Genealogy news round-up: Genealogical Society of Ireland journals go online

By Jon Bauckham, 27 October 2016 - 5:26pm

Plus: Deceased Online publishes Bath burial records; Ancestry adds Norfolk electoral registers; Scottish witchcraft records go online; Long Shop Museum receives £2 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant

Genealogical Society of Ireland journal Spring 2000
Originally founded as the Dún Laoghaire Genealogical Society in 1990, the organisation changed its name to the Genealogical Society of Ireland a decade later to reflect its widening focus

The journals of a leading Irish family history society have been added to Findmypast.

Available via the website’s PERiodical Source Index, the Genealogical Society of Ireland journals contain hundreds of scholarly articles about research that has taken place in the country between 1992 and 2016.

In addition to the journals, Findmypast has also uploaded numerous standalone publications produced by the society, containing transcriptions of census returns, school registers, military records and more.

Search the records here (requires credits or subscription).

Deceased Online publishes Bath burial records

Thousands of West Country burial and cremation records have been made available to search on Deceased Online.

Thanks to a new partnership with Bath & North East Somerset Council, the genealogy website has now digitised the original registers for Twerton Cemetery, St James Cemetery and Haycombe Crematorium in Bath.

Records from five further cemeteries in the local area will be added to Deceased Online over the coming weeks.

Find out more here.

Ancestry adds Norfolk electoral registers 

Millions of Norfolk electoral records have been added to Ancestry for the first time.

Fully indexed, the collection contains the names and addresses of registered voters in the East Anglian county between 1813 and 1952.

Although the same records have been available for free on FamilySearch for several years, the development means that Ancestry users can attach findings directly to their family trees.

Explore the records here (requires subscription).

Scottish witchcraft records go online

In addition to the Norfolk electoral registers (see above), Ancestry has also published the details of 147 people publicly accused of witchcraft in Scotland in 1658.

Searchable by name and location, the records were created at the height of public suspicion about witchcraft, having been made a capital offence as a result of the Scottish Witchcraft Act a century earlier.

The dataset has been digitised and transcribed from material held by London’s Wellcome Library, which also released millions of medical records via Ancestry at the beginning of October.

Long Shop Museum receives £2 million grant

A factory that housed the world’s first assembly line is to be given a new lease of life thanks to a £2 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Established in 1778 to produce agricultural machinery, the Long Shop Museum in Leiston, Suffolk, will use the money to restore the original factory buildings and showcase its collections.

The new-look museum will also boast a ‘youth shed’, which will teach people basic engineering skills.

Learn more here.

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