Friday, 5 February 2016

FindmyPast to add 10 million Irish Catholic records in March

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

FINDMYPAST ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF 12 MILLION IRISH PARISH REGISTERS

Leading family history site, Findmypast, announced today at Rootstech that it will launch 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers, one of the most important Irish record collections, in March 2016.

Covering over 200 years from 1671-1900 and over 1,000 parishes, Findmypast has worked to transcribe the National Library of Ireland’s online image collection of 3,500 baptism and marriage registers. This is the first time that the collection has been indexed with the images linked online, making the search much easier and the records more accessible. As a result, family historians will now be able to make all important links between generations with the baptism records and between families with the marriage registers. These essential records cover the entire island of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.

Ben Bennett, Executive Vice-President North America and International for Findmypast said:

“The Irish Parish Registers will be a gold mine for anyone with Irish heritage. The 10 million baptism and marriage records will help even more people to trace their Irish ancestors. In addition to being able to search this valuable collection, customers with family trees on Findmypast will benefit from leads that automatically connect the records related to their family directly to their trees. The Catholic Parish Registers are a hugely important addition to Findmypast’s Irish collection, the largest and most comprehensive source for online Irish family history research.”

NB: Note that most of the collections only go up to 1880/1881, not 1900 - nevertheless, a very useful development

(With thanks to Alex Cox, and Sue Wilkes via Twitter)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Botched war memorial in Cornwall

There's an interesting story from the Western Morning News about a war memorial in Bodmin, Cornwall, which may have in the region of a hundred errors on it, due to the poor way that the information required for the memorial was gathered.

The errors were unearthed by Ann Hicks of Cornwall Family History Society (www.cornwallfhs.com), and the project may cost in the region of £3000 to sort out.

The full story is available at http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Botched-war-memorial-Cornwall-100-errors/story-28662379-detail/story.html

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

FindmyPast adds Norfolk parish records

In addition to the new American marriage records added to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk), parish records from Norfolk, England, have also been uploaded:

Norfolk Baptisms
Explore over 1.8 million baptisms from 546 parishes around Norfolk. Uncover your ancestors' birth place, parents' names and baptism dates.

Norfolk Marriages
Over 953,000 marriages dating back to the early 1500s are now available to search. Uncover new branches of your Norfolk family tree and learn the names of parents to jump back through the generations.

Norfolk Burials
Delve through over 1.4 million burial records to find out when your relatives died, the date of their funeral, where they spent their final years and if they died in unusual circumstances.

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Ulster Historical Foundation North American lecture tour

From the Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com):

North American lecture tour, 05–22 March 2016‏

Want to discover your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors?
Many people believe that researching Irish ancestors is impossible because of the destruction of the Public Record Office in 1922. While many records were destroyed, others survived and large collections have come online in recent years.

Join experts Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Foundation during their annual North American lecture tour to learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss these workshops!

Saturday, 05 March Toronto, ON
Location: North York Civic Centre, Memorial Hall, Burgundy Room, North York Civic Centre 5110 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N 5W4, Canada
Host: The Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society and the Canadian Department, North York Central Library
Web: http://torontofamilyhistory.org/event/ulster-historical-foundation-north-american-tour-2016/?instance_id=1181
Tel./e-mail: courses@torontofamilyhistory.org

Sunday, 06 March Boston, MA
Location: Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 275 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02116
Host: New England Historic Genealogical Society
Web: http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/irish-family-history-day-1?pass-through=true
Tel./e-mail: 888-296-3447 education@nehgs.org

Tuesday, 08 March Philadelphia, PA
Location: Moriarty's Pub and Restaurant, 1116 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Host: The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP)
Web: https://genpa.org/events/celebrating-your-irish-scots-irish-ancestors
Tel./e-mail: 215-545-0391 email info@genpa.org

