Friday, 20 April 2018

Deceased Online scheduled maintenance

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

Deceased Online Essential Server Maintenance

We will be carrying out essential planned maintenance work to the Deceased Online server over Saturday 21st April and Sunday 22nd April 2018.

The Deceased Online service will be unavailable from midnight (British Summer Time) on Friday 20th April 2018 and will be operating as normal on Monday 23rd April 2018.

This is the first time in over 5 years where the service has been interrupted for essential server maintenance and we will keep the time where the service is unavailable to a minimum.

We are expecting to complete the work on Saturday 21st April 2018 but have scheduled Sunday 22nd April 2018 as contingency period. There may be temporary interruptions to service on Sunday 22nd April as we carry out performance tests and final adjustments.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.


Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

TheGenealogist adds War Memorial and headstone records

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

TheGenealogist adds another 64,920 War Memorial records and 13,487 new headstone records

This week TheGenealogist has expanded its growing headstone and war memorial record collections with some interesting new additions to both. The headstone records cover 53 new cemeteries and the various war memorials are from Australia, Britain, Canada and the USA.

The International Headstone collection is an ongoing project where every stone photographed or transcribed earns volunteers credits, which they can spend on subscriptions at TheGenealogist.co.uk or products from GenealogySupplies.com. If you would like to join, you can find out more about the scheme at: https://ukindexer.co.uk/headstone/

Also published online this week are an additional 64,920 War Memorial records which include a complete roll of honour for both WW1 and WW2 for Shetland, with men's units and the Shetland village in which they had resided. There are other war memorials in this release that cover the country including the Abercarn Tinplaters Memorial Institute in Wales. There are plaques and monuments in Bedford, Bolton, Lancashire, London, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Warwickshire and even further afield in Canada, Western Australia and the USA. One of the Canadian memorials is a fascinating, but sadly very worn, WW2 memorial

from Calgary in Canada that names 227 aircrew from Australia and New Zealand who died while training in Calgary, revealing just how dangerous WW2 aviation was.

From the USA TheGenealogist has uploaded some WW1 and WW2 war memorials from New York, including a fine one in Battery Park. This is a roll of those men and women who lost their lives in the Atlantic coastal waters in WW2 and had no known grave as a result of U-boat action. The war memorial gives researchers the ranks, units and the US state from which they had come, and the shockingly large number of Americans included is a salutary lesson when in Britain we are often only aware of our own countrymen/women who died at sea from enemy action against the convoys.

Lastly there are a number of Boer War memorials - for example the tribute within Blackpool Town Hall that commemorates the 74 Blackpool men who volunteered to join various units for service in South Africa.

These new records are all available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist.

To find out more about the UKIndexer volunteer project, you can read the following article: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/family-history-can-be-a-rewarding-hobby-790/

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Society of Genealogists to sponsor Secret Lives conference lectures

I recently announced details of the Secret Lives conference (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/secret-lives-conference.html). The following is the latest update from the organisers:

The Secret Lives conference team are delighted that the Society of Genealogists has agreed to sponsor the lecture stream in the Mayfair Suite.


Alec Tritton, conference chair said " It is thanks to such generous offers that we are able to have three streams of lectures. It gives delegates a fantastic choice of topics that would not have been possible without this".

June Perrin, CEO of the Society of Genealogists said "The Society of Genealogists is delighted to sponsor an invaluable additional stream of lectures at the conference. Our main remit is to help educate people on the subject of Genealogy and the diverse range of topics at the conference is another excellent way to achieve this. If you haven’t booked yet don’t miss out."

Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists (SoG) is Britain’s premier family history society. The Society maintains a splendid genealogical library and education centre in Clerkenwell in London.

Secret Lives: Hidden Voices of our Ancestors is a three day genealogical conference being held in the four star Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island, Leicestershire, UK from 31st August to 2nd September 2018.

Further details:
http://www.sog.org.uk
https://www.secretlives.org.uk

(With thanks to Alec Tritton)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Irish Genealogy Virtual Conference 21st April

Next Saturday April 21st I will be participating in an Irish Genealogy Virtual Conference with several other speakers on Irish based topics. Sign up from anywhere in the world to take part, to learn a little and to enjoy the craic!



This is the programme (note the advertised times are Canadian based Eastern time - I've put UK/Ireland times in brackets after):

9:00-10.10 (UK/Ire 2-3.10pm) - Fintan Mullan presents Finding 17th Century Families in Ireland

10:25-11.35 (UK/Ire 3.25-4.35pm) - Gillian Hunt presents Using Church Records for Irish Genealogy Research

11:50-12.35 (UK/Ire 4.50-5.35pm) - Fiona Fitzsimons presents Finding Women in the Irish Records

1.15-2.20 (UK/Ire 6.15-7.20pm) - Chris Paton presents Using Irish Land Records for Genealogy Research

2:35-2.55 (UK/Ire 7.35-7.55pm) - Maurice Gleeson presents Making Online Resources Work for You

All presentations will be available for 72 hours after the end of the virtual conference to allow for time zone challenges and to make attending easier for people who are not able to commit to the full day.

