|Pendle and Burnley Branch|
|Issue No.31 - July 2008||Acting Editor: Brenda I Hustler|
|1 Annual Dinner||9 Projects|
|2 Local History Fair||10 Help Tutorials|
|3 Branch Open Day||11 Diary Dates (What's on)|
|4 Situations Vacant||12 A Soldiers Memories|
|5 Society Resource Centre||13 Lancashire Record Office|
|6 Programme||14 Query Corner|
|7 Library||15 Federation News|
|8 LancashireBMD Project||16 Items for publication|
Speaker on the night will be Ian Tootell, M.B.E. talking about "The humour of police work"
The Society's Annual Dinner has been organized this year by Rochdale Branch. Details of the menu and a booking form for the event were in the May edition of "Lancashire", the Society's journal. Why not join other members of the Society at a social event? You will more than likely enjoy yourself and it could then become a habit.
The branch "Open Day" will be held at Colne Library this year. It will be on the library balcony with the use of computers. There will also be the use of all the resources in the local studies area. It is hoped that we will be able to set up an exhibition prior to the event. Our open days are usually very busy events with members of the public wanting advice on family history research. Can you help out at the event, even for just an hour or so? You will enjoy it. Please let Jean know if you would be able to help.
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The role of the Programme Secretary is to provide a varied and interesting programme for the following year. The main activity is contacting and booking speakers for the branch meetings. This is fairly straightforward as a list of potential speakers is available and also our members sometime recommend speakers they have heard at other meetings.
Invitations to speakers are made initially by phone or post. Envelopes, stamps etc. are provided. The fee required is agreed and any equipment the speaker might need is noted. This is then followed up with a confirmation letter by post with directions, and possibly a map if the speaker hasn't ventured into our area before.
A week to 10 days before the actual meeting the speaker is contacted, usually by phone, to confirm that everything is in order (and just to make sure they have not forgotten!).
On the night, the speaker should be made welcome and given any assistance required.
The other part of the job is to arrange our annual out-visit. Local places visited in the past have ranged from museums and castles to breweries! This is not as difficult as it might sound, and for the first year I would be more than happy to help with this.
The Programme Secretary is a very enjoyable and worthwhile post, especially satisfying if you like meeting people. Full assistance will be given as long as required and already half the bookings have been made for 2009.
Submitted by Jean Ingham
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The resource centre is now open every Thursday afternoon from 1pm to 5 pm.
More volunteers are needed to staff the centre so that it can be opened on other days, possibly Saturday or Sunday. If you have not already been to visit the LFHHS Resource Centre, it is near to Oswaldtwistle Mills. The following is a link for a map of the area: http://www.tinyurl.com/22o3oq
If you would like to volunteer to help out, please contact or see Brenda or David Hustler.
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The Programme of Events for the coming meetings is shown below and can also be viewed on this website
| 20 August||Open Night & Practical Evening|
| 3.September||Out-visit to Lancashire Record Office
(Limited number of places, pre-booking essential)
| 17.September||Early Loom-shops - Kathy Fishwick|
| 15 October||World of Antiques - Derrick Sanderson|
| 29 October||Practical Evening|
| 19.November||White Feather - John Hartley|
| 10.December||Christmas Festivities (by ticket only)|
Jean Ingham, Acting Programme Secretary.
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I would like to say "Thank you" to everyone who sent their good wishes following my recent accident. Special thanks to Mary Jackson who acted as librarian during my absence.
Margaret Heap, Branch Librarian.
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All Non-Conformist marriages are now on the website and work is ongoing for Church of England marriages from 1900 to 1950. Many thanks to all involved in this project, especially to those who have taken over my work when I have been unavailable.
Christine Windle, Lancashire BMD Project Coordinator
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A marriage index for Burnley St Peter's 1812-1837 has been completed and work continues on the transcriptions of the registers for Earby Cemetery; St.Mary's, Newchurch-in-Pendle; St. John's, Great Marsden; Holy Trinity, Burnley; and Baptisms for St.Mary's, Nelson.
Thanks go to all those working on these projects. Will anyone interested in working on branch projects, please contact me.
Bob Ellis, Project Coordinator
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As we now have several members who are new to family history, we are having a short tutorial lasting about 20 minutes at every branch meeting. This is held during the research time, after the speaker.
