Friday, 12 September 2014

More Blackburn records added to Deceased Online

From Deceased Online (www.deceasedonline.com):

All burial records for Blackburn with Darwen now available on Deceased Online

All burial and cremation records for the large South Lancashire local authority area of Blackburn with Darwen have been added to www.deceasedonline.com

The new collection includes nearly 350,000 individual burial and cremation records comprising nearly 1 million data items including:
  • digital scans of original burial and cremation registers
  • details of all interments in each grave
  • maps indicating the cemetery section location for each grave

Blackburn and Darwen was a thriving industrial area, world-renowned for cotton and textile production as well as engineering, brewing, mining and other industries throughout the late 18th and 19th centuries.

(With thanks to Deceased Online)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

'Rockstar genealogists' poll

John Reid's third annual 'Rockstar Genealogists' poll is now under way on his Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog, where he again invites readers to vote for those who "give must attend presentations at family history conferences or as webinars; who, when you see a new family history article or publication by that person, makes it a must buy; who you hang on their every word on a blog, podcast or newsgroup, or follow avidly on Facebook or Twitter".

For full details visit http://anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/rockstar-genealogist-reminder.html

(With thanks to John Reid)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Crime Museum talk at Bletchley Park

From Bletchley Park (www.bletchleypark.org.uk):

The Curator of the Metropolitan Police's notorious Crime Museum is to give a rare talk at Bletchley Park. Formerly known as the Black Museum, this macabre museum is felt to be too disturbing to allow in anyone but police officers. On Sunday 19 October at 2pm, Bletchley Park Presents Gary Ayton as part of its prestigious 2014 lecture series. Tickets are £20 per person and include admission to Bletchley Park's galleries and exhibitions.

Further details at https://www.bletchleypark.org.uk/calendar/d.rhtm/781619-Bletchley-Park-Presents---Gary-Ayton.html

(With thanks to Bletchley Park)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

PRONI opening for European Heritage Open Days

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.proni.gov.uk) is open this coming weekend as part of the European Heritage Open Days, offering a full service in particular on Saturday. Here's the blurb:

PRONI is open on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th September 2014

Saturday
We are open 9am to 4.45pm and will be operating a full service.

Sunday
We will be opening at 9am to 4.45pm and operating a limited service.
(There will be no Document Productions on Sunday)

Both days will have behind the scenes tours and talks throughout it.

The Heritage Café at PRONI will be open on Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

PRONI's address is:
2 Titanic Boulevard, Titanic Quarter,
Belfast BT3 9HQ
Phone: 028 9053 4800
Fax: 028 9053 4900
Email: proni@dcalni.gov.uk

(With thanks to PRONI)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway indexes move

The Friends of the Archives of Dumfries and Galloway have their very handy indexes to collections from the archives now hosted on the main council site at http://info.dumgal.gov.uk/HistoricalIndexes/. Not sure when they moved, but the following resources can be found there:

Census
1851 Census

Burgh Records:
Dumfries Burgh
Chamberlains' Accounts 1793-1801
Dean of Guild Plans 1892-1974
Jail Books 1714-1810
Midsteeple Minutes 1703-1708
Police Criminal Album 1907-1920
Police Tax Books 1810-1818
Dumfries Court Indictment 1719-1720
Stent Rolls 1650-1794
Stent Rolls (cess on new properties) 1685-1794
Town Council Minutes 1727-1734

Lockerbie Burgh
Dean of Guild Plans 1900-1994

Moffat Burgh
Dean of Guild Plans 1869-1975

Customs and Excise:
Shipping Registers 1824-1920

Kirk Sessions and Presbytery:
Dumfries Kirk Session and Presbytery Minutes 1687-1838
Dumfries St Michaels Minutes 1169-8186 (?!)
Dumfries New Kirk [Greyfriars] Minutes 1784-1869
Dumfries Presbytery Minutes 1694-1700
Mouswald Minutes 1640-1659
Troqueer Minutes 1698-1771

Parish
Dumfries Poor Board Minutes 1871-1885

NB: the work is ongoing - If you are interested in volunteering get in touch with the Archive Centre at libarchive@dumgal.gov.uk

(With thanks to @Loreburne via Twitter)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Monday, 8 September 2014

Irish Lives Remembered Sept/Oct issue out

From Irish Lives Remembered (www.irishlivesremembered.com)

The September/October edition (25th issue) of Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy e-Magazine is now live and can be read/downloaded FREE of charge via www.irishlivesremembered.com or directly at http://bit.ly/1we2OIE

Topics of interest covered in our latest issue include:

Tracing your OFFALY Ancestors
· Irish Midlands Ancestry offers advice on tracing your Offaly/Laois ancestors
· Findmypast Ireland look at what records they hold for Offaly
· Offaly Libraries provides an overview of the key primary sources available in their local studies department
· Offaly History (Offaly Historical & Archaeological Society showcases their society’s work.

