Thursday, 28 May 2015

Change for Back To Our Past 2015 dates in Dublin

Claire Santry is reporting that there is a change of dates happening in Dublin for this year's Back To Our Past event (www.backtoourpast.com/mysitecaddy/site3/), which will now happen from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th October 2015.

For the full details, and the reasons why, see Claire's post at http://www.irishgenealogynews.com/2015/05/back-to-our-past-dates-venue-changed.html.

(With thanks to Claire)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

My Social Book - review

A couple of weeks ago I kept coming across an advert on my Facebook account for a product called My Social Book. The premise was that you could order up a printed book from https://www.mysocialbook.com which takes all of your comments, posts and photos from your Facebook account for a defined period, to effectively provide an illustrated diary for that duration. To do so, you have to let the site gain access to your Facebook account, something that may put some folk off.


It sounded an interesting premise, however, and I soon discovered that you could actually generate a preview from your Facebook feed. Once done you could then customise it to a degree by choosing how you wish for the cover to be designed, which images to use, and more. The preview was so impressive that I decided to go for it. I opted for a book at 315 pages long, reproducing my posts from January 1st to December 31st 2014, and with a hard cover for durability. The total cost was £80.90, although the cheapest books you can order are from £11.90.

Last year was a fairly major period on all sorts of fronts for me, including the immediate aftermath of my mother's death, overseas genealogy speaking engagements in Australia, Canada and Portugal, trips to see family in Dubai and Ireland, some fairly major family history discoveries, and of course, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and our independence referendum, as well as my growing interest in politics here in Scotland. Throughout the year I regularly recorded all of my thoughts, observations, pictures and more on my Facebook account, but I also kept a written diary of all of the same events. So why would I need a My Social Book?

Well apart from being considerably better illustrated, there are some other fairly major differences between the two accounts. First, because Facebook is a social network, anything posted can generate conversations with friends and families, and so as well as my own commentary I also have comments from many friends and family members in the book. Secondly, a huge difference is the spontaneity preserved. In my written diary, some entries are written a few days later, and they tend to summarise the days' proceedings, whereas on Facebook, situations can unfold, with constant updates, in some cases on a minute by minute or an hour by hour basis.

The book arrived yesterday, just two weeks after my order. So how does it measure up? I have to say, I am absolutely delighted with it! For the most part it faithfully reproduces the posts and images of interest, with each month presented as a separate chapter, with some great quotes selected from posts to act as chapter intros and more. The only oddity I have found is that for some reason, my wife's comments on some of my posts have not been reproduced, which was certainly not a conscious omission! Occasionally one or two images have been reproduced a couple of times also, but overall it is a fascinating read and a great souvenir of what may turn out to have been one of the most historic periods that I will live through in Scotland.

Some further pics from the book are presented below give an idea of the kind of thing to expect if you are interested in preserving your own memories in a similar way...





Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

New Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre to open in August

The new £8.1 million Herefordshire Archives and Records Centre has announced that it will be opening on Tuesday August 4th 2015 at 9.15am. A temporary enquiry service is still being run as collections are moved to the new facility.


For further details on the new facility, the journey to its full realisation, and the temporary enquiry service, please visit https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/local-history-and-heritage/herefordshire-archives-and-records-centre/

(With thanks to @HerefordFHS and @DavidUnderdown9 via Twitter)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Battle of Waterloo conference in Belfast

From PRONI (www.proni.gov.uk) in Belfast:

½ DAY CONFERENCE: The Battle of Waterloo: Ireland and Europe in 1815.
When: 18th June 2015 starting at 2pm
Where: PRONI

To mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, which was fought on the 18 June 1815, PRONI will be hosting a half day conference which will examine various aspects of the Battle and related events. The conference will focus on the part played by Irishmen as soldiers and statesmen in the conflict and on the British army’s presence in Ireland during the eighteenth century.

Speakers will include:
Dr Ivar McGrath (University College Dublin) - The Army Barracks of Ireland, 1690-1822
Dr Tim Bowman (University of Kent) – The British Army, Ireland and the Battle of Waterloo
Mr Nicholas Perry - Irish Gentry Officers at Waterloo: Embedding a Tradition
Mr Brett Irwin (PRONI) – ‘Entertaining to a degree and perhaps a little dangerous’: Lord Castlereagh, Lady Londonderry, Vienna and the Peace of Europe

Contact PRONI via http://www.proni.gov.uk/index/contact_us.htm to reserve a place.

(With thanks to the PRONI Express)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Victoria, Australia, Index to Naturalisation Certificates, 1851-1928

Ancestry has released an index to naturalisation certificates for non-British settlers in Victoria, Australia, dating from 1851-1928.

The database is accessible at http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=60711, with the data sourced from Public Record Office Victoria in North Melbourne.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Lancashire Quarter Session Records and Petitions on Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released a new collection for Lancashire:

Lancashire, England, Quarter Session Records and Petitions, 1648-1908
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=6820

This database contains records of the Quarter Sessions from the county of Lancashire, which is located on the northwest coast of the England on the Irish Sea.