To sign up, please visit https://www.genealogyvic.com. The price to register is Can $79.

For details on special deals available from vendors throughout the conference, visit http://scottishgenealogytipsntricks.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/the-irish-vic-is-just-fortnight-away.html. This includes 20% discount on all purchases from Global Genealogy, who publish my Unlock the Past books in Canada - details on these are available at http://www.globalgenealogy.com/authors/paton-chris/chris-paton.htm.

I'll hopefully see you there!

UPDATE: The timings have since been revised, and have been amended above.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Waterford records added to FindmyPast

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has added the following seventeen databases for those with an interest in Waterford, Ireland, from 1662 to 2006:

  • Freemen pre-1700 (1662-1700)
  • Freemen (1700-2006)
  • Freedom petitions (1824-1842)
  • Burgess list (1879-1893)
  • Langable rental (1832) – a langable was a term used for a rent roll
  • Register of electors – Waterford city (1900)
  • Register of electors – Centre Ward (1903)
  • Rate books (1906-1907)
  • Rate books – Centre Ward (1912)
  • Rate books – South Ward (1912)
  • Register of electors – Centre Ward (1913)
  • Register of electors – Custom Ward (1913)
  • City Council Members (1889-1895)
  • Trade directories (1824-1910)
  • Grave memorials/inscriptions
  • Lismore estate papers emigration record database (1815-1905) 



The collection is available to search at https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/waterford-registers-and-records

Also released by FindmyPast this week:

New South Wales, Deceased Estate Files 1880-1923
Discover your ancestor in this index of over 137,000 deceased estate files from New South Wales. The records span the years between 1880 and 1923. Each result includes a transcript that may reveal a combination of your ancestor's date of death, duty date, locality and any additional remarks.

New Jersey Death Index 1901-1903 Image Browse
Explore over 1000 digital images of the New Jersey death index covering the years 1901 to 1903. This collection has been obtained through Reclaim the Records.

New Jersey Marriage Index 1901-1914 Image Browse
Explore over 7,000 digital images of the New Jersey marriage index covering the years 1901 to 1914. This collection has been obtained through Reclaim the Records.

Surrey Feet of Fines 1558-1760
Explore over 20,000 feet of fines records for Surrey created between 1558 and 1760. Feet of fines were documents of a fictitious suit of law created to obtain a secure transfer of land. The document recorded the final agreement (or concord), written in triplicate, between buyer and seller: two copies side by side and one copy across the bottom of the sheet (the foot of the fine). An indented or wavy line separated the three sections; one section was given to the seller, one to the buyer, and one (the foot) to the court. The idea behind this system was that forgeries could be identified by showing they didn't fit the three-piece jigsaw of the authentic, original foot of fine.

Cornwall Burials
Hundreds of new records have been added to our collection of Cornish burials. The collection now contains over 280,000 records covering more than two hundred parishes across the Cornish peninsula. The new additions cover Dissenter burials in Falmouth and Penryn between 1808 and 1926.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2559353328.html.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

FIBIS AGM and Open Lecture Meeting

From the Families in British India Society (www.fibis.org):

FIBIS AGM and Open Lecture Meeting – 16 June 2018

This years FIBIS AGM and Open Lecture Meeting will be held on Saturday 16 June at the Union Jack Club, Sandell St, Lambeth, London, GB SE1 8UJ. (View map) Please note that you MUST register your attendance in advance for security reasons.
Programme

10.30 FIBIS experts answer your research questions
12.00 Break for Lunch.
13.15 AGM
14:00 Presentation by Iain Shore on the refurbishment of the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur
15:00 Refreshment break
15:30 Paddy Walsh will present a film made by Mark Probett on the Cawnpore Massacre, to be followed by a short QA session

Please register your attendance online at https://www.fibis.org/store/events/fibis-agm-open-lecture-meeting-2018/. If you experience any problems booking email valmay@fibis.org.

(With thanks to Valmay Young)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lives of the First World War project to end 2019

From the Imperial War Museum (www.iwm.org.uk), news of the Lives of the First World War project (​https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org):

Findmypast and Imperial War Museums’ groundbreaking Lives of the First World War project enters its final year


Findmypast and IWM call on members of the public to preserve as many stories as possible before submissions cease on 18 March 2019

Findmypast and Imperial War Museums today announced their groundbreaking collaboration, Lives of the First World War, will cease taking submissions on 18 March 2019. From this date onwards, IWM will act as the custodian of the millions of contributions made by members of the public, creating a permanent digital memorial that will always remain free to access.

Lives of the First World War was launched in 2014 as the IWM’s flagship digital centenary project. Since then it has captured the stories of more than 7.6 million men and women from across Britain and the Commonwealth who contributed their ‘toil and sacrifice’ during the First World War.