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LFHHS CHORLEY BRANCH
4th Celebration of Family History, Saturday 2nd August 2008
11 am to 5 pm Astley Hall, Chorley - Admission Free
There will be 5 short talks during the day in the Great Hall
11:30 Notables in the 1881 Census
12:30 DNA Basics
1:30 DNA & Family History
2:30 Using Family Tree Maker 2005
3:30 Using Family Historian V3
For more information see: www.lfhhs.org.uk/chorley Email - firstname.lastname@example.org Tel - 01257 262028
LFHHS IRISH ANCESTRY GROUP
All meetings are held at The LFHHS Resource Centre, 2 The Straits, Oswaldtwistle on Saturdays
ADVICE & RESEARCH WORKSHOP
Saturday 9th August 2008, 1 pm to 4.30 pm
NURSES AT THE CRIMEA 1854-1856
Speaker Maureen Fitzgibbon
Saturday 11th October 2008, 1 pm to 4.30 pm
Enquiries to Miss , 128 Red Bank Road, Bispham, Blackpool, Lancashire FY2 9DZ
THE NATIONAL FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
Gateshead International Stadium
Saturday 13th September 2008, 10 am to 4.30 pm
Admission £3.00, Accompanied Children under 15 Free
MALTON FAMILY HISTORY FAIR
The Milton Rooms, MALTON, North Yorkshire
Saturday, 20th September 2008, 10 am to 4 pm
Admission £1 Accompanied Children under 16 - Free
MANCHESTER & LANCASHIRE FHS OPEN DAY
3rd Floor, Clayton House, 59 Picadilly, Manchester M1 2AQ
Saturday 27th September 2008, 11 am to 3 pm, Tel: 0161 236 9750
SCARBOROUGH FAMILY & LOCAL HISTORY FAIR
Crossgates Community Centre - Seamer
Saturday, 11th October 2008 10 am to 4 pm
Admission £1 Accompanied Children under 16 - Free
NORTH WEST GROUP of FHS FAMILY HISTORY DAY in
CONJUNCTION WITH THE LIVERPOOL RECORD OFFICE
Also celebrating 08 Liverpool Capital of Culture, St George's Hall, Liverpool
Saturday 1st November 2008, Admission £2, Under 16 free
Talks by Dr Nick Barratt - Family History & the Media
Mr David Stoker - The World in One City? Family History Sources and Services in Liverpool Record Office
Rev Professor D Ben Rees - The Welsh Immigration to Liverpool (1750-2007)
Admission £2 on the door, £4 for those wishing to hear any of the talks.
Seating for talks limited to 70 - first come first served.
HULL FAMILY & LOCAL HISTORY FAIR
The University of Hull
Saturday, 22nd November 2008 10 am to 4 pm
Admission £1 Accompanied Children under 16 - Free
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Binders for your Lancashire journal are on sale only £3.50 each, see David Hustler
Submitted by Arnold Slater
My grandfather, George Cammell, seems to have spent his working life in uniform. He enlisted in the army at the age of 16 and served in three wars. When he wasn't in the army he was working as a tram driver. He is the reason that I became interested in my family history, when a relative asked me if I knew what had happened to George's poem about the Boer War. I inherited "George's Box" which contained several items of his memorabilia, and amongst them was the poem, hand-written by him, of his experiences during the Boer War.
