Thursday, 28 May 2020

Summary of new and updated British genealogy records

Below is a summary of new and updated family history record collections for England, Scotland and Wales released by major genealogy databases in the last three weeks (the last listing was on 9 May, see blogpost).

This regular summary of releases relating to British collections is designed to help family historians whose Irish ancestors migrated, temporarily or permanently, to England, Scotland or Wales. By default, it will also be useful to anyone carrying out research in those three nations, regardless of the origin of their ancestors.

The figures in parenthesis in the New Collections section are the numbers of records/images in the new record set.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis in the Updated Collections section reflect the number of records added to the collection in the recent update. In some instances, the supplier has not made this figure available. Updates of fewer than 1,000 records have not been included.

Unusually, in this update I have also added details of a new GB World Archive Project just launched and news of an event worth noting in these times when events are hard to come by.


NEW COLLECTIONS

FamilySearch

FindMyPast


UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

DeceasedOnline

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

The Genealogist


TRANSCRIPTION PROJECT
  • World Archives Project: UK Removal of Graves and Tombstones 1601-1980. This collection consists of registers of graves and tombstones, where the grave inscriptions were recorded before the grave was removed to another location.

UPCOMING ONLINE EVENT


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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Big increase in National Archives of Ireland's web traffic

The National Archives of Ireland's Genealogy website has seen an impressive increase in visitors over the first months of the year, according to a statement from the Department for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (DCHG).

Figures just released show that the census sections of the site saw a 54% increase in visitors from 4.4 million in February to 7 million in April. 

Overall, the Genealogy website, which, in addition to the census holds records from will books, land records, marriage bonds and much more, together with the NAI's main/general website, with its documents, photographs and videos telling the story of the Irish State since its foundation, saw a increase of more than 26% in online visits.

The NAI's social media traffic also increased over recent months with its Instagram followers increasing by 33% and its Twitter followers increasing by more than 10%.

Releasing the figures, Minister of the DCHG Josepha Madigan T.D. commented: “These unprecedented numbers demonstrate that as people spend more time at home, online records made available on a free to view basis by the State are proving hugely popular. The National Archives website is a real treasure trove to the past, just waiting to be explored.

"We have seen increases in web traffic to many of our National Cultural Institutions, all of whom are making a great effort to bring their collections online and provide new digital resources for the public during this time.”

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

RootsIreland adds 34,000 Co Wicklow CoI & RC records

Woo-hoo!! Sorry, couldn't help it.

A lovely big chunk of burial records for County Wicklow has been uploaded to the RootsIreland.ie database. They number more than 34,000 records and while there are three Roman Catholic parishes included, the majority are from no less than 35 Church of Ireland parishes.

The Church of Ireland records are from these parishes

Click logo to view full menu of online sources
Aghold 1700 – 1900

Ballinaclash 1842 – 1902

Ballymore Eustace 1832 – 1879

Ballynure 1888 – 1899

Blessington 1813 – 1900

Bray 1663 – 1900

Carnew 1806 – 1900

Castlemacadam 1719 – 1889

Clonmore 1882 – 1926

Crosspatrick 1832 – 1900

Delgany 1665 – 1899

Derrylossary 1878 – 1900

Donaghmore 1720 – 1898

Dunganstown 1783 – 1903

Dunlavin 1698 – 1879

Glenealy 1825 – 1871

Hacketstown 1878 – 1900

Kilbride-Eneriley 1865 – 1898

Kilbride 1816 – 1898

Kilcommon 1802 – 1900

Killiskey 1824 – 1877

Kilpipe 1833 – 1903

Kiltegan 1879 – 1900

Moyne 1879 – 1900

Mullinacuffe 1836 – 1909

Newcastle 1697 – 1898

Powerscourt 1664 – 1890

Preban 1828 – 1900

Rathdrum 1702 – 1900

Rathvilly 1700 – 1900

Redcross 1879 – 1900

Shillelagh 1835 – 1889

Stratford 1804 – 1898

Tullow 1700 – 1900

Wicklow 1713 – 1900


The Roman Catholic registers are:

Baltinglass 1824 – 1830

Carnew (Tomacork) 1847 – 1911

Rathvilly 1861 – 1889


View RootsIreland's entire menu of online sources for County Wicklow.

Monday, 25 May 2020

3-month summary of new/updated AU & NZ collections

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated Australia and New Zealand records released by the major genealogy database suppliers since my last update in February.

These regular listings of additional sources are designed primarily to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated to Australia or New Zealand, but you don't have to have heritage from Ireland to use them!

They may prove useful to any researchers looking for a brief update of what's relatively recently been made available for the two countries.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new or updated collection. Where there is a second figure in parenthesis, it is the revised total number of records in an updated collection.


