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Sep 28 19

New Regimental Histories published online

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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News:

 

TheGenealogist has just released a set of 50 Regimental Records to join its ever-growing military records collection bringing its total coverage to over 70 different regiments.

Researchers can use the collection to follow an ancestor’s regiment, discovering the battles they took part in and trace their movements. You can also find ancestors who were mentioned in the war movement diaries or listed in the appendices of men and officers of the regiment. 

This release covers records from the 17th century in the earliest incidence, for The Ancient Vellum Book of the Honourable Artillery Company 1611-1682, through to the late 1920s for The King’s Royal Rifle Corps Chronicle, 1927. There are also a large number of Regimental Histories that cover the First World War which can reveal some fascinating details for family historians tracing their ancestors in World War I.

 

Use these records to: 

  • Add colour to a soldier’s story 
  • Read the war movements of his regiment
  • See maps of the regiment’s progress in the theatre of war
  • Discover if a soldier is mentioned in the report of the action
  • Find if an officer or other rank is listed for receiving an Honour or an Award
  • Note the names of those members of the regiment wounded or killed

 

This expands TheGenealogist’s extensive Military records collection.

 

Read their article: Using Regimental Histories to Discover Your Ancestors’ War

 

These records and many more are available to subscribers of TheGenealogist.co.uk

 

 

 

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Sep 21 19

New UK records added to Family Search

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

 

This weekend I was scanning the FamilySearch blog (https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/new-records-united-kingdom/) when I noticed this post that is very relevant for English/Welsh family history researchers.

While much is free on the site to view some record images does require you to sign in to Familysearch.org as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints OR access the site at a family history centre. There is also the alternative of finding the images at Findmypast where fees and other terms may apply.

They write:

 

We are excited to announce that more record collections from the United Kingdom have newly become available and have been added to the FamilySearch library! We hope that these records will help you feel more in touch with a section of history, and we especially hope that they will open doors for you as you continue to research your family roots. Some of these collections include the following:

These record collections cover an interesting and eventful period in British history. As a result, they contain information about some of the United Kingdom’s most prominent men and women, including artists, explorers, politicians, and even royalty! Beyond learning about your own family ties, you can use these records to learn about these individuals and what your ancestors may have experienced during this time of their lives.

For example, you can now view information about Queen Victoria and her family that was recorded in the 1851 census. And you can also find the baptismal record of Charles Dickens in some of the parish records that have now become available. These records collections also include information about figures such as Florence Nightingale, Sir Winston Churchill, and others.

Visit our website  to see even more famous British, some of whom you may be related to! Once you start to build out your family tree on FamilySearch.org, this website can show you connections to ancestors included in these records, as well as 18 famous people who they may have talked about or read about in the newspapers. Once you begin creating a family tree, we can send you hints about matching records to help you discover more ancestors. If you’re a bit of a history buff, these records can be a great place to start perusing information. Or if you were feeling stuck in your United Kingdom family history research, these records might be your chance to push past barriers and discover more about your English heritage.

In any case, we wish you happy hunting!

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Sep 14 19

New School and University Registers on TheGenealogist

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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News:

 

As children go back to school, TheGenealogist has just released a diverse batch of school and university records to join its ever growing education collection.

Cheltenham School

Cheltenham School

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments between the 1830s and 1930s. Also listed are the names of those who held high office in the institutions, such as the patrons, deans, visitors, professors and masters in the case of universities and the principals and governors in the case of schools.

Use these records to add colour to a family story and glean important information from the biographical details to use in further research.

 

The list of records included in this release are:

  • St. Lawrence College Ramsgate Register, 1879 to 1911
  • Upper Canada College Address List 1829-1929
  • The Report Of The President Of Queen’s College Belfast 1896-1897
  • The Glenalmond Register 1847-1929
  • Clifton College Register 1862-1912
  • Edinburgh Institution 1832-1932
  • King Williams College Register 1833-1904
  • The Bradfield College Register 1850-1923
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1915
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1916
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1917
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1918
  • The Old Denstonian Chronicle 1919
  • Isle of Man, King William’s College Register 1833-1927
  • Ireland, The Campbell College Register 1894-1938
  • Eton College, Easter 1862
  • Keble College Register, 1870-1925
  • Rathmines School Roll, 1858-1899
  • Charterhouse Register 1911-1920 Vol. III
  • Cheltenham College Register 1841-1927
  • Alumni Carthusiani, 1614-1872

 

This expands their extensive education records collection.

