline and students from Northern Regional College earlier this year.

Admission is FREE, however numbers are limited so advanced booking is required. Register for this event at Eventbrite


Wrens object handling session, 26 June, 2-3pm

This event is being held in conjunction with the Wrens of HMS Caroline exhibition as part of the WRNS centenary in PRONI on Monday 26 June 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.

Journey through the history of the Wrens by taking a closer look at items from a WRNS kit bag, along with pieces from the HMS Caroline collection. Hear about the history of the Caroline WRNS and the role of women since 1917. Take a look at photos and uniforms and try your hand at the Wrens Aptitude Test.

Admission is FREE, however booking is essential as spaces are limited. Register for this event at Eventbrite


NICS Live Challenge event at PRONI, Healthy Mind and Body, 20 April, 7-8.30 pm

PRONI is pleased to welcome Healthy Mind and Body as part of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Live Team Challenge event in aid of Aware NI
on 20th April 2017 from 7pm to 8-30pm
Guest speakers, including Lynda Bryans, will be speaking about personal experiences with depression.
Admission is free but voluntarily donations are welcome on the night, with all proceeds going to Aware NI https://www.aware-ni.org/.
The evening concludes with announcement of the results of Online Auction and Donation Prize Draws.
This event is organised as part of NICS (Northern Ireland Civil Service) Live Team Challenge, developed in conjunction with Business in the Community, which has volunteers from across the NI Civil Service working with charities during a six week period every year.


Western Front Association 2017 program

The Western Front Association is hosting a series of meetings and lectures at 6.30 pm on evenings throughout 2017. Meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome.
Details are on the PRONI Website at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/western-front-association-2017-program

Antrim and Down Western Front Lecture Series – Gerard O’Meara - Lorrha (Tipperary) people in the Great War, 11 May 2017, 6.30pm, PRONI Lecture Theatre

The most northerly parish in Tipperary, Lorrha has long been known for its ancient and medieval monastic settlements. However, it also has a significant military history as recounted in the recent acclaimed study by Gerard O’Meara, Lorrha People and the Great War (Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society, 2016). Though perceived as a strong republican parish during the War of Independence (1919-1921), many people from Lorrha also served during the Great War, whether with Irish or British regiments, or Commonwealth (usually Australian) or American forces. They fought in all theatres of war and in the infantry, cavalry and artillery and earned a number of awards for valour, notably the Victoria Cross won by Martin O’Meara of Lissernane. This talk will examine the social and family backgrounds to the men from Lorrha fighting in the Great War. Gerard will bring along copies of the book for signature and sale.

Antrim and Down Western Front Lecture Series, 20 April – ‘Ireland's contribution to winning the war at sea 1914-18 - RN, RNAS, USN, USNAS - Queenstown, Larne, Buncrana, Berehaven, Killybegs, Kingstown’ by Guy Warner, PRONI Lecture Theatre, 6.30pm

Dedicated and prolific NI researcher and author, Guy Warner, has in recent years turned his attention to the fascinating developments in air surveillance and protection that took place at various naval and air bases around the coast of Ireland during the First World War. The threat of the German submarine fleet to merchant and passenger vessels making their way across the Atlantic was the primary reason for setting up these bases. Sophisticated dirigible airships and then fixed-wing aircraft monitored the sea for signs of submarine activity. American air personnel lent a hand from 1917 and remained some years after the war. These ports and bases eventually became contested sites after the partition of Ireland in 1922 and the background to the so-called ‘Treaty Ports’ is an enthralling story.


(With thanks to the PRONI Express)

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.

Ancestry makes Commonwealth collections free over Easter

Free access to several collections on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) for Easter:

ACCESS MILLIONS MORE RECORDS
Get closer to your overseas family right now
Your Free Access to millions of extra Commonwealth records starts now.


Our four-day Easter Free Access* is sure to lead to new discoveries. So don’t delay, get searching our extensive collections and reveal your relatives overseas.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 14 April and be free until 17 April, 2017 at 23:59 BST. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk Worldwide paid membership.

To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please visit http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/group/commonwealth_records.

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.

Writing Your Family History course

From genealogist Gill Blanchard:

I will be repeating Module One of my E-Course in Writing Your Family History in May 2017 and would be grateful if you could include the details in your blog.

This is a practical writing course that guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life in an entertaining manner. It will enable students to choose the most suitable format, decide what to include (and exclude) and how to find and integrate relevant background context.

The course consists of two ten week modules, although module one can be taken as a stand alone unit. Lessons are delivered electronically. Students receive individually tailored in-depth feedback; have regular live discussions with the tutor and each other and access to an online learning hub.

