Friday, 29 May 2015

Scotland's CANMORE database relaunched

The online catalogue of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, entitled CANMORE, has been relaunched at http://canmore.org.uk. The database contains a wealth of information on archaeology, buildings, industrial and maritime heritage.


Meanwhile, the latest Historic Scotland and RCAHMS joint newsletter has confirmed that the date on which its replacement body, Historic Environment Scotland, will take effect is October 1st 2015.

Further developments from the HES can be followed at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/historicenvironmentscotland.htm.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Latest FindmyPast releases

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has released the following English and Welsh based collections on its site:
  • Images added to Merchant Navy crew lists from Anglesey and Devon, UK
  • Baptisms from North Cray, North West Kent, England
  • Burials from North Cray and Swanscombe, North West Kent, England
There are also some further Irish newspapers additions. For full details visit http://blog.findmypast.com/fridays/

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

WW2 army casualty lists from Forces War Records

Forces War Records has released 90,000 casualty records from the Second World War, with a further 400,000 yet to be digitised and uploaded. The source for the records is WO417 at the National Archives in England.

For further information on the release visit https://www.forces-war-records.co.uk/blog/2015/05/27/wo417-army-casualty-lists-1939-1945-war-are-going-live.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

TheGenealogist releases 60,000 railway worker records

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

TheGenealogist releases 60,000 railway worker records.
  • More than 60,000 railway workers have been added to the Occupational Records on TheGenealogist
  • Find details of railway ancestors, where they were employed and what they did
  • Trace your railway worker ancestor’s careers through their promotions
  • Discover when they retired
  • Read obituaries

The Genealogist has added over 60,000 rail workers to its online indexes of Railway Employment Records. Taken from Railway Company Staff magazines these records are useful to family historians with railway employee ancestors, wanting to find important occupation related dates and add some social history to their family tree. These records include such details as staff changes, promotions, pension records, retirements and obituaries. Often additional personal information is revealed in the magazines. In some cases you can read about gifts from co-workers given when rail staff leave.

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Change for Back To Our Past 2015 dates in Dublin

Claire Santry is reporting that there is a change of dates happening in Dublin for this year's Back To Our Past event (www.backtoourpast.com/mysitecaddy/site3/), which will now happen from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015.

For the full details, and the reasons why, see Claire's post at http://www.irishgenealogynews.com/2015/05/back-to-our-past-dates-venue-changed.html.

(With thanks to Claire)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

My Social Book - review

A couple of weeks ago I kept coming across an advert on my Facebook account for a product called My Social Book. The premise was that you could order up a printed book from https://www.mysocialbook.com which takes all of your comments, posts and photos from your Facebook account for a defined period, to effectively provide an illustrated diary for that duration. To do so, you have to let the site gain access to your Facebook account, something that may put some folk off.


It sounded an interesting premise, however, and I soon discovered that you could actually generate a preview from your Facebook feed. Once done you could then customise it to a degree by choosing how you wish for the cover to be designed, which images to use, and more. The preview was so impressive that I decided to go for it. I opted for a book at 315 pages long, reproducing my posts from January 1st to December 31st 2014, and with a hard cover for durability. The total cost was £80.90, although the cheapest books you can order are from £11.90.

Last year was a fairly major period on all sorts of fronts for me, including the immediate aftermath of my mother's death, overseas genealogy speaking engagements in Australia, Canada and Portugal, trips to see family in Dubai and Ireland, some fairly major family history discoveries, and of course, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and our independence referendum, as well as my growing interest in politics here in Scotland. Throughout the year I regularly recorded all of my thoughts, observations, pictures and more on my Facebook account, but I also kept a written diary of all of the same events. So why would I need a My Social Book?

Well apart from being considerably better illustrated, there are some other fairly major differences between the two accounts. First, because Facebook is a social network, anything posted can generate conversations with friends and families, and so as well as my own commentary I also have comments from many friends and family members in the book. Secondly, a huge difference is the spontaneity preserved. In my written diary, some entries are written a few days later, and they tend to summarise the days' proceedings, whereas on Facebook, situations can unfold, with constant updates, in some cases on a minute by minute or an hour by hour basis.

The book arrived yesterday, just two weeks after my order. So how does it measure up? I have to say, I am absolutely delighted with it! For the most part it faithfully reproduces the posts and images of interest, with each month presented as a separate chapter, with some great quotes selected from posts to act as chapter intros and more. The only oddity I have found is that for some reason, my wife's comments on some of my posts have not been reproduced, which was certainly not a conscious omission! Occasionally one or two images have been reproduced a couple of times also, but overall it is a fascinating read and a great souvenir of what may turn out to have been one of the most historic periods that I will live through in Scotland.

Some further pics from the book are presented below give an idea of the kind of thing to expect if you are interested in preserving your own memories in a similar way...





Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

New Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre to open in August

The new £8.1 million Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre has announced that it will be opening on Tuesday August 4th 2015 at 9.15am. A temporary enquiry service is still being run as collections are moved to the new facility.


For further details on the new facility, the journey to its full realisation, and the temporary enquiry service, please visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/local-history-and-heritage/herefordshire-archives-and-records-centre/

(With thanks to @HerefordFHS and @DavidUnderdown9 via Twitter)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Battle of Waterloo conference in Belfast

From PRONI (www.proni.gov.uk) in Belfast:

½ DAY CONFERENCE: The Battle of Waterloo: Ireland and Europe in 1815.
When: 18th June 2015 starting at 2pm
Where: PRONI

To mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, which was fought on the 18 June 1815, PRONI will be hosting a half day conference which will examine various aspects of the Battle and related events. The conference will focus on the part played by Irishmen as soldiers and statesmen in the conflict and on the British army’s presence in Ireland during the eighteenth century.

Speakers will include:
Dr Ivar McGrath (University College Dublin) - The Army Barracks of Ireland, 1690-1822
Dr Tim Bowman (University of Kent) – The British Army, Ireland and the Battle of Waterloo
Mr Nicholas Perry - Irish Gentry Officers at Waterloo: Embedding a Tradition
Mr Brett Irwin (PRONI) – ‘Entertaining to a degree and perhaps a little dangerous’: Lord Castlereagh, Lady Londonderry, Vienna and the Peace of Europe

Contact PRONI via http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/contact_us.htm to reserve a place.

(With thanks to the PRONI Express)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Victoria, Australia, Index to Naturalisation Certificates, 1851-1928

Ancestry has released an index to naturalisation certificates for non-British settlers in Victoria, Australia, dating from 1851-1928.

The database is accessible at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60711, with the data sourced from Public Record Office Victoria in North Melbourne.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Lancashire Quarter Session Records and Petitions on Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released a new collection for Lancashire:

Lancashire, England, Quarter Session Records and Petitions, 1648-1908
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=6820

This database contains records of the Quarter Sessions from the county of Lancashire, which is located on the northwest coast of the England on the Irish Sea.

The records document Quarter Session judges’ decisions in matters that include settlement inquiries, highway rates, criminal trials, registers of settlement, orders of removal, bastardy examinations, apprenticeships, licensing, contracts, lists of justices, payments for services rendered to the county, and other documents related to the business of the running of the county.

Some of the cases may span multiple pages, so be sure to use the arrow keys to browse surrounding pages to make sure you find all the records for your ancestor.

The original source is Lancashire Record Office, Preston, England.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. 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.