Friday 28 June 2013

Genealogy News - 28th June

FindMyPast have added 1.2 million records to their Wales Collection. More comment here.

More price reductions from FamilyTreeDNA - as outlined here by blogger Debbie Kennett (BTW, don't worry about the prices in US dollars, as you can still order from the UK).

For Scottish researchers: the latest issue of Broadsheet.

Here's an interesting option from Forces War Records.

I see English Heritage is to become a charity (thanks to @SueWilkesauthor on Twitter).

Here's a great story about an accidental find in the rafters of an old building.

As for the rest of the week's news, well, I'm going to be a bit lazy and divert you elsewhere! Seriously, though, it provides me with an excellent opportunity to give a little plug to two other excellent sources of British & Irish genealogy news...

Claire Santry's Irish Genealogy News blog is, of course, essential reading for Irish researchers, and there has been a mini rush of news from this corner of the world. Rather than me steal all her stories, why not have a browse for yourself - there are items on PRONI, Co.Clare, Irish newspapers, as well as a reminder about free access to the Irish BMD records this weekend.

Similarly, you are probably familiar with Chris Paton's British GENES blog. Chris specialises in Scottish and Northern Irish matters, but actually covers all things UK & Irish on his blog - and there has been plenty to take in this week, too. So, again, why not have a wander through his recent posts, which include the latest 'Ireland's Genealogical Gazette', Ancestry's search features, and alternative comment on many of the stories also covered by Claire Santry's blog - and there is much more besides.

And then there are the usual Friday bits and pieces from the BBC:

More news, etc., can be found at the BI-Gen Twitter feed.

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Genealogy News - 25th June

Potentially explosive news for us genealogists from the legal corridors of the EU (thanks to @YourFamTreemag on Twitter).

From the keyboard of Chris Paton: a useful report on the PRONI User Forum Meeting (note the very last item - a major fair and a conference!). Thanks for that, Chris. And thanks, too, for this useful and informal guide to visiting PRONI.

Fancy meeting the top dog at The National Archives next month? Click here for more info.

TNA's online bookshop is to be re-vamped - see here.

Those of you who follow the adventures of the Scottish Genealogy Network will wish to take in this blog post.

A little update from the British Newspaper Archive.

Here's the latest (and very impressive) newsletter from the Institute of Heraldic & Genealogical Studies.

I see that PAF (Personal Ancestral File), the family tree programme launched by FamilySearch in 1984, is to be discontinued.

If you think you might be interested in Derry's Great Parchment Book, then check out this blog post.

The latest Eneclann newsletter can be found here. As you can see, the first story indicates that the Genealogy Advisory Service at the NLI is set to continue.

The National Library of Wales has put out an appeal entitled 'Calling all clubs & societies'.

Those of us who are fans of the Europeana website/blog may wish to sign the petition to keep the organisation alive.

And here's your weekly round-up of entertaining history links from the Two Nerdy History Girls.

Forthcoming events:
And I hope you don't mind an advance 'plug' for a major event in September which is right on my doorstep:
at Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

More news and articles at the BI-Gen Twitter feed.

Friday 21 June 2013

Genealogy News - 21st June

Want some free online genealogy reading? You can have all you want here (thanks to @SueWilkesauthor on Twitter for the tip-off).

The same source (Dick Eastman) also provides interesting food for thought here.

Oh, I see the latest Lost Cousins newsletter is out, too. Another great read!

For those of you keeping up with the shenanigans surrounding the release of the 1926 Irish Census, see here.

A good spot by Chris Paton re. free access to Irish BMD indexes from (we're all assuming that the other FMP formats will fall into line in due course -, ie, au).

Chris also nicely summarises developments at - including lots of things to come.

A newspaper update from FindMyPast.

Latest issue of Your Family Tree Magazine.

Here's a decent-looking offer from WDYTYA? Magazine.

A selection of Irish events over the coming weeks and months.

Latest offers from Pen & Sword Books. And some special offers from TNA.

The usual Friday stuff from the BBC:

And don't forget the BI-Gen Twitter feed.

Thanks to @HistoryforGirls on Twitter...

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Tuesday 18 June 2013

Genealogy News - 18th June

As the popular family history TV series Long Lost Family returns to our screens here in the UK, look out, too, for the forthcoming Secrets from the Workhouse which begins next week - preview here.

The latest repository to suffer at the hands of the Europe-wide recession is the Irish Architectural Archive.

Latest from FindMyPast: London Volunteer Soldiers, 1859-1955.

Check out the latest from TheGenealogist.

For those with an interest in President Obama's Irish ancestry, then check this out.

Get to grips with GenealogyInTime's worldwide genealogy news.

Here's the latest e-bulletin for Family Historian users.

