Thursday, 11 February 2016

FindmyPast invests in Twile

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN TWILE

Leading family history site, Findmypast, has announced a strategic investment in Twile, creators of the visual family history timeline and winner of two innovation awards at the recent RootsTech 2016, the world’s largest family history event.

The investment in Twile reflects Findmypast’s drive to put innovation at the centre of its development programme. It follows on the announcement of a raft of global partnerships with leading technology providers, such as RootsMagic and Puzzilla, which are designed to offer customers an easy and engaging family history experience.

Annelies van den Belt, CEO of Findmypast, said:

“We are delighted with this partnership with such an innovative company as Twile. The RootsTech awards speak to the creativity of Twile and to win the People’s Choice award shows clearly that this is a product that the public wants. We believe that our partnership offers great value to both companies’ customers. At Findmypast we are committed to enhancing family history stories not just through new records but also through new technologies. Our aim is to make family history as easy and as rewarding as possible.”

Twile was voted “People’s Choice” by the RootsTech audience, as well as finishing on the podium in the judges’ competition. The most popular innovation at the event, Twile enables customers to create amazing family history timelines complete with photos and milestones and all of it totally private. With Twile, you can tell the story of the whole family from the earliest ancestors to the most recent additions bridging the gap between the past, the present and the future.

The agreement will offer Twile’s fast growing customer base access to Findmypast’s rich bank of eight billion records. Leads generated by Findmypast will link Twile customers directly to relevant records enabling them to easily expand their family trees. Together Findmypast and Twile will develop a tool that will allow Findmypast’s customers to automatically display their family tree in a media-rich Twile timeline.

Paul Brooks of Twile said:

"This is a huge opportunity for Twile and we are really pleased to be working with Findmypast. From our earliest conversations with them, it's been clear that they share our mission of making family history more engaging for the wider family, especially the younger generations. Our customers will see this relationship makes Twile better in every sense, while also adding a whole set of features that wouldn't have been possible otherwise."


Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Isle of Man parish record indexes added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added third party indexes for three Isle of Man based parish collections:

Web: Isle of Man, Baptism Index, 1600-1981
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9217

Web: Isle of Man, Marriage Index, 1606-1984
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9218

Web: Isle of Man, Burial Index, 1598-2003
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9219

The original records are hosted by Manx National Heritage at http://www.imuseum.im/search/people/.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Seven new book titles available from Unlock the Past

Australian based publisher Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au) has released several new titles which may be of interest, including a couple of my own which I have recently mentioned on this blog.

The new titles are as follows:

A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923 - Chris Paton

Discover Protestant Nonconformity in England and Wales - Paul Blake

Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) - Chris Paton

Google: The Genealogist's Friend - Helen V. Smith

Migration to New Zealand: A Guide for Family History Researchers (2nd ed) - Christine Clement

Resources for Researching your Family History Norfolk Island 1788-1814 - Cathy Dunn

The Genealogy Do-over Workbook - Thomas MacEntee




The books are currently available in Australia through Gould Genealogy at http://www.gould.com.au/Unlock-the-Past-guides-s/2576.htm or in ebook format at www.gen-ebooks.com.

British editions should be available soon via http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Unlock-the-Past-Booklets.html and in Canada via http://globalgenealogy.com/admin/utp.htm

Note that on the gen-eBooks site you should be able to find PDF based preview samples of each title.

(With thanks to Unlock the Past)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

The A-Z DNA of Belfast & Northern Irish Jewry

Also from the North of Ireland Family History Society (www.nifhs.org):

Rare Research Book to Be Presented to Family History Library

Talk and book presentation: Heritage: The A-Z DNA of Belfast & Northern Irish Jewry

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council will host a book presentation to The North of Ireland Family History Society at The Flax Gallery at The Museum at the Mill at their historic Mossley Mill site on Wednesday 17 February at 7pm.

Author Stuart Rosenblatt P.C. FGSI, of the Irish Jewish Genealogical Society (a division of the Irish Jewish Museum), and President of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, has spent 20 years researching not only his own family roots but those of the entire Jewish community in Ireland, dating back hundreds of years. His research for Northern Ireland has resulted in an impressive volume of over 6000 names and additional information going beyond dates of birth and including census information, school and migration records and much more.

Mr Rosenblatt will be presenting a copy of this limited edition book to the North of Ireland Family History Society on Wednesday 17th February. The Mayor, Councillor Thomas Hogg and Deputy Mayor, Councillor John Blair are both invited guests at this event.

Mr Rosenblatt will speak about his research at the event, talking about the Jewish community in Northern Ireland and the interesting stories he has discovered. He said: "Here, away from the uncertainly of Imperial Russia, they found a safe haven to practice their religion and provide for their families. Their contribution to Northern Ireland was phenomenal in business, culture and education".

The book will be presented to the North of Ireland Family History Society. Society President, Rosemary Sibbett, said “This book is extremely rare and it is a privilege to receive it and make it available in our Library and Research Centre. For anyone with Jewish ancestry whose ancestors lived in Northern Ireland, a wealth of information is available in this book.”