I have been asked, for a slight account, how we bore the
T'was a Southampton's dismal evening, when our food ship
At last came the final orders, to parade at eleven and
The time went by very slowly, whilst waiting for that
We were packed away in carriages, some First, some Second,
We rushed along from place to place, just stopping for a
We were not sorry when we ceased our long and cramped up
At this place we got the order for the following day to
Some said that march was not so long but as sure as I'm
We arrived in camp about five o'clock with sore and
We went on out-post, that very night far too hungry there
From this place we had a night march in several drenching
Next morn we heard we had to fight as Boers meant to stop
15th of February, we entered this place and orders
received, pleased each rank
The morn we meant to attack them what we heard could not be
During our stay in Jacobsdal we often went hungry to bed
We had this issue about six days making pancakes and
dumplings like lead
We had wood fatigues and picquets parades to occupy our
We got wet through, a good few times with bivouacks blown
to the ground
The Brigade was one day ordered to leave old Jacobsdal
We arrived in camp at seven am. or about that I should
Next day at one pm we marched and we twenty - two miles we
This march was interesting at least that's what I heard
A few camps I shall have to leave as there's nothing
striking to tell
For when you are awfully thirsty with parched lips, and
throat very dry
Thirst is one of our great hardships while going through
At one camp where we called at seemed very strange to me
We had long and tiring marches which put us to a test
We almost got washed out here being camped on a level plain
You would laugh to see us shopping when we tried to do our
No matter what we asked for seemed to thrill us with a fear
I am sure we should be bankrupt if they had not moved us
This march was not so very long as the position we could
We advanced, over a little hill and got nicely on the plain
Our second advance was very good considering such a
But just our luck they galloped off performing a very good
Our loss that day was about eighteen five of our men were
At the end of a fight there is sorrow and many a poor heart
We cannot speak too well of them now they are dead and gone
We went on out-post shivering with cold and stayed out
there all night
We had five weeks stay around Karree what some people
called a rest
We'd fatigues, patrols, and sentries by day as well as
I got quite tired of patching while we were in this station
One day we got a full rig out from a new suit to a pair of
This march was very near eight miles which we did with a
They used them very freely after they'd tried the first
Another day's work was over for our Country, and our Queen
The next march was nearly twenty-three miles which we found
both rough and hard
Our marches after this were long making the best of those
There were few of us who would fall out although some of us
A place we stayed the night at its name is not at hand
A Regiment had gone to hold a drift to prepare for our next
About 8 o'clock that morning we had reached that River Bank
They stood well to their guns in the open and their courage
we all must admire
The positions were strong against us being shaped like a
There were five more men who were wounded during the action
The poem seems to be unfinished or perhaps the last page has been lost. A map is shown of where George served in South Africa
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Map courtesy of http://www.pinetreeweb.com/conan-doyle-map-s-orange.htm
Copy from Nelson Leader, March 7th 1941
SERVED IN THREE WARS, DEATH OF MR.G.J.CAMMELL
The interment took place in St.Paul's Churchyard, Little Marsden, on Saturday, of the remains of Mr.George John Cammell, of 74 Halifax Road, Brierfield, whose death, at the age of 66, occurred on the previous Wednesday.
For over 30 years he was employed as a tram driver by the Burnley Corporation tramways Department, and will be well remembered by the travelling public.
At the age of 16 years, Mr.Cammell joined the Army, and served in India for a time, spending Christmas, 1895, at Lucknow. At the outbreak of the South African War he was drafted to that country, serving throughout the campaign.
Returning to civilian life, he became a member of the staff of the Tramways Department. He had finished his period on reserve when the 1914 war broke out, but he rejoined the Army, and was posted to the 9th Batt.East Lancashire Regiment. After serving in France for about two months, he was transferred to Salonika.
He rose to the rank of sergeant, which he retained to the end of hostilities. During the present war he was again anxious to serve his country in an active role, and was one of the earliest members of the Home Guard, taking part in the formation of the Brierfield section, in which he was given the rank of sergeant. His Army experience stood him in good stead as an instructor, and he had charge of the armoury department.
A member of the South African Veteran's Association, he frequently figured in their parades, carrying the banner of the British Legion. He had held the office of secretary in connection with the Earl Haig Poppy Fund. A popular member of the British Legion and the Conservative Club, he will be much missed. He leaves a widow, one son and two daughters.
Mr.Cammell's remains were interred on Saturday in St.Paul's Churchyard, Little Marsden. The Rev.E.Pugh conducted the service at the house and at the graveside. The Home Guard, in which the deceased had been a sergeant, formed a guard of honour, being in charge of Lieut.B.Ingham (Commander) and Sergt-Major Plant. They fired a volley over the grave, and the buglers, Messrs.W.Keeting and W.Ingham, sounded the "Last Post" and the "Reveille." The bearers were members of the Home Guard, Quartermaster Roche and Sergeants Jordon, Stevenson, Taylor, Curry and Buck. The firing party comprised Cpl.Bates, L/Cpl.Gale and Privates G.Sumner, W.Robinson, H.Waddington, W.Taylor, A.Lyons and W.Bartle.
George Cammel (left) and his tram
The mourners were :-
Floral tributes were from:-
The arrangements were carried out by Mr.W.Dixon, Pickering Street, Brierfield.
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Saturday opening dates - Office open from 10 am. to 4 pm
|9 August 2008,||13 September 2008,||11 October 2008,|
|8 November 2008,||13 December 2008,|
LANCAT - Lancashire RO online catalogue is now available at ..
