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New Irish Records on Ancestry
Members with Irish ancestry may be interested in the following Irish records just added to Ancestry
[all sourced from the National Archives of Ireland in Dublin]
Direct Links to Ancestry search page for each record under the indivudual heading 
Wills and Grants of Probate, 1858-1900
Source: Wills and administrations. Dublin, Ireland: Microfilm of original records at the National Archives.
Indexes to Wills, Probate Administration, Marriage Bonds and Licences, 1591-1866
Source: Indexes of Wills, Administration and Marriage Licence Bonds. Dublin, Ireland: Microfilm of original records at the National Archives
Registers of Wills and Administrations, 1828-1885
Source: Inland Revenue registers of wills and administrations. Dublin, Ireland: Microfilm of original records at the National Archives.
Crew Lists and Shipping Agreements, 1863-1920
Source: Records of the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen, 1860 - 1921. Dublin, Ireland: Microfilm of original records at the National Archives.
Census Fragments, 1821-1851
Source: Pre-1901 Census fragments. Dublin, Ireland: Microfilm of original records at the National Archives.
National School Registers, 1847-1959
Source: National School registers and roll books. Dublin, Ireland: Microfilm of original records at the National Archives.
Journey to the Past with Free Immigration & Travel Records!

MyHeritage is offering free access to all immigration and travel records from June 24–28, 2021


The Immigration & Travel category on MyHeritage encompasses 57 collections with 181,280,020 historical records from all over the world.

They include passenger arrival records, naturalization records, border crossings, emigration records, passports, and convict transportation records.


If you haven't already, you'll need to sign up for a free account, no need to give an financial information, just name and a contact email address and set a password etc 


Link to blog with more information



Society of Genealogists are Moving
Society of Genealogists: new premises announcement
The Society of Genealogists has announced it has given notice to the landlords at its current premises, with the details of the final days available to visitors released.
In an announcement on its website The Society of Genealogists (SoG) chairman Ed Percival, writes that as part of a ‘once in a generation’ transformation, the society will be moving to a new home sooner than originally thought.
Whilst the new address hasn’t yet been announced, SOG is ‘focusing on staying in London’ and will be closing its doors for a few months after the final opening day for members at Charterhouse Buildings on 17 July 2021.
The announcement also states that people will be invited to join the society’s new membership system in early July and, with the launch of a new website, be able to enjoy full access to SoG data online.
To read the full announcment follow the link below
Scottish Indexes Conference XI - 10 July 2021
Note for the Diary 📅

The next Scottish Indexes online conference will be held on 10 July 2021 via Zoom and Facebook

[as a sixteen-hour event to incorporate global time differences]

The conference, which runs from 7am to 11 pm BST, is hosted by genealogists Graham and Emma Maxwell and includes:

  •  ‘Merchant and Trades House Records’ by Dr. Irene O’Brien
  •  ‘Tracing Scottish Women’ by Kirsty Wilkinson
  •  ‘Tracing Scottish Ancestors Before 1855’ by Alison Spring
  • ‘Overcoming Brickwalls: Case Studies’ by Emma Maxwell

The event also includes a Q&A session where attendees can pose questions to the panel of experts.


How to register:

Registration is free on Zoom and Facebook. Follow the directions at Scottish Indexes.

Chester Heritage Festival
Today marks the beginning of Chester Heritage Festival
Running between 18 Jun, 09:00am  until 28 Jun, 21:00pm, this year the Chester Heritage Festival takes on a new format determined by the coronavirus pandemic. Some live events will take place, Government ‘road-map’ permitting, but there is a tremendous amount to explore from your own home via this new website. Everything you need to know about events, live or on-line, is here.

So, whether you are interested in our Roman amphitheatre, shipbuilding on the River Dee, Chester’s workhouse or Thomas Brassey, the great Victorian railway builder, it’s all here for you to see. Delve into Chester’s heritage, learn something new about our past and enjoy the experience!
For more information on the Chester Heritage Festival itself then pop along to the Festival website - Link 👉
It's also the  launch of the Cheshire Archives Talking Tour of the city!
To download the audio content (available through either the Echoes app or our website) & the map, please head on over to the VisitCheshire website - Link 👉
Scottish 1921 census release delayed until latter half of 2022
Scottish 1921 census release delayed
ScotlandsPeople ( has added an update on the release of the 1921 census - and it is going to disappoint a lot of people!
"𝑾𝒆 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒔𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒙𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝟏𝟗𝟐𝟏 𝑺𝒄𝒐𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝑪𝒆𝒏𝒔𝒖𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒔𝒄𝒐𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆.𝒈𝒐𝒗.𝒖𝒌 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒄𝒐𝒕𝒍𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒔𝑷𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝑪𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒕𝒆𝒓 𝒉𝒂𝒍𝒇 𝒐𝒇 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐. 𝑾𝒆’𝒍𝒍 𝒌𝒆𝒆𝒑 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒖𝒑𝒅𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒐𝒏 𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒈𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝒗𝒊𝒂 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒅𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒍 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒏𝒆𝒍𝒔"
All good things come to those who wait - we'll just have to wait a wee while longer...
British Association for Local History: AGM and Annual Talk

Local History Day 2021 AGM and Talk

Book now for the BALH annual event, taking place Saturday 12th June, 1;30-4;30pm with lecture from Dr Nick Barratt


BALH Annual Lecture

Local history after the pandemic: some thoughts for the future
Dr Nick Barratt
Director of Learner and Discovery Services, The Open University

Booking is required

As thanks for your continuing support of the BALH in difficult times, this year’s Local History Day will be free to all to join online via Zoom.


Link for more details and to book your place -

Fabulous New Service Coming Soon to FamilySearch

New Library Lookup Service from FamilySearch —For When You Can’t Visit the Family History Library

The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah, has long been a go-to place to find genealogical research materials and is the flagship library for FamilySearch International.

With the closure of the library a year ago due to the COVID 19 pandemic, people have had to rely largely on online materials, unable to access records that are only viewable at the Family History Library or other locations.

A new Library Lookup Service will soon provide greater access to these records globally. 


Click the link below to learn more!

Cockcroft Rutherford Lecture

Join University of Manchester School of Arts on Tues 8 June, 5pm, for the Cockcroft Rutherford Lecture

This year given by David Olusoga, Prof of Public History at Uni of Manchester

David will be discussing the New History Wars & the many controversies surrounding history; particularly empire & slavery.

Link to find out more and register for this free talk below