Thursday, 17 April 2014

Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland podcasts

The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland has a series of podcasts available online for free at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/centre-for-history-medicine/id397741868?mt=2 - the latest is entitled Adelaide Hospital & upholding Protestant healthcare in Ireland,1950-1972, a talk given by Dr Robbie Roulston.

Other recent talks include Rhythm and blues - natural family planning in Ireland (1930s-1980s), by Prof. Mary Daly of UCD, and Irish Medical Student Culture, Gentility and Professional Identity, c.1830-1900, by Dr Laura Kelly of the CHOMI and UCD. In total there are 47 lectures currently available.

(With thanks to @CHOMIreland and @BelfastSickPoor)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Accessing records of same sex marriage in Scotland

The National Records of Scotland has put a notice up to say that the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 received Royal Assent on 12 March 2014, and that it believes that same sex marriages will essentially begin to happen in the country by the end of the year (and about time too!). The story is available at http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2014/news-on-same-sex-marriage-in-scotland.

There is of course a genealogical perspective on this story also, and I have just sent an email to the NRS to ask how the records of same sex marriages will be made accessible at the ScotlandsPeople Centre (www.scotlandspeoplehub.gov.uk). Although there is an online closure period for marriage records on the ScotlandsPeople website that are less than 75 years old, more recent records for marriages are available for consultation at the centre in Edinburgh, and across the country at facilities with access to the same database - usually within a few months of them being recorded (with indexes becoming available much more quickly).

I am assuming that as same sex marriage is essentially the same thing in legal terms now, that equal provision will be made available to access such records - but will they be made available through the current marriage database, or through some other facility, and when?

When I get an update, I'll let you know!

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

World Archives Project - 5 years on

Today sees the fifth anniversary of the World Archives Project from Ancestry (http://community.ancestry.co.uk/wap/dashboard.aspx), the initiative that allows crowdsourcing as a means to index Ancestry's rapidly growing collection of digitised material (and at a much higher standard than was previously the case).

The site's blog provides an update on where the project now stands, with some impressive stats - you can read it at http://blogs.ancestry.com/worldarchivesproject/?p=2087.

English projects currently active through the initiative:
  • London, England, Selected Poor Law Removal and Settlement Records, 1828-1930 (Update)
  • West Yorkshire, England, Quarter Session Orders, 1637-1914
  • Liverpool, United Kingdom, Crew Lists 1860-1919
  • Wells, Somerset, England, Bishop's Transcripts
  • West Yorkshire, England, Alehouse Licences, 1771-1962

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Free British records via Ancestry for Easter

In addition to the free access to Australian immigration records (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/free-access-to-ancestrys-australian.html) the UK wing of Ancestry is also making certain records freely available for the Easter weekend, from April 18th-21st. The records include the English and Welsh BMD indexes and probate calendars, British military records, and the 1901 and 1911 UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man census returns and summary books (excluding Scotland for 1911).

Access is available via http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/grouplist.aspx?group=easter_free_records.

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Irish census fragments and pension search records to go online shortly

Claire Santry has announced on her Irish Genealogy News blog that the National Archives of Ireland will be simultaneously releasing (for free) its digitised images of surviving pre-1901 Irish census fragments, and Old Age Pension census search application forms, utilising data from the 1841 and 1851 censuses, on three sites on April 28th 2014 - www.genealogy.nationalarchives.ie, FindmyPast Ireland and FamilySearch.

I had an amazing piece of good fortune last year with the pension applications, allowing me to discover the identity of my five times great grandfather, via his grandson's application in 1918, which utilised census data from 1851 - you can read the full story at http://walkingineternity.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/irish-pension-applications-and-census.html.

(With thanks to Claire Santry)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Kent records added to FamilySearch

FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) has added a new dataset

England, Kent, Parish Registers, 1538-1911
https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1952887

The records have been sourced from Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone, England. Whilst the basic index is searchable from home, to view the original images you will need to visit a FamilySearch library, or partner group (including Kent History and Library Centre) to use them. Details on these can be found via https://familysearch.org/locations/.

(With thanks to John Reid's Canada's Anglo-Celtic Connections blog)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

British Newspaper Archive lowers monthly subscription fee

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) recently had a promotion whereby a month's access could be gained for just £10. The site has now announced that a monthly subscription will remain fixed for the foreseeable future at a cost of £9.95, a saving from the previous £29.95 for 30 days access.

