Friday, 24 April 2015

Early bird ticket offer for WDYTYA Live 2016

From WDYTYA Live (www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com):

We are already working hard to ensure that next year's show will grow on this year’s success! We have re-booked the Birmingham NEC from 7-9th April for 2016, so book your tickets early here and quote: EARLY for a special 2015 early-bird price of 2 for £22 to avoid disappointment!

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Deceased Online adds records for Sandwell

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

Sandwell, heart of the Black Country, adds records to Deceased Online

Records for all cemeteries and crematoria managed by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council are being added to www.deceasedonline.com. Sandwell is a large council area in the famous Black Country in England's West Midlands (adjacent to the City of Birmingham)

Although Sandwell is a relatively new council area, it has a great heritage from the Industrial Revolution and includes such well known towns as Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich. See full details here.

The new collection dates back to 1858 and will comprise over 1 million records for over 300,000 burials and 130,000 cremations; immediately available are records for four key sites at Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and Oldbury.

The records comprise:

- digital scans (or computerised versions) of original burial registers
- details of all grave occupants in each cemetery
- maps indicating, where possible, the section where the grave is located in Tipton cemetery

Our blogger and genealogist Emma Jolly and her family have much Black Country ancestry so they're very excited about this latest collection. Read her latest blog about Sandwell and the Black and Country and her discoveries at last week's Who Do You Think You Are Live.

(Thanks to Deceased Online)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

National Records of Scotland catalogue back up

After four weeks of being offline, the National Records of Scotland catalogue is now back up at http://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/search.aspx. Other services such as SCAN (www.scan.org.uk) also appear to be back up.

And about time too.

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Reduced posting over next few days

Hi folks, as I had a series of minor operations yesterday at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on my left hand, right arm and right shoulder, there will be a likely reduction in my posting over the next few days, as having ten stitches to contend with is making typing a little awkward!

I was actually out canvassing last night for the forthcoming election as soon as I got out of hospital (I can hold clipboards and leaflets etc!), it's just repetitive typing that hurts a wee bit, but I will do my best to keep things up to date, even if that means just one liners for posts - normal service will hopefully resume soon!

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

FindmyPast releases Yorkshire, Co. Clare and POW records

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has released the following new records for Yorkshire:

Over 1,2 million new Yorkshire baptisms, 1538-1914
Over 1.3 million new Yorkshire bishop’s transcripts of baptisms, 1578-1914
Over 277,000 new Yorkshire banns, 1653-1930
Over 709,000 new Yorkshire Marriages 1539-1930
Over 684,000 new Yorkshire bishop’s transcripts of marriages 1534-1899
Over 885,000 new Yorkshire burials 1538-1966
Over 945,000 new Yorkshire bishop’s transcripts of burials 1578-1972

It has also released 43,000 POW records from the First World War.

Amongst other releases is the following collection from Ireland:

Containing over 7,000 records, Clare County Government Proceedings 1732 – 1882 record the members, presentments and correspondence of Clare’s Grand jury. Grand juries were the forerunner of county councils and functioned as local government authorities. Letters and circulars to the Grand Jury are also to be found.

For further details visit http://blog.findmypast.com/2015/this-findmypast-friday-new-pow-records-plus-phase-2-of-the-yorkshire-collection/

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Irish family history - the Essential Genealogical Research Pack

So you're intent on doing some Irish family history, but don't know where to turn for assistance? The Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com) has a new book offer which might just help. Behold, the Essential Genealogical Research Pack, at just £49.99 - and I must admit, I'm feeling flattered to have one of my books included in the mix, alongside three other Irish authors who I have a lot of time for!

From the site:

The Foundation is delighted to make available to our Guild members and friends a new book offer which will benefit both the budding and experienced genealogist alike – the Essential Genealogy Research pack.

For just £49.99 plus P&P (normal retail price £59.96) this pack comprises Four Key Publications which will provide invaluable information in your quest to uncover your family history and complete your research!

