Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Free Settler or Felon

I was recently alerted to the website Free Settler or Felon – have you seen it yet?
There are over 170,000 references to Convicts, Settlers, Townsfolk, Bushrangers, Innkeepers, Soldiers and Land Owners, Medical Practitioners and Magistrates. You can search by First Name, Last Name, Ship or all three. It also contains information about the voyages of approximately 350 convict ships and the Surgeon Superintendents who accompanied them. This information can be accessed via the Convict Ship Index and Surgeon Superintendent Index on the website.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

State Library of NSW WW1 Diaries

At the end of the War, in 1918, the State Library embarked on an extraordinary collecting drive for soldier’s diaries, led by principal librarian William Ifould who recognised their historic value for future generations. Ifould believed the records should be “permanently preserved [in the Mitchell Library] with the diaries and journals of all the great Australian explorers, navigators, and statesmen and others whose names will be forever connected with the history of the Commonwealth.”

The Library has been adding to this extensive WWI collection of diaries, letters and related materials including maps, photographs, artworks, posters, books and objects since 1918.

The Library now holds over 1,100 WWI diaries by soldiers, doctors, nurses, stretcher bearers, journalists and artists from right across Australia and New Zealand. The diaries hold compelling personal stories of conflict, mateship and adventure!

The WWI diaries are now being digitised and transcribed, to be freely available on the State Library's new website, to be launched in July 2014 as part of its WWI centenary program (2014-2019).

You can search the ever-growing list of names for someone you may know at http://ccc.sl.nsw.gov.au/ , but the State Library would also like to hear from anyone that is able to add to their information. Check the list of names on the website and perhaps you can add your stories and photos of your loved one – how was their role in WW1 commemorated and what happened to those who returned home?

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Australia & New Zealand share WWI archive

It was announced on Remembrance Day, a day to mark the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War, that Australians and New Zealanders will be able to access a shared archive of World War I records online to commemorate the Anzac centenary at Discovering Anzacs website.
The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was a First World War army corps which comprised troops from the First Australian Imperial Force and 1st New Zealand Expeditionary Force that was formed in Egypt in 1915 and operated during the Battle of Gallipoli in Turkey.
The Discovering Anzacs website, developed by the National Archives of Australia, went live on Remembrance Day and Archives New Zealand will make their World War I records available on the site from April 2014.
As well as providing access to digitized Australian and New Zealand service records from World War I, the website will contain other records including files on internment, munitions workers and the Boer War. 

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First World War Portal

The British National archives are launching a new First World War portal and announcing plans to mark the centenary of the First World War with an extensive programme, spanning a five-year period from 2014 - 2019. The programme, First World War 100, which has primary sources at its heart, aims to attract a new audience for archives during the centenary, as well as offering historians and regular archive users fresh insights into this landmark conflict. The National Archives will open its collection of millions of First World War records through a rolling series of digitised record releases, including the unit war diaries, online and on site events and education resources from 2014, all of which will be accessible through this new portal. Online collections - such as medal cards, service records and prisoner of war interviews - and resources including the popular My Tommy's War blog posts form part of the new First World War portal and ongoing centenary programme to draw attention to lesser-known series of records and help people to discover the stories behind the war. The full news article can be found at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/885.htm

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ireland - Derryloran Parish

Derryloran Parish County Tyrone Baptisms and Confirmations Transcribed
Continuing with the Irish theme, the Church of Ireland has announced Derryloran in County Tyrone, which is centred on the town of Cookstown, now has parish registers of baptism, marriage and burial transcribed and indexed. The original volumes from which the information was transcribed remain in local custody, and microfilm copies are also available at the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland. This is part of the work conducted by Mark Williams for the Anglican Record Project, for which parish records are being transcribed and indexed. To view the transcripts and index to the baptismal and confirmation entries 1796-1896, see www.ireland.anglican.org/library/archive

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Ireland XO: Reaching Out

The Irish Government has created a reverse genealogy program to reconnect people of Irish Ancestry with family and local history. It hopes to bring 70 million Irish Diaspora back to their place of origin in Ireland. Working with volunteers at town, village and parish level in Ireland, they identify who left those areas, and trace them and their descendants worldwide. This reverse genealogy entails tracing and recording all the people who left Ireland and seeking out their living descendants worldwide. Those identified or recognised as persons of Irish heritage or affiliation are invited to become part of a new extended Irish society. Ireland XO is a not for profit organisation and offers this service free of charge. If you know you are of Irish descent, then this may be a website for you. http://www.irelandxo.com/  


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Irish Ancestry

Irish ancestry is often hard to trace reliably, but there has been a real push to get Irish genealogy resources online.
Irish Newspaper archive 1820-1926
FindMyPast Ireland has added over 100 years of old Irish newspapers to its online collection. The overall coverage is:
The Belfast Morning News (1857-1882)
The Belfast Newsletter (1828-1900)
The Cork Examiner (1841-1926)
The Dublin Evening Mail (1849-1871)
The Freeman’s Journal (1820-1900)
The Sligo Champion (1836-1926)

This collection is accessible on all Findmypast international sites (UK, Aus, or US) available at Manly Library. You can read the full announcement of it here.

The Irish Genealogical Research Society has launched an online index to its annual journal The Irish Genealogist. The journal was first published in 1937 and contains hundreds of thousands of family names with reference to a variety of different sources.

Censuses and Guiness Employee Records
Ancestry.com has added to their Irish records with three new databases:
Ireland Guinness Archive Index, 1824-2002
Ireland Census 1901 Census
Ireland Census 1911 Census
The census records are an index only but they link to the National Archive of Ireland, which then allows you to view the images.
The Guinness Archive is employee records and include details such as name, date of birth, date of death, date they joined the company, spouse name etc.

Tithe Applotment Books 1814-1855
These are available on FamilySearch and determine the amount which occupiers of agricultural holdings over one acre should pay in tithes to the Church of Ireland. Urban areas are not included.  FamilySearch has all of these Tithe Applotment Books indexed, as well as links to the original images.

Irish Marriage Finder
The Irish Genealogical Research Society's Marriage Finder has now reached 50,000 names. It features information gathered from an array of sources, including Chancery bills, diaries, deeds, marriage settlements, memorial inscriptions, wills, family letters and newspaper cuttings. The database is online and free to use on the website of the IGRS at http://www.irishancestors.ie/?page_id=1926 and a "how to use it" introduction is available at http://www.irishancestors.ie/?page_id=1921.


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