State Records of South Australia is on the Move!

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State Records of South Australia is on the Move!

The State Records of South Australia which is currently sharing a building with the National Archives of Australia in Leigh Street, Adelaide will going to be moving to the State Library of South Australia in August 2014. For more details on this and how it will affect their Gepps Cross Centre, as well as obtaining records, read on …See all stories on this topic

Unlock the Past Cruises has a Genealogy Cruise for Everyone

Unlock the Past Cruises is a reasonably new player on the genealogy cruise scene having run their first cruise in 2011, but in that short time they have certainly made themselves known. Having run four successful cruises to date, they have now set up the their calendar of cruises for the next two years, and there really is something for everyone …See all stories on this topic

Commonwealth War Graves Commission revamp

From the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org) newsletter:On 7 July, the CWGC is launching an exciting range of new digital services on its website.These include:the launch of the Discover 14-18 website – to help people visit our cemeteries and memorials and understand their historythe launch of our First World War casualty archive documents onlineand enhancements to Search Our RecordsWhile the enhancements are taking place, users may experience some disruption to our normal web servSee all stories on this topic

Find your family’s ancient wills

You can trace your family’s wealth and relationships back centuries using their wills Wills are a very valuable source of information for family historians. While knowledge of Latin can be useful it’s not essential, as most wills were written in English from the late-15th century onwards. Reading them can be a challenge at first, but [...]See all stories on this topic

Free guides to finding your mining ancestors

Remembering the centenary of the UK’s worst mining disaster The worst disaster in the UK’s mining history happened at Senghenydd Colliery near Caerphilly, South Wales on 14 October 1913. An initial explosion ignited coal dust and caused a catastrophic explosion that ripped through the mine, killing 439 men and boys. To mark the centenary, you [...]See all stories on this topic

‘The most formidable document’

‘The most formidable document’

‘The most formidable document I have ever seen addressed by one state to another that was independent’ (FO 371/2158, f. 97). This was how the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward…See all stories on this topic

The lure of the dark side, or why we like to be frightened

It seems odd indeed that even the mildest mannered of us love to read about murder and mayhem. Those who shrink from killing a spider and recoil in horror when…See all stories on this topic

Family history buff finds Waterloo link

Family history buff finds Waterloo link

Genealogy enthusiast Paul Seaton has already bought his ticket and is thrilled he will witness the helter skelter of battle as his forefathers did two …
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New Books from Unlock the Past: Baptist History and Migration to New Zealand

In between attending (and organising) numerous events, the team at Unlock the Past have finalised two new guide books. These new books cover Australian Baptist history and how you can use those records to your advantage as a researcher, and also migration to New Zealand, which many will find useful to help find and understand the records available for those who migrated there.See all stories on this topic

Irish BMD indexes database currently unavailable

The recently launched civil births, marriages and deaths indexes database for the Republic of Ireland on Irish Genealogy (www.irishgenealogy.ie) have suddenly disappeared, with a message since 13.05 yesterday (Friday) now stating “Civil Records Search temporarily unavailable: Further update will be provided.”Rather oddly the category heading itself has disappeared from the menu at the top of the home page, but all other record sets remain accessible at present. Hopefully this is just some sort oSee all stories on this topic

Foreign and Commonwealth Office records 1782-1982 workshop

The National Archives at Kew is running a workshop on Tuesday 22nd July entitled From mandarins to mandates, an overview of Foreign and Commonwealth Office records in The National Archives. The workshop “will look at records of the Foreign Office from when it was established in 1782, through to the merger with the Commonwealth Office in 1968 and up to the latest releases of records for 1982.”For further details visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/events/mandarins-to-mandates.htm.ChrisNow avSee all stories on this topic

Personal data removed from Irish Genealogy site over security fears

The Irish government closed part of its genealogy website on Friday, after the country's data protection commissioner warned that potentially sensitive …
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Until recently, synthetically made vitamins and inorganic minerals have provided the only source for standardized levels of these essential nutrients. Synthetic vitamins are made from coal tar or petroleum; and due to their low cost they are the primary choice of manufacturers of both nutritional supplements and enriched foods. Inorganic minerals, either mined or by-products of a chemical process, also provide an inexpensive source for supplementation, but do not have the solubility of minerals found in food.