The Irish in Illinois
· Joe Buggy looks at tracing the Irish in Illinois
· Maureen Wlodarczyk looks at the life of Catherine O’Leary and her sons in Chicago
· Useful links to help research your Illinois ancestors

General News
· ACE Irish Genealogy Summer School at University College Cork announce their program for 2015
· Fiona Fitzsimons from Eneclann shares her research on Irish American Comedian, Stephen Colbert’s Laois roots
· Michael Merrigan writes about the commemoration of the Irish men and women who lost their lives in WWI
· Irish Ancestry Research Centre in Limerick praises the success of the Genealogy Event in Limerick
· Fly Leaf Press are offering a special discount to Irish Lives readers on their title ‘Tracing Your Sligo Ancestors’
· Back To Our Past invite you to their Genealogy & Family History 3 day event at the R.D.S, Dublin. See special coupon on page 5 which offers Irish Lives readers a €3 discount
· The Murphy family celebrates their Louth heritage with a family gathering
· Neil Watt from PRONI delves into the past of Sir Robert Ponsonby Staples (The Barefoot Baronet)
· Photo Historian, Jayne Shrimpton talks us through a 1895 image of the Browne family, Greenville, Waterford
· Findmypast adds Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers, Daily Mirror 1914, 1915, 1918 to British Newspaper Archives and publishes a handy guide to Tracing Your World War I Ancestors.
· Tony McCarthy remembers Tim Cadogan
· News, Events and Book store

The Irish in Australia
· Shauna Hicks traces the Irish in Australia (post 1901) through Immigration, Naturalization & Citizenship records

(With thanks to Eileen Munnelly)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Canadian National Railway Immigrant Records, 1937-1960

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has a new collection which may be of interest if your ancestors worked in the railways and emigrated to Canada in the 20th century:

Canada, Canadian National Railway Immigrant Records, 1937-1960
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9211

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Labour MSP finds family treasures whilst canvassing on Scottish referendum trail

There has been a Scottish independence referendum campaign running for the last two years, with the culmination taking place next week, on Thursday September 18th, when here in Scotland we will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after 300 years, and to reconvene as an independent nation. The latest polls over the weekend show that the Yes campaign (for independence) has just taken the lead for the first time, though there is no complacency on either side about the result - it's a very closely fought contest, and something I have been actively involved in myself on the Yes side for a few months now. I have kept the referendum and its politics out of this blog for the most part, but there was one story that did grab my eye this morning - and it actually involves a remarkable genealogy tale concerning an MSP out canvassing for the No side!

Labour's Neil ­Findlay MSP was out canvassing in Pumpherston, West Lothian, when he decided to knock on the door of his grandmother's old house to solicit support for his side in the campaign. What he discovered is probably something all of us would give our eye teeth for! The full story is at http://www.sundaypost.com/news-views/scotland/independence-referendum/family-treasure-find-for-canvassing-msp-1.562465

I should add that this is all the publicity that I am giving to the No campaign! lol :) But a great tale, that shows you just never know where those family history resources may lie, and why tracking down where your family once lived may be more fruitful than you think!

(With thanks to Stewart Stevenson MSP via @zsstevens on Twitter)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Statistical Accounts of Scotland blog launches

The University of Edinburgh's EDINA department has launched a new blog detailing items and finds from the Statistical Accounts of Scotland. It can be found at http://statacc.blogs.edina.ac.uk/.

The first two Statistical Accounts were recorded in each Scottish parish in the 1790s and the 1830s/1840s, with a third account carried out in the 20th century, and a recent fourth version for East Lothian. The first two are digitised and freely available at http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/. They carry an enormous amount of information on he make up of each parish, including religious affiliations of inhabitants, employment available, landowners details, history and more. There's a bit more about them in a blog post I wrote four years ago, accessible at http://walkingineternity.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/statistical-accounts-of-scotland.html, but the main site is the place to visit for all the background!

(With thanks to Nicola Osborne)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Durham Records Online additions

The latest additions to Durham Records Online (www.durhamrecordsonline.com):

Gateshead baptisms 1769-1812
9,517 baptisms at Gateshead St. Mary, covering 1769 through 1812, which includes the detail-rich period of 1798-1812 where all sorts of parentage answers can be found! Burials for this same period will follow in about a week. These are from a combination of the parish register and the Bishop's Transcript, for maximum detail.

Winston burials 1573-1761
834 burials at Winston St. Andrew in Teesdale district, from the beginning of the first register in Dec 1573 to the end of 1761, so we now have a continuous run of burials here for 1573-1845.

There are no burials recorded (or the register did not survive) between March 1619 and May 1627. There are also none shown in 1610, 1645, 1652, and 1753.

Wingate Grange marriages 1842-1907 updated with occupations, witnesses, abodes
999 existing marriages at Wingate Grange in Easington district, covering 1842- Jan 1907, were updated, gaining the occupations of the fathers and grooms, abodes and witnesses, and correcting errors. We also added 37 marriages to finish out 1907.

Coming Soon:
Gosforth baptisms, burials, & marriages 1762-1846
Benfieldside Cemetery burials 1920-1981
Gateshead burials 1769-1812
Hartlepool St James baptisms & marriages
Thornley by Kelloe marriages will be updated with full details

In the queue: Gateshead Wesleyan Methodist Circuit baptisms, several South Shields Presbyterian churches, Penshaw, Morpeth, Felling, Longhorsley, Hart Cemetery MIs, South Shields St Hilda baptisms 1836+, Newcastle All Saints baptisms 1835-36, Hexham Whitley Chapel baptisms & burials 1843-1888, Birtley St Joseph Catholic marriages 1846-1899, Durham St. Cuthbert RC baptisms 1841-1885

(With thanks to Durham Records Online)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks