Genealogy news roundup: RootsWeb promises to bring back content ‘over the next few months’

By Rosemary Collins, 11 January 2018 - 3:01pm

Plus: 645,000 Brompton Cemetery records added to Findmypast; FamilySearch expands Irish and Swedish collections; National Library of Scotland adds 1940s maps

The website's content will be restored slowly to address security concerns

The managers of free family history website RootsWeb have assured users that they will restore the site’s content over the next few months.

Ancestry, which hosts the site on its servers, took RootsWeb offline last month after it found that the email addresses and passwords of 300,000 users had been leaked in a security breach.

In an update on the RootsWeb homepage, the site organisers say that they have reviewed the site’s functionality and “will bring many of [users’] contributions back online over the next few months”, adding that their first priority is ensuring that RootsWeb meets “stringent security standards”.

As an interim step, the content will initially be restored in a read-only state, so users can’t add new content.


645,000 Brompton Cemetery Records added to Findmypast

Over 645,000 burial records from Brompton Cemetery, one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ Victorian cemeteries, have been digitised on Findmypast.

The records, taken from registers held in The National Archives, contain details such as the deceased’s age, their residence and their date and place of burial.

Brompton Cemetery was opened by the West London and Westminster Cemetery Company in 1840, and is located in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Famous people found among the records include suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst (1858 -1928) and Henry Augustus Mears (1873 – 1912), the founder of Chelsea Football Club.


FamilySearch expands Irish and Swedish collections

FamilySearch has indexed thousands of new records in 11 of its collections from around the world.

The website added 653,521 records to its Irish civil registration collection, including 1864-1913 births, 1845-1870 marriages, and 1864-1870 deaths.

In addition, it made a major addition of 36,064,931 records to its collection of Swedish household examination books, dating from 1880 to 1920.

The books were kept by parish priests of the Swedish Lutheran Church every year as a means of testing individual’s knowledge of the catechisms as well as recording births, marriages, deaths and where families had moved to or from.


National Library of Scotland adds 1940s maps

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) has added Bartholomew’s Revised Half-Inch Maps of Britain, 1940-47, to its ongoing collection of digitised maps.

The series, consisting of 62 half inch to the mile maps, provides a detailed view of the whole of Great Britain in the postwar years.

The publisher, Bartholomew, deliberately selected only certain details from the Ordnance Survey maps, and added categories of roads, including drove roads, steamer routes and rights of way, that were often not shown on Ordnance Survey maps.

Earlier this year, NLS completed a three year project to digitise its complete collection of 89,000 Ordnance Survey 25 inch to the mile maps of England and Wales, dating from 1841 to 1952.


Kent Family History Society launches new website

Kent Family History Society (KFHS) has announced a redesign of its website.

The website’s features include an online shop, maps of Kent’s parishes, a brief history of Kent, information about the society’s six branches and a guide to Kent’s archives and libraries.

The website also has a surname search function, allowing visitors to search among 12,184 surnames currently of interest to KFHS members, and contact the member researching them.

KFHS also launched a new logo, a modernised version of the Kent emblem of a white horse on a red background.


British APG chapter sets up social media channels

The Britain, Ireland & the Isles chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is now available on social media, with the launch of new Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.

APG is an independent organisation which supports professional genealogists at all stages of their career, from beginners to established experts.

It has nearly 3,000 members worldwide.

To launch their Continuous Professional Development initiative, the APG chapter has hosted a panel discussion between genealogists Chris Paton and Lorna Moloney and posted the 52 minute on YouTube.


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