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Happy Birthday Sea Vixen XP924

Happy Birthday Sea Vixen XP924

Wednesday 16 October 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the first flight of de Havilland Sea Vixen FAW.2 XP924. ‘Foxy Lady’, as she is known by her operators DS (Drilling […]See all stories on this topic

Blackburn Skua book reprinted

One of my non-fiction books, a history of a WW2 naval dive bomber known as the Blackburn Skua, has just been reprinted by MMP Books. For more information on the […]See all stories on this topic

Fleet Air Arm twins, HMS Illustrious

The following series of photographs from the Dave Bull collection (see previous post for images of prototype naval aircraft) depicting postwar naval aircraft landing on aircraft carriers, believed to be […]See all stories on this topic

The Aviation Historian – Issue 3 review

The Aviation Historian launched without fanfare in October 2012. This was a far quieter start than was deserved by a publication that is quite unique in the ranks of aviation […]See all stories on this topic

P-51D Mustang from the sea

North American Aviation P-51D Mustang 44-14574 ‘Little Zippie’ now resides in the East Essex Aviation Museum, Jaywick, Essex, after lying on the seabed for more than 30 years. The remains […]See all stories on this topic

Collaborative doctoral studentships 2015-2016

Collaborative doctoral studentships 2015-2016

The Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme is generating a lot of interest. We have some very interesting projects underway at the moment, as you may remember from a previous post. We…See all stories on this topic

Gathering dust

Unsurprisingly, we have dust at The National Archives! I never imagined that dust would become such a significant aspect of my working life. It is something I talk, read and…See all stories on this topic

Archives for artists

Two weeks ago I was part of an initiative to invite a small group of arts professionals to The National Archives for a pilot Archives for Artists showcase. This came…See all stories on this topic

#talkingWW1 Twitter day

Today The National Archives will be joining the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and members of the First World War Centenary partnership in a Twitter event to mark…See all stories on this topic

What history textbooks don’t tell you about the Jacobites…

I had a sketchy knowledge of the period relating to the Jacobites and had never studied them as part of my history degree. This all changed when I found out…See all stories on this topic

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Votes for Women

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was born on this day in 1858 and to celebrate we’re giving away two free articles to help with your research. Emmeline Pankhurst nee Goulden was born on 15 July 1858. She was one of the most important political activists Britain has ever seen. Emmeline was founder and leader of the suffragette [...]See all stories on this topic

FamilySearch releases two apps

FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) has released two new mobile apps, FamilySearch Tree and FamilySearch Memories. FamilySearch Tree makes it easy to add photos, stories, and audio recordings to your ancestral tree on the main website, whilst FamilySearch Memories is more of a tool to help you as a genealogical hunter-gatherer in recording interviews, taking photos and more. For further details visit https://familysearch.org/blog/en/familysearch-introduces-moble-apps/.ChrisNow available for See all stories on this topic

Victoria, Australia, Assisted & Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923 on Ancestry

From Nicole Edwards, via the British GENES Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BritishGENES):Digitised images of assisted and unassisted passengers lists for Victoria, Australia 1839 -1923 are now available on ancestry.com. Previously, a trip to the Public Record Office Victoria in Melbourne was required to view these on microfilm. There are some very happy family historians in Australia today! http://search.ancestry.com.au/search/db.aspx?dbid=1635Access via Ancestry in the UK is at http://search.aSee all stories on this topic

UK naturalisations, Kindertransport and Holocaust records on Ancestry

Several new sets of records available on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) that may be of interest. UK, Naturalisation Certificates and Declarations, 1870-1912http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9156These naturalisation records have been sourced from the National Archives of Kew Home Office series HO 334And via the World Memory Project (part of the World Archives Project):Great Britain, Holocaust Records From The Religious Society of Friends, 1933-1942 (USHMM)http://search.ancestry.co.uSee all stories on this topic

FindmyPast launches RAF and RFC records

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has released 450,000 Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force service records in partnership with The National Archives, including 342,000 Airmen’s records never seen online before. The majority of records in this collection date from 1912 with the formation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and include men who continued to serve in the RAF up until 1939. The earliest records date from 1899 with the Royal Engineers Balloon Service in the Boer War.The records, compSee all stories on this topic

Tales from the Special Operations Executive: Operation Remorse, part two

Tales from the Special Operations Executive: Operation Remorse, part two

This is my second blog post on Operation Remorse, the secret Second World War operation that earned millions by manipulating currency and smuggling on the Chinese black market. You can read the first…See all stories on this topic

CSV validator – a new digital preservation tool

Today marks the official release of a new digital preservation tool developed by The National Archives, CSV Validator version 1.0. This follows on from well known tools such as DROID…See all stories on this topic

My Tommy’s War: An unexpected war at home

My great-uncle had an unexpected war at home. My grandfather was too young to fight in the First World War and his father almost too old (my great-grandfather registered under…See all stories on this topic

A (moving) picture is worth 1,000 words

Calling all history teachers! The Department for Education has commissioned The National Archives to lead a project exploring the potential of an online repository of film and video, to support…See all stories on this topic

What can you do with 1,000 Friends?

