Thursday, 30 June 2016

FindmyPast free access to military and census records

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):

Over 65 million FREE world military records



On the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, we want to give you the chance to remember the soldiers in your family. Search our vast collection of world military records for free, including British Army records from WW1, and find your military hero ancestry with Findmypast.

Britain lost 146,431 men to the 141 day Battle of the Somme, with 57,470 casualties on the first day alone. This week, you can explore all of our world military records, as well as over 65 million UK and Irish censuses, for free.

Our military collection includes:

- 65 million world military records, including 8 million exclusive to Findmypast

- 32 million World War 1 records, including 2 million exclusive to Findmypast

- 12.5 million British World War 1 records, the most comprehensive collection online

To access the collections visit http://www.findmypast.co.uk/battle-of-the-somme


NB: The free access runs until 11:59pm (BST) on Monday 4th July. To access records during this period, you will need to be registered and signed in to the site.

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 Stories of the Somme

From the National Records of Scotland (www.nrscotland.gov.uk):

Stories of the Somme

To commemorate the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1 July 1916, the National Records of Scotland (NRS) and ScotlandsPeople have been exploring the unique records that you can search when tracing your First World War ancestors.

scottish soldiers in the sommeYou can read about the lives of eight soldiers (seven Scottish and one French), who died on the first day, just a few of the 21,392 soldiers in the British, Commonwealth and Empire Army who lost their lives or were reported missing in action. On that first day another 35,493 soldiers were wounded and 585 taken prisoner. The battle was to last another 141 days.

In the first article, NRS has selected two from the special series of 26,000 Soldiers’ Wills on ScotlandsPeople, to tell the stories of two soldiers who served in the 15th Battalion, Royal Scots.


In the second article, ScotlandsPeople has researched documents from the larger series of Wills & Testaments (1513-1925), along with some census records, to create a picture of the short lives of six soldiers - both in peacetime and wartime. These soldiers served in the Highland Light Infantry, the Gordon Highlanders, the King’s Own Scottish Borderers, the Royal Scots and the 78th Brigade of the French Army.

Both articles also feature men with an architectural connection, to mark Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs in the Scottish Government, said:

"These personal documents are powerful evidence of the sacrifice made by thousands of Scots soldiers during the Battle of the Somme. Their stories and the experiences of their families and loved ones deserve to be told."

Tim Ellis, Registrar General and Keeper of the Records of Scotland, said:

"We are privileged to be able to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme by highlighting some of the countless stories of the service and sacrifice of Scottish soldiers during the First World War. National Records of Scotland holds a wealth of archives and records which help us understand the enormous impact the First World War had on the people of Scotland."

(With thanks to the NRS and ScotlandsPeople)

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.

Free online genealogy course from Strathclyde University

From the University of Strathclyde:

Genealogy: Researching Your Family Tree.

This free online course offered by the University of Strathclyde and FutureLearn will help you develop an understanding of basic genealogy techniques and how to communicate your family history. Starts the 18th of July and runs for 6 weeks. The first course run attracted 26,000 students from around the world!

Learn more and sign up at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy

(With thanks to Tahitia McCabe)

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.

Forces War Records - WW1 Troop Movements

From Forces War Records (www.forces-war-records-co.uk):

WW1 Troop Movements
To commemorate all those who served at the Somme

* New ‘moving' interactive and informative map from Forces War Records
* Audio-visual function – see battle manoeuvres as they happened - step-by step, listen to what happened in each location

* Live now – go to www.forces-war-records.co.uk/maps/search

* Watch the DEMO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSZN2pil73A




* A NEW genealogy tool - people researching their family will be able to find out so much more information about their ancestor’s unit manoeuvres during battle, see where they moved to and listen to what happened at each location.

* Informative historical resource - for associations, education organisations and historians.

* FREE access from 30th June to 3rd July, details: www.forces-war-records.co.uk/ww1-troop-movements


WW1 Troop Movements - using Order of Battle of Divisions (ORBATS); a new interactive feature on the Forces War Records website.

Giving more details of army ancestors who served in the Great War of 1914-18, movements of his battalion, where he embarked, which battles he would have fought in, and in which locations and on what battlefronts he may have served. Specialist military genealogy website Forces War Records created this new function.

