Friday 24 August 2012

Genealogy News - 24th August

Ancestry are offering their immigration and emigration records for free during 23rd-26th August - so don't miss out! (some sources say the offer ends on 25th, so get in ASAP!). Remember, too, that Ancestry have also made the 1911 Census for Eng/Wal/IoM/CHIsles available for free - see here). BTW, in both cases you will need to register for a free account - a simple enough process.

It's not all plain sailing for Ancestry, though. Check out this post by John D Reid about the down side of their 'AncestryDNA Test' service. Oh, and Debbie Kennett takes a look at the very same service from a UK perspective, here (you may wish to click through to Part 1 first). is offering 10% off all subscriptions. Follow this link, have a look around, then navigate to the subscriptions page and use the code AUGFMP10 when making your purchase. Should work up to and including 30th August. If, on the other hand, you think you may benefit from FMP's 'worldwide' package (not currently available via you can get your hands on this via - and obtain the same at a 10% discount (until 14th September) ... go here, and the deal is at bottom left of screen.

Oh, and FMP have also released some new Warwickshire parish records.

This week's WDYTYA? TV show was generally well received - there's a little bit more info on the episode here.

The August edition of the S&N Genealogy Supplies newsletter is worth a browse - see here. It includes all the recent additions to TheGenealogist packages.

The September issue of HistoryToday Magazine is now available.

Talking of new issues, here's the Autumn edition of Irish Roots Magazine.

new police museum is to be built in Belfast - see the BBC report, here.

Here's a neat idea, as spotted by The Armchair Genealogist. Will it spread to our shores, I wonder?

OK, it may be another piece written from a North American perspective, but blogger Dick Eastman offers plenty of advice, here, for ailing family history societies.

Thanks to @GeneticsUpdate on Twitter for flagging an article on the 'Secrets of the World's Oldest Family'.

There's an insightful piece on the Quaker Strongrooms blog about WWI conscientious objectors - always a fascinating subject.

There's a beautifully written article about grandfather-father-son relationships to be found on The Guardian website. It's by journalist/writer Duncan Hamilton - no wonder the guy has won so many awards.

If it's Friday, then it must be time to visit the BBC's HistoryExtra website:
  • Latest Podcast;
  • Forthcoming TV/radio;
  • And the week's 'History Headlines' should be available soon via here;

I'm pleased to say that Twitter has livened up lately as regards genealogy news - keep checking on the BI-Gen Twitter feed for a regular flow of goodies.

In the great British comedic tradition...

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