Monday, 29 November 2021

Registration open for RootsTech 2022

From FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org

FamilySearch opened registration today for RootsTech 2022, the largest family history event in the world held online March 3–5, 2022. It offers a forum where people of all ages across the globe are inspired to discover and share their memories and make meaningful connections. Register for free at www.rootstech.org today. RootsTech 2022 will be a virtual-only experience, with some enhancements and improvements.

A new set of educational classes will be featured during 2022, along with new technologies to explore in the virtual expo hall, and inspiring stories shared by a fascinating line-up of keynote speakers.

“RootsTech 2022 is sure to be an incredible experience once again” said Jen Allen, event director for RootsTech. “Earlier this year, we organized our first-ever virtual event amid a pandemic—something we never thought would happen. But as we watched the participants come together to provide joyful learning experiences in many different languages, we knew something special was taking shape.”

Classes for the event will have a mix of on-demand, livestream, and interactive sessions that will allow attendees to learn, grow and connect to people all over the globe. Participants will also be able to connect with fellow attendees, speakers, experts, and enthusiasts. In 2022, the planners of RootsTech are looking to take that experience to the next level.

RootsTech is a place of connection. “We witnessed incredible connections [in 2021] between participants all over the world,” said Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch. “As they connected to their homelands and ultimately to their families, they then connected to each other. At FamilySearch, we choose connection, and we witness every day the ways family history transcends all walls of separation and unites us as the true story of humanity unfolds.”

While there will always be some differences between the in-person and online experiences, RootsTech will continue to expand its online experience while working towards a time when the hybrid model of both can once again be offered.

“We are busy creating innovative ways to capture and share messages of culture, unity and connection that push the boundaries of what a virtual conference can be. We can’t wait to share what we’ve got in store,” added Allen.

The event will take place March 3–5, 2022, and you can register for RootsTech right now by visiting www.rootstech.org. The conference is free and open to anyone. For updates, be sure to follow RootsTech on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

(Original press release at https://media.familysearch.org/ready-to-connect-rootstech-2022-registration-is-now-open)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 28 November 2021

Fold3 adds Royal Navy Officer Patrol Service Cards

From Fold3 (www.folds3.com)

We have added a new UK collection of Royal Navy Officer Patrol Service Cards to our archives. These cards are dated 1904-1970 and can provide insights for those who served in the Royal Navy Patrol Service (RNPS). These records were created from microfilm held at The National Archives, with the original paper records located at the Imperial War Museum.

The RNPS was a branch of the Royal Navy whose origins date back to the Great War when the British Admiralty first realised the threat of mine warfare. The RNPS operated during both the First and Second World Wars.

For further details visit https://blog.fold3.com/new-uk-royal-navy-records-added/

 

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Saturday, 27 November 2021

Learn with Lorna from Highland Archives

There have been some truly heroic efforts from the family history and archives community throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but one of the most gargantuan has been an amazing effort by Lorna Steele from Highland Archives (www.highlifehighland.com/archives-service/) through her weekly series of Learn with Lorna Facebook broadcasts. 

Each week Lorna has given a short lecture, ranging from about half an hour to forty minutes in length, on a topic related to the archive holdings at Highland Archives. These have revealed not just the range of materials held by the facility, but also the many stories that they have documented. Topics have included 'Sabbath breaking and other breaches of discipline', 'Witchcraft', 'Food for rich and poor', 'The aluminium industry in the Highlands', 'The Jacobites and the Battle of Culloden', 'Poor Relief', 'Christmas in the collections', and so much more. 

To date there have been NINETY (you read that right!) such presentations, and you can find these on YouTube at www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyxasYGi8kIcL7OThf1QGsHAMACY_1DGE. If you have ancestors from the Highlands they will be of immense interest, but even if not, they still present a superb insight into the vast range of holdings available in the many wonderful archives around Scotland. 

You can find more about Lorna's series at www.highlifehighland.com/blog/learn-with-lorna-series-brings-more-people-to-highland-archive/

Thanks Lorna!

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 26 November 2021

Ancestry's new AncestryDNA Traits service

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has launched a new product, AncestryDNA Traits

From its announcement at https://blogs.ancestry.co.uk/ancestry/2021/11/10/ancestry-launches-genetic-traits-for-international-customers/:

Combining cutting-edge science with data, Traits allows you to discover up to 36 traits and attributes influenced by your DNA in an innovative and engaging way.  You can learn more about each of the traits you’ve inherited from your ancestors, find out who else you share that trait with and where in the world it connects you to.

Split into four categories (Fitness, Nutrients, Sensory and Appearance) the traits will help you discover whether you have the ‘sprinter gene’ or are more of an endurance person, how your body may react to certain vitamins or other nutrients.  It might reveal whether you are susceptible to sun sneezing or likely to be lactose intolerant or perhaps even what colour hair or eyes run in your family!

Additional interactive features such as ‘Around the World’ let you delve even deeper and find out where in the world your traits are most commonly found and how they might be connected to your ethnic origins.  The ‘Compare’ feature allows you to compare the genetic markers that influence your traits with friends, family, or any other AncestryDNA customer who has Traits.  You can see what today’s genetic science has to say about what you have in common with friends and family – then maybe share your findings around the dinner table with them this holiday season.


The full announcement is available at the above link. I'm not sure this one is for me really, but it will be available for new customers from November 1st, and for existing customers early next year.