Module One starts 13 May 2017
10 Weeks. £125
Starting Out
Expanding a Family History Biography
Bringing your Family History to Life – Building Background Material
Developing a Family History Further
Introduction to Publishing, Layout and Production

Contact me for more information on gill@writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk
Or see the website at: www.writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

(With thanks to Gill)

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.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Free nurses records on Forces War Records

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

FREE WW1 & WW2 NURSES RECORDS

May 12th marks International Nurses Day, and Forces War Records, the specialist military genealogy website is releasing their new WW1 & WW2 Nurses collection - FREE to search and view for the entire weekend*. (*Offer expires 23:59 14th May 2017)


These records include civilian nurses who worked during WW2, as well as those who worked as nurses in WW1, and will provide important details such as registration number, married and maiden names, permanent address, date and place of registration, training hospital and dates of qualification. Free access to this new collection will be provided on 12th via this link:

https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/lp-nurses-records

(With thanks to Jennifer Holmes)

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.

TheGenealogist adds India collection and English parish records

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist launches millions of new Parish records as well as their New British in India Collection

TheGenealogist has just announced three important releases to coincide with the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show covering Britain and British India.

Over 2.5 Million people in the latest release of Parish records!

Augmenting the substantial Parish Records that are already av
ailable on TheGenealogist comes the release of more than 2.5 million people for two major counties:

Hampshire Parish Records (Bishop’s Transcripts) (886,616 individuals)

This brings our total number of records to 3,199,820 with coverage of

Baptisms: 2,379,836 (1538 to 1940)
Marriages: 495,034 (1538 to 1940)
Burials: 324,950 (1538 to 1940)

Durham Parish Records (1,697,206 individuals)

This brings our total number of records to 1,850,068 with coverage of

Baptisms: 1,253,273 (1556 to 1919)
Marriages: 198,845 (1540 to 1896)
Burials: 397,950 (1538 to 1939)

These will be a boon to Family Historians looking for key events in the lives of their ancestors.


The British in India Collection

The TV series ‘Indian Summers’ starring Julie Walters created in many a fascination with India under British rule. This new record set reveals information about those ancestors that lived in the subcontinent, their lifestyle and the communities that they lived in.

Millions of British people went out to India in the past and so many family historians will have an ancestor that made the journey. For some, India would turn out to be their last resting place and among their ranks were merchants, soldiers, sailors, civil servants, missionaries and their families.


* Parish Records of British in India* Headstone Records of British Cemeteries in India
* British War Memorials in India
* East India Registers
* Indian Army and Civil Service Lists
* Image Archive - British in India

The release of The British in India Collection on TheGenealogist now allows family historians to search for ancestors who went out to British India in a very broad-ranging set of resources ranging from the early 1800s up to the 1920s.

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

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.

Monday, 27 March 2017

TheGenealogist releases London educational records

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist Launches Various London Educational Records

TheGenealogist has just released a batch of London school and university records to join its ever growing educational collection.

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments within London between 1831 and 1927. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons; deans; visitors and professors, in the case of universities and the principles, masters and governors in the case of the schools.

This release covers the names of those who graduated from the University of London between 1836 and 1926 - while for King’s College London, it also provides a list of Fellows from 1847 to 1920, registered students for 1920-1921 and those awarded degrees in 1920 and 1921 as well as the prizes given at King’s.

With a number of school records, joining this London release, researchers can also find old boys who served in World War I. For example it is possible to track down men serving with the colours in the Great War in the case of the Old Wilsonians, as listed in The Wilsonian Magazine. For those Old Alleynians and Old Haberdashers, who perished in the war, their names and often a photograph are recorded in the First World War Roll of Honours for both Dulwich College and the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hampstead School.

The list of records included in this release are

● University of London Historical Record 1836-1926
● The Skylark Magazine from Haberdashers' Aske's Hampstead School 1918
● The Wilsonian Magazine April 1914-April 1919
● University College School, London Register 1831-1891
● Royal College Of Chemistry, Royal School Of Mines And Royal College Of Science Register Of Associates
● Record of Old Westminsters Vols 1 and 2 earliest times -1927
● King's College, London Calendar 1921-1922
● Dulwich College War Record 1914-1919

These records and more are available at TheGenealogist.co.uk

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

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.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Forces War Records free tutorials

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

Forces War Records – 5 FREE military genealogy tutorials are now online and available to download

With 10 million records covering over 300 years of conflict, and thousands of new records being added daily, there’s always something new to find on the site. But there’s so much more to gain from a visit to Forces War Records. The military and genealogy specialists have a wealth of knowledge and information to help anyone rese
arching their family tree, or with those with military queries.

These 5 free guides have been put together in-house and are free to all, perfect for complete beginners to advanced researchers:

1: Understanding your ancestor's record
All the details of your ancestor's record made easy

2: Breaking down brick walls
Renowned historian Simon Fowler gives his top 10 tips to get your family tree started

3: Trench Traumas & Medical Miracles
If your ancestor was wounded in WW1, this is what his medical journey would have been like

4: How to trace your POW ancestor
Want to know if your ancestor was taken a prisoner and what would have happened to him?

5: Quick guide to requesting WW2 records
Struggling to find your WW2 ancestor's record? Here's to get hold of them.

