Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Scavenger required in Lurgan

PRONI's Document of the Month is an 1846 advertisement for a scavenger in the town of Lurgan, County Armagh. The job? To clear away horse manure from the streets! For more, visit http://www.proni.gov.uk/news_details.htm?newsRef=3240.

(NB: The document itself is only available as a thumbnail - it would be good to be able to read the actual document at a better resolution!)

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

Bristol and Avon Family History Society Open Day

The Bristol and Avon Family History Society Open Day takes place this coming Saturday 27th September - see http://www.bafhs.org.uk/events/icalrepeat.detail/2014/09/27/1631/-/bristol-a-avon-fhs-open-day.

Apparently the event only takes lace every two years, so if in the Bristol area, pop along - it takes place at my old university, the University of the West of England, in the Frenchay campus at Coldharbour Lane, from 10am-4pm.

(With thanks to Tina Kelly, http://www.thornburyroots.co.uk).

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

Monday, 22 September 2014

First World War injured servicemen lists on TheGenealogist

From TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk):

Find records of injured First World War servicemen online for the first time

Over 1.3 million records from daily and weekly First World War casualty lists have been released online by TheGenealogist. This vast collection of unique records cover all ranks to help you discover more about your injured ancestor’s wartime service.

The new records include career soldiers, volunteer Pals battalions, war poets and even a future Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan. The collection covers both those who died of their wounds and those who recovered and returned to the front.

The records are a great resource for finding out what happened to an ancestor during The First World War. Details include:- the name of the injured serviceman, his regiment and rank, the date he was registered as a ‘casualty’ and often his home town or place of enlistment.

These records also work with TheGenealogist’s unique ‘SmartSearch’ feature, which allows you to link to the comprehensive range of other military records available on TheGenealogist. Many of the wounded servicemen received medals for their actions and with a few mouse clicks you can discover whether your ancestor received any commendations, such as in the Military Medals records available online on TheGenealogist.

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content at TheGenealogist comments: ”The sheer number of records in this latest release show how brutal The First World War was. Record keeping at the time must have been a real challenge, but thanks to TheGenealogist’s SmartSearch technology, when you find a casualty record, you can instantly see if other records, such as medals, appear on the site.”

The new 1.3 million records of the wounded are available as part of a Diamond Subscription.

To find out more about the ‘First World War Wounded Collection’ see the dedicated page on www.TheGenealogist.co.uk/ww1-wounded. There you will find photographs, stories, statistics and a free search facility.

(With thanks to David Osborne)

COMMENT: The source information for the entries merely state "Daily Casualty Lists", with no indication as to where these are held or originally published, which seems something of an oversight. Currently seeking clarification.

UPDATE: "The First World War Wounded records are from daily lists published by the War Office and also published on a daily basis by The Times and other newspapers of the time."

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's autumn talks schedule in Belfast

At a Glance... the autumn talks schedule from the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.proni.gov.uk):

THE ROAD TO WAR LECTURE SERIES: Ireland’s Entry Into War, 1914: Acceptance or Refusal?, Dr Catriona Pennell, University of Exeter
When: 25 September, 7pm
Where: Ulster Museum Lecture Theatre

LUNCHTIME TALK: How to undertake War Grave Research – War Graves in Belfast, Nigel Henderson
When: 6 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI
********PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE DATE HAS CHANGED FROM THAT PREVIOUSLY ISSUED*************

THE ROAD TO WAR LECTURE SERIES: Militarism in Ireland, 1912–18, Professor David Fitzpatrick, Trinity College, Dublin
When: 9 October, 7pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME TALK: How to undertake War Grave Research – War Graves in Northern Ireland, Nigel Henderson
When: 13 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI
********PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE DATE HAS CHANGED FROM THAT PREVIOUSLY ISSUED*************

BELFAST CORPORATION LECTURE SERIES: ‘Serving Belfast, municipal services since 1613’, Robert Corbett, Belfast City Council
When: 14 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: Ulster Protestant Gaelic Tradition, by Diarmaid Ó Doibhlin
When: 15 October 2014, 1-2pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME TALK: An Unrepentant Romantic - Remembering Richard Hayward by Paul Clements
When: 17 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