(With thanks to Debbie Kennett)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Pen and Sword books 30% discount this weekend

For this weekend only, Pen and Sword (www.pen-and-sword.co.uk) is offering 30% off its books in a sale. To avail yourself of the offer, use the discount code BLACKFRIDAY21. There is a free p&p in the UK for orders over £35, and the offer is valid until 29 NOV 2021.


A reminder that my Scottish and Irish Family History books are available to buy at https://pen-and-sword.co.uk/Chris-Paton/a/1799, including my new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records - they could make a great Christmas present or a well-deserved treat for yourself, and with 30% off over the next couple of days, I'd get in there!!! (But I'm biased!)

Don't forget to check out the full range of family and military history titles!

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Historic Environment Scotland's annual report 2020-21

From Historic Environment Scotland (www.historicenvironment.scot):

Today (23 November 2021) we published our Annual Report and Financial Statements 2020-21 & Properties in the Care (PiC) of Scottish Ministers Annual Report 2020-21.

The reports highlight how HES is delivering on its Corporate Plan - ‘Heritage For All’ and commitments, as well as providing an overview of the contribution that the organisation makes.

While the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions had a major impact on finances for the financial year and called for an immediate and comprehensive response, HES continued to make a strong impact across a number of key areas and agendas, including climate change, communities and widening opportunities for digital engagement.

Key statistics from the year include:

  • Invested over £13 million through the HES grants programme, helping communities to restore their built heritage and improve their understanding of the past, including the launch of the Historic Environment Recovery Fund.
  • Commercial income during this period was hit by the impact of COVID-19 and fell [87%] to £8.2 million.
  • HES welcomed 246,000 visitors to the staffed sites which were able to reopen in 2020- 2021.
  • A total of £25.3 million, inclusive of staff costs, was invested in conservation, maintenance and management of the PiCs.
  • More than 80,000 digitised items were added to Canmore, our online archive site, bringing the total available to 1.1 million.
  • We continued to make a positive contribution to net zero, with carbon emissions reduced by 34.8%, bringing the total reduction over 2014 - 2021 to 54.6%.
  • Around £16.1 million generated into the Scottish economy from heritage tourism.


The full period of this Annual Report took place during the COVID-19 pandemic and the various lockdowns imposed to contain the outbreak. All staffed visitor sites were closed for the majority of the reporting period, with the re-opening of over 70% of staffed and free to access sites last summer followed just a few months later by their re-closure over the winter lockdown.


For more on the story read the full press announcement at https://www.historicenvironment.scot/about-us/news/our-annual-report-2020-21/ and the report itself at https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications/publication/?publicationId=7ccaad05-36eb-476b-a622-ade200f6989e

Comment: In terms of online resources, the report notes the following:

DIGITISED AND MADE AVAILABLE MORE THAN 80,000 images and files, bringing the total available to over 1.1 MILLION
((2019–20: 170,000 (1 million total), down 53%))

The HES also notes that "We revised our Digital Strategy, which redefines the place of digital in the future of our services, and the implementation plan was approved by HES Board in March 2021."

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Dublin's Registry of Deeds facilitates self-service digital photography

As part of Explore Your Archive week in Ireland, the Registry of Deeds at Henrietta Street in Dublin (https://www.prai.ie/registry-of-deeds-services/#records), part of the Property Registration Authority, has announced that it is now permitting self-service digital photography in its reading room with small hand-held cameras or mobile devices, for documents over 100 years old, and for private research only. There is no fee. The announcement follows a trial held earlier in the year.

A short video explaining the change is available at https://twitter.com/i/status/1463084616198328322.

Don't forget that black and white microfilmed images of many of the records can be accessed freely online via FamilySearch at https://www.familysearch.org/search/catalog/185720. Many are also indexed at https://irishdeedsindex.net.

** For more on the Registry of Deeds, and how to use it for Irish family history research, along with many other land record types, consult my book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records, available to buy from Pen and Sword at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Ancestors-Through-Land-Records-Paperback/p/19283.

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 22 November 2021

MyHeritage DNA offer until November 26th

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.com):

Enjoy the lowest price EVER on MyHeritage DNA — ONLY £39! That’s 50% off the regular price.

- Treat yourself and your loved ones to the perfect holiday gift.
- Discover where your ancestors came from
- Pinpoint your origins across 2,114 geographic regions
- Find new relatives through shared DNA

Buy as many kits as you want for ONLY £39 each!
Enjoy FREE SHIPPING on orders of 2+ kits and a beautiful gift wrap option.

*Offer expires on November 26, 2021, at 11:59 PM
 

To order visit visit https://www.myheritage.com/order/3035127085/CampaignSite.Email/items-bag?s=68768861&processor=adyen

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Scottish Indexes 14th conference on December 5th

Scottish Indexes (www.scottishindexes.com) has announced the schedule for its 14th conference on December 5th 2021. The programme of talks will be run twice during the day, with live Q&As after each sessions and in the two dedicated hour long Q&A sessions. 

