Dec 062020

Another week has flown by and it’s time for my second summary of seven days in the Twittersphere. Stand by for another curated collection of the family and local history news and info that has caught my eye, in my capacity as Tweetmeister for the Society.

Discounts, offers, and a competition

In addition to those mentioned last week which are still valid…

Historic England books: 50% off all Historic England print and ebooks through Liverpool University Press, using the code WINTER50 at the checkout (postage costs apply). Orders to be placed before 31 December 2020.

Pen & Sword Books: 30% off RRPs for print books at Pen & Sword during December. Currently there are also 50 ebooks on sale at £1.99 each.

Archives Wales – competition (Wayback machine archive link): A chance to win a year’s Ancestry Worldwide subscription in a competition open to UK residents over 18 years of age. Winner to be selected and announced 11 December 2020.

New and updated records and finding aids

Findmypast (£) has added more baptism records from Essex and Devon, along with a new Berkshire Probate Index. More details (with a handy map showing the parish records available from FMP across Britain and Ireland) in Brand new English family records now online.

Ancestry (£) has updated 16 of its record sets over the last week, and added one new set: Ohio, U.S., Select County Death Records,1840-1908. See their website for a full list of New and Updated records.

FamilySearch (Free) has provided a Monthly Record Update for November 2020 on its blog. In brief, over 38.4 million new indexed records and over 200,000 digital images were added in November.

Deceased Online (£) has boosted the burial records in their Lambeth (London) Collection, with the full set of records from Streatham Cemetery plus records from Lambeth Cemetery itself now uploaded to their site. Visit the Deceased Online blog for more details.

RootsIreland (£) has added over 61,000 Roman Catholic and Civil records for County Clare.

Shropshire Archives has added indexes for its 1821 census records covering Wellington, Shrewsbury Holy Cross and Shrewsbury St Mary’s, with high resolution images. Free to access – see More early census returns for details and links.

Highland Archives has now put its catalogue online, containing “nearly 100,000 descriptions of archives and library holdings held in our four Archive Centres in Inverness, Portree, Fort William and Wick.” Find out more on their Online Catalogue page.

New and interesting books and other products

Aldeburgh War Memorial: The Story Behind the Names, 1914 - 1918, by our member Simon Last, and Simon Good.

Framlingham War Memorial: The Men Behind the Names, 1939-1945, also by our member Simon Last.

MyHeritage In Color™, a photo colourisation tool from MyHeritage, has been updated. See MyHeritage In Color™ Just Got Better for more information, and for my ‘test drive’ of the new version, see the photos below!

Postcard as scanned

Scan of postcard, colourised by MyHeritage In Color™

Scan of postcard, colourised by MyHeritage In Color™ then tweaked by me

New and interesting websites

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade. Discover and explore nearly a half million people records and 5 million data points, from archival fragments and spreadsheet entries, enabling the lives of the enslaved to be seen in richer detail.

Yorkshire Burials. Burial records, grave books, monumental inscriptions and cemetery plans from across the Yorkshire region.

Landed families of Britain and Ireland. If your British or Irish one-place study was home to one or more of the many ‘landed families’ of these isles, you might find details of the homes and people belonging to them on this site.

British Police History. “From the early days of rattles and whistles forward to modern radios and whistles”, and from “Aberdare Canal Police to Zetland County Police”, a wealth of facts and photos relating to the history of policing and police forces in Britain can be found on this growing website.

Blog posts

How to Get To Know Your Ancestors Better (without a Tardis) (tips include getting to know the places where your ancestors lived, with a plug for one-place studies and our Society!) – on the Genealogy Stories website.

Rethinking the Laundress in Victorian England (the difficulties and dangers faced by Victorian laundry workers) – on The Herstorian website.

The Winchester Bishopric Pipe Rolls (a look at what information can be gleaned from these fascinating medieval records, with a link to a more detailed article) – on the Hampshire Archives and Local Studies website.

Those 1850 and 1860 US Census Property Values (a short post on looking at property values, recorded on the US censuses of 1850 and ’60, in context)  – on the Genealogy Tip Of The Day website.

Own Your Story, Own Your Mob, Mob Owns You – Re-authoring the colonial archive (how archive records can be disempowering for First Nations people in Australia, and how the stories they hold can be repatriated) – in the Find and Connect blog.

Family History Societies (a summary of this week’s #ANZAncestryTime Twitter chat) – on the Oér The Seas We Go website.

Toolkit: Photographs & Visual Materials (“How to store, provide access to and make the most of your artistic, graphic and other visual collections”) – on the CILIP Local Studies Group website.

Toolkit: Ephemera (Collecting, organising, cataloguing and preserving ephemera, “paper items produced for example to promote a one-time only event or created for a limited time period, with the eventual intention of being thrown away”) – on the CILIP Local Studies Group website.


Family History Podcasts, from the Association of Genealogists & Researchers in Archives. A monthly series of podcasts which began in September, with AGRA experts answering submitted questions. Subjects covered so far: House histories; Ancestral research – getting started; Research before 1837; and Military research.

TV programmes available via catch-up services

Britain’s Most Historic Towns (series 3), presented by Professor Alice Roberts. Channel 4, UK. Create an account and sign in to watch.

Videos and recorded presentations

Daniel’s Genealogy Interviews Daniel Horowitz: Two Daniels got together on IGTV yesterday when our member Daniel’s Genealogy chatted to Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage via Instagram.

Analysing Historic Settlement: From the Institute of Historical Research, a discussion chaired by Dr Adam Chapman and featuring Professor Susan Oosthuizen and Professor Angus Winchester. “The session discussed the analysis of historic settlement through place names, mapping and the written record among other tools to write about the landscape and its history.” Highly recommended, containing much of value for those engaged in local history and one-place studies.

Representing women’s stories: Session 4 of the recent Imperial War Museums Network conference on Women at War. How to account for and challenge gaps in the narrative when it comes to the roles women play during war and conflict.

Llandudno and the Second World War: Originally delivered by Zoom for Llandudno Museum's Community and Education Programme.

Forthcoming events and courses

In addition to those mentioned last week which have yet to take place…

Gathering and Preserving Heritage: 2020 CAHG Awards Celebration: A free online event from Community Archives and Heritage Group, featuring winning groups in the 2020 CAHG Award category for Gathering and Preserving Heritage, plus a short overview of the ‘Novice to Know-How’ digital preservation course. 7 December 2020. This will be recorded for later viewing.

Family history and the future of co-production and collaboration: A free webinar presented by Macquarie University Centre for Applied History, Sydney, on 17 December 2020. This will be recorded for later viewing.

Pharos Teaching & Tutoring courses: Have a look at the Pharos courses coming in January, covering medieval genealogy, 20th century military research, apprenticeship records, researching online, employment records, migration in the British Isles, and, presented by Janet Few, Discovering Your British Family and Local Community in the early 20th Century.

Walking with your Ancestors - mapping strategies: A Zoom tutorial from The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, presented by Doctor Sophie Kay, on 9 February 2021. £10.

For more genealogy events around the world but particularly in the USA, see

And finally…

I couldn’t resist closing this week’s post by sharing the first half of this 1935 film from British Pathé. Find out how, after a hard day’s work on a Welsh mountain, these quarrymen returned to lower ground – their journey certainly looks a lot more fun than my old commute!


Steve Jackson
Social Media Coordinator

  One Response to “News from the Twittersphere, 6 December 2020”

  1. Great thanks, used quite a few links.

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