Monday, 20 October 2014

Caledonian copulation kicked it off...

The history of Scotland has never been made more central to everyone of us around the world researching our family trees!

It transpires that in the last day or so, white coated boffins from Flinders University in South Australia have revealed that the origins of each of us having to have two parents behind the act of our creation in fact goes back to an ancient Scottish loch somewhere 385 million years ago. It was then that small vertebrate creatures called placoderms first learned the art of copulation, as opposed to spawning - and wait for it, these placoderms are more technically known as Microbrachius dicki (I kid you not). The full story is available at http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/10/19/us-health-sex-idUKKCN0I80O320141019.

Wha's like us? Well, err, it now seems to be everyone... :)

Incidentally, just to maintain the art of accuracy, these particular placoderms also apparently lived in Estonia and China. But just to clarify, I have no idea if this is evidence of an early Scottish diaspora, or simple coincidence!

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Devon Heritage Centre access restrictions

Some news for anyone who may be wishing to do research in Devon Heritage Centre (http://www.devon.gov.uk/record_office.htm):

DEVON HERITAGE CENTRE SHELVING WORK UPDATE

Shelving installation work is due to commence in our Exeter office w/c 3 November 2014. We will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum but please be advised that there will be some restrictions on access to collections stored in the affected areas from 28 October until the beginning of December 2014.

The main collections to which restrictions will apply are as follows:

Phase 1 (28 Oct – 18 Nov)

Quarter Sessions papers, 1866 - 1940
EDRO Deposits 46/1 – 77/11
EDRO Deposits Z1 – Z19
Poor Law Union records
School records
Parish volumes

Phase 2 (18 Nov – 9 Dec)

Exeter City Archives rolls & legal papers (incl. customs rolls, mayor’s court rolls, receiver’s accounts & freemen books)
Chanter volumes (Diocese of Exeter collection)
Deposits 74B, 96M, 123M, 152M, 312M, 314M, 316M, 337B, 775, 961M, 1148M, 1258M, 1262M, 1508M, 2065M, 4001, 7818M

We apologise for any inconvenience this essential work may cause. Please revisit this site for further updates as the work progresses.

(With thanks to Maureen Selley)

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Scottish consolidated tax schedules 1798-1799 on ScotlandsPlaces

The National Records for Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk) has announced that consolidated tax schedule records from 1798-1799, replacing a myriad of separate Scottish tax lists from previous years, have now been made available on ScotlandsPlaces (www.scotlandsplaces.gov.uk). There is a caveat, however, in that records are available only for counties which begin with the letters A-M - so no schedules survive for Nairnshire, Orkney, Peebles-shire, Perthshire, Renfrewshire, Ross-shire and Wigtownshire.

For further details visit http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2014/consolidated-tax-schedules-released-online.

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Genealogy in the Sunshine 2015 with Lost Cousins

I'm delighted to confirm that I will be returning to the Rocha Brava resort on Portugal's Algarve next March 14th-21st to speak at the week long Lost Cousins conference event, Genealogy in the Sunshine, now heading for its second year. Also confirmed as a speaker for the 2015 event is DNA guru Debbie Kennett, with many other participants from the genealogy world due to be announced soon. Peter Calver, who is organising the event, is planning to make the 2015 event even bigger and better than the last one, with more speakers, more talks, and even more fun!

I was fortunate to be able to attend the first event last year - for a summary of what happened, read my reviews at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/genealogy-in-sunshine-day-1.html http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/genealogy-in-sunshine-days-2-and-3.html and http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/genealogy-in-sunshine-days-4-and-5.html. In summary, however, it had great talks, great weather, great resort, great wine, great craic, and great sunsets!


For further details on the 2015 event, see http://www.genealogyinthesunshine.com/2015info.htm - and for the latest Lost Cousins newsletter, visit http://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters/midoct14news.htm.

Hopefully see a few of you there!

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Nottinghamshire Archives winter closure for redevelopment

The following has been announced by Nottinghamshire Archives at http://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/learning/history/archives/archivesnews/?blogpost=2778:

Nottinghamshire Archives will temporarily close to the public from Saturday 18 October.

