Friday, 23 October 2020

MyHeritage adds indexes to Welsh parish records

My Heritage (www.myheritage.com) has published indexes to Welsh parish registers:

We are pleased to announce the publication of three important Welsh historical record collections on MyHeritage: Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms; Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns; and Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials. The collections consist of 14.8 million indexed historical records and cover over 450 years of Welsh history. High quality scans of the original documents will be added very soon. These collections are the only source of genealogical information in Wales before the 19th century, making them an invaluable resource for anyone researching their Welsh heritage.

Here are more details about the new Welsh collections:

Wales, Parish Births and Baptisms

This collection consists of 8 million birth & baptism records from parishes throughout Wales. The records contain the name, date of birth, date of baptism, parish, father’s name, father’s occupation, mother’s name, parent’s residence, and place of birth.

Wales, Parish Marriages and Banns

This collection consists of 3 million marriage or bann (an announcement of intent to marry) records from parishes throughout Wales. Records contain the bride and groom’s first and last name, their ages, the marriage date or bann date, the bride and groom’s father’s names, the names of the bride and groom’s parishes, and the names of their respective counties.

Wales, Parish Deaths and Burials

This collection consists of 3 million death records from parishes throughout Wales. Records contain the given name and surname of the deceased, age upon death, birth date, burial date, death date, mother’s name, father’s name, next of kin’s name (usually spouse), parish, and location.


For further details visit https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/10/myheritage-releases-three-historical-record-collections-from-wales/. Note that "High quality scans of the original documents will be added very soon."

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

UK Government to increase Self-Employed Support Scheme payments

A further development of potential interest if you are a self-employed genealogist in the UK.

Following my post on 28 September about the Westminster government's extension to the Self-Employment Support Scheme (see http://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2020/09/uk-government-extends-coronavirus-self.html), it has now been announced that the rate of the first two payments is to be extended from 20% of average monthly trading profits to 40%, with a decision still to be made on the second payment early next year. This still falls well short of the previous payments of 80% and 70% made earlier this year.

For further details and updates, please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension


Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Highland Archive Centre expands opening hours in Inverness

From Highland Archives (via https://www.facebook.com/highlandarchives/posts/3241646559296560):

The Highland Archive Centre is really pleased to be able to announce that from Monday 26th October, we will be open 3 days a week, Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays (visits by appointment only).

We can also now offer our customers access to microfilm collections and reference books which can be pre-ordered along with any archival material you would like to access.

To book an appointment or for more information please email archives@highlifehighland.com

For further information about and updates about our procedures in place across the Highland Archive Service including how to book and what to expect in our buildings, please visit https://www.highlifehighland.com/archives-service/covid-19-archive-updates/.


Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

TheGenealogist adds parish registers for all of Wales

A major new release from TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk) for our Celtic cousins in Wales: 

Parish Records for all of Wales Launched 

TheGenealogist are launching the complete set of all Anglican records for Wales held by the consortium of Welsh archives on 23rd October. This release contains 8 million Parish Records, listing over 14.5 million individuals, with images of the original registers.

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content at TheGenealogist said:

“We are very excited to be releasing parish records for all 13 historic Welsh counties.” He went on to say:

“We’re thankful for the input of Welsh records experts from the archives, to make sure that we have accurate parish and place names. This will make it much easier for researchers to find records that they may have experienced difficulties with trying to find elsewhere.

“TheGenealogist’s keyword search makes it surprisingly easy to find the record you’re after and SmartSearch allows you to find families in the registers.

“These records compliment our nonconformist records for Wales which include Methodists,  Quakers and more, giving researchers the ultimate resource for finding their Welsh ancestors’ vital events.”

This release includes all historic Welsh counties:-

Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarfonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire.

Kim Collis, West Glamorgan County Archivist, says on behalf of all the Welsh archives contributing their parish records:

“We are delighted that TheGenealogist is releasing these records to a wider audience. Being able to access them from the comfort of your own home, especially during the current situation, is of great benefit.

“For this release, we’ve painstakingly gone through the metadata, improving all the place names in this record set, recording chapels of ease, parent parishes of modern parishes, and variant spellings in the English and Welsh languages. This will mean that searches for your ancestor in the parish records, which previously might have turned up no results, will have a much greater chance of finding them for you.

“If you’ve previously struggled to find your ancestors’ Welsh Parish Records, I’d really encourage you to search these records.”

To find out more about Welsh Parish Records and this release, visit https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/welsh-parish-records/

This release has been made possible by the participation of the following archives:-
Anglesey Archives, Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Ceredigion Archives, Conwy Archive Services, Denbighshire Archives, Flintshire Record Office, Glamorgan Archives, Gwent Archives, Gwynedd Archives Service, Pembrokeshire Archives and Local Studies, Powys Archives and West Glamorgan Archive Service.

