Friday 21 October 2011

Irish Prison Registers


The big news of the day has to be the release of the Irish Prison Registers, 1790-1924 on FindMyPast Ireland. And if you want a helping hand, or an example or two of what you may expect to find therein, who better to turn to than Claire Santry.

Ancestry has being doing its very best this week to keep the above event 'off the front page' with several developments of its own:

  • See their celebration of the recent addition of 3.9million records pertaining to Warwickshire and Dorset with this 'parish records fest' on their website (I think the West Yorkshire holdings have also been updated);
  • The official announcement of the release of Family Tree Maker 2012;
  • And there's a special 'Ancestry Anne' Live session. It will probably have passed by the time you read this, but there is a 'catch-up' facility (guess it'll be US biased, though).

Users of Bradford Central Library will be suitably confused, no doubt, by recent shenanigans at their research venue. The place has been closed for 'health and safety reasons' of late; and though it has been partially re-opened today, the Archives/Local Studies sections remain out-of-bounds. Meetings, etc., are taking place at Shipley Library, and at least one talk (1st Dec) has been moved, date-wise. Their website doesn't seem to be much help - though it does give a telephone number.

Two new mags are now on the market (November issues):
The HistoryToday Crossword is also freely available here.

Manx researchers will want to have a look at this 'Newspapers Online Survey'.


Those of you who use the specialist genealogical search engine, Mocavo, will have noticed that they've redesigned their website. Announcement here, search home page here. Give it a go - it's pretty useful.


The usual weekly outlook for the UK's TV & Radio can be found here.


GeneaBloggers is running a competition which involves you writing your own obituary!

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