Friday, 27 May 2016

DNA marker link to Battle of Bannockburn identified

A couple of years ago I blogged about the University of Strathclyde's Bannockburn Family History Project (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/battle-of-bannockburn-family-history.html), which attempts to find DNA connections to folk living today with many of the participants at the medieval battle.

The latest annoucnement from the project was made today, concerning a connection established between a Stirlingshire based businessman and the line of King Robert III, thanks to a newly identified marker called ZZ52 specific to the lineage of his son, Sir John Stewart of Blackhall and Ardgowan. John grandfather was Walter Stewart, who particpated in the battle on the side of the Bruce.

The full story is available in the National newspaper at www.thenational.scot/news/grandfathers-royal-roots-revealed-by-advanced-dna-test.18074, with the BBC picking up on it also at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-36396531.

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.

Battle of Jutland records on FindmyPast

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com) has uploaded a collection of records for the Battle of Jutland. From the site:

This new collection has been specially created to bring together the names of those who participated in the battle of Jutland between 31 May and 1 June 1926. The collection is not comprehensive and there may be some gaps. It was created from the following series found at The National Archives in London.

ADM 159: Royal Marines, service records
ADM 188: Royal Navy Seamen, service records
ADM 196: Royal Navy officers, service records
ADM 240: Royal Naval Reserve officers, service records
ADM 377: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, ratings’ service records

The FindyPast collection, entitled British Royal Navy & Royal Marines, Battle Of Jutland 1916 Servicemen (http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/british-royal-navy-and-royal-marines-battle-of-jutland-1916-servicemen), also uses transcripts created by Naval and Military Press, though no source details are provided for these.

Also released is an update to its Ireland, Poverty Relief Loans 1821-1874 collection (http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/ireland-poverty-relief-loans-1821-1874), which sees an additional 5000 records added, although again, there is no information as to the nature of which areas these new records might concern.

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, 26 May 2016

Australian history and genealogy expo 2016

From Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au):

Announcing the Australian history & genealogy expo 2016 a major event for all history, genealogy & heritage enthusiasts

Adelaide, South Australia, 25 May 2016 - History and genealogy company, Unlock the Past, invites all history, heritage and genealogy enthusiasts to attend its 8th history & genealogy expo. It will be held in Adelaide over two days, Friday and Saturday 7–8 Oct 2016, at Immanuel College, Novar Gardens, SA.

The 2016 expo is the first ever national expo in Australia. It will appeal to anyone interested in family, local and social history and heritage in South Australia especially, but to all Australians.

It is a unique opportunity to see many societies, libraries and commercial product and service suppliers in one place and to learn from the presentations offered. The exhibition will feature about 70 exhibitors from several states covering a wide range of history, heritage and genealogy interests. Hear 30 expert presenters from five states and New Zealand. The expo is also an opportunity to mingle and network with other like-minded attendees and people who have been working in the industry for many years.

We are fortunate to have two eminent historians to head our extensive program of presentations.

Professor Philip Payton is a leading international authority on Cornish history, the Cornish in Australia, Cornish emigration and Australia and the First World War. Dr Tom Lewis, OAM, is an Australian author, military historian, editor, and former naval officer. A further 30 others, many recognised nationally and internationally, will add to the program which will feature

• 12 main theatre feature presentations
• 25 classroom presentations
• 50 short FREE mini-theatre product demos, tutorials, etc.

Other features include one-on-one consultations with experts, special offers from some exhibitors and over $2000 in prizes from expo exhibitors and sponsors.

Pre-booking will be encouraged with extra benefits, but expo entry and talk bookings (if not booked out) will be available on the day as well.

“We have organised seven previous expos and over 90 other events in all eight Australian states and territories and some overseas. This expo will be our largest event. With a large number and variety of exhibitors and a wide ranging program of presentations by some of the leading presenters in the history, genealogy and heritage fields in Australia and New Zealand, it should be something special for all Australians with history, genealogy and heritage interests” – Alan Phillips, Unlock the Past

“Attending family history expos is an excellent way to hear fantastic speakers in the one venue plus visit and talk with a range of vendors, purchase books and other genealogy resources as well as meet other family history enthusiasts or catch up with old friends. A two day event makes it just like a conference and worth any travel and accommodation if you don't live in Adelaide. Who can resist a one stop genealogy experience?"

