Thursday 27 October 2011

Dorset Treat


Big news for serious researchers of Dorset history with the announcement from The National Archives of the availability of the Dorset Manorial Documents Register - see here. A FFHS circular doing the rounds also reveals that the Dorset Record Society has produced a guide to the county's manorial records - check out their website for details.

Nearby Cornwall also has some new online resources available for scrutiny, courtesy of the FamilySearch website - see blogger John Reid's post on the topic.

An event for the weekend which has escaped my notice has been flagged by blogger Chris Paton - see his post here for news of the Swansea Local History Book Fair this coming Saturday.

Followers of the 'Ireland Reaching Out' project (IrelandXO) may wish to have a browse of their latest newsletter.

And there's 40-minute's worth of historical chat available via the HistoryToday magazine's latest Podcast.


Tonight brings us episode 2 of the Find My Past TV show. Remember, it airs on Thursday evenings at 9pm on the Yesterday channel. In this week's episode the relatives of a wireless operator, a passenger and a steward discover how their lives intertwined on board the ill-fated Titanic in 1912 - see the 'taster' here. Apparently the show is repeated daily, so if you miss it, well, it should be easy to catch up with! During each episode, Find My Past experts will also be on hand providing further insights into the episode and tips on researching family history at!/yesterday_TV. (My thanks to Jon Freeman for this info).


EUscreen is launching a new portal today into its handy-looking collection of videos, stills, texts and audio from the Continent - all free. See here

The blog of the National Library of Wales has moved ... to here - where you will find an interesting piece on the great Welsh historian, John Edward Lloyd.


The tenth and final part of Jayne Shrimpton's comprehensive series of articles on understanding and interpreting old family photographs has popped up on the FindMyPast site - see here.


In need of a special offer? Well, CW&S Parkinson Genealogical Storage are offering a 15% discount on all of their products for readers of my blog until 31st December 2011! Just enter the discount code "Bi-Gen" on the ordering page of their website at And they've got a new Certificate Binder up for sale, too - or rather they've brought it back by popular demand. Please click on the 'NEW PRODUCTS' link at the top on this page for full details. 

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