This closure forms part of a £2.5m investment project to extend the archives' building and preserve the county’s rich documentary heritage for future generations.

The building is expected to open again in spring 2015. Until then, you can contact the archives service via telephone, email and post. A reprographics service will be available so staff can reproduce copies of documents for the public.

From October 18, you can use the reduced service by calling 0115 9581634, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm or by emailing archives@nottscc.gov.uk.

Written requests can also be accepted at Nottinghamshire Archives, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AG.

You can also continue to explore local history collections in local libraries which host parish registers and other local history sources.

The archives’ current building in Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, was opened by the Princess Royal in 1993 and is almost at full storage capacity.

The county council’s extension project will increase storage capacity and secure a further 20 years of extra space for historical archives. It will be built to meet new national archives building standards, and the modernised facilities will have an enhanced focus on digital archives.

There will be a new refreshments area, two meeting rooms and exhibition spaces in the new-look building. There will be opportunities to support further the Friends Group and increase volunteering opportunities as part of the refurbished centre.

We apologise for the inconvenience this closure may cause.

(With thanks to Martin James at the UK Professional Researchers in Genealogy, Family & Local History forum on Linked In)

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Friday, 17 October 2014

British GENES - one and a half million page views and counting!

Just over three years ago, in September 2011, I launched this blog to parallel its predecessor, Scottish GENES, in a bid to bring additional news from across the British Isles, and not just for Scotland. Within months I had decided to concentrate solely on British GENES, largely to save on duplication of effort in posting the same Scottish stories on two blogs!

Well, it's only a wee thing, but I've just noticed that this version of the blog has now had over one and a half million page views, according to the Google stats (and that doesn't even take into account the hundreds of subscribers who read the stories via a daily email or a feed reader!). It continues to amaze me how many people from Canada to New Zealand and across Britain and Ireland who I meet who seem to read it, so thanks for doing so - I'll be keeping at it for a while yet!

(Incidentally, the Scottish GENES blog is still available as an archive of genealogy news from 2007-2011 at http://scottishancestry.blogspot.co.uk.)

Onwards and upwards! :)

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

British Red Cross WW1 volunteer records go online

The British Red Cross has commenced the upload of records for British volunteers in the First World War. From the site:

Over 90,000 people volunteered for the British Red Cross at home and overseas during the war.
Search for your family’s personnel records, and discover what Red Cross volunteers were doing in your local area 100 years ago.

The personnel records for surnames starting with A and B are currently available. Volunteers are updating the site with more names every few weeks.

For further details visit http://www.redcross.org.uk/About-us/Who-we-are/History-and-origin/First-World-War

(With thanks to Emma Jolly via Facebook)

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

British Newspaper Archive recent additions

The following have been added to the British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) over the last 30 days - good to see some more Irish material at long last finding its way to the site (I've highlighted each Irish title with an asterisk), though still only a drop in the ocean compared to the offerings for England and Scotland. (NB: there is very little Welsh material on the site - for this, visit the free to access http://welshnewspapers.llgc.org.uk/en/home).

Here goes:

