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Selected Of Interest 2016 02 Dec 2019 08:15 #2026

Selected Of Interest for 2016
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Selected Of Interest 2016 02 Dec 2019 08:57 #2039

Of Interest for October 2016
• Keep in touch with your WA roots here: www.outbackfamilyhistory.com.au/

• I had not come across this list of free South Australian family history websites before. Its dated 2011 and a couple of the links are broken, however there are some useful resources www.lonetester.com/2011/11/33-free-websi...ustralian-genealogy/

• Barnardo's has released fascinating pictures of some of its first foster children, and detailed how their lives were transformed, to mark 150 years since the charity was first founded. The archive records detail the horrific start in life that the youngsters experienced. Many were born in the slums of Victorian London. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3759702...o.html#ixzz4Jla13EFG

• The London Tube, the plague pits and an urban myth – this story has great illustrations! www.bbc.com/britain

• If you want to explore women’s occupations in Victorian England, then this site will be useful 19thcenturyhistorian.wordpress.com/women...n-victorian-britain/

• The ScotlandsPeople website has been revamped and relaunched with a new look and several new features to help you search for your Scottish ancestors. As part of the most extensive upgrade to our service since 2010, you will be able to search indexes to records, including statutory records of births, deaths and marriages, free of charge for the first time. You will now only be charged when you view or download a record image. Existing users should find that their credits, searches, and saved images are still available. www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/

• We know that TROVE has slowed down the digitization of newspapers, but the good news is that it has not stopped and you can find what’s new and what is coming here www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/09/trove-new...ts-new-whats-coming/ . Quite a few Western Australian papers could be online soon.

• Findmypast is the ‘Irish’ go-to database. You may have missed out on 3 days of free access to all Irish birth, marriage, death, census, social history, immigration and military records that are currently available on Findmypast (that was 15th Sept to the 19th Sept) but 3 million historic Irish records have been released in association with the National Archives of Ireland and FamilySearch. The release consists of a wide range of documents including original wills, lists of Catholics who swore loyalty to the crown or converted to Protestantism, land valuation records and merchant navy crew lists. Take note: these records date back to pre-famine Ireland and will be completely free to search forever. Spanning over 220 years of Irish history from 1701 to 1922, the release is comprised of four highly valuable National Archives of Ireland collections including: Original Will Registers 1858-1920; Qualification and Convert Rolls 1701-1845; Valuation Office books 1824-1856 and Merchant Navy Crew lists 1857-1922. Don’t forget the FamilySearch Tithe records for Ireland either!

• Look for Irish-Australian family histories here: irishaustraliaebooks.blogspot.com.au/

• There was a rush to the irishgenealogy.ie site as family historians all over the world sourced their Irish Civil Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths which are now searchable online, with images of the corresponding BMD certificates (we used to have to pay for these!) . There are the usual privacy restrictions, so the indexes and images are limited to indexes to births over 100 years old, marriages over 75 years old and deaths over 50 years old. The later certificates are available – from about 1890 – and the older ones are yet to come, so keep checking to find what you need! civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/civil-search.jsp
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Selected Of Interest 2016 02 Dec 2019 08:59 #2040

Of interest for June 2016

• You may find this helpful when trying to break down a brick wall: the "Name Thesaurus" (www.namethesaurus.com/Search.aspx) which lets you generate the Soundex for any surname or forename. This will really help when you get a family name that deviates between or within a generation.

• If you don’t have access to Foxtel, then YouTube has some episodes of ‘Back in time for the weekend’. Similar in format to the popular series ‘Back in time for dinner’, this series explores the leisure time of ordinary Britons from the 1950’s. Although times were rather austere in Australia and New Zealand at this time too, there seems to have been a bit more personal freedom than in the UK, possibly because the economies and infrastructure were in better shape. Do a search – I found some videos deleted, but the ‘Back in time for dinner’ episodes are all there

• For those who have family from the Yorkshire dales area, this is an excellent site for history www.outofoblivion.org.uk/default.asp

• The dates for the AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations) Congress 2018 is to be held in Sydney from 9-12 March 2018. Here is the link to the announcement: www.facebook.com/Congress2018/posts/236200756750394

• For those with an interest in Scottish family history and culture: www.talkingscot.com/

• An excellent series for history buffs – catch ‘The time traveller’s guide to Elizabethan England’ on SBS (you may find it included in the ‘on demand’ area of SBS). The book the series is based on, and an earlier work ‘The time traveller’s guide to Medieval England’ are available on kindle and in print.

• More on SBS: DNA Nation, a ground breaking new three-part documentary which begins on SBS Sunday 21st May at 8:30pm. In an Australian first, the series will follow Ian Thorpe, Ernie Dingo and Julia Zemiro on an epic journey of genetic time travel to find out where they came from by following the path that their ancestors—and their DNA—took.