DDX 1344 acc.10380 : Pupil cards and files for Burnley Grammar School, 1919-1981 including photographs from around 1959 and for Burnley High School for Girls, 1923-1981 including photographs from 1956.
DDX 2586 : SCOTT family papers relating primarily to the Scott family of Burnley. The Collection includes correspondence; employment records; memorial cards; rent books for property in Burnley; accounts sales particulars and plans for Naze Mount Farm and Estate; accounts and agreement relating to Sir John Thursby's acquisition of John Hargreaves Colliery.
DDX 2663 : Photographs of medieval scratch dial at St.Michael's C.E.Church, Bracewell, 1991
CUBF : Brierfield Congregational Church, (formerly Providence Independent Chapel, Little Marsden) - Baptism register 1836-1979, marriage register 1931-1984, church meeting minutes 1969-2000
DDX 1863 acc.10356 : Notebook belonging to Lawrence HALSTEAD of Marsden Heights - detailing accounts of his business. The notebook includes an assessment of inhabitants in Little Marsden in 1806, 1803-1953
DDX 2661 : Postcard of a procession by the congregation of "St. Mary's" through Burnley 7.Jul.1914
P 197/1 : Copy wills of John LANDESDALE /LONSDALE of Padiham, Yeoman, 1651 (probate 19.Sep.1653) and Edward HOLT of Sefton Town, gent, 1652 (probate 15.Sep.1653)
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, in Australia, is trying to find more information about his RILEY and TATTERSALL ancestors who came from Goldshaw Booth. James TATTERSALL married Susannah / Susan CATLOE. Both were born in Goldshaw Booth as were their children, Peggy (1805) and Mark (1807-1882, died in NSW, Aus). Mark TATTERSALL married Mary RILEY in 1828 and had several children all born in Goldshaw Booth. They were Sarah (1827), James (1828-1895), John (1831) Richard (1832-1918, died in Gladeville Aus), Ann (1834), Robert (1836-1899, died Botany, NSW), William (1839-1913). James TATTERSALL married Isabella WATSON in Habergham Eaves, Lancashire. Robert married Mary Ann in 1870 and William TATTERSALL married Ann RUSSELL in 1866.
Ray would be pleased to hear from anyone who may be connected with these families.
is researching the Edenfield SAGER line. He has a lot of information on the family on his website, http://www.farmergroup.com/personsheet/ps14/ps14_030.html and is particularly interested in any SAGER MI's in the area.
is tracing his BOARDWELL ancestors and has now got back to Jonas BOARDWELL who married Jan HAWORTH at Padiham in 1679, but has now come to a full stop. He is also tracing the NOWELL part of his family history, having got back to a John NOWELL who married a Catherine TATTERSALL at Downham in 1776. If anyone is attempting to trace that branch of the family, or indeed any NOWELLs from Lancashire, John would be grateful to hear from them.
HIGHGATE FARM, CLIVIGER
's maternal grandfather's ancestors farmed at Highgate Farm Cliviger, which is thought to have always been part of the Towneley estates. He is trying to trace the names of the tenants from the time it was built, which was certainly by 1734, as it appears on the field map of that year, up to the census of 1841. He thinks that it was occupied by Ormerods for the whole of that time up to between 1881 and 1891, but wants to know when the farm was built and whether the tenancy always passed from father to son or if other branches of the Ormerod family were involved. Brian has read Titus Thornber's excellent "A Pennine Parish - the History of Cliviger" and knows that he has written "Census records for the Ormerod family at High Gale (sic) farm 1841-1881 and the Crane family Habergham Eaves 1861" but hasn't yet had an opportunity to visit Burnley library to read it.
Brian would appreciate hearing from anyone who might have information that would be of help to him.
FOLDS of Burnley
is descended from the FOLDS family which, he believes had a long association with the Colne Road Baptist Church, Burnley (Ebenezer Baptists). Chris has a record of a Richard FOLDS inviting someone to the opening of this church, the invitation being dated 11.April.1788. He has researched the family and found FOLDS brothers and sisters from Burnley - Isabella, John, James and Susannah, who would have been young adults at this time. What he cannot find is who their parents were. The only Folds of the right age that Chris can find in the area is this Richard. There is also an Elizabeth Folds acting as a witness of a marriage - but she may be from elsewhere. Very often, Baptist Chapels / Churches have foundation bricks set into them, containing the names of the community members who had contributed to the building.
Chris is hoping that the Colne Road building has some or all of the above names embedded in the foundation stones and asks does anyone know if there are any such names?
is looking for information about her second cousin, Violet ASPDEN. There is a record on FreeBMD for a Violet ASPDEN married to a Leonard HEAP Sep.Qu.1922, but Fay thinks she may have married a TOM HOLDEN. Violet's parents were Richard and Laura nee TOWNSON who once ran the Fleece Inn, Barrowford. Fay would like to find Violet and/or her children. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
has recently started to research his family tree and his maternal ancestors are BOTTOMLEYs from Colne. He has contacted several BOTTOMLEYs in Colne but has not been able to make any positive link with his ancestors. His grandfather was Herbert BOTTOMLEY, born in Colne in 1903 and was living in BLACKPOOL when he got married in 1928. His father was Henry BOTTOMLEY, a Journeyman Plasterer. Paul would like to hear from anyone researching the BOTTOMLEY family.
PHOTOGRAPH OF UNKNOWN COUPLE
|has purchased a photograph off Ebay that might be of interest to members. It is of a young couple. He is dressed in military uniform of WW1 and is probably in the East Lancs Regiment. The young woman stands by his side as is common in many of the photographs of that time. The photograph is of the postcard type, unused, and with the separation panel running down the back for correspondence or address details. There is a fine typed line of print that says ' R.Harrison, Photographer, Colne.' She bought the photograph because it seemed 'unloved' and needed a home and she would be pleased to reunite it with any family member who might recognise their relatives. (Telephone number available from Branch Secretary)|
NEW FFHS ADDRESS
Federation of Family History Societies, PO Box 8857, Lutterworth LE17 9BJ
FINDMYPAST.COM PARTNERS FAMILYSEARCH
to bring more British Historical Records to a Worldwide Audience
UK family history website www.findmypast.com has announced the start of a new partnership with US-based FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org). The two family history organisations have been awarded licences by The National Archives of the United Kingdom (TNA) to digitise and make available both the 'Chelsea Pensioners' retired soldiers records between 1760 and 1914, and the Merchant Seamen's collection of records dating from 1835 to 1941.
Chelsea Pensioners and militia records
The three-year digitisation project will scan eight million images from the War Office's 'Royal Hospital Chelsea Soldiers' Service' documents dating from 1760 and 'Militia Attestation Papers' documents from 1870, through to 1913. These records bring to life the comings and goings of pensioners in the Royal Hospital Chelsea, including each ex-serviceman's name, age, birthplace and service history, as well as details of physical appearance, conduct sheet, previous occupation, and in some cases the reason for discharge. After 1883, details of marriages and children may also appear.
Merchant Seamen records
The partnership will also digitise the Board of Trade's merchant seamen records from the periods 1835 to 1844 and 1918 to 1941. The documents will be made available online to enable people to easily search the names, dates and places of birth of ancestors who served as merchant seamen. Many of the twentieth century records include portrait photographs of the sailors as well as personal details and summaries of the voyages they served on. The records include people of many nationalities and women's service records. Nearly a third of UK families have ancestors who served as a merchant seaman, this series of records are of huge importance to the nation's heritage and history.
Findmypast.com will create indexes and transcriptions to enable members of the public to easily search the records online at both www.findmypast.com and www.familysearch.org, while FamilySearch will be responsible for scanning the images on site at The National Archives.
With effect from 1 April this year the General Register Office (GRO) ceased to be part of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and became part of the Identity and Passport Service (IPS). There are now plans to integrate the GRO website into the DirectGov website which acts as a portal for many different Government websites - see www.direct.gov.uk The FFHS was invited to give its thoughts on this, which it did at the beginning of May. Concerns have been expressed over the possibility of the GRO website being lost among many other websites and so much more difficult to find. Perhaps the point should be made that entry via DirectGov should be an additional option rather than the only one.
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THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES (TNA)
The National Archives has been leading a review and revision of the records management code of practice, issued in November 2002 under section 46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You can contribute your views to the review by visiting: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/recordsmanagement/code/review.htm
Consultation on the revised code of practice opened on 10 June 2008 and will close on 2 September 2008
The National Archives' (TNA) has published a new Online Strategy. It sets out how TNA will respond to changes affecting the organisation's online services over the next three years.
