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Selected Of Interest 2017 02 Dec 2019 08:17 #2027

Selected Of Interest 2017
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Selected Of Interest 2017 02 Dec 2019 08:49 #2036

Of Interest for October 2017

The stories of convicted criminals, including those sentenced to transportation, can now be uncovered on a new free history website. Digital Panopticon launched at a conference in Liverpool this week as part of a project by the University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield, University of Oxford, University of Sussex and University of Tasmania in Australia. “It is one of the largest genealogical resources and one of the first to catalogue in chronological order so users can follow the whole life of a person”, he added. The digitisation process generates ‘Electronically Translated Text’ for each article, making every word searchable. Some automated text translations contain errors, however, and crucial details can’t be found by searching. Fixing these translation errors provides access to key information that may otherwise be almost impossible to find.”

Become part of the Vicfix community: The State Library of Victoria run regular correction campaigns to fix articles on different aspects of Victorian history – they’d like you to get involved! It’s easy to do, just choose a topic from current campaigns they list and follow their simple instructions. Whether you correct a line, a paragraph or an entire article, your contribution will bring to light the fascinating stories that make up Victoria’s rich history for everyone. Be sure to check the Vicfix page here to see what projects are currently on the go, as well as others that have been completed.

While the Family History Daily is primarily focussed on research in the US, it has excellent articles of interest to researchers in general. I found “7 Little-Used Tricks for Finding That Missing Maiden Name” and “The “Secret” Codes on Death Certificates That Can Tell You How Your Ancestors Died” useful. Go to familyhistorydaily.com/

Now this is nice. Its Irish again – and a wonderful example of how companies and counties are sorting out and dusting off their historic records and making them accessible: The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has a ‘Memories from the ESB Archives’ website. You can find out when your ancestors houses were connected to the grid by clicking on an interactive map, amongst other articles and galleries of historic photos. esbarchives.ie/

Search nearly a billion free records at Findmypast: Findmypast's billions of records are always free to search, but did you realise that nearly a billion of them are also free to view? Simply click this link and register (or sign-in if you've registered previously).Tip: you won't need to provide credit card or bank details (as you would for a 14-day free trial)

Lost Cousins interesting article: GUEST ARTICLE: The genetics of human facial features www.lostcousins.com/newsletters2/midsep17news.htm
GRO extended digital PDF service – standby for more on this soon. Lost Cousins News says “It turns out that I was right - the GRO do indeed want to run another PDF trial, effectively an extension of Phase 1, but limited to the historic birth and death entries which have been digitised and included in the GRO's own online indexes (ie births from 1837 to 1916 and deaths from 1837 to 1957).The good news is that, assuming it goes ahead, the new trial will run for a considerably longer period than the 3 weeks of last November's trial, and there will be NO LIMIT to the number of PDFs that can be ordered during the trial (you may recall that in the original Phase 1 trial there was a limit of 45,000 PDFs, of which around 42,000 had been ordered by the time the trial ended). This means that, not only will it not be necessary to rush your orders in when the trial begins, you'll have an opportunity to follow-up with further orders once you have seen the information in the first batch of PDFs.”
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Selected Of Interest 2017 02 Dec 2019 08:51 #2037

Of Interest for May 2017
• Want to learn how the Edwardian’s spoke? This is an fascinating BBC documentary (2016) telling about the discovery of recordings by British prisoners of war in Germany.

• Don’t forget to ‘ask a librarian’! Libraries all over New Zealand and Australia, the USA and the UK will find you an answer – stuck with your research, looking for books, or illustrations?Museums have libraries too! And so do genealogical associations. Incidentally if you ask a librarian what is the strangest thing found in returned books, food – thin stuff like bacon – appears common. Money too, and lottery tickets, unposted letters, a prescription for an anti-psychotic inside a book on Van Gogh, laminated cannabis leaves, a gold ring, ww2 discharge papers, a single (EP) of frosty the snowman….(ok, that was in a book from a 2nd hand store).

• Inside History Magazine ceases publication! – this is really sad, because I have a current subscription, and it is a beautiful quality magazine packed with information. The last edition will be Autumn, for sale on the 27th April. However, the website will continue, and be updated regularly with new research, stories, reviews and history and genealogy news. There are also plans for an exciting photo-dating website, due to launch later this year.

