Monday, 27 June 2016

Canadian Photographic Albums of Settlement 1892-1917

The following collection has been released on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) which may be of possible interest to those with Candian connections:

Canada, Photographic Albums of Settlement, 1892-1917
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9212

About Canada, Photographic Albums of Settlement, 1892-1917

This collection consists of photographic albums compiled within the Department of the Interior in the period from 1892 to 1917, then maintained in the Immigration Branch of the Department of Mines and Resources from 1936 to 1939. The albums contain photographs primarily taken by photographers John Woodruff and Horatio N. Topley, who were either employed by or on contract to the Department of the Interior, and who undertook a number of journeys in the period from 1903-1914 to complete the photographs in the albums. Included are views relating to agriculture, railroads, ports, cities, and immigration in virtually every province and territory in Canada (excluding Newfoundland).

The photographs have not been indexed but images are available for browsing. At the beginning of each album, you will find a table of contents with a brief description of each photograph and the photograph number. Use these tables to help you browse to the photograph of interest.

The collection is sourced from Library and Archives Canada - Photographic Albums of Canadian Settlement. 47 albums. Department of the Interior Fonds. R190-0-3-E.

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.

Additions to The Original Record

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

1602
Salford Portmote
The earliest surviving records of the portmote of the borough of the township and manor of Salford in Lancashire were transcribed and edited by J. G. de T. Mandley and published by the Chetham Society in 1902. The court was held after Easter and Michaelmas each year. The record usually starts with a list of jurors, sometimes with a general suit roll. Officers are appointed in the autumn court - borough reeve, constables, miselayers, burleymen, alefounders, scavengers, and overseers for the pump. Where a freeholder had died since the previous court, an inquiry was made as to his or her heir. There are presentments of minor offences, particularly affrays and selling ale contrary to statute. 19 October 1602

1625
Letters of Marque: Masters of Ships
The Letters of Marque or Commissions to take Pirates authorized the owners of ships enumerated in the second column, to set forth the ships named in the third column, for the purposes contemplated by their Letters of Marque or Commission. 24 June 1625 to 30 December 1625

1800
East Riding Game Certificates
A list of Game Duty certificates issued in the East Riding of Yorkshire, September 1800. Full names are given, surname first, and address.

1870-1874
London Telegraph Clerks
This list of persons irregularly admitted to the service of the Post Office from the date of the transfer of the telegraphs, 29 January 1870, to 30 September 1874, extends to 3653 names. The return gives full name (surname first, married women indicated by Mrs.); age when admitted; service to which admitted; and last previous employment.

1877
Hull Sailors' Orphans
Orphans admitted to the Port of Hull Sailors' Orphan Home in January 1877. Full names, and port.

1879
Zulu War Medal Roll: 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot
List of Officers, Non Commissioned Officers, and men, entitled to the medal for military operations in South Africa, during 1877-8-9, and the names of those soldiers who would have been entitled except for Desertion, or Misconduct. This regiment's actions were almost exclusively against the Zulus in 1879. WO 100/47

1937
Naturalized Aliens
The Home Office issued a monthly list of aliens to whom Certificates of Naturalization (or of Readmission to British Nationality) had been granted by the Secretary of State, and whose oaths of allegiance had been registered. The lists are arranged alphabetically by surname and forename; then give country of origin, occupation, address, and date of taking oath of allegiance. This is the list issued in September 1937 of those naturalized in August 1937. An asterisk indicates re-admission.

(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.

Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair

From Oxfordshire Family History Society (www.ofhs.org.uk):

Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair

Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair will be held on *Saturday 1 October 2016* at *Marlborough School, Woodstock, OX20 1LP*

Doors open 10:00 ’til 16:00 - Free entry and plenty of free parking

# Talk personally with OFHS advisors with access to the Search Services suite exploring the parish registers of Oxfordshire.

# Get help with your research – particularly in the county but also further afield
# Gather information about your ancestor's life in Oxfordshire with maps, photos and local knowledge
# Explore neighbouring and other local counties with material and experts in their area
# A chance to chat with other researchers over a tea/coffee or even lunch and share your research tips
# Browse and buy books, CDs, maps, postcards and materials from specialist companies

Visit www.ofhs.org.uk/fair.html for the latest confirmed stall holders and other services which will be available to you or contact:

Angie Trueman, the Fair Organiser email fair@ofhs.org.uk or call 01488 71714

(With thanks to Wendy Archer)

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.

Friday, 24 June 2016

India Office Records sessions at British Library

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

Readers might be interested in these useful free training sessions being held at the British Library this summer on using India Office Records family history sources.


Introduction to family history sources in Asian and African Studies

‘Introduction to family history sources in Asian and African Studies’ training sessions are aimed at new or inexperienced users. Free; lasting ca. 75 minutes; book via hrs-training@bl.uk.