Wednesday, 09 March Leesburg, VA
Location: Thomas Balch Library, 208 W Market St, Leesburg, VA, 20176
Host: Thomas Balch Library
Web: www.leesburgva.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/23391/327
Tel./e-mail: 703-737-7195 balchlib@leesburgva.gov

Thursday, 10 March Newberry, Chicago
Location: The Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
Host: The Newberry Library
Web: www.newberry.org/
Tel./e-mail: +1 312-943-9090 (ask for the Genealogy and Local History department)

Friday, 11 March Salt Lake City, UT
Location: Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, 122 S Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, United States
Host: Heritage Journeys
Web: www.heritagejourneys.net/project/an-irish-gatherin-salt-lake-city-ut-march-2016/
Tel./e-mail: 801-557-1059 info@heritagejourneys.net

Saturday, 12 March Portland, OR
Location: Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222
Host: Genealogical Forum of Oregon
Web: www.gfo.org/IrishSeminar_Mar2016.pdf
Tel./e-mail: seminar@gfo.org

Sunday, 13 March Portland, OR
Location: Genealogical Forum of Oregon, 2505 SE 11th Ave., Suite B-18, Portland, Oregon 97202
Host: Genealogical Forum of Oregon
Web: www.gfo.org/IrishSeminar_Mar2016.pdf
Tel./e-mail: seminar@gfo.org

Monday, 14 March Chehalis, WA
Location: Bethel Assembly of God Church, 132 Kirkland Road, Chehalis, WA 98532
Host: Lewis County Genealogical Society
Web: www.walcgs.org/
Tel./e-mail: 360-219-6912 wa.lcgs@hotmail.com

Wednesday, 16 March Fountaindale, IL
Location: Fountaindale Public Library, 300 West Briarcliff Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Host: The Plainfield Public Library and the Fountaindale Public Library
Web: http://host7.evanced.info/fountaindale/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
http://www.fountaindale.org/
Tel./e-mail: 630-685-4201 ddudek@fountaindale.org

Thursday, 17 March Memphis, TN
Location: Pickering Center, 7771 Poplar Pike, Germantown, TN
Host: Tennessee Genealogical Society
Web: www.tngs.org/
Tel./e-mail: 901-754-4300 tngs@tngs.org

Saturday, 19 March Pittsburgh, PA
Location: Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St. Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Host: Heinz History Center and the Westmoreland County Historical Society
Web: www.westmorelandhistory.org/index.php/news-events/event-calendar/irish-genealogy-workshop/?eID=83
Tel./e-mail: 412-454-6361 history@westmorelandhistory.org

Sunday, 20 March York County, PA
Location: 250 East Market St, York, PA 17403
Host: South Central Pennsylvania Genealogical Society
Web: www.scpgs.org/meetings/
Tel./e-mail: 717-848-1587 or 717-843-7043 scpgswebsite@wildblue.net

Tuesday, 22 March Halifax (Debert), Nova Scotia
Location: The Debert Hospitality Centre, 130 Ventura Dr, Debert, NS B0M 1G0, Canada
Host: Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia
Web: www.novascotiaancestors.ca/cstm_conferenceReg.php
Tel./e-mail: (902) 454-0322 info@novascotiaancestors.ca

What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day itself, than by making a start on your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestral quest. Your Irish genealogy is waiting to be discovered.

With sixty years’ experience of serving Irish people everywhere, let the Ulster Historical Foundation help you discover your family’s story.

Please share this information about our lecture tour with your genealogical or historical society and friends on social media.

We know that information about a North American tour is not relevant to those of you who do not live there but we will travel anywhere where we are invited to speak. For example, we are doing a workshop in Manchester, England this weekend so please do get in touch with us if you or your society would be interested in hosting one of our events (enquiry@uhf.org.uk)

(With thanks to the Ulster Historical Foundation)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

London Metropolitan Archives - February events

Forthcoming events from London Metropolitan Archives:

Exhibitions:

War in London
Runs until 27 April 2016

The current exhibition at LMA reveals the effects of five conflicts on Londoners and their city, from the English Civil War to the Cold War.

