Tuesday, 6 December 2016

PRONI launches Historical Maps viewer

It's here folks - PRONI's new Historical maps platform! Here's the blurb:

PRONI Historical Maps viewer


PRONI and Land and Property Services (Ordnance Survey and Spatial NI) have worked together to digitise and make available a range of historical Ordnance Survey maps.

The historical maps available on this application are from the 6 inch County Series mapping; and latterly the Irish Grid. Maps available cover the six counties of present-day Northern Ireland: counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.

Historical Ordnance Survey Maps

The historical maps available on this application are from the 6 inch County Series mapping; and latterly the Irish Grid. Maps available cover the six counties of present-day Northern Ireland: counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone. The following map editions are available on the application:

Edition 1 (1832 – 1846)
Edition 2 (1846 – 1862)
Edition 3 (1900 - 1907)
Edition 4 (1905 - 1957)
Edition 5 (1919 – 1963)
6” Irish Grid (1952-1969)
1:10,000 metric Irish Grid (1957-1986)

To access the platform visit https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/search-proni-historical-maps-viewer

COMMENT: You can view maps from the above eras, and also add historical overlays, such as counties, townlands, points of interest, etc.

Have fun!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Latest PRONI stakeholder forum update

Last Friday saw the latest stakeholder forum of the Public Record Office for Northern Ireland (https://www.nidirect.gov.uk) in Belfast. I was unfortunately not able to attend, as I developed a nasty bout of Black Death towards the end of the week (some folk call it a 'cold'!), but I am grateful to Richard Lecky for forwarding the minutes to me. The following are some of the key developments that will be of interest to regular PRONI users:


1) The annual release of official files under the 20 Year Rule (the ‘Annual Sensitivity Review’) will officially take place on December 30th. There will be a ‘Secrets Behind the Files’ event at 1pm on January 11th 2017, led by Dr Eamon Phoenix (political historian) and Sam McBride (political editor, the Newsletter) discussing some of the key finds from the release. The talk is an open event, with the public able to register to attend via the PRONI website.

2) The Conflict Archive on the Intenet project (CAIN) has now added files from 1987, with work currently progressing to capture 1988.

3) With regards to new accessions of private records, a large collection of papers relating to the Christian Endeavour society has been acquired, catalogued under D4628. This organisation originated in America in 1881, with societies opening in Belfast soon after. By 1899 there were 10,000 members and one hundred societies throughout Ireland (as a wee boy growing up in Carrickfergus in the 1980s the society was certainly still going strong then in my church). The collection contains correspondence, minutes and reports and printed material and dates from 1900.

The Papers of Fred Heatley, founding member of NICRA and People’s Democracy, have been added D4629. Amongst the political scrapbooks in this collection are a range of political posters.

Eight pre-1871 registers from the Methodist Historical Society have been transferred to PRONI for digitisation - the registeres are from the following Belfast Churches: Ligoniel, Frecerick Street, Salem New Connection, and Ballymacarett (Newtownards Road).

4) Cataloguing continues at PRONI, as follows:
Records of the Irish Council of Churches have almost been completely catalogued, and are found under D4602/1. The collection includes minutes, reports and correspondence and dates from its foundation to recent years.

Family papers relating to the Johnston family of Slaghtbogie, Maghera, Co. Londonderry (from 1766-1943), are being catalogued under D4618. The papers give an insight into the family’s relationship with their tenants and neighbours and into the experiences of some family members who emigrated to America and Canada.

Cataloguing has been completed on the papers of Kevin Boyle (D3297). The collection vividly captures the early years of the civil rights movement in Belfast.

A land valuation volume and watercolour maps of the estate of Thomas Brooke at Lough Eske, Co. Donegal, and watercolour maps of the lands of the Marquis of Conyngham (dating from the 1890s), Glenties, Co. Donegal (dating from 1839), have been catalogued under D4493.

5) The new GIS Application / Historical Maps viewer:
Particularly good news is the fact that PRONI’s new Historical Maps viewer is hopefully going to go live at some point this week. There will hopefully be an official launch early next year (provisionally slated for January 25th 2017 at PRONI, 9.30am – 1pm), with an accompnaying half day conference around geographical mapping. (I've seen this demonstrated at a couple of previous forum meetings, and this is definitely going to become a tool that everyone doing Northern Irish research will need to bookmark.)

6) The new Rule and Fees will come into effect on the 15th December and PRONI is on track to make all the necessary amendments. The PRONI web page has been updated with a new link so users can see the new fees and charges - see https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/are-there-any-fees-and-charges.

