Exciting National Library of Ireland Project

imageIt has been a long held belief, with some substance, that researching family history in Ireland isn’t easy. I can tell you that it has got a whole lot easier in the last decade or so ! The newly announced project from the National Library of Ireland is an exciting addition to the online Irish genealogy data.

The project aims to digitise and place online – FREE – the Library’s collection of Catholic parish registers that are now available only on microfilm. The date for access for these records is Summer 2015 so not long to wait.

The earliest register dates from 1740 through to the 1880’s, the collection consists of 1,091  parish from throughout Ireland and are mainly baptisms and marriages with a few burial registers. So something to look forward to along with your summer holidays Smile

http://www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx

Every Man Remembered

WW1 genealogyThis website run by the British Legion allows anyone to commemorate those who fought in the First World War. Also available is a search facility to find out if someone else has recorded details of an ancestor.

Entering our family members details is the least we can do to remember those who made the greatest sacrifice.

http://www.everymanremembered.org/

Bunhill Fields Burials now online

One of most fascinating burial grounds in London is now online – Bunhill Fields. North of the square mile of the City of London this is where your non-conformist/dissenter ancestors may well have been buried. The original records are kept at the National Archives under RG4. The time span for this collection is 1713 – 1854.

Wikipedia has a good page on Bunhill – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunhill_Fields

As does the Blake Society – http://www.blakesociety.org/blakes-grave/bunhill-fields-a-history/

It looks as if it might be a sunny weekend so nothing like a new set of genealogy data to browse whilst in a deck-chair in the garden Smile

 https://www.deceasedonline.com

Image – Creative Commons David Williams http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/2216

Spectator Archive

Spectator Archives, GenealogyIsn’t the internet marvellous ? Always something popping up that you weren’t aware of that will be useful in your genealogy. This time it is the Spectator Archive website. This publication started in 1828 and for the period 1828 – 2008 every page has been scanned and digitised, each article tagged and extracted, so that you can search the whole archive by content, keyword, topic, location, and date. Plus this is online free of charge Smile

http://archive.spectator.co.uk/

West Yorkshire Reform Schools 1779-1914

imageDo you have ancestors that might have, through bad deeds or plain bad luck, ended up an inmate at a West Yorkshire Reform School ?  This new database from Ancestry covers

Calder Farm Reformatory

East Moor Community Home School

Shadwell Children’s Centre.

And includes admissions, commitments, and discharges records, so a wide range of data. The information you can expect to find is

 

  • name
  • age
  • birth date and place
  • father’s name
  • mother’s name

Also if you are lucky you might also find

  • Photo
  • Physical description
  • Baptism details
  • School attended
  • Criminal history
  • Admission details
  • Religion
  • Other relatives and addresses
  • Trade or occupation

The privacy cut-off date for these records is 1914.

Ancestry.co.uk