They can be downloaded here: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/free-tutorials

(With thanks to Jennifer Holmes)

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.

Strathclyde University appoints genealogy research fellow

A press announcement from the University of Strathclyde's Genelogical Studies Department (http://www.strath.ac.uk/studywithus/centreforlifelonglearning/genealogy/):

Honorary Research Fellow Appointed

Dr Iain McDonald has been appointed as Honorary Research Fellow in the Genealogical Studies Department, University of Strathclyde.

Iain comes originally from an Aberdonian family, and began his interest in genealogy 15 years ago, whilst trying to identify any family connection to the Lords of the Isles. Unfortunately, there was no connection, but the process led to an avid interest in Scottish genealogy, and the early history and movement of the Scottish people.

By day, Iain is an astrophysicist, working at the University of Manchester. By night, he has been using physical, statistical and mathematical techniques to develop tools, for both conventional and genetic genealogy.

His speciality is in estimating the dates of male-line (surname) relationships from commercial genetic tests, and using these to construct models of population movements between mainland Europe and the British Isles over the last 5000 years.

Tahitia McCabe, Course leader said: “we are delighted to have Iain on board and look forward to utilising his expertise and knowledge of the technical aspects of DNA testing as applied in genetic genealogy”.

For further information on our study pathways including an online 8-week Introduction to Genetic Genealogy course, please contact us at scosh@strath.ac.uk

(With thanks to Tahitia)

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, 11 March 2017

Holy Land tour and genealogy conference

Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au) has announced a tour and conference in Israel, in partnership with MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

Adelaide, South Australia, 8 March 2017 – Unlock the Past announces another innovative event – a Holy Land tour and associated genealogy conference (Israel).


10-day Holy Land tour - 23 October – 1 November 2017
http://www.theisraeltours.com
This is organised in partnership with the Israel Travel Centre. It is a general Holy Land tour timed around, and taking in, the
31 October centenary commemoration of the Charge of the ANZAC Light Horse on Beersheba on 31 October 1917.

The general tour will visit many places of Christian/biblical interest, as well as later Christian and general history – Caesarea built by Herod the Great, the Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Jerusalem (2 days and 2 nights), the Dead Sea, Masada (the last stronghold of the Jewish rebellion against the Romans) and Abrahams Well and Visitor Center, Beersheba ... and more.

The battle of Beersheba was part of the wider British offensive collectively known as the third Battle of Gaza. … The final phase of this all-day battle was the famous mounted charge of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. Commencing at dusk, members of the brigade stormed through the Turkish defences and seized the strategic town of Beersheba. The capture of Beersheba enabled British Empire forces to break the Ottoman line near Gaza on 7 November and advance into Palestine – from the Australian War Memorial.

2-day genealogy conference – Tel Aviv 1-2 November 2017
This is separate from, but immediately follows the tour. Unlock the Past is organising this in association with Israeli based MyHeritage as conference sponsor and host. It will feature 12 main presentations on a variety of topics – British Isles, Europe, Jewish genealogy, DNA, War in Palestine and MyHeritage’s technologies for genealogy.

Presenters include Caroline Gurney (England), Daniel Horowitz (Israel) and Judy Russell (US) … and others yet to be announced.

Follow developments and discussion - on the tour/conference Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1414447581955223/.

Unlock the Past
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.

MyHeritage – www.myheritage.com – is the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages. Learn about content, technologies, and services at MyHeritage designed to help you discover new information about your family and to find previously unknown ancestors.

(With thanks to Alan Phillips)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://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.

Middlesex tithe maps and quarter session records on TheGenealogist

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist releases Quarter Session Records and Middlesex Colour Tithe Maps

TheGenealogist is adding to its Court & Criminal records by publishing online a new collection of Quarter Session rolls and books from Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Surrey and Middlesex covering dates from as far back as the 16th century and up to, in some cases, the Victorian period.

Also released at this time are the Middlesex Colour Tithe Maps to join the grayscale maps of the National Tithe records already available on TheGenealogist. This latest issue covers parishes in the County of Middlesex and will allow researchers to view the plots where their ancestors may have owned or occupied land at the time of the survey which took place at the start of Victoria’s reign.

The Quarter Session records were produced by local courts traditionally held at four set times each year. Being made up of two or more justices of the peace and presided over by a chairman, they sat with a jury at Epiphany (in January), Easter (March/April), Midsummer (June/July) and then at Michaelmas (September/October).

* Find the names of people before the courts that include those indicted, witnesses, as well as the names of the Justices of the Peace and the Clerks

* Some of the earliest records in this release reach as far back as 1549 for Middlesex and 1591 in Worcester

* Indictments can range across a wide number of offences. These include Larceny, Housebreaking, Assault and Riot, Running Unlicensed Alehouses, Receiving Rogues and Not Going to Church on Sunday

We may be amazed at some of the cases that came before the magistrates. One example we found was in 1613, before the Worcestershire Justices, where Margaret Lewys stole ‘an old towell’ at Feckenham. Other proceedings include one involving Daniel Steane who was fined 20s at a private session at Wolston, Warwickshire in 1631. His indictment was for ‘selling less than a full quart of his best ale for a penny’ - showing us that consumers, back then, were equally as concerned with short measures of alcohol as they are today.