Ruth Jones will be searching for her Welsh roots in Who Do You Think You Are? airing on Monday 26th October on BBC One. TheGenealogist has found her ancestors in this new collection. Read about it here (WARNING: Contains spoilers) https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2020/who-do-you-think-you-are/ruth-jones-1338/


(With thanks to Nick Thorney)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

 

 

Wednesday, 21 October 2020

County Sligo records added to RootsIreland

From RootsIreland (www.rootsireland.ie)

New County Sligo Records Added

County Sligo Heritage & Genealogy Society are delighted to announce the addition of 21,939 records to research and view on our database at http://sligo.rootsireland.ie/ These records include 6,380 miscellaneous baptisms, births, marriages and deaths, occurring in many of the county's parishes, across various dates and time frames.

Also included in this release are 15,559 Gravestone & Memorial Inscriptions from Graveyards and Cemeteries in the following parishes :

    Aghanagh (RC)
    Ahamlish (RC)
    Drumcliffe (RC)
    Keelogues (RC)
    Skreen & Dromard (RC)
    Templeboy (RC)
    Aghanagh (Civil)
    Sligo Town (Civil)
    Templeboy (Civil)

For an up to date list of sources for County Sligo and to search and view these records, go to https://www.rootsireland.ie/sligo and login or subscribe as required.

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Glasgow's Mitchell Library and City Archives to re-open on limited basis

The Mitchell Library in Glasgow is set to re-open to a limited extent from Tuesday, October 27th.

From the library's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/themitchelllibrary/:

We’re delighted to tell you The Mitchell will reopen on Tuesday 27th October. Please note that opening times have changed:

Monday closed
Tuesday 11-3
Wednesday 11-3
Thursday 11-3
Friday 11-3
Saturday 11-3
Sunday closed

You will also need to pre-book your space for anything other than visiting the lending library on the ground floor. And please note that there will be limited services on offer. We recommend you check our FAQs for information on what services are available and how to book your slot. https://glasgowlife.info/faqs/libraries

Any questions? Drop us an email Mitchelllibrary@glasgowlife.org.uk

We’re really looking forward to seeing you again!

The FAQs document at https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/media/6737/20201020themitchellfaq.pdf notes the following on Glasgow City Archives:

How do I book an Archives session appointment?

All appointments are free and for one person only. To book an Archives session appointment, please email Archives@glasgowlife.org.uk  or call Glasgow City Archives during opening hours on 0141 287 2910.

Please book at least one week and a maximum of four weeks in advance. Archives appointments will be for a maximum of three hours per session. Please note, Archives customers will be limited to one appointment per day, and a maximum of one visit per week.  

Customers can request up to six items in advance of an Archives session. Materials are only available for use during your appointment. All documents will be quarantined for 72 hours after use.

Four places will be available for general researchers and two for those using architectural drawings/large plans.

You will be assigned a table and your order will be placed there in advance of your arrival.

You will be advised on any specific conditions on access to Archives materials and we will confirm all appointments by email where possible. You should be ready to show this email on the day.

You will be sent Reader’s Registration and Test & Protect forms to complete in advance of your visit.

Please note also that the City Archives opening hours are more limited, with the facility just open for four hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Glasgow City Archives Opening Hours:
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am – 3pm
Wednesday 11am – 3pm
Thursday11am – 3pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Unfortunately, there is no mention yet of the re-opening of the Registrar's Service offering access to the ScotlandsPeople system (see http://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2020/10/visit-to-hawick-heritage-hub.html).

(With thanks to Jacqueline Hunter via Facebook)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Visit to the Hawick Heritage Hub

I visited the Hawick Heritage Hub (www.hawickonline.com/heritage-hub) yesterday in order to carry out some research for an urgent overseas client enquiry. The centre took three hours to drive to from the west of Scotland, the Borders having very unique challenges on the navigational front, countered only by its stunning beauty!

The centre is currently the only premises in Scotland offering access to the ScotlandsPeople computer system at an unlimited £15 per day (my nearest centre at Kilmarnock, just 6 miles away from me, remains closed, as is Glasgow, forcing me to head east). If you wish to visit, please be advised that you will need to wear a mask throughout, and that there are only a small number of available terminals (I believe I counted just 5). From all accounts they have been flat out since re-opening, with visitors travelling from as far afield as Ayrshire and Aberdeenshire. You may need to wait a while for a slot! In addition to ScotlandsPeople, the centre does also provide access to the digitised kirk session records, and various other printed resources for the Borders region. (For more info on booking a seat, see my previous post at http://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2020/10/hawick-heritage-hub-reopens-at-reduced.html)





Incidentally, I did notice an update at the weekend from the Glasgow based registrar's service, posted on September 24th, which does not encourage much optimism (https://www.glasgow.gov.uk/article/17698/Family-History):

Update as at 24 September - There are no immediate plans to re-open the Genealogy Centre at this time.  Please continue to visit our website for further updates. This will be reviewed as we enter Phase 4 of the Scottish Government Route map.

As things stand just now, Phase 4 seems a long way away...

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thanks to Devon FHS - and there's more soon!

A big thanks to Devon Family History Society (www.devonfhs.org.uk) for a fun session on Saturday past, in which I talked about the basic family history records for Scottish family history research. It was great craic, with lots of fun and interesting questions from a very clued up family history society for whom I think Zoom was invented!! 

I was asked if I will come back and do the same again for Ireland, and of course I will, only too happy to! I have provisionally agreed a date in November, on the 26th, but will confirm soon. 