Aberdeen People's Journal 1878, 1880, 1885, 1898 - 1908
Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs 1926, 1928 - 1931, 1933 - 1934
Aris's Birmingham Gazette 1741, 1746, 1761, 1772, 1791, 1798, 1800 - 1801, 1803 - 1804, 1808 - 1809, 1813 - 1814, 1817, 1824 - 1862, 1864 - 1867
Bedfordshire Times and Independent 1887 - 1888, 1897, 1899, 1914 - 1915, 1917 - 1919, 1923 - 1924, 1936, 1938 - 1940, 1944
*Belfast Mercury 1851 - 1853, 1860 - 1861
Biggleswade Chronicle 1898, 1907, 1910 - 1911, 1913 - 1918, 1920
Birmingham Daily Gazette 1862, 1868
Bradford Observer 1835
Bucks Herald 1922 - 1927, 1934, 1939 - 1946
Bury and Norwich Post 1845 - 1846, 1848
Chelmsford Chronicle 1870, 1884
Cheltenham Chronicle 1820 - 1821, 1827 - 1835, 1837 - 1849, 1863
Cheltenham Looker-On 1858, 1878, 1880
Chester Chronicle 1918
Cobbett's Weekly Political Register 1808
Coventry Times 1862, 1880
*Downshire Protestant 1858 - 1859
*Drogheda Journal, or Meath & Louth Advertiser 1831 - 1832, 1835, 1839
*Drogheda News Letter 1813
*Dublin Builder, The 1859
*Dublin Evening Mail 1851, 1853, 1856 - 1860
Dumfries and Galloway Standard 1865
Dundee Advertiser 1896
Dundee Evening Telegraph 1877 - 1950
Dundee, Perth, Forfar, and Fife's People's Journal 1858 - 1861
Exeter and Plymouth Gazette 1900
Falkirk Herald 1862, 1864, 1879, 1883 - 1884, 1888, 1890 - 1891, 1914 - 1917
Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 1909
*Galway Vindicator, and Connaught Advertiser 1841, 1843 - 1844, 1847, 1849 - 1855, 1858 - 1859, 1861, 1864 - 1866
Gloucester Journal 1810
Gloucestershire Chronicle 1852 - 1854, 1865, 1877, 1879 - 1880, 1893, 1896, 1911
Gloucestershire Echo 1889, 1893, 1899, 1918
Hampshire Chronicle 1783, 1785, 1795
Hartlepool Mail 1925 - 1926, 1945
Hertford Mercury and Reformer 1870 - 1873, 1875 - 1878, 1880 - 1888
Herts Guardian, Agricultural Journal, and General Advertiser 1861, 1866
*Hibernian Journal; or, Chronicle of Liberty 1773 - 1776, 1778, 1780 - 1783, 1805
Illustrated Times 1858 - 1859
Ipswich Journal, The 1779 - 1784, 1791 - 1793, 1796 - 1798
Kent & Sussex Courier 1876, 1881 - 1882, 1884 - 1892, 1894
Leamington Spa Courier 1925 - 1926, 1929 - 1930, 1934, 1937 - 1943, 1945, 1947 - 1949, 1951 - 1954
Leicester Chronicle 1813 - 1818, 1821 - 1826, 1848, 1850, 1901 - 1904, 1906 - 1909, 1912 - 1915
*Limerick Evening Post 1828
*Limerick Reporter 1851 - 1852, 1859 - 1860
Liverpool Courier and Commercial Advertiser 1870
Luton News and Bedfordshire Chronicle 1897, 1906
Manchester Mercury 1753 - 1754, 1770, 1776, 1779, 1781, 1785, 1787 - 1791, 1795 - 1798, 1804 - 1805, 1809, 1814 - 1816, 1819 - 1825, 1827 - 1830
Motherwell Times 1890 - 1891
Newry Examiner and Louth Advertiser 1852 - 1853, 1855, 1857
Northampton Mercury 1906 - 1907, 1909, 1913 - 1918, 1920 - 1931, 1938 - 1939
Northern Star and Leeds General Advertiser 1838 - 1852
Northern Whig 1858
Perthshire Advertiser 1833 - 1839, 1842 - 1846, 1848 - 1866, 1868 - 1869
Portsmouth Evening News 1905 - 1906, 1909, 1921, 1942
Reading Mercury 1786, 1788, 1914
Royal Cornwall Gazette 1802
Sheffield Daily Telegraph 1950
Sheffield Evening Telegraph 1905, 1920
Sheffield Independent 1898
Sherborne Mercury 1770 - 1771
Shields Daily Gazette 1911
South Bucks Free Press, Wycombe and Maidenhead Journal 1865
Stirling Observer 1917
Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette 1916 - 1917
Surrey Advertiser 1869 - 1870
Sussex Advertiser 1849, 1852
Swindon Advertiser and North Wilts Chronicle 1861
Taunton Courier, and Western Advertiser 1906 - 1907, 1909, 1915, 1921 - 1922, 1926, 1928
*Ulsterman, The 1857 - 1859
*Waterford Chronicle 1839
Wells Journal 1884
West Briton and Cornwall Advertiser 1889
Western Daily Press 1863
Western Mail 1914
Worcester Journal 1808 - 1816, 1818 - 1821, 1829 - 1830, 1850 - 1851