Searching these new records, for your ancestors, may also find them appearing in the many Orders handed down by the JPs. These can include the names of people at the bottom rung of society who were in need of financial help from their communities. An example of such, from the Easter 1625 session in Warwickshire, is the case of Anne Harte of Hampton in Arden. Her husband having been ‘pressed for a soldier out of this county and have left her destitute of maintenance and one child’, the Justices of the Quarter Sessions made an order to the effect that Hampton in Arden pay her 4d weekly and find her work; plus, if she were to get sick, the parish officials were to pay her more ‘until this court take order to the contrary’.

Orders for the upkeep of illegitimate children can also be found in these records. In Michaelmas 1632, Katherine Singleton was to have ‘10s out of the treasury towards the keeping of a bastard child’ that had been left with her by a man who had promised to pay her to look after the child and had not returned.

From riotous Luddites to the gentry sitting on the bench, all echelons of society can be found in these fully searchable Quarter Session records for Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Surrey and Middlesex. To search these and the many other records, including the National Tithe Records on TheGenealogist, go to: www.thegenealogist.co.uk

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://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.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Northumberland tithe maps and Hampshire police records online

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist releases Police Letter Books and Northumberland Colour Tithe maps 

TheGenealogist has just launched a new collection of Police Letter Books for Hampshire. This is an intriguing mixture of promotions, retirements, movements, and other observations about Police officers in this county from 1891 to 1911. In amongst its pages you will be able to trace the career of your Hampshire police ancestors as they rise or fall.

These records reveal names and collar numbers of officers promoted, reduced in rank or dismissed from the force for committing various acts of misconduct. The misdemeanors often seem to involve alcohol, ranging from accepting a glass of beer to being drunk on duty. For those more competent officers who were commended for their actions in the pages of these documents, you can read the actions that had been seen as deserving of inclusion in the Letter Books.

In addition, TheGenealogist has released the Colour Tithe Maps for Northumberland. These maps join the previously released greyscale maps for the majority of the country that are already published on TheGenealogist.


* Contains over 600 colour maps, linking to over 62,000 tithe records for this county

* These maps are a fantastic resource that enable you to see where your ancestors owned or occupied land in Northumberland

* The only online National collection of tithe records and maps

The searchable schedules, or apportionment books, contain detailed information on land use and these are linked to the maps on TheGenealogist. Clicking through from the transcript to a map will jump straight to the plot for an individual and can reveal buildings, fields, houses, rivers, lakes, woods and also cover villages, towns and cities.

For more information take a look now at www.thegenealogist.co.uk.

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://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.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Ulster Historical Foundation US lecture tour

The Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestry.com) is shortly about to commence its annual talks tour in the United States, which takes place March 3rd-22nd 2017.

Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors?

Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Foundation during their annual USA lecture tour to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops!

Here's the itinerary:


Friday, 03 March - Phoenix, AZ
Host: The McClelland Library
Web: www.azirish.org/upcoming-ulster-historical-foundation

Saturday, 04 March - Phoenix, AZ
Host: The McClelland Library
Web: www.azirish.org/upcoming-ulster-historical-foundation

Sunday, 05 March - Tacoma, WA
Host: Lakewood and South Hill Libraries
Web: www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar.aspx?id=281

Tuesday, 07 March - Nashville, TN
Host: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage
Web: www.thehermitage.com/event/exploring-your-scotsirish-genealogy

Thursday, 09 March - Michigan City, IN
Host: Michigan City Public Library
Web: www.mclib.org

Saturday, 11 March - Bentonville, AR
Host: Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society
Web: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~arnwags

Sunday, 12 March - York County, PA
Host: South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
Web: www.scpgs.org/meetings

Monday, 13 March - Green Bay, WI
Host: Brown County Library
Web: www.browncountylibrary.org

Wednesday, 15 March - Bolingbrook, IL
Host: Fountaindale Public Library and Plainfield Public Library
Web: www.fountaindale.org

Thursday, 16 March - Bolingbrook, IL
Host: Fountaindale Public Library and Plainfield Public Library
Web: www.fountaindale.org

Friday, 17 March - Richmond, VA
Host: Library of Virginia
Web: libraryofvairishancestryday.eventbrite.com

Saturday, 18 March - Philadelphia, PA
Host: The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP)
Web: genpa.org/events

Sunday, 19 March - Pittsburgh, PA
Host: Heinz History Center & Westmoreland County Historical Society
Web: http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/events/irish-genealogy-workshop

Tuesday, 21 March - Little Rock, AR
Host: Arkansas Genealogical Society, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies.
Web: www.butlercenter.org

Further details at https://www.ancestryireland.com/northamericantour2017/

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://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.