Don't forget also that I will be giving a talk next year to the group on Friday 21st May 2021, 7.30pm (BST) on British and Irish Newspapers.

See you all again soon! 

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Ulster Historical Foundation website redevelopment tender

From The Ulster Historical Foundation (www.ancestryscotland.com):

Ulster Historical Foundation wish to appoint a contactor to develop a completely new website combining all existing aspects of the Foundation’s online presence, which include:

    www.ancestryireland.com
    www.booksireland.org.uk
    www.historyfromheadstones.com (content not currently accessible to the public)
    www.therjhuntercollection.com

Plus bringing together microsites promoting conferences, courses, projects and other content, all under one URL, which is well-laid out, with clear, easy navigation.

All these various resources will be brought together under one dedicated, seamless website It is desired that this website will:

Offer a fully-integrated e-commerce platform that applies to all Foundation products and services. NB: The commerce solution must be at the heart of the website
Modernise and improve UHF’s online profile Improve website visibility to Google and other search engines
Make aspects of the site attractive for social-media reposting and sharing Improve sales, registrations, subscriptions

This website will be:

An important genealogical resource for DIY genealogists through its genealogical database and search functionality
Reputable and trusted genealogical and historical bookstore
Important heritage tourism resource making UHF seen as a trusted small tour operator
A portal for the Irish and Scots-Irish community to connect with each other through our membership association (the ‘Guild’) and members’ area
An informative and trusted local history website, valuable also to ‘free-for-view’ visitor.

The contactor will be responsible for the design of the website and the construction of the structural elements of the website.

The contractor will be expected to work closely with dedicated staff members of the Ulster Historical Foundation to manage the development and content population to the website as it is developed. 

CLOSING DATE: 30 October 2020

CLOSING TIME: 17:00 GMT

DATED ISSUED: Monday, 5 October 2020

For further details visit https://www.ancestryireland.com/website-redevelopment-tender/

 

(With thanks to the Foundation, via email)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 18 October 2020

Interviewed for Northern Visions TV's History Now series

I was recently interviewed by Barry Sheppard for Northern Visions TV's History Now series in Belfast, to discuss my take on family history as a discipline within the wider field of history. 


The programme is now streaming online at https://www.nvtv.co.uk/shows/history-now-chris-paton/, and is presented below for convenience - enjoy!

(With thanks to Barry Sheppard and NVTV)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 16 October 2020

PRONI to close for four weeks from October 19th

Perhaps not unexpectedly, due to the increasingly high rates of coronavirus transmission in Northern Ireland just now, is news that the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni) is to close for four weeks from October 19th 2020, along with all archives and libraries in the city of Belfast.

The PRONI website is displaying the following:

I'll update when further details emerge.

(With thanks to the Ulster Historical Foundation, @UlsterHistory)

UPDATE from PRONI:

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is closed to the public from Monday 19 October until Friday 13 November.

Visitor appointments scheduled during this period are now cancelled and those affected will be notified directly by PRONI.

PRONI information

In line with measures implemented by the NI Executive to curb the spread of Covid-19, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is closed to the public for a period of four weeks from Monday 19 October until Friday 13 November.

Visitor appointments within this period are now cancelled, and those affected will be notified directly by PRONI.

The PRONI enquiry service will continue to provide advice and quidance and offer a fee-paying search and copying service for open records.

PRONI's programme of events and public engagement will continue to operate online through video conferencing.

A range of digitised records, databases and other PRONI resources are available online.  

(Source: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/getting-proni-and-opening-hours)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 15 October 2020

British Library adds 18,000 free maps from Topographical Collection of King George III

The British Library in London has made freely available into the public domain some 18,000 digital images of historic maps, views and texts from its Topographical Collection of King George III. The images have been uploaded to its Flickr account at www.flickr.com/photos/britishlibrary/albums/72157716220271206/, with individual maps searchable through its catalogue at http://explore.bl.uk/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do.

The collection includes:

  • Some of the earliest European printed maps, such as the so-called ‘Lafreri’ copperplate maps produced in Rome in the mid-16th century
  • The complete range of British county maps dating from 1579 to the early 19th century
  • Administrative maps
  • Planning maps including maps of proposed railways and canals
  • Presentation maps, such as the ‘Duke’s Plan’ of New York, made to celebrate its capture by the English from the Dutch in 1664
  • Estate maps and maps of Royal palaces
  • The results of large-scale surveys, including a manuscript map of part of Newfoundland by James Cook, and William Roy’s military survey of Scotland
  • A large archive of maps and plans of Hannover and Northern Germany

Scotland is represented amongst the materials presented - the following is a plan of Edinburgh Castle from 1746, the year of Bonnie Prince Charlie's failed Jacobite Rising:


For more on the release visit https://blogs.bl.uk/magnificentmaps/2020/10/the-ktop-18000-digitised-maps-and-views-released.html

Have fun!

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sir Tom Devine interviewed on NVTV about the Clearances

There is a great interview by Barry Sheppard with Scottish historian Sir Tom Devine, in the History Now series hosted on Belfast's NVTV channel (www.nvtv.co.uk), concerning Sir Tom's recent book The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed, published in 2018. 

