SAFHS conference 2014

SAFHS conference 2014

A quick reminder that the Scottish Association of Family History Societies (SAFHS) is holding its 25th annual conference next Saturday 26th April in Dunfermline – full details are accessible at www.safhs.org.uk/silver.asp, and the conference booking form at www.safhs.org.uk/images/2014/delegate.pdf.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. And for those wishing to take Scottish anceSee all stories on this topic

Shropshire parish records on FindmyPast

Parish records for Shropshire are now available on FindmyPast, via http://search.findmypast.co.uk/historical-records?SearchedRecordsetName=shropshire&Region=World – collections available include banns, baptisms, marriages and burials. (With thanks to email from Steve of the Atcherley one name study at www.atcherley.org.uk/wordpress/)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. And for See all stories on this topic

Next of Kin WW1 exhibition starts in Edinburgh

The National War Museum in Edinburgh is hosting an exhibition entitled Next of Kin from today until March 2015, after which it will tour around Scotland until 1917, visiting eight venues – these are Dumfries Museum, Rozelle House (Ayr), Hawick Museum, Low Parks Museum (South Lanarkshire), Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Grampian Transport Museum (Aberdeenshire) and Orkney Museum. For details on the exhibition visit https://www.nms.ac.uk/our_museums/war_museum/nexSee all stories on this topic

Surnames database project reaches 45,000 names

The Family Names of the United Kingdom Project, currently under way at my old university in Bristol, the University of the West of England, has now researched some 45,000 names to date in its project to document British surnames across time, completing the first phase of the project due to be published in 2016. The project was recently revised and given additional funding to include surnames for which there are still at least 20 people bearing it as a minimum, as opposed to the previous 100. TheSee all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

The future of web design

The future of web design

After a really exciting few months designing and developing the beta release for our Education and Information Management sections, a few of us from the web team packed up our colouring pens and took…See all stories on this topic

Fun and functionality

I really hope you’re enjoying the sneak peak at the redesign of the Education section of The National Archives’ website. We’ve hopefully made these pages more visual and accessible, as…See all stories on this topic

To display or not to display – that is the question…

Faded book spines, curtain backs, and tapestries; we’ve all witnessed the irreversible damage that light can cause to decorative objects.  Such colour change can detrimentally affect the aesthetic appeal, interpretation,…See all stories on this topic

Getting creative with our collections: a women’s history zine workshop

Getting creative with our collections: a women’s history zine workshop

Here at The National Archives we are keen to see people engage with our records in a variety of different ways. At the moment one of the ways we are…See all stories on this topic

We are Accredited!

You might have seen that The National Archives was among the latest batch of archive services to have reached the Archive Service Accreditation standard. If you’ve been reading my blog…See all stories on this topic

My Tommy’s War: Lance Bombardier Signaller William Horace Kitt

A note to begin with: William isn’t my Tommy. But his story is interesting, and draws on wartime experience not often focused upon, so here is his story. Lance Bombardier…See all stories on this topic

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Secrets and spies of the First World War

What do socks, exotic dancers and scouts have in common? The answer is that they all appear in the 150 top secret MI5 files of the First World War made…See all stories on this topic

Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland podcasts

Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland podcasts

The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland has a series of podcasts available online for free at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/centre-for-history-medicine/id397741868?mt=2 – the latest is entitled Adelaide Hospital & upholding Protestant healthcare in Ireland,1950-1972, a talk given by Dr Robbie Roulston. Other recent talks include Rhythm and blues – natural family planning in Ireland (1930s-1980s), by Prof. Mary Daly of UCD, and Irish Medical Student Culture, Gentility and ProfessiSee all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

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Free British records via Ancestry for Easter

Free British records via Ancestry for Easter

In addition to the free access to Australian immigration records (see http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/free-access-to-ancestrys-australian.html) the UK wing of Ancestry is also making certain records freely available for the Easter weekend, from April 18th-21st. The records include the English and Welsh BMD indexes and probate calendars, British military records, and the 1901 and 1911 UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man census returns and summary books (excluding Scotland for 1911).AccSee all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

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Ancestry publishes Manchester nonconformist church records

Ancestry publishes Manchester nonconformist church records

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has published three collections of Manchester sourced nonconformist church vital records:Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Births and Baptisms, 1758-1912http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=3758Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Marriages, 1758-1937http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9095Manchester, England, Non-Conformist Deaths and Burials, 1758-1987http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=9096The records have been obtained fromSee all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

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findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

Society of Genealogists – special events

From the Society of Genealogists (www.sog.org.uk) in London, news of two special forthcoming events:Monday 28 April, 11am – Getting the most from FindmyPast New SearchLike many home subscribers, the computers at the Society of Genealogists have just switched to the new style findmypast website. As the changes are quite significant the Society has arranged some special training in using the new style search functions etc. Paul Nixon, UK Data Strategy with DC Thompson Family History has agreed to See all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

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Dutch BMD records access via Ancestry

Dutch BMD records access via Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has provided third party access to three new vital records databases for the Netherlands, which may be of interest if you have connections over the English Channel.Web: Leiden, Netherlands, Birth Index, 1670-1913http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70754Web: Leiden, Netherlands, Marriage Index, 1575-1934http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70755Web: Leiden, Netherlands, Death Index, 1811-1960http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70See all stories on this topic

PRONI adds lectures to YouTube channel

From the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (www.proni.gov.uk), some welcome news of some newly added recorded lectures to its YouTube channel:PRONI is in the process of uploading recorded videos from the “Exploring Your Archives in Depth” workshops that were held in PRONI in January/February of this year.We are pleased to advise that the following lectures by Dr Annaleigh Margey and Valerie Adams have now been uploaded to the PRONI YouTube channel and are available by following the bSee all stories on this topic

Devon wills index extended on Origins

The National Wills Index on Origins (www.origins.net) has increased its Devon wills coverage from the originally released data set last October of some 132,540 entries from 1312-1891, to well over 300,000 records from 1164-1992. Alan Stewart has the full story on his Grow Your Own Family Tree blog at http://growyourownfamilytree.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/records-added-to-online-devon-will-index/.(With thanks to Alan)ChrisTime to find your inner Irish…! All the best online Irish genealogy resourSee all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

findmypast Launches their “100 in 100? Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”See all stories on this topic

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Here and Then: The British Newspaper Archive App

Here and Then: The British Newspaper Archive App

Here and Then is a brand new app making the British Newspaper Archive collection available to you on your iPhone, iPod Touch or Ipad. The Here and Then app allows you to view fascinating historic articles, images and adverts from The British Newspaper Archive through your mobile device for free.See all stories on this topic