This exhibition uncovers historical manuscripts, maps, photographs and films that tell us about the destruction of the city, the threat of imminent invasion and the heroism of ordinary Londoners.

War in London: 20thC Conflicts and London’s Response
Talk

This informal session will be an opportunity to examine some of LMA’s material relating to the First and Second World Wars and to civil defence plans in the second half of the century.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Tuesday 16 February, 2 - 3 pm.

You can see more events for our War in London exhibition on our events feed on Eventbrite.


Talks and events

The Voice of a Community
Talk

Hear the recollections of relatives whose family emigrated from China to London during the early 1900s, listen to the memories of Black sailors who worked aboard the British Merchant Naval ships of the 1950s and uncover what life was like as a resident on a Peabody Estate in the 1930s.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event on Thursday 4 February, 3 - 4 pm.


Drill Hall Days & Nights: 1977-2011
Event

For nearly 35 years the Drill Hall Theatre and arts centre in Bloomsbury changed London’s cultural and political landscape.

The Drill Hall archive is now at LMA and Outhouselondon is hosting a celebration with performers, friends, speakers and recordings of shows plus guided tours of the LMA archives. All of this is followed by fabulous food and drinks at The Bourne & Hollingsworth bar (fully accessible and next door) from 2pm onwards.

£10 / £7 - booking essential (includes drinks and canapés). You can book online at Eventbrite for this event on Friday 5 February, 12.30 - 2 pm.


Maps and London
Event

In 1616 Dutchman Claes Visscher published his now famous panorama of London. In this day of talks and walks we will explore the archives collection of maps, plans and panoramas before taking to the streets to compare the modern city with the old.

£10 (bring a picnic) - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Saturday 13 February, 11 am - 4 pm.


Conference

Animating Black Archives - the Next Ten Years: Annual Huntley Conference at LMA

Friends of the Huntley Archives at LMA will partner and present with linked archives. There will be presentations from the Black Cultural Archives, the George Padmore Institute, the Institute for Race Relations, FHALMA and photographer Charlie Phillips.

The conference will address ‘ways forward’ for Black British Archives over the next ten years and showcase related recent and future projects.

£10 - booking essential (includes lunch). You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Saturday 27 February, 11 am - 4.30 pm.


Regular events

LGBTQ History Club
Event

Surat-Shaan Rasberger Knan will make a presentation on the Twilight People oral history project. The project sets out to record the experiences of LGBTQ people of faith. Discover more about the project here: http://www.twilightpeople.com

Free - drop in session on Wednesday 3 February, 6 - 7.30 pm.

You can find out full details for the event on Eventbrite

Film Club
Event


February Film Club: London’s Parks and Forests

This month's Film Club will look at the green spaces that are so important to London. We will see a number of parks and forests, with a particular focus on Epping Forest. We hope you can join us in watching a range of films that examine these characteristic parts of our city.

Free - drop in session on Wednesday 17 February, 6 - 7.30 pm.

You can find out details of the full programme on the Eventbrite website


Training sessions for new visitors to LMA:

We run a variety of learning sessions for new visitors, or anyone who wants a refresher on how to get the most out of your research at London Metropolitan Archives. You can check our events listings on eventbrite to see which sessions are coming up:

Getting Started: Come along and tour the Information Area to find out how to get the best out of our research facilities.

Using the Catalogue: There are 3.5 million record descriptions in our catalogue! Let us help you find your way around with advice and guidance for exploring our collections online.

Handling Documents: This practical session aims to help you handle archival items in the most appropriate way. As well as demonstrating how to handle various archival formats, a conservator will also explain the dos and don’ts that apply in the Archive Study Area.

Family History Starter Session - Using our Digital Resources: Starting your family history? Come along to this workshop and learn how to get the most out of digitised family history sources, including LMA’s records on Ancestry. This workshop is aimed at beginners.

