TheGenealogist has released some useful records this week for those who are researching their military ancestors. Here is the press release that gives you more information and a link to a fascinating article:
TheGenealogist is pleased to announce it has added two new record sets that will be useful for researching the First World War and Victorian soldiers.
The Worldwide Army Index for 1851, 1861 and 1871
If you have not found your ancestor in the various British census returns, and you know that they may have been serving at the time in the British Army, then this new release from TheGenealogist may help you to find these elusive subjects.
Many thousands of men of the British Army were serving overseas in far flung parts of the British Empire over the 1800s. This index of names is compiled from the musters contained in the WO 10-11-12 Series of War Office Paylists, held at the National Archives, Kew. The 1851, 1861 and 1871 Worldwide Army Index lists all officers* and other ranks serving in the first quarter of 1851 and second quarter of 1861 and 1871, together with their regimental HQ location. The index is, therefore, effectively a military surrogate for the relevant census.
Over 70,000 records have extra notes that can indicate whether a soldier was a recruit awaiting transfer to a regiment, detached from his regiment or attached to another, possibly discharged, on leave, had deserted or retired. Men identified as using aliases are also included. Many notes include a place of birth and former occupation.
Also included within the records are recruits, boy soldiers, bandsmen and civilians working in the armed forces as clerks, pension recruiters, teachers and suchlike. Colonial regiments which invariably had numbers of British subjects are also featured.
The Illustrated War News was a weekly magazine during the First World War, published by The Illustrated London News and Sketch Ltd. of London. The IWN publication contained illustrated reports related entirely to the war and comprised articles, photographs, diagrams and maps. From 1916 it was issued as a 40-page publication in portrait format, having been landscape prior to this. It claimed to have the largest number of artist-correspondents reporting on the progress of the war until it ceased publication in 1918.
To search these and many other records go to: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/search/advanced/military/muster-book-pay-list/
or read our article at: https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2017/worldwide-army-index-1851-1861--1871-661/
*While the 1851 and 1871 include officers, the 1861 index excludes officers as they were not mustered in all the Paylists.
- Part one of this release is The Worldwide Army Index for 1851, 1861 and 1871 which adds another name rich resource to the already vast Military record collections at TheGenealogist with over 600,000 records
- Also released at the same time is another 3,368 pages from The Illustrated War News covering 6 September 1916 to 10 April 1918 and adding to those previously made available for this First World War paper from 1914 to 1916
The London Family History Show
The first Family History Show, London at Sandown Park Racecourse was a great success with advance tickets selling out and a full capacity crowd say organiser', Discover Your Ancestor's Magazine.
The talks proved very popular and exhibitors were kept busy all day.
They are already looking forward to the 2018 event which will have more than double the capacity, have an expanded talks program with additional leading lecturers, and more social and local history stands. With free parking for visitors and exhibitors, and a shuttle bus from the train station, the organisers are hoping to expand on the success of this year's event.
The Family History Show - London Event will be back but in Sandown Racecourse's much larger Surrey Hall on Saturday 22nd September 2018. This gives the benefits of a food court area with plenty of seating and hot food, a larger talks area, additional stand space for those that need it and the ability to have various additional attractions.
For those who book their tickets in advance, you can save with discounted prices
: £5 each or two for £7.50 (Standard price £7 per person). Exhibitors can also save when they book their tables before the end of 2017.
TheGenealogist Expands their Parish Record collection with the addition of 2.2 million individuals for Somerset & Dorset
has released Baptism records
for Somerset covering the years 1538 - 1996, along with Burial and Crematorium records
for Somerset & Dorset covering 1563 - 2003. In association with Somerset & Dorset FHS, these new records cover hundreds of parishes for the counties.
Somerset and Dorset Family History Society
worked with TheGenealogist
to publish their records online, making over 2.2 million individuals from baptism and burial records fully searchable. Ann-Marie Wilkinson, the Chair of Somerset and Dorset FHS said:
"The Somerset & Dorset Family History Society are very pleased to be working with TheGenealogist to bring these records into the online community. Also we will be able to provide access for members to TheGenealogist from our Research Centre."
Mark Bayley, Head of Online Development at TheGenealogist, welcomed Somerset and Dorset FHS
to the growing number of family history societies on both TheGenealogist and FHS-Online, saying:
“We’re delighted that Somerset and Dorset FHS chose to publish their records through TheGenealogist and FHS-Online. This release adds to the ever expanding collection of parish records on both websites. These partnerships help societies boost their funds whilst bringing their records to a much wider audience, through online publication.”
This release joins TheGenealogist’s Somerset and Dorset collection including Bishop’s Transcripts and parish records for many areas and years to form a major resource for the county.
