Thursday 19 January 2012

English & Irish News, Mainly...


A little bit of everything today - mainly from various spots in England and Ireland ...

We'll kick off with the Freemen of Dublin City records 1774-1824 from Find My Past Ireland - which I think is self-explanatory, containing around 6,000 names of tradesmen and the like from the time and place in question.

Also from Ireland, we have the latest issue of Ireland's Genealogical Gazette from the Genealogical Society of Ireland - essential viewing for Irish researchers, I'd say, so why not dip your toes.

London researchers may wish to peruse the 'Archives for London's' programme of events - lots of good stuff there. (See also 'Websites' below).

There's been a notable addition to the records at British Origins pertaining to Middlesex/London baptisms (1538-1751) - see here.

Some important news for Oxfordshire family and local historians with the following announcement (thanks to Paul Gaskell of the Oxford FHS):

The annual stocktaking closure of the Oxfordshire History Centre takes place shortly, and there has been a modification to the closure dates that were originally publicised last Autumn. The Oxfordshire History Centre will close at 5.00pm on Saturday 21 January 2012 and will re-open at 9.00am on Saturday 4 February 2012. A change of plan means that the centre will be closed on the "middle" Saturday - so the centre will be *closed* on Saturday 28 January 2012. That differs from stocktaking closures in previous years, and from the dates for the 2012 closure that were originally announced last Autumn. Further details can be found at :-

The WDYTYA? magazine website brings us a little snippet concerning a project relating to York City Archives. This, though, is old-ish news - it first broke back in early December (see here). No more information seems to be available online concerning the venture, as far as I can tell.

There's also a little bit of something from Scotland, with an update to the National Library of Scotland's events listing.

Finally, there's a competition to win an annual subscription to the British Newspaper Archive, here


More for Londoners with the impressive 'London Lives' website. It's fabulous search facility even gave me some results (no known London ancestry).


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