– Shauna Hicks, historian, genealogist, speaker and author – and impetus for the launch of Unlock the Past in 2009

For more information, including speakers, exhibitors, program and online bookings visit the expo website:

http://www.unlockthepast.com.au/AustralianExpo2016

Join us at the 8th Unlock the Past Australian History & Genealogy Expo
– you won’t be disappointed –

About Professor Philip Payton - leading international authority on Cornish history, the Cornish in Australia, Cornish emigration and Australia during the First World War.

• Professor of History, Flinders University
• Adjunct Professor, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
• Hon. Fellow (FAHA) Australian Academy of the Humanities
• Emeritus Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies, University of Exeter
• former Commander, Royal Navy (for 12 years)
• author of numerous books on
• the Cornish - internationally with some specific to Australia
• Australia in the Great War
• other historical topics
• frequent lecturer at conferences, cruises and other events

About Dr Tom Lewis, OAM - Darwin based military historian, author, editor, speaker
• consultant military historian
• former naval officer
• author of 13 books, many on northern Australian history in WWII
• led two military museums to new success
• Royal Australian Naval College Historical Collection in Jervis Bay
• Darwin Military Museum, where he was Director for five years
• in popular demand on radio and TV, appearing in several documentaries
• Military Historian on The Territory Remembers 2017, commemorating 75 years since the first attack on Darwin
• awarded the OAM in 2003 - and other service decorations

About Unlock the Past

Our parent company Gould Genealogy commenced 40 years ago. Unlock the Past started in 2009 and Is
• a specialist genealogy publisher, currently with
o over 70 guide books in both print and ebook editions – covering Australia, international andmiscellaneous topics
o 28 authors from Australia, New Zealand, the US, the UK and Scotland
o licenced international printers/distributors in the UK and north America

• a special/major events organiser - nearly 100 events since 2010, including o 8 expos in 4 states
o 13 history & genealogy cruises - from Australia, New Zealand and the UK
o Australia’s first ever national battlefield tour—to NT 2012
o numerous seminars & roadshows with leading national/international presenters

Contact: Alan Phillips, Unlock the Past, (08) 8263 2055 or 1300 526 069 (cost of a local call) email: alan@unlockthepast.com.au web: www.unlockthepast.com.au

(With thanks to Alan)

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.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

My Irish talks at Strathclyde's Summer Institute of Genealogical Studies

A quick note to say that I will be contributing two lectures to the University of Strathclyde's Summer Institute of Genealogical Studies, as part of the 'Irish Resources and Research Techniques' strand of lectures being led by the Ulster Historical Foundation's William Roulston and Gillian Hunt.

The week long programme takes place in Glasgow from June 27th-July 1st 2016, with my talks being given on Friday 1st July. These are:

Sources for studying the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ (1912-1923) in Ireland
Looking for Irish ancestors in Scottish records

For a full itinerary of talks for the Irish strand, as well as those for the parallel strands, 'British Military Research' and 'Practical Applications of Genetic Genealogy', see the university's website at http://www.strath.ac.uk/cll/cpd/genealogicalstudies/summerinstitute/.

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.

Munster Express coverage extended on Irish Newspaper Archive

Coverage of the Munster Express has been extended on the Irish Newspaper Archive (www.irishnewsarchive.com) to cover the years from 1860-present day (previously it started at 1908). For more information please visit https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/wp/munster-express-archive-update, where you will also find a discount code to allow 15% off access to the title, and access to the first edition for free.

Note the following years have been added specifically - 1860-1907 / 1909-1910 / 1912 / 1914-1915 / 1917- 1919 / 1921 / 1925 / 1941 / 1943 / 1951 / 1957 / 1966 / 1970 / 1974-1979

This should keep me fairly busy for a bit - I've already found a tonne of information on my wife's family from this paper in the past, it's been an absolute gold mine!



(With thanks to Andrew Martin via email)

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.

Lancashire Archives cuts hours for public access

From Lancashire Archives (http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/libraries-and-archives/archives-and-record-office.aspx):

Please note that from Monday 4 July 2016 Lancashire Archives will be open as follows:

* Monday CLOSED
* Tuesday 9.30-5.00 – open until 7.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month
* Wednesday 9.30-5.00
* Thursday 9.30-5.00
* Friday 9.30-5.00
* Saturday 10.00-4.00 on the second Saturday of each month only

The reduction from 42.5 to 30 hours each week reflects a significant reduction to the archive service budget and the loss of several staff. These stem from the county council's need to make significant financial savings, both to offset the Government's cuts to its funding and to account for cost pressures brought about by high demand for services. Additionally, the fall in archive visits from 12887 in 2005 to 5504 in 2015 means that we have to do things differently. The phrase 'use it or lose it' starts to become real.

Mondays will be spent on essential tasks such as cleaning new accessions, answering enquiries, and digitisation. At the moment I intend to continue document production on demand and throughout lunchtime (except on Saturday) but this will be kept under close review and I can't rule out further reductions in opening hours or a document ordering system in the future.

Following the user consultation, which identified a surprising amount of support for an evening opening, I have decided to open on one Tuesday evening each month. This will be fully staffed and I hope that it will be well supported by archive users. Saturday opening will remain as at present, so that there is an opportunity for people who work Monday to Friday to use the service.

I am sorry to introduce these cuts and I sincerely hope that they will not cause major problems to archive users, but will instead encourage you to make the most of the time when the searchroom is open .

Jacquie Crosby
Archives Service Manager
Lancashire Archives
Lancashire County Council
01772 533028
www.lancashire.gov.uk

(With thanks to the Federation of Family History Societies Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FederationFHS/posts/1117954911605693)

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.

Update on National Archives podcasts

Thanks to reader Jacqui Kirk (@genealgenie) who on the back of my recent post about the lack of TNA podcasts in recent months (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/has-national-archives-stopping.html) contacted the archive's User Advisory Group to enquire as to the reason. The reply was that it is all down to recent staff changes, but with a promise to add more soon.

As if to make good on that promise, a new podcast has been uploaded, the first since January. It is a talk just under 45 minutes long by Heidi Thomas entitled Researching Call the Midwife, and available to listen to at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/heidi-thomas-researching-call-midwife/ or via iTunes.

Incidentally, the National Archives is advertyising for a new Collections Knowledge Manager, to help with the management of its online systems - full job specs at https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/jobs.cgi?jcode=1491644, the deadline for applications is June 1st.

(Additional thanks to @DavidUnderdown9 for heads up on the new podcast upload)

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.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

FindmyPast adds Irish election registers and Westminster records

FindmyPast has added 26 volumes of British Library Electoral registers from Ireland, for the years 1885-1886, covering the counties of Armagh, Fermanagh, Down, Limerick, Mayo, Meath, Tyrone, Roscommon, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

The site has also added 300,000 baptisms, 409,000 marriages and 517,000 burial records for Westminster.

For further details visit https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/fridays

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.

MyHeritage to add DNA database

From My Heritage (www.myheritage.com):

We're excited to let you know that we now offer the ability to upload DNA data to your family tree on MyHeritage, enabling you to discover more about your family history. Your DNA data will be kept private and secure.

Enhancing your family tree with DNA results can lead to new discoveries. Soon, MyHeritage will roll out DNA Matching, allowing you to be matched to other people who share DNA with you and are likely related to you. MyHeritage will allow you to review the family trees of your DNA Matches (excluding living people) and filter them by shared surnames or locations to focus on matches that are more relevant to you. Best of all, DNA Matching will be combined with the power of MyHeritage's other technologies — Smart Matching™ and Record Matching — helping you determine the likely relationship path to your DNA Matches and prove or disprove other matches. You will be able to connect with new relatives and collaborate with them.

Further down the road, MyHeritage will provide detailed ethnic and geographic origin reports based on DNA.

These features, including the DNA Matching, are currently FREE.

If you or your family members have already done a DNA test on AncestryDNA, 23andMe or FamilyTreeDNA Family Finder, you are invited to export this data, and upload it to MyHeritage in just a few clicks. Your DNA will be matched for free to a very large set of additional people. You'll benefit from MyHeritage's vast international user base of 82 million registered users, plus the 10 million additional registered users on Geni, and get matches you would not receive otherwise. If you upload your DNA data now, you will enjoy DNA Matching for free. This may become a paid feature
later on, but it will remain free for users who upload now.

(With thanks to MyHeritage)

UPDATE: Before using this new feature it is highly recommended that you read the following blog post from the Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, concerning the new facility's terms and conditions and which consent you are required to give to use it - see http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2016/05/22/myheritage-dna-matching-terms-of-use/.


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.

Norfolk archive commemorates WW2 US pilots

A new online digital archive, the Second Air Division Digital Archive, has been launched in Norwich telling the story of US pilots stationed in Norfolk during the Second World War. The collection includes more than 30,000 photographs and other documents from the United States Army Air Force Second Air Division.

For more on the story visit http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/newly_launched_online_archive_sheds_light_on_us_heroes_based_in_norfolk_1_4541646 - the archive itself is accessible at http://www.2ndair.org.uk/digitalarchive.

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.