Nov 292020

As Tweeter-in-Chief – sorry, Social Media Coordinator – for the Society for One-Place Studies, I regularly retweet content which is likely to be of interest to one-placers. Of course, all that content soon gets ‘lost’ amongst the tons of new tweets added to Twitter each day. So here is the first of what I hope will be a regular round-up or digest of news and information from the ‘Twitterverse’, with links to sources of further details. Please note that the inclusion of links to commercial websites below does not imply endorsement by the Society of the products or services offered unless otherwise stated.


The National Archives, Kew: Preparing to welcome back visitors: more seats and greater access and Reading room services to resume from 8 December.

Welsh Government: Over 200 Welsh statues, streets and buildings connected to the slave trade listed in nationwide audit.

Discounts and offers

RootsIreland (database of more than 22 million Irish records): 25% discount on a 12 month subscription. Offer ended 11:59 GMT, 10 December.

Fold3 (military records database): 40% discount on new subscriptions. Offer ended 11:59 MT, 6 December.

British Newspaper Archive: Save 25% on a new subscription using the code SAVE25. Offer ended 30 November. (624 million pages of historical newspapers from USA, Canada, UK and elsewhere): $20 off new 6-month subscriptions. Offer ended 11:59 MT, 6 December.

Amberley Books (local and specialist history books): Save 25% from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. Offer ended 30 November.

Family Tree Magazine (UK): 35% off a digital subscription, 25% off a print subscription, and all digital back issues 99p each. Offer ended 30 November.

Old Postcards: 20% Black Friday discount this weekend. Offer ended 29 November.

For a round-up of UK DNA test kit sales and offers, see 2020 November & December DNA Sales (UK) on Donna Rutherford’s website.

New records online

Findmypast (£): Scotland Monumental Inscriptions – 600,000 records added. Plus many other new and updated record sets (see the Findmypast Friday blog post).

Essex & Suffolk Surnames (Free): Nearly 800 baptisms for Colchester St Leonard’s added.

American Ancestors ($/Free): General Society of Mayflower Descendants Membership Applications, 1620-1920 (Free).

New and interesting books and other products

Book - Fashion and Family History, by Jayne Shrimpton. A new release from Pen & Sword Books.

Booklets – Eureka Partnership transcriptions of “unusual and lesser known material such as Canal Boat Records, Nonconformist Registers, Workhouse Records and Pre 1841 Census Data” primarily from central, eastern and southern English counties.

App (Android) – vFlat. An app for scanning books which “flattens curved pages with the help of deep learning.”

New and interesting websites

House History Hour: A new website to accompany the weekly Thursday evening #HouseHistoryHour Twitter chat. Meet the historians behind #HouseHistoryHour, view the Twitter ‘Moments’ (curated compilations of tweets from each week’s discussion) and see the schedule of forthcoming #HouseHistoryHour topics.

Women’s Suffrage Database (Free): 3,000 individuals who were active in the campaign for women’s suffrage between 1866–1914.

Legacies of British Slave-ownership (Free): A database of British slave-owners who received compensation after slavery was abolished in 1833.

BFI Player (£/Free): Includes thousands of archive films from the BFI and its partners which can be viewed for free, in addition to paid content. Highlighted this week was Scenes in Hull (1901).

New academic paper

Circular visualisation of historical migration in England in the long eighteenth-century by Stuart Gietel-Basten (Free): A study of migration within the county of Lincolnshire from 1700 to 1836, which uses novel methods to measure and display the extent of movements within and between the regions of the county.

New blog posts

A random photo find on eBay turned out to have links to a Suffolk World War 1 project – on our member Simon Last’s Charnwood Genealogy blog.

The tragedy of Jane Dee – on our member Daniel Smith-Ramos’s The Genealogy Corner blog.

Seasonal Musing and some Exciting News – on our member Janet Few’s The History Interpreter website. Many congratulations to Janet on her Exciting News!

Tithes – A Harvest of Historical Data & Detail – on the Borders Ancestry website.

Death of a Platelayer – on the Railway Work, Life & Death website.

Back From The Dead? – On Dave Annal’s Lifelines Research website.

Newspapers: More uses than wrapping your fish and chips! – on the Dorset History Centre website.

Explore Your (Digital) Archives: 4 Amazing Websites to Broaden Your Genealogy Horizons – on The Parchment Rustler website.

Historians across boundaries: changing how we research the past – on the University of Portsmouth's History Blog.

Food, wonderful food (a summary of this week’s #ANZAncestryTime Twitter chat) – on the Oér The Seas We Go website.

Videos and recordings of online presentations

Catalogue Day 2020 at The National Archives: an alternative to the in-person event which would normally take place on the last Friday of November.

A House Through Time: an interview with historian, Melanie Backe-Hansen (from September’s Winchester Heritage Open Day).

Using Deeds for Research: From Bedfordshire Archives.

Mapping Your Ancestors: a presentation by Dr Sophie Kay.

The National Archives and the Medieval State: a presentation on the medieval state, its structure and its records with a particular focus on local histories by Dr Paul Dryburgh of The National Archives.

Forthcoming events

Navigating the Maps Website (of the National Library of Scotland) – 2 December 2020. Online. Free.

Scottish Indexes Conference – 6 December 2020. Online. Free, but donations requested.

Family Tree Magazine webinars – 15 and 16 December 2020, 4 Feb 2021. Online. £10 / £35.

And finally, my favourite tweet of the week – the one in which the tweeter explained that their 13-year-old thought ‘primadonna’ meant anyone born before Madonna (‘pre-Madonna’)!

If you found this blog post useful, or have any other snippets from Twitter or other social media sources to add, please drop the details in the Comments below. And if you’re not already following the Society on Twitter, join us in the Twitterverse at @OnePlaceStudies!

Steve Jackson
Social Media Coordinator

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