Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Post-1996 English and Welsh probate records database online

The Probate Service for England and Wales has added a searchable database online for post-1996 wills and grants of probate, to complement its soldiers wills offerings already available. The database is at https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/#wills.

There is a basic search facility (surname and year of death) and an advanced search capability (surname, first name, year, month and date of death, year, month and date of probate). If an entry is found from the search a full copy will cost £10 to access.

It's useful if you have to find an English or Welsh will - but be warned, it is the blandest looking website I have ever seen, a proper government issue, austerity inspired, let's-not-waste-money-on-any-paint, soul destroying affair... :)



(With thanks to @GeoffatGSGS and @CensusDetective)

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

850 Scottish centenarians alive in 2013

The National Records of Scotland has revealed that in 2013 there were 850 centenarians alive in Scotland, a rise of 60% from 530 in 2003. There were 18 male centenarians for every 100 female centenarians.

The full story is at http://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2014/number-of-centenarians-in-scotland-continues-to-increase

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

Yorkshire parish records on FindmyPast

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has released nearly a million parish records from North Yorkshire County Record Office, Doncaster Archives and Local Studies, East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service, Teesside Archives and Sheffield Archives and Local Studies, as well as over 3 million parish records and Bishop’s Transcripts from the Borthwick Institute for Archives (University of York), which cover the whole of Yorkshire including West Yorkshire.

The records are accessible via http://www.findmypast.co.uk/yorkshire-parish-records.

(With thanks to Alex Cox)

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, 29 September 2014

More on Scottish Valuation Roll from 1875

A quick note from Ken Nisbet of the Scottish Genealogy Society (www.scotsgenealogy.com), concerning the 1875 Valuation Roll on ScotlandsPeople (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk):

Hi Chris, as you are aware the 1875 valuation rolls index is free to use. As you know the index does not tell you who owned the property if your relative was a tenant, a good way to do this is to go to the box marked Place and put the name of the street or farm name etc. in, this will tell you who owned the property

For example I know my relatives lived at Broomhill in the Parish of Cawdor Nairnshire. I got to the county, put in Nairnshire, then parish Cawdor, and Place Broomhill. It states there are 5 entries. I then click to access the index and it tells me that Earl Cawdor owned all the properties and the the names of the tenants including my relative Charles Macarthur who rented the farm.

(With thanks to Ken)

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

Indian Infantry First World War diaries now online

The National Archives in England has added 171 First World War diaries from the Indian Infantry units, for download at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/first-world-war/.

The records are also available for the online crowdsouring transcription project Operation War Diary at http://www.operationwardiary.org/

For further details visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/962.htm.

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

Durham Records Online update - and Durham records on FamilySearch

New records on Durham Records Online (http://www.durhamrecordsonline.com) :

Gateshead Wesleyan Methodist Circuit baptisms 1837-1883
6,373 baptisms on the Gateshead Wesleyan Methodist Circuit from July 1837 to August 1883.

Gateshead burials 1769-1812
9,993 burials at Gateshead St. Mary, covering 1769-1812. This includes the detail-rich period of 1798-1812 where all sorts of parentage answers can be found, even in burials! These are from a combination of the parish register and the Bishop's Transcript, for maximum detail.

Auckland St. Helen baptisms 1813-1814: details added
We recently discovered that in 1813, in addition to the standard baptism register at Auckland St. Helen, there is another baptism register that continues the Barrington-style entries (i.e. mother's maiden surname, parents' nativity, and child's birth date and birth order) to just past the middle of 1814. (Normally these stop at the end of 1812.) This 2nd register also contains 8 baptisms that are not in the standard register. We have now updated our 107 existing 1813-1814 baptisms to include the details from the 2nd register, and added the 8 missing baptisms, with an explanatory note.

Thornley marriages 1865-1915 updated with occupations, witnesses, abodes
985 existing marriages at Thornley (by Kelloe) in Easington district, from Feb 1865 to May 1915, were updated, gaining the occupations of the fathers and grooms, abodes and witnesses, and correcting errors. We also added 10 marriages to finish out 1915.