The following are the scheduled talks and their times in the UK and Ireland:

First session

07.00    Introduction
07.10     ‘Dundee's Tallest Tenement’ by Jennifer Jolly
08.00    ‘Tracing Jewish families in Scotland and Central/Eastern Europe’ by Michael Tobias
09.10    'Scottish Marriage: Instantly Buckled for Life’ by Chris Paton
10.20    ‘Ae Fond Kiss and then we sever’ by Kirsty Wilkinson
11.30    Genealogy Q & A hosted by Graham and Emma Maxwell
12.30    'Tips for tracing your 18th century Scottish ancestors online' by Andrew Armstrong
13.25    ‘Business Records for the Family Historian’ by Dr Irene O’Brien
14.30    ‘Solving Brickwalls’ by Emma Maxwell

Second session

15.00    Introduction
15.10     ‘Dundee's Tallest Tenement’ by Jennifer Jolly
16.00    ‘Tracing Jewish families in Scotland and Central/Eastern Europe’ by Michael Tobias
17.10    'Scottish Marriage: Instantly Buckled for Life’ by Chris Paton
18.20    ‘Ae Fond Kiss and then we sever’ by Kirsty Wilkinson
19.30    Genealogy Q & A hosted by Graham and Emma Maxwell
20.30    'Tips for tracing your 18th century Scottish ancestors online' by Andrew Armstrong
21.25    ‘Business Records for the Family Historian’ by Dr Irene O’Brien
22.30    ‘Solving Brickwalls’ by Emma Maxwell

For equivalent schedules in different time zones around the world, please visit www.scottishindexes.com, where you can also find details on how to sign up. The conference is free to attend, although donations to the organisers are welcomed.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

AncestryDNA sale until November 29th

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

Now is the perfect time to explore your family story. Order AncestryDNA® today for only £49* – our lowest price of the year. Offer ends Monday the 29th. ONLY £49* (normally £79) + shipping 

*Offer ends 29 Nov 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Excludes shipping. Terms apply. 

To order kits visit https://www.ancestry.co.uk/checkout/MLI

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 21 November 2021

There's still time to order my Scottish and Irish genealogy books for Christmas!

There's just over a month to go until Christmas, so time to get the genea-shopping in!

Over the last three years I have had five books published by Pen and Sword Family History (www.pen-and-sword.co.uk), including two this year, which I hope will help those carrying out their research, but which I'm sure could also make a useful present to anyone you know needing some help with their Scottish or Irish research, or for research in general! 

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records
A Guide for Family Historians
£14.99 plus p&p
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Ancestors-Through-Land-Records-Paperback/p/19283

Paton’s book is a great guide on not only the how and whys the records of Ireland were and are recorded and preserved the way they are but also how to find and navigate different types of records, like tithe, land, birth, etc. It is quite informative and Paton includes a lot of links and screenshots of the website they discuss.
- NetGalley, Samantha Garrity


Sharing Your Family History Online
A Guide for Family Historians
£12.99 plus p&p, 144 pages
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Sharing-Your-Family-History-Online-Paperback/p/18718

We’re all pretty confident now accessing census records and BMD’s online. What this excellent book reveals are the dozens and dozens of other ways we can discover new ancestors and even make new friends. Everything from online methods of collaboration and crowdsourcing to social media, DNA research and even putting a video of your family stories up online.
- Alnwick FHS



Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet
A Guide for Family Historians
£14.99 plus p&p, 192 pages
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/17717

Chris Paton is a genealogist and writer whose practical knowledge of researching Scottish records never ceases to amaze me – so I had high expectations of his latest book, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet: A Guide For Family Historians. I was not disappointed – it's a superb book from a researcher who has numerous books and countless magazine articles to his name.
- Peter Calver, Lost Cousins


Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records
A Guide for Family Historians
£14.99 plus p&p, 162 pages
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848

One of the strengths of Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry through Church and State Records is that the author provides the historical contexts in which records were made and how each category developed over time, thus making the book engaging and informative, especially for family historians beyond Scotland. Overall, this is a useful and very readable introduction to Scottish records, with many case studies to assist the reader, but there is also much in it that may be new to more experienced family historians.
- The Local Historian, journal of the British Association for Local History



Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd edition)
A Guide for Family Historians
£14.99 plus p&p, 192 pages
https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Irish-Family-History-on-the-Internet-Paperback/p/16483

The book is easy to read, follow and understand – it is no hesitation from me in giving this one 5 stars, it has been brilliant and such a help to me – anyone with Irish ancestry should give this a read!
- Donnas Book Blog

(Postage is £4.50 UK Delivery or free UK delivery if order is over £35.)

I hope they may help!

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.


National Records of Scotland catalogue downtime on Tuesday 23rd November

From the National Records of Scotland catalogue at https://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/welcome.aspx

To allow for essential maintenance, this website will be unavailable on Tuesday 23rd November from 17:00 until 21:00 GMT. We apologise for the inconvenience.

UPDATE 23 NOV 11.24am: ""The planned maintenance for Tuesday 23rd November has now been postponed. Further information will be provided here in due course. We apologise for the inconvenience." https://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrsonlinecatalogue/welcome.aspx"

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 19 November 2021

US obituaries added to FindmyPast

Added to FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) this week:

United States Obituaries Notices

This expansive record collection doesn't just extend across all 50 states, but also includes the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. We've added over 22 million records to this collection alone, meaning there are now over 56 million notices in total. These provide the necessary details to track down an ancestor's death and a full obituary, if one was released. 

For further details visit https://www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/freedmens-bureau

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

National Library of Ireland updates catalogues interface

From the National Library of Ireland (www.nli.ie)

We are delighted to announce that we have updated the interface of the National Library of Ireland's online catalogue!  You can explore it here: catalogue.nli.ie

Have fun!