Glasgow Women's Library fundraiser

The Glasgow Women's Library has a fundraising initaitive currently on the go called Women on the Shelf.

Glasgow Women’s Library’s ‘Women on the Shelf’ fundraising initiative enables individuals and organisations to sponsor a Library section, shelf or book and dedicate it to a woman of their choice.

For more information, please visit http://womenslibrary.org.uk/how-to-get-involved/women-on-the-shelf/.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://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.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

A new challenge!

It's that time of life for a new challenge! Having recently become more politically active in my local community over the last few years, both on national and local community issues, I have spent the last few months going through a vetting process through the Scottish National Party (www.snp.org) for the forthcoming local government elections. I am pleased at long last to announce that having been successfully vetted and nominated, I will now be standing as one of two SNP candidates for the Stevenston ward in North Ayrshire.

Famous in the past for being the Scottish town where Nobel's explosives factory was based, and once home to coal mining and stone quarrying industries, Stevenston by many measures today is one of the more deprived areas of Scotland - but as is common in Ayrshire, it is a community with a true heart of gold and some great humour. I am very much looking forward to getting stuck in and working hard in the campaign ahead, and if elected, to representing the community with vigour on North Ayrshire Council.

So where does that leave the family history research side of things, you may ask? Well don't worry, I am not going anywhere on that front! This blog will continue, my research service will continue, as will my writing and speaking commitments, though I may need to re-jig certain priorities if I get elected. With the nature of council work, and the self-employed nature of the life of a genealogist, I should be able to juggle all the relevant commitments however.

On that, you may have noticed that I have not been posting on this blog quite as regularly as I was until a few months back, for which I must apologise. That is because I have already been hard at work for several months canvassing, training and more for the election task ahead. I may continue to post two or three times a week for the foreseeable future, but will endeavour to get all the relevant news out to you as quick as I can!

Onwards and upwards!

Here's the official new release announcing my candidacy - pictured with me is my fellow candidate Davina McTiernan:

Chris Paton

Chris Paton has been selected as an SNP candidate for Stevenston.

Chris works as a historian, writer, and part-time parliamentary researcher for Cunninghame North MSP Kenneth Gibson.

Married with two sons, he previously worked in the television industry for twelve years as a documentary maker. During that time he campaigned on a range of issues, including trading standards enforcement, men's health issues, mental health awareness, and the shortage of transplant donor organs.

As a member of the SNP in North Ayrshire, Chris has campaigned locally on issues such as the unfair state pension age rise for women and the retention of Ardrossan as the terminal for the Arran ferry.

Commenting on his selection, Chris said: “Stevenston is an area with a long and proud history as a community, but one with many significant social and economic challenges to be addressed.

“I am looking forward to the campaign. I will fight hard from the Ardeer peninsula to the Hayocks estate for the privilege to serve and represent the community with vigour on North Ayrshire Council.”


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://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.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Visit to Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow

I had a great time earlier today visiting the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow (https://rcpsg.ac.uk), as part of a tour organised for the Scottish Genealogy Network (www.scottishgenealogynetwork.co.uk). We were met by one of the librarians and shown around the facility on Glasgow's St. Vincent Street.

First established in 1599 in Glasgow's Trongate area, the college has evolved over time with regards to its training role. At one time barbers were trained there, as well as surgeons, and the college also had premises for a time in the St. Enoch's Square area of the city, before arriving at its current location in the 19th century.

Today the facility deals with postgraduate tuition, and has a superb archive and library service, which we were keen to get our hands on! For a quick run down of its history, see https://rcpsg.ac.uk/college/about/history.

On our travels we were shown the Livinsgtone Room, dedicated to the memory of explorer Dr. David Livingstone, and various other museum items and rooms along the way. I grabbed a few images to give you a flavour:



Of course, the library was the the main jewel from our family historian based perspective, where we were shown several items such as class cards, which students collected after attending each class for their studies, registration rolls, vaccination registers and more.



My own five times great uncle, Dr. William Henderson, is someone that I have been researching for many years, and I was delighted to find an article that he wrote in the Edinburgh Medical Journal from 1822 that I had not come across before, about a "Case of Amaurosis", as well as another version of an article he wrote about a caesarean birth which he was also involved in during the 1820s, which I had previously located in The Lancet.



A superb facility which I must return to one day to carry out some additional research! Note that many archival items in the college's collection have been digitised and can be freely viewed at https://rcpsg.ac.uk/library/digital-volumes.

Thanks again as ever to Emma Maxwell for arranging, and to the college staff for a superb experience. If interested in finding out more about the SGN, please visit the website mentioned above.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://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.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Memory of a Nation exhibition in Canberra

The National Archives of Australia  has announced news of an update to its Memory of a Nation exhibition in Canberra:

Sex education, Chinese Anzacs, Advance Australia Fair and CWA activism are some of the new topics on show in our refreshed Memory of a Nation exhibition.