Deciphering Old Handwriting: This practical session gives expert help in reading different types of handwriting from the 18th to early 20th centuries. You will practise with copy documents from LMA’s collections and get tips for deciphering all kinds of writing. We run sessions for beginners and intermediate level.

For events dates, times and booking details for these sessions and all our other events, please see the LMA events feed on the Eventbrite website.


A Visit to Conservation
Tour

Meet members of the Conservation team and find out about the essential work which preserves our records for future generations.

Free - booking essential. You can book online at Eventbrite for this event which takes place on Thursday 18 February, 2 - 3 pm.


Further details via https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/Pages/default.aspx

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Ancestry worldwide subscription 20% sale

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):

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Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

New Monaghan records on RootsIreland

RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie) has released some new records collections for County Monaghan. These are as follows:

Roman Catholic Records
Inishkeen Baptisms 1836-1849
Inniskeen Marriages 1839-1850 and 1876-1877

Church of Ireland Records
Aghabog Marriages 1845-1915
Aughnamullen (Christchurch) Baptisms 1888-1901
Ballinode Marriages 1845-1852
Ballybay Baptisms 1867-1914
Kilmore Burials 1832-1915
Kilmore Marriages 1826-1844
Kilmore (Stranoodan) Baptisms 1861-1914
Rockcorry Marriages 1857-1916
Tehallan Baptisms 1806-1880

Presbyterian Records
Aughnamullen (Corlea) Baptisms 1882-1915
Aughnamullen (Corlea) Marriages 1845-1915
Muckno (2nd Castleblayney or Frankford) Marriages 1845-1912

Reformed Presbyterian
Tullycorbet (Creevagh) Marriages 1861-1912

Graveyard Records (Mixed denominations)
Ematris (Edergole Old Graveyard) Headstones 1574-2001
Errigal Truagh (Old Graveyard) Headstones 1670-1911

Civil registration
Kilmore Marriages 1864-1906

Vaccination Register
Donaghmoyne 1869-1884

(With thanks to RootsIreland via www.rootsireland.ie/2016/01/new-monaghan-records-have-just-been-added-to-rootsireland-ie/)

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

FindmyPast launches US marriages collection

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.com):

Leading family history company, Findmypast , announced today at RootsTech that, in partnership with FamilySearch International, it will launch the single largest online collection of U.S. marriages in history.

Covering 360 years of marriages from 1650-2010, when complete this landmark collection will contain at least 100 million records and more than 450 million names from 2,800 counties across America. More than 60 per cent of these marriage records have never before been published online. When complete, this collection will only be found in its entirety exclusively on Findmypast.

To kick start the collection, Findmypast has launched the first 33 million records of this ambitious project today and is offering them to the public for free from now until 15 February. The records include marriage date, bride and groom names, birthplace, birth date, age, residence as well as fathers’ and mothers’ names. Customers with family trees on Findmypast will benefit from leads connecting relatives on their trees with the marriage records, thus generating a whole new source of research.

Those seeking a bit of star dust will find the marriage reco rds for actors from Bette Davis to Jimmy Stewart, actor turned President, Ronald Reagan, founding father Samuel Adams, writers including F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck, jazz great Duke Ellington and baseball legend Babe Ruth to name but a few among the hundreds of millions of names.

Commenting, Annelies van den Belt, CEO, Findmypast said:

“We are delighted to be working with FamilySearch to bring this hugely important collection online. The launch of the U.S. marriages project is central to our growth strategy in the U.S. The millions of new U.S. records will complement Findmypast’s massive collection of British and Irish data allowing us to provide many more connections and a more comprehensive experience to family historians in the US and all over the world.

Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch said:

“We greatly value our close working relationships with our partners and record archives. They enable us as a community to get important records available to family history researchers online much, much faster. The US marriage records agreement with Findmypast is an excellent example. We are delighted to assist making these records available.”