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 18 November 2021

MyHeritage adds DNA labels for matches

From MyHeritage (www.myheritage.co.uk):

We are excited to introduce labels for your DNA Matches, a convenient way of organizing your DNA Matches into groups. As more people test their DNA with MyHeritage or upload their DNA data, the MyHeritage DNA database continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The growing list of your newfound DNA Matches can be overwhelming. The handy new color-coded labels feature comes to your aid! Labels are a free feature that doesn’t require a subscription.

Labeling your DNA Matches can help you gain insights about them at a glance. Then, by filtering your matches using labels, you can isolate specific groups of matches to focus on. Labeling your matches enables you to get organized, define more exact research goals, and determine your next steps.

You can label your DNA Matches by the criteria of your choice with 30 different colors. Each color can be assigned to represent a different group of interest, such as different family lines, descendants of a specific ancestor, matches of high interest, matches that you haven’t had a chance to investigate yet, or matches that require a closer look when you have the chance.

For further details visit https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/11/introducing-labels-for-dna-matches-on-myheritage/.

(With thanks to Daniel Horowitz)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 15 November 2021

Palaeography and the Kirk Session Records talk on Sat 20th Nov

The Anglo-Scottish Branch of the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (https://www.mlfhs.uk/anglo-scots/events) is hosting a talk this coming Saturday 20th:

Palaeography and the Kirk Session Records: A Practical Guide to Understanding the Writing.
Robin Urquhart

Robin Urquhart was Head of Digitisation at the National Records of Scotland until March, when he retired. Prior to that he worked in local archives in the west of Scotland. He was the creator of the Scottish Handwriting website , namely www.scottishhandwriting.com

We have had a few talks about Kirk Session records over the years, but now that a large tranche of Kirk Session records have been released online, we might want to look at the originals, and get that 'feel' for and insight into the events recorded therein.

The Kirk Session Records are held on the Scotlands People website; they are court records of the times, whilst they contain legal terminology they are not too difficult to read. The earliest of these records, from perhaps before the 1780s are more difficult to read, and this is where the experience of Robin Urquhart, formerly of the National Records of Scotland will become invaluable as he shows us read and understand these older scripts.

The Zoom invitation will be sent to those who have booked at 6.00 am on Friday 19th November. If you do not receive your invitation at that time please contact angloscots@mlfhs.org.uk


For further details, and to sign up, visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anglo-scottish-fhs-meeting-palaeography-and-the-kirk-session-records-tickets-169493548767


 Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

British Newspaper Archive passes 46 million pages

The British Newspaper Archive (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) has passed 46 million pages of content.

The following titles have been added over the last 30 days:

Saffron Walden Weekly News
1986-1989, 1998-1999

Glasgow Chronicle
1848

Kenilworth Advertiser
1878

Waterford Star
1915-1917

Stamford Mercury
1916, 1920-1921, 1923-1925, 1927, 1930, 1937, 1946-1985, 1987

Jersey Evening Post
1913-1914

Uttoxeter Advertiser and Ashbourne Times
1913-1914

Maidenhead Advertiser
1913-1914

Nuneaton Observer
1913-1914

Midland Tribune
1913-1914

Highland News
1913-1914

Huntly Express
1913

Port-Glasgow Express
1960-1961

Arbroath Guide
1960

Montrose Standard
1960

Sheerness Times Guardian
1876

Broughty Ferry Guide and Advertiser
1960-1961

Dalkeith Advertiser
1960-1961

Barrhead News
1913

Alloa Journal
1913-1914

Banffshire Herald
1913-1914

Northern Scot and Moray & Nairn Express
1913

Banffshire Advertiser
1913-1914

Leven Mail
1960

Tottenham and Edmonton Weekly Herald
1913-1914

Evesham Standard & West Midland Observer
1960-1961

Fermanagh Herald
1913

County Down Spectator and Ulster Standard
1913-1914

Strabane Chronicle
1913-1914

Orcadian
1913-1914

Carlisle Journal
1913-1914

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald
1913-1914

Soulby's Ulverston Advertiser and General Intelligencer
1913

Penrith Observer
1960

West Cumberland Times
1913-1914

The Referee
1913

Workington Star
1913-1914

County Express
1913-1914

Forres Elgin and Nairn Gazette, Northern Review and Advertiser
1913-1914

Crewe Guardian
1913

Christchurch Times
1913-1914

Pearson's Weekly
1913

North Star and Farmers' Chronicle
1913

Bexley Heath and Bexley Observer
1913-1914

Hampshire Telegraph
1960-1961

Windsor and Eton Express
1913

Cambrian News
1913-1914

Ross Gazette
1913-1914

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard
1913-1914

Denbighshire Free Press
1913-1914

Barking, East Ham & Ilford Advertiser, Upton Park and Dagenham Gazette
1913-1914

Newry Reporter
1912-1913

Brechin Advertiser
1960-1961

Clitheroe Advertiser and Times
1960

Morecambe Guardian
1960

Exmouth Journal
1913

Northwich Guardian
1913

Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow
1913-1914

Kilburn Times
1913

Southend Standard and Essex Weekly Advertiser
1913-1914

Isle of Wight County Press and South of England Reporter
1913

Willesden Chronicle
1913

John o' Groat Journal
1913

Shipley Times and Express
1960

Cumberland Pacquet, and Ware's Whitehaven Advertiser
1872

Newark Advertiser
1892-1895, 1898-1901, 1903, 1919-1957, 1992-1993

Newmarket Journal
1998-1999

Bury Free Press
1998-1999

Spalding Guardian
1895-1911, 1913-1918, 1920-1956, 1958-1960, 1964-1985, 1995, 1998-1999