A few weeks ago a little bit of history was made right under our noses here at Kew. On 5 June the Friends of The National Archives quietly achieved a…See all stories on this topic

Archive group creates history

Archive group creates history

A BORDERS research group have created their very own piece of history. … The Earl of Lauderdale with members of Borders Family History Society …
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Happy 10th birthday to Coflein

Welsh heritage body the National Monuments Record of Wales launched its online catalogue Coflein (www.coflein.gov.uk) 10 years ago today. So happy birthday Coflein!For the full story, visit http://heritageofwalesnews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/happy-birthday-coflein-is-ten-years-old.html.ChrisNow available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also nSee all stories on this topic

Long Lost Family series returns

A new series of Long Lost Family returns to STV, UTV and ITV on Monday 14th July. Ancestry has written a post on what to expect at http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2014/07/10/have-your-tissues-at-the-ready-the-new-series-of-long-lost-family-is-here/.ChrisNow available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And FindmyPast – please rSee all stories on this topic

National Library of Scotland launches trench maps and rolls of honour

The National Library of Scotland (www.nls.uk) has launched two new collections online, trench maps from 1915-1918 and Scottish rolls of honour from the First World War. The institution has a blog post outlining the new collections, with the respective links, at http://blogs.nls.uk/familyhistory/(With thanks to Hazel Stewart at the NLS)ChrisNow available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilsSee all stories on this topic

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2014

July is here and during June I read a bunch of fascinating blog posts. Ones about marking cemeteries on Google maps, do you need a desktop genealogy program?, dust in archives, what was said to the census taker, and using Evernote for audio recordings, to mention just a few … See all stories on this topic

A Social Entrepreneur is a change agent combining the business and non-profit worlds to bring social change.

A key to the ultimate success of social entrepreneurship is the creation of an innovative new technology for helping with an existing global problem. As the lack of proper nutrition has become epidemic in both industrialized and developing countries, the supplementation of essential nutrients has become a critical strategy for protecting health.

Until recently, synthetically made vitamins and inorganic minerals have provided the only source for standardized levels of these essential nutrients. Synthetic vitamins are made from coal tar or petroleum; and due to their low cost they are the primary choice of manufacturers of both nutritional supplements and enriched foods. Inorganic minerals, either mined or by-products of a chemical process, also provide an inexpensive source for supplementation, but do not have the solubility of minerals found in food.

Mannatech has created a solution with the PhytoBlend powder.

Based on Real Food Technology solutions, PhytoBlend powder can help provide children with their daily nutritional needs and, most importantly, help combat the devastating effects of malnutrition. Since PhytoBlend powder is synthetic free and contains nutrients from natural plant sources, children can now get standardized and nutritionally effective amounts of vitamins and minerals from Real Food Technology solutions in a way that has never been possible before. Its powder form makes it flexible in use, providing a practical and easy way to make any meal nutritious. The ready-to-use powder complex can be added to virtually any meal, and with a serving size of 0.75 grams (0.23 teaspoons), children will hardly realize they are eating a nutritious meal. Now every child can get the nutrient support they deserve.

Take a minute to check out the amazing information I have sent you and let’s all be part of the solution. Please let me know your thoughts.

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Air Tattoo: World's biggest military air show takes off at Fairford

Air Tattoo: World's biggest military air show takes off at Fairford

The thrilling spectacle gives visitors a chance to watch fast jets, giant transporters and historic aircraft perform tricks in the sky, while on-the-ground …
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Prototypes and trials, HMS Illustrious

Naval Air History is very lucky to have been given access to Dave Bull’s wonderful collection of photographs of aircraft on HMS Illustrious in the late 1940s-early 1950s. The first […]See all stories on this topic

An event in the early career of Captain Eric Brown

With the anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic making headlines, the legendary Captain Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown has come to even greater prominence. Captain Brown flew a Grumman Martlet fighter […]See all stories on this topic

Barracuda interview on Airplane Geeks

The aviation podcast ‘Airplane Geeks’ programme for 30 January 2013, Episode 233, features an interview with Matt Willis on the Fairey Barracuda. You can listen to the episode online here […]See all stories on this topic

Sea Hawk Swansong

It’s hard to know whether to envy or pity the Fleet Air Arm aircrew who take part in the bundle of naval flying tasks known as Fleet Requirements, as these […]See all stories on this topic