Sunday, 28 August 2016

Travelling to the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference

I'm on my travels again from tomorrow (Monday) as I make my way to the United States to give three talks and a workshop on Scottish subjects at the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Springfield, Illinois (see https://www.fgsconference.org). This will be my first trip to the States to speak at a genealogy event, and my first proper visit to the country since October 2001 (bar a four hour stopover last year in Philadelphia!).

The talks I am doing are as follows:

Thurs 1st Sept
The Godly Commonwealth: The Kirk's History and Records

Fri 2nd Sept
Scottish Land Records
Tracing Scottish Ancestors before 1800 (2 hour workshop)

Sat 3rd Sept
Scottish Marriage: Instantly Buckled for Life

I'll hopefully be able to blog whilst there, and I hope to catch up with some familiar faces from Canada, the US, Australia and Ireland. Very much looking forward to it all - it will be interesting to see how the Americans do things genealogically!


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.

Scottish Research Online course starts soon!

Another reminder that my latest Scottish Research Online course kicks off on Tuesday 6th September, the day after I return from the US.

Full details on the five week long course from Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd are available at http://pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.

There are still plenty of spaces available, hopefully I will see a few of you there!

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.

Lanarkshire Family History Show reminder

A quick reminder that Lanarkshire Family History Society will be hosting its annual Local and Family History Show in Motherwell Concert Hall, Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, ML1 1AB, on ​Saturday 3rd September 2016. 

I'll unfortunately not be able to make it this year as I won't be in the country, but it is Scotland's biggest genealogy event, and well worth attending!


For further details, please see my original post at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/lanarkshire-local-and-family-history.html

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.

England's Immigrants 1330-1550 website podcast

The latest National Archives podcast takes a look at the subject of immigration in a historic context, with a talk from Jonathan Mackman and Jessica Lutkin entitled England’s Immigrants between 1330 and 1550. The talk explores a new database at https://www.englandsimmigrants.com containing the names of 65,000 immigrants to England, who helped to build the nation up in the medieval period.

You can listen to the podcast at the website via http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/englands-immigrants-1330-1550/, download it from the site or download through iTunes.

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.

Kent records added to Ancestry

Two new collections for Kent have been added recently to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

Bexley, Kent, England, Electoral Registers, 1734-1965
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=61151
Original data: Bexley Electoral Registers. Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre, Bexleyheath, Kent, England.

Medway, Kent, England, Poor Law Union Records, 1836-1937
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60655
Original data: Poor Law Union Records. Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre, Chatham, Kent, England.

Further details are available via the links.

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.

FindmyPast adds enemy aliens and internees in Britain records

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com) has added the following records:

Britain, Enemy Aliens and Internees, First and Second World Wars

Were your ancestors suspected of being enemy sympathisers or spies? Were they interned or declared exempt from internment? During the First and Second World Wars, thousands of foreign nationals were investigated and interned in camps across the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. These records comprise enemy alien index cards from the Home Office, nominal rolls, correspondence, and much more.

Sources:

First World War
HO 144/11720 - First World War internment lists (1915 and 1918): Enemy aliens in London This series contains lists of German nationals who were assessed for internment, but not interned.

HO 45/11522 Parts 1 and 2 - Aliens and Nationality and Naturalisation: Central Register of Aliens in United Kingdom; policy of internment and repatriation of alien enemies, 1914-1924 This series contains registrations of enemy aliens in lunatic asylums, investigations by the Home Office into reports of suspicious characters, and quantified lists of enemy aliens by district from the 1911 census, as well as lists of enemy aliens, organised by age, with familial information such as spouse and children.

Second World War
PCOM 9/661 - Reception and internment of aliens: list of internees, 1938-1946 The lists include internees from prisons in Holloway, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Lincoln, Lewes, Dorchester, and Leeds. You will find notifications of the reception of enemy aliens into prisons and the dates of their arrests and arrivals. These files include a large number of female internees.

PCOM 9/662 - Reception and internment of aliens: list of internees, 1938-1946 In this series, you will find reports of internee movements and transfers and internee complaints about conditions and investigations. For example, three internees complained that the prisons were not set up for non-criminals and that they were kept in solitary confinement for 19 ½ hours a day. However, the prison officers disputed the complaints.

Nominal Rolls
HO 215/469 - Hutchinson, Isle of Man: Nominal roll, September 1943
HO 215/471 - Metropole, Isle of Man: Nominal roll, October 1943
HO 215/473 - Mooragh, Isle of Man: Nominal rolls, 1943-1945
HO 215/475 - Onchan, Isle of Man: Nominal roll, May 1943
HO 215/478 - Port Erin, Isle of Man: Nominal rolls, 1943-1944
HO 215/502 - Married camp, Isle of Man: Nominal roll, November 1943 Nominal rolls will include your ancestor’s name, birthdate, and birthplace. Some rolls will have additional remarks such as the name of your ancestor’s spouse or occupation.
HO 396 - 308 volumes of people interned or considered for internment by the British in the Second World War (1939-1947)

Further details at http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/britain-enemy-aliens-and-internees-first-and-second-world-wars


COMMENT: Don't forget my website also at http://ruhleben.tripod.com which looks at British and British Empire based citizens interned in Germany in WW1.