Haverhill Echo
1998-1999

Law Chronicle, Commercial and Bankruptcy Register
1813-1819, 1821-1847

Beckenham Journal
1890-1911, 1913-1914

Strabane Weekly News
1913-1914

Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs
1960-1961

Northern Chronicle and General Advertiser for the North of Scotland
1914

Witney Gazette and West Oxfordshire Advertiser
1914

Lloyd's List
1914

Salisbury and Winchester Journal
1913-1914

The Berwick Advertiser
1959

Irish Times
1910

Surrey Advertiser
1871-1872, 1876-1877, 1895

Bolton Evening News
1912-1914

Sussex Agricultural Express
1959-1961

Oban Times, and Argyllshire Advertiser
1877

Peterborough Express
1884-1896, 1898-1910, 1913-1917

Suffolk and Essex Free Press
1994, 1996, 1998-1999

Liverpool Journal of Commerce
1873, 1878, 1883

London & China Herald
1867-1870

London & Provincial News and General Advertiser
1861-1863

London Mirror
1872-1873, 1875-1876

London and Scottish Review
1875

Weekly Review (London)
1862, 1864-1881

Cotton Factory Times
1901

Reynolds's Newspaper
1924

Fenland Citizen
1976-1985, 1994-1999

Motor Owner
1919-1930

Scottish Press
1849-1850, 1852-1854, 1856-1857, 1859-1860, 1862

Wolverton Express
1922

London Evening Standard
1912

Edinburgh Evening Dispatch
1886-1892, 1894-1895, 1897

Kilmarnock Weekly Post and County of Ayr Reporter
1856-1863

Crieff Journal
1891-1892

Northern Advertiser (Aberdeen)
1891-1892

Anti-Gallican Monitor
1812

Sunday Sun (Newcastle)
1925-1926

Birmingham Mail
1875-1876, 1885-1886, 1888-1889, 1899, 1902-1903, 1907-1911, 1913

Lynn Advertiser
1993-1994

Grantham Journal
1968-1970, 1976-1980, 1984-1985, 1997

London Scotsman
1867-1871

Weekly Advertiser
1865-1866

Weekly Independent (London)
1875-1876

Weekly Echo
1873-1874

Morning Mail (London)
1864-1866

Man about Town
1869-1870

Sunday Gazette
1867

Nation
1824

Sussex & Surrey Chronicle
1823-1824

East Wind
1875-1876

Passing Events
1873

London Life
1879

Westminster & Pimlico News
1978

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal
1726-1733, 1735-1741, 1743-1764, 1767-1768

North Wales Weekly News
1902, 1906-1910

East Kent Times and Mail
1872, 1874, 1892, 1933-1934, 1936, 1941, 1944-1945, 1949, 1953-1955

Leicester Evening Mail
1917-1918, 1961

Chelsea News and General Advertiser
1946

Liverpool Daily Post
1886, 1896, 1902-1903

Sports Argus
1912-1913, 1919-1921

Bootle Times
1886

Staffordshire Newsletter
1982

Children's Paper
1920-1925

Modern Man
1908-1915

Yacht Owner and Motor Boat Owner
1924

Irish Exile
1921-1922

Movie-Land
1921

Gallery Gazette
1921

Scottish Leader
1888, 1890-1893

Evening Gazette (Aberdeen)
1882-1883, 1886-1889, 1891-1892

Greenock Herald
1853, 1858, 1863, 1868, 1878

Edinburgh News and Literary Chronicle
1848-1863

Warminster Herald
1858, 1870-1871, 1875-1876, 1881, 1885-1886

Ayr Observer
1844, 1883, 1886-1887, 1889-1890, 1892

Dufftown News and Speyside Advertiser
1898-1922, 1935-1961

Courier and West-End Advertiser
1869-1880

London News Letter and Price Current
1859-1865

London Weekly Investigator
1855-1857

London and Liverpool Advertiser
1847

South Wales Argus
1911

Seren Cymru
1895

Annandale Herald and Moffat News
1889-1892

Bridge of Allan Reporter
1890-1892

North British Advertiser & Ladies' Journal
1879, 1882-1883, 1885-1886, 1889-1892

Glasgow Property Circular and West of Scotland Weekly Advertiser
1879, 1883, 1886-1887, 1890-1891

South Wales Weekly Argus and Monmouthshire Advertiser
1898, 1910

Aberystwyth Observer
1898

Harborne Herald
1896

St. Austell Star
1897

Rhos Herald
1898

Town and Country Advertiser
1834-1836

Tichborne News and Anti-Oppression Journal
1872

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Friday, 12 November 2021

Free access to FindmyPast military records this weekend

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) is offering free access to its military records until 10am (GMT) on November 15th. 

For further details visit https://www.findmypast.co.uk/page/free-access.

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Thursday, 11 November 2021

The Irish Archives Resource platform gets an overhaul

I've just noticed that the Irish Archives Resource platform at https://iar.ie - a sort of Irish equivalent of the Scottish Archive Network project, designed to help locate collections across the island - has been given an overhaul and a facelift. And it is looking fairly snazzy!

