West Yorkshire bastardy records added to Ancestry

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West Yorkshire bastardy records added to Ancestry

The following collection for West Yorkshire has been added to Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):West Yorkshire, England, Bastardy Records, 1690-1914http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=2582The source is West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield, England. Full details via the lkink.ChrisThe latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/podcasts.html. For details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other geneaSee all stories on this topic

Major Update for the Biographical Database of Australia

The big news from the Biographical Dictionary of Australia (BDA) team, its that they have recently added on another 400,000 records to their website, taking the total to 900,000 online. Covering all states of Australia …See all stories on this topic

Strike action to affect trains next Monday and Tuesday

Proposed UK wide strike action next Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th will see severe disruption to services, should you be planning to visit any archives or libraries for your research.Here in Scotland, very few services will likely be running, but for those that will, a dedicated timetable page has been established at http://www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/uk-wide-rail-strike-plan-your-journey.It is of course possible that the strike may be averted before then, but forewarned and all that…!See all stories on this topic

History of “Tea Tree Gully District Football Club” Book Launched

The history of the Tea Tree Gully Football Club, in the North East suburbs of Adelaide is one that has been 150 years in the making for over. This history has now been recorded in a brand new book that was launched last week …See all stories on this topic

Nottinghamshire records added to FindmyPast

From FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk):Over 14,000 burial records and over 5000 baptism records have been added to our collection of Nottinghamshire parish records. Both the Nottinghamshire Baptisms and Nottinghamshire Burials consist of transcripts provided by the Nottinghamshire Family History Society. The Baptism records date from 1538 to 1980 can include the child’s name, religious denomination, church, baptism date, residence, parent’s names and father’s occupation. The Burial recordsSee all stories on this topic

Jersey and Lancashire records added to Ancestry

Jersey and Lancashire records added to Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has added two new third party collections sourced from Jersey Archives in the Channel Islands to its site, via its web search initiative:Web: UK, Jersey, Channel Islands, Occupation Registration Cards, 1940-1945http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70779Web: UK, Jersey, Channel Islands, Wills and Testaments, 1663-1948http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=70778A blog post on the release is available at http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2015/05/See all stories on this topic

Lancashire Quarter Session Records and Petitions on Ancestry

Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) has released a new collection for Lancashire:Lancashire, England, Quarter Session Records and Petitions, 1648-1908http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=6820This database contains records of the Quarter Sessions from the county of Lancashire, which is located on the northwest coast of the England on the Irish Sea.The records document Quarter Session judges’ decisions in matters that include settlement inquiries, highway rates, criminal trials, registers See all stories on this topic

New FindmyPast releases

The following collections have been released on FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) today:City of London Haberdashers, Apprentices and Freemen 1526-1933City Of London Ironmongers, Apprentices and Freemen 1511-1923St George the Martyr Southwark Mortuary Register 1880-1891 Royal Navy Foreign Awards to Officers Index 1914-1922Victoria Inward Passenger lists 1839-1923Full details are available at http://blog.findmypast.co.uk/fridays/ChrisThe latest British GENES podcast is available at http://britishgSee all stories on this topic

Letters of 1916 Belfast launch at PRONI

An interesting event taking place at PRONI (www.proni.gov.uk) in Belfast on May 28th:Letters of 1916 Belfast LaunchSFI Discover Community Engagement Event on Thursday 28th May 2015EXPLORE life in Ireland a century agoCONTRIBUTE to a crowdsourced history projectLEARN about how a digital archive is createdDISCOVER hidden stories of 1916Bring in your family letters written between 1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916 to digitize and add to the Letters 1916 archive.5.30 – 6.30 PM OPEN SESSIONLETTERS 19See all stories on this topic

How to Download a GEDCOM File from Ancestry

Have you created a tree online on Ancestry? Do you know how to get a copy of it in GEDCOM format? If your answers were yes, then no … you should keep reading.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.

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Delivering the goods

Delivering the goods

One notable milestone on the path to industrialised, ‘total’ war was the increased importance of out-producing as well as out-fighting an opponent. Despite the Entente – and Britain in particular…See all stories on this topic

Follicles, fame and fingerprints

This post begins where my research for it ended: an image of a fraction of the £2.6 million pounds stolen from the Glasgow to London mail train on the 8th…See all stories on this topic

Bullets and bacteria

What are you more scared of – a bullet or bacteria? To a soldier on the Western Front his greatest enemy was arguably not the German soldier firing at him…See all stories on this topic

Witchcraft in Sheep Street

On 3 December 1867 John Davis was sentenced at the Warwickshire Assizes to 18 months’ hard labour for ‘wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm’ (HO 27/148). His victim…See all stories on this topic