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.

Donegal outrages and bribery in Hull added to The Original Record

Latest additions to The Original Record (www.theoriginalrecord.com) website:

1799
Lodging House and Boarding House Keepers in Bath
A list of all the lodging and boarding houses in the city of Bath, street by street, with house numbers. 'The general price of Lodgings from the first of September to the 31st of May is 10s. 6d. a week for the best rooms, and 5s. 6d. for servant's rooms; the other three months, viz. June, July, and August, 7s. 6d. a week for the best rooms, and 5s. 6d. a week for servant's rooms.'

1851-1861
Victims of Outrages: Kilmacrenan barony, county Donegal
Return of outrages specially reported by the constabulary as committed within the barony of Kilmacrenan, county Donegal: giving date of the offence; parish and townland; name and class of the injured person; nature of the offence; number of persons arrested; and whether conviction was had or not.

1854
Bribers and Bribed in Hull
A Bill for the Prevention of Bribery in the Election of Members to serve in Parliament for the Borough of Kingston-upon-Hull, passed 11 April 1854, stated that a commission of inquiry 30 August 1853 had found that over a hundred voters were bribed at one or more of the elections for the borough in 1841, 1847 and 1852: the names of those bribed, and those who gave the bribes, were listed in the bill, and all those persons were disqualified from any future parliamentary elections for the borough.

1854-1855
Assaults on Women and Children: Bow Street, Hammersmith and Lambeth
The return, under 16 & 17 Vict. c. 30 of offenders convicted of aggravated assaults upon women and children: giving date of conviction, full name of offender, and sentence.

1870
London University Matriculation List
The matriculation list of the University of London published in January 1870 shows all the students entering the university 1865 to 1869, but who had not yet taken an examination. The alphabetical list gives full name, surname first; year of matriculation; and the name of the school or college (or private study or the name of a tutor) of previous education.

(With thanks to The Original Record)

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.

Irish Family History Centre podcast: Mna 1916

The latest podcast from the Irish Family History Centre entitled Mna - 25 years of searching - lesson and leads, a talk by Sinead McCooly recently given at the National Library of Ireland. 'Mna' is the Gaelic word for women, and the talk discusses an exhibition on the women of the Easter Rising, and other movements from 1916, as well as tips on how to search for them in the records.


To listen to the podcast, visit https://irishfamilyhistorycentre.com/article/sinead-mccool-mna-25-years-of-searching-lesson-and-leads-2.

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.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Free UK and Irish records on Ancestry this weekend

It's a bank holiday everywhere in England and Wales, but we still get to have some fun here in Scotland (and NI!) also! Ancestry is making its UK and Irish records available for free this weekend. Here's the blurb:

FREE ACCESS ALL LONG WEEKEND
The sooner you start, the longer you get
Are you from a long line of adventurers? Perhaps a recently discovered cousin is from a long line of minor royals? Now is the time to find out with FREE access to all UK and Ireland records.

This Bank Holiday you can search millions of records to find the answers you’re looking for. All weekend long and all for free.

*Access to the records in the featured collections will be free until 29 August 2016 at 23:59 BST. To view these records you will need to register for free with Ancestry.co.uk with your name and email address. We will then send you a username and password to access the records. After the free access period ends, you will only be able to view the records in the featured collections using an Ancestry.co.uk paid membership. To see a full list of the records in the featured collections please click here.

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, 25 August 2016

ScotlandsPeople Centre remains closed

Another update from the ScotlandsPeople Centre in Edinburgh (www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2016/customer-notice-service-disruption):

Following a recent problem at one of our buildings we continue to experience technical difficulties at our ScotlandsPeople search rooms. These will remain closed today and Friday 26 August so please check back before travelling.

The SFHS (Scottish Family History Service) network and some other users are also affected. We’re working hard to resolve the problems and restore services and will continue to provide updates here and at our Twitter account, @natrecordsscot. Our online services and the historical and legal search rooms remain unaffected.

COMMENT: The Scottish Family History Service network essentially means all the centres across Scotland that are connected to the ScotlandsPeople database, so there will be problems at Glasgow, Hawick, Inverness, etc. I've read a few tweets and Facebook messages today from folk who will be affected - this is not a great advert for all the tourists making their way here to use the service, here's hoping it gets resolved quickly.


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.