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

PRONI talks in Belfast October 20th-24th

From PRONI in Belfast (www.proni.gov.uk), a summary of talks happening next week:

‘CORPORATION TO COUNCIL: Governing Belfast since 1613’ LECTURE SERIES: ‘Building the City Hall’, Robert Corbett, Belfast City Council,
When: Tuesday 21st October 2014 starting at 1pm
Where: PRONI
PRONI will be hosting a series of lunchtime lectures during October and November 2014, exploring the history of the former Belfast Corporation and its influence on the development of the city. The Lectures will run on Tuesday lunchtimes during October and November Robert Corbett from Belfast City Council is giving the second in the series this week.

Admission is FREE – Please contact the PRONI to book your place through PRONI@dcalni.gov.uk or call (02890 534800)


IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: Influence of Irish on English as we speak it, by Joe Ó Labhraí
When: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 starting at 1pm
Where: PRONI
PRONI and Foras Na Gaeilge invites you to a series of talks exploring aspects of Irish language and culture, including shared traditions and heritage. This lecture series will run on Wednesday lunchtimes throughout October and November. The second of this series of Lectures is being delivered this week by Joe Ó Labhraí.

Admission is FREE – Please contact the PRONI to book your place through PRONI@dcalni.gov.uk or call (02890 534800)


LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Shops and Shoppers, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: Thursday 23rd October 2014 starting at 1pm
Where: PRONI
Open University in Ireland has agreed to give a lunchtime lecture series on topics relating to Exploring Family History. This Lecture series will run on Thursday lunchtimes during October with Dr Janice Holmes is giving the fourth of this series this week on Shops and Shoppers.

Admission is FREE – Please contact the PRONI to book your place through PRONI@dcalni.gov.uk or call (02890 534800)


THE ROAD TO WAR LECTURE SERIES: 'If the nation is to be saved women must help in the saving’: Women and War in Ireland, 1914-18 Dr Senia Paseta, University of Oxford
When: Thursday 23rd October 2014 starting at 7pm
Where: PRONI
Dr Senia Paseta is a historian of modern Ireland with a particular interest in the history of education, religious identity formation, political movements, and ideas in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her current research is in the history of women and political activism in Britain and Ireland. Her new book, Irish Nationalist Women, 1900-1918 (Cambridge, 2013), examines how politically active women worked within broader nationalist and feminist contexts during a volatile period of Irish history.

Admission is FREE – Please contact the PRONI to book your place through PRONI@dcalni.gov.uk or call (02890 534800)

(With thanks to the latest PRONI Express email)

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks

Irish Family History Society Journal digitisation

From the Irish Family History Society (www.ifhs.ie):

Irish Family History Society adds online access to their historic journals for members

The Irish Family History Society Journal has been published annually since 1985, shortly after the Society was established. Many are now out print, particularly those from the early years. The back issues of the Journal have now been digitised by Eneclann in memory of the late John Heueston, past Chairman and Treasurer . The first tranche of 10 issues from 1985 to 1994 is now available in the Members’ area on www.ifhs.ie. More will be added in early 2015.

Mary Beglan, Irish Family History Society’s Chairman said “ I am delighted that these Journals are now available in digitised form for the benefit of our members, and I thank Fiona Fitzsimons of Eneclann for her kind gift of digitising the Journals in memory of the late John Heueston. The broad range of articles dating from 1985 will be of great interest to our members”

Based in Ireland, the Irish Family History Society was established in 1984 and has a worldwide membership. The Society holds regular meetings and publishes an annual Journal as well as News Sheets for its members. Please visit the Society’s website www.ifhs.ie for more information.

(With thanks to Mary Beglan)

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, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via www.caledonia2014.com - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks