Tuesday 17 January 2012

Of Scott and Scots


One hundred years ago today the brilliantly named Captain Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole on his ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition - and was a wee bit disappointed to find that he'd been beaten to it by some Scandinavian bloke. The Internet is awash with the anniversary news - but you may not have seen this entry on the Europeana website (see also 'Twitter Bits').

A few sources have mentioned the recent story regarding the appeal for descendants of, or information about, the victims of Scotland's Tay Bridge Disaster of 1879 - no doubt as a result of the recent Find My Past TV show about the event. As good a place as any to 'read all about it' is here.


Remaining in Scotland, Chris Paton brings us news of the opening of the new resource centre of the FHS of Buchan

The recent release of those London Electoral Registers by Ancestry has prompted a fair bit of debate. Blogger John Reid offers his views here (where there is also reference to Audrey Collins' recent article on the topic).

The Manx Museum Reading Room will be closed during 23rd-28th January - details here.

There's a Podcast from TNA - it's another presentation from the Census conference back in October.

And here are a few events of interest in the next few days...

  • Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd January - Oxford Book Fair;
  • Talk (27th) and Advice Session (4th Feb) at North Yorkshire CRO - see here;
  • Postcard Fairs at Twickenham (20th & 21st), Sittingbourne (21st), Chester (21st), Bloomsbury (22nd) and Digbeth (25th) - see here (please check with organisers).


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