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Ulster Historical Foundation at RootsTech

From the Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryireland.com)

Visit Ulster Historical Foundation at Rootstech 2016

The Foundation will be represented at Rootstech 2016 from 3–6 February in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Visit us at booth number 1640 where our representative, Dave Miller, who is an experienced genealogist will be on hand to explain the Foundation’s services and offer some advice on how the Foundation can help with your Irish and Scots-Irish roots research. Dave will also have a limited supply of our best-selling title, Researching Scots-Irish Ancestors available for sale. www.rootstech.org/

Download our brochure especially produced for the Rootstech event, where you will find a coupon code for 15% off books published by the Foundation

Conferences Early Bird Offer extended until 29 February 2016

To celebrate the Foundation’s move to new premises in central Belfast, and our first visit to Rootstech 2016, we are pleased to announce that we are extending the early bird offer of only £699 ($999 approx.) per person for our June and September conferences until 29 February. Spaces are filling up fast so book your place now! See www.ancestryireland.com/family-history-conference/summer-2016/ for details

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Panic over: Family Tree Maker lives

Ancestry (www.ancestry.com) announced on December 9th that it was to discontinue the highly popular Family Tree Maker software (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/rip-family-tree-maker.html). Three days later, in response to Ancestry's own comments responding to how users were taking the news, I stated the following in a subsequent blog post (http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/more-on-ancestrys-planned-cull-of.html):

I've read a lot of comments online from the genealogical commentariat suggesting that this was inevitable, and that this is the way the world is moving, but I've never really been a big fan of self-fulfilling prophecies i.e. it was always going to happen, so it's going to happen. I've seen the Terminator films enough times to know that the future is not set, there is no fate but that which we make, etc...! Ancestry believes it is in its interest to kill off the programme, but Ancestry is nothing without its subscribers. I'd be inclined to watch this space for a bit - there seems to be a lot of genuine anger out there. Is it really so necessary to alienate a huge chunk of that subscriber base on something that seems actually to be so unnecessary? One to watch...

Cue the latest news announcement from Ancestry (via http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2016/02/02/good-news-for-users-of-family-tree-maker/):

Since our Family Tree Maker announcement last December, we have continued to actively explore ways to develop and support Family Tree Maker and ensure you have choices to preserve your work in ways that matter to you.

Today, I am pleased to announce two options for desktop software that will work with Ancestry.

Software MacKiev
Software MacKiev, with whom we have a long-standing relationship, is acquiring the Family Tree Maker software line as publisher for both Mac and Windows versions. Software MacKiev has been the developer of Family Tree Maker for Mac for more than six years and is thrilled at the opportunity to publish future versions of Family Tree Maker for Mac and Windows.

This new agreement means you will receive software updates and new versions from Software MacKiev, and have the ability to purchase new versions of Family Tree Maker from Software MacKiev as they are released. You will have continued access to Ancestry Hints, Ancestry searches, and be able to save your tree on Ancestry with Family Tree Maker moving forward.

RootsMagic
We have made an agreement with RootsMagic, a leading genealogy desktop software program publisher, to connect Ancestry with the RootsMagic software by the end of 2016. With this new relationship, RootsMagic can serve as your desktop family tree software, while having access to Ancestry hints, Ancestry searches, and the ability to save your tree on Ancestry.

These new agreements will make it possible to preserve your work on Ancestry and Family Tree Maker, and enable future features and benefits to help you discover your family history. Be assured that Ancestry, in cooperation with Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, will continue to support you as you discover your family history.

We ask for your patience as we work diligently through all the details to make these solutions available. Be sure to check back here on our blog as we share more information about Family Tree Maker in the next few months.

For more information on Software MacKiev and RootsMagic, click below:

Software MacKiev: http://www.mackiev.com/
RootsMagic: http://www.rootsmagic.com/

So there we have it. Family Tree Maker lives. Panic over!

Chris

For details on my genealogy guide books, including my recently released Discover Irish Land Records and Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. My Pinterest account is at https://www.pinterest.com/chrismpaton/.