If your society is interested in publishing records online, please contact Mark Bayley on 01722 717002 or see fhs-online.co.uk/about.php
New Family History Show for the London area
This Sunday, 24th September 2017 sees the first Family History Show - London
Organised by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine
, the same people behind the ever successful event called The Family History Show, York
it is being held at Sandown Park Racecourse between 10 am and 4:30
Watch this video of this year's York event to get a taster of what is to come...
Free Talks throughout the day
10:00 Show Opening with Caliban's Dream, Medieval Musicians
11:00 Breaking Down Brick Walls In Your Family History Research Mark Bayley, Online Expert
Resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using innovative search strategies and unique record sets to find those missing relatives.
12:00 Tracing Your Military Ancestors Chris Baker, Military Expert & Professional Researcher
Chris draws on his experience from researching thousands of soldiers to explore what can be found when looking for a military ancestor.
13:00 Breaking Down Brick Walls In Your Family History Research Mark Bayley, Online Expert
14:00 Tips & Tricks for Online Research Keith Gregson, Professional Researcher & Social Historian
Keith shares top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies.
15:00 Breaking Down Brick Walls In Your Family History Research Mark Bayley, Online Expert
Read more at: http://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/
The August 2017 edition of Discover Your Ancestors
online periodical is available now and features some great articles this month.
With regular News, Events, Books and Classifieds this month also looks at Ipswich in its Regional feature.
This month's crop of articles are as follows:
‘Put it in the diary’: Ruth A Symes
looks at what our ancestors’ appointment diaries can reveal
What’s in a name?: Denise Bates
explores the trends and traditions of Victorian forenames
Changing names: Nick Thorne
unravels a family of name changes and finds a black sheep exiled for his crime
Here is the news: Margaret Powling
surveys the history of newspapers, and remembers her own family’s role in the trade
Woodcuts and witches: Jon Crabb
explores how developments in publishing influenced the early modern fixation with witches
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton
News / Events / Region: Ipswich / Books / Classifieds
You can get this month's edition from:
Or to give as a present get a 12-month gift voucher from https://genealogysupplies.com/product/Discover-Your-Ancestors/Discover-Your-Ancestors-Online-Periodical-12-Issue-Gift-Voucher/
Information just in from the team at TheGenealogist announces that it has extended its UK Parish Records collection with a new and exclusive release of 650,000 parish records for Nottinghamshire. These records can be used to find your ancestors’ baptisms, marriages and burials in these fully searchable records that cover parishes from this important East Midland county of England. With records that reach back to 1633, this release includes the records of 56 parishes, including:
369,100 individuals in Baptisms, 168,000 individuals in Marriages and 112,800 individuals in Burials
You can use these transcripts to find the names of ancestors, parents’ forenames (in the case of baptisms), father’s occupation (where noted), abode or parish, parish that the event took place in, the date of the event, and in the case of marriage records the bride’s maiden name and the witnesses’ names.
Amongst the notable Nottinghamshire people that can be found in these records are the infamous Lord Byron and his brilliant mathematician daughter Ada, Countess of Lovelace. Both are buried in the parish of Hucknal Torkard. As well as nobility, in this collection we also come across the baptism of Amos Hind. He was famous for playing First Class Cricket for the neighbouring county of Derbyshire between 1876 and 1877. Amos died aged 82 in 1931.
TheGenealogist says "These additions bring our Nottinghamshire parish record collection to over 919,800 records."
To search these records and many more see TheGenealogist.co.uk
Read their article: https://www.thegenealogist.com/featuredarticles/2017/a-poet-a-mathematician-and-a-first-class-cricketer-596/
Parishes covered in this release are:
- Barnby in the Willows
- Barton in Fabis
- Burton Joyce
- Car Colston
- East Bridgford
- East Drayton
- East Retford
- Hucknall Torkard
- North Collingham
- Ratcliffe on Soar
- West Bridgford
This weekend is going to be great for family historians in the area of York!
One of the largest family history shows in the UK
With exhibitors coming from all over Britain and Ireland, this family history show is probably the largest event of its kind in England. Every year the fair is well attended by family history societies and companies plus there is lots of local history from the York area as well.
The organiser's website says: 'You don't have to have Yorkshire Ancestors to come to this fair - they can be from anywhere at all! Everyone is very welcome and there is lots to see. There is plenty of parking and refreshments are available all day. There are several lifts to take you to the upper levels, and the whole place is wheelchair friendly.
Do you really know who you are? Come and find out - you may be surprised!'
Yorkshire Family History Fair
Saturday 24th June 2017
10am to 4.30pm
The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX
Admission: Adults £4.80, Children under 14 FREE
To get a great deal on tickets take a look at their website now: