Monday, 31 August 2015

Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook available on the Internet Archive

A quick heads up for a useful resource on the Easter Rising. Although the Sinn Féin Rebellion Handbook from 1916-197 is available to search on the FindmyPast website at http://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/the-weekly-irish-times-sinn-fein-rebellion-handbook-easter-1916-1917, I have also just discovered it available free of charge at the Internet Archive, at https://archive.org/details/sinnfeinrebellio00dubl.

The handbook collects various articles from the Irish Times that were published throughout the rebellion. FindmyPast, in the blurb for its collection, notes that it provides "an official list of the casualties, names of prisoners, photographs, and important maps of key locations in Dublin city at the time".

Don't forget to also consult Military Archives (www.militaryarchives.ie) for additional resources on those involved with the Easter Rising on the Irish side.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

No more Dublin Gazettes to go online from the Oireachtas

A couple of weeks ago I discovered that the Oireachtas in Ireland had made available online digitised editions of the Dublin Gazette (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/the-dublin-gazette-from-1750-1800-is.html). Although the files carrying the newspaper are incredibly large (about 1GB each), I had identified that the coverage was from 1750-1800, thanks to the Wikipedia article on the newspaper available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dublin_Gazette. Curious to know if this is the sum total of all editions due to go online, I contacted the library at the Oireachtas, and have just received the following response:

Dear Chris

Many thanks for your query and for your comments on the digitised collections. It is good to know they are proving to be a useful resource.

From having reviewed the digitisation project files as far as I am aware all of our issues of the Dublin Gazette were digitised.

To my knowledge there are currently no plans to digitise Iris Oifiguil. If anything changes in this respect I will let you know.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Jennifer McGrath,
Assistant Librarian,
Library & Research Service,
Houses of the Oireachtas Service

To search for all the online editions from 1750-1809, visit the Oireachtas Library catalogue at http://opac.oireachtas.ie/liberty/libraryHome.do, where you will find many, many other valuable publications that have been digitised also.

UPDATE: *Sigh*  I initially reported that the Oireachtas catalogue showed coverage extending to 1809, rather than 1800, as had initially been shown on Wikipedia. In fact, it turns out upon download that the collection does indeed stop at the end of 1800 - the catalogue entry is wrong in stating 1809. So fifty years it remains then... (I have amended this post and the header to reflect this)

(With thanks to Jennifer McGrath)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bank holiday closures in England, Wales and Northern Ireland

If planning to go to an archive, library or museum tomorrow (Monday 31st) in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland, you might want to check if it is open first - it's a bank holiday.

Scotland, meanwhile, stands defiantly open for business...!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Friday, 28 August 2015

New Yorkshire records available on Ancestry

Two new collections from Yorkshire are now available on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

West Yorkshire, England, Select Removal and Settlement Records, 1689-1866
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9015

This collection contains burial registers for the years 1845-1987 and inscription grave registers for the years 1907-1938 from the Beckett Street Cemetery in West Yorkshire, England

Source: West Yorkshire, England, Removal and Settlement, 1627–1912. Digitized registers and loose papers. West Yorkshire Archive Service, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England.


Leeds, England, Beckett Street Cemetery, 1845-1987
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8999

This collection contains burial registers for the years 1845-1987 and inscription grave registers for the years 1907-1938 from the Beckett Street Cemetery in West Yorkshire, England

Source: Beckett Street Cemetery Records. Digitized registers. West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds, England.

Further details are available via the links.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

FindmyPast additions

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has added the following collections:

Manchester Electoral Registers Browse 1832-1900 
Over 330,000 Manchester electoral registers are now available to browse. The Manchester Electoral Registers 1832-1900 include both the registers for local government elections; Citizens’ Rolls and Burgess Rolls, and the registers for Parliamentary Elections; Parliamentary Electoral Registers. The records are scanned copies of microfilms held at the Manchester Archives Central Library and cover Ardwick, Bradford, Beswick, Cheetham, Chorlton-Upon Medlock, Harpurhey, Hulme, Newton, Salford, Broughton and Manchester. In 1974 all boroughs of Manchester were combined formally to create Greater Manchester.

Irish Newspapers 
Nearly half a million articles and 8 fascinating new titles have been added to our collection of historic Irish Newspaper. The brand new additions come from all four provinces of the country, include both local and national press and cover the time period before, during and after The Great Famine (1805-1871). New additions include the Belfast Commercial Chronicle, Clare Journal and Ennis Advertiser, General Advertiser For Dublin and All Ireland, Northern Standard, The Enniscorthy News and County of Wexford Advertiser, The Pilot, Tuam Herald and Westmeath Independent. Substantial additions have also been made to three existing titles; The Belfast Morning News, Freeman’s Journal and the Cork Examiner.