Dates
27 July
22 August
27 September


Researching Ancestors in the Army in India

Asian and African Studies Reference Services working in tandem with the Families In British India Society (FIBIS) are delighted to present specialized sessions looking at biographical sources for military personnel. No previous knowledge of the subject is expected or required. If, therefore, you believe you have European ancestors who served in the Indian sub-continent whether as officers or private soldiers, please book your free place by contacting hrs-training@bl.uk.

Dates
5 September

(With thanks to Valmay Young)

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.

Claiming an Irish passport

In the wake of the UK's gut-wrenchingly shocking decision to vote for a withdrawal from the EU, a reminder of a couple of real time posts from last week on how to claim dual nationality with an Irish passport, which may be of some use to readers.

Part One: http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/claiming-irish-passport-1.html

Part Two: http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/claiming-irish-passport-part-2.html

Part 3 will be posted early next week.

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.

Yorkshire Family History Fair

From The Genealogist  (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

Yorkshire Family History Fair
Saturday 2nd July 2016
10am to 4.30pm
The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX


The second largest Family History Fair in the UK is in its 21st year. With exhibitors from all over the UK and Ireland many family history societies and companies attend each year.

You don't have to have Yorkshire Ancestors to come to this fair - they can be from anywhere at all. Everyone is very welcome and there is lots to see. There is plenty of parking, refreshments are available all day, with exhibitors on two floors and FREE talks held throughout the day.

This event is organised by family historians for family historians. Do you really know who you are? Come and find out - you may be surprised.

Chose between two great ticket offers on www.yorkshirefamilyhistoryfair.com
FREE gift when you pre-book tickets Claim your Discover Your Ancestors Issue 4 and Discover Your Ancestors Compendium (worth £17.94) at the show

Or

Buy One Ticket and Get One Free
(offers valid until Wednesday 29th June at midday BST)

See you at The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX.

Admission: Adults £4.80, Children under 14 FREE
For late availability on exhibitor space contact stanley@merridews.freeserve.co.uk

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

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

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Ancestry adds Niagara Falls honeymoon records

Here's a fun new collection on Ancestry - did your ancestors go to Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada, on their honeymoon?! Here's the blurb:

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Honeymoon and Visitor Registers, 1949-2011
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60714

Niagara Falls, formed by the forces of nature more than 12,000 years ago, was discovered by French explorer Father Louis Hennepin in 1678. Tourism to the falls began in the early 1800s. Initially, visitors traveled to the falls by boat. As railroads expanded across North America in the 1800s, eventually the Niagara Railway Suspension Bridge was built in 1855, but boats remained the main route for tourists to visit the falls until their use was gradually superseded in the early 1900s by automobiles, buses, and trains.

Niagara Falls received its reputation as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” in 1801, when Theodosia Burr Alston (daughter of the 3rd Vice President of the United States, Aaron Burr) chose to honeymoon at the falls. Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother, Jerome Bonaparte, did the same in 1804, starting a popular tradition that continues to this day. Today, approximately 50,000 newly-wed couples visit Niagara Falls each year. Many choose to sign their names in register books that are kept by the Niagara Falls Tourism Office, which have been digitized and indexed for this collection.


The source for the collection is given as Niagara Falls Honeymoon Registries. Niagara Falls Tourism Office, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, with the records indexed as part of the World Archives Project.

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.

National Archives of Ireland places Seán MacDiarmada's will online

The National Archives of Ireland (www.nationalarchives.ie) has placed the last will of Seán MacDiarmada online as its document of the month for June. The document was written in Kilmainham Gaol (pictured below) on May 12th 1916, just prior to his execution for his role as one of the seven leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising.

The document can be viewed online at http://www.nationalarchives.ie/digital-resources/documents-of-the-month/2016-2/june-document-of-the-month/.

A comprehensive summary of post-1858 surviving Irish wills, inventories and probate calendars is available on this blog in a dedicated accessible from the top menu, or directly via http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/ireland-probate-calendars.html.


Don't forget also that my book A Decade of Centenaries: Researching Ireland 1912-1923 can also help to locate additional resources for family history research within one of Ireland's most tumultuous periods. See http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html for details on how to access copies worldwide or in ebook format.

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.

TNA podcast: Campaign for Homosexual Equality history

The latest podcast from the National Archives in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) is entitled Amiable Warriors: A History of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, a 46 minute talk by playwright and journalist Peter Scott-Presland on the history of the oldest surviving LGBT organisation in the UK.

The podcast can be listened to at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/amiable-warriors-history-campaign-homosexual-equality/ or downloaded for free from iTunes.

Chris

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

National Archives of Australia podcasts

You mean that you didn't know that the National Archives of Australia (www.naa.gov.au) had its own podcasts series? Fair enough, neither did I!

Amongst the areas covered are family history, war
and social history, with lectures as diverse as the Dutch in Australia 1606-2006, Australian civil internees of the Japanese, family and local history sources in postal records, woman transported: myth and reality, the Australian Light Horse, shining the light on persoanl war experiences, anbd much, much more.

You can access the archive's library of podcasts at http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/publications/papers-and-podcasts/index.aspx - enjoy!

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.