The records document Quarter Session judges’ decisions in matters that include settlement inquiries, highway rates, criminal trials, registers of settlement, orders of removal, bastardy examinations, apprenticeships, licensing, contracts, lists of justices, payments for services rendered to the county, and other documents related to the business of the running of the county.

Some of the cases may span multiple pages, so be sure to use the arrow keys to browse surrounding pages to make sure you find all the records for your ancestor.

The original source is Lancashire Record Office, Preston, England.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Letters of 1916 Belfast launch at PRONI

An interesting event taking place at PRONI (www.proni.gov.uk) in Belfast on May 28th:

Letters of 1916 Belfast Launch
SFI Discover Community Engagement Event on Thursday 28th May 2015

EXPLORE life in Ireland a century ago
CONTRIBUTE to a crowdsourced history project
LEARN about how a digital archive is created
DISCOVER hidden stories of 1916

Bring in your family letters written between 1 November 1915 - 31 October 1916 to digitize and add to the Letters 1916 archive.

5.30 - 6.30 PM OPEN SESSION
LETTERS 1916 DIY MEET THE TEAM DEMO / TRANSCRIBE / DIGITISE

6.30 - 7.45 PM A YEAR IN THE LIFE:
A series of talks exploring life in Ireland a century ago highlighting letters from PRONI’S collection

Professor Susan Schreibman (Maynooth University)
Ian Montgomery (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)
Stephen Scarth (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)
Jason Burke (East Belfast & The Great War)

7.45 - 8.30 PM RECEPTION

To view more information please visit http://www.proni.gov.uk/l1916-sfi-belfast-v2-2.pdf

WHERE: PRONI
WHEN: Thursday 28th May 2015, 5.30pm to 9.00pm
Admission is FREE, Please contact PRONI to secure your place:

E: proni@dcalni.gov.uk
T: 028 90534800

PRONI is approximately 1½ miles from Belfast City Hall
By bus, please take the Metro 26 route

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

New Monaghan records on RootsIreland

The RootsIreland website (www.rootsireland.ie) has added new Presbyterian and Church of Ireland records for County Monaghan. The list of new records available is at http://monaghan.rootsireland.ie/generic.php?filename=sources.tpl&selectedMenu=sources&eno=2005#ChurchOfIreland

I haven't used the main site in a while, but despite recent changes my account did continue to allow me access to free searches for some time after the new subscription service was introduced. Those free credits, whilst still on my account, are now no longer usable, meaning I can't do any meaningful test searches up front before deciding whether to purchase a record - instead, I now need to subscribe at least £18 for a month's access. It is still quite extraordinary that a site with so much potential, going for as long as it has, can still continue to get it so wrong for so long.

On July 8th free access to Roman Catholic records will be made available by the National Library of Ireland, which will make a significant impact on RootsIreland's business. Unfortunately those of us with Presbyterian and Anglican connections (not to mention Methodist, Baptist etc) will still have to endure this current set up, though do bear in mind that the surviving records can be accessed at many repositories in Ireland. In Northern Ireland, for example, a useful guide is available at http://www.proni.gov.uk/guide_to_church_records.pdf, detailing holdings for the north (not just the Northern Irish counties), including those that can be accessed freely on microfilm at PRONI. For counties Antrim and Down do also check out www.ancestryireland.com, where the search interface is much better, and where many parish records (including most Roman Catholic) can be obtained on an individual pay-per-view basis at £4 each.

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Family Ceme-Tree Day at Southwark Woods in London

If you're interested in the burials at Camberwell Old Cemetery in Southwark Woods, London, this may be of interest on Bank Holiday Monday:

The woods are in their glory! This Bank Holiday Monday, we are celebrating the beautiful Southwark Woods in south London, and demanding their protection from the council's chainsaws.

7,000 now say No! online and on paper petitions to Southwark's plans to fell hundreds of trees, clear wild woodland and dig up hundreds of old graves - for thousands of private new burial plots.

The larger the throng, the louder the song:

Family Ceme-Tree Day
11.00am - 1.00pm Bank Holiday Monday 25th May
Camberwell Old Cemetery, Forest Hill Road London SE22 0SQ

Save the Ceme-trees. Meet Your Family Tree. Adopt an Oak. While we still can.
Once it's gone, it's gone.

Sign the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-southwark-woods
savesouthwarkwoods@gmail.com
www.savesouthwarkwoods.org.uk
@southwarkwoods

(With thanks to Blanche Cameron)

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.

Friday, 22 May 2015

New FindmyPast releases

The following collections have been released on FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) today:

City of London Haberdashers, Apprentices and Freemen 1526-1933
City Of London Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen 1511-1923
St George the Martyr Southwark Mortuary Register 1880-1891
Royal Navy Foreign Awards to Officers Index 1914-1922
Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923

Full details are available at http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/fridays/

Chris

The latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.