• If you are like me, and enjoy finding out about the origin of words – I found a 1830 newspaper article describing a certain James Rogerson being ‘werry obstropolous’. The word appears to be a corruption of ‘obstreperus’. The earliest I could find this word in a newspaper archive was 1821; however according to the Webster online dictionary ‘Latin obstreperus, from obstrepere to clamor against, from ob- against + strepere to make a noise’ is first found in the 1600’s. it seems to be particularly applied to the behaviour of drunks – noisy and unruly. These days, we occasionally hear the words ‘in a strop’ or ‘stroppy’ – the meaning seems to have changed to describe argumentative, bad tempered behaviour, rather than noisy and out of control.

• Four volumes of historic Irish police records have been made available online for the first time. Digitised by University College Dublin, the Dublin Metropolitan Police Prisoners Books provide the names of people in the city who found themselves on the wrong side of the law between 1905-08 and 1911-18. The browsable records list the names, ages, addresses and occupations of those who were arrested, plus details of their alleged offence. In most cases, the handwritten entries also provide information about the outcome of the subsequent trial and punishment. These are really interesting – you will find heinous crimes such as “illegal possession of bacon” (he got 6 months, so it must have been a lot) alongside wilful murder and desertion. digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:43945

• Apologies if the news seems rather ‘Irish’ – but there are so many possibilities these days for research. Roots Ireland have introduced a one day subscription for €10 (about $15.50) which will be very handy if you are organised to look everything up in one session. www.rootsireland.ie/

• Materials used for ladies’ clothing explained here at one of my favourite Blogs, C18th Girl: c18thgirl.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/high-e...-lifestyle-from.html
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Selected Of Interest 2016 02 Dec 2019 09:02 #2041

Of Interest for February 2016

• Have you ever wondered why you can’t find a person in a UK census? There are missing records in all census, but to save needless searching and frustration, look up known missing portions. You can find the details here www.jaunay.com/newsletter/newsletter67.html

• Some good news, and not so good…. From Tuesday 16 February, Findmypast subscribers will be able to access the 1939 Register for no extra cost. The record set will be included as part of Britain and World subscriptions from Tuesday 16 February. This means users will no longer have to pay the additional £6.95 fee to ‘unlock’ each household record The news coincides with Findmypast's announcement that on the same day of the switchover, it will also be increasing the price of subscriptions by 20 per cent. After this date, the cost of a new Britain membership will rise to £119.95, with those taking out a World membership required to pay £155.95. However, Findmypast has promised that it is not only freezing subscription rates for existing members when they next renew, but they will also receive a 10 per cent loyalty discount. You can also watch for ‘specials’ and in addition, if you are already a member of the NZGS you are eligible for a special offer discount.

• This forum may be of help to those who have military ancestors who fought in British Military Campaigns. It looks very comprehensive. www.victorianwars.com/

• For Foxtel watchers of ‘Who do you think you are’ the series 12 starts on 31 January with episode 1 on Paul Hollywood. Selected episodes are also available to watch on Youtube.

• Unlock the past seminar in Perth, March 3rd. See details at www.unlockthepast.com.au/events/judy-rus...lake-downunder-perth

• Looking for absolutely everything that could find you the answer to your family history puzzle? The Heir Hunters Association may seem like a long shot, just for professional searchers, but they put out a free online newsletter and in it you will find news and tips that may be valuable. Although you can sign up for a free newsletter, and also use the forum, you don’t necessarily have to join. A list of the newsletters is available online at ymlp.com/archive_geuqhwwgjge.php . You will find quirky items here too – this is one that interested me ‘Three Quarter Siblings – do they exist, if so how? It’s in the November 2015 newsletter. Also find information on finding living relatives, Italian succession law, changes to the law in the UK means the possibility of online historic BMD’s (oh yes please!) and more.

• Check out what newspapers are due to be included in TROVE at this site: www.gouldgenealogy.com/2016/01/troves-ol...the-next-six-months/

• FamilySearch.org has indexed an additional 326,000 records from the 1891 New South Wales census. This census lists the head of household, street address, and the number of male and female members of the household. There is also a separate column listing the “Number of Chinese and Aborigines” in the household. The collection can be searched by first name and last name.

• The State Library of WA has recently completed the digitising of a series of almanacs 1849 – 1889. These were produced by several different, and sometimes competing, publishers (Stirling and Sons, Arthur Shenton, and James Pearce) so there may be more than one publication for a particular year. Go to the library’s BLOG at slwa.wordpress.com/2015/12/10/early-almanacs-digitised/ for more information.

• And further on databases – here’s a portal which is very useful: an updated Irish Directory Database at www.swilson.info/dirdb.php . You may need to check the Proni links –they were not working when I tried.

• The number of personal files that the Public Record Office of Victoria has recently opened is stunning! Go here for information - prov.vic.gov.au/blog-news/personal-victo...ewly-opened-archives .
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