Every year we update this permanent exhibition, replacing selected exhibits to ensure their ongoing preservation.

The exhibition now includes posters warning of the dangers of venereal disease at a time when the government feared the infections coming back with World War II soldiers would cause infertility in the community and limit population growth. However a letter from the Department of Health shows it was still reluctant to introduce sex education in schools in 1943.

And we look at Chinese Anzacs. During World War I, five sons enlisted from the Sam family. With a white Australian mother and a Chinese father, the sons were seen as ‘sufficiently European’ to serve overseas with the AIF. At the same time, their young brother Percy and father William needed to travel to China and came up against the White Australia policy.

Other new exhibits show the 11-year journey for Advance Australia Fair to replace God Save the Queen as the country’s national anthem and a fresh look at the Country Women’s Association and its political activism.

For more on the archive, please visit www.naa.gov.au

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Feb 21st 2017 - details at http://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.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Clans and Surnames in Ireland conference

News of a conference to take place in Nenagh, Tipperary, Republic of Ireland, in May:

The 'Clans and Surnames of Ireland Genealogy Programme will take place from May 15 - 19, 2017 at the Great National Abbeycourt Hotel in Nenagh, County Tipperary. Our programme includes expert genealogy workshops, seminars, lectures, fieldtrips and valuable research advice for Irish family researchers. 

Our fieldtrips will be offered in County Clare, Limerick and Galway to facilitate a range of requirements. We can offer 'Walking Tours', Graveyard tours and Landscape character assessment fieldwork. We offer a suitable package for a companion who may not be taking the programme should you wish to travel with same. Conservation, preservation & collections care workshops are also scheduled within the programme for the week. Our programme is in high demand so don't delay and do not hesitate to contact Lorna Moloney for more details if required.

Our speakers include Kenneth Nicholls, Dr Paul MacCotter, Patrick Guinness, Sean J. Murphy, Fiona Fitzsimons, Dr Joe Mannion, Donough McGillacuddy, David Ryan, Regina Sexton, Lorna Moloney, Dr Michael C. Keane, Dr Ursula Callaghan, Rosaleen Underwood, Brian Donovan, John Tierney, Aiden Feerick, John Nangle, Margaret Jordan, Jennifer Armstrong Zinck, Jane Halloran-Ryan, Jennifer Wood, Tony Harpur. Tony Browne, Penny Walters, Deirdre Hunt and Treasa Kerrigan.

For further details, and to book, please visit http://www.clansandsurnames.com/irishclans/.

(With thanks to Lorna Moloney)

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.

New online family tree consistency checker on MyHeritage

My Heritage (www.myheritage.com) has announced that it is adding a facility to its online family tree hosting facility which has previously been available on its Family Tree Builder programme. From the announcement:

The Consistency Checker employs 36 different checks on the family tree data, ranging from the obvious (e.g., a person was born before their parent, or when the parent was too young to be a parent) to the subtle and hard to find (e.g., a person was tagged in a photo and the photo is dated before the person’s birth; or two full siblings were born 5 months apart, which is impossible). Some of the issues it finds are factual mistakes (e.g. wrong birth date entered), some are bad practices (e.g. birth year entered as 22 instead of 1922, or prefix entered as part of the first name instead of in the prefix field), some are warnings about possible data entry errors (e.g. a woman’s married surname was apparently entered as her maiden surname, or a place was entered that looks suspiciously like a date) and some are inconsistencies you may want to fix, such as references to the same place name with two different spellings. Any issue you feel is fine and should intentionally not be addressed can easily be marked to be ignored and will not be reported again.

The full announcement is available at https://blog.myheritage.com/2017/02/new-online-family-tree-consistency-checker/

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

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.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

MyHeritage Appoints new Chief Science Officer

From My Heritage (www.myheritage.com):

MyHeritage Appoints Prominent DNA Expert Dr. Yaniv Erlich as Chief Science Officer

TEL AVIV, Israel & LEHI, Utah , February 9, 2017 – MyHeritage, the leading international family history and DNA company, announced today the appointment of Dr. Yaniv Erlich as its Chief Science Officer. Dr. Erlich, a DNA scientist of world renown, will lead scientific development and strategy for MyHeritage DNA, the company's newly established DNA service for family history and ethnicity, and ensure that its products are built on a solid scientific foundation.

Dr. Erlich, nicknamed the Genome Hacker by Nature journal, brings to MyHeritage unparalleled experience in the field of genomics as Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computational Biology at Columbia University and as a Core Member at the New York Genome Center. He is also the former principal investigator and a Whitehead Fellow at MIT's Whitehead Institute, founder of DNA.LAND and the principal investigator of the Erlich DNA lab.