Coming Soon:
  • Gosforth baptisms, burials, & marriages 1762-1846
  • Benfieldside Cemetery burials 1920-1981
  • Penshaw baptisms, marriages, & burials 1841-1865
  • Hartlepool St James baptisms & marriages
  • Bishopwearmouth Cemetery burials 1900-1904
  • updates to existing Wingate Grange baptisms

In the queue: several South Shields Presbyterian churches, Morpeth, Felling, Longhorsley, Hart Cemetery MIs, South Shields St Hilda baptisms 1836+, Newcastle All Saints baptisms 1835-36, Hexham Whitley Chapel baptisms & burials 1843-1888, Birtley St Joseph Catholic marriages 1846-1899, Durham St. Cuthbert RC baptisms 1841-1885

(With thanks to Durham Records Online)

NB: If you have Durham based ancestry, FamilySearch has just added additional records from the diocese - see John Reid's blog post at http://www.anglo-celtic-connections.blogspot.ca/2014/09/durham-diocese-records-at-familysearch.html for further details.

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

At a glance - PRONI's October/November talks schedule

From the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.proni.gov.uk) in Belfast:

LUNCHTIME TALK: Overview of The Londonderry Papers, Lorraine Bourke
When: 1st October, 1pm
Where: Newtownards Visitor Information Centre

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Industrialists and Workers, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: 2nd October, 1pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME TALK: How to undertake War Grave Research – War Graves in Belfast, Nigel Henderson
When: 6 October, 1pm – 2pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Police, Lawyers and Criminals, Dr Barry Sheehan, Open University in Ireland.
When: 9th October, 1pm
Where: PRONI

LUNCHTIME TALK: ‘Peers, Politicians and Polemicists: The People Within the Londonderry Papers at PRONI’ Lorraine Bourke & ‘Lady Londonderry and the Great War,’ Brett Irwin
When: 9th October, 1pm
Where: Newtownards Visitor Information Centre

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

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 LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Churches and Churchgoers, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: 16th October, 1pm
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

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Shops and Shoppers, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: 23rd October 1pm
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

LUNCHTIME LECTURE SERIES: ‘Exploring Family History’ – Doctors and Patients, Dr Janice Holmes, Open University in Ireland
When: 30th October 1pm
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

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘The First World War Diaries of Emma Duffin, Belfast Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse.’ By Trevor Parkhill
When: 11th November
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

East of England Family History Show "Echoes of the Past"

From S&N Genealogy Ltd:

Following the success of last year’s inaugural East of England Family History Show "Echoes of the Past" the event is now bigger than ever and will be held at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln on Sunday 26th October 2014.

The event offers the opportunity for visitors to research their family history, find central records and learn more about the archives of the area. Exhibitors include family history societies, genealogists, heritage groups and local publishers. Workshops and talks will be held throughout the day including Military Research, Researching Online, Lincolnshire Family History and The Garton Archive.

The Echoes of the Past event will be held at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln on Sunday 26th October 2014 from 10am to 4pm. Entry is £4 per person with free parking.

TheGenealogist and S&N Genealogy is proud to sponsor ‘Echoes of the Past’ Show for the second year running and will be providing specialist help, talks and advice on the day and both companies will have products and special offers available to visitors.

The day will also feature the popular free talk ‘Breaking down your family history brick walls’ by Mark Bayley who regularly presents to packed audiences at the Who Do You Think You Are? Show at London Olympia.

‘Echoes of the Past’ will also feature the Lincolnshire Family History Society, Lincolnshire Archives, Leicestershire & Rutland Family History Society, Suffolk Family History, professional Genealogists and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. Many commercial companies to help you research your family history will also be in attendance.

Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of TheGenealogist comments: “We are delighted to continue our partnership with ‘Echoes of the Past’ in their second year in Lincolnshire. It promises to be a great event for anyone interested in family history in the Lincolnshire area and we look forward to helping the organisers continue to establish this as the premier genealogy event for the area.”

For more information on attending the Echoes of the Past show as an exhibitor, please contact Sarah Carter, Event Co-ordinator, at Lincolnshire Media. sarah.carter@lincolnshiremedia.co.uk or telephone 01522 820000

(With thanks to David Osborne)

UPDATE: Further details, including a list of exhibitors, is at http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/Echoes-past/story-21092878-detail/story.html

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

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Relatives of adopted adults now able to trace family tree

From the Department of Education for England and Wales:

Relatives of adopted adults now able to trace family tree

From: Department for Education and Edward Timpson MP
First published: 25 September 2014
Part of: Improving the adoption system and services for looked-after children and Children and young people

Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults can now trace back through their ancestors’ lives.