Fancy a free Family History guide from GenesReunited?

A couple of items via Chris Paton's blog:

Here's an online exhibition from PRONI relating to Co.Fermanagh.

Claire Santry brings us another IGP Archives update from Ireland.

The usual history links round-up from the Two Nerdy History Girls.

And, of course, here are your forthcoming events for the next few days:

And don't forget the BI-Gen Twitter feed.


Friday 14 June 2013

Genealogy News - 14th June

At last we have a surge of genealogy news!

Most of you will, I'm sure, be interested to know about the line-up for the next series of WDYTYA?

Big news from FindMyPast for Lincolnshire researchers.

It seems that MyHeritage have started producing e-newsletters - well, this is the first one I've received from them!

World's oldest person dies (thanks to @MyHeritage on Twitter).

Sussex researchers - get a sneak peek of your new record office.

There's a little bit more info on the recent wills/probate release at GenesReunited to be found here.

Quite a bit of recent activity at Ancestry - check out their 'updates page' for the low-down.

Here's a major forthcoming event for those interested in Ulster.

More Irish stuff from Ireland Reaching Out.

The latest issue of S&N's Genealogy 'E-mail News' can be found here (inc. TheGenealogist's latest releases).

Here's what looks like DeceasedOnline's final announcement re. Brompton Cemetery in London (related blog post here).

An event I omitted from Tuesday's listing: Lincolnshire Archives Family History Day (15th) (thanks to @GenealogyGent on Twitter).

And it'll be a big weekend in Co.Carlow, Ireland!

Here's a review of a handy-looking book.

The July issue of 'Family Tree' magazine is now available.

The latest FamilySearch news release includes some Irish stuff.

And yet more Irish news re. everyday procedures at the National Library of Ireland.

From TNA's blog: part 2 of their series of posts on the Bevin Boys.

US blogger, Dick Eastman, flags an interesting new development for (literally) recording our everyday lives.

Another new online source which may be of interest: The Spectator magazine archive.

A history crossword.

The usual bits and bobs from the BBC:

More news items at the BI-Gen Twitter feed.

Thanks to @VictorianLondon and @SocialhistoryPS on Twitter for...

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Genealogy News - 11th June

Once more I'm struggling for news. Has everyone gone on holiday? Never mind, here's what I've got...

The latest news from The Parish Chest.

Platinum members at GenesReunited have an additional database to browse: the Bank of England Wills Extracts 1717-1845.

FindMyPast looks at the family tree of Clare Balding.

Audrey Collins has penned an informative piece on Armed Forces Birth, Marriage & Death Records.

A fabulous early map of London (thanks to @CharlotteFrost1 on Twitter).

Interesting info is provided by Chris Paton on the subject of the 1926 Census for Northern Ireland (and related issues). Here's Claire Santry's take on the news.

Thanks to @DebbieKennett on Twitter for flagging this article on 'What happened when I had my genome sequenced.'

Here's the weekly collection of entertaining history links from the Two Nerdy History Girls.

Forthcoming events...

And don't forget the BI-Gen Twitter feed.

Friday 7 June 2013

Genealogy News - 7th June

FindMyPast have added 2.5 million more Irish Petty Session Court records to their collection.

The damage caused by the fire at the National Library of Wales is summarised here.

There's more on Ancestry's recent Engineers' records release at their blog, here.

Quite a bit of reading is up for grabs...

June issue of Irish Lives Remembered.

The latest Essex Record Office e-Bulletin.

The June e-newsletter from TNA.

The latest Pharos Bulletin.

Lovers of London's cemeteries may wish to read this.

Thanks to blogger Claire Santry for these upcoming Irish events (also here).

Special offers from BooksIreland can be found here.

The usual Friday stuff from the BBC:

And remember to visit the BI-Gen Twitter feed.

Tuesday 4 June 2013

Genealogy News - 4th June

It's the end of an era for Sussex researchers as the Maltings shuts its doors.

Another Lost Cousins newsletter has popped up - excellent reading as ever.

Here's the latest Eneclann newsletter.

Then there's the June newsletter from the CWGC.

Oh, and there's one more newsletter: the FFHS E-Zine (bit late with this one - sorry).

There's been a little flurry of action at Ancestry's updates page (those with engineer ancestors may be especially interested).

A couple of Irish news items:

And from Scotland ... the new National Records of Scotland website (via Chris Paton's blog).

The latest TNA Podcast is especially relevant to genealogists.

The latest round-up of history links from the Two Nerdy History Girls.

As for forthcoming events:

Don't forget the BI-Gen Twitter feed, too, of course ... though it's been a bit quiet lately due to a lack of genealogy news!

From the Abroad in the Yard blog...

And finally, a century ago today...