Monday, September 28, 2015

Hitler's Black Book

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, Forces War Records have translated and put online for the first time what is known as Hitler’s Black Book (officially called Sonderfahndungsliste Gross Britannien). It lists 2,820 English people that the Nazi regime viewed as enemies of the state, people in the UK who were targeted for execution if Germany was successful in winning the Battle of Britain.

The list was drawn up by SS General Walter Schellenbergs office.
Schellenberg was to become the ‘Police’ chief responsible for GB after an invasion, the main Gestapo offices were to be based in Birmingham.
The list shows the department of the RSHA (Reichssicherheitshauptamt- Reich security service) which would investigate each individual, giving insight into what ‘crimes’ the individual was suspected of being involved in.
Hitler studying invasion plans
Most of the people on the list were politicians, writers, prominent émigrés, known intelligence agents, scientists, entertainers and artists.  Not surprisingly, the hit list is full of people whom the Nazis knew spied on Germany, such as Conrad Fulke Thomond O’Brien-french, the real-life British Secret Intelligence officer who served as the role model for 007 James Bond. Also included are well-known politicians such as Winston Churchill. What is surprising are some of the other names on the list, such as Lord Baden-Powell (the founder of scouts), the author HG Wells and the entertainer Noel Coward.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Irish Lives Remembered

The September/October  edition of Irish Lives Remembered  is now available and can be read/downloaded FREE of charge via

Features include
  • Genealogist and lecturer, Joe Buggy looks at tracing the Irish in Texas
  • New Jersey genealogist, Maureen Wlodarczyk takes a look at the lives of James Power,  Rosalie Bridget Hart & the Irish colonization of Texas
  • Tracing your Workhouse Ancestors -  6 step guide from Findmypast Ireland on how best to navigate through their record database
  • Jayne Shrimpton covers a photo from a kindergarten in Waterford dated 1929
  • Flyleaf Press added Tracing Your Kerry Ancestors to their county book series.
  • Fly Leaf Press are offering a special discount on their title ‘IRISH CHURCH RECORDS’ for €20
  • New Irish records on Findmypast Ireland
  • IARC help launch Limerick DNA project
  • Derry Genealogist Brian Mitchell remembers Second Lieutenant George Mitchell and the Relief of Kut who was killed in action on 1 February 1917
  • The McMahon Archival Collection at Clare Museum includes details of 60 families and landed estates in County Clare from 1600’s to mid 1900’s
  • Ireland Reaches Out launches Epic Journeys Ellis Island which brings to life the experiences of people who left Ireland at the turn of the 19th Century and passed through the Immigration Station at Ellis Island before scattering to all parts of North America to begin a new life
  • University College Cork announces their line-up of speakers for their annual 2016 Irish Genealogy Summer School.

Friday, September 18, 2015

New Records on Ancestry

Once again Ancestry has been adding new records to their database.  Here are some of the Australian and United Kingdom records which have been added or updated in the past few months.

New Australian Records
Tasmania, Australia, Baptisms of Children of Convicted Women, 1833-1854
Tasmania, Australia, Convict Court and Selected Records, 1800-1899
Victoria, Australia, Lunatic Estates and Register, 1867-1906
Victoria, Australia, Selected Trial Brief and Correspondence Registers and Other Images, 1837-1993
Victoria, Australia, Deserter, Discharged, and Prisoner Crew Lists, 1852-1925
Australia Newspaper Vital Notices, 1851-1997
New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Marriages, 1790-1966
New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Burials, 1790-1986
New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Baptisms, 1790-1916
New South Wales, Australia, St. John's Parramatta, Confirmations, 1911-1925 and 1960-1966
Victoria, Australia, Index to Naturalisation Certificates, 1851-1928
Australia and New Zealand, Find A Grave Index, 1800s-Current
Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839–1923
Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980
Australia, WWI Service Records, 1914-1920

New United Kingdom Records
U.K., Civil Divorce Records, 1858-1914
London, England, Workhouse Admission and Discharge Records, 1659-1930
Leeds, England, Beckett Street Cemetery, 1845-1987
West Yorkshire, England, Select Removal and Settlement Records, 1689-1866
UK, American Loyalist Claims, 1776-1835
UK, Foreign and Overseas Registers of British Subjects, 1628-1969
Manchester, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1930 (Cathedral)
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966
UK, City, Town and Village Photos, 1857-2005
UK, Apprentices Indentured in Merchant Navy, 1824-1910
London, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1965
Gloucestershire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938
Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813
Gloucestershire, England, Confirmations, 1834-1913
Gloucestershire, England, Burials, 1813-1988
Gloucestershire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1913
Northern Ireland, Will Calendar Index, 1858-1943
UK, British Army Muster Books and Pay Lists, 1812-1817

Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Bomb Site

The Bomb Sight project is mapping the London WW2 bomb census between 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941. Previously available only by viewing in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Bomb Sight is making the maps available to citizen researchers, academics and students. They will be able to explore where the bombs fell and to discover memories and photographs from the period.

The project has scanned original 1940s bomb census maps , geo-referenced the maps and digitally captured the geographical locations of all the falling bombs recorded on the original map.

You can use the interactive web-mapping application to explore and search for different bomb locations across London. Click on individual bombs and find out information relating to the neighbouring area by reviewing contextual images and memories from the Blitz.

You can explore statistics for different areas and see how many bombs fell in different wards and boroughs in London as well as read memories of Londoners contributed to the BBC WW2 People's War and images from the Imperial War Museum to allow you to visualise what it was like in London at such a difficult time.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Save Your Photos Day

Can you imagine losing your treasured family photos, videos and other documents? In the digital age that we live in, it doesn't just take a natural disaster to wipe our your photo library. A crashed hard drive or broken smart phone can also result in instant loss of treasured memories.

How safe are your photos and other treasures?  How prepared are you for a fire, flood or other catastrophe??  How often do you back up your digital photos - and how safe are your backups??  The Save Your Photos website has hints and tips for you.

On Save Your Photos Day consider how you can better preserve, backup and share your family's photographs, both physical and digital, and make sure they are preserved for future generations.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Victorian Places

Want to find out more about the town or suburb where your ancestors lived?  The Victorian Places website invites you to "Hop on the historic W-class tram and hop off at any one of over 1600 destinations throughout Victoria. Along the way you can discover the history of every town, city, suburb, village and settlement with a population of over 200 people."

The website, sponsored by Monash University and the University of Queensland, contains the history of those places in Victoria which now have or once had a population over 200 at any time since the establishment of Victoria as a British colony.  Below is the information provided to Brighton East.