In the interview Sir Tom looks, of course, at the story of the Highland Clearances, but also the Lowland Clearances in particular from the mid-18th century to the mid 19th. He notes the massive changes in the Lowlands over the course of a sixty year period to be one of the most widespread forms of social engineering in the whole of Europe. He also discusses 'Highlandism' and 'clearance by stealth' in the Lowlands, with the non-renewal of leases when their time was up, and along the way flags up some interesting nuggets of information, such as the fact that the potato blight which caused the Famine in Ireland from 1845-1852 actually lasted longer in Scotland's West Highlands (for a decade), leading to mass emigration from the region. 

The 30 minute episode is available at https://www.nvtv.co.uk/shows/history-now-tom-devine/, and is presented below for convenience.

The book is published by Penguin (https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/305/305334/the-scottish-clearances/9780141985930.html) and is available from many outlets.  

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

Gifts available from Treehouse Genealogy's Etsy Shop

A quick plug for a genie pal in Lanarkshire - if you are looking for some genealogy themed gifts for Christmas, or for life in general, have a look at Clare Wilson's Etsy Shop at her Treehouse Genealogy site at www.treehousegenealogy.co.uk/etsy-shop

There is a range of items including tote bags, genealogy themed pictures and jewellery, and some monumental inscriptions, as well as more generic Scottish themed and vintage ephemera. 

Some cracking stuff! 

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada webinar

From Lanarkshire Family History Society (www.lanarkshirefhs.org.uk):

Finding Your Scottish Ancestors in Canada
a webinar by - Christine Woodcock, in conjunction with Lanarkshire Family History Society

Taking place online via Zoom on Thursday 29th October at 7.30pm GMT (Note this Webinar is free for all to join)

Thousands of Scots left their homeland and emigrated to Canada, many seeking a better life. Scots began coming to Canada in the mid 1600s, first as entrepreneurs – men on the make, and then as a means to an end – ways to enjoy a better life and to have the opportunity to own their own land. Others were sent to Canada in hopes of them having a better life than the one they left behind.

In this presentation, we will cover: -

•    Merchants to Newfoundland.
•    HBC.
•    Highland Scots to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
•    Selkirk Settlers.
•    Huron Tract.
•    CN/Northwest Settlements.
•    British Home Children.
•    Farm Boys.
•    Domestic Servants.
 

Christine Woodcock is a genealogy educator who enjoys sharing knowledge and opportunities with others to assist them in their quest to find their Scottish ancestors. 

This includes organizing research tours for the Scots diaspora to research in the repositories in Scotland. When not organizing genealogy research tours to Scotland, Christine lectures on Scottish genealogy, hosts webinars, authors blogs and articles.

She is the webinar coordinator for the ISBGFH (International Society for British Genealogy and Family History) and has begun organizing their Virtual Institute.

Christine is the editor for British Connections, a quarterly newsletter for the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History.

She will be assisted by Clare Wilson of Treehouse Genealogy who will share information on Lanarkshire Family History Societies Research Centre and how you can benefit from being a member.

Clare Wilson often assists Lanarkshire Family History Society and her Business Treehouse Genealogy is based in North Lanarkshire.   

She is the Creator of ‘Kilted Ancestors’, a Group where members can share stories about their Scottish Ancestry and the New Monkland (Airdrie) Back in Time Group.  
She also teaches Family History to various Community Groups across Central Scotland.

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5E0IJyvSSzm8HrQB3dtXfw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar.   If you don’t already have Zoom installed on your Computer or device you may be prompted to do so, if this is the case remember to sign in a bit earlier to allow extra time for the install.     The webinar should start automatically if it doesn’t please follow the instructions within the email. 

(With thanks to Clare Wilson)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd

My next Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course kicks off in three weeks time on November 2nd 2020 for a further five week run. If you're looking for a way to learn a little bit more each week about your favourite subject, why not sign up?!  

Here's the description:

This is an intermediate level course in Scottish family history for those who are going back beyond 1850. You should have some experience with research in the Old Parochial Registers (OPRs) of the Church of Scotland and in using major websites for Scottish research. This course discusses sources that fill the gap when the OPRs are uninformative or missing; for example, records of parish and town administration, occupations, land transfer and taxation. Using these records involves several different locations. You will learn how to check online finding aids and how to find the most effective way to obtain records that may be available online or offline. This is the second course on Scottish research. If you have not taken Scottish Research Online please check its description.

Lesson Headings:

* Kirk Sessions records and parish poor
* Burgh records and town poor
* Occupations, taxation and early lists
* Land transfer and the value of sasines
* Land, inheritance and estates

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week. (See How the Courses Work at https://www.pharostutors.com/howcourseswork.php.)

STUDENTS SAID: "well structured chats with opportunities for questions as well"

Relevant Countries: Scotland
Course Length: 5 Weeks
Start Date: 4 May 2020
Cost: £49.99

The following video also gives a bit more of a flavour about what to expect:



(Available also at https://youtu.be/1vX6GZtwZJ0)

For further details, and to sign up, please visit https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302.

Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers has been designed as a follow on course from the Scottish Research Online course, although it can certainly be signed up for if you already have the same level of knowledge as given from the earlier course.

I'll hopefully see you there!

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Discover Your Scottish Ancestors talk - Sat 17th October

This coming Saturday 17th October, from 2pm, I will be giving an online talk to Devon Family History Society entitled Discover Your Scottish Ancestors

For further details, ands to sign up, please visit http://www.devonfhs.org.uk/calendar/

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

MyHeritage offers wall art option for enhanced photos

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

We’re delighted to announce that MyHeritage users can now easily turn their family photos on MyHeritage into beautiful wall art! We have created a seamless product integration with Mixtiles and arranged for MyHeritage users to receive incredible discounts of up to 50% off when they order multiple prints, plus free worldwide shipping!

Mixtiles is a leading global service for printed wall art. They print beautiful 8×8 inch (20×20 cm) photo tiles that stick and restick to your walls without a hammer or nails. This makes them a fabulous gift to give to your loved ones, especially those who love nostalgic photos (who doesn’t?).

If you’ve taken advantage of MyHeritage’s powerful photo tools — the Photo Enhancer and MyHeritage In Color™ — to transform your family photos into stunning, high-quality, full-color images, you now have a fantastic option for putting the results on display to enjoy in your home… or giving your loved ones a truly unique gift. All in just a few clicks! With people spending more time at home during 2020 than ever before, there’s no better time to brighten up your living space with wall displays that bring you joy and remind you of the people you love the most.


For further details read the full post at https://blog.myheritage.com/2020/10/new-turn-your-myheritage-family-photos-into-stunning-wall-art/. There is also a short video at https://youtu.be/Elm3CaU1ECY, and presented below also for convenience:


(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thanks to those who attended the ISBGFH Virtual British Institute

A huge thanks to the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History (www.isbgfh.com) for a fun day yesterday, at which I gave four ninety minute long (or just under!) Irish talks online as part of the three day British Virtual Institute (www.isbgfh.com/Virtual-British-Institute). The fun continues today and tomorrow with presentations on English and Welsh research from Paul Milner and Darris Williams.

The event replaced a week long institute that was due to take place in Salt Lake City, but I have already commited - Covid permitting - to try to get over next year to teach the full programme, which is provisionally scheduled to comprise of ten x one hour sessions. We had a fun eight hour session in total (with a few breaks!), and just as it ended I was then able to put my feet up and watch the first episode of the new series of Who Do You Think You Are?, so a good day for genealogy in the Paton household!

The ISBGFH offers a range of benefits, including its quarterly British Connections publication (to which I regularly contribute topics on Irish subjects). For more info, and to join, visit www.isbgfh.com/Join-ISBGFH.


Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 11 October 2020

News from the Scottish Indexes conference

At the Scottish Indexes conference yesterday (one of the best yet!), there were a variety of speakers on a range of topics, and some good lively debate at the Q&A sessions! If you were unable to attend, the entire day's proceedings are still available on the Scottish Indexes Group on Facebook for a short period at https://www.facebook.com/groups/scottishindexes/. My own talk on Scottish Marriages is also available for a week at https://youtu.be/0rcWOTykgwc, and is presented below for convenience. (It will remain online until Sunday 18th October 2020.)


At the conference, there were some gleanings of Scottish genealogy news which may be of interest. In addition to the discovery that the Hawick Heritage Hub is now up and running again at a reduced service provision, and offering access to its ScotlandsPeople service (see https://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2020/10/hawick-heritage-hub-reopens-at-reduced.html), was some interesting news also from Glasgow. 

Archivist Dr Irene O'Brien stated that an announcement on the re-opening of the Mitchell Library is expected within the next week, and that the archive service itself will be accessible for three days a week, with restrictions (e.g. productions will need to be ordered in advance, and will need to be quarantined after consultation for a short period). Hopefully if the Mitchell is re-opening the Glasgow registrar's service may also be re-opened to an extent, but we should know soon enough. Irene also advised that it is hoped in the foreseeable future that many new datasets will go online, including the following:

  • Glasgow poor law indexes
  • Glasgow Episcopal church records (pre-1855)
  • Glasgow policemen (pre-1932)

It was also good to hear from Emma Maxwell of Scottish Indexes that the NRS's kirk session records for Scotland, long awaited on ScotlandsPeople, may now be on their way at long last in 2021, with testing currently underway.

The next Scottish Indexes conference is scheduled for December 6th 2020 - details to be announced in due course at www.scottishindexes.com.

(With thanks to Emma and Graham Maxwell)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Hawick Heritage Hub reopens at reduced capacity

From the Heritage Hub website at Hawick (https://www.liveborders.org.uk/culture/archives/heritage-hub/):

The Heritage Hub is open now for pre-booked visits and at a reduced capacity.

Visitors can now safely return to the Heritage Hub, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 09:30 to 16:30 by booking in advance.

To book a slot to access Scotland’s People or the archive collection please phone 01450 360699 within those hours or email localhistory@liveborders1.org.