7) Preservation week will run from December 12th-16th. This is the week when PRONI takes time to play catch up with various internal issues, with the net result that although the building will be open as normal, there will be no document ordering available for the week, only the self-service facilities.


8) Forthcoming events and exhibitions:

Holocaust Memorial Day: The Holocaust event will be taking place on Thursday the 26th of January and Teddy Dixon, who was one of the soldiers that liberated Dachau, will be interviewed by Dermot Lavery from Doubleband.

History of Football in Ireland Conference: A History of Football conference will be held on the 17th of February and is being organised by Dr Chris Curran.

International Women’s Day: The International Women’s Day will be held on the 8th of March and feature journalist, Malachy O’Doherty

For further events see https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/talks-and-events.

(With thanks to PRONI)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

FindmyPast adds Irish police records and Scottish nonconformist indexes

The latest additions to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):


Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922

Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922 contains over 486,000 records released in association with the National Archives. The collection will allow you to uncover intimate details of your ancestor's career with the R.I.C and includes a plethora of records related to the running and administration of the organisation including general registers, disbandment registers, nominal returns, and more. You can also find records of Royal Irish Constabulary clerical staff.

Each result includes an image of the original document and a transcript. The nature of the information recorded will vary significantly depending on the subject and type of the original document. A full list of the various record types included in the collection can be found at the bottom of the search page.


Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories

Over 43,000 records have been added to our Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories collection. The collection allows you to explore a variety of publications printed between 1840 and 1921 that will provide further insight into the administration and daily operations of the police force as well as the history of the organisation.


New South Wales Passenger Lists

New South Wales Passenger Lists contains over 8.5 million records. This collection includes records of both assisted and unassisted passengers. The assisted passenger lists cover 1828 to 1896 and the unassisted passenger lists span the years 1826 to 1900. Assisted passengers refers to those who received monetary assistance from another party or agency/government for their passage. There were several assisted immigration schemes set up for this purpose in the hopes of encouraging migration and settlement in Australia.


Scotland Non-Old Parish Registers Vital Records 1647-1875

Scotland Non-Old Parish Registers Vital Records 1647-1875 is a collection of registers created by churches outside of the established church. It contains over 12,000 transcripts of births, marriages, and deaths and is a useful alternative to the Church of Scotland's old parish records.

Non-old parish registers are distinctively different from the Church of Scotland's old parish records. The original records are held by the National Records of Scotland and have been diligently transcribed by Graham and Emma Maxwell. The majority of records span from 1684 until 1861 and cover seven Scottish counties.

For further information and direct links to the collections visit https://blog.findmypast.com/findmypast-friday-december-2nd-2016-2122423265.html

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

New book - A History of St. George’s Church Belfast

A new book from the Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com):

A History of St. George’s Church Belfast
Two Centuries of Faith, Worship and Music

A History of St George's Church, Belfast is sure to be much appreciated by a wide readership, including not just parishioners but also those interested in church and architectural history and by the many who are intrigued by the story of Belfast. This book serves as a fitting testimony to a building and an institution that continues to hold a special place in the heart of Belfast.

This book is now available on www.booksireland.org.uk. For those of you who order before the 06 December 2016 the price is just £16.99 (Full RRP £19.99)

To take advantage of this offer go to: www.booksireland.org.uk/store/all-departments/history-st-georges-church-belfast-two-centuries-faith-worship-music


Also:

Church of Ireland: An illustrated history

This handsome and beautifully illustrated hardback book presents the rich heritage and history of the Church of Ireland (including a section on the early Irish church prior to the Reformation) in an attractive contemporary style that will appeal to every generation. To coincide with the release of A History of St. George’s Church Belfast: Two Centuries of Faith, Worship and Music we are offering this publication for just £5.99 (Full RRP £30.00)

To take advantage of this offer go to: www.booksireland.org.uk/store/all-departments/church-ireland-illustrated-history

(With thanks to the Ulster Historical Foundation)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Hampshire records added to TheGenealogist

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

Millions of New Parish Records added to the TheGenealogist


* Released in partnership with the Hampshire Genealogical Society there are over 2.1 million new fully searchable records of individuals released online for the first time

* With these records those searching for ancestors from Hampshire can discover almost 1.8 million people recorded within the baptisms from this area in the south of England as far back as 1538 up to 1751

* Family researchers can also discover the details of over 212,000 individuals from marriages between 1538 and 1753 and nearly 143,800 people listed in the burials of Hampshire from 1838 to 1865

Hampshire Genealogical Society worked with TheGenealogist to publish their records online, making 2,135,878 individuals from baptism, marriage and burial records fully searchable. Dolina Clarke, Chairman of Hampshire Genealogical Society said:

“The Hampshire Genealogical Society have decided to put the remaining data from their parish register indexes for Hampshire, which are not already on line, with FHS-Online and TheGenealogist (S & N). We looked at various different online sites and felt that S & N were able to offer us a very fair deal. Furthermore they are a British company with whom we have had a very good relationship for over 20 years.” Dolina Clarke, Chairman HGS www.hgs-familyhistory.com

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Development at TheGenealogist, welcomed Hampshire Genealogical Society to the growing number family history societies on both TheGenealogist and FHS-Online saying: “We’re delighted that HGS chose to publish their records through TheGenealogist and FHS-Online. This release adds to the ever expanding collection of parish records on both websites. These partnerships help societies boost their funds whilst bringing their records to a much wider audience, through online publication.”

This release joins TheGenealogist’s already published Hampshire parish records, sourced from the Phillimore Registers, and soon we will also be adding further transcriptions that will fill in any gaps to provide an even more comprehensive coverage of this important county.

If your society is interested in publishing records online, please contact Mark Bayley on 01722 717002 or see www.fhs-online.co.uk/about.php

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris


For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

1831 census records from Hampshire online

I've received the following announcement from Kevin Smith, which may be of interest to those with Hampshire connections in England:

A free Christmas present for genealogists researching Fordingbridge, Hampshire

The 1831 census for Fordingbridge Town, Burgate & Midgham, and Godshill Tything have been transcribed and are freely available at www.kevinRsmith.co.uk (scroll to the bottom of the page to find the links).

The 1831 census was taken on 30 May 1831 but, unlike later censuses, lists only the head of each household, along with the number of people in the household and the number in each type of occupation. These records are rare surviving examples of this census.

These Hampshire records join others available from Kevin R. Smith covering Dorset and Aberdeenshire.

(With thanks to Kevin Smith)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

Forces War Records offer

From Forces War Records (https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/):

Your pre-Christmas gift from Forces War Records - Original 1914 Princess Mary’s box with gift cards inside.


The Princess Mary Christmas gift box was given to all members of the armed forces on Christmas day 1914. These small boxes, made from silver for Officers and brass for all others, typically contained an ounce of tobacco, a packet of cigarettes, a lighter, a Christmas card and photograph from Princess Mary, some also contained sweets. Amazingly, it took until 1920 to deliver all 2.5 million!

So here’s our pre-Christmas gift to you – an original tin containing a selection of gift cards from Forces War Records:

1. 12 months free membership
2. Discount when you hire a professional researcher
3. Free Family Historian Software

Become a full member between 4th Dec and 11.59pm 11th December, 2016 and this could be yours. (winner selected at random) Why not give the gift cards as Christmas presents.

JOIN HERE: https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/records.asp

(With thanks to Neil White)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

New South Wales records added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added a tonne of material online concerning New South Wales in Australia:

New South Wales, Australia, Miscellaneous Records, 1787-1976
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8822

The source for the materials included is The State Records Authority of New South Wales, Kingswood, New South Wales.

The detail on what has been included is something else! For a comprehensive overview of the additions please view http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/dbextra.aspx?dbid=8822. Let's just say it should be enough to keep some folk busy for a bit!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

Ten years of FamilySearch Indexing

This is definitely worthy of a wee announcement! From FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org):

Salt Lake City, Utah (28 November 2016), You go online to FamilySearch. You type an ancestor’s name. You instantly find your ancestor in any number of 5.5 billion historical records in the free online database. You are elated at how easy it was as you fill in another missing piece of your family tree puzzle. That successful experience was brought to you by a phenomenon called indexing. And most likely, you were the recipient of a free gift empowered by the efforts of many online indexing volunteers.

Next week (December 5th) is International Volunteer Day, and FamilySearch International is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its web-based, volunteer-driven, indexing initiative, which started in 2006. The migration from the previous CD-ROM-based format to the web has been nothing short of amazing, and the rest has been record-making history—literally. The indexing initiative is the largest undertaking of its kind and is unparalleled in its achievements.

As a thank you to indexers and the millions of people who have found family documents from their efforts, FamilySearch is sharing a collection of free downloadable “I HEART Families” images for use on social media, or as cell phone and computer wallpaper.

FamilySearch and its predecessors have been gathering and preserving the world’s historic records to assist people like me and you in making family history discoveries. It publishes millions of digital images of historic records from around the world on FamilySearch.org weekly. FamilySearch’s proprietary software, a lot of computing power, and the contributions of hundreds of thousands of volunteers and countless millions of donated hours make the genealogically rich names and information hidden on those historic records easily and freely searchable to millions of curiosity seekers online.