The ORBATS data, transcribed by Forces War Records, was used to produce this ‘moving’ audio-visual interactive map, which tracks step-by-step the progress of units throughout the course of the war, from the opening battle at Mons to the closing stages of the Spring Offensive and the Armistice. Pinpoint exactly where a unit was on a given date and trace the battles, actions and events it took part in, whilst listening to an account of the action that took place at each location.

The specialist data team has been working for 2 years to transcribe the official ORBATS, published by His Majesty’s Stationery Office, as well as numerous official histories of the Great War, to help create this in-depth record of military operations and engagements by the British Army.

What are ORBATS?

These are documents produced by the military that outline the hierarchical structure, command organisation and disposition of units for particular engagements undertaken by the Commonwealth and British Armed Forces. At the highest level they present a breakdown of the units involved in wider conflicts, the First World War in this case, including the names of divisional and brigade commanding officers and details of the organisation of the divisions, right down to battalion level, along with their attached units, for example from the Royal Artillery.


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.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

UK Archaeology Festival

From Dave Moore of the Council for British Archaeology:

Archaeology for all


The UK-wide Festival of Archaeology is an annual celebration of Britain’s history, made up of events hosted and run by museums, heritage sites, local societies, community groups, national parks and volunteers across the UK. This two-week celebration of everything archaeological offers more than 1,000 opportunities nationwide for everyone to discover, experience, explore, and enjoy the past. This year’s Festival takes place between 16 and 31 July and is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), the UK’s archaeology charity.

Archaeologist and ‘Meet the Ancestors’ TV presenter, Julian Richards says “This year’s Festival of Archaeology is a great way to make everyone realise just how many fantastic projects, excavations and discoveries are going on all over the country - and give everyone the chance to get involved! Talks and walks, digs and discoveries - this really is archaeology for all!”

You can search for events near you on the Festival website: https://www.festivalofarchaeology.co.uk/ and with events happening all over the UK it is worth taking a look. You could take part in a ‘live’ dig at Copped Hall in Essex, visit a bustling Roman marketplace at the Hull and East Riding Museum, paddle a coracle at Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire, learn how to use a spear in South Shields, or admire the Cheshire Hoards at Congleton Museum to name but a few of the hundreds of events taking place across the country.

“Importantly, the Festival provides an opportunity to support our local heritage heroes and celebrate their work,” adds CBA Director, Dr Mike Heyworth MBE, “Volunteers play a crucial role in archaeology and heritage across the UK and this gives us the chance to enjoy the fruits of their hard work.” The Festival gives you the chance to experience and enjoy your heritage whilst supporting those who work hard to ensure that it is preserved for future generations so get out there and experience the past.


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.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Canadian Photographic Albums of Settlement 1892-1917

The following collection has been released on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) which may be of possible interest to those with Candian connections:

Canada, Photographic Albums of Settlement, 1892-1917
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9212

About Canada, Photographic Albums of Settlement, 1892-1917

This collection consists of photographic albums compiled within the Department of the Interior in the period from 1892 to 1917, then maintained in the Immigration Branch of the Department of Mines and Resources from 1936 to 1939. The albums contain photographs primarily taken by photographers John Woodruff and Horatio N. Topley, who were either employed by or on contract to the Department of the Interior, and who undertook a number of journeys in the period from 1903-1914 to complete the photographs in the albums. Included are views relating to agriculture, railroads, ports, cities, and immigration in virtually every province and territory in Canada (excluding Newfoundland).

The photographs have not been indexed but images are available for browsing. At the beginning of each album, you will find a table of contents with a brief description of each photograph and the photograph number. Use these tables to help you browse to the photograph of interest.

The collection is sourced from Library and Archives Canada - Photographic Albums of Canadian Settlement. 47 albums. Department of the Interior Fonds. R190-0-3-E.

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.