Derbyshire Hospital Admissions & Deaths 
Derbyshire Hospital Admission & Deaths contain nearly 4,000 records taken from two different sources: Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Deaths 1892 – 1912 and Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, Ashbourne Admissions 1899 – 1913. The Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital was opened in Ashbourne in 1899 and was in operation for 65 years until its closure in 1964. The Derbyshire Royal Infirmary was first built in 1810 and rebuilt following a typhoid outbreak in 1890. Queen Victoria laid the foundation stone for the new hospital in 1894 and the hospital stayed in operation for over 100 years. Each record includes a transcript produced by the Ancestral Archives of Derbyshire.

New Zealand, Nelson, Petition After The Wairau Incident 1843
The New Zealand, Nelson, Petition after the Wairau Incident 1843 records list the names of nearly 600 settlers who signed a petition calling for action to be taken by the Governor of New Zealand following the notorious Wairau affray. The Wairau incident occurred on 17 June 1843 and was the first serious clash between New Zealand Company settlers and the local Ngāti Toa. Following a dispute regarding the settlement of the Wairau Valley, local Māori chiefs had the settlers temporary abodes burnt to the ground. The company responded by sending 49 armed men to arrest the chiefs resulting in a confrontation that left 22 settlers and 4 Māori dead. An investigation by the newly appointed Governor, Robert FitzRoy, found that the settlers claim to the land had been invalid and the chiefs were exonerated. Many settlers were enraged by the findings and submitted a petition that, along with active lobbying, resulted in Fitzroy being recalled in 1845.

Further details at http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/fridays

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

TNA podcast - Security Service files release

The latest podcast from the National Archives in England (www.nationlarchives.gov.uk) is an overview of Security Service files that have been released this month. It's a short introduction by Professor Christopher Andrew, available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/security-service-file-release-august-2015/ or for free via iTunes.

There is an accompanying news release at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/latest-top-secret-mi5-files-released/.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Scotland's 2021 census topics consultation

The National Records of Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk) has announced a topics consultation for the 2021 census:

Scotland's Census 2021 - Topic Consultation

As announced last year, NRS are planning for a census in 2021. To help inform this planning, we will be conducting a consultation from October that will help determine the topics to be included... 

If you have any events between now and the end of the year that you think we might usefully contribute to regarding this consultation, please e mail us on scotlandscensus@nrscotland.gov.uk

Further updates and news on the consultation will be available in due course via www.scotlandscensus.gov.uk.

(With thanks to the NRS)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Irish Newspaper Archive updated

The Irish Newspaper Archive (www.irishnewsarchive.com) has announced the following update:

New Content in August

Irish (Cork) Examiner
1841 - 1989 now online!

Leinster Express
1959, 1976, 1988 & 2000 (added) now online!

Sligo Champion
1950 - Current now online!

Strabane Chronicle
1908 - 1979 now online!


Coming Soon

Irish (Cork) Examiner
1990 - 2003

Kerry Evening Post
1813-1917

Strabane Chronicle
1980 - Current

Munster Express
1860 - 1917

COMMENT: Looking forward to the Munster Express coming soon!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released 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, 27 August 2015

Scottish Research Online course starts next week!

My next Scottish Research Online course starts next Wednesday September 2nd 2015 and runs for 5 weeks - and there are still a few spaces available! The course teaches you how to get the very best from some of the most useful online records sites for Scottish family history research, with five structured lessons, a weekly online chat session with myself as the tutor, a dedicated discussion forum available to students throughout, and some fun along the way!

For more on the course, its contents, what past students have thought of it, and how to sign up, please visit the Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Limited website at http://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.

Hopefully I'll see a few of you there!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions - CDs added in 2015

I managed to catch up with Helen Grant of Scottish Monumental Inscriptions (www.scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com) at the recent Lanarkshire Family History Show, and she has kindly given me a list of CDs that have been added this year to her impressive range of cemeteries from across the country:

Alloway Old Kirk, Ayrshire
Alvie, Inverness
Arclach, Nairn
Ardersier, Inverness
Auldearn, Nairn
Brachligh-Gollanfield, Inverness
Broadford, Skye
Carbost, Skye
Causeway Kennoway, Fife
Daviot, Inverness
Dunvegan (St. Mary's), Skye
Dyke, Moray
Errol, Perthshire
Fonab, Perth Kinross
Geddes, Nairn
Inchture, Perthshire
Insh, Inverness (separate CDs for cemetery and church)
Inverallan, Moray
Kilspindie, Perthshire
Kingussie, Highland
Kinneff, Kincardineshire
Kirkoswald, Ayrshire
Kirkton of Ardesier, Inverness
Laurenceton Parish and Episcopal Church, Kincardineshire
LogiePert, Angus
Methven, Perthshire
Muiravonside church and Stirling burial ground, Falkirk
Murie, Perthshire
Muthill, Perthshire
Oathlaw, Forfar/Angus
Old Monklands (CD3 and CD4), Lanarkshire
Petty-Torgrain, Inverness
Skeabost, Skye
South Dalziel, Lanarkshire
St. Bride's (North Ballachulish Church), Highland
St. Maddoes and Kinfauns, Perthshire
St. Ninian's, Stirling
Struan, Perth Kinross
Tannadice, Forfar/Angus

Full price and ordering information via the website.

(With thanks to Helen)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.