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Congratulations to all Team GB medalists but especially the Rowers who have done us proud over the last few days.

Rowing 2012 Gold1 300x168 Sporting ancestors: some resources in the Society of Genealogists library Part 3: Rowers

 

 

 

Whether your ancestor was in the Olympics or not, it is hoped that this series of articles which first appeared in the Genealogists’ Magazine will give you an insight into some of the sources we hold in the library to help you trace sporting forbears. If you have any relevant books on sportspeople that you would like to donate to our collection they would be gratefully received. The SoG shelf mark for each item is noted within square brackets at the end of the title

Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services

 

Sporting ancestors part 3: Rowing

A particularly useful resource in the Society of Genealogists Library is a list of Obituaries in the Rowing Almanack [by date of birth & by surname 1887, 1895, 1899-1900, 1903-04, 1906-07, 1909, 1911-15, 1921-23, 1926, 1978, 1980-81, 1983]  compiled by C J Cracknell [PR/SPO]. This index (in both alphabetical and chronological order) gives the rowers’ date of death, age, and the year in which their obituary appears , although the library does not hold the almanac itself.

For individual rowing clubs the library holds A short history of the Gainsborough Rowing Club, 1863-1923 [LI/L 11]. The Oxford & Cambridge boat race 1829-1953 [UNI/OXF] gives a full listing of all blues who have rowed in the race.

 Sporting ancestors: some resources in the Society of Genealogists library Part 3: Rowers

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Whether your ancestor was in the Olympics or not, it is hoped that this series of articles which first appeared in the Genealogist’s Magazine will give you an insight into some of the sources we hold in the library to help you trace sporting forbears. If you have any relevant books on sportspeople that you would like to donate to our collection they would be gratefully received.

Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services

 

 

Sporting ancestors Part 2: Athleticstrack1 Sporting ancestors: some resources in the Society of Genealogists library   Part 2: Athletes

A good overview of the story of British athletics is provided in the Official Centenary History of the Amateur Athletics Association [PR/SPO]. This lists all AAA champions at Senior, Junior and Youth levels since its foundation in 1880. For athletes from the later 20th century we hold works such as the 1989 edition of Who’s who in British athletics [SoG shelf mark Winter Palace PR/SPO] and Athletics 2003 : the international track & field annual [ SoG shelf mark Winter Palace PR/SPO]

There are also histories of individual athletics clubs such as the City of Hull Athletic Club (incorporating Hull Harriers) 1889-1989: the story so far [SoG shelf mark YK/PER: Hull College Local Archives History Unit reprint no. 16]

The library holds a number of athletes’ biographies such as The great Joe Darby: champion all-round spring jumper of the world [ SoG shelf mark Family history tracts, vol. 247].

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The holding of the 30th Olympic Games in London this summer is a good opportunity to reflect on past achievements of British sportsmen and women, particularly if they happen to be our ancestors

 

Whether your ancestor was in the Olympics or not, it is hoped that this series of articles  on resources in the Society’s Library which first appeared in the Genealogists’ Magazine will you an insight into some of the sources we hold in the library to help you trace sporting forbears. If you have any relevant books on sportspeople that you would like to donate to our collection they would be gratefully received.

Tim Lawrence, Head of Library Services

 

Sporting Ancestors Part 1. Olympians.

It can be argued that the seeds of the modern Olympic Games in Britain can be traced back to 17th century Gloucestershire. Indeed the British Olympic Association, in their successful bid for the games, stated that:

‘In 1612 in the tiny village of Chipping Campden, Robert Dover opened the first ‘Cotswold Olimpicks’, an annual sporting fair that honoured the ancient Games of Greece. Those early ‘Olimpick’ competitors were as remote as you could imagine from the Olympic stars of today, and the ‘sports’ included singlestick, wrestling, jumping in sacks, dancing and even shin-kicking. But whatever the eccentric nature of the event, this was the pre-dawn of the Olympic Movement, and the Cotswold Games began the historical thread in Britain that was ultimately to lead to the creation of the modern Olympics.’

You can read more about Robert Dover, his ancestry, and the ‘Cotswold Olympicks’ in the book Robert Dover [1582-1652] & the Cotswold games (SoG Library shelf mark FH/DOV).

