Genealogy news roundup: London transport staff registers go online

By Jon Bauckham, 2 March 2017 - 3:08pm

Plus: Findmypast publishes Northamptonshire records; New family history journal to launch in April; Free Irish documents and photographs go online; Dig For Victory Show to exhibit at WDYTYA? LIVE; Long Lost Family seeks new participants

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The earliest records in the London Transport Staff Registers Collection date back to the opening of the Metropolitan Underground line in 1863 (Credit: Getty Images)

Historic occupation records held by Transport for London have been made available to explore online for the first time.

Released last Thursday (23 February), the new London Transport Staff Registers collection on Ancestry provides access to a wealth of information about former employees between 1863 and 1931, ranging from underground train drivers to clerical workers.

Although the level of information recorded in the registers varies depending on the year, the digitised records will generally include the person’s job title and salary, along with notes on their disciplinary history.

Search the collection here (requires transcription).

Findmypast publishes Northamptonshire records

Two large collections of Northamptonshire records have been published on Findmypast.

Spanning 1559-1901, the smaller of the record sets provides access to 14,000 baptism records from 34 parishes across the county. Transcribed by members of Northamptonshire Family History Society, the entries can reveal the date of the baptism, the name of the church and the names of both parents.

Findmypast has also uploaded over 160,000 admission records from Northampton General Hospital dating back to the 18th century. Fully searchable, the transcriptions list the dates on which each patient was admitted and discharged, along with details of their medical condition.

Like the baptism records, original copies of the hospital admission registers are held at Northamptonshire Record Office.

New family history journal to launch in April

A new academic journal devoted to the study of genealogy and family history is to launch next month.

Published by the Register of Qualified Genealogists, the Journal of Genealogy and Family History (JFGH) will feature peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics, ranging from DNA analysis to legal and ethical issues surrounding the field.

Crucially, each of the issues will be available online free of charge under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence.

Find out more here.

Free Irish documents and photographs go online

Over 43,000 historic Irish documents and photographs have been made available online via a new resource.

Free to use, the Dublin City Libraries and Archive Digital Repository provides access to an array of items from the Dublin City Council archives, such as the Fáilte Ireland Photographic Collection, showcasing images of Irish people, places and tourist locations dating back to the 1930s.

Other highlights include the Irish Theatre Archive, as well as the Birth of the Republic Collection, which features documents relating to the Irish State between 1864-1942.

Explore here.

Dig For Victory Show to exhibit at WDYTYA? LIVE

Visitors to Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE on 6-8 April will get a flavour of life during the Second World War thanks to a display from the Dig for Victory Show.

The company, which organises a 1940s-themed festival in Somerset each year, has confirmed it will be bringing a selection of original and rare military vehicles, including an Austin 10 Lichfield and Willys MB Jeep.

The Dig for Victory Show will also be recreating a 1940s living room for visitors to experience, complete with period furniture and a Morrison shelter.

To book your place at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, click here. Until Monday 3 April, readers can purchase a pair of day tickets for just £26 using our special offer code – click here for details.

Long Lost Family seeks new participants

The makers of ITV’s Long Lost Family are searching for participants to appear in a brand-new series of the programme.

Wall to Wall, which also produces Who Do You Think You Are? for the BBC, wants to hear from people hoping to be reunited with a lost or missing family member – whatever the circumstances.

To express your interest, complete the online form available here. Applicants must be aged 21 or older and be a permanent legal resident currently living in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man.

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