BELFAST CORPORATION LECTURE SERIES: Building the City Hall, Robert Corbett, Belfast City Council
When: 21 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: Influence of Irish on English as we speak it, by Joe Ó Labhraí
When: 22 October 2014, 1-2pm
Where: PRONI

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
Thursday 23 October, 7pm
Where: PRONI

BELFAST CORPORATION LECTURE SERIES: Signature Events at Belfast City Hall, Robert Corbett, Belfast City Council
When: 28 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

BELFAST CORPORATION LECTURE SERIES: Councils and Corporations, Ian Montgomery, PRONI
When: 4 November, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: History of the Irish Language, by Mícheál Ó Máirtín
When: 5 November 2014, 1-2pm
Where: PRONI

IRISH LANGUAGE AND CULTURE LECTURE SERIES: Our Shared Musical Heritage, by Brian Mullen
When: 12 November 2014, 1-2pm
Where: PRONI

(With thanks to PRONI)

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

English and Welsh school registers and log books on FindmyPast

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has launched a new collection, National School Admission Registers and Log-books 1870-1914, with records from schools in England and Wales. The company is working with 26 archives and schools south of the border, and this first batch includes material from 1500 schools included.

The collection is directly accessible at http://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/national-school-admission-registers-and-log-books-1870-1914

From the site:

"Currently there are 2,562,402 records available to search from thirteen counties in England and Wales: Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire, Devon, Glamorganshire, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Lancashire, Middlesex, Surrey and Wiltshire, and also Westminster. Updates to these records, adding further counties, will be published in 2015."

The list of schools included at present is available at http://www.findmypast.co.uk/articles/britain-national-school-admission-registers-and-log-books-school-list?_ga=1.63228585.748980542.1411385021

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

The First World War Uncovered - IWM Duxford event

From the Imperial War Museum at Duxford (http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford):

The First World War Uncovered
Saturday 27 September
10am to 4.30pm
Marshall Auditorium, AirSpace

Discovering Douglas Haig, the origins of the First World War, the career of Phillipe Petain and medicine in the Great War

The First World War Uncovered looks at different aspects of the Great War with authoritative and engaging speakers.

Professor Gary Sheffield presents two fascinating lectures. In Douglas Haig Reassessed he looks at the controversial military commander who is seen by some as a great leader, while others view him as a callous, unthinking butcher.

In this lecture, Professor Gary Sheffield, author of the most recent biography of Haig, weighs up the evidence and argues that while both extremes of opinion are wrong, Haig deserves a great deal of credit for the Allied victory in the First World War.

In his second lecture, Not Sleepwalking: The Origins of the First World War Revisited, Professor Gary Sheffield argues that the currently fashionable view that no state can be blamed for causing the war, that Europe ‘sleepwalked’ into a devastating conflict, is wrong. The origins of the war rest with the leaders of Germany and Austria-Hungary, who took conscious decisions in the summer of 1914 which led to the ensuing Armageddon.

Jonathan Krause is a Lecturer in Strategic Studies at the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell. He discusses Philippe Petain who, in 1914, was a 58 year old Colonel and just two years away from retirement after a long and middling career. The next four years would turn Petain into a household name.

Rising quickly to the rank of General, Petain would be rocketed to fame upon taking control of the Battle of Verdun in the early, desperate days of that ten-month-long struggle. Petain’s popularity with his soldiers, who appreciated his caring, attentive command style, led to his becoming Commander-in-Chief of French forces in the aftermath of the disastrous Nivelle Offensive and resulting mutiny.

Jonathan Krause will introduce you to Petain, both as a commander and as a human being, to better contextualise his influence on the conduct of the First World War.

Andrew Spooner presents a talk about medicine in the First World War. He will cover everything from trench diseases, such as trench fever and trench foot, to injuries sustained in action. He will explain how casualties were evacuated from the trenches to the rear lines and then finally back to the Voluntary Aid Detachment hospitals in Britain.

Andrew will have a range of original First World War medical artefacts on display and will use these artefacts, alongside original images, to demonstrate how various injuries were treated.

