Wednesday, October 13, 2010

News From Ancestry

Today, has launched online for the first time eight million of London’s oldest surviving parish records, the London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538 – 1812, charting the history of the city from the 16th Century to modern times and providing insight into the start of politics as we know it.

What makes this more interesting for us in Australia is that currently there are more than 2.4 million British immigrants in Australia with first generation British heritage who can now start exploring their revolutionary or royalist ancestors.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Irish Research

This might interest some readers, from Federation of Family History Societies UK

A series of free eBooks has been made available in PDF format by Ancestry Ireland. The books are as follows, with direct URLs to their locations listed below each:

My Roots: tracing your Belfast ancestors (2007)

The 6th Connaught Rangers: Belfast Nationalists and the Great War (2008)

In search of Sperrins Ancestors (2004)

Belfast & Nashville (2010)

Thanks to Chris Paton for this information – see his blog at
News from FindMyPast
Over 857,000 new Devon parish records published on the site

We've just published 857,603 new Devon parish records on The Devon Family History Society provided these records.

Search for your Devon ancestors in 363,015 baptism records for 1813-1839, 271,193 marriage records for 1754-1837 and 223,395 burial records for 1813-1837.

Our parish records collection provides an unprecedented level of access to the content of parish records held by local repositories and family history societies from across England and Wales. We add thousands of records to this collection every month.

Monday, September 20, 2010

New from Free BMD

FreeBMD is delighted to appoint Dr Nick Barratt as its new Executive Director, with a remit to drive the project forward and examine new ways of making an even greater contribution to the world of family history. On his appointment, Dr Barratt said: 'This is a fantastic opportunity; I'm a long-standing admirer and user of the datasets and transcriptions that FreeBMD have been producing over the last ten years, and I look forward to making a contribution to the continued success of the project.' Trustees Camilla von Massenbach and Ben Laurie commented: 'Due to the enormous efforts of thousands of transcribers, the FreeBMD database now contains about two hundred million unique BMD index entries and FreeREG and FreeCEN are significant online resources, all freely accessible on the Internet. The trustees wish now to build on this base and welcome Dr Barratt and his extensive expertise to join the team.’

Monday, September 13, 2010

Do you have an interest in the Battle of Waterloo? Check this site

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Press release from Scotlands People


ScotlandsPeople has a revamp as part of new contract deal

Scotland's new-look genealogy website, has been officially launched today (Tuesday Sep 7) by the Scottish Government’s tourism minister Jim Mather.

The revamped ScotlandsPeople service is up and running and includes new search features designed to make it easier and quicker for people to discover their family roots.
This includes plotting search results on maps, helping those unfamiliar with Scottish geography - such as users overseas - understand more about Scotland and their ancestors.
Following the first revamp of the site since its launch in 2002, it now contains records dating back to when national records of births, deaths and marriages in Scotland first began in 1855. It also includes parish records, dating back as far as 1538, and other data, including wills and testaments and heraldry. The new site offers advanced search functions, providing quicker results, as well as additional information from Catholic Parish Registers.
Chris van der Kuyl, chief executive of service provider brightsolid, said: "ScotlandsPeople now has nearly 80 million records and will continue to add new exciting data sets to what is, without doubt, a world-leading website.

“brightsolid is enormously proud of the fact that it has established a strong track record in publishing sites such as ScotlandsPeople, and has built a centre of excellence in this growing and popular genealogy market sector.

“We understand the community and we know how to innovate and develop online products for family history enthusiasts."

Mr Mather said: "Once again Scotland has proved that it can make available the key records for those who wish to trace their Scottish family history. It is estimated that over 50 million people across the world claim Scottish ancestry, with ancestral tourism estimated to contribute £64 million annually to Scotland's economy.

“Following the success of the year of Homecoming, the improved ScotlandsPeople will help connect people to their ancestors and cement links between Scots overseas and their home country - encouraging them to come and walk in the footsteps of their ancestors and boost revenues in the Scottish economy."

Duncan Macniven, Registrar General for Scotland, said: "This is a great step forward in the ongoing improvement of the ScotlandsPeople website, which has over one million registered users. We are proud to have one of the most comprehensive sets of family history records. These changes will continue to make us one of the world leading websites for family history. This creates a platform for the launch of the 1911 census in April 2011."

Friday, August 27, 2010

New resource for members

We have added to the members area articles that were published in Whats Going On between 2002 and 2009. These are articles that give background inforamation on a variety of Victorian and London cemeteries.

Simply login as usual and select Victorian or London cemeteries.

Have fun

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Documents Online

Documents Online now available to library users ...

The Genealogical Society of Victoria's latest major acquisition is free downloads from The National Archives (UK) Documents online service. Documents Online allows you online access to The National Archives (UK) collection of digitised public records, including both academic and family history sources.

Normally most of these records cost £3.50 per document, however, the Genealogical Society of Victoria now has available to members (and others for a day member fee) this great resource. Normal costs for printouts apply, but you can download to your USB drive/memory stick, etc.

This complements the free access (within the Genealogical Society of Victoria) to other online resources such as Ancestry, Findmypast , the Origins network and Burke's Peerage and Gentry Online.

The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. They give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives. There are over 270 million records available online Including the following of interest to family historians on Documents Online:

WW1 Campaign Medals

WW2 Seamen's Medals

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills 1300-1858

Death Duty Registers: country court' registers between 1796 and 1811

Victorian Prisoners Photograph Albums

Registers of Seamen's Services

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC)

French Muster Rolls

Royal Naval Division

Victoria Cross Registers

Recommendations for Honours and Awards (Army)

Poor Law Union Correspondence

Aliens Registration Cards

Domesday Book

Combat Reports, Second World War

WW1 Airwomen's Records

Royal Naval seamen's Wills 1786 and 1882

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve: Records of Service, WW1

WW1 Women's Royal Naval Service

RN Officer's Service Records

War Diaries

Royal Marines Register of Service

Registry of Shipping and Seamen, Movement Cards

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Early Irish Maps from State Papers c1558 - c1610

RAF officers' service records 1918 - 1919

Sunday, March 14, 2010

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