The National Archives website will be restructured into a 'family' of websites, to reflect the organisation's different functions and meet changing customer needs. A team is working across the organisation to develop the new websites, and to ensure there is minimum disruption to services and all links are redirected from the old to the new location.
For more information visit: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/stories/203.htm?news=rss
Ministry of Defence asks for views on transfer of historic records to TNA The Ministry of Defence has launched a public consultation process regarding the transfer of historic Armed Forces Service Personnel records to TNA. Members of the public are being asked for their views on the process the Ministry of Defence has developed to transfer to TNA records of soldiers, sailors and airmen who served in the Armed Forces between the two World Wars and for those who were members of the Home Guard during the Second World War.
For more information visit: http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/DefencePolicyAndBusiness/PublicAskedForTheirViewsOnTransferOfHistoricRecords.htm Links to the various consultation pages can be found on the right hand side of the above webpage.
NEW NAME and NEW ORDERS SIGNAL UK EXPANSION for SCOTLAND
Scotland Online, the internet services business and the parent company of family history website findmypast.com, has re-branded as brightsolid, in recognition of its evolving position in the UK business market. brightsolid has recently acquired the leading family history company findmypast.com. The company also won the contract to digitise, license and publish the 1911 Census of England and Wales from The National Archives in Kew. In addition brightsolid operates scotlandspeople.gov.uk, which is a partnership between the General Register Office for Scotland, the National Archives of Scotland and the Court of the Lord Lyon.
brightsolid is owned by publishers D.C.Thomson (DCT) and Noble Grossart Investments (NGI).
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In January 2009, the British Library will be starting a Collection Moves programme of low-use items. This is the largest programme of moves that have been undertaken since the opening of St.Pancras in 1998.
The transfer of low-use items to a new storage facility in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, will take place in phases. This first phase will see 10.6% of their total collection transferred to Boston Spa. During the first phase, these low-use collections will become unavailable to Readers. The embargo period will start in January 2009 and last for a minimum of nine months. This period of restricted access will not affect St.Pancras' high-use material such as rare books, manuscripts, maps, sound archive and music scores.
The collection moves are taking place as the British Library needs to vacate current leasehold storage buildings. Firstly, they fail to provide adequate environmental conditions. Secondly, the Library does not have the opportunity to extend the leases. The moves will allow the British Library to rationalise their collection storage, provide future growth space and continue to act as guardians of the national collection.
The planned closure of the newspaper library in Colindale and the transfer of the newspaper collections form a part of Phase Two of the Collection Moves programme, starting at the end of 2009. The material stored at Colindale will be transferred on a staggered basis, and will only be unavailable to Readers whilst in transit. This is expected to be a matter of weeks. Moving the hard copy collections to the state-of-the-art storage conditions in Boston Spa will considerably improve their lifespan. Microfilm will be stored and available at St.Pancras.
More information on this can be found at: www.bl.uk/news/2008/pressrelease20080717.html
The background to Colindale Newspaper Migration Strategy can be found at: http://www.ffhs.org.uk/news/news070604.php & http://www.ffhs.org.uk/news/news071016.php
FamilySearch and Ancestry.com Team to Publish New Images and
Enhanced Indexes to the U.S.Censuses
SALT LAKE CITY
Ancestry.com and FamilySearch, have announced that they will exchange records and resources to make more historical records available online. The first project is a joint initiative to significantly enhance the online U.S.Federal Census Collection (1790 to 1930). The original census records are among the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
FamilySearch is digitally converting master microfilm copies of the original U.S.Federal Censuses from 1790 through 1930 and, under this agreement, will give these improved images to Ancestry.com. All census images and indexes will be available on Ancestry.com for subscribers. As projects are completed, images will be available for free in NARA reading rooms and FamilySearch's 4,500 Family History Centers.
Ancestry.com, which currently offers indexes and images to the entire publicly available U.S.Federal Census Collection, will give FamilySearch copies of its existing census indexes. Through its online indexing system and community of volunteer indexers, FamilySearch is already indexing select censuses. FamilySearch will merge the Ancestry.com indexes with the new FamilySearch indexes to create enhanced census indexes, which will be added to both sites. Indexes to the enhanced censuses will be free on Ancestry.com for a limited time as they are completed. Indexes will also be available for free on FamilySearch.org.
