Friday, 19 January 2018

Jersey Church of England records added to FindmyPast

The following records have been added to FindmyPast (

Jersey Baptisms 1540-1915
Does your family tree have roots in the Bailiwick of Jersey? Explore over 228,000 Church of England baptism registers from the island of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the English

Jersey Marriages 1542-1940
Search over 119,000 transcripts of Church of England marriages from the Island of Jersey to uncover details of your ancestor's spouse and add new branches to your family tree.

Jersey Burials 1541-1940
Discover the final resting place of your Jersey ancestors with a collection of over 155,000 transcripts of original Church of England burial registers covering 17 sites across the Island.

Connecticut, Stonington Cemetery Records
Explore over 1,800 records from Connecticut's Stonington Cemetery, a twenty-two acre non-sectarian burial ground founded in 1849. Once known as the Evergreen Cemetery, the cemetery began as the family graveyard for the Phelps family, with the first burials occurring during the mid-18th century.

New Jersey Birth Index 1901-1903 Image Browse
Browse through more than 2,000 images of the New Jersey birth index from 1901 to 1903. Discover your ancestor's name and parents' names. This collection has been obtained from the New Jersey State Archives with images courtesy of Reclaim the Records. Additional information can be found on the source's website.

England, Greater Manchester Baptisms 1571-1910
Find out when and where your Greater Manchester ancestors were baptised with over 1.7 million records the Diocese of Manchester. Most of records within this collection pertain to parishes within the historic county of Lancashire.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

TNA podcast - Sylvia Pankhurst

If you haveen't yet heard it, the National Archives in England ( has a podcast online entitled Sylvia Pankhurst: suffragette, socialist and ‘scourge of the empire’, a recording of just under 40 minutes of a talk given by Katherine Connelly. Here's the blurb:

From militant suffragette at the beginning of the 20th century to campaigner against colonialism in Africa after the Second World War, Sylvia Pankhurst dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice.

Katherine Connelly will examine Pankhurst’s role at the forefront of significant developments in the history of radical politics. Guiding us through Pankhurst’s activism – from her teens as a member of the Independent Labour Party and her time as a leading suffragette before the First World War, to her revolutionary socialist, anti-fascist and anti-imperialist campaigning in later years.

To access the recording, visit


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Irish Daily Independent and Limerick Chronicle now online

The Irish Newspaper Archives ( have completed the runs for two titles and added two more:

We are delighted to announce the release of 2 new titles to our archives; the Irish Daily Independent & The Limerick Chronicle. We have also updated two existing titles and completed the archives for the Sligo Champion and Waterford News & Star.

New Titles:
Irish Daily Independent 02/01/1893 - 13/12/1904
Limerick Chronicle 04/01/1994 - 1812/2001

Updated Content:
Waterford News & Star 11/01/1980 - 24/12/1999
The Sligo Champion 01/01/1916 - 31/12/1949

Further info:

The Irish Daily Independent 1893 - 1904
The Irish Daily Independent was established 1890 with its first publication Vol 1 No.1 on the 18.December.1891 the Irish Daily Independent absorbed the Daily Nation newspaper and the merger of the papers can been seen through the change of mast head from September 1900. The title then became the Irish Daily Independent & Daily Nation.

The Limerick Chronicle 1994 - 2001
The Limerick Chronicle of 1768 was printed and edited by John Ferrar who was a prominent bookseller and printer in Limerick. He was also responsible for the first published history of Limerick which he brought out in three editions between 1767 and 1787.

The Waterford News & Star 1980-1999The Waterford News offers a wealth of information from County Waterford and the surrounding areas. The archive spans 169 years offering insight into local and the national events. Established on the 22.Sept.1848 by Mr Cornelius P. Redmond

The Sligo Champion 1916 - 1949The Sligo Champion is one of Ireland’s oldest and leading regional newspaper titles. The first edition of the Sligo Champion was published on the 04.06.1836 from Stephen Street, County Sligo. Mr Edward Howard Verdon was the founder and editor of the newspaper and Mayor of Sligo four times. On the day of it's first publication it is said that crowds gathered outside the premises from 8:00am although the paper was not due for release till 1:00pm.

