Genealogy news roundup: Historic North London maps go online for the first time

By Jon Bauckham, 2 August 2018 - 5:20pm

Plus: Digital resource encourages public to share RAF stories; New version of WDYTYA? Magazine app launches; FamilySearch adds indexed parish records for Northumberland; Researcher invites festivalgoers to play "game of family histories"

As well as the chance to find details of ancestors who owned and occupied property, the field books and their accompanying maps show buildings that have since been destroyed

A highly detailed set of North London property records has been made available to explore on TheGenealogist for the first time.

Working in partnership with The National Archives (TNA), the subscription site has added a new tranche of material to the 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Survey collection, boasting annotated Ordnance Survey maps and land tax field books created at the turn of the 20th century.

Covering Barnet, Edgware, Friern Barnet, Hendon and Totteridge, the latest additions – digitised from series IR58 and IR121 at TNA – join similar records from the City of London and Paddington launched on the site in 2017.

Over the coming months, TheGenealogist will also begin adding maps and field books from other parts of England and Wales.

"With our English & Welsh Tithe Map collection, we've become known for our map-based records and this new collection makes a fantastic later addition," said TheGenealogist's head of development, Mark Bayley.

"The maps show an incredible amount of detail, allowing you to zoom right in on the hand-annotated property. The records that go with these maps are just as detailed, allowing you to find out all manner of information about your ancestral home."


Digital resource encourages public to share RAF stories

Members of the public are being encouraged to share their RAF memories via a new interactive website.

Launched as part of the RAF Museum's Centenary Programme, RAF Stories allows users to submit, share and explore stories of people's personal connections to the RAF.

The resource already features submissions from the likes of actor Minnie Driver, who discusses her father's role with Bomber Command during the Second World War.

Filmed in conversation with historian Joshua Levine, the story was also the focus of the star's episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, which was originally broadcast in 2013.

In addition to the main website, stories can be viewed and submitted via a free RAF Stories app, available to download on both iOS and Android.


New version of WDYTYA? Magazine app launches

The Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine iOS app has undergone a major redesign.

Specially optimised for mobile and tablet devices, the new-look app allows users to adjust the text size of each page and bookmark specific articles to save for later.

For the first time, readers can also enjoy the magazine in full landscape mode, making it ideal for iPad users.

The new features are compatible with the August 2018 issue onwards and can be accessed by digital subscribers and readers who choose to purchase individual issues.

To find out more and download the app, click here.


FamilySearch adds indexed parish records for Northumberland

FamilySearch has published a major update to one of its English parish record sets.

The free family history site has added a new tranche of indexed material to the Northumberland Parish Registers collection, bringing the total number of searchable records within the set to 928,964.

Spanning 1538–1950, the records – which link to scans of the original pages – have been created from registers held at Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives.


Researcher invites festivalgoers to play "game of family histories"

A PhD student is asking people to join her in a "game of family histories" at the Edinburgh Festival.

University of Sheffield researcher Kirsty Surgey has created an interactive performance entitled Lines and Ladders, in which three audience participants share their family history stories and join her on a "genealogical journey of excitement and disappointment".

Following each game, Kirsty will then write up the findings in a performance diary as part of her PhD research project, which investigates the use of personal stories in public spaces.

The show runs from 4–27 August 2019 at The Forest CafĂ©, Edinburgh, with free tickets for the first week of games currently available to book via Eventbrite. More free tickets will be released in August, although additional performances may be available to book at the venue on the day.

For more information about Kirsty's PhD research, click here.


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