The first census exchanged is the 1900 U.S.Census. FamilySearch completed a 1900 index in addition to Ancestry.com's original. In the new index, FamilySearch added several new fields of searchable data, such as birth month and birth year, so individuals can search for ancestors more easily. The two indexes will be merged into an enhanced index, available on both sites. The new 1900 census images are now available on Ancestry.com. The enhanced 1900 index will be available for free for a limited time at Ancestry.com and ongoing at FamilySearch.org.
Ancestry.com will also provide FamilySearch its original 1920 U.S.Census index. Using the Ancestry.com index as a first transcription, FamilySearch will create a new second index with added fields and arbitrate any discrepancies between the two indexes. The 1920 project is currently in progress. Individuals interested in helping create the improved index can volunteer at FamilySearch.org. Once completed, the enhanced 1920 index will be available on both sites and will link back to images on Ancestry.com.
The 1850 through 1870 (partial) and 1880 and 1900 U.S.Censuses can be searched currently at FamilySearch.org; all publicly available U.S.Censuses are already available on Ancestry.com.
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FamilySearch Teams with findmypast.com and others to Broaden
Access to All Censuses for England and Wales. Online Volunteer Indexers
Sought to Improve Select Collections.
SALT LAKE CITY
FamilySearch have announced that it is joining forces with findmypast.com, The Origins Network, and Intelligent Image Management-companies that specialize in providing online access to British family history resources-to make significant British historical record collections more broadly available online. The first joint initiative seeks to publish online indexes to censuses for England and Wales from 1841 to 1901. The 1841 and 1861 Census indexes are the first targeted under the agreement and are accessible now at FamilySearch.org and findmypast.com.
In the agreement, FamilySearch, in conjunction with The Origins Network, will provide digital images for the 1851, 1871, and 1881 Censuses. It will also extend the 1871 Census index. Findmypast.com will provide FamilySearch copies of its English and Welsh Census indexes from 1841 to 1901. The Federation of Family History Societies will help complete the index for the 1851 Census.
Initially, users of FamilySearch.org will be able to do a free search by record type, given name, surname, age, gender, place of birth, and relationship to head of household (relationship was not recorded in the 1841 Census). The free search capability at FamilySearch.org will include additional fields of data in the future. Users will be able to search the full indexes and view original images for free at FamilySearch's 4,500 Family History Centers or for a nominal fee at findmypast.com.
The addition of findmypast.com's English and Welsh Census Collections to FamilySearch's online databases will increase the use of the valuable record sets and increase traffic to findmypast.com.
FamilySearch will utilize its impressive online community of volunteer indexers to add more fields of data to select censuses. When finished, the improved census indexes will be available on FamilySearch.org, findmypast.com, and Originsnetwork.com. Individuals interested in volunteering as online indexers for British historical projects can do so at FamilySearch.org.
Findmypast.com is the leading UK family history Website (formerly 1837online.com) and has been instrumental in creating the widespread and growing interest in genealogy seen in the UK today. It has 800,000 active registered users, millions of historic document images, and 600 million records online dating back to 1538. The comprehensive collections include military records, census, migration, occupation directories, current electoral roll data, birth, marriage, and death indexes. It manages the ancestorsonboard.com Website for The National Archives of the United Kingdom and offers a range of online tools to help people discover and share their family history more easily. Findmypast.com's parent company is brightsolid (formerly Scotland Online).
Intelligent Image Management Inc.(IIM), helps companies of all sizes reduce the challenges and high costs of managing data processing and other labour-intensive, back-office operations. It has a proven track record of delivering accurate, reliable offshore outsourcing operations. It has delivered superior results for highly demanding clients in a wide variety of industries since 1996. IIM has 1400 dedicated full-time employees and is comprised of privately owned companies in the U.S, India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh.
The Origins Network (formerly Origins.net) was founded in 1997 and offers online access to some of the richest ancestral information available to help you research your family history. Origins Network services include subscription access to exclusive genealogy related collections on British Origins and Irish Origins, plus expert Scottish Old Parish records research on Scots Origins. OMS Services developed and operates The Origins Network (incorporating British Origins, Irish Origins, Scots Origins) & Burke's Peerage Online genealogical database services. Its unique, primary genealogical data for researching family history online includes marriage registers, wills, court and apprentice records, as well as downloadable images of original maps and plans used in 19th surveys. Most of this information is not available anywhere else on the Internet.
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