The platform's purpose is to:

  • Encourage the development and publication of comprehensive, standardised archive descriptions
  • Allow users to locate archives and records that are relevant to their research
  • Increase the use of archives by directing researchers to the relevant Archives Services  



There is a dedicated catalogue search tool, with a Basic and Advanced capability, which allows you to look for various records collections across the island of Ireland, but also a useful Explore All Archives section at https://iar.ie/explore-all-archives-new/, which breaks down archival holdings into a variety of categories, as follows:

  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Central Government
  • Folklore/Bealoideas
  • Health & Hospital
  • Landed Estate Papers
  • Legal Records
  • Literary Papers
  • Local Government
  • Military
  • Music
  • Other/Not Specified
  • Personal & Family Papers
  • Photographic
  • Political
  • Private Clubs and Societies
  • Religious Institutions
  • School Records
  • Scientific

 

It is certainly a tool to bookmark on your browser, and it can be viewed in English or as Gaeilge. 



Don't forget the similar tool from the north, the Research and Special Collections Available Locally (RASCAL) at http://www.rascal.ac.uk.

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Zotero: A Versatile Research Tool for Genealogists webinar

From the Guild of One-Name Studies:

The recording of yesterday evening's Guild of One-Name Studies Technology Tools webinar, on Zotero, is already on the Guild website, at https://one-name.org/events/technology-tools2/.  Also available is a handout full of explanatory screenshots.

The webinar, Zotero: A Versatile Research Tool for Genealogists, given by Patti Lee Hobbs, instanced ways of using Zotero, which is open-source software noted for its easy ability to capture source information to use in citations whether from websites, books, or electronic files.

The recording will be indefinitely available on the Guild website to Guild members, but to non-Guild members only until 11 December.  You are welcome to forward this post to other lists or groups, or within your societies.  

(With thanks to Wendy Archer)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Tipperary Studies launches The Irish Great War Dead Archive

Tipperary Studies has launched a new platform entitled The Irish Great War Dead Archive, at https://irelandsgreatwardead.ie.

From the site:

Military Historian Tom Burnell (author of ‘The War Dead’ series and ‘Irishmen in the Great War’) presented to Tipperary Studies a most valuable and unique database of the names of Servicemen with connections to Ireland who died in the Great War, 1914-1918.

It is still a work in progress and so far the details of servicemen from the counties representing the Republic of Ireland have been completed, in so far as the information is known. Work continues to record the names of the Great War dead from the six counties in Northern Ireland.

It has taken Tom twenty years of research so far, and he believes the time is now right to release his database to a wider audience.

A search for my wife's great uncle Martin Colleton from Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary, includes regimental details with the Connaught Rangers, his date of death and where commemorated, information on his family, and a newspaper article mentioning his death, as recorded in two local newspapers at the time.

(Source: https://www.tipperarylive.ie/news/home/691329/tipperary-studies-to-launch-website-database-of-ireland-s-great-war-dead-on-armistice-day.html)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) website is back online

Having flagged up its disappearance on Sunday (http://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2021/11/scan-website-down-but-catalogue-still.html), and having then raised it with the Scottish Council on Archives (www.scottisharchives.org.uk), I am glad to see that the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) website at www.scan.org.uk is now back online. The website hosts many useful tools, including the SCAN catalogue, which provides access to information about holdings in about 50 archives across Scotland.

The site's domain name had not been renewed, prompting its disappearance, but I noticed last night that it was renewed again yesterday until early 2023. 

Hopefully if the SCA's plans for the new Your Scottish Archives platform (see http://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2021/11/scan-website-to-be-replaced-by-new-your.html) stick to the proposed timeline of late 2022, it may not be need to be renewed again.

(With thanks to the SCA and to my Pharos course students)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Monday, 8 November 2021

Forthcoming Association of Professional Genealogists elections

Apologies for the abuse of my own news blog here (!), but the following post is intended for my fellow members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (www.apgen.org). 

As someone who resigned as a very disillusioned Board member last month, I am proud to support the write-in campaign of my APG colleagues Annette Burke Lyttle, John Boeren, and Katherine Willson for the posts of President, Vice-President and Secretary.

The following is their manifesto commitments on which they are seeking votes:

We've generated a lot of discussion about the organization, and that is positive and important. The days of grumbling to ourselves or in small groups are over, and I see a possibility for real change for the better. I want to make a clear statement about some of the things I stand for as the write-in candidate for president. I know my colleagues, John Boeren, candidate for vice president, and Katherine Willson, candidate for secretary, are committed to these changes, as well.

• an overhaul of the elections process so it is fair and transparent
• an overhaul of the bylaws, policies, and procedures (rather than piecemeal changes) to allow the organization to function in the best interests of its members
• instituting mechanisms for easy two-way communication between the leadership and the membership and really listening
• collaborative decision making rather than having the power vested in the EC and the board as a rubber stamp
• reviving the eNews and the discussion forum to keep members informed and to allow them to network
• better serving our international members by learning what they need and supplying it

If you support these changes, then please consider voting for us, the write-in candidates.

The nominations have now been announced by the APG (please check your email for the list of nominees). Disappointingly they do not include Annette, John and Katherine, despite their request to be considered. I believe that all three could provide a much-needed fresh perspective, and outstanding leadership skills, to the organisation, particularly with regards to those of us in the international membership, as well as to our colleagues in the USA. An election without a choice is simply a coronation.

I would therefore ask you to seriously consider the option of adding all three in as 'write-in' candidates when the ballot drops in the next few days. You can find more about Annette, John and Katherine via their biographies on the APG Directory site.