The Society’s library holds a number of useful sources for tracing our sporting forebears, even if they never made it to the Olympic games, and this article gives an introduction to these. The shelf mark for each item listed is given in square brackets after the title, so that it can be easily located.  water polo Sporting ancestors: some resources in the Society of Genealogists library   Part 1: Olympians

Works covering all sports

To find out if you have an Olympian in your family tree the best starting point is Ian Buchanan’s excellent British Olympians – a hundred years of gold medallists [PR/SPO]. This lists every British person who has competed in the Olympics since they began, together with their dates of birth and death and the Olympiads/events in which they competed. In addition it gives full biographical details of all Gold Medal winners.

The first edition of Who’s who in sport [SoG Library shelf mark PR/SPO], published in 1935, gives the biographies of several thousand leading sportsmen and women, together with a brief section on the history, organisation and records of each sport covered. The information it provides can be supplemented with the Oxford Companion to Sports & Games [SoG Library shelf mark PR/SPO], which gives an alphabetical listing of prominent sportspeople, as well as further information about their sports. A more recent publication is the 1994 edition of Who’s who in British sport [Apply to library staff].

Biographical works about individual sportspeople include items such as My Sporting Memories by the bare knuckle boxer, footballer and rower Bernard John Angle [SoG Library shelf mark PR/SPO]. If your ancestor was a sportsman at Oxford or Cambridge then you may well find reference to him in Fifty years of sport at Oxford, Cambridge & the great public schools [ SoG Library shelf mark UNI/OXF] which was published in 1913. This covers all the major sports at the universities and includes a biographical section.

If you would like to know more about the clothes that your sporting ancestor would have worn then

English costume for sports & outdoor recreation from the 16th to the 19th centuries [ SoG Library shelf mark TB/POR 29] should prove useful.

 

The Society of Genealogists will be posting further articles about resources in our remarkable genealogical library relating to specific sports and sportsmen and sportswomen throughout the Olympics.

 

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An Index of London Schools and their Records

The addition of  the London School Admissions and Discharges records, 1840-1911 to the Ancestry website provides the opportunity to remind researchers and family historians of Cliff Webb’s Index of London Schools and their Records, published by the Society of Genealogists. The book lists educational establishments covered by the old London County Council alongside available records of genealogical interest, and is a useful tool for anyone researching London schools and those who attended them. An Index of London Schools and their Records is available at £8.95 (10% discount for SoG members) from the society’s bookshop and online at www.sog.org.uk.

 

 

 

Today, in honour of St David’s Day, leading family history website www.findmypast.co.uk has announced the launch of the first tranche of parish records from Wales – part of a major new project with the Welsh County Archivists Group and the National Library of Wales.

 

3,878,862 million records from parish registers from the Church in Wales can now be searched for the first time online from today comprising:

1,418,921 baptism records covering 1538-1911

950,254 marriage records covering 1539-1926

340,002 marriage banns covering 1701-1926

1,169,685 burial records covering 1539-2007

These records cover the counties of Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Glamorganshire.

Over the following weeks approximately 5 million more Welsh parish records from Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarvonshire, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire will be added to the website, enabling anyone to search the complete parish records from Wales online for the very first time.

Catherine Richards, county archivist from the Welsh Archives, said: “Archive Services in Wales hold a wealth of information, and our written history reflects the rich culture and heritage of the Welsh nation. Celebrating family history has had a long tradition in Wales. Welsh Law made it essential for people to know how they were descended from an ancestor and the ancient patronymic system was an important way of conveying and reaffirming lineage. The importance of tracing Welsh roots has been revived through modern genealogy. Parish registers provide one of the primary sources for the family historian and help to bring to life Welsh ancestors from the past.”

Paul Nixon, Content Licensing Manager at www.findmypast.co.uk  added: “This is a really exciting development for anyone with Welsh family history. Even if you are currently unaware of your Welsh roots, a simple search of the 46 million UK parish records at www.findmypast.co.uk  will now potentially reveal relevant results from the new Welsh Collection, opening up a whole new chapter in your research.”

The records can be accessed within the Life Events section of www.findmypast.co.uk and are free to search. The transcripts and handwritten images of the original parish registers can be viewed with PayAsYouGo credits or with a Full subscription to www.findmypast.co.uk. The full findmypast.co.uk website is free to view in the library of the Society of Genealogists

 

 

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