Thursday 18 August 2011

TNA Crime Records


Three million crime, court and convict records are to be digitised by The National Archives with the help of genealogical heavyweights Brightsolid.  The vast collection, dating back to 1782, will be processed in stages, with the first tranche expected to be ready in December 2012.  Full story here.

John Reid points out that the granddaddy of the UK genealogical magazine market, Family Tree, has gone digital - see his post here.  Can't see an announcement on the magazine's website, but it is most certainly kosher news, as evidenced by the link in John's post.

Additionally, Family Tree are running a competition/survey.

John Reid has also pointed out an update to the FamilySearch site, here, which will be of interest to Warwickshire researchers.

Ancestry have also issued another couple of updates - this time concerning London records.

Another top class effort from Peter Calver, in the shape of the latest Lost Cousins Newsletter.  This issue features news of several special offers - including free access to his website until the end of August.  There's also an interesting development at Essex Record Office, and ... well, just have a look for yourself, why don't you, as it's always full of good stuff.

Cleveland Family History Society are running another of their regular 'Family History Days' on Saturday 8th October - once again at Scotch Corner Hotel.  Jayne Shrimpton and Barbara Dixon will be giving talks, and the fee is £15 per person.  Full details and booking form here.

The recent redevelopment work at the National Maritime Museum has hit a snag, and researchers are to be slightly inconvenienced as a result.  See the announcement on their website.

The September issue of BBC History Magazine is now available.


Forthcoming TV/Radio can be found here.


Peter McGoldrick has been in touch to ask if I can mention his website dedicated to the Royal Irish Constabulary - so here it is.  More of a forum, really, but do get in touch with him through the site or directly at if this is where your research interests lie.

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