The company has two promotional codes for subscription discounts to help:

30% off for one year = IDI30
25% off for 30 days = IDI25


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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Belfast's Back To Our Past event - talks schedule

Back To Our Past will be going to Belfast on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th February 2018 - and I'm delighted to say that I will be giving a talk at the event, my first ever back home in Northern Ireland, so looking forward to it immensely! There are lots of great speakers attending over the two days, with the schedule now released and available online at, where you can also book tickets and check out vendors in attendance (including a few chums crossing the water from Scotland!). Here's the programme:

Friday 16 February 2018

10.30 Getting Started with your Family Tree
Ann Robinson
North of Ireland Family History Society
Join us for a few pointers on how to start off your family history research. Learn about the unique and extensive resources of the North of Ireland Family History Society, its research library and how the society can help you make progress with your family tree.

11.30 Genealogical Resources at the Linen Hall Library
Samantha McCombe
Linen Hall Library
Samantha McCombe, Librarian of the Linen Hall Library, will give an overview of the Library’s Genealogy Collection which covers family histories, gravestone inscriptions, surname directories, memorial records, army lists, clergy records, and, unique to the Linen Hall, the Belfast News Letter’s Birth, Death and Marriage Index from 1737 –1863, and the Blackwood Pedigrees, over ninety volumes of handwritten family trees, compiled by Reginald Blackwood and indexed by surname. Together, these general and unique resources give researchers a number of fascinating ways to discover more about family history.

12.30 Digitised Church Records at PRONI
Liam O’Reilly
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
This talk will highlight recently digitised church records which are available in the PRONI Search Room. It will show users how to navigate the catalogue, highlight the digital process, what is available and future plans.

13.30 Researching 18th Century Ancestors in Ulster
William Roulston
Ulster Historical Foundation
As anyone who has attempted to do so knows only too well, tracing one’s ancestors in Ulster prior to 1800 can be both challenging and frustrating. The aim of this talk is to highlight some of the available genealogical records of the 1700s. These include surviving church records, including the often overlooked administrative records relating to the different religious denominations in Ulster, records relating to the occupation of land, and records that may reveal whether we have an ancestor who took up arms in the 1798 Rebellion.

14.30 The Remarkable Sons of Killyleagh
Clive Scoular
This small County Down village has produced many outstanding sons over the centuries - this will be an opportunity to hear the stories of their lives and the contributions they made - and are still making - to the world and society in general.

15.30 The 1718 migration to New England: perspectives from 2018
Linde Lunney
Royal Irish Academy
The talk will tell the story of the first group migration from the north of Ireland which actually got to the New World, at least, the first that we know about. But what do we know that our ancestors didn't know? And why is the 1718 story still important after 300 years?

Saturday 17 February 2018

10.30 Your Family Tree at PRONI – Getting Started
Janet Hancock
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
This talk will explore key sources for starting your family history research at PRONI. Using real examples, it will talk you through some of the pitfalls and the strengths and weaknesses of PRONI’s archives.

11.30 Using Newspapers – a glimpse into the past
Catherine Morrow
Libraries NI
Come along and hear how newspapers can help you research your family. Discover how you can access old newspapers at a number of venues across Northern Ireland and learn how they can unveil details of your ancestors' lives.

12.30 Finding the Irish in Scotland
Chris Paton
Scotland’s Greatest Story research
From the vital records and censuses, to records of hardship and success, the impact of the Irish in Scotland has been well and truly documented. In his first talk in Northern Ireland, genealogist Chris Paton, originally from Carrickfergus but resident in Scotland for over twenty years, discusses how to look for Irish settlers across the water through a variety of resources available both online and offline.

13.30 Guide to Online Sources for tracing your Irish Ancestors
Brian Mitchell
Derry Genealogy Centre
This talk provides an overview of online sources to explore in tracing your Northern Irish roots.

14.30 Online PRONI Resources
Stephen Scarth
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
This talk will highlight the major online resources that PRONI makes available via the web including wills, valuation revision books, street directories and PRONI’s new map viewer.

15.30 Scottish Sources for Genealogy and Family History
Stuart Coles
Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives
Designed for beginners, it will focus on how to use online resources for tracing Scottish ancestors and use illustrated case studies.

