Friday, November 11th, 2011 at
Anyone who is already registered on the British Newspaper Archives website will have just received an update about acces to the beta test site for the weekend as shown below.
Update: BNA [beta] Access
As you registered early on britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk, we would like to thank
you for your interest and offer you an exclusive preview and the opportunity to
influence the final site when it is released later this year.
The website itself is now close to completion, and we are inviting you to a preview
of the ’beta‘ site (the test version of the site). This will also help us to
identify any problems and make improvements before the full public launch.
There are over 1.6 million fully searchable pages available and we are offering you a
special package of £6.95 for use in the beta period. Please note, searching is
free, however, you will need to register and purchase credits to view images in
our fantastic deep-zoom viewer.
The beta version of the site is available from now, until 10:00am on
Monday, 14th November, so please don‘t forget to make use of your opportunity to
preview the site! Please note, you will not be able to print or download images
during the beta period. You will be able to freely view the articles that you
have purchased for an additional 2 months when the site goes live.
The beta site is available NOW at: http://beta.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk
There then follows information about personal login to the site. So its all systems go for access to newspapers.
Paying for the beta test is a bit cheeky but I suspect it will stop the site falling over and text the payment mechanisms.
Guess what I shall be doing over the weekend. Good hunting everyone
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at
Just a quick note to let you know that Findmypast have released 10 million new Cheshire records today.
The Cheshire Collection is an extraordinarily rich and comprehensive set of records provided by Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
These records are essential to anyone with Cheshire roots or connections, as they cover not just the Church of England but also Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist registers, and, moreover, extend well beyond these core records of baptism, marriage and burial to a variety of other records giving biographical details for the residents of the county.
These records span the period 1538-1910. These records contain:
Find more information about these records here
Findmypast is available free at the Library of the Society of Genealogists and members of the Society received discounts on subscriptions to the site
Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at
This week’s episode takes three people on a journey to uncover details about their ancestors who were all involved in the D-Day invasion in Normandy. The trailer can be seen on Youtube
The episode airs on Yesterday on Thursday 10th November at 9pm and is repeated daily throughout the following week. Yesterday can be found at Sky channel 537, Virgin TV channel 203 and Freeview channel 12. There is also more information on the Yesterday Facebook page
The episode focuses on the incredible story of HMS Swift which landed British troops at D-Day on the beach-head – and in doing so gained a new insight into the complexity that lay behind the feat of landing troops on the heavily defended shores of Normandy.
Robin Clarke is 25-years-old, engaged, has a baby boy, Jack, and is a Medical Secretary. She and her family live in the cottage next to her mother in rural Cheshire. Robin was taken to Normandy once when she was a young child and knows that her family were involved in the first Normandy landings, but doesn’t know the details. Since having a child of her own, she is passionate about passing on information about her family’s history to the next generation.
Kerry Wood, is a 33-year-old police officer in London and has a four-year-old daughter who is a quarter-French. She knows nothing about her ancestors’ involvement in D Day. Kerry knows a little about her grandparents and their involvement in the war and is keen to find out more.
Frances O Reilly, is in her mid-thirties. A graphic designer by trade she has two small children and lives in Epsom. She knows a little about her family history, she knows that her paternal grandfather was a doctor, as was her great-uncle ‘Johnny’ (on her paternal grandmother’s side) who lived close to his sister in Devon. Johnny had led ‘quite an exciting life’ and that he wrote a book but she has never read it.
Having missed the last couple of episode as I’ve been teaching the SoG’s Thursday evening class, I’m going to make sure I take this opportunity to curl up and watch on Thursday night. Follow me on Twitter @SoGGenealogist and we can discuss what we think of the show.
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 at
November is a time of remembrance, when many people’s thoughts turn to their military ancestors and the Society of Genealogists is offering My Ancestor was in the British Army by Michael and Christopher Watts as our book of the month for November. Members and non-members alike can enjoy a 20% discount on the price of this comprehensive guide to British Army records during November. This book is an aid to family historians tracing ancestors who served in the British Army from 1660 up until World War Two. Members can take advantage of this offer in addition to their existing member’s discount, but unfortunately the offer is not available on trade orders. My Ancestor was in the British Army is available from the Society of Genealogists bookshop and online at www.sog.org.uk
Offer ends 30/11/11