Thursday 17 May 2012

Ancestry, TNA & more

It's been a few days since I directed you towards Ancestry's updated/new collections page - there have, in fact, been some recent updates to the 1911 Censuses for England & Wales, their England & Wales Marriage & Death Indexes 1916-2005, as well as the addition of Middlesex's 'Convict Transportation Contracts 1682-1787'. Check them out here.

The National Archives have made available their latest e-newsletter. Included therein is a chance to meet TNA's Chief Executive, Oliver Morley.

Additional Kent probate indexes have popped up on the website - see here.

I see the famous FamilySearch website and are (sort of) teaming up to help make the images and locations of gravestones across the globe available to all online. Well, it seems that the index, at least, is going to be available at FamilySearch. See the story, here.

I don't usually mention new book releases unless I've seen a copy for myself, but this article on the HistoryToday website contains several interesting snippets from the new book, Thicker Than Water. One to look out for maybe (but not at £35, thank you).

Came across a website for tracing living relatives this morning - you have to buy credits, etc., but you can do an initial search for free. Check them out here.

I've put this one last, but in many ways it's the most important item of the day - being an analysis of proposed changes to the way in which the governments of the EU deal with 'public sector information'. Could have far-reaching effects on the activities of the likes of FMP and Ancestry. If you really feel that you're up for it, then get a pot of coffee, a pair of matchsticks and put aside a fair chunk of time - see the report here. [thanks to @OpenGenAlliance on Twitter]

More news at the BI-Gen Twitter feed.

A sad tale from the days before the 'Welfare State'...

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