I'll hopefully see you there!

(With thanks to Martin McDowell)


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University of Strathclyde's genealogy MOOC course

The University of Strathclyde's Genealogy team have a new free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) starting soon - here's the blurb:

Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree. This free online course offered by the University of Strathclyde and FutureLearn will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. Starts the 29th of January and runs for 6 weeks (though you can sign up at any point during the course). The course has recently been updated to include more information on autosomal (or ‘cousin matching’) DNA testing and this run of the course will include ‘live’ updates from the RootTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. So far more than 57,000 students worldwide have participated! Learn more and sign up at:

For more on the university's courses visit

(With thanks to Tahitia McCabe)


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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Forthcoming events at London Metropolitan Archives

Forthcoming exhibitions and talks at London Metropolitan Archives (

Criminal Lives, 1780-1925: Punishing Old Bailey Convicts
Exhibition runs until 16 May 2018

Between 1700 and 1900, Britain stopped punishing the bodies of convicts and increasingly sought to reform their minds. Exile and forced labour in Australia and incarceration in penitentiaries became the dominant modes of punishment. This exhibition uses the collections of LMA to trace the impact of these punishments on convict lives.

Free - during normal LMA opening hours. Further details at

A Visit to Conservation
Thursday 18 January, 2 - 3 pm.

Meet members of the Conservation team and find out about the essential work which preserves our records for future generations.

Free - booking essential. See

The IHR British History in the Long 18th Century Seminar: Sparing the noose: the penal outcomes of convicts sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, 1730 to 1868
Wednesday 24 January, 5.15 - 7.30 pm.

A significant and increasing proportion of those sentenced to death at the Old Bailey were ‘spared the noose’ and instead transported, imprisoned, or given free pardons. This talk explains how the death penalty was gradually abandoned and discusses how, and on what basis, decisions about alternative penal outcomes were made. Speaker Bob Shoemaker


Approaches to Opening Up Medical Records
Friday 19 January, 9.30 am - 1.30 pm.

At this professional seminar, London Metropolitan Archives and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives will share their approaches to opening up access to medical records in their collections through two current projects funded by the Wellcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History scheme. More information on the Eventbrite booking page.

Free - booking essential. See

Training and induction sessions
Check future events at LMA

Every month, we run a selection of training sessions for LMA users to enable you 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


LGBTQ+ History Club: Discovering the Archive
Wednesday 17 January, 6 - 7.30 pm.

An introduction to LGBTQ+ History Club, including a behind the scenes tour, document viewing and a chance to discuss ideas. LGBTQ+ History Club meets to explore and share lesbian, gay, trans, bisexual and queer histories. Keep up to date here: Contact LMA to be added to the LGBTQ+ email list

Free - drop in session. See

(With thanks to LMA)


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Tender issued for English and Welsh 1921 census project

The National Archives in England ( has issued a tender for a partner to digitise and license the 1921 census for England and Wales. From the tender:

The National Archives is seeking expressions of interest for the 1921 Census records digitisation and licensing project.

The project will be to digitise, transcribe and publish online the records of the 1921 Census of England and Wales. The contract award will include a commercial license to publish the images (and associated transcription data produced by the project) online and to complete all the required processes to complete this (including such activities as digital image capture, transcription of data to allow for meaningful searches of the records, online publication).

To demonstrate eligibility to be considered for this tender, potential Suppliers must demonstrate:

a) Experience of managing and completing large-scale digitisation projects of heritage material;

b) Online publication of heritage material specifically for use by the Family History Market;

c) Viable commercial models that return an income stream to licensor partners.

The full terms of the tender are available at

The 1921 census is the last available full census for these two countries prior to 1951, with the 1931 English and Welsh census destroyed during the Second World War, and no census carried out in 1941 due to the war.  The National Identity Register for England and Wales, an effective census substitute carried out in 1939, is available on FindmyPast (

There was no census carried out in 1921 in Ireland, with both the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland subsequently having a census on the same night in 1926 - of these, only the records from the Free State (now the Republic of Ireland) survive. The next available surviving census for Northern Ireland was recorded in 1937 (to be released in 2037), with the 1939 National Identity Register for Northern Ireland already available for consultation via the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (

In Scotland, the 1921 census is held by the National Records of Scotland, which will digitise the records separately to the English and Welsh returns, for release and presentation in 2021. The 1931 Scottish census has also survived, and will be due for release in 2031, whilst the 1939 National Identity Register for Scotland is already available through the NRS (see

For an indication of the information recorded by the 1921 census, visit The census form can also be previewed at


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ScotlandsPeople civil registration records update

The ScotlandsPeople website ( has updated its website to now include a further 106,469 statutory birth records from 1917, 47,514 marriage records from 1942, and 59,729 death records from 1967.