The Heritage Hub is the home of the Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Service. It cares for a wide range of archive documents and local history publications from the four historic counties of Berwickshire, Peeblesshire, Roxburghshire and Selkirkshire.

The Heritage Hub is a ScotlandsPeople Centre. For £15.00 a day you can have unlimited access to one of the world’s best online sources of original family history information. There are almost 100 million records to look through for Scottish ancestry research, with census, wills, statutory birth, marriage and death, Old Parish and Roman Catholic records and a growing series of Valuation Rolls.

When you visit the Heritage Hub for the first time you’ll be asked to register. Please bring two forms of identification (at least one must be photographic).

Comment: This is good news for those who are seeking access to the ScotlandsPeople service, although there is reduced capacity initially. There is still no news whatsoever from the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh about the ScotlandsPeople Centre re-opening at any point, but it provides a bit of hope that perhaps some of the other centres may soon be able to restore access to the ScotlandsPeople service at Kilmarnock, Glasgow etc.

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Irish death records 1871-1877 added to IrishGenealogy.ie

More good news from Ireland - death records from 1871-1877 are now online. This leaves just 1864-1870 to go! Here's the announcement from the Irish Government:

Ministers Martin and Humphreys Announce Release of More Historic Records Online

Additional images taken from the Registers of Death for the years 1871 to 1877 are now available to view on the website, www.irishgenealogy.ie. In total, images for 671,599 Death entries have been added to the website meaning over 15.5 million register records are now available to the public to view and research online on the www.irishgenealology.ie website.

The records now available online include:

    Birth register records – 1864 to 1919
    Marriage register records – 1845 to 1944
    Death register records – 1871 to 1969

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin, T.D., welcomed this latest release:

"This release of death register data by the Civil Registration Service is part of an ongoing partnership between my Department and the Department of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands. The aim is to make all of these historic records freely and easily accessible to all members of the public both at home and throughout our Diaspora".

Ms Heather Humphreys T.D., Minister for Social Protection said:

“I welcome the addition of these further years of Civil Death register entries. I had the pleasure four years ago of making most of these records available on the www.irishgenealogy.ie website, when I was Minister for the Arts, and it is wonderful to see that the Civil Registration Service of my Department has now nearly made all of these records available to be searched freely online”.


(Source: (https://merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/Releases/Ministers_Martin_and_Humphreys_Announce_Release_of_More_Historic_Records_Online.html)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

My next book Sharing Your Family History Online is now available to pre-order

My next book is now listed online at Pen and Sword for pre-order at the introductory offer price of £11.99 (RRP £14.99). Here's the blurb!

Sharing Your Family History Online: A Guide for Family Historians
(Paperback) 

By Chris Paton   
Imprint: Pen & Sword Family History
Series: Tracing Your Ancestors
Pages: 144
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526780294
Published: 30th January 2021

For many enthusiasts pursuing their family history research, the online world offers a seemingly endless archive of digitised materials to help us answer the questions posed by our ancestors. In addition to hosting records, however, the internet also offers a unique platform on which we can host our research and lure in prospective cousins from around the world, to help build up a larger, shared, ancestral story.

In Sharing Your Family History on the Internet, genealogist and best-selling author Chris Paton will explore the many ways in which we can present our research and encourage collaboration online. He will detail the many organsiations and social media applications that can permit co-operation, describe the software platforms on which we can collate our stories, and illustrate the many ways in which we can publish our stories online.

Along the way, Chris Paton will also explore how we can make our research work further for us, by drawing in experts and distant cousins from around the world to help us break our ancestral brick walls, not just through sharing stories, but by accessing uniquely held documentation by family members around the world, including our very own shared DNA.


To pre-order the book, please visit https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Sharing-Your-Family-History-Online-Paperback/p/18718.

For my other Pen and Sword books, please visit https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Chris-Paton/a/1799

I hope it might help with your research!

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Genealogy talks I will be giving online this month

I'm giving a few talks online this month, so a quick summary of what I'll be covering, where and when!

Saturday 10th October 2020
Scottish Marriage: Instantly Buckled for Life
I'll be giving this talk freely as part of the sixth Scottish Indexes conference, details of which are available at www.scottishindexes.com. I'll be giving the talk twice, at 9am and 5pm UK time, and will chip in to the Q&A sessions during the day.


Monday 12th October 2020
1. Church and State: Ireland's vital records
2. Irish land records
3. Daily life in Ireland
4. The Decade of Centenaries


These four ninety minute long sessions, with accompanying Q&A sessions, form the first day of the three day Virtual British Institute from the ISBFHG. To register, visit https://www.isbgfh.com/page-18077


Saturday 17th October 2020
Discover Scottish Family History
This free talk will be given to Devon Family History Society. To register, visit http://www.devonfhs.org.uk/event/dfhs-virtual-talk-12/?instance_id=272.

Saturday 24th October 2020
Northern Ireland archives: PRONI and online collections
This is part of the Genealogical Society of Queensland's Annual Seminar on Irish Ancestry, and I'll be contributing to a Q&A session alongside John Grenham also. For further details visit https://www.gsq.org.au/event/annual-seminar-irish-ancestry/

Tuesday 27th October 2020
Tracing the Irish in Scotland
This session is being hosted by the Belfast branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society. Further details at https://www.nifhs.org/branches/belfast.

