Weekly round-up: findmypast customers criticise redesign

By Guest, 10 April 2014 - 3:44pm

Findmypast has drawn widespread criticism following the launch of its new-look website. Although some customers were granted access to the platform in early March, the majority of its members were not moved over until last week. However, users have complained that the new site is difficult to navigate and that certain search tools are broken or have been removed altogether. You can read the company’s answers to questions posed by Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine on Tuesday, or read our editor’s blog on the matter here.
 

IGRS adds Roman Catholic record index

Family historians with Irish connections can now access an online index to over 15,000 Roman Catholic records. Uploaded to the Members’ Area of the Irish Genealogical Research Society’s (IGRS) website, the index offers details of baptisms and marriages from the Roman Catholic parish of Ennis in County Clare. Spanning 1841-1900 for baptisms and 1837-1900 for marriages, the index is just one of several record sets transcribed by IGRS Fellow Terry Eakin scheduled to go online this year.
 

The National Archives reveals top-secret files

The National Archives has uploaded more than 150 files from record series KV 2 to its online catalogue, where they can be downloaded by researchers for a small fee. Featuring interrogation reports, letters and photographs, the files record the intelligence work that MI5 carried out on organisations such as the Bolshevik Party, as well as individuals believed to harbour communist or fascist sympathies.
 

Have your say on relocation of Cheshire Archives

A consultation has been launched to help decide on a new home for Cheshire Archives and Local Studies. With the facility recently declared “inadequate” by The National Archives, Chester West & Chester and Cheshire East councils are now asking the public to share their views on moving the service and its historic records to one of six new locations. To read the proposals and submit your comments online, click here. The consultation ends on 30 June 2014.
 

LDS Church members to get free web subscriptions

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints could be granted free home access to three leading family history websites within the next two months. Following its recent partnerships with Ancestry, findmypast and MyHeritage, Mormon genealogy organisation FamilySearch told this year's RootsTech conference that it was planning to introduce free subscriptions for each of the services in late 2014. However, speaking to Deseret News earlier this week, FamilySearch’s Thom Reed said that the project was moving faster than expected and could be a reality by the “middle of the second quarter” of 2014.
 

Funding boost for future archivists

The National Archives has received a £950,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help budding archivists get vital experience in the sector. The project, named Transforming Archives, runs until 2017 and will provide three cohorts of trainees with work placements and mentoring, as well as a training week at The National Archives itself. For more information, click here.

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