Genealogy news round-up: Over 2.1 million Hampshire records go online

By Jon Bauckham, 1 December 2016 - 10:51pm

Plus: TreeSync to remain functional in New Year; Stories of WW1 'graffiti' soldiers sought; Ancestry uploads NSW record bundle; FamilySearch marks 10 years of indexing mission

The release features records from the parish of Fordingbridge, including the burial of James Alexander Seton – the last British man to be killed in a duel on English soil (Credit: Alamy)

Over 2.1 million Hampshire parish records have been made available to search at TheGenealogist.

Transcribed by members of Hampshire Genealogical Society, the collection provides the names of 1.8 million people recorded in local baptism registers between 1538-1751.

The tranche also includes details of 212,000 individuals listed in marriage registers from roughly the same time period (1538-1753), along with 143,800 people recorded in burial registers from the mid-19th century (1838-1865).

As well as being published on TheGenealogist, researchers can gain access to the transcriptions via sister website FHS-Online, where profits will be fed back to Hampshire Genealogical Society.

Click here to explore (requires subscription).

TreeSync to remain functional in New Year

A tool that allows Family Tree Maker users to synchronise their software with saved data on Ancestry will still be available in the New Year, developers have said.

Software MacKiev, which bought Family Tree Maker from Ancestry in February, originally stated that the popular ‘TreeSync’ feature would not be supported beyond 31 December 2016.

However, in a recent email sent to customers, company president Jack Minsky said TreeSync would still continue to work as normal until Software MacKiev had come up with new technology to replace it. This is still in development.

Read the full story on Chris Paton's GENES blog here.

Stories of WW1 'graffiti' soldiers sought

The families of soldiers who served with the Durham Light Infantry during the First World War are being sought to help shed light on historic ‘graffiti’ recently discovered in France.

Scrawled on the walls of underground passageways from the Battle of Loos, the pen and pencil messages were found by members of the Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT).

Thanks to names and service numbers mentioned in the graffiti, researchers have managed to identify three soldiers who left messages: Private Robert Slater from Ryhope; Lance Corporal George Walker from Consett; and Private J Brown, for whom little information survives.

It is hoped that relatives of the men will now come forward and help complete each of their stories.

To find out more, click here.

Ancestry uploads NSW record bundle

Thousands of ‘miscellaneous’ records from the Australian state of New South Wales have been made available to view on Ancestry.

The browse-only collection, digitised from material held by the NSW State Records Authority, represents more than 100 individual record sets.

This includes documents relating to politics, agriculture, mining and immigration, plus historic photographs concerning a variety of local subjects.

Click here to view a full list of the record sets, and here to start browsing the material itself (requires Worldwide subscription).

FamilySearch marks 10 years of indexing mission

FamilySearch has celebrated 10 years of its online indexing initiative.

The Mormon genealogy organisation first started letting volunteers index its records via the internet in 2006.

Since then, 1.2 million people across the world have contributed towards the project, poring over 1.5 billion images of historic documents.

To mark the milestone, FamilySearch has published a special ‘thank you’ note on its blog, along with a selection of free graphics to download.

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