 

Read my article for them: Find Ancestors in Education Records

 

These records and many more are available to subscribers of TheGenealogist.co.uk

 

 

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Sep 8 19

DNA Painter announced that Trees are now available

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

 

NEWS:

DNA Painter has announced recently that trees are now available at www.dnapainter.com for all their registered users.

The developer has written that “a tree on DNA Painter is an attractive single-page summary of one person’s direct ancestors that you can search and optionally share:


– Build a simple tree manually or import a GEDCOM file and choose a person from it
– Search by name or location
– Use DNA Filters to visualize the inheritance path for X, Y and mitochondrial DNA
– Tree, fan chart and text views (mobile users will see just tree and text)
– Keep track of your genetic family tree
– Store notes for each ancestor (e.g. possible surnames just beyond your brick walls!)
– Calculate how complete your tree is, and visualize any instances of pedigree collapse
– Keep your tree private, or optionally generate a secret web address as an attractive, user-friendly summary of your direct line to share with DNA matches or family members”

 

Jonathan Perl from DNA Painter has also made available an example of his own tree that you can look at here:
https://dnapainter.com/tree/view/6f627445b38875bb/tree
(no login required)

He says that he hopes you find it useful and that he is looking for feedback.

Integration with chromosome maps are promised later this year.

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Aug 31 19

New Lloyd George Domesday Records and Maps released online for Tower Hamlets

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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News:

TheGenealogist has just released the Lloyd George Domesday Survey records for Tower Hamlets which cover land owners and occupiers in 1910-1915 with over 91,500 individuals recorded. These now join the previously released data books and their detailed associated maps for other parts of London, bringing the total number to nearly half a million individuals within this record set. 

This new release is the latest phase of TheGenealogist’s extensive ongoing project to digitise over 94,500 Field Books, each having hundreds of pages, and linking them to large scale IR121 annotated OS maps which are now viewable in TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer tool.

The records, which are sourced from The National Archives, were originally compiled by the Valuation Office in a period that stretched from 1910-1915 in response to Lloyd George’s government passing the People’s Budget 1909/1910. 

This new release covers records made of property ownership and occupation in Bethnal Green East, Bethnal Green North, Bethnal Green South, Bethnal Green West, Bow, Bromley, Christchurch, Limehouse, Mile End Centre, Mile End East, Mile End New Town, Mile End North, Mile End South West, Norton Folgate, Old Artillery Ground, Poplar North, Poplar South, Ratcliff, Saint Botolph without Aldgate, Saint George in the East, Shadwell, Wapping and Whitechapel.

 

Coutts Lane identified by TheGenealogist’s map explorer showing the plot on Lloyd George Domesday map

Family historians can use these records to:

  • Find ancestors who owned or occupied property in the Tower Hamlets area of London
  • See the outlines of their houses on large scale maps from the time
  • Fade between historic and modern maps to see how the environment has changed
  • Check details of properties in the neighbourhood by clicking the red pins
  • Locate an address from your research down to a specific house on the map
  • Search by name, parish and street to uncover ancestors’ property in 1910-1915

Complementing the maps on TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer are the accompanying Field Books which provide detailed information relative to the valuation of each property, including the valuation assessment number, map reference, owner, occupier, situation, description and extent.

For family historians looking for ancestors’ homes just before the First World War in the Tower Hamlets area of London this record set is invaluable. 

Read TheGenealogist’s article: Finding Your London Ancestors in the 1910 Land Tax Records

 

 

About TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ 

 

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Aug 17 19

TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer adds the Charles Booth Poverty Maps of London

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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News:

TheGenealogist’s innovative Map Explorer, which allows family history researchers to trace an ancestor’s property and then view the changing environment over time, now boasts another powerful new feature.

While previously researchers were able to view the georeferenced Lloyd George Domesday Survey Data Layer of maps and also see the sites of UK War Memorials, cemeteries and churchyards from across the country, TheGenealogist has now added the fascinating Booth Poverty Maps of London 1898-1899 to this useful resource.

 

  • Use the new Charles Booth Maps to reveal London streets classified by income and class
  • Research neighbourhoods where different classes of people lived close to each other
  • Use the opacity slider to view various modern day maps as a base layer to see the area today

TheGenealogist's Map Explorer displays the streets coloured to show the income and social class of its residents

Map Explorer displays the streets coloured to show the income and social class of its residents

 

 

There were seven classifications detailed on Booth Maps ranging from the lowest to the wealthy. Those streets coloured black were for the ‘Lowest classes. Vicious, semi-criminal’. Next was dark blue for the ‘Very poor, casual. Chronic want’. This was followed by light blue to indicate ‘Poor. 18s to 21s a week for a moderate family’. Streets in purple indicated ‘Mixed. Some comfortable others poor’. Those roads in pink were ‘Fairly comfortable. Good ordinary earnings’. Red designated a street inhabited by the ‘Middle class. Well to do’, while yellow the ‘Upper-middle and upper classes. Wealthy.’