Included in this pack are the following books (which can also be purchased separately below):

* Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors: The Essential Genealogical Guide to Early Modern Ulster, 1600-1800 by Dr William Roulston (RRP £11.99)

* Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet: A guide for family historians by Chris Paton (RRP £12.99)

* Irish Libraries, Archives, Museums & Genealogical Centres: A Visitors’ Guide (3rd ed.) by Robert K. O'Neill (RRP £14.99)

* Tracing Your Irish Ancestors (4th ed) by John Grenham (RRP £19.99)

For more information please go to visit: www.booksireland.org.uk.

Remember folks, God's Irish - are you?!

(With thanks to the Ulster Historical Foundation)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Edinburgh Collected community archive

I'm not sure if I've seen this before, but there's an interesting community archive site for those with Edinburgh ancestry, which appears to have been launched last year - it's called Edinburgh Collected. Here's the blurb from the site's About page:

Make history for now and the future!

Edinburgh Collected is a place to share, explore and discuss your memories of Edinburgh.

Everyone can browse, or you can sign up to:

upload your own memories
save your favourite memories in a scrapbook.
Edinburgh Collected is managed and maintained by Edinburgh Libraries, part of the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC).

All the material added will expand the City’s digital heritage collections, adding to the material held in the Central Library, already the most extensive collection about Edinburgh in existence.


To access the site visit https://www.edinburghcollected.org

(With thanks to Nicola Osborne of EDINA, via Facebook)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

English Civil War conference in August

From the Federation of Family History Societies (via Facebook www.facebook.com/FederationFHS)

Leicester University's Centre for English Local History has organised a major international conference to celebrate the opening of the National Civil War Centre at Newark Museum. The event will take place over two full days on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August. It features a total of 19 presentations on the theme "Mortality, Care and Military Welfare during the British Civil Wars".

You can see the full programme on the conference website, along with the booking arrangements and details of nearby overnight accommodation.

Further details at http://www2.le.ac.uk/conference/militarywelfare2015?uol_r=3619a340

(With thanks to the FFHS)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Ancestry releases UK First World War army diaries

Ancestry has released two collections of First World War army diaries for the British Army:

UK, WWI War Diaries (France, Belgium and Germany), 1914-1920
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60779

These war diaries document operations for British and colonial units serving in theatres of operations between 1914 and 1920, including Russia, at home, and in the colonies, as well as British military missions and Armies of Occupation between 1919 and 1920. The diaries contain daily reports on operations, intelligence summaries, and other pertinent material, and they can provide an on-the-spot description of what your ancestor experienced. The range of dates shown for individual items does not mean there is a document inside the file for each day between the two covering dates.

No diaries for the campaign in South West Africa in 1914-1915 are included in this series because no British units participated; operations were conducted under the auspices of the South African armed forces.

Source: First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries. WO 95/1096–3948. The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.


UK, WWI War Diaries (Gallipoli and Dardanelles), 1914-1916
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60380

You can use this collection of war diaries from the First World War to get a picture of day-to-day life in your ancestor’s unit. The diaries include information on a unit’s movements, where the unit was stationed on a given day, what activities troops were engaged in, and other information, such as embarkation, travel, or casualties.

Source: First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries. WO 95/4263-4359. The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey, England.

Ancestry has blogged about the release at http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/04/22/reports-from-gallipoli-the-dardanelles-and-the-western-front-wwi-military-diaries-go-online/


In addition Ancestry has updated two further WW1 collections, by updating their search forms:

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=1543

UK, WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=5119

Details on the updates to the search forms are available at www.ancestry.co.uk/searchforms

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Tracing medieval Scots, Welsh and Irish emigrants in England

Amanda Epperson's Scottish Emigration Blog has a good piece on the England's Immigrants 1330-1550 database at www.englandsimmigrants.com, noting that it is possible to identify some 3389 Scottish emigrants who appeared in England in that period, as mentioned within various medieval documents. The full post is available at http://scottishemigration.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/scots-in-medieval-england.html.

I carried out a similar search on Irish emigrants who turned up in England, and found some 2018 entries, whilst for Wales, 60 folk are noted.

(With thanks to Amanda)

Chris

For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgreateststory.co.uk.