Children, grandchildren and other relatives of adopted adults can now trace back through their ancestors’ lives - helping them to unearth their family history, discover more about their medical background and reach out to long-lost relatives under new rules introduced today.

Previously, only the person adopted and their birth relatives were able to used specialised adoption agencies to help shed light on their family history and make contact with their biological family members.

The new rules will extend this right to all relatives of adopted adults, from children and grandchildren to partners and adoptive relatives, allowing greater openness in adoption while ensuring adopted people have the right to a private, family life.

For example, those who have lost a parent to cancer or a heart problem will be able to discover whether their grandparents or other birth relatives suffered from the same condition, given them the chance to seek advice and support.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson, who has 2 adopted brothers, said:

It’s right that descendants and other relatives of adopted adults are able to access important information, such as medical records or genetic health conditions, which could impact upon how they live their life today.

They should also be able to find out about important events from their past, as well as make contact with family members if they wish.

This positive change will help thousands of people discover their place in history, while keeping important safeguards in place to protect the right to a private family life for those who were adopted.

Julia Feast OBE, from the British Association for Fostering and Adoption (BAAF) said:

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering is delighted that the government’s consultation about extending intermediary services to descendants of adopted people has now been published.

We are very pleased that the government has extended the rights of descendants and other relatives to access an intermediary service whilst ensuring that the adopted person’s rights are not overlooked and will be at the centre of the decision making.

Today’s announcement (25 September 2014) is just the latest milestone in the government’s plan to overhaul support for adopted families.

We have announced plans to introduce a £19.3 million fund to help adopted children settle into their new families by accessing crucial support services as and when they need it, and have extended entitlements so that adopted children have access to priority school admissions, the pupil premium, and eligibility for free early education for 2-year-olds.

In addition, we have also published the Adoption Passport which sets out in 1 place all the rights and entitlements of adoptive parents, alongside new online maps which allow potential adopters to find out more information about services in their area. We have also set up First4Adoption, the government funded information service for people interested in adopting a child.

Notes to Editor:

The government has today published new rules to make provision for intermediary services to facilitate contact between ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’ and the birth relatives of a person adopted before 30 December 2005.

The regulations will define ‘persons with a prescribed relationship’ as anyone related to an adopted person by blood (including half-blood), marriage or civil partnership or by virtue of the adoption. This will include all relatives of the adopted person, including but not limited to the children and grandchildren of adopted persons.

The regulations will ensure that that the consent of the adopted person is obtained before contact or information sharing is facilitated between persons with a prescribed relationship and birth relatives, other than:
  • where a person with a prescribed relationship seeks non-identifying medical information from birth relatives of the adopted person and this can be shared by the intermediary agency without sharing identifying information
  • where a person with a prescribed relationship wishes to make contact with a birth relative and the adopted person cannot be found, despite all reasonable steps having been taken
  • where the adopted person has died or lacks capacity

The ‘Intermediary services for relatives of adopted people’ consultation is now available.

The new rules will come into force by November 2014.

NB: I am unclear if this is a UK wide initiative or one that just applies to England and Wales - will see if I can clarify!

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

Thursday, 25 September 2014

New English record sets added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added the following record sets for England:

Wells, Somerset, England, Bishop's Transcripts, 1594-1736
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9146
Source: Original data: E. Dwelly, ed. Dwelly's Parish Records. Vol. I. Herne Bay, England: E. Dwelly, 1913.

Birmingham, England, Rate Books, 1831-1913
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=4954
Source: Rate Books. Textual records. Library of Birmingham, Birmingham, England.

London, England, King's Bench and Fleet Prison Discharge Books and Prisoner Lists, 1734-1862
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9158
Source: Series PRIS 10. The National Archives, Kew, England.

London, England, Marshalsea Prison Commitment and Discharge Books, 1811-1842
http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9159
Source: Series PRIS 11. The National Archives, Kew, England

Full details via the links.

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