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The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies

The School of Family History

Newsletter No. 143 – July 2013

Dear Mick Southwick,
Welcome to our latest Newsletter!

October Courses

The Parish and The Manor 5th October 2013

There is much more to parish records than merely the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. This course will introduce you to the many other records available and how they can not only help you to trace you family history but can also give an insight into the daily life of our ancestors.

Military Records- Army, RAF and Royal Navy
12th October 2013

Most of us will have ancestors who served in the armed forces at some time. Military records can give invaluable insight not only into your ancestor's life whilst in the military but can also give essential genealogical information to help extend your family tree. The course will cover records from the 18th-21st centuries and will discuss both online and original sources.

The day will be led by Les Mitchinson, a professional genealogist and Tutor on The Institute's Correspondence Course, who also specialises in military records.

"This was a very good course which was both interesting and informative. It exceeded my expectations. I have learned a great deal" (2012 attender).

The price for each course is £40.00, or £35.00 for IHGS Members and correspondence course students. 

Correspondence Course Students
Tutorial Weekend - Intermediate to Advanced November 2013

The Correspondence Course Tutorial Weekend to be held 1st-3rd November 2013 will cover Intermediate and Advanced Topics and is designed for those students who are working their way through the second half of the Correspondence Course in Genealogy.

The Tutorial Weekend will provide a balanced programme covering both theoretical and practical aspects of Family History as well as opportunities for personal research and discussions with Correspondence Course tutors.

Students who have covered the basic topics will find this stimulating weekend tutorial particularly helpful for their future assignments. And those who have already advanced further should find this weekend to be highly beneficial as revision to consolidate their knowledge of intermediate research sources and as an introduction to advanced sources.

More details are available on the student forum.

Correspondence Course Student Book Review

The British Herring Industry - The Steam Drifter Years 1900-1960

by Lorna Kinnaird

Book of the Month
Documents for Genealogy and Local History
B. Durie (2013)

Documents for Genealogy and Local History details how to find and understand documents from 1560 to the 1860s. Included are wills, testaments, contracts, indentures and charters, land records (retours, sasines and manorial custumals), personal letters, official records, Church papers, trust dispositions, deeds and others. Also discussed are the difficulties with dates, numbers, calendars, measurements and money, abbreviations, transcription conventions, letter-forms and glossaries. 
This month the book of the month is £19.00 (usual price £20.oo) post free within the UK.


IHGS Principal in 'Britain's Secret Homes'
If you are in an ITV region, you may wish to watch the third episode of this series, with a cameo appearance by our Principal Dr Richard Baker (moonlighting as a 'genealogist of Canterbury Cathedral'). But watch now, the catch-up viewing period will expire soon!

Who Do You Think You Are? Series 10 and US version
The celebrities have now been announced for next month's new series! These are: footballer and presenter Gary Lineker, actor Lesley Sharp, presenter Nick Hewer, comedian Sarah Millican, actor Nigel Havers, actor Una Stubbs, actor Nitin Ganatra, actor Minnie Driver, reporter John Simpson and singer Marianne Faithfull. The US version (shown on their screens from 23rd July) will have Christina Applegate, Kelly Clarkson, Cindy Crawford, Zooey Deschanel, Chelsea Handler, Chris O'Donnell, Jim Parsons and Trisha Yearwood.

Petition for Canada 1921 Census
Please sign
here if you believe the digitised but unindexed Census should be released. Apparently it is only of interest to 'three little old ladies in Kingston'!

Petition for Europeana
To keep this amazing knowledge and culture resource funded by the EU, please sign
this petition.

The company will be removing its old search facility within 6 months time. A very sad day for those who prefer a more refined search engine.

Discover Your Ancestors
A new genealogy publication has recently appeared in the U.K. with two versions: the annual print magazine, Discover Your Ancestors, and the monthly electronic magazine, Discover Your Ancestors Periodical.
Submarine Wreck Project
Dozens of British and German submarines sank off the coast of England during World War I – now a new project marking the centenary aims to find them. English Heritage, aims to identify and analyse submarine wrecks that are of the First World War period and within territorial waters. Once they have been discovered, a team of explorers will assess the wrecks. Then it will be decided whether any can be salvaged and hopefully their rate of decay can be slowed down. English Heritage has responsibility for all historic wrecks off the English coast, however most of those it cares for are wooden warships.

Provisional FIBIS Conference 2014 Programme
FIBIS are pleased to announce that they have drawn up a provisional outline of the
FIBIS Conference Programme for 2014.

Website Updates

The National Archives have added:
National Library of Wales An additional 100,000 pages from six more newspapers are added to the National Library of Wales digitized collection. With the additions in June there are now 4 million articles and 350,000 pages free online.

 FindMyPast has added
  •  1.2 million records to its Welsh collection.
  • Images to Lincolnshire Parish Registers
  • London volunteer soldier records 1859-1955 added
  • Additional 2.5 million Irish court records available to search online in its Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 collection.
  • Hertfordshire Parish Registers
Ancestry has added a substantial number of Jewish records from the Holocaust in the Second World War. The collections, provided in association with JewishGen are as follows (numbers of entries per collection in brackets):
  • Poland, Martyred Jewish Physicians, 1939-1945 (2465)
  • Germany, Bergen-Belsen Prisoners Liberated at Farsleben, Death Train From Bergen-Belsen, 13 April 1945 (2018)
  • Germany, Jewish Arrivals to Buchenwald on Jan 22, 1945 (2746)
  • Germany, Breslau Deportations of Jews, 1941-1942 (1845)
  • Lublin, Poland, Initial Registrations of Jews, 1939-1940 (6535)
  • Poland, Jewish Prisoners of War Registration Cards, 1939-1945 (2938)
  • Poland, Auschwitz-Buchenwald Transport, January 22 & 26, 1945 (4359)
  • France, Hidden Jewish Children, 1939-1945 (4080)
  • Krosno, Galicia, Poland, Jewish Inhabitants (3298)
  • Hungary, Hungarian Jewish KMSZ (Military Forced Laborer) List, 1938 (4497)
  • Poland, Riese and Gross-Rosen Prisoners and Transports, July 1944 (4806)
  • Romania, Tîrgu Mureş Deportation List, 1944 (4596)
  • Rovno, Ukraine, Victims Killed in the Kostopol Forest, 1942 (5166)
  • Poland, Forced Laborers in Borysław and Drohobycz, 1939-1944 (4971)
  • Poland, Częstochowa Forced Laborers, 1943-1944 (4610)
  • Arad, Romania, Jewish Census, 1942 (9698)
  • Belarus, Jewish Partisans, 1941-1944 (8451)
  • Poland, Lódz Ghetto Work Identification Cards, 1940-1944 (13280)
  • Liepaja, Latvia, Holocaust Memorial Wall (6428)
  • France, Jewish Deaths During Deportation, 1941-1948 (7346)
  • Switzerland, Jewish Arrivals, 1938-1945 (21730)
  • JewishGen Yizkor Book Master Name Index (17306)
  • Hamburg Passenger Lists 1850-1914 (Images plus partial index so far)
  • London Gazette browsable images
  • Candian, British Army and Canadian Militia Muster Rolls and Pay Lists, 1795-1850
  • Canada, British Regimental Registers of Service, 1756-
  • UK, Royal Hospital Chelsea Pensioner Registers of Soldiers Who Served in Canada, 1743
  • Toronto Star Obituaries, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1999 - April 2000, February 2001 is now available with 17,166 records.
  • Canadian Genealogy Index, 1600s-1900s now has 2,255,689 records.
  • Ontario, Canada, County Marriage Registers, 1858-1869 has 158,063 records. has announced
  •  Austria, Seigniorial Records, 1537-1888 images to an existing collection.
  • Cheshire Non-conformist Records, 1671-1900 added index records and images to an existing collection.
  • Ivory Coast, Civil Registration, 1920-2012 new browsable image collection.
  • Mexico, Coahuila, Catholic Church Records, 1627-1978 added index records to an existing collection.
  • Peru, Hunuco, Civil Registration, 1889-1997 added images to an existing collection.
  • Peru, La Libertad, Civil Registration, 1903-1998 added images to an existing collection.
  • Portugal, Beja, Catholic Church Records, 1550-1911 new browsable image collection.
  • Portugal, Santarm, Catholic Church Records, 1881-1911 added images to an existing collection.
  • Portugal, Viana do Castelo, Catholic Church Records, 1537-1911 added images to an existing collection.
  • U.S., Missouri, Cole County Circuit Court Case Files, 1820-1926 added images to an existing collection.
  • Sussex Parish Registers 1538-1910
  • U.S., New Hampshire, Cheshire County, Probate Estate Files, 1886-1900      new browsable image collection.
  • U.S., Ohio, Trumbull County Court Records, 1795-2010 added images to an existing collection.
  • U.S., Tennessee, White County Records, 1809-1975 added images to an existing collection.
  • U.S., Wisconsin, State Census 1865 new index records and browsable image collection.
  • The formal end of its Personal Ancestral File software has added
  • Lichfield Consistory Court Wills 1650-1700
The have added:
  • Cornish Railwaymen. This lists the names of all the men employed by the Cornwall Railway at the time of its takeover by the Great Western Railway Company on 15 June 1889.
  • Cheshire History, Gazetteer and Directory 1860.
  • Cambridgeshire, Graduati Cantabrigienses 1500-1872
  • Kelly's Directory of Barnet 1919-1920
  • Lancashire, Manchester Slaters Directory 1856
  • Belfast Newsletter 1800–1890
  • Donegal News 1903–current
  • Fermanagh Herald 1903–1910
  • Longford Leader 1897–1949 has added the Templepatrick Presbyterian Church Census of 1857 to its Church Census Collection.

Irish Genealogy Archives Project has added
  • Emigration "Baltimore" 30 Apr 1803, "Ship Jefferson" 28 April 1803 (from Sligo) , "Strafford" 14 May 1803
  • Headstones
  • Mullaghdun (CoI) Parish Church Cemetery, Annaduff, St Mary's RC Church Cemetery
  • Manorhamilton (Church of Ireland)
  • Lurganboy (CoI) Cemetery near Manorhamilton
  • Rathmolyon; St. Michael and All Angels (CoI) Cemetery
  • Clones Church Cemetery (partial)
  • Kilronan Church of Ireland Cemetery - (partial)
  • Geevagh Cemetery (in a field) (Possibly Foyoges)
  • Ballymackey Church of Ireland Cemetery
  • Dromineer Church Cemetery
  • Grawn R.C. Church Cemetery
  • Modreeny Church Cemetery

Library and Archives Canada
  • Lower Canada 1825 and 1831

The Wellcome Library is digitising the Royal Army Medical Corps Muniments for the First Wold War. Access will be affected during the process and it will then be returned to the Army Medical Services Museum.

Ireland's County Clare Library will digitise and release its archives online - free of charge - over the next two years, and make it available on Europeana and too.

Forthcoming Events

7                      Day School “
The Foundations of Family History
5                      Day School “
The Parish and The Manor
12                    Day School “
Military Records – Army, RAF and Royal Navy
1-3                   Correspondence Course Tutorial Weekend – Intermediate to Advanced

16                    Day School “Wills and How to Read Them

The Professional Approach
21-23               Correspondence Course Tutorial Weekend – Advanced and Exam Preparation
12                    Day School “
How to Trace Your Family History
10                    Day School “
Family History: Beyond the Internet
17                    Day School "
7                      Examination Higher Certificate in Genealogy
14                    Examination Diploma in Genealogy
4-6                   Correspondence Course Tutorial Weekend - Beginners to Intermediate

Did You Know That....

...a Knobstick wedding was the marriage of a pregnant single women to the reputed father due to pressure from the parish officials. The couple would usually be married by licence obtained by the churchwardens or the overseers of the poor. The name Knobstick referred to the churchwardens staves of office, which had a knob on the end. The churchwardens, overseers or parish constable attended the event to ensure the marriage went ahead and often acted as witnesses.

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