In 2006, the call went out for volunteers to help in this unprecedented, global cause, and the online community responded. In fact, in just 10 years, over 1.2 million volunteers worldwide have joined the cause and continue to donate much needed time and talent to help index the world’s historic genealogical records.

In the past 10 years, online volunteers have personally pored over 1.5 billion images of historic records from all over the world and made over 5 billion ancestral names conveniently searchable to me and you from any web-enabled device.

Who are these unsung heroes? “They are your next door neighbors and work colleagues who continue to respond to the call to make the world’s historic records freely searchable online for anyone interested in discovering the branches of their family trees,” said Collin Smith, a marketing manager for FamilySearch Indexing. “They hail from all over the world—200 countries to be exact and collectively, the volunteers speak and read 58 languages.”

Why do they do it? Their motivations vary according to Smith. Some are paying it forward because they personally have benefited from priceless searchable record collections online. Others like participating in something meaningful and historic that will make a big difference somehow. Ornella Lepore, a native of Naples, Italy, now living in the United States, helps index Italy’s records online—particularly those pertaining to her ancestral roots. “I can’t afford to travel to Italy as often or whenever I want to do my family history research,” said Lepore. “Having the historic records indexed online where my ancestors are from will help me in my research in the long run.” Not every historic collection from Italy she helps with will hold keys to her personal research, but she knows in time, some of them will. And that’s motivation enough for her.

The entire suite of US Censuses from 1790 to 1940 is most notable of the volunteers’ efforts. All of those records are now freely searchable online at FamilySearch.org. In 2010, the power of this online community was unleashed on the newly released 1940 US Census. They indexed the entire census—all 3.8 million pages of it—in just 4 months, giving access to 134 million names.

And so these volunteers continue to show up daily online, unsung and untold in the internet clouds, ages 12–95, picking historic projects of interest and making a difference for the next person online hoping to find an ancestor in the growing sea of historic records.

Learn more about volunteering online at FamilySearch Indexing (https://familysearch.org/indexing/).

COMMENT: Well done to all concerned - each index transcriptions makes the research process for
others just a little bit easier.

(Original press release sent via email)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives

Some forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives (https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/default.aspx):

City in the Blitz - walking tour
Thursday 29 December , 11 am - 1 pm.
On 29 December 1940 the City of London was subjected to one of the most intense bombing raids of the Second World War. This walk retraces the sequence and focal points of the raids, and the personal stories and heroism of the people involved.
Meet outside St Paul’s Tube Station (by exit marked to Cathedral).
Led by Chris Everett, CityHighLights.
£10 - booking essential.
Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/city-in-the-blitz-tickets-26943199836


Queer Time; Queer Place; Queer Action: Sexualities and LocalitiesConference
Saturday 3 December, 9 am - 5 pm
The 14th LGBTQ History and Archives Conference will be created with the involvement of the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Sexualities and Localities project (a collaboration between Birkbeck College and Leeds Beckett University).
£15 / £10 concs. (includes lunch)
Find out more and book your place https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/queer-time-queer-place-queer-action-sexualities-and-localities-tickets-26943527817


London’s Baking! Bakers, Cakes, Bread and Puddings from 1666
Exhibition runs until 1 February 2017
Taking its inspiration from Thomas Farriner and his bakery, the starting place of the Great Fire, this exhibition tells the story of London’s bakers from 1666 to the 20th century. Discover recipes (to take away and bake!) for almond cakes c1700, suet puddings c1850 and questionable school puddings from the 1970s.
Free - during normal LMA opening hours.
Find out more at https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/news-events/Pages/londons-baking.aspx


Make the most of your trip to LMA
Every month, we run a selection of training sessions for LMA users to enhance your research. Whether you're new to archives or a seasoned visitor, you may still find these sessions useful!
We run sessions most months on the following topics:
  • Getting started at LMA
  • Handling documents
  • Family History starter sessions
  • Understanding old handwriting
Find out which events are coming up at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom--london/new-visitors-to-lma/


Workshops and classes

Writing and Presenting Your Family History
Thursday 1 December, 2 - 4.30 pm
This workshop offers ideas and approaches to writing your family history using different styles and media, from creative scrapbooks to a basic website. Feel free to bring in work in progress. Think about how you want to present your work. Will it be a book, an illustrated magazine, a strip cartoon or an album?
£10 - booking essential
Book your place at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-and-presenting-your-family-history-tickets-26943219896

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including A Beginner's Guide to British and Irish Genealogy, 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.