Thank you.

UPDATE:  Here are candidate biographies for all three (their names can be added in on the ballot as write-in candidates):

Biography of Annette Burke Lyttle, write-in candidate for president
I have been a professional genealogist since 2014, initially offering services in research, writing, and education. In recent years my business has become centered on genealogy education in the form of speaking, teaching courses, and coaching individual clients on how to do research. I’ve held a number leadership positions in genealogical organizations, including vice president and program chair of the Colorado APG chapter and vice president and program chair of the APG Writers SIG. I’m also active in the Florida State Genealogical Society, serving on their webinar team and as editor of The Florida Genealogist. As a contractor for APG, I coordinated three Professional Management Conferences (2017–2019).

I have coordinated courses for GRIP and SLIG and currently coordinate the Fall Virtual Intermediate Foundations course for SLIG. I lead a Best Practices Study Group for three different organizations.
Non-genealogy volunteer experience includes serving as president of the Friends of the Pikes Peak Library District and as president of the Golden (Colorado) Urban Renewal Authority. 

I had a long career working in leadership positions in the government, corporate, small business, and educational sectors. That experience has given me the skills to work together with people to get the job done, whatever that job is. I understand the importance of listening and communicating, of valuing the people I work with, and of delivering results for the people I work for.

I think APG should be a “big tent” that accommodates, supports, and provides for all professional genealogists, regardless of how traditional or non-traditional their business or working situation is, regardless of background and age, regardless of anything that might separate us. We have more in common than we have differences, and we will all be better off if we can share, talk openly, and work for the good of all.

Here is my immediate vision for APG:
• an overhaul of the elections process so it is fair and transparent
• an overhaul of the bylaws, policies, and procedures (rather than piecemeal changes) to allow the organization to function in the best interests of its members
• instituting mechanisms for easy two-way communication between the leadership and the membership, and really listening
• collaborative decision making rather than having the power vested in the EC with the board as a rubber stamp
• reviving the eNews and the discussion forum to keep members informed and to allow them to network
• better serving our international members and our younger members by learning what they need and supplying it


Biography John Boeren, LLM, PLCGS, write-in candidate for Vice President
I live and work in The Netherlands. After I graduated from Tilburg University (Law School) I took classes at the School for Archivists in The Hague. My first work experience was with the Tilburg Regional Archives, as their team manager for research services. Later I served several mayors as their advisor on ceremony and protocol. In 2015 I started my own genealogy business, called Antecedentia. I then took classes at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies (Professional Development, Methodology, English Records). Since October 2020 I have been enrolled in the Strathclyde certificate program for Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies. In 2018 I became a fulltime genealogy professional, one of only a few in the Netherlands. I was a speaker at international conferences and wrote articles for international magazines and blogs. 

Over the last thirty years I served on many boards, often in the position of secretary, vice-president or president. Examples are:

• Dutch Genealogical Society (board member, 2004-2009 and 2014-2017, including the position of vice-president)
• Hasselt Chapel Foundation (secretary 2009-2012)
• Royal Archery Guild Sint Sebastian (secretary 2011-2015, president 2015-2021)
• THE Genealogy Show (board member, 2018-present)
• Netherlands Academy voor Genealogy (president, 2020-present)
• The Hidden Branch (ambassador, 2021-present)

For my longstanding contribution to the Dutch society, especially in the field of local history and genealogy, the King of the Netherlands appointed me Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2018.

Since January 2020 I have served on the board of APG as one of the directors. As the write-in candidate for the position of Vice-President I envision to 

(1) improve the communication within the board and with the membership;
(2) work on transparency and trust;
(3) develop member services;
(4) increase the attention for international members and
(5) give young genealogists a fair position in the genealogy community.

I wish to work together with other genealogists in an organization that represents the interests of genealogists, and that is committed to collaboration and continuing education.


Biography of Katherine R. Willson, write-in candidate for secretary
I live in Dexter, Michigan, and have been teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogy classes in Michigan since 2001, as well as speaking at local, regional, and national conferences. I authored The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan, published in 2018, and research family history for clients. I created the “Genealogy on Facebook” list of over 16,700 Facebook genealogy links, now hosted on Cyndi’s List. I coordinate “Teaching Genealogy Classes in Your Community” for the SLIG Academy.

I have held the following leadership positions in genealogical societies:

• Virtual Genealogical Association (Founder and President 2018–2020
• Michigan Genealogical Council (Vice President and President 2016–2019)
• Association of Professional Genealogists (Board of Directors 2018–2019)
• Federation of Genealogical Societies (Conference Publicity Chair 2019)
• Genealogical Speakers Guild (Secretary 2018–2019)
• Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (Social Media Chair 2018–2019)

As an Army Reserve wife of more than 25 years I have assisted military families as a Family Readiness Group Leader, an Army Family Programs volunteer, and a member of the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program cadre of speakers. I have also served as President, Vice President, and Treasurer of the Huron River Art Collective (formerly Ann Arbor Women Artists).

I am committed to two-way communication, transparent and collaborative decision-making, making APG a truly international organization, and serving the interests and needs of all professional genealogists. 

