Genealogy news round-up: Register of Qualified Genealogists launches online

By Jon Bauckham, 10 March 2016 - 5:33pm

Plus: Staffordshire burials added to Deceased Online; County Durham records hit the web; Royal British Legion reveals details of Somme centenary tour; Mystery benefactors prevent Elgin Museum closure

Register of Qualified Genealogists screenshot

A new database recognising the qualifications of professional UK genealogists has launched online.

The Register of Qualified Genealogists (RQG) says its purpose is to “provide, and make public, a record of those genealogists who hold a recognised qualification in the field of genealogy and associated practices, and who may be willing to provide professional services in that field”.

To qualify for inclusion on the Register, researchers must have earned suitable degrees or diplomas from one of three accredited institutions: the Institution of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies, the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde.

Members of the public can then check a genealogist's credentials and get in touch with them via the RQG website. Find out more here.
 

Staffordshire records added to Deceased Online

Burton-on-Trent’s historic Stapenhill Cemetery is one of two burial grounds in East Staffordshire whose records have been made available on Deceased Online this week. Opened 150 years ago, the occupations listed in Stapenhill’s records reflect Burton’s major 19th-century industries – particularly its beer-brewing heritage. More recent records from the nearby Rolleston Cemetery are also available, spanning 1975 to 2014. Find out more here.
 

County Durham records hit the web

A large tranche of parish registers and nonconformist material has been uploaded to Durham Records Online. Most of the new additions come from St Margaret’s Church in the city of Durham, providing details of 4,407 baptisms, 1,118 marriages and 4,586 burials spanning 1558-1700. Also now available on the site are 1,174 baptism records from the Barnard Castle Wesleyan Methodist Circuit registers (1854-1894), plus details of 6,561 burials at Sunderland Cemetery (1935-1947).
 

Royal British Legion announces Somme tour

The Royal British Legion has released details of a special tour to commemorate 100 years since the end of the Battle of the Somme. Taking place between 17-20 November 2016, the tour will take participants to battlefields and memorials across Northern France and Belgium, as well as a remembrance service at Thiepval Cemetery on 18 November. Find out more and register here.
 

Mystery benefactors prevent Elgin Museum closure

A trio of unnamed backers has donated £44,500 to save Elgin Museum from bankruptcy. The news comes a year after Moray Council refused to provide the Moray Society, which maintains the museum, with a “sink or swim” grant in a move that left it facing closure. Commenting on the news, Moray Society president Grenville Johnston said: “I was overwhelmed; this is such a generous gesture.” Read the full story here.

Words: Sam Mason-Jones

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