Friday, 16 February 2018

Finding the Irish in Scotland

Back To Our Past (http://backtoourpast.ie) kicks off today in Belfast!

A reminder that I will be giving a talk tomorrow (Saturday 17th) at the event entitled Finding the Irish in Scotland:

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. 

The talk is at Titanic Belfast at 12.30 - I'll hopefully see a few of you there!

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

More Scottish monumental inscriptions added to FindmyPast

This week's update to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) includes:


Aberdeenshire, Banffshire & Kincardineshire Monumental Inscriptions
Over 21,000 records have been added to our collection of Aberdeenshire, Banffshire & Kincardineshire Monumental Inscriptions. The new additions cover 19 kirkyards across all three historic counties and consist of transcripts provided by the Aberdeen & North-East Scotland Family History Society.

Norfolk, Electoral Registers 1832-1915 Image Browse
Browse through images of electoral registers from Norfolk, England, covering the years 1832 to 1915. The collection consist of 290 volumes containing over 161,000 records and can be searched by year, division, or borough. The registers will reveal your ancestors place of abode, qualification, and address. This collection has been obtained from FamilySearch.

Yorkshire Parish Records
We've added thousands of new additions to our collection of Yorkshire parish records, including:
Over 73,000 additional Yorkshire baptisms
Over 16,000 additional Yorkshire banns
Over 57,000 additional Yorkshire marriages
Over 18,000 additional Yorkshire burials

Nottinghamshire Burial Index
Additional records covering Catholic burials in Worksop have been added to the Nottinghamshire Burial Index. The index now holds more than 678,000 records from 1569 through 1905.

Connecticut, Town of Sharon Cemetery Indexes
Explore more than 4,000 transcripts of headstone inscriptions from eight cemeteries in Sharon, Connecticut. From these indexes you can discover your ancestor's birth year, death date, and burial place. This collection has been obtained from the sharonhist.org website. Additional information about the records can we found on the source's website.

For further details and links visit https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-february-16th-2535007461.html

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Eddie's Extracts new web address

Having previously been hosted on Rootsweb, the popular Northern Irish website Eddie's Extracts now has a new web address at www.eddiesextracts.com. On this you will find indexes and abridgements of newspaper articles, records orf deceased seamen, military rolls of honour, parish records, and more.

Have fun exploring!

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Cornwall parish records indexes added to FamilySearch

From FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org):

New Historic Records on FamilySearch: Week of February 12, 2018

Find your ancestors on FamilySearch with new historic records published this week from BillionGraves, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Panama, Russia, and Slovakia. Search these new free records by clicking on the collection links below or search over 5 billion free records at FamilySearch.

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Searchable historic records are made available on FamilySearch.org through the help of thousands of volunteers from around the world. These volunteers transcribe (index) information from digital copies of handwritten records to make them easily searchable online. More volunteers are needed (particularly those who can read foreign languages) to keep pace with the large number of digital images being published online at FamilySearch.org. Learn more about volunteering to help provide free access to the world's historic genealogical records online at FamilySearch.org/indexing.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Free access to MyHeritage marriage records for Valentine's Day

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

Hi Chris,

We wanted you to know that to celebrate Valentine’s Day, MyHeritage has a special gift for everyone.

From now through February 15, all MyHeritage marriage records will be available for free, no data subscription will be required.

Enjoy your search, and please let us know what you discover.

Happy Valentine's Day!


To view the records visit https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-2020/marriage-divorce

(With thanks to Daniel Horowtiz)

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

From FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org):

Popular RootsTech 2018 Announces Free Online Broadcast Schedule

Mark your calendars! RootsTech, the world’s largest family history and technology conference, happening February 28 to March 3, 2018, announced its free live online streaming schedule. It will broadcast 19 of its popular sessions, including former Olympic gold-medalist Scott Hamilton; Brandon Stanton, founder of the Humans of New York photo blog; host of the popular PBS show Finding Your Roots, Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Natalia Lafourcade, internationally recognized singer songwriter; and Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International. The live broadcasts give those unable to attend in-person a sampling of the show's marquee content. Interested viewers can watch the select broadcasts live at RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams.

"RootsTech 2018 offers over 300 sessions for those able to attend in-person," said Tyler Stahle, RootsTech marketing manager. "However, the 19 sessions we will live stream for free will expand the show's reach and give more people the opportunity to participate remotely in this world class conference." In 2017, streaming sessions garnered more than 50,000 views, and that number continues to grow each year.

The streamed sessions will include the popular general sessions and a sampling of technology and family history presentations appealing to varied interests.

RootsTech Live Streaming Schedule

Watch at www.RootsTech.org. No registration is required to view the live streams. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).

For the full schedule of talks, please visit https://media.familysearch.org/popular-rootstech-2018-announces-free-online-broadcast-schedule/

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Royal Mint launches old coin authentication service

This one may be of interest to those with ancient hoards of coins in the attic!

“How much is my coin worth?” The Royal Mint launches new service to authenticate and value pre-decimal coins

For anyone who has ever wondered if their pre-decimal coin is genuine and how much it might be worth, The Royal Mint has launched a brand new service that will now reveal all. The 1,100 year-old organisation’s long-awaited UK pre-decimal (before 1971) coin authentication and valuation service is available via its website at https://www.royalmint.com/collector-services.

The Royal Mint Collector Services team has unparalleled knowledge on British pre-decimal coin history, and is well placed to help coin collectors gain a deeper understanding of their coins. Customers can choose from three levels of service - online, standard or premium - to identify, authenticate and value their coins. Customers of the Premium service will even benefit from Royal Mint certificate signed by the Deputy Master of the Mint to authenticate their coin.

Anne Jessopp, CEO of The Royal Mint, said “As a trusted organisation with an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,000 years, customers have been asking us to value and authenticate their pre-decimal coins for some time.

“Following the announcement this year that we will be growing our presence in the collector services market, I am delighted that we are launching a service that makes the respected opinion of our experts more easily accessible for our customers.”

The Royal Mint itself holds one of the finest collections of coins, medals, artwork and minting equipment in the world. Coins can offer important insights into the history of the United Kingdom, highlighting the economics, technology, art, politics and ceremonies of the nation.

For more information on The Royal Mint’s authentication and valuation service, please visit www.royalmint.com/collector-services. Other facilities currently offered under The Royal Mint’s Collector Services include secure storage for valuable possessions from documents and artwork to collectables and heirlooms.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Ancestry adds records for Clare, Ireland

Added to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

Clare, Ireland, Church of Ireland Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1744-1991
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61574
Source: Clare Church of Ireland Parish Registers, Church of Ireland, Clare, Ireland.

The Church of Ireland, part of the wider Anglican Communion, was the Church established by law at the time of the reformation, although the majority of the country remained practicing Catholics. The Irish Church Act 1869 (which took effect on 1 January 1871) finally ended the role of the Church of Ireland as state church. Two thirds of Church of Ireland records were destroyed during the fire at the Public Record Office of Ireland during the Irish Civil War of 1922. Up until the early years of the nineteenth century, registers were usually made up of manuscript volumes and this generally meant that no real uniformity existed in the data recorded. From about the 1820s, earlier in some parishes, pro-forma registers started to be used.

This collection includes baptism, marriage, and burial records from parishes in the County of Clare in Ireland, with dates ranging from 1744 to 1991.

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Ancestry adds three new Fife based collections

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released three new collections from Fife, Scotland, and one from England:

Rosyth, Fife, Scotland, Dockyard Employee Books, 1892-1967
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61425
Rosyth Dockyard Employmee Books, Fife Library and Archives Services, Fife, Scotland

This collection includes records of individuals who were employed at Rosyth Dockyard located in Fife, Scotland. Details are also included of places and dates of employment at other dockyards around the country, which explains why dates found within the collection precede the construction of Rosyth Dockyard in 1909. It was built at the orders of the Royal Navy, looking to strengthen their presence along the Eastern seaboard at a time when Britain was engaged in a naval arms race with Germany.

The Rosyth Dockyard Employee Books can be found in Dunfermline Carnegie and Galleries.


Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, War Albums, 1899 - 1916
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61645
Kirkcaldy War Albums, Fife Library and Archives Services, Fife, Scotland.

This collection includes four volumes of men from the District of Kirkcaldy posing in military uniform during both the Second Boer War (1899-1902) and First World War (1914-1918).

The first volume is titled 'War Album Containing Portraits of Over Two Hundred Fife Men Serving in South Africa and Groups and Views Connected with the War'. There are also four volumes with portraits of local Fife men serving in the First World War.

The Kirkcaldy War Albums can be found in the Kirkcaldy Galleries.


Burntisland, Fife, Scotland, Directory and Yearbook, 1892
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61423
Source: Burntisland Trade Directory, Fife Library and Archives Services, Fife, Scotland.

Directories were first published around the beginning of the nineteenth century; they primarily only covered cities and larger towns. This directory covers the town of Burntisland, Fife, situated on the south-west coast of the County. The town of Burntisland is a sea-port and a Royal Burgh and traditional industries include fishing and coal.


And from England:

Buckinghamshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records, 1535-1812
https://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61538
Source: 'Electronic databases created from various publications of parish and probate records'

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.

FindmyPast adds Devon records and Suffragette material

The following is this week's update to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):


Suffragette Collection Update
An additional 3,000 records have been added to our recently released Suffragette collection. The new additions consist of fully indexed newspaper reports taken from The Suffragette (later The Britannia). The paper was edited by Christabel Pankhurst and was the official organ of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). In 1915, the newspaper title changed its name to reflect the WSPU's patriotic ideals and was used to campaign for the war effort while retaining a focus on women's issues.

Suffragette Newspaper Collection Browse
Browse 271 issues of the Suffragette and Britannia. The collection holds issues from 1912 up to 1918 when publication ceased.

Missouri, Moniteau County Roman Catholic Marriages
Discover your ancestor's marriage details from this index pertaining to Moniteau County, Missouri.

Devon Baptisms
Over 30,000 new records have been added to our collection of Devon baptisms. The collection now contains over 2.6 million records of baptisms spanning 400 years of the county's history. Individual entries will contain an image and transcript of and original document. Records will reveal a combination of your ancestor's date of baptism, place of baptism, parent's names, father's occupation and parent's residence.

Devon Banns
An additional 39,325 records have are now available to search within our collection of Devon Banns. Banns of marriage, more commonly known simply as the 'banns' or 'bans' (from a Middle English word meaning 'proclamation', rooted in the Old French) are the public announcement in a Christian parish church of an impending marriage. Their purpose is to prevent invalid marriages by allowing anyone to raise any canonical or civil legal impediment to the marriage.

Devon Marriages
Over 79,000 new records have been added to our collection of Devon Marriages. The collection covers the years between 1507 and 2002 and consists of images and transcripts that have been made available online thank to the assistance of volunteers of the Devon Family History Society.

Devon Burials
31,351 new records have been added to our collection of Devon Burials. The collection consists of original Anglican parish registers and burial registers from Ford Park Cemetery and Torquay Cemetery.

Devon, Plymouth & West Devon Parish Registers Browse
This week's new additions to our collections of Devon parish baptisms, banns, marriages and burials are also available to browse.

British in India
Over 56,000 records have been added to our collection of British in India records. The new additions consist contain biographical and service data on the families and officers of the East India Company taken from an index compiled by Lieutenant-Colonel Kendall Percy-Smith.

For further details visit https://blog.findmypast.co.uk/findmypast-friday-2532662129.html

Chris

For my genealogy guide books, visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html, whilst details of my research service are at www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk. Further content is also published daily on The GENES Blog Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BritishGENES.