Dr. Erlich completed his Ph.D. at the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in 2010, and has won numerous awards as a cutting-edge scientist, including the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award (2013), the Harold M. Weintraub Award (2010) and the IEEE/ACM-CS High Performance Computing Award (2008). Dr. Erlich has a B.Sc. degree cum laude in Neuroscience from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Erlich's research interests are diverse and cover many facets of computational human genetics, including population studies, DNA privacy, DNA storage and genetic research in crowd-sourced family trees.

“We're delighted to welcome Yaniv to our management team. Yaniv's expertise in computational genetics and its synergy with family history will provide the solid scientific foundation that is fundamental for setting apart our fast-growing DNA service from the others” said MyHeritage Founder and CEO Gilad Japhet. “We are committed to providing our users with the most accurate DNA results, and helping them understand more about themselves. Yaniv will lead a dedicated team of world-class scientists to help us achieve this.”

“I’m excited to join the talented team at MyHeritage and put my scientific experience to use by the millions of users on the MyHeritage platform,” said Dr. Erlich. “I've collaborated with MyHeritage since 2012 and have known them to be forward thinkers about building tools and platforms that enable massive scale scientific studies. I look forward to opening new horizons in consumer genetics in my new role, and further empowering our users with useful and creative tools that harness the latest scientific discoveries”.

MyHeritage DNA was launched in November 2016, offering simple DNA home-testing kits for determining users' ethnic origins and discovering new relatives. The service is offered in more than 190 countries worldwide, in 42 languages.

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

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.

PRONI adds Hillsborough disaster lecture to YouTube

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland has added a new recorded lecture to its online YouTube collection:

Hillsborough - Researching 'Truth', Delivering 'Justice'

Ninety-six people died following a crush at Hillsborough on 15 April 1989 during a match between Liverpool FC and Nottingham Forest. In April 2016, an inquest jury concluded the fans were unlawfully killed.

Author of the highly acclaimed Hillsborough: The Truth (new edition 2016), Phil Scraton headed the Panel’s research and was primary author of its report. Having worked with the families and survivors since 1989, he was advisor to the families’ legal teams throughout the inquests. In this public lecture he reflects on the long-term campaign for truth, details the Panel’s extensive findings, analyses the new inquests, their outcome, the work of the IPCC and the case for prosecutions. Finally, he examines the impact of his critical research and truth recovery for challenging institutional injustice and holding State institutions to account.

Phil Scraton PhD is Professor of Criminology in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast and Director of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative.

To view the video please visit https://youtu.be/kZgm5fGbq6Y

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.

Beginners old handwriting course in London

News of a course from London Metropolitan Archives:

Deciphering Old Handwriting (beginners)
Wednesday 22 February, 5.30 - 7 pm

This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA's collections and get tips for deciphering all kinds of writing.

£8 - booking essential. 

Book via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deciphering-old-handwriting-beginners-tickets-29605646285

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, 8 February 2017

Capuchin Annual 1930-1977 online

The Capuchin Annual from 1930-1977 is now digitised and freely available online on www.capuchinfranciscans.ie/capuchin-annual-1930-1977/.

From the site:

The Capuchin Annual was published by the Irish Capuchin Franciscans from 1930 until 1977. Although its readership was predominately Irish, its circulation was international as it was frequently sent to Irish emigrants particularly in North America and in Australia. It was a journal unique in Irish publishing containing many literary, historical, photographic, theological, biographical and artistic articles. It claimed a readership of 25,000 worldwide at the height of its success in the 1950s. The publication only ever had two editors, Fr. Senan Moynihan OFM Cap. (1900-1970), and Fr. Henry Anglin OFM Cap. (1910-1977). The distinctive cover illustration of St Francis and the wolf was designed by Seán O’Sullivan RHA (1906-1964). Many Irish writers, artists and educators who later rose to prominence such as Benedict Kiely, Pearse Hutchinson, Francis Stuart, Daniel Corkery, Francis MacManus, Richard J. King, Thomas MacGreevey and Augustine Martin received their first opportunities to publish with the Annual. Throughout its publication run it maintained a very high quality of contributions by leading politicians and writers. The Annual frequently reflected a very strong nationalistic theme. The 1942 and 1966 editions of The Capuchin Annual are particularly well-known as they contained detailed articles, profusely illustrated, on the 1916 Rising. The complete collection of The Capuchin Annual is now being made freely available online solely for scholarly research.

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.

New Glasgow themed genealogy discussion forum

I've been informed via Twitter about a new genealogy discussion forum being developed for the west of Scotland, called Glasgow Genes, which is available at http://wosgenealogy.boards.net.

The site is very embryonic, and is not yet live, but in time may build up to be a useful resource. If you have Glasgow connections, it might be worth keeping an eye on its development.

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.

TNA podcast: Defeating the Zeppelins

A podcast I have overlooked from the National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) is one entitled Defeating the Zeppelins, a talk by Ian Castle at just under 50 minutes in length.