Recent additions in the last 30 days:
  • Aberdeen Evening Express 1951 - 1954
  • Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 1801 - 1819
  • Birmingham Daily Mail, The 1881 - 1883, 1887, 1890 - 1891, 1896, 1901, 1904 - 1906, 1914 - 1916
  • Birmingham Daily Post 1914 - 1917
  • Birmingham Gazette 1914 - 1918
  • Bradford Observer 1867
  • Cambridge Independent Press 1917
  • Cheltenham Chronicle 1886, 1893, 1898 - 1900
  • Dublin Evening Mail 1831, 1840, 1842
  • Durham County Advertiser, The 1844
  • Evening Despatch 1914 - 1918
  • Evening Telegraph 1879 - 1880, 1882, 1886, 1892
  • Gloucester Citizen 1911 - 1912
  • Hartlepool Mail 1881
  • Kendal Mercury 1870
  • Lancashire Evening Post, The 1887 - 1902
  • Liverpool Daily Post 1875 - 1876, 1881 - 1882, 1887, 1915 - 1918
  • Newcastle Journal 1893, 1917
  • Nottingham Evening Post 1907 - 1909, 1911, 1915, 1920, 1945 - 1950
  • Oxford Times, The 1863 - 1870
  • Sheffield Evening Telegraph 1915 - 1916, 1918
  • Shetland Times, The 1885
  • Shields Daily Gazette 1874
  • Stamford Mercury 1846, 1930
  • Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette 1937
  • Sussex Agricultural Express, The 1891, 1893, 1920, 1931, 1935, 1945
  • Western Gazette 1865, 1911
  • Yorkshire Evening Post 1915, 1929 - 1930, 1937, 1952
  • Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, The 1923, 1925

UPDATE: The old monthly subscription was subject to a maximum of 600 page views per 30 days. The new package is being advertised as 'unlimited'. However, the small print states that unlimited is actually "Subject to our standard fair usage policy of 3,000 pages per month. For more information, please read our Terms & Conditions". Nevertheless, that's five times the access previously available, at a third of the cost. (With thanks to Amy Sell)

Chris

Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians. And for those wishing to take Scottish ancestral research a bit further, my next Pharos course, Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Records, commences May 14th 2014.

Forthcoming TNA events at Kew

The following events are being held at the National Archives at Kew (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk):

Georgian Londoners: the making of a modern city FREE
Thursday 24 April 2014 14:00 - 15:00

User Forum FREE
Thursday 24 April 12:30 - 13:45Writer of the month: Fighting on the Home Front - the

And in May:

01 May 2014
Fighting on the Home Front - the Legacy of Women in World War One TICKET

01 May 2014
The naval policy of the Free Church of Scotland FREE

08 May 2014
Reluctant regicides? The trial of Charles I revisited FREE

12 May 2014
Webinar: Why did people fear the Victorian workhouse? FREE

15 May 2014
Finding my father in Mesopotamia FREE

29 May 2014
Inconvenient people and how to find them: tales from the Victorian lunacy panics  FREE

Full details at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/visit/events.htm

Chris

Time to find your inner Irish...! All the best online Irish genealogy resources can be found through my book Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet - in print and ebook formats. "Very useful, makes me wish I was Irish!" - Saint Patrick, patron saint.

Irish Newspaper Archives additions

The following titles have been added to the Irish Newspaper Archives website (www.irishnewsarchive.com):

The Connaught Telegraph 1830-1899
The Dundalk Democrat 1849-1913

I picked up on an announcement late last night that the site was offering temporary free access until this morning (password and username both freebie16 - currently still working as I write this). The site has been upgraded, though is still dogged by a slow return on searches made through its new interface. Nevertheless, it is the best online resource - by a long mile - for Irish newspaper research.

Although it was a slow process, a discovery I made last night was that a brother of my two times great gran was one of the first tramway workers to abandon his tram on the street on August 26th 1913, in what became Ireland's most bitter industrial dispute, the Dublin Lockout. Persevere with the site, and you may likely be similarly rewarded!

Chris

Time to find your inner Irish...! All the best online Irish genealogy resources can be found through my book Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet - in print and ebook formats. "Very useful, makes me wish I was Irish!" - Saint Patrick, patron saint.

Shut for Easter

Please be advised that virtually every archive establishment of any genealogical use whatsoever is shut tomorrow (Good Friday) and on Easter Monday next week.

You are therefore cordially advised to eat your Easter eggs, and to await the normal resumption of family history institutions in a calm and dignified manner...!

Chris

Time to find your inner Irish...! All the best online Irish genealogy resources can be found through my book Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet - in print and ebook formats. "Very useful, makes me wish I was Irish!" - Saint Patrick, patron saint.