NEW COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

MyHeritage

UPDATED COLLECTIONS


Ancestry

Trove

NEW TRANSCRIPTION PROJECTS


Ancestry World Archives Projects

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Skibbereen Heritage launches graveyard video tours

While Skibbereen Heritage Centre is currently closed due to the Covid19 lockdown, the team hasn't been idle. Not only is the Genealogy Service still operating - by email, obviously - you'll remember, I'm sure, the upload of some 15,000 burial register records to the Centre's free West Cork Graveyards Database just four weeks ago (see blogpost).

The team's energetic manager, Terri Kearney, has spent some of the lockdown out and about in local graveyards filming a series of tours around the headstones and tombs. As she goes, she introduces us to some local and social history and tells the stories of some of those buried within the walls.

Two video tours are already available – Caheragh Old Graveyard (see below) and Abbeymahon Graveyard – and Terri tells me there are two more 'cooking in the pot'.


Thursday, 21 May 2020

Ancestry.com and Fold3 open up for Memorial Day

Marking Memorial Day and the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, Ancestry.com and sister site Fold 3 are opening up three areas of databases for free access from today.

https://prf.hn/click/camref:1011l4pku/destination:https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ancestry.com%2Fmilitary%2Fworld-war-iiThe site's main US military collection comprises more than 250 million records providing a range of details about military ancestors and the sacrifices they made. Here you can find details of their service, the names of those who perished, were listed as Missing In Action or were POWs, or returned as veterans. The collection will be free until Monday 25 May.

More than 550 million records from Fold 3, covering military conflicts dating back to the Revolutionary War, will also be available to search and view without charge until 11:59pm ET on Monday 25 May.

And thirdly, nearly 500 million records and images from the National Archives and Records Administration (including all 36 million of the USA's World War II Young Man’s Draft Cards) will be searchable on Ancestry, free, until Monday 1 June.

You'll need a registered account to access the free records. If you don't already have one, it's quick and easy to set up with just your name and email address. Follow the prompts when you start searching.

https://go.fold3.com/freeaccess?xid=2551


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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

RootsIreland.ie will be briefly offline on Thursday 21st

https://www.rootsireland.ie/category/blog/RootsIreland.ie has advised that an essential maintenance session tomorrow, Thursday 21 May, will require the site to be unavailable from 6pm.

It should be offline for only a short time. Hopefully just ten minutes or so.

Free access to MyHeritage's 57 million military records

To mark Memorial Day, MyHeritage is offering six days of free access to its entire military collection so that family historians can pay tribute to their ancestral heroes by learning more about them.

https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-3000/military/

The collection includes draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents from North America and around the world, going back as far as the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century.

In total, it holds 57 million records. Click the image above and start searching. You'll be able to search and view records whether or not you have a registered account.

Free access will end on Tuesday 26 May.


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

New & updated Canada collections: 3-month summary

Below you'll find my summary of the new and updated Canadian records released by the major genealogy database suppliers over the last three months. For the previous summary, see my 11 February blogpost.

These regular listings of additional sources are designed primarily to help family historians whose Irish ancestors emigrated to Canada, but you don't have to have heritage from Ireland!

They may prove useful to any researcher looking for a brief update of what's been recently made available for tracing ancestors in Canada.

Unless otherwise stated, the figures in parenthesis reflect the number of records uploaded to a new collection, or the total number in a newly topped-up collection (if provided by the database owner).

NEW COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

British Newspaper Archive

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

MyHeritage


UPDATED COLLECTIONS

Ancestry

FamilySearch

FindMyPast

OntarioAncestors (OGS/LAC/FamilySearch project)
  • Vernon's Directories (Ontario City. 658 volumes listed, 32 directories for Hamilton 1901-2020 online and indexed)


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Monday, 18 May 2020

Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives: latest updates

Mass/Memorial card for Patrick Weir. Photo
courtesy Catherine O'Reilly and IGP-Archives.
The volunteer team at Ireland Genealogy Projects Archives has uploaded the files below to its free online database.

KERRY Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Memorial/Mass Cards (Additional)

MEATH Genealogy Archives - Headstones
St Columbanus, Ballivor (Text file added)
St James New, Athboy, Pt 4 (Text file added)
St Loman's, Trim, Pt 2, D-F (Text file added)

WESTMEATH Genealogy Archives - Memorial Cards
Memorial/Mass Cards (Additional)

If you've got any similar records – memorial cards, photos of headstones, transcriptions of registers or other records – please take digital photos and send them on to the team for upload. Having such items and records can be hugely beneficial to other researchers.