For further details or if you would like to attend this event please contact nifhs@btinternet.com

(With thanks to Maeve Rogan)


Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Northern Irish Family History Short Course Programme

From the North of Ireland Family History Society (www.nifhs.org):

Family History Short Course Programme Released

The North of Ireland Family History Society (NIFHS) has released their spring schedule of family history classes. Once again there is a wide variety of topics to help family historians both research and present their genealogy. The topics range from traditional research methods, such as using newspapers, through to how to write up your research. There is a series of classes on presenting and displaying your research using scrapbooking techniques. History, military research and heraldry are all covered as are more modern techniques such as using DNA testing or Facebook to help with your research.

* Using Newspapers for Family History Research.

* Writing up Your Family History. 3 sessions.

* Life in Ulster in the 1830s.

* Understanding Heraldry. 2 sessions.

* Researching Military Ancestors. 2 sessions.

* Tagging Your Family History, a creative craft class. 3 sessions.

* A Beginners’ Guide to Facebook.

* You’ve taken the DNA Test, what next? Understanding Family Finder. 3 sessions.

Classes have been arranged for daytime, evenings and weekends so there is something to suit everyone. They are open to members and non-members alike, although members do get a discount. They cost from £5 to £25. Courses are held at the NIFHS Library and Research Centre in Newtownabbey. Some classes are run on days when the Library is already open so there will be an opportunity to do further research. The Library opening hours are currently Tuesdays 2pm-8pm and the 3rd Saturday of each month 10.30am-12.30pm). For day-time classes, there is a café on site.

The classes range from single sessions to triple sessions. The programme starts next week (16th February) and runs through until April.

More details and a booking form are available on their website: http://www.nifhs.org/resources/courses/



(With thanks to Maeve Rogan)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Ancestry to release Irish Roman Catholic records indexes

Things are getting very interesting on the Irish front - here's the latest announcement from Ancestry:

ANCESTRY TO LAUNCH IRISH CATHOLIC REGISTERS ONLINE

* Ireland Catholic Parish Registers to launch in March
* 10 million records will help create the largest collection of Irish registers available online
* Collection covers the period 1740 – 1900
* Baptism, Marriage and Burial records available

More than 10 million Catholic Parish records from Ireland are to be published online by Ancestry, the world’s largest family history resource. The collection means that Ancestry will have over 55 million Irish records and will provide the largest collection of Irish Catholic parish records available online.

The collection is made up of Baptism, Marriage and Burial records from over 1,000 Catholic parishes across the whole of the island of Ireland - both in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Baptism and Marriage records make up the majority of the collection and Burial records can be found primarily for parishes in the northern regions.

Ancestry has indexed records from over 3,500 parish registers. This is the first time that the collection has been indexed with the images linked online.

John Slyne, VP, International Operations at Ancestry comments: “The Ireland Catholic Parish Registers is the single most important collection needed to trace Roman Catholic ancestors in Ireland in the 1800s and we are delighted to make it available through Ancestry. Providing the very best Irish records to our members is important to us and this collection helps us do that, taking the total number of Irish records to over 55 million. It also means we continue to provide the largest online collection of Irish Catholic parish records available anywhere which is good for those in Ireland and also those across the World with Irish roots.

The collection is set to go live on Ancestry in March 2016.

Note that Ancestry has also just released Catholic parish and school record collections for Crusheen in County Clare:

Crusheen, County Clare, Ireland, Catholic Parish Registers, 1860-2014
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61010

Crusheen, County Clare, Ireland, Catholic School Records, 1862-1919
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61011

(With thanks to Bryony Partridge)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

New website for Scottish Catholic Historical Association

The Scottish Catholic Historical Association has a new dedicated website at www.scha.scot.

Amongst the site's holdings is a run of The Innes Review, available via a link to the Edinburgh University Press website, containing some 2000 articles, notes and book reviews from over 65 years of scholarship. The site also has newsletters and details of forthcoming conferences and events.

Membership of the society is open to all - for further details, please visit the site.



Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Ancestry adds Irish military census and pension indexes

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added two new indexes for collections sourced from the Military Archives at Cathal Brugha barracks in Dublin (www.militaryarchives.ie). These are as follows:

Ireland, Military Service Pension Index, 1916 - 1923
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70816

Web: Ireland, National Army Census, 1922
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70815


The following description of the Military Service Pension Collection is taken from my new book, A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923:

This vast collection contains supporting documentation for those making pension claims off the Irish government for any military service offered between the Easter Rising and September 1924. The recipients included members of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, the IRA, Cumann na mBan, Fianna Éireann, the Hibernian Army and the National Army, as well as other participants, such as members of the Connaught Rangers who mutinied in India in 1920 in protest at the imposition of martial law in Ireland.

Various Army Service Pensions Acts were passed by the Dáil in 1923, 1927 and 1932, dealing with wounded service personnel and deceased participants’ dependants. The latter act significantly extended the pension provision to those who had fought for independence prior to 1921, but who had either ceased serving at that point or switched to the Anti-Treaty side. Separate Military Service Pension Acts were also passed in 1924 and 1934 for surviving claimants who had seen active service. A subsequent Act in 1949 allowed for reviews of cases previously rejected under the earlier Acts.

This section of the website also contains a vast amount of material from 1921 to 1923, including IRA nominal rolls (arranged by division), Cumann na mBan (arranged by County), and Fianna Éireann (by county).

The 1922 National Army census was recorded in November 1922 in order that the new Free State could work out how many soldiers it essentially had to pay.

Both collections are available to search for free via www.militaryarchives.ie, to which searches from Ancestry will redirect.

For more on resources to help you research your Decade of Centenaries ancestral connections, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/a-decade-of-centenaries-researching.html - the book is already available in Australia, and due out shortly in the UK, Canada, and in ebook formats.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Irish and English additions to the Original Record

Latest additions to the Original Record (www.theoriginalrecord.com):


1292-1293
Cheshire Pleas
Civil pleas for Cheshire were recorded in abbreviated Latin on parchment and sewn together in annual rolls, preserved at Chester castle until the 19th century, when they were removed to London. This is a transcript by David Bethell of the court's proceedings from the period Michaelmas 1292 to Michaelmas 1293, hitherto unpublished. CHES 29/7

1425-1426
London Drapers' Accounts
The accounts of the Worshipful Company of the Drapers of London for August 1425 to August 1426 include fees for apprentices, payments from masters, tenants and workers.

1771
Subscribers to The Accomptant's Oracle
Wardhaugh Thompson 'many years an accomptant in London' published 'The Accomptant's Oracle; Or, Key to Science. Being a Treatise of Common Arithmetic: With the Doctrine of Vulgar and Decimal Fractions. Upon a Plan Entirely New. To which are added Decimal Tables, with their Use and Construction.' The work was printed in Whitehaven, attracting a large subscription, mainly from northern England and southern Scotland.

1826
Teachers in county Louth Deserving of Encouragement
The Society for Promoting the Education of the Poor of Ireland awarded gratuities to 'Teachers, appearing, from the Inspectors' Reports of their Schools, to be deserving of encouragement'. Nine such teachers were identified in Louth in 1826, and these are listed in the society's report for the following year, with their full name and the name of their school.

1839-1849
Prisoners in Essex County Gaol for Contempt
The return of prisoners in Essex County Gaol (Springfield) for contempt of court gives full name; date committed; by what authority; cause of committal; and date of discharge.

(With thanks to the Original Record)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Decade of Irish Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition), Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Monday, 8 February 2016

A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923

Now on sale in Australia is another of my latest Unlock the Past books, entitled A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923. A UK edition, Canadian edition and ebook version will also be available shortly. Here is the back cover blurb:

As the issue of Home Rule reared its head for a third time, its supporters and detractors raised militias to defend their positions, whilst women fought for the vote and labourers fought for better terms from their employers. The First World War would soon dramatically change everything, leading some to see England's difficulty as Ireland's opportunity. When an independent republic was proclaimed through force of arms at Easter 1916, the response would see a brutal guerilla war fought between the British forces the Irish republicans, a partitioned island, and a nation divided.

A century on, in this book from Unlock the Past, Northern Irish born family historian Chris Paton will help you to discover whether your ancestors were caught up in the events of that period - whether they were Suffragettes, unionised workers, Ulster or Irish Volunteers, fighting with the British Army and Crown forces, against them as rebels and revolutionaries, and in the ensuing civil war on both sides of the Treaty divide. With improved cataloguing by archives, and better access to the records, both online and offline, a new gateway has been opened into one of the island's most tumultuous, tragic, exciting, and utterly desperate periods of the 20th century. In this book he will show you how to step through it.

To further give a flavour of the structure of the book, the following is the contents list:

Contents:

Introduction
Acknowledgements

1. The genealogical landscape
- Vital records
- Burials
- Censuses
- Probate
- Newspapers
- National archives and libraries
- Family and local history societies

2. Home Rule
- Ireland in the Union
- The Ulster Covenant
- Ulster and Irish Volunteers
- Researching the Volunteers

3. Women's suffrage
- Demand for the vote
- The campaign escalates
- Suffragette sources

4. Workers' rights
- Background
- The Dublin Lockout
- Researching the Lockout
- Other disputes

5. The First World War
- Military records

6. The Easter Rising
- The Rebellion
- The participants
- Researching the Rising

7. Towards independence
- Conscription and election
- The War of Independence
- The Treaty
- The Irish Civil War
- Northern Ireland
- Legacy
- Researching 1919-1923

Further reading
Index

The book is available from Gould Genealogy at http://www.gould.com.au/A-Decade-of-Centenaries-Researching-Ireland-1912-p/utp0288.htm.

UPDATE: The ebook edition is now available from http://www.gen-ebooks.com/a-decade-of-centenaries-researching-ireland-1912.html, priced at AU$9.95 (about £4.80 in Sterling). There's a free PDF based sample of the book, the link is under he PayPal logo.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover 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. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.