Portillo’s State Secrets: mysteries

In his address to the US Congress following the moon landings of 1969, Neil Armstrong said that mysteries ‘create wonder and wonder is the basis for man’s desire to understand’….See all stories on this topic

Who Do You Think You Are Live ticket offer for British GENES readers

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Who Do You Think You Are Live ticket offer for British GENES readers

Who Do You Think You Are Live has been in touch with a ticket offer for readers of British GENES. You can obtain two tickets for £24 using the code CP24 – purchase them via http://wdytya.seetickets.com/tour/who-do-you-think-you-are-live Hopefully see you there!(With thanks to WDYTYA Live)ChrisFor details on my latest book Down and Out in Scotland: Researching Ancestral Crisis, and my other genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me fSee all stories on this topic

How to Download a GEDCOM File from Ancestry

Have you created a tree online on Ancestry? Do you know how to get a copy of it in GEDCOM format? If your answers were yes, then no … you should keep reading.See all stories on this topic

Major Update for the Biographical Database of Australia

The big news from the Biographical Dictionary of Australia (BDA) team, its that they have recently added on another 400,000 records to their website, taking the total to 900,000 online. Covering all states of Australia …See all stories on this topic

Bletchley Park Presents WW1 lectures

Bletchley Park (www.bletchleypark.org.uk) has announced a series of First World War lectures, under the banner of Bletchley Park Presents. They include:BLETCHLEY PARK PRESENTS – VICTOR MADEIRADATE 19 APR 2015Victor Madeira talks about his book Britannia and the Bear – The Anglo-Russian Intelligence Wars, 1917-1929, which examines Russian and British espionage in those critical interwar BLETCHLEY PARK PRESENTS – JERRY WHITEDATE 17 MAY 2015Author Jerry White will talk about his new book London’sSee all stories on this topic

Four New Unlock the Past Guide Books

Scottish records arising from crises, causes of death from 1300-1948, the wonderful Parish Chest records, and a mega book of genealogy tips are the latest four Unlock the Past guide books that have just been released …See all stories on this topic

Irish Probate Genealogy Partners established in Dublin

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Irish Probate Genealogy Partners established in Dublin

A new probate research service has been established in Ireland, as a collaboration between Eneclann and Heirs Ireland. The service is called Irish Probate Genealogy Partners, and details on its services can be accessed at www.probategenealogy.ie.(With thanks to Laura Carroll at Eneclann)ChrisFor details on my range of genealogy guide books please visit http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/p/my-books.html. To commission me for genealogical research, please visit my research site at www.scotlandsgrSee all stories on this topic

Last minute call for Scottish Research Online course!

A quick reminder that my next Scottish Research Online course from Pharos Tutors kicks off on Wednesday March 4th – there are still some places available! For full details of what the 5 week course, taught entirely online, entails, please visit my previous post at http://britishgenes.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/scottish-research-online-course-starts.html. A short video describing the course is also available below (please note that the price is now £49.99, not the previous £45.99). (The video is alSee all stories on this topic

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions update

Scottish Monumental Inscriptions (http://scottish-monumental-inscriptions.com) have announced their latest data CDs, bringing the number available now to 354. The data can also be obtained as PDF digital downloads (though these do not come with the photographs included on the CDs).Daviot Church (Inverness)Insh Church (Inverness)Kingussie Cemetery (Highland)Struan Church (Perth & Kinross)Dyke church (Moray)Kirkton of Ardersier Cemetery (Inverness)Petty-Torgrain Cemetery (Inverness)Geddes Church (See all stories on this topic

Alloway and Southern Ayrshire FHS to cease

Bad news on the family history society front…Alloway and Southern Ayrshire Family History Society held an extraordinary general meeting last month to discuss its future. Unable to fill its core officer posts and committee members, as required by its constitution, the society, which was founded in 1997, has reluctantly decided to wind up its activities after its current year end on March 31st 2015.This is a very tragic development for the society, and symptomatic of the pressures affecting manySee all stories on this topic

Memories of Maritime Leith project

From Historic Scotland (www.historic-scotland.gov.uk):Memories of Edinburgh’s maritime past explored in new projectA unique local community project has captured a series of personal stories, shedding new light on the rich history of Scotland’s once bustling chief port of Leith.The Memories of Maritime Leith project saw members of the local Leith community invited to share their own personal tales and memories of the area, which was once the focus of the seafaring community for centuries. OveSee all stories on this topic

New year in the bookshop

New year in the bookshop

New Year, new you. It’s the time of resolutions (which you won’t keep), spring cleaning and detox. This will be the year you climb a mountain, learn a language or…See all stories on this topic

Medical units in the First World War

This year, the focus of The National Archives’ First World War Centenary programme shifts to the use and development of technology. Medicine is one of the areas that we will be…See all stories on this topic

The Carlisle Experiment – limiting alcohol in wartime

One of the early casualties of the First World War was, in many respects, the community pub or, more accurately the liberal consumption of alcohol on licensed premises. Before the…See all stories on this topic

A Twitter bird told us

Last night we were very excited to reach 50,000 followers on Twitter! We use Twitter to share news from across the organisation, newly released files, events, resources, podcasts and blogs….See all stories on this topic

Keeper’s Gallery: 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death

Our Keeper’s Gallery currently features a display to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death at the age of 90 on 24 January 1965. Churchill was Prime Minister…See all stories on this topic

The ‘Invictus Games’ of 1922

The ‘Invictus Games’ of 1922

Did you think the recent Invictus Games, held for wounded, injured and sick service personnel, was a new idea? The First World War brought disability under a public spotlight – and…See all stories on this topic

Files on film: Petitions for equality

Have you ever imagined where Siegfried Sassoon was sitting while writing his poems? Or wondered how nurses dealt with their own experiences of war? Have you thought about what you…See all stories on this topic

In Bruges: art looted by the Nazis

Inspired by a recent team visit to Bruges as a place of historical interest, and out of curiosity as to the depths of our records, we decided to investigate what we…See all stories on this topic

The season for giving

‘Tis indeed the festive season. We’ve eaten the first of the mince pies now. I love mince pies but it is a cast-iron rule not to let one pass the…See all stories on this topic

Keeper’s Gallery: Storage chests

An on-going feature in the Keeper’s Gallery that I wanted to highlight to are three large chests. When documents were transferred to the Public Record Office (now The National Archives)…See all stories on this topic

The Templars’ ‘curse’ on the King of France

The Templars’ ‘curse’ on the King of France

On this day 700 years ago Philip IV of France died. He was 46 and rumours circulated that his sudden death was God’s revenge on his destruction of the Knights…See all stories on this topic

Treasury Island: the film

We are always looking to make the records we hold as accessible as possible, particularly those which you cannot search for by keyword in our catalogue, Discovery. And we are experimenting…See all stories on this topic

Movember at the archives

Drawn from the records of the Central Office of Information and taken in Malaya in 1948 (Malaya was a former British protectorate which, after undergoing a number of structural changes,…See all stories on this topic

Researching FWW through personal objects: photographs

A way in to researching many individuals who saw service between 1914 and 1920, is through a photograph. Many hundreds thousands of photographs were taken during the war years and…See all stories on this topic

The end is nigh: keep calm and carry on

It’s 3.00 in the morning – I sit bolt upright in bed, roused from the most dreadful nightmare, shaking and in a cold sweat. Could it be true? Yes, the…See all stories on this topic

“WDYTYA? made genealogy cool. Sort of.”

“WDYTYA? made genealogy cool. Sort of.”

As the TV show celebrates its tenth birthday, the BBC gets nostalgic with a 100th ‘greatest hits’ episode During its tenure as Britain’s best-loved family-history series, Who Do You Think You Are? has uncovered the unique and colourful ancestral stories of 100 famous faces, including TV presenters, actors, sports personalities, politicians, comedians, models and more. […]See all stories on this topic

Unlock the Past Guide Books Go International

Unlock the Past has become a dominant publisher in the Australian genealogy scene, having produced over 50 titles to date. Now they have partnered with My History in England, and Global Genealogy in Canada to bring their range of titles to a whole new audience … See all stories on this topic

Guest blog: Who was ‘Yankee’ Jack?

My great-grandfather’s story – which has a family tree interest far beyond his amazing WWI adventure… My mother’s grandfather had always been a bit of a mystery. He spoke with, what people referred to, as an American accent, yet he had no known family or close friends and he never spoke of his family or […]See all stories on this topic

Bikers tour the country’s ‘thankful villages’

Celebrating the 51 villages whose soldiers all returned after WWI This summer Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft rode Triumph Trophy motorbikes to every single one of the 51 ‘thankful villages’ in the United Kingdom. These are villages with no traditional war memorial because all who left to fight in WWI were lucky enough to return […]See all stories on this topic

Irish Archives Resource – A Genealogist’s Dream

The Irish Archives Resource is an “online database which contains searchable archival descriptions. It does not hold any archives or records but provides a means to search archival descriptions from various contributing institutions”, and allows you to search the holdings of 34 archives in from the one website. So in some ways is similar to UKs Access to Archives (A2A) website.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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