Discover Your Ancestors magazine

http://www.discoveryourancestors.co.uk/I was very excited to get an email announcing the arrival of the digital Discover Your Ancestors magazine. I quickly paid my £12 and look forward to receiving a new issue every month for the next year. This periodical is a sister to and not to be confused with the excellent annual Discover Your Ancestors.

The periodical is 20 pages and the May issue has articles on British Pilots Licences, a reminder that not everything is online and archives still hold plenty to interest the genealogist, child labour in the Victorian period, genealogy theme fiction, book reviews,inns and pubs, a look at the county of Essex, online tools to aid genealogy and using census for breaking down brick walls.

I have only browsed through the magazine, it looks well presented and has a wide range of articles. At just 20 pages it won’t be able to carry the same range as other genealogy magazines, but then it’s price is very reasonable compared to the competitors. I’ll write more once I have had time to read through and have a better idea of the quality of the writing, but with authors such as Simon Fowler I expect a high standard.

Take a look at the website, take out a subscription and see what you think.

http://www.discoveryourancestors.co.uk/

1911 Census now linked with Historic Maps

1911 census MapsAncestry have announced that the 1911 images that they have offered online for some time now have been replaced with images that have the previously hidden ‘Infirmity’ column disclosed. Good to have full access to all the 1911 census details.

The really exciting news is that they have linked the census forms to their UK Maps Collection dating from 1896 – 1904 that they have online. I tested this out using my grandparents Alfred & Ada Hawkins who lived in Farnborough, Hampshire. I’m pleased to report that none of family suffered from an infirmity, however the map attached to the census was for Farnborough in Warwickshire not Hampshire. I then tried a search for my other grandparents William & Eliza Elliott and found them on the census correctly with the right map attached.

It would have been helpful to be able to attached the map to the individuals on my Ancestry Tree, but perhaps this is a facility that Ancestry will introduce later. Overall a good addition to Ancestry.co.uk

Links

Ancestry.co.uk

More Trafford Council Cemetery records go online

File:Sale - cemetery from Brooklands Bridge - geograph.org.uk - 831745.jpgDeceasedOnline have just uploaded another three cemeteries run by Trafford Council in the Greater Manchester area. This time it is Durham Lawn Cemetery at Altrinham, Sale Cemetery aka Sale Brooklands and Urmston Cemetery.

Durham Lawns records run from July 1963 – September 1996 so a fairly recent collection of records, Sale September 1862 to November 1999 and Urmston November 1892 to November 1999.

Records for the crematorium at Altringham will go online shortly.

The Greater Manchester area is being well covered by DeceasedOnline as they also offer records for the 7 cemeteries and 1 crematorium run by Bolton Council.

DeceasedOnline.com

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5 Minute Genealogy episodes on FamilySearch

FamilySearch Learning CentreI’m seeing a lot of negativity about the new FamilySearch website, apart from my concerns about the Family Tree section, and I admit I haven’t looked into that very deeply, I can’t see what all the fuss is about. I suspect that for some people it is more about being familiar with the “old” FamilySearch and not liking change. I see in a blog post from Chris Paton that The National Archives, London is discontinuing their old search section and only offering the new Discovery search engine. Change is what happens as we journey through life so I can’t see why we think the genealogy world should stay static!

Anyway I will now get off my soapbox and continue with what I wanted to write about today !!

FamilySearch has a Learning Centre on the new site, I have written before about the videos, podcasts and written lessons that have been offered in the past, they are excellent and very helpful especially for beginners and those venturing into a new genealogical area or country. The new website offers the archived RootsTech presentation, well worth a look, the lessons that were on the old FamilySearch plus a new beginners course called “5 minute genealogy”. There are 21 episodes all broken down into 5 minute segments so that you can learn and then put into practice each step. The series is based around the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, but can be used wherever you live using the internet and Family History Centres.

I think these lessons, videos and podcasts will be of great help to existing genealogists and also the new generation of genealogists  that are just starting. The theme of RootsTech was to encourage younger people into family history and this new Learning Centre will do just that.

Links

FamilySearch Learning Centre

RootTech.org

Trafford Cemetery Record now online

Hale Register Page DeceasedOnline staff have been busy preparing burial & cremation records for Hale aka Altrincham Cemetery and Stretford Cemetery for inclusion in their online cemetery records database.

These cemeteries come under the care of Trafford Council, situated just south of Greater Manchester. The records comprise scans of burial registers, grave details and cemetery maps. Hale records date from December 1894 – October 1999 and Stretford from February 1885 – November 1999.

More records from Trafford Council are to come online in due course. They are

  • Dunham Lawn Cemetery
  • Sale Cemetery
  • Urmston Cemetery
  • Altrincham Crematorium

https://www.deceasedonline.com