Charlotte Czyzyk, Public Engagement and Project Manager for Lives of the First World War, said:

"From factory workers and members of the armed forces, to medics and conscientious objectors, Lives of the First World War has curated over 2.2 million biographical details, anecdotes and images thanks to the contributions of more than 130,000 dedicated members. These rich, personal life stories will be preserved by IWMs for future generations, serving as a powerful and permanent record of the ‘lost generation’."

As the project enters its final year, Findmypast and IWM are calling on members of the public to help them preserve as many stories as possible. By joining Lives of the First World War and uploading scans of photos, letters and diaries, by researching a name on a local war memorial, or by sharing anecdotes passed down through the generations, family historians will contribute to a permanent digital memorial that will help shape our understanding of this important period of world history, both now and in the future."

(With thanks to Charlotte Czyzyk)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Friday, 6 April 2018

1920 English and Welsh electoral register joins FindmyPast

New to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) this week:


England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1920
Over 6.7 million records – discover where your ancestors were living in a 1920 census substitute created from out exclusive collection of England & Wales electoral records. These newly indexed records can be searched by name, year, constituency, polling district and keyword.

Canadian Headstones Index
Over 1.8 million records – Search this index of Canadian headstones to discover when and where your ancestor died. This collection has been obtained through CanadianHeadstones.com, presented by the Ontario Genealogical Society. Additional information about these records can be found on the source's website.

Sussex Registers & Records
Explore two fascinating publications – Parish Registers of Hove & Preston (1538-1812) and Parochial History of Chiddingly (1407-1847), to uncover baptisms, marriages, burials, memorial inscriptions, local histories and biographies of early figures from the county's history.

Warwickshire Registers & Records
Explore two fascinating publications – Historical Warwickshire, Its Legendary Lore, Traditionary Stories, and Romantic Episodes (published 1876) and History of Coventry (published 1870), and learn more about the history, legends and lore of William Shakespeare's birth county.

Surrey Registers & Records
Explore five publications – covering Beddington, Chipstead & Titsey, Gatton & Sanderstead, Richmond and Wimbledon. These compilations of parish registers date back to the mid 1500s and contain baptisms, marriages and burials from a variety of parishes across the county.

Suffolk Registers & Records
Explore seven publications – covering Bury St Edmunds, West Stow & Wordwell, Rushbrook, Ickworth, Denham and Chillesford. The collection includes Wills & Inventories, Hearth Tax returns and Parish records dating back to 1539.

New South Wales, Railway Employment Records
Over 700 records – Explore a register of salaried officers working for the New South Wales Government Railways and Tramways (1856-1890) and a personnel register for Darling Harbour (1909-1932) to uncover details of your ancestor's career on Australia's railroads.

Cardiganshire Burials
Over 1,514 Llanwenog monumental inscriptions 1768-1996 have been added to our collection of Cardiganshire Burials. The records will reveal a combination of your ancestors birth year, death date, burial date, burial location, residence, death place and relatives' names .

Further details at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2556894621.html

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Looking for Annie Paton from Inverness

Everyone has a real bugbear with their family history. One of mine is my great aunt, Annie MacGillivray Paton, for whom I know very little. She was born in Belgium to my two Scottish great grandparents, and died in Inverness, having worked there in the aftermath of the Second World War at Menzies bookshop. So I'm hoping the reach of this blog post might generate a few answers!

Here is what I know about Annie:

Annie was born at 3.30pm on April 26th 1894 in Brussels, Belgium, to my grear grandparents, David Hepburn Paton (pictured right) and Jessie MacFarlane. The registration of her birth was on the 28th, witnessed by 37 year old Auguste Moreau, negociant, and 23 year old magasinier Charles Depoorter from Schaerbeek. The birth certificate reads:

Annie MacGillivray Paton, nee le vingt six dec mois a trois heures apres midi, rue de Marche Aux Herbes, no. 76, 4e Don; fille de David Hepburn Paton, gerant, ne a Blackford (Ecosse) et de Jessie MacFarlane, nee a Inverness (Ecosse), conjoints, residant meme maison et domiciles a Glasgow.

Sur la declaration du pere, age de vingt neuf ans.

En presence d' Auguste Moreau, negociant, age de trente sept ans, domicile a Bruxelles, et de Charles Depoorter, magasiniere, age de vingt trois ans, domicile a Schaerbreek.

At the time of her birth, her parents were living at Marche Aux Herbes.

In 1907 the family briefly relocated to Inverness in Scotland, and then to Glasgow in 1908. The 1911 census, taken on April 2nd, showed that Annie was by then residing at 108 Cumberland Street in the Gorbals with her mother and her father's brother Joseph and family.