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.


Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 17 trailer

The trailer for the new series of Who Do You Think You Are?, this coming Monday 12th October on BBC1.

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Family Tree magazine November 2020

The November 2020 issue of Family Tree magazine (www.family-tree.co.uk) is available shortly in shops, with plenty of goodies inside.

  • Your Second World War Research Guide from Keith Gregson
  • Lost & Found, by Dr. Diane Brook
  • Find Your Invisble Ancestors, by Adele Emm
  • Births, Marriages & Deaths problem solver, by Helen Tovey
  • Lost at Sea - Merchant Seamen Records of Death
  • DNA Workshop, by Karen Evans


...and plenty more!

To purchase a copy visit https://www.family-tree.co.uk/store/back-issues/family-tree-magazine/november-2020/ or speak nicely to your local newsagent!


Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

October's genealogy courses from Pharos Tutors

The following courses still have availability this month from Pharos Teaching and Tutoring (www.pharostutors.com):

Are You Sitting Comfortably? Writing and Telling Your Family History (216)
Course Length: 5 weeks
Tutor: Janet Few
Start Date: 05 Oct 2020
Unassessed Cost: £49.99
Assessed Cost: £64.99

Practicalities of a One Name Study (903)
Course Length: 5 weeks
Tutor: Julie Goucher
Start Date: 06 Oct 2020
Cost: £49.99

Victorian Families - Your Ancestors in the Census (208)
Course Length: 5 weeks
Tutor: Malcolm Sadler
Start Date: 07 Oct 2020
Cost: £49.99

Manorial Records for Family and Local Historians (401)
Course Length: 5 weeks
Tutor: Sue Adams
Start Date: 12 Oct 2020
Unassessed Cost: £65
Assessed Cost: £79

Demystifying DNA for Family Historians (250)
Course Length: 5 weeks
Tutor: Karen Cummings
Start Date: 19 Oct 2020
Cost: £49.99

The National Archives Website and Catalogue - Finding People (207)
Course Length: 3 Weeks
Tutor: Guy Grannum
Start Date: 23 Oct 2020
Cost: £34.99

For further details on all Pharos courses, and to sign up, visit www.pharostutors.com/coursesmainsd.php.


Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Latest kirkyards publications from Aberdeenshire and North-East Scotland FHS

Aberdeenshire and North-East Scotland Family History Society (www.anesfhs.org.uk) has two new publications for sale, which might be of interest:

The Kirkyards of Forbes, Kearn and Tullynessle AA078 £3.60  120gms

The Kirkyard of Fordyce  AA076 £3.00 150gms

To purchase copies of these, or any other of the society's publications, please visit https://www.anesfhs.org.uk/component/anesfhs/?task=publications&Itemid=203
 

(With thanks to Jean Shirer)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

My plan for immortality continues! I've just heard from a Time Lord...

So that's me half way through my first century, and this is one of the most surreal days yet! The key essential for my birthday is a bottle of Laphraoig, then I am happy - but on this one my family turned it up to eleven!

My wife and boys have been conspiring for a few days - I've been banned from the kitchen on a few occasions in the last couple of weeks, and found out today why - they put together a book celebrating my first 50 years, with quotes from friends and family, even my local MP, and one from my mother-in-law written in Irish!


Just for good measure, my brother then dropped a Time Lord on me - quite literally, a birthday message from Sylvester McCoy! 


I'm filing this one under strangest birthday yet, but a necessary first stage on my continuing plans for immortality...! (Genealogy is an end to a means!)

Whatever you're up to, have a good day!

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Saturday, 3 October 2020

NRS reveals there were 820 centenarians living in Scotland in 2019

The National Records of Scotland has revealed that there were 820 centenarians alive in Scotland in 2019.  

The number is an increase on previous years, and includes four times more women aged 100 and over than men, at 670 females compared to 150 males, although the number of men reaching 100 and over is increasing at a faster rate than women.

For more on the story visit www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2020/centenarians-on-the-rise

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Highland Archives expand access to collections

From Highland Archive Service (www.highlifehighland.com/archives-service):

The Highland Archive Service is delighted to continue its gradual reopening programme, part of the High Life Highland BounceBack, by announcing that from next week on additional resources will be made available for users of the Highland Archive Centre, Lochaber Archive Centre and Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre.

From Tuesday 6th October people booking to visit these centres will be able to request reference books and items on microfilm (including old parish registers and census records) in addition to archival material.  To book a timed slot (bookings essential) please contact the relevant archive centre.

We are also pleased to offer the added opportunity to book a place to view Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre's latest exhibition which will look at the fascinating Macdonald sisters collection.  The Macdonald sisters, whose parents were natives of Skye, spent much of their lives travelling around the world, living in India, South Africa and other countries from the 1920s onwards.  Both sisters studied at Harrow College of Art and were elected Fellows of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce in 1943.  They went on to create a wide range of designs for fabric and furnishings as well as caricatures and cartoons (examples below).  The exhibition, which will launch on 8th October, will include original material and prints from this exciting collection.  To book a slot to visit, or to find out more, please contact Skye & Lochalsh Archive Centre.

