Weekly round-up: Alistair McGowan comes to WDYTYA? Live

By Editor, 5 March 2015 - 2:14pm

British sailors wiring a mine, 1914 (Getty Images)

Alistair McGowan will be sharing stories of his WDYTYA? journey at the NEC in April

Actor and impressionist Alistair McGowan will be making an appearance at the NEC on 17 April 2015 when he takes the Friday celebrity slot at Who Do You Think You Are? Live. Alistair will be talking about the discovery of his Anglo-Indian heritage and his experiences of filming in India.

Tickets are £16 in advance (£22 on the door) or you can order two for £26 using the code WMS2426 (if ordered before 7 April). You can book online at www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com or by calling 0844 873 7330. There is a transaction fee of £2.25 for each order.

 Manchester cholera victims revealed 

The names and detailed notes relating to the first 200 cases of the 1832 cholera epidemic in Manchester have been added to Findmypast. The case studies are transcribed from The origin and progress of the malignant cholera in Manchester by Henry Gaulter that was published shortly after the outbreak. Each transcript lists the victim’s name, age, year of birth, place and Gaulter’s detailed notes. The notes include the victim’s address, descriptions of their constitution, lifestyle, natural susceptibility, and the condition of their dwellings. Gaulter also included detailed notes, the dates of the attack and any possible ‘predisposing causes’, which could include details of the victim’s last meal or ‘communication’ with other cases.

 1.6 million Irish newspaper additions to British Newspaper Archive and Findmypast

Over 1.6 million new articles have been added to historic Irish newspapers collection on the British Newspaper Archive and Findmypast. The latest additions include updates to 36 existing titles and five brand new titles from all over Ireland – Belfast Protestant Journal, Current Prices of Grain at Dublin Corn Exchange, Newry Herald and Down, Armagh and Louth Journal, Tipperary Vindicator and Weekly Vindicator.

West Yorkshire Poor Law records go online 

A large collection of Poor Law and township records ranging from the 17th century up to 1914 has been added to Ancestry. The collection, which is currently browse only, includes thousands of images from a variety of different West Yorkshire records including relief records, workhouse admission and discharge registers, churchwardens' accounts and even lunatic registers. Records can be browsed by parish or other jurisdiction and record type.

Deceased Online adds two more historic Nottingham cemeteries to its collection

Family historians looking for Nottingham kin may benefit from a new addition to the Deceased Online website. Rock (aka Church) Cemetery (opened in 1856) and Basford Cemetery (opened in 1870) bring the website’s collection of Nottingham cemeteries up to five - with the General Cemetery, dating back to the 1830s, set to join in the future. The new additions bring the number of records for the city to around 430,000.

Crossrail launches burials database

A database containing the names of people whose skeletons are believed to have been unearthed during London’s Crossrail project has gone online. Using parish registers held by London Metropolitan Archives, volunteers have managed to find details of men and women interred at the notorious Bedlam Burial Ground, which lies beneath the new station at Liverpool Street. Although not thought to be a complete record, the resource still contains over 5,000 entries. Search at bit.ly/1zCWlYe

Scotland's Forth Bridge celebrates 125 years 

One of Scotland’s great engineering wonders, the Forth Bridge, celebrated its 125th anniversary with style this week. A replica Spitfire and an RAF Typhoon took part in a fly-past to commemorate the Forth Bridge Raid which took place in October 1939 when a dogfight ensued between the German Luftwaffe and the RAF. It was the first time that Spitfires had engaged with the enemy.

Read the fascinating story of how a small group of genealogy sleuths uncovered details of the men who died building the Forth Bridge here.

Hunt for descendants of WW1 postcard writer 

Postcards written by a young wife to her husband fighting in the trenches have been discovered amongst a selection of postcards bought at auction. The buyer, David Boyd, discovered that 30 of the 84 postcards were all written by Beatrice Frances Dowman to her husband Frederick, in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

David is currently trying to discover the fate of their son Fred, in the hopes of uniting the postcards to members of the family. “I don’t know how they came to be at auction but they deserve to be treasured as key pieces of family history,” said David who has asked for anyone who can help to email him at oncebubbles@gmail.com. You can read more about the story here.

61,000 Trade Union records spanning WW1 added to Findmypast 

Records covering 1914 to 1918 have been added to Findmypast’s British Trade Union Membership Registers collection. The records don’t just feature individuals who participated in the First World War, although many include pages of the union’s Roll of Honour and some include photographs of the members or feature short profiles about specific members. The records also include daily trade union news and business and frequently acknowledge members who have left for war or joined the services.

Findmypast Australia adds Queensland immigrant records 

Passenger certificates and land orders are among the records that have been added to Findmypast Australia to reveal the lives of Queensland immigrants from 1861 to 1907.  Part of the World subscription package for UK users, the records will be free to access this weekend as part of the special Findmypast deal.

Another Australian addition to Findmypast this week is an index of headstone inscriptions for Macquarie Park Cemetery in New South Wales.

This week's family history deals

If you would like deals or offers mentioned in this section, please email jon.bauckham@immediate.co.uk.

  • TheGenealogist is currently offering three months free when you purchase an annual Diamond subscription. Get 15 months for the price of 12, but readers will need to hurry as the offer closes 20 March 2015. To get this deal, click on this link and use the code WHONLM15 


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