Friday, 31 August 2012

Genealogy News - 31st August are offering £5's worth of credits for free - click here. (where you will also find details of a 10% off deal on their subscriptions).

PRONI are running a series of lectures which will be of great interest to many of you - see here. Best ring to secure your place.

Here's news of St.Ives Archive's annual open day.

The SoG have a report on their recent visit to the Ragged School Museum.

There's a piece on the family history of some of our political leaders.

Irish researchers will be regular visitors to Claire Santry's excellent Irish Genealogy News blog. Two recent posts which have caught my eye are:

And a couple of items from Chris Paton's equally-impressive blog:

The latest HistoryToday podcast (Civil Wars) is now available.

Ancestry have something for the techies, here.

TNA have announced plans to revamp their museum.

Nicola Elsom has produced an interesting piece on Hampstead Cemetery. has some news on London wills.

New/recent releases by Archive CD Books can be found here.

Blogger John D Reid points us in the direction of a free online e-magazine, The Celtic Guide. John also reviews the genealogy-focussed search engine, Mocavo.

US readers may be interested in reading about's latest American adventures.

There's a little piece of British history currently being featured on the Ordnance Survey blog: Police Call Boxes!

There are only a few days left of the Pen & Sword Books sale.

I'm a little bit late with this, but the IHGS's latest e-newsletter is now out. It has a useful listing of forthcoming society events.

A couple of items from the Scottish Genealogy Society, which I will pass on in full:

Doors Open 2012 - The Scottish Genealogy Society's library will be taking part in this annual event for the first time. We shall be open on 22 and 23 September when we will be giving three short presentations on the Society at 15 Victoria Terrace at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and 10am, 12pm and 2pm on Sunday. Anyone wishing to attend should call the library (0131 220 3677) or e-mail to book a place. However, members should be aware that if you were planning to use the library for research on the Saturday, you should make sure you bring your membership card, as we expect the library to be very busy that day and entry will have to be strictly controlled.

The Emigrants Index - Transcription of our Emigrants Index has finally been completed and is now available on the public computers here at Victoria Terrace. The areas covered by the Index are: Asia, Africa, Ireland, South America, Australia, Europe, USA and the West Indies. This has been a mammoth task and I think all involved deserve a pat on the back! The next project for our hard working volunteers is the Cross Border Marriages and we are hoping this can be made available as they are transcribed and indexed.

Here's the usual Friday bits and bobs from the Beeb:

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FREE access to 1911 Census...
Remember that Ancestry have made the 1911 Census for Eng/Wal/IoM/CHIsles available for free - see here. You will need to register for a free account to avail yourself of this brilliant offer - a simple enough process.
(It's worth pointing out, too, that are offering free access to their US Census Returns 1790-1940 until 3rd September)

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