Genealogy news roundup: RootsTech announces 2019 London event

By Rosemary Collins, 30 August 2018 - 2:23pm

Plus: Findmypast warns users that records will only be available with subscription from September; 3D virtual tour of Hollybrook First World War memorial launched; Royal Scots Regiment Roll of Honour published online to mark First World War anniversary

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RootsTech 2017 in Salt Lake City (Credit: FamilySearch)

American family history event RootsTech has announced that its first international event will take place in London next year.

RootsTech London 2019 will run from 24-26 October at the ExCeL London Convention Centre.

Free family history website FamilySearch, which is run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, launched the event after running a successful RootsTech conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, every year since 2011.

The RootsTech London webpage promises "more than 150 hands-on lectures on topics such as DNA, records, and preserving family memories". Registration will open in February 2019.

 

Findmypast warns users that records will only be available with subscription from September

Family history website Findmypast issued an email to users yesterday evening warning that from September, their previously viewed records will only be accessible with a valid subscription.

The change means that family historians with Findmypast accounts will need to be active subscribers to the website to view records stored in their 'My records' section, including those who accessed the site via a free trial or free access promotion or whose subscriptions have lapsed.

The Findmypast email stated that the company would update users on the exact date when the change will be implemented "closer to the time".

Findmypast users who will be affected by the change are advised to download any records they need before 31 August.

Findmypast warns users that records will only be available with subscription from September

 

3D virtual tour of Hollybrook First World War memorial launched

A memorial commemorating the 1,930 Commonwealth service men and women who were lost or buried at sea during the First World War is now available to explore in a new 3D model.

Through its Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Forgotten Wrecks project, the Maritime Archaeology Trust has released an online, interactive 3D model with virtual tour of Hollybrook War Memorial.

It is accompanied by an information video and booklet, with a teaching pack due to be released soon.

The model allows online researchers to explore the names listed on the memorial graves and panels, in some cases linking to further information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

 

Royal Scots Regiment Roll of Honour published online to mark First World War anniversary

The names of men who were killed in the First World War while fighting in the Royal Scots Regiment are now available to search online as the Royal Scots Regimental Trust announced the release of its Roll of Honour.

The Roll, which is believed to be the first compiled online on a regimental basis, lists 11,313 names, along with each soldier's rank, service number, place of birth, battalion, date of death and page on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.

The database, which was launched ahead of the centenary of the end of the First World War, is free to search, and the Trust will undertake further research on the men who served, including veterans, for £25 each.

Colonel Martin Gibson of the Royal Scots Regimental Museum and Heritage said: "We are immensely proud of the Regiment's record in the First World War, and hope that this unique list of those Royal Scots who died will help their descendants and others who want to find out about them and enable all visitors to remember their sacrifice, as well as enabling an enduring legacy as we approach the centenary of Armistice Day 1918."

Royal Scots Regiment Roll of Honour published online to mark First World War anniversary

 

AGRA announces new conference

The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) has announced plans for a family history conference at Pembroke College, Oxford on 27 and 28 September 2019.

The conference, which follows a similar successful event in 2016, will be called 'Bloomin' Ancestors!: Giving Your Family History Personality'.

Full conference details will be announced in December, and potential attendees can register their interest here.

AGRA is also keen to hear from expert family historians who are interested in speaking at the event.

 

IBCC appeals for relatives of Heligoland Bight Second World War pilots

The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC) is seeking living relatives of the airmen who participated in the Battle of Heligoland Bight in 1939 for an 80th anniversary Reconciliation & Commemoration Ceremony.

The Battle of Heligoland Bight, which took place on 18 December 1939, was the first named air battle of the Second World War and resulted in the loss of 57 airmen and 12 Wellington Bombers.

A full list of the planes, crew and RAF bases involved is available on the Heligoland39 website, with details about how to get in contact if your family has a connection with those named.

The project also posts updates on its Facebook page.

 

TheGenealogist adds more Warwickshire records

TheGenealogist has added baptism, marriage and burial records of over 1.5 million people to its Warwickshire Parish Record Collection.

The records, released in partnership with Warwickshire County Record Office, include both transcripts and images, allowing family historians to identify additional information in the original parish registers.

The records cover the parishes of Alveston, Arley, Baddesley Ensor, Barcheston, Bulkington, Burton Dassett, Butlers Marston, Castle Bromwich, Charlecote, Cherrington, Chilvers Coton, Church Lawford, Claverdon, Clifton-Upon-Dunsmore, Coleshill, Corley, Coughton, Coventry St Michael, Coventry St John the Baptist, Coventry St Mark, Curdworth, Ettington, Exhall with Wixford (Alcester), Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Foleshill St Laurence, Great Alne, Great Packington, Grendon, Hampton Lucy, Harborough Magna, Hartshill, Haselor, Henley-in-Arden, Honington, Ladbroke, Lea Marston, Leamington Spa All Saints, Leamington Spa St John the Baptist, Mancetter, Milverton, Over Whitacre, Pillerton Hersey, Ratley, Sherbourne, Shipston-on-Stour, Shotteswell, Solihull St Alphege, Sutton Coldfield Holy Trinity, Warwick St Mary, Warwick St Nicholas, Wasperton, Wellesbourne, and Whitchurch.

The images are also available on Ancestry and FamilySearch.

 

Peter Jackson's First World War footage to be broadcast in cinemas on 16 October

A new film created from Imperial War Museums (IWM) archive footage of the First World War will be broadcast in cinemas around the country on 16 October.

They Shall Not Grow Old, made by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, includes colourised archive footage transformed with modern production techniques to reveal previously unseen detail, as well as BBC and IWM interviews with veterans of the conflict.

It will debut in 2D and 3D screenings at the BFI London film festival on 16 October, followed by a Q&A with Jackson and film critic Mark Kermode.

The film will be simultaneously screened in cinemas, schools and special venues across the UK and broadcast on BBC One at a later date.

 

 

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