The full newsletter is available at https://mailchi.mp/highlifehighland/highland-archive-service-1095298?e=36f4314bac

(With thanks to Highland Archives via email)

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Coming soon: Virtual British Institute on England, Wales & Ireland genealogy

With my Irish hat on, a friendly reminder that the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History's Virtual British Institute (www.isbgfh.com/Virtual-British-Institute) kicks off in just over a week's time on Monday 12th October. 


The original plan for the institute was for three streams to be taught in Salt Lake City, Utah, over 5 days, but Covid forced a change of plan, with a three day event now to be taught entirely online. Yours truly kicks off on Monday 12th with Ireland, Paul Milner then covers England on Tuesday 13th, and Darris Williams discusses Wales on Wednesday 14th. Each of us will be giving four 90 minute long in-depth presentations on various topics, and taking questions and answers throughout the day.

For convenience this is what I'll be covering on the first day, for the Irish tract:


1. Church and State: Ireland's vital records

This session will explore how to locate ancestors in Ireland using the civil registration records of births, marriages and deaths from 1845 and 1864 onwards, both online and in Ireland itself, as held at both the GROI in Roscommon and the GRONI in Belfast. It will also examine how to understand and utilize the records, and to appreciate their strengths and limitations.

Chris will then look at the various church denominations in Ireland, how they were structured, and the types of records they kept. He will explore how to locate surviving material, to equally identify what has not survived (and why), and to understand where Protestant and Catholic Ireland occasionally overlapped, with the role of the Church of Ireland as the state church.

Where gaps in such records exist, Chris will further discuss how other sources may be able to provide alternative information to plug those gaps, including resources in Britain.

2. Irish land records

In this session Chris will provide an understanding of the administrative boundaries within which various records were created and gathered in Ireland, look at how to locate places mentioned in records in Ireland, and to understand what those place names might mean.

He will also provide an introductory overview of the key land records available for ancestral research - the surviving censuses and census substitutes, the records of land valuation and taxation (including 19th century tithe applotment book and Griffith's Valuation), the Registry of Deeds, the value of estate records – and of course, how to find them, both online and in the island's many archives.

3. Daily life in Ireland

As well as the basic resources to establish the genealogy of our families, additional record sets exist that document their role and status in society, and often their fate.

In this session Chris will look at additional resources that can place our families in context, including, for example, freeholders lists and absent voters lists, the administration of the poor law and the role of the poorhouse in Ireland, and education records.

He will also look at surviving judicial records and the records of law enforcement, and provide a flavour of what might be out there, by exploring a case study of a 19th century murder which unblocked a genealogical brick wall, and pushed a family narrative back a hundred years to the mid 18th century.

4. The Decade of Centenaries

From 1912-1923 a dramatic transformation occurred in Ireland, culminating with the Partition of the island into the two constitutional territories in existence today. In this session Chris will explore the dramatic events of the period, which are today being commemorated north and south of the island as the 'Decade of Centenaries'.

These include the struggle for Home Rule and the defiance of the Ulster Covenant, workers' rights and the Dublin Lockout of 1913, the Suffragette campaign for the enfranchisement of women, the pause on all fronts created by the First World War, and the subsequent sacrifices made in the British Empire's name. During the turmoil, Ireland experienced its Easter Rising, which led towards a constitutional turning point, with the Conscription crisis, the subsequent War of Independence against British rule, the Partition of Ireland into two administrative territories, and the resultant tragedy of the Irish Civil War.

Amongst all of this, Chris will examine the many records becoming increasingly available to work out where our ancestors may have fitted in.

You can sign up for the Irish tract at https://www.isbgfh.com/page-18077 by going to the bottom of the page and clicking on Register Here, or by visiting https://www.isbgfh.com/event-3843668.

The fees (in US dollars) are as follows:

1 Day Member: English Research – $89.00
1 Day Member: Hidden Treasures in Welsh Family History – $89.00
1 Day Member: Tracing Your Irish Family History – $89.00
1 Day Non-Member: English Research – $99.00
1 Day Non-Member: Hidden Treasures in Welsh Family History – $99.00
1 Day Non-Member: Tracing Your Irish Family History – $99.00
2 Day Member: English and Irish Research – $160.00
2 Day Member: English and Welsh Research – $160.00
2 Day Member: Welsh and Irish Research – $160.00
2 Day Non-Member: English and Irish Research – $198.00
2 Day Non-Member: English and Welsh Research – $198.00
2 Day Non-Member: Welsh and Irish Research – $198.00
3 Day Member – $230.00
3 Day Non-Member – $297.00

FREE BI Committee


I believe there are just under ten spaces still available, so if interested, best to get in quick!

I look forward to hopefully seeing you there!

Chris

My next 5 week Scotland 1750-1850: Beyond the Old Parish Registers course starts November 2nd - see https://www.pharostutors.com/details.php?coursenumber=302. My book Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scottish2 is now out, also available are Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed) at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Irish1 and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records at http://bit.ly/ChrisPaton-Scotland1. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.