Taken to Trask

Here are the further newspaper cuttings featuring the Trask family in Weymouth and Merriott, as promised in the year-end round-up {1} which included a section on press appearances of George Trask in the archives.

George (about 1863 to Feb 1950) became the second husband of two times great aunt Margaret ‘Annie’ Osborne (1874-1941) in 1905.

The cuttings range from the seemingly insignificant to rather more serious reports.

grassdamage_osborneassaultwithtrasksisters_21May1880Damaging Grass, from Western Gazette 21st May 1880, has Uriah Bell, George Rendall and George Trask, young fellows of Merriott, summoned for doing malicious damage to grass, with a police constable seeing them jumping in the field in question on Sunday April 18th. » Continue reading “Taken to Trask”

There’s no news like old Welsh news

The National Library of Wales has released the beta (not quite finished) version of its Welsh Newspapers Online resource. It is already a brilliant addition to the bookmarks.

I found that it was ‘live’ last night, and quickly mentioned the site on the Glamorgan FHS Facebook page. I think a few of the others signed up to that have spent quite some time since enjoying both browsing by newspaper/place and searching for their own family names. » Continue reading “There’s no news like old Welsh news”

Making the news makes family history

This post was going to be about bringing together disparate sources to build a picture, but has evolved into one on the increasing availability and usefulness of newspaper archives.

The British Newspaper Archive website went live late 2011, but while I have yet to use this, cuttings are increasingly adding to the data available. And the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? has featured newspaper extracts in each of the three episodes so far, with a particularly strong impact on Patrick Stewart’s view of his “angry” and abusive father when a cutting mentions shell-shock during evacuation from Cherbourg in 1940. » Continue reading “Making the news makes family history”

Getting excited by an obituary

As is quite often the case, a quick tidying up exercise of my Family Tree Maker records this weekend led to some interesting discoveries and a longer research session than planned. Plus the first helpful online British obituary.

The extension to the probate calendar on Ancestry (now to 1966, rather than 1941) meant that it was worth checking through all fairly close cousins of about the right birth year. This threw up that one Cullum cousin hadn’t even been put through the process to check for offspring. » Continue reading “Getting excited by an obituary”

Historical news and records update

Historical news online

The big news this week on historical records newly appearing online is that of the British Newspaper Archives site going fully live. Thousands of publications dating back as far as 1750 have been scanned and turned into text using OCR software (not manual transcription). It starts with about 4 million pages, with thousands more to be added every day during 2012. The partnership between the British Library and brightsolid online publishing is set to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the library’s collection over the next ten years. » Continue reading “Historical news and records update”