The family returned to Belgium in mid-1911. Annie was still there when the Germans invaded just three years later in August 1914. After the death of her father in March 1916, Annie remained with her mother under a form of house arrest in Brussels, and was there for the whole war. Whilst there, she had to endure not only the death of her father, but the imprisonment of her younger brother John at Ruhleben camp in Germany, and the uncertainty of her brother William's war service with the army.

When the war was over, Annie returned to Glasgow with her mother and brother Charlie (my grandfather).

My aunt Sheila Cobby (nee Paton) recalled how when she was laid up in hospital with her childhood illness of polio, she received a collection of Beatrix Potter books from her Aunt Annie. Sheila never actually met her aunt, neither did my father.  From 1930 to 1939, Annie was recorded in the electoral registers as being resident at 6 Sunnybank Street, a tenement in Shettleston, Glasgow, along with her mother Jessie (and brother Charles until 1934/35).

Their cousin Joan West (nee Paton) however, recalls how Annie moved to Inverness with her mother Jessie Paton, nee McFarlane (Calum's and Jamie's great great granny) during the Second World War. With the outbreak of war, William Paton, Annie's brother, had insisted they go at once to the north, not wishing them to experience what they did during the prior war, and that they would be safer there from German bombs than in Glasgow. Annie and Jessie shared a house initially on South Street, Inverness, with a Mrs Murray, and were visited by Joan after the war when she was stationed at a Royal Naval base in Lossiemouth. Annie never married, and took up work in Inverness at Menzies bookshop.

Annie's grand nephew, Alan Paton, once told me how he and his grandfather William had visited her in Inverness in her latter days. Alan recalled that she had a very strong French accent still, after all the years she had been back in Scotland, and that she constantly berated her brother William for having no French at all - what she considered should have been his 'mother tongue'!! Alan also recalls seeing a portrait of Annie, painted when she was about 19, and says that in her youth, she was a beautiful woman. The whereabouts of this portrait is no longer known.

Annie eventually died on March 25th 1975 at her home in Inverness, with her death registered on the 28th by her cousin by marriage, Ann Cooney. The cause of death was bronchopneumonia, hypertension and carcinoma of the breast.

The following notice was placed on page one of the Inverness Courier on March 25th 1975:

PATON - Suddenly at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, on the 24th March 1975, Annie Paton, 91a Bruce Gardens, Inverness. Service on Thursday, at 1.45pm., at Messrs D. Chisholm & Sons' Service Room, 10 George Street, Inverness; thereafter Funeral to Tomnahurich Cemetery. All friends respectfully invited.

Whilst I know a considerable amount about my grandfather Charles, and his brothers John and William, Annie is the mystery member of the family - I don't even have a photo of her or her mother Jessie Paton (nee MacFarlane).

If anyone has any further information about Annie and Jessie, or a photo, I'd love to hear from you!

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Gibraltar and Yorkshire records added to Ancestry

The following collections have been added to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

Yorkshire, England: Church of England Parish Records, 1538-1873
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61630
Source: This information is compiled under licence from the printed parish registers published by the Parish Register Section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society or the Yorkshire Parish Register Society (together "the Section").

This database is a collection of historical parish registers from Yorkshire, England. The records in this collection can range in date from the early 1500s to the mid- to late-1800s. Parish records--primarily baptisms, marriages, and burials--provide the best sources of vital record information in the centuries before civil registration. Baptismal records generally list the date of the baptism, the name of the child being baptized, and the name of the father. Marriage records generally include the date of the marriage and the names of the bride and groom. Burial records generally list the date of the burial and the name of the deceased individual. Occasionally burial records will include other bits of information, such as where the individual was from or if he/she was a widow.

Records from various parishes throughout Yorkshire will continually be added to this database for the next couple of months.


Web: Gibraltar, WWII Evacuee Embarkation Records, 1940
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70853
Source: http://www.nationalarchives.gi/gna/EvacList_Surname.aspx accessed 5th February 2018.

Sourced from Gibraltar's National Archives. 15,021 embarkation records are included - see website for details.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

FamilySearch adds to Devon and Cornwall marriages

FamilySearch has added 74,216 indexed entries to its existing England, Devon and Cornwall Marriages 1660-1912 collection, available at https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/1833719.

 
Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Getting to grips with DNA Painter

I've spent a bit of time this week looking further into the use of autosomal DNA for genealogical research, with some interesting results. I tested with AncestryDNA (https://www.ancestry.co.uk/dna) some time ago, but finally decided to upload my test results into both MyHeritage (https://www.myheritage.com/dna/) and FamilyTreeDNA (www.familytreedna.com). On the back of all that I've certainly had a productive experience! Not only have I confirmed a long held theory concerning the sister of my father's grandmother, it would also seem that I am related to none other than well known Australian genealogist Shauna Hicks, which has just about knocked us both for six! (We're now trying to identify the exact connection!).