 

Diamond subscribers to TheGenealogist are able to use the interface by clicking on the large map of England, Scotland and Wales on the main search page.

 

The next screen allows the researcher to enter major street names or an area so that you can browse the locality.

 

In the recent BBC 1 Who Do You Think You Are? episode, Oscar winning actress Kate Winslet was researching her 2x great-grandfather, a Swedish born tailor, who lived in Great Pulteney Street, Westminster. Using this example we start typing Great Pulteney into the search box. We are presented with a choice of two from which we select the one that is in the City of Westminster, Greater London. Under Map Layers we chose the ‘Historic – Middle Layer’ and here select the ‘1898-1899 Charles Booth’s London’ from the dropdown menu. This will now highlight the street on the map.

 

TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer has been developed to view these georeferenced historic maps overlaid on top of modern background maps including those from Ordnance Survey and Bing Street maps, as well as a satellite view. With the Map Explorer you can search for an ancestor’s property, discovering its site, even if the road has changed or is no longer there.

 

See the featured article on Kate Winslet’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? where she makes use of the Booth Maps in her research.

 

Find out more at TheGenealogist.co.uk/maps/

 

 

Previous Map Explorer releases added

  • Lloyd George property maps linked to their data books
  • Cemeteries viewable on the maps – enabling researchers to locate burial grounds and view Headstone images, transcripts and cemetery views.
  • War Memorial site locations with links to see photographs, transcripts and setting.

 

About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 

 

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Aug 11 19

Clearing up questions about DNA for Ancestor research

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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New Book:

 

I was sent a review copy of Pen & Sword’s book Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA,* a Guide for Family Historians and it really is clearing up some of the questions that I had about DNA tests for discovering my ancestors.

Like many, I have done a DNA test or two and then I look at the results and while I can see some “cousins” that I have no idea how we are related, I still wonder what else I can do with my results having taken the test.

There is always the worry that I may have chosen the wrong test to do, and can someone explain what the principles and the purpose of DNA testing is?

Tracing Your Ancestors Usng DNA

https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Tracing-Your-Ancestors-Using-DNA/p/16347/?aid=1101  *

 

It is therefore great to have got my hands on a book that aims to make it clear what is the science behind DNA and how it can be of use to those of us who want to use it for furthering our family tree research. It is welcome that the book states that we need to use DNA results in collaboration with traditional record research and so it is important that we continue to look for ancestors in the records as before.  This book covers the subject of DNA in a way that genealogists will find useful and sympathetic to what we are trying to achieve in our research.

Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA is edited by Graham S Holton with contributions from John Cleary, Michelle Leonard, Iain McDonald and Alisdair F. Macdonald and they compare various DNA tests, explain the principles and purposes of doing a test, cover the ethical and legal issues raised and describe what can be learnt from the DNA of our distant ancestors.

I was impressed by how I came away having learnt a lot, even though it is a quite complex subject to tackle. I will admit, however, that it did need some careful reading in some cases before I experienced a number of those “light-bulb” moments when I realised that I now understood more about Y-DNA,  mtDNA, and atDNA.

Recommended for anyone thinking of doing a test – this is an informative volume that most will find interesting to read.

 

Priced £14.99 but discounted to £11.99 at time of writing.

Read more at Pen & Sword’s website here: Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA *

 

 

 

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Aug 4 19

New Searchable Headstones online

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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News:

 

TheGenealogist has just released nearly 60,000 new individuals on Headstones from another 61 churchyards and cemeteries. This means that there are now a total of over 174,500 individuals that are fully searchable in TheGenealogist’s Headstone collection which has examples from across England, Scotland and Wales as well as Jersey in the Channel Islands, Cyprus and India.

