Genealogy news roundup: Findmypast adds records of mining disaster victims

By Rosemary Collins, 1 March 2018 - 3:28pm

Plus: TheGenealogist adds Buckinghamshire colour tithe maps; Do you want to appear in a new family history TV show? ; Findmypast announces acquisition of Twile

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The 1866 explosion at Oaks Colliery, Yorkshire, Britain's worst mining disaster. (Credit: SSPL/ Getty Images)

Over 9,000 records of men who lost their lives in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire mining accidents have been transcribed on Findmypast.

The records, taken from the Alan Beales Database of Fatalities in the Coal Fields, date back to the 19th century and include the men's year of birth, their date of death and the colliery where the accident took place.

In addition, Findmypast added the full Greater London Marriage Index, consisting of transcripts of over 94,000 London marriage records held by the College of Arms.

Many of the records have appeared previously in other Findmypast marriage collections.

 

TheGenealogist adds Buckinghamshire colour tithe maps

Searchable colour tithe maps of Buckinghamshire from 1837 to 1855 are now available on TheGenealogist.

The maps of 40,000 plots of land, taken from a collection at The National Archives, are the latest addition to TheGenealogist's tithe maps collection.

They join the website's existing datasets of apportionment record books and greyscale maps of Buckinghamshire.

 

Do you want to appear in a new family history TV show?

Members of the public have their chance to put their family history queries to expert genealogists in a new Channel 4 TV series.

Free audience tickets are now available for Genealogy Roadshow, which is filming at Capesthorne Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire from 28 February to 4 March, with doors opening at 8.45am and 1.45pm.

The show, being made by Big Mountain Productions for Channel 4, is a spin-off of the company's successful Irish TV series, which began airing in 2011.

It follows a similar format to Antiques Roadshow, with a team of genealogists and historians travelling around the country, answering queries from members of the public.

Do you want to appear in a new family history TV show?

 

Findmypast announces acquisition of Twile

Findmypast has acquired Twile, a genealogy startup that allows users to create a timeline of their family history in parallel with world events and illustrated with infographics, photographs and more.

The acquisition means that Twile's timeline feature will be available to Findmypast users.

Paul Brooks, co-founder of Twile, said the acquisition was "a really exciting development" for the company, which has had a strategic partnership with Findmypast since 2016.

 

Appeal for family stories of First World War South Asian soldiers

People of South Asian descent whose ancestors fought in the First World War are being urged to share their family stories for a new virtual reality film.

Leicester arts organisation Metro-Boulot-Dodo is looking for people to be interviewed by volunteers for the second in its Empire Soldiers series of virtual reality films.

"We would love to talk to people who may have family stories related to WW1 and/or their family's migration to the UK," Charlotte Angharad, business development manager at Metro-Boulot-Dodo, said.

If you are interested in getting involved, you can contact Charlotte by emailing charlotte@metro-boulot-dodo.com or calling 0116 2533439.

 

Living DNA previews new Family Networks platform

Living DNA has previewed its new Family Networks feature at the global family history event RootsTech 2018.

The unique feature allows Living DNA members to build a family tree from a single DNA sample by analysing a user's unique motherline and fatherline DNA data (mtDNA and YDNA), on top of the family ancestry line (autosomal) to deliver matches.

It will become available to Living DNA users by autumn 2018.

David Nicholson, managing director and co-founder of Living DNA, said: "With Family Networks, we will not only predict how users are related to direct matches, but we can also find and connect people to DNA matches going back up to 13 generations."

 

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