Sunday, 25 June 2017

More Presbyterian kirk records join ScotlandsPeople

The ScotlandsPeople website (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) is adding more dissenting Presbyterian records to its site tomorrow (Monday 26th June), including 20,255 births and baptisms (1744-1855), 10,368 marriages and proclamations (1729-1855) and 5,422 death and burial records (1783-1855).

There is no information as yet as to which churches will be represented, other than Martyr's Reformed Presbyterian Church in Edinburgh (NRS: CH3/1198), from which an example has been drawn for the website's own news announcement at https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/article/news-article-release-presbyterian-church-records.

To understand how the various dissenting Presbyterian churches came to be, read the first chapter of my book Discover Scottish Church Records (2nd edition) for FREE at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/kirk-history.html. For more on what to expect from the records, and how to maximise research within them, the book can be purchased worldwide (including from the UK) - details on how to obtain a copy are available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

TNA podcasts - First World War VD prosecution, and medieval treason and magic

The National Archives based in England (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) has two new podcasts available.

‘A Bit of a Scratch’, a radio drama about the battle against Venereal Disease during the First World War

‘A Bit of a Scratch’ explores the first recorded prosecution under the Venereal Diseases Act 1917. The legislation was introduced due to the large numbers, roughly 5%, of UK troops returning from the First World War with venereal diseases and to ensure that treatment was undertaken by qualified medical professionals. The last century has seen remarkable developments in sexual health, however with rising numbers of sexually transmitted infections and the emergence of antimicrobial resistant disease, the provision of high quality sexual health services are more important than ever.

This podcast was produced jointly with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). More information on the issues
contained within this podcast can be found on the BASHH website and @BASHH_UK.

The podcast is available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/bit-scratch/


Medieval treason and magic

In this podcast, two of our records specialists tell us about treason and necromancy in The National Archives’ medieval records.

The first part, narrated by Paul Dryburgh, tells the story of a band of men from Coventry who planned to kill King Edward II and his supporters, the Despencers, with a plot that involved wax effigies and pins. In the second part, Sean Cunningham discusses one of the earliest English language statements in legal history; a tale involving a mole catcher and a magical dismembered hand.

The podcast is available at http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/medieval-treason-magic/

NB: Please note the survey that the archive is asking for responses from, concerning its online media player, available at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/FFCFX/.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Lawson Lies Still in the Thames - book launch

Genealogist Gill Blanchard has been in touch to ask if I can give a quick plug for her forthcoming book and its launch, so here goes.

Gill has written a historical biography, based on the story of someone she came across whilst researching the history of a house. The book is Lawson Lies Still in the Thames: The Extraordinary Life of Vice-Admiral Sir John Lawson, and concerns an almost forgotten hero of the English Civil Wars who, despite being a committed parliamentarian, played a pivotal role in the restoration of the monarchy. The book is available from www.amberley-books.com/lawson-lies-still-in-the-thames.html or from Amazon at http://tinyurl.com/hak7o49.

The book launch will be at Jarrolds in Norwich, England, on 13 July at 6pm, where Gill will be reading some extracts and talking about his life and the research undertaken. Tickets are £5.

For further details, please visit www.jarrold.co.uk/events-diary/events-list/an-evening-with-gill-blanchard.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Wanted - Researching Abroad roadshow ambassadors!

In August I will be heading once again to Australia and New Zealand to participate as a speaker in the Unlock the Past sponsored Researching Abroad roadshow (see www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-finding-british-isles-and-european-ancestors), which will focus on British and European themes.

Both myself and Dirk Weissleider will be providing several presentations on the key themes (I'll be focussing in particular on Scotland and Ireland), but we will also be joined by many local speakers from down under whilst on our travels. As they say in my neck of the woods, it should be some craic!

Unlock the Past has just announced a new initiative to help try to promote the events, and that is to ask folk to consider registering as a Researching Abroad Roadshow Ambassador. There are perks involved for bloggers and societies who might wish to help promote the tour, so if you are interested, please do take a look at the terms at www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/researching-abroad-finding-british-isles-and-european-ancestors/ambassadors

I'm looking forward to heading back to Oz again in a few weeks time - hopefully see you there!



UPDATE: Dirk has also just recorded a short video inviting you to come along!



(Also available at https://youtu.be/rs8KyiQVGOc)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

King James VI Hospital in Perth

I've written a blog post on 'my other wee blog' looking at a university study I did some time ago into the role of King James VI Hospital in the development of the city of Perth, Scotland, the feudal records involved, and some personal family connections found along the way.