The website hosts a short article previewing the new additional records at


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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Forthcoming Londonderry Plantation talk in Belfast

From the Ulster Historical Foundation (

Lunchtime lecture with Professor James Stevens Curl

Thursday, 18 January, 12:15-14:00 GMT

Join us for a lunchtime lecture given by historian and author Professor James Stevens Curl on the historical background and unique story behind the financing of the early Londonderry plantation.

This event is designed for Guild members (though non-members are welcome) to help celebrate the achievements of ‘one of our own’. Prof. James Stevens Curl is a life member of the Guild and was awarded the prestigious President’s Medal by the British Academy in 2017. Everyone is welcome to attend the event, though pre-registration is advised.
How to register for the event

Guild member registration

This event is free of charge to members of the Foundation’s Ulster Genealogical and Historical Guild (the Guild).

To register visit

Non-member registration

Non-members can attend this lecture for just £5.00. Registrations made via Eventbrite will attract an additional charge of £1.84 comprising an administrative fee and VAT, giving a total amount of £6.84.

If you are not a Guild member and wish to register please go to Eventbrite at

Alternatively you can contact the Foundation on 028 9066 1988 to arrange payment.

(With thanks to the Foundation)

UPDATE: The Foundation is hoping to live stream this lecture for those who cannot attend on their Facebook page at The recorded talk will also be made available on YouTube later in the week.


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Scottish WW1 Pensions Appeal records update

Some welcome news concerning a potentially major resource in Edinburgh for those researching First World War military ancestors from Scotland and their dependants.

I've been contacted by reader Tunji Lees, to provide an update on a discovery he made over 5 years ago at the National Records of Scotland, and for which he wrote a great guest post for this blog. As noted on 2 JAN 2012, Tunji had found that the NRS held Scottish WW1 Pension Appeals Tribunal records, as catalogued under PT6. The key points were as follows:

The records are catalogued under the reference PT6 and contain the pension application records of 1000s of Scottish soldiers - and next of kin of soldiers (usually widows) - who suffered from injuries sustained in the war, or died after the war due to injuries. These appear to be the Scottish equivalent of the PIN26 series for England and Wales (which, unlike the Scottish PT6 series, is indexed). Whereas the PT26 series appears to only be a selection of the disability pensions awarded to English and Welsh soldiers after the First World War, the Scottish PT6 series appears to be complete...

The applications are organised in boxes alphabetically by month, from November 1919 (reference PT6/1), to December 1932 (reference PT6/288). That's about 29 meters (or 95 feet) of pension records! There are also records from the same series covering post-WW2 disability pension applications, however seeing as they are closed for 75 years, the first set (those from 1945) will only be available in 2021.

It doesn't appear as if any genealogists are aware of the existence of these records, as they aren’t mentioned in the NAS publication Tracing your Scottish Ancestors, or in any guides to tracing WW1 ancestry that I've read, although they're a fantastic source of information on Scottish army ancestors.

Tunji's full account of these records, inclusing the potential detail available in each file, is available at

Tunji has now contacted me with the news that the charitable foundation Wellcome Trust has apparently approved a Research Resource Grant for work to index the records. The grant is believed to fund work for 24 months, which potentially means the job will have been completed by the end of December 2019. Tunji has also stated that as it is a grant, indexed records will be made available free of charge, posisble through the ScotlandsPeople website. It is unclear as yet whether this will just be the index, or digital images of the records themselves. Tunji's final point is that the records, referenced under PT6, have disappeared from the catalogue, perhaps because they have been removed for indexing.

Once again a huge thank you to Tunji for such a fascinating update on a collection with a great deal of potential for ancestral research!


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