• A Family Tree Maker to Ancestry (and vice versa) syncing update. We are still waiting for this, but it’s nearly there. Watch this space.

• Irish Ancestors – this is a ‘must browse and digest’ Blog at www.johngrenham.com/. There are links to databases, very interesting comment and plenty I didn’t know – like the 8 volume transcription of 43 graveyards in Cork….available in the WA State Library!

• One generation too late - The process for applying for Irish dual citizenship (becoming a citizen of Ireland while maintaining your current citizenship) can be completed mostly online through the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade. In order to become an Irish citizen, an applicant must first register their birth on the Foreign Births Register. The process involves documenting the descent from an Irish-born grandparent, or from a parent who is an Irish citizen. Individuals whose parents were born in Ireland do not need to go through the same process. Applications for foreign birth registration take about six months to be processed; after the applicant’s birth is registered, they can apply for an Irish passport. Find out more at familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-help-an...izenship-in-ireland/

• The FamilySearch site is huge – and I have not used it before to find photos, but if you go to familysearch.org/photos/find you can pull up portraits and documents with a surname search. Many of these are from the US and I found all of my Jarvis photos there, easy to copy. If you believe some family ended up in the US or Canada, check it out.

• If your family were in trade – The Overland Trade Project is a resource for medieval, local and family historians among others. Using database and GIS technology, this project has made it possible for the first time to dynamically visualise medieval trade networks between Southampton and Southern and Midland England between 1430 and 1540. www.overlandtrade.org/
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Selected Of Interest 2017 02 Dec 2019 08:52 #2038

Of Interest January 2017

• Searching for illegitimate births NZ www.genealogy.org.nz/data/media/document...de%20GI%20052016.pdf

• Some more Irish resources: the enlistment books of the five disbanded Irish regiments at www.nam.ac.uk/soldiers-records/persons. The Connaught Rangers, the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Royal Irish Regiment and the Royal Munster Fusiliers were units of the British Army, which were disbanded following the establishment of the independent Irish Free State in 1922. The enlistment books contain records of soldiers serving in these regiments in the period 1920-22.

• More Irish information: PRONI Historical Maps viewer here at www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/search-pron...al-maps-viewerSearch and browse a range of historical Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland (OSNI) maps and find information on sites, buildings and landmarks of historical interest. I think this needs a bit of practice – but it looks interesting.

• Over 700 wills and historic documents - Fully indexed and free to explore - spanning 1576-1650 have been made available to access online. They were digitised by the Borthwick Institute for Archives as part of its ongoing Archbishops’ Registers Revealed project. The latest additions to the web collection include more than 480 wills and 200 administrations, offering an insight into life across northern England following the Reformation. archbishopsregisters.york.ac.uk/browse/people?letter=P

• A Christmas edition of Ancestry’s It’s About Time podcast has been published online. Presented by regular host Sir Tony Robinson, the new instalment tells the story of author Charles Dickens’ life and how it inspired his classic novella A Christmas Carol. The festive episode follows five podcasts covering a variety of topics, including the murder of teenager Mary Ann Mason in 1855, the ancestry of Star Wars actor Mark Hammill and the long-standing feuds between the Pankhurst sisters. Listen to It’s About Time for free here.

• I believe I mentioned this resource before – here are some added details. It’s a great project, and for $30 a year may well be a must for anyone searching in Australia. www.bda-online.org.au/ .The Biographical Database of Australia is being run as a not-for-profit project, with its aim being to … “transcribe and index biographical data from original records of individuals who arrived from overseas or were born in Australia, including Aboriginal people, convicts and immigrants of all nations. It also aims to include data from early biographical dictionaries, newspapers and other published information and to incorporate the work of modern genealogical and historical researchers. The only restriction is that biographical subjects must be deceased.” Each record identifies a single person or group at a place and point in time. Anyone can search the index for free which throws up a list of index entries with brief summary details of the individual. Records of life events are linked to create a Biographical Report. From one report, subscribers can hyperlink to another biography, to spouses, parents, children, witnesses, employers, employees and so on, through the entire database. Future stages of BDA will add data from all states and territories, expanding from early records
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