Tuesday 26 June 2012

Midsummer distractions and discounts

Midsummer discount

Find My Past UK is offering a quickie special offer: a 10% discount on all subscriptions taken out between now and Sunday 1st July. To take advantage of the offer, all you have to do is quote the promotional code JUN10OFF on your way to the checkout.

UPDATE: This discount could really prove useful if you've got Welsh ancestors. FindMyPast has today released another 2million baptism, marriage, banns and burial records from Wales, so there are now nearly 6million records available on the site from Welsh church registers.

Lost in London – podcast

Tracing ancestors in London pre-civil registration and census presents a real challenge to family historians. The population doubled between 1801 and 1841 and boundaries were often redrawn. Administering the area was complicated, and the records are now spread around several record offices. This brand-new podcast, with Dave Annal of Lifelines Research, explains how to make the most of the capital’s diverse collection of records. It runs to just over 50 minutes and can be downloaded here.

Makeover for AskAboutIreland

Askaboutireland.ie is the showcase resource for Irish cultural, heritage and environmental information. It is probably best known to genealogists as the free-to-use home of Griffiths Valuation.

The site has a new interface, designed to make navigation easier and quicker, and a new section on Ireland's library service.

Ancestors from Limavady?

The Ulster Historical Foundation is organising a five-day programme of events, genealogy workshops and lectures for those with Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors from the Limavady and Roe Valley area. It will take place 9-13 October.

Migration is the theme of the 'Reunion', both inwards and outwards, and visits to historical places of interest are included in the programme, which can be downloaded here.