But the key learning point this week has been over chromosome browsers - offered by both MyHeritage and FamilyTreeDNA, but not Ancestry. On its site, Ancestry hopes to tell you if you are related to somebody when you have a matching segment of DNA with that person, and if they upload a tree for you to look for a common ancestor. Unfortunately, unlike the other two named DNA companies, it doesn't actually tell you on which chromosomes such matches can be found. Its reasons for doing so seem to include privacy concerns and its belief that 'nobody will use it'. However, I've actually found it fascinating to be able to determine which parts of shared DNA fit into which chromosomes, which to me seems a handy thing to be able to use to try to predict where other folk may be related to you when they don't have an accompanying family tree.

Using results from MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA and GEDmatch (www.gedmatch.com), I've managed to identify a few cousins with common ancestors, who I know are confirmed. Using a free tool called DNA Painter (www.dnapainter.com), as recommended by genealogist Rosemary Morgan, I have been trying to build up my ancestral profile, and in so doing have learned a hell of a lot more about how autosomal DNA is passed on, and things to look out for when trying to interpret results. I'm not just passively waiting to be told when I have a match.


I've read and heard many reasons why Ancestry won't add a chromosome browser - but I can't help feeling now that as a DNA site, it seems somewhat naked without one...

Chris 

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Ulster Historical Foundation conference and course

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

Plan Your Summer Escape with the Ulster Historical Foundation

Running from 05-12 September 2018 Tracing your Irish Ancestors 2018 will mark the tercentenary of the 1718 migration and 300+ years of Irish migration with visits to sites and places synonymous with the migration of Ulster and Irish families to the New Worlds (North America, Australasia, South Africa etc).

Choose to research in the archives or visit some of Ireland’s most historic sites

During our 7 day conference you will be able to shape your own experiences by choosing to either research in the different archives in Belfast and Dublin or join our staff on daily excursions through Ireland's beautiful landscape to some of its most historic sites.

300+ years of Irish migration

Trips during our 2018 programme will see you embark on a guided through the Bann Valley, the area in Ulster most directly associated with the 1718 migration; walk on the walls and explore the historic port city of Derry~Londonderry, one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe; uncover the stories of some of the earliest people to travel from Ulster to Australia at the Down Museum; visit the Ulster American Folk Park which is dedicated to the story of emigration from Ulster to North America in the 18th and 19th centuries; as well as delving deeper into the past with visits to the Hill of the O’Neill in Dungannon to learn about the 'Flight of the Earls' in 1607, when two of Ulster's leading lords left the island for Continental Europe, never to return and Barons Court, the magnificent seat of the Duke of Abercorn whose ancestors migrated from Scotland over 400 years ago.

These tours are also enlivened with visits to other renowned historical sites of interest across the island of Ireland as you will journey into pre-history to marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage site at Newgrange and look out onto the North Atlantic Ocean from the stones of the Giant’s Causeway.

You will also be able to visit Kilmainham Gaol, one of Dublin city’s most important monuments and visitor attractions and view the beautifully illustrated Book of Kells at Trinity College. All this and much much more!

Book Now

Places are filling up fast so reserve your place now, with a deposit of only £299.99 (GBP) per person! Given the current low value of sterling (GBP) against other currencies now is a particularly good time for overseas visitors to purchase.

For more information please visit https://www.ancestryireland.com/family-history-conference/autumn/


Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History Course, 30 April-04 May 2018

Our next Irish family history course is just over 4 weeks away and places are still available.

Running from 30 April to 04 May 2018 Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History Course embraces the unique nature of Irish genealogical research and is ideal if you:
  • Have no experience with genealogy or family history research
  • Have some experience with genealogical research, but want to develop your skills and knowledge further
  • Consider yourself a more experienced genealogical researcher who wants to learn new techniques and lesser known sources.

The knowledge you gain from Irish Genealogy Essentials: A Family History Course will help you get to grips with research techniques, archives and genealogical sources in Ireland; provide you with the information and skills to further explore your family history and help you find your illusive Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.

Our course will cover topics such as Irish land divisions; Nineteenth and early twentieth century census returns; Church records; Civil records; Griffith’s valuation; Tithe applotment books; wills and testamentary papers; and much more!

The knowledge you gain from our family history courses will help you get to grips with research techniques, archives and genealogical sources in Ireland; provide you with the information and skills to further explore your family history and help you find your elusive Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors.

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

Pay in instalments

If you would like to participate in our Spring course and would like to pay in instalments, please contact: conleth.mullan@uhf.org.uk

If you choose to pay in instalments you will be expected to pay two instalments of £239.99 for non members and two instalments of £224.99 for guild members.

The higher price associated with paying in instalments is due to the extra fees the Foundation will incur


For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Free FamilySearch classes and webinars for April 2018

From FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org):

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for April 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (30 March 2018), The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, has announced its free family history classes and webinars for April 2018. Check out the US New England, German, and Austrian Catholic Records, and Calendars and Feast Days in Scandinavia webinars. Participants can attend in person or online. See the table below for the complete list. No registration is required.