Additions to The Original Record

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

1602
Salford Portmote
The earliest surviving records of the portmote of the borough of the township and manor of Salford in Lancashire were transcribed and edited by J. G. de T. Mandley and published by the Chetham Society in 1902. The court was held after Easter and Michaelmas each year. The record usually starts with a list of jurors, sometimes with a general suit roll. Officers are appointed in the autumn court - borough reeve, constables, miselayers, burleymen, alefounders, scavengers, and overseers for the pump. Where a freeholder had died since the previous court, an inquiry was made as to his or her heir. There are presentments of minor offences, particularly affrays and selling ale contrary to statute. 19 October 1602

1625
Letters of Marque: Masters of Ships
The Letters of Marque or Commissions to take Pirates authorized the owners of ships enumerated in the second column, to set forth the ships named in the third column, for the purposes contemplated by their Letters of Marque or Commission. 24 June 1625 to 30 December 1625

1800
East Riding Game Certificates
A list of Game Duty certificates issued in the East Riding of Yorkshire, September 1800. Full names are given, surname first, and address.

1870-1874
London Telegraph Clerks
This list of persons irregularly admitted to the service of the Post Office from the date of the transfer of the telegraphs, 29 January 1870, to 30 September 1874, extends to 3653 names. The return gives full name (surname first, married women indicated by Mrs.); age when admitted; service to which admitted; and last previous employment.

1877
Hull Sailors' Orphans
Orphans admitted to the Port of Hull Sailors' Orphan Home in January 1877. Full names, and port.

1879
Zulu War Medal Roll: 57th (West Middlesex) Regiment of Foot
List of Officers, Non Commissioned Officers, and men, entitled to the medal for military operations in South Africa, during 1877-8-9, and the names of those soldiers who would have been entitled except for Desertion, or Misconduct. This regiment's actions were almost exclusively against the Zulus in 1879. WO 100/47

1937
Naturalized Aliens
The Home Office issued a monthly list of aliens to whom Certificates of Naturalization (or of Readmission to British Nationality) had been granted by the Secretary of State, and whose oaths of allegiance had been registered. The lists are arranged alphabetically by surname and forename; then give country of origin, occupation, address, and date of taking oath of allegiance. This is the list issued in September 1937 of those naturalized in August 1937. An asterisk indicates re-admission.

(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.

Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair

From Oxfordshire Family History Society (www.ofhs.org.uk):

Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair

Oxfordshire FHS Family History Fair will be held on *Saturday 1 October 2016* at *Marlborough School, Woodstock, OX20 1LP*

Doors open 10:00 ’til 16:00 - Free entry and plenty of free parking

# Talk personally with OFHS advisors with access to the Search Services suite exploring the parish registers of Oxfordshire.

# Get help with your research – particularly in the county but also further afield
# Gather information about your ancestor's life in Oxfordshire with maps, photos and local knowledge
# Explore neighbouring and other local counties with material and experts in their area
# A chance to chat with other researchers over a tea/coffee or even lunch and share your research tips
# Browse and buy books, CDs, maps, postcards and materials from specialist companies

Visit www.ofhs.org.uk/fair.html for the latest confirmed stall holders and other services which will be available to you or contact:

Angie Trueman, the Fair Organiser email fair@ofhs.org.uk or call 01488 71714

(With thanks to Wendy Archer)

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, 24 June 2016

India Office Records sessions at British Library

From the Families in British India Society (www.fibis.org):

Readers might be interested in these useful free training sessions being held at the British Library this summer on using India Office Records family history sources.


Introduction to family history sources in Asian and African Studies

‘Introduction to family history sources in Asian and African Studies’ training sessions are aimed at new or inexperienced users. Free; lasting ca. 75 minutes; book via hrs-training@bl.uk.

Dates
27 July
22 August
27 September


Researching Ancestors in the Army in India

Asian and African Studies Reference Services working in tandem with the Families In British India Society (FIBIS) are delighted to present specialized sessions looking at biographical sources for military personnel. No previous knowledge of the subject is expected or required. If, therefore, you believe you have European ancestors who served in the Indian sub-continent whether as officers or private soldiers, please book your free place by contacting hrs-training@bl.uk.

Dates
5 September

(With thanks to Valmay Young)

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.

Claiming an Irish passport

In the wake of the UK's gut-wrenchingly shocking decision to vote for a withdrawal from the EU, a reminder of a couple of real time posts from last week on how to claim dual nationality with an Irish passport, which may be of some use to readers.

Part One: http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/claiming-irish-passport-1.html

Part Two: http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/claiming-irish-passport-part-2.html

Part 3 will be posted early next week.

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.