The post is available at https://scotlandsgreateststory.wordpress.com/2017/06/22/king-james-vi-hospital-in-perth/.



And thanks to Sue Moon Warner on The Genes Blog Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BritishGENES/) for adding a comment that might also be of interest, which ties in, concerning the potential final location of one of the king's ancestors, James I! See http://www.scotsman.com/heritage/people-places/msp-calls-for-king-james-i-perth-grave-dig-bid-1-2785052.

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank

I had a bit of fun earlier today with a website yesterday, whilst writing an article for Family Tree magazine - it's the English Folk Dance and Song Society Resource Bank, with many digitised recordings of old English folk songs, including some sea shanties. The site is accessible at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/resource-bank/a-z-list.

Enjoy! :)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Free access to FindmyPast

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) is offering free access to most of its British and Irish records collections from June 22nd - 26th. There are some exceptions to this, including the 1939 English and Welsh National Identity Register entries, and the British Newspaper Archive holdings.

For further details visit http://www.findmypast.com/british-and-irish-family-history/.


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

My WDYTYA article on free online Scottish genealogy resources

Who Do You Think You Are? magazine has published online the first part of my article detailing the top 50 resources available for Scottish genealogy and family history research online. The online presentation notes the first 17 resources, and can be freely read at www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/blog/17-best-free-online-scottish-resources.

For the full article, please seek out July's edition of the magazine, available at all good newsagents, or at http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/issue/july-2017.


Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

TheGenealogist adds York Colour Tithe Maps and Yorkshire Directories

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

TheGenealogist releases York Colour Tithe Maps and Yorkshire Directories.

TheGenealogist is very pleased to announce the release of the City of York and Ainsty Colour Tithe Maps, plus another significant batch of Yorkshire directories released in time for the Yorkshire Family History Show at York Racecourse.

To coincide with the return of one of the largest family history events in England, at the Knavesmire Exhibition Centre at the York Racecourse on the 24th of June and which is sponsored by TheGenealogist, today sees the release of a set of new records for York.

TheGenealogist has just added the colour tithe maps that cover the City of York and Ainsty to its National Tithe Records collection to compliment the gray scale maps and apportionment books that are already live. In addition it has released another 23 residential and commercial directory books to its ever expanding collection of Trade, Residential and Telephone Directories to help those with Yorkshire ancestors find their addresses.

The fully searchable records released online will allow researchers to:

● Find plots of land owned or occupied by ancestors in early Victorian York and Ainsty on colour maps

● See where your forebears lived, farmed or perhaps occupied a small cottage or a massive estate.

● Discover addresses of ancestors before, between and after the years covered by the census in the Trade, Residential and Telephone Directories. (1735-1937)

● Uncover details of the neighbourhood and understand communication links to other towns where your stray ancestor may have moved to.


TheGenealogist’s National Tithe Record Collection covers all counties of England and Wales and so can be used to find where your English and Welsh ancestors lived at the time that this great survey took place between 1837 and the mid 1850s. The Trade, Residential & Telephone directories also encompass the whole country and can be useful both as research tool and as a valuable insight into the lives of our ancestors. They are a useful resource for tracing ancestors, particularly if they had a distinctive trade and can be used as a census substitute for the years prior to 1841 or after 1911 and also to provide information on their whereabouts between census years.

For anyone with Yorkshire ancestors this new release from TheGenealogist adds colour to the story of where their family lived. To search these and the vast number of other records covering the country see more at https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk.

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.

Congratulations to Maureen Selley!

A belated congratulations to everyone's favourite Time Lady, Maureen Selley, on being awarded a British Empire Medal in the most recent Honours list, for "Services to Local History".

Maureen has been a long running volunteer with Devon Family History Society (www.devonfhs.org.uk), of which she is the current Secretary and a former Chairman. She's also a bundle of fun, and thoroughly dedicated to helping others with their family history pursuits - and more importantly, for this particular genie, a fellow Whovian!  I've had the pleasure to meet and chat with Maureen on several occasions in recent years, both at Who Do You Think You Are Live? events, and in Portugal at the Lost Cousins conferences in 2014 and 2015, and this is most certainly a thoroughly deserved recognition by the state for all of her past and continuing efforts.

The formal announcement is available in the London Gazette at https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/61962/supplement/B31.

Well done Maureen!

(With thanks to Wendy Archer at Oxfordshire FHS)

Chris

My next 5 week Scottish Research Online course commences Sept 11th 2017 - details at https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=102.
For details on my Scottish & Irish genealogy guide books, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html.
For my genealogy research service, please visit http://www.ScotlandsGreatestStory.co.uk.