Weekly webinars are organized along the following track schedule throughout the month:

Mondays—FamilySearch Catalog at 10:00 a.m. MDT
Tuesdays—FamilySearch.org and Family Tree Classes at 10:00 a.m. MDT
Wednesdays—Indexing Classes at 10:00 a.m. MDT
Thursdays—Research Classes at 1:00 p.m. MDT

Mark your calendars for events you want to join. Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title at the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

If you are unable to attend a class in person or online, most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To access these, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.

DATE, TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
WEBINAR | ROOM
Monday, 2 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tuesday, 3 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Tips and Tricks for Using the FamilySearch Historical Record Collection (Beginner)
Wednesday, 4 April,
10:00 a.m. MDT
Spanish Language Indexing (1.5 hours) (Beginner)
Thursday, 5 April, 1:00 p.m. MDT
Matricula Online: German and Austrian Catholic Records (Beginner)
Saturday, 7 April, 1:00 p.m. MDT
Mi árbol es verdadero. ¡Citando la prueba! (Intermediate)
Monday, 9 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tuesday, 10 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
What´s New at FamilySearch (Beginner)
Thursday, 12 April, 1:00 p.m. MDT
United States Research: New England Region (Beginner)
Monday, 16 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tuesday, 17 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Starting Family Tree: Attaching Sources (Beginner)
Thursday, 19 April, 1:00 p.m. MDT
Guided Research: New Tools to Simplify Genealogical Research (Beginner)
Saturday, 21 April, 1:00 p.m. MDT
Recursos genealógicos de Ecuador
Monday, 23 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)
Tuesday, 24 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Starting Family Tree: Research Help and Searching Records (Beginner)
Wednesday, 25 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Web Indexing and Review Training (1.5 hours) (Beginner)
Thursday, 26 April, 1:00 p.m. MDT
Calendars and Feast Days in Scandinavia (Beginner)
Monday, 30 April, 10:00 a.m. MDT
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

US and Danish records added to MyHeritage

New records from MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):


New York City Marriage License Index 1908-1972

A significant update to this index of marriage licenses — from the New York City Clerk Offices from 1930 to 1972 — adds 6.6 million additional records to the 2.9 million records we released just a few months ago. Images of the records were provided by Reclaim the Records.

The marriage records are from all five boroughs of New York City. The index contains the given names and surnames of both the bride and the groom, the date of the license application, and the license number. The images are split by borough, bride and groom, and then sorted alphabetically. We have linked the bride and groom together, when possible, using the license number.


Denmark Church Records 1576-1919

This is a collection update to the existing Denmark Church Records collection: About 17.7 million of these records are from the years 1576–1814 and about 1 million are from 1814–1919. This is an exclusive collection you can only find on MyHeritage.

Significantly, this new set includes three new types of historical records the original collection did not have: Communion, Introduction, and Absolution records.

Communions (Confirmerede): These records show the individuals who received communion on a given date. Sometimes individuals were recorded in family groups with only the head of the family listed by name, and the other individuals in the family being referenced by number and relationship to the head. For example, “Hans Jensen and wife and 2 sons and a daughter”.

Introductions (Introduserede): These records show the women who were reintroduced into the congregation by their husbands, after childbirth. At the time, after a woman gave birth, according to the Denmark Church, she was considered “unclean” and had to be reintroduced into the congregation. The woman may be listed directly (by her name), or indirectly (by her husband’s name, e.g. “wife of ….”).

Absolutions: These records show absolved individuals. At the time, according the the Denmark Church, certain transgressions had to be absolved by the Church. The most common absolution was for pre-marital sex resulting in a pregnancy, in which case both parties had to be publicly absolved before they could return to the congregation. Other transgressions that could be absolved included failing to receive communion regularly, public drunkenness, violence, blasphemy, theft, and murder. These records were kept up until about 1767.


Kentucky Newspapers 1848-2009

This exclusive collection includes about 1.38 million records published in newspapers from various cities and towns in the state of Kentucky from the years 1848–2009.
A sample record from the new Kentucky newspapers collection with an article about the funeral of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) founder, Colonel Sanders


West Virginia Newspapers 1930-2009

This exclusive collection includes about 371,000 records published in newspapers from various cities and towns in the state of West Virginia from the years 1930–2009.
A sample record from the new West Virginia newspapers collection with an article honoring Charles “Chuck” Elwood Yeager, the first person to break the sound barrier by flying faster than the speed of sound

Further details are available at https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/03/new-historical-records-added-in-march-2018/.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Latest FindmyPast additions

This week's FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) additions:


Prerogative Court Of Canterbury Administrations 1660-1700
Search over 88,000 transcripts and images of Index slips and related documentation created from original Prerogative Court of Canterbury administrations held by The National Archives at Kew. This collection includes a high volume of mariners; approximately a third of these records refer to a mariner.