Search for headstones of ancestors

The new data will allow the family history researcher to discover:

  • 60,000 individuals recorded on Headstones
  • churchyards and cemeteries from various parts of England and Wales
  • use the Map Explorer to see the location of cemeteries in and around an ancestor’s town

 

TheGenealogist has imaes and transcripts of ancestors headstones

The headstone of Herbert, Ist Baron Austin (Founder of Austin Motor Company) in Lickey Churchyard

 

This release covers the burial grounds at the following:

Anglesey, St Tysilio; Atcham, St Eata; Badger, St Giles; Belbroughton, Holy Trinity; Betws-y-Coed; Bishops Wood, St John; Blymhill, St Mary; Boningale, St Chad; Bristol, St Paul; Buckhorn Weston, St John; Bylchau, St Thomas; Capel Garmon; Cofton Hackett, St Michael & All Angels; Dolwyddelan, St Gwyddelan; East Orchard, St Thomas; East Stour, Christ Church; Edgerton Cemetery; Frankley, St Leonard; Gwytherin, St Winefride; Harlow, St Mary Little Parndon; Harlow, St Mary Magdalene; Heanton Punchardon, St Augs; Henllan, St Sadwrn; Ince, St James; Iwerne Courtney; Lickey Parish Church; Lickey Rose Hill; Llanedwen; Llanfair Talhaiarn; LLangernyw Capel Garnedd; Llangernyw, St Digain; Llanrwst Seion Methodist Chapel; Llanrwst, St Mary; Llansannan Capel Coffa; Llansannan, St Sannan; Llanwrst, St Grwst; Long Crichel, St Mary; Marnhull Cemetery; Marnhull, Our Lady; Meltham, St James; Newborough, St Peter; Penistone, St John; Penmachno Capel; Penmachno, St Tudclud; Pensford, St Thomas a Becket; Pentrefoelas Church; Publow All Saints; Purse Caundle, St Peter; Rhydymwyn, St John; Santon Downham, St Mary; Shillingstone, Holy Rood; Tal-y-Bont Capel; Tisbury Cemetery; Todber, St Andrew; Trefnant Holy Trinity; Trefriw, St Mary; Tyn-y-Groes; West Orchard, St Luke; Wilton, St Mary & St Nicholas; Wroxeter, St Andrew; Ysbyty Ifan, St John

 

These fully searchable records are transcribed from images of the headstone memorials. This latest release from TheGenealogist covers many parts of the UK, the images and the transcriptions being provided by volunteers working for the UKIndexer projects which rewards those who wish to photograph, transcribe or do both with credits to pay for genealogy books, software, online subscriptions and more.

 

Read my article on the UKIndexer Volunteers find Family History:

 

These records released today are available to Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist as part of the Deaths and Burials Records collection.

 

 

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Jul 28 19

Cost of post 1857 probate records drop from £10 to £1.50!

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Some GOOD NEWS:

The Ministry of Justice in the U.K. has announced that it’s cutting the cost of ordering English and Welsh probate records from £10 to £1.50 for the next 12 months.

That means that if you are looking for an ancestor’s will for persons whose will was granted probate after 1857 you can save yourself a bit of money!

 

 

The Find a Will online service (https://probatesearch.service.gov.uk/) allows family history researchers to search for UK probate records by surname and year of death, but only from 1857. When you find the probate you can then order a digital copy of the record and that usually takes up to 10 working days to arrive.

Read more at the Who Do You Think You Are Magazine website:

http://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/government-cuts-probate-record-cost-next-12-months

 


But what about earlier English and Welsh wills? These were administered by the Church and not the State and Probate was issued by Church courts. The country was divided into archdiocese with the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) and the Prerogative Court of York (PCY) at their head.

For Scottish Wills need you to head over to ScotlandsPeople website: https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/guides/wills-and-testaments

And for Welsh Wills pre 1857 the National Library of Wales is a great resource:

https://www.library.wales/searchwills/

 

The National Archive’s website (TNA) has some help for those looking for pre-1857 wills including some links at: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/wills-or-administrations-before-1858/

But they don’t mention that PCC wills (including images sourced from TNA) are available on the subscription site TheGenealogist *

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Jul 22 19

UK Series 16 of Who Do You Think You Are? returns tonight!

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Its here at last!

The first episode of the 16th UK series of Who Do You Think You Are? is scheduled to be broadcast tonight on BBC 1 at 9pm.

People are getting excited as it is the Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe who is about to explore his family history  – and it is a good episode in my opinion!

I have already had the gen on what is in the programme so that I could put together the article for TheGenealogist* on their website. I’ve put in some additional record research that won’t be in the show, so you may want to take a look.

WARNING: ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS !

However, if you intend to watch the programme you need to be aware my article does contain spoilers! Read about what Daniel Radcliffe discovers in his family history on Who Do You Think You Are?*

 

 

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