For almost two years during the First World War, German airships roamed over the British countryside, bombing towns and villages without fear of a significant response from the aircraft assigned to defend the country. But all that changed in the late summer of 1916 when a new weapon was introduced, one that spelt the end of the Zeppelin menace.

It can be downloaded from, or listened at, http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/defeating-zeppelins/.

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.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

British Newspaper Archive passes 18 million pages

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) is inching closer towards the halfway point of its project, having now passed 18 million pages online.



The latest additions include many Scottish titles:

West Somerset Free Press
1886, 1894, 1897-1902, 1907-1909

Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette
1872-1875, 1885, 1888-1890, 1899-1902, 1904-1909

Linlithgowshire Gazette
1904-1918, 1921-1929, 1931-1934, 1946-1950

Northern times and weekly journal for Sutherland and the North
1907-1910

Ross-shire Journal
1894

Inverness Courier
1885, 1902-1909

Royal Cornwall Gazette
1908-1909

Irish Times
1870, 1873

Oxford Times
1889

Durham County Advertiser
1876, 1893-1896, 1898-1904

Thetford & Watton Times and People's Weekly Journal.
1933

Haddingtonshire Courier
1886-1888

Stonehaven Journal
1912-1917

Fife Free Press, & Kirkcaldy Guardian
1956

Driffield Times
1939-1944

Sporting Life
1901-1904, 1907-1909

Bolton Evening News
1877, 1910

York Herald
1882

Athletic News
1903-1904, 1906

Wexford Independent
1873

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.

Parish and war memorial records added to TheGenealogist

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

TheGenealogist Launches over 282,000 Parish Records, plus 43,000 New War Memorial Records

The Genealogist has added to the millions of its UK Parish Records collection with over 282,000 new records from Essex, Cumberland and Norfolk making it easier to find your ancestors’ baptisms, marriages and burials in these fully searchable records covering ancient parishes. Some of the records go back as far as 1672.

The new release of War Memorial records means there are now over 350,000 searchable records. This latest release includes war memorials from London, along with further English counties including Cumbria, Berkshire, Warwickshire and Suffolk. The collection also stretches across the globe to encompass new War Memorials situated in Perth, Australia and the Province of Saskatchewan in Canada. Fully searchable by name, researchers can read transcriptions and see images of the dedications that commemorate soldiers who have fallen in the Boer War, WW1 and various other conflicts.


Other recent additions to the site:

The Navy & Army Illustrated

The Navy and Army Illustrated which covers over 280 issues from 1895 to 1901 giving approximately 6,700 pages of lavishly illustrated information on all aspects of news relating to the fighting forces of Britain and its Empire.


Worcestershire Parish Record Transcripts

We have added over 60,000 individuals to our Baptism Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society, expanding our coverage and bringing the total to over 2 million individuals. With years ranging from 1544-1891


Further details available on the website.

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

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.

Scottish Indexes adds mental health register and Sheriff Court entries

Scottish Indexes (www.scottishindexes.com) has added an update to its Mental Health Records indexes at http://www.scottishindexes.com/mcsearch.aspx, bringing the database up to 16,130 entries. The update includes entries from the 'General Register of Lunatics in Asylums' (National Records of Scotland: MC7) from July 1863-May 1864.

Also added within the last few days are indexes to records from Ayr Sheriff Court (1837-1842).


(With thanks to Graham Maxwell)

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.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Scottish Research Online course starts Feb 21st

My next Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd course, Scottish Research Online, commences on February 21st 2017 for a 5 week run, with the course priced at £49.99. Here are the details:

Scottish Research Online (102)

Scotland was first to have major records digitised and offer indexes and images online. It has also been a leader in placing resource information on the World Wide Web. This course describes the major sites, the types of information and data that they offer, the forms in which databases are presented and how to analyze results. You will learn to lay the foundations for searching a family, how to select best resources and what to do next either online or in libraries and archives.

Instructor: Chris Paton
  • Scotlands People, Family Search, Ancestry, FreeCen, FindmyPast: content, comparison, assessment
  • Essential Maps and Gazetteers
  • Civil Registration and Census Research Online
  • Searching in Church of Scotland Registers Online
  • Scottish Wills and Inventories Online
  • Take It From Here

Note: it is recommended but not required that students in this course sign up for the basic search option, 30 units/seven days, at ScotlandsPeople (cost is seven pounds).

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat (See our How the Courses Work guide at http://pharostutors.com/courseshowwork.php).

STUDENTS SAID: "I particularly liked the fact that the course didn't just focus on the well-known BMD resources available, but on a much wider range of websites, including many which give extremely useful background information on the geography and history of the localities where our ancestors lived." "a very knowledgeable Instructor"

To sign up for the courses, please visit http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.

COMMENT: If you cannot make a chat session, a transcript of the conversation will be made available shortly after, so you won't miss out, and there is a dedicated forum available throughout for questions you may have throughout the five week block, which I'll be more than happy to answer!

I look forward to hopefully seeing a few of you there!

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.