Places for The First World War Uncovered Special Interest Day must be booked in advance and can be booked online at iwm.org.uk

Ticket prices (including admission to all IWM Duxford exhibitions):
Adult (16-59 years) £21.50
Child (under 16 years) £4
Senior (60 years and over) £17.20
Student (in possession of a valid student card) £17.20
Unemployed (with proof of entitlement) £17.20
Disabled Adult (proof of disability allowance required) £17.20
Disabled Senior (proof of disability allowance required) £15.05
Disabled Student (proof of disability allowance required ) £15.05
Disabled child (proof of disability allowance required) £4
Carer (one per disabled visitor) £4
Supporter (Duxford Aviation Society Member, Friend of Duxford, IWM Friend, IWM Volunteer) £4

(With thanks to Esther Blaine)

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

Devon Family History Society AGM

A quick note from Devon Family History Society:

Annual Conference - In which they served: finding your family in wartime

Programme details, Speakers and Exhibitors, plus online booking available via
www.devonfhs.org.uk/agm.htm

Drop-in sessions to speak to Exhibitors, but excluding talks, are available from 2pm.

(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

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Scottish Military Research Group pre-WW1 guide

The Scottish Military Research Group (http://www.scottishmilitaryresearch.co.uk) has placed a free research guide online for pre-First World War military service.

To access the guide visit https://onedrive.live.com/view.aspx?resid=31471A884E56A78D!138&ithint=file%2cpdf&app=WordPdf&authkey=!AHJWf4wDd038UYA

(With thanks to David McNay)

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

Cambridgeshire Family History Society Fair

From Cambridgeshire FHS:

If you’ve ever thought about researching your ancestry, expert advice will be on hand at the Cambridgeshire Family History Society Fair on 25 October. Speakers will teach you how to find your Cambridgeshire ancestors and then show you how you can turn your research into an interesting story for your family and friends. You will also hear about the Imperial War Museum Duxford’s collection of Second World War images as well as learning how to date old photographs from looking at clues given in pictures.

Exhibitors from family and local history societies will be attending, as well as organisations offering everything that you need to help you with your research. Whether your ancestors are from Cambridgeshire, or beyond, our experienced volunteers will be available for one-to-one sessions to give advice about getting started and what to do if you get stuck. There will also be free access to the main genealogy websites throughout the day. Share ideas and practical tips with your fellow family historians and, for a small charge, we’ll even provide soup and a roll for lunch while you chat!

The fair is taking place at Girton Glebe School, Girton. Doors open 10am-4pm. Parking and entry is free (£2 to attend each talk). The Citi 6 bus stops outside the school.

See www.cfhs.org.uk or http://on.fb.me/UdrbZ8 for further details or contact Lisa Newman, cambsfhs@hotmail.co.uk

(With thanks to Lisa Newman)

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

My Unlock the Past books are now available in the UK

For the last few years I have been writing a series of books for the Australian based publisher Unlock the Past (www.unlockthepast.com.au). I am now delighted to say that these books are being reprinted in the UK by genealogy supplies firm My History (www.my-history.co.uk). Not only are they priced more competitively now for the UK market, but the postage costs are also much more friendly from South Yorkshire.

The books are:

Discover Scottish Church Records £9
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Discover-Scottish-Church-Records-UTP0281%2ehtml#SID=876

Irish Family History Resources Online £9
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Irish-Family-History-Resources-Online-UTP0282%2ehtml#SID=876

Discover Scottish Land Records £8
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Discover-Scottish-Land-Records-UTP0283%2ehtml#SID=876

British and Irish Newspapers £7
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Discover-Scottish-Land-Records-UTP0285%2ehtml#SID=876

Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records £7
http://www.my-history.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?WD=paton&PN=Discover-Scottish-Land-Records-UTP0284%2ehtml#SID=876

Several titles from other authors are also available - see http://www.my-history.co.uk/acatalog/Unlock-the-Past-Booklets.html for the full list.

At the moment it appears that there is a 25% Deal of the Week offer happening, with my Discover Scottish Church Records book available for £6.75 (instead of £9), my Discover Scottish Land Records book at £6 (instead of £8), etc. The offer lasts until mid-day 26th September!


  
 

(NB: E-book editions are also available from www.gen-ebooks.com)

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