Ireland, Alphabetical Indexes To The Townlands and Parishes 1851-1911 Browse
Browse through 2,900 records taken from indexes of townlands and parishes in Ireland spanning the years 1851 to 1911. In addition to townlands and parishes, discover details of baronies and electoral divisions in Ireland for a given year.

New Hampshire, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records 1636-1947 Image Browse
Do you have relatives from New Hampshire? Discover more about their lives by browsing this collection of more than 402,000 vital and town records acquired from the offices of local town clerks in New Hampshire.

New York, Buffalo Death Index 1852-1944 Image Browse
Explore more than 17,000 digital images of the Buffalo, New York, death index. From the index, you can learn your ancestor's name and death year.

Leicestershire Burials
New records from the parish of Thrussington have been added to our collection of Leicestershire Burials. The collections span over 400 years from 1538 to the 1991 and covers 279 parishes across the county.

New Jersey, County Naturalization Records 1749-1986 Image Browse
Over 61,000 records have been added to our browsable collection of New Jersey County Naturalisation Records. Explore over 200 years of scanned county courthouse naturalization records from New Jersey.

Further details and links at https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2554510807.html

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Ancestry offers free access to Ireland, UK and Commonwealth records

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

What better way to bring your family closer together than our Easter Free Access weekend?

From 30 March to 2 April, you’ll be able to search millions of UK, Ireland and Commonwealth records – all completely free*. Start in Britain then head off to Australia, Canada, or wherever, and spend four full days finding long-lost family all over the Commonwealth.

Enjoy FREE Access to millions more records including these highlights:

NEW Historical Photographs and Prints
Explore more than 40,000 images, capturing defining moments in history and displays of everyday life.

Birth, marriage and death indexes
Find family among the vital indexes covering England and Wales as far back as 1837.

Commonwealth records
Get access to everything from Australian Electoral Rolls to Canadian Census records.

Plus much more

* Access to the records in the featured collections will start on 30 March and will be free until 2 April 2018 at 23:59 BST. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using a paid Ancestry.co.uk membership

(Note that you will need to register for a free account if you do not have one)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Norfolk cemetery photos added to Deceased Online

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

Norfolk Cemeteries Photographs Now on Deceased Online

Deceased Online are proud to host an enormous collection of photographs of Norfolk cemeteries, taken by Norfolk resident Louise Cocker. The first 90 cemetery collections, a total of over 10,000 photographs, have gone live today and many thousands more are currently in process.

In her spare time, Louise has been photographing the headstones and memorials of Norfolk with her mother, Angela, since 2009. "It's something I am very passionate about," Louise told Deceased Online, "As I think it is important for future generations to be able to see where their ancestors are buried." As headstones and memorials erode and wear down over time, Louise's work has become very important for preserving the memories and stories contained within these cemeteries.

The collection covers over 100,000 people with related photographs of their headstones, memorials, plaques, and war dedications; some of which date from the 1600's. Many of the older inscriptions contain a lot of information valuable to historians and family researchers, such as the lineage and names of surviving children of the deceased; "Here under resteth the body of ye worthy and religious lady Elizabeth Pettus, daughter of Sir Thomas Pettus of Aswelthorpe, Knight, and of Elizabeth, one of ye daughters and coheires of Sir Nathaniel Bacon of Stifkay, Knight, and late wife of Sir Thomas Pettus of Rackheath, Baronett, who deceased Jan:28:1653, and left 3 surviving sonnes Thomas, Augustine and John."



Search Tips for this Collection

Due to the nature of this collection, some records may be difficult to find. Where headstones have weathered and eroded over time, some parts of the memorial text may be rendered illegible. Using a percentage symbol (%) in place of a surname or forename will bring up all names, including those recorded as illegible.

Example - Searching for "White, Sophie Anna" - no records found.
"%, Sophie Anna" will display all records with the forename Sophie Anna.
"White, %" will display all records with the surname White.
"White, Sophie %" will display all Sophie Whites, with any middle name.

For more efficient searching, use the date of death in the burial date field. If a name has less than two characters it will return more than one result so that you have greater control over finding the correct one.

Although the memorial inscriptions feature of the website has been designed for headstones, we’ve included other photos where the information might be of interest. This includes photos of plaques, sketches of the layout of graves, portraits, lists of commemorations, and long shots of the churchyards showing the relative positions of the memorials. We've prefixed some inscriptions to make it clearer what the photo will show.

Some inscriptions are too long to include; particularly ones such as war memorials, which are a long list of names. Unless the surname is in the inscription, the search will return the name but on entering the record it says there are no results. Users will need to click clear to display the inscriptions.

Should you have multiple relations in the same churchyard or cemetery, it may be more cost effective for you to purchase the entire collection of photographs for that churchyard or cemetery, rather than purchasing individual photographs.

(With thanks to Deceased Online)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Ulster Historical Foundation offer - R.J. Hunter Collection

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

During our recent stock take we have unearthed a handful of copies of The Ulser Port Books 1612-15 by R.J. Hunter.

To mark this discovery we are offering the R.J. Hunter collection, in its entirety, for the special price of £74.99! This is the first time in a year we have been able to offer a complete set of R. J. Hunters’ publications and we do hope that you take advantage of this tremendous find.


We have a very limited number full sets available (only six copies) so be sure to order quickly to avoid disappointment, as the sets will be sold on a first come first served basis.

To purchase this collection or for more information please visit https://www.booksireland.org.uk/store/history-and-research-bundles/rj-hunter-plantation-pack

Please note that at present Men and Arms: The Ulster Settlers, c. 1630 is only available as part of this collection. All other books in this collection can be purchased individually, via https://www.booksireland.org.uk:
  • Strabane Barony during the Ulster Plantation 1607-1641
  • Ulster Transformed: Essays on Plantation and Print Culture c. 1590-1641
  • The Ulster Plantation in the Counties of Armagh and Cavan 1608-41
  • The Ulster Port Books 1612-15

Interested in the Plantation of Ulster?

For anyone interested in this seminal event of Irish history the following publications may also be of great interest (available via BooksIreland):

  • The Plantation of Ulster Collection - £44.99 (RRP £76.94)
  • The Plantation of Ulster by Philip S. Robinson - £14.99 (RRP £19.99)
  • Scottish Migration To Ulster In The Reign Of James 1 by M. Perceval-Maxwell - £14.99 (RRP £19.99)
  • The Plantation of Ulster: The Story of the Irish
  • The Plantation of Ulster: The Story of the English

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

TheGenealogist celebrates centenary of the Royal Air Force

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

TheGenealogist releases Air Force lists and Flight Magazines to celebrate the centenary of the Royal Air Force

To mark the centenary of the establishment of the RAF on 1st April 1918, TheGenealogist has released thousands of records of individuals who were recorded in a number of Air Force Lists from 1921 to 1944. Also released at this time are copies of the Flight Magazine for 1909, 1910 and 1911, plus an important collection of historic reference books.


In order to commemorate the formation of the world’s first air force independent of an army or a navy, TheGenealogist has added these new records to its ever growing military collection for researchers with RAF ancestors to make use of.
  • Read the details of RAF officers in Air Force Lists including name, rank and service number
  • Find names of early aviators in the Flight Magazine
  • Get background information on aviation from a collection of reference books
  • Use TheGenealogist’s unique “SmartSearch” to link to other military records

Air Force Lists recorded the details of officers that served in the Royal Air Force and include information on the order of seniority, retired officer lists, and alphabetical indexes.

Flight Magazine was founded in 1909 as a journal concerned with air transport and all things to do with flying.

Of particular note are the following historic reference books that have been added in this release: The Air Annual of the British Empire 1930, Book of the Air 1931, Aviation - An Introduction to the Elements of Flying, and The Wonder Book of Aircraft 1930.

Family history researchers looking for ancestors who had been in the Royal Air Force will be able to search for their forebears in this new addition to the military collection of records on TheGenealogist.

Read our article on the birth of the RAF:
https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/celebrating-the-centenary-of-the-raf-with-thegenealogists-records-778/

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Service improvements from MyHeritage

MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com) has announced two developments to help users of the site - here goes:


Firstly, as many of you know, MyHeritage takes customer support very seriously, and so we are happy to announce that we are now offering customer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We are probably the first and only family history and DNA company to provide round-the-clock support.

Our support team now includes 138 full-time employees, taking phone calls and handling support questions via email. We've spared no expense and doubled the size of the team in the past 6 months in order to scale up and provide shorter wait times for calls and tickets, as well as keep up with the huge growth of our business.

For further information see https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/03/myheritage-customer-support-is-now-available-24-7/

The second announcement is that we've released two new features that were requested by our users at the RootsTech conference in Utah in February, to make navigating in the list of DNA Matches easier. Following major updates and improvements to our DNA Matching in January 2018, MyHeritage DNA users are receiving 10 times as many matches as before. It’s therefore only natural that there is now demand for easier ways to work with this information and make the most of it.

Users can now jump to a specific page of matches, or increase how many matches are displayed on each page. We're pleased to have been able to implement this so quickly.

We also fixed the distant relationship estimates for DNA Matches with relatively little shared DNA which used to be displayed as “3rd cousin – 5th cousin”. Now, the more distant matches are listed as “3rd cousin – distant cousin”, which is more correct because in reality they might even be your 6th or 7th cousins.

For further information, visit https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/03/new-easier-navigation-in-your-dna-match-list/

COMMENT: One further thimng I'd like to add - I've been having a lot of fun this week with MyHeritage's chromosome browser (see https://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/myheritage-releases-chromosome-browser.html). If you done a DNA test with MyHeritage, or with another tester, this is definitely an option to play with!

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.