Monday, 30 July 2012

London Stuff + Loads of Other News


Major news for London researchers. In celebration of the Olympics, FamilySearch has published a new guide to research in the capital.

London also features prominently in the latest British Library newsletter.

And some further, closely-related stuff from the British Library is available in the shape of their Olympic Exhibition, Olympic Oral History Recordings, and their Annual Report.

The latest (and always excellent) Lost Cousins newsletter is also now available.

Dick Eastman reports on the latest in the Ancestry-for-sale story. Dick also flags the second in the series of Genetic Genealogy articles.

As you probably know, FindMyPast.com has now launched in the US. If you think you may be interested in subscribing then do have a look at Randy Seaver's post on the topic.

There's a short piece on the National Library of Scotland website about regimental magazines as a research source.

Here's an unusual source for Irish genealogical research.

A new website/blog for those with an interest in Chipping Sodbury and area has popped up here.

Want some family history writing tips? Check out Ruth Blair's month-worth of advice, here.

Finally, I have been contacted by James McLaren regarding developments in Jersey. Take it away James...

The Jersey Archive have just upgraded their online public access catalogue. There's a new address http://search.jerseyheritage.org/ - and the immediate change people will see (aside from a new interface) is that searching both archive and museum collections held by Jersey Heritage is now possible. There are now over 270,000 descriptions of records and objects online, and a large number of photographs can now be viewed in a more user friendly format. This is the first stage of the upgrade process, as it's planned that images of the wartime Registration Cards, Court Records and pre-1842 parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials should follow in due course (but access to those will be chargeable).

In other news, anyone intending to use the Societe Jersiaise's Lord Coutanche Library (which has a very useful collection of material) now has to pay £4/day for access - unless they are members of the Societe Jersiaise or have a member's card from the Channel Island Family History Society. The library opens
10am-2pm Monday to Friday. There are also plans afoot to make more material available through the CIFHS's own website - more on that nearer the time.

Thanks James. Oh, and there's more Channel Island news here.

And though it has been rather quiet of late, do keep an eye on the BI-Gen Twitter feed for more news items.





A visit to the beach...


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