(With thanks to all three)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

SCAN to be replaced by new Your Scottish Archives platform

Following my post yesterday about the disappearance of the Scottish Archives Network (SCAN) website, which appears to have happened because the domain registration has not been renewed (see http://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2021/11/scan-website-down-but-catalogue-still.html), I asked the Scottish Council on Archives (www.scottisharchives.org.uk) for a comment. They have responded as follows:

We are not aware of any plans to make SCAN inaccessible currently - we will do a bit of investigating. The development of the new portal is well underway with content planned to be transferred from SCAN next year. A fuller update can be found here: https://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/latest/news/new-archives-portal-announced/

The SCA's announcement of a replacement for SCAN, to be called Your Scottish Archives, is one that I missed last year. The report linked to above notes that "SCA plans to launch the new Your Scottish Archives towards the end of 2022. The project has been delayed by the pandemic and lockdowns but we are back on track. We will be contacting repositories in early 2022 to start the process of collecting data."

In the meantime, I have also asked the National Records of Scotland if it can redirect users of its catalogues page at https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/catalogues-and-indexes to the SCAN catalogue link at https://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/scancatalogue/search.aspx rather than to the currently non-working www.scan.org.uk domain, if there is a problem in renewing its registration. (I can't imagine a reason for this not to be possible.)

(With thanks to the SCA via Twitter at @ScotsArchives)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Sunday, 7 November 2021

ISBGFH Military Virtual Institute

From the International Society of British Genealogy and Family History (www.isbgfh.com):

ISBGFH Military Virtual Institute

If your ancestor served in the British Army, you are going to want to join us for the Military Virtual Institute November 23 & 24, 2021. The course instructor is British Army expert, Paul Nixon. Anyone who has attended a webinar or presentation by Paul can attest to the depth of information and the quality of Paul's teaching style. Paul is incredibly knowledgeable and has a forensic knowledge of regimental numbers.

While Paul works for Findmypast, he does not limit the resources he shares for finding out more about your British Army ancestor to that website. He shares the information that is going to help you move your research forward including other databases.

Paul will share his knowledge about identifying your ancestor's regiment through photographs, or through medals that you may have in your possession and that you would like to know more about.

Paul will also be presenting on researching your British Naval and Air Force ancestors as well.

Join us for two information packed days of learning about the British Military. Access to the recordings is open for 30 days following the live presentations so that you can revisit again and again to get the most out of Paul's knowledge. For more detailed information and to register, visit: https://www.isbgfh.com/Military-Research-Virtual-Institute 


COMMENT: A reminder that recordings of presentations from the recent ISBGFH British Institute, including my 10 x Irish track presentations, and those from the presenters on the Scottish, English and Welsh tracks, are available to purchase until November 30th. For further details, please see http://scottishgenes.blogspot.com/2021/10/isbgfh-irish-track-recordings-available.html

Also, thanks to the well over 120 folk who attended my ISBGFH presentation yesterday on Scottish Church and State Records! My book Tracing Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records, which ties in with the topic, is available in print and ebook formats from Pen and Sword at https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Scottish-Ancestry-through-Church-and-State-Records-Paperback/p/16848.

(With thanks to Christine Woodcock)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

SCAN website domain registration not renewed but catalogue still available

The Scottish Archive Network (www.scan.org.uk) website is currently down, but the catalogue, which details holdings of about fifty archives across Scotland, is still directly accessible at https://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/scancatalogue/search.aspx.

The SCAN website was last updated over fifteen years ago, and has been superceded by many local archive catalogues now available online, but it remains the only single point of entry for information on many collections held across Scotland. In addition are many useful tools such as the Knowledge Base. 

A recently cached version of the site on the Internet Archive, snapped in early October, is available at https://web.archive.org/web/20211009072058/https://www.scan.org.uk/.

Hopefully it will be restored soon.

 

UPDATE: I've asked a few genie chums if they know what is up, and a huge thanks to Fergus Smith for coming up with some useful info on this. It would appear that the registration of the website domain name expired on 5 OCT 2021. The registration information notes "This registration has been SUSPENDED". 

 

As one of the former directors of the SCAN trust a few years back, it was very clear to me that the SCAN project was not a much loved legacy. Attempts to create an up to date replacement project have drifted for many years. If this is the final end of the site, it is deeply unfortunate that the archive sector has not yet been able to create an alternative.  

I would also be interested to know what is happening with the remaining trust funds if this is the case.

In the meantime, perhaps the NRS could update its Catalogues page at https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/catalogues-and-indexes to link directly to the SCAN catalogue portal? 

If this is a simple lapse, it appears that there are 83 days from the date of expiry of the domain to renew it, before it is permanently cancelled. 

(With thanks to my Pharos students for flagging it up, and to Fergus)

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.

Irish Registry of Deeds Indexing Project update

From the Registry of Deeds Indexing Project Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RegistryofDeedsIndexProjectIreland/:

Update of 07 November 2021 – 452,604 index records from 47,489 memorials of deeds.
 
Thanks again to our magnificent volunteers we now have 452,604 main index records from 47,489 memorials of deeds.
 
We now have 72.5% of index entries with a direct link to the images on FamilySearch including all index entries from books 110 and below.
 
As always all these and the subsidiary indexes are fully searchable for free. https://irishdeedsindex.net/search/search.php

Chris

My new book Tracing Your Irish Ancestors Through Land Records is now available to buy at https://bit.ly/IrishLandRecords. Also available - Sharing Your Family History Online, Tracing Your Scottish Family History on the Internet, Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), and Tracing Your Scottish Ancestry Through Church and State Records - to purchase, please visit https://bit.ly/ChrisPatonPSbooks. Further news published daily on The Scottish GENES Facebook page, and on Twitter @genesblog.