Modern Newspaper Index

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Image created by Julie Goucher

I have always torn things out of magazine and newspapers to re-read later and have over the years collected quite a few that have never made it to the top of the pile.

It was a chance sighting of an obituary page torn out of the paper that my late Mum saw, and commented that I could find the time to create an index of them. I quickly responded that I was far to busy but she could have a go. Mum couldn’t type so my flippant remark was made without a nanosecond of thought. The response was OK, if you set the spreadsheet up.

After a crash course in typing and using a laptop Mum had a go with one page of obituaries and said she could see this being rather therapeutic to her arthritic hands. Over the course of the next 15 year the spreadsheet grew and grew despite the odd operator mishap! Every now and again Mum would inform me of a fascinating obituary or notice that she had come across.

The index which began in 1999 had grown by the time my Mum passed away in 2014 to around 100,000 entries. In September 2016 I offered the complete index to the Guild of One-Name Studies in memory of Mum and it is dedicated to her. The index went online today and is available to the public & members of the Guild and can be accessed HERE

I am immensely proud of the Mum’s accomplishment with the index and I hope that you find it of useful.

Mostly garnished from UK newspapers but some overseas some material is also included. There are entries relating to events that happened prior 1999 so it is well worth checking.

Types of material in the index:

  • Obituaries
  • In Memoriam
  • Remembrances (Mothers & Fathers Day, Christmas, Birthdays
  • Thanks & Acknowledgements
  • Memorial Services & Memorials
  • Roll of Honour
  • Article Obituaries
  • Burial & Cremation Information
  • Legal Notices and Wills

with the following data available

  • Surname
  • Forenames and some include names by which the deceased was known
  • Nee or Former Surnames
  • Title
  • Event
  • Date of Newspaper
  • Name of the Newspaper
  • Where interned
  • Age

The index is copyrighted to the Guild of One-Name Studies and Julie Goucher in its present format. Researchers will need to locate the actual obituary from various newspaper providers, local studies or heritage centres.

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Starting your Italian Research Journey

Starting Italian Research JourneyFor those who read my recent post on the Legacy Family Tree blog I have published a second post which looks tips and hints for researching in Italy.

You can read Starting Your Italian Research Journey over on the Legacy blog.

The first part, Pathway to my Sicilian Heritage is also available at the Legacy blog.

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Pathway to My Sicilian Heritage

My post, Pathway to my Sicilian Heritage was published on the Legacy blog a little earlier this week. You can read it HERE

The idea for the image came from fellow genealogical blogger, Miriam Robbins in the US  who writes at AnceStories: The Stories of my Ancestors and thought it was a great way to illustrate some of my Sicilian surnames, all of which are relevant to Sutera the predominant location for my Sicilian families, although a number did leave Sicily for the United States, more on that another time.

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Introduction to One-Name Studies starts 13 February 2018

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The next Introduction to One-Name Studies course at Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd starts on 13 February 2018.  The course is taught online and welcomes students across the globe.

Here are the Lesson Headings:

  • About One-Name Studies
  • Surnames and their History
  • Core Records you will need and Information gathering
  • Analysing and making sense of your data
  • Practical aspects of running your own One-Name Study

banner_page_head  Those who sign up for the course and are not already members of the members Guild of One-Name Studies will get FREE Guild Membership for the remainder of the financial year.

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week.

Course Length: 5 weeks
Start Date: 22 Aug 2017
Cost: £49.99

To book your place on the course, please visit the Pharos Website

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Whilst it is not recommended reading for the course, obtaining a copy of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom – The Art of One-Name Studies would be very useful to those undertaking a One-Name or Surname Study.

 

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Orlando – Setting up a One-Name Study

FTM Oct 2017The Orlando One-Name Study has been featured in the October 2017 edition of Family Tree Magazine.

The article is on Pages 22 -24 looks at Setting up a One-Name study and focus’ on the Orlando Study and pages 66 -67 Spotlights the Guild of One-Name Studies and gives some details about the organisation and the benefits of membership.

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Legacy Family Tree Webinars

The folks at Legacy Family Tree Webinars have extended their 50% off sale until 20 August 2017. A subscription means that you can watch any of the more than 500 webinars in their library. This includes Tracing European Ancestors

Membership to Legacy Webinars also means that you can access the comprehensive syllabus that I created to accompany the webinar.
European Ancestors

What are you waiting for?

 

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My course Introduction to One-Name Studies starts 22 August 2017

logorThe next Introduction to One-Name Studies course at Pharos Teaching and Tutoring Ltd starts on 22nd August. The course is taught online and welcomes students across the globe.

Here are the Lesson Headings:

  • About One-Name Studies
  • Surnames and their History
  • Core Records you will need and Information gathering
  • Analysing and making sense of your data
  • Practical aspects of running your own One-Name Study

banner_page_head  Those who sign up for the course and are not members of the members Guild of One-Name Studies will get FREE Guild Membership for the remainder of the financial year.

Each lesson includes exercises and activities; a minimum of 1 one-hour chat session per week.

Course Length: 5 weeks
Start Date: 22 Aug 2017
Cost: £49.99

To book your place on the course, please visit the Pharos Website

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Desk Ramblings……22

Oh my, it has been a long time since I sat and wrote here. A variety of domestic, personal and health issues have been an energy and brain drain. I am sure that you all know what I mean.

Yesterday evening we met up with some friends who are visiting from Australia. It was a lovely evening and just what I needed.

In the last year I have had a serious health issue, and whilst I have kept some balls in the air, many I dropped. If I have learn’t anything from that is it this. You only live once and remove those people and things from your life that are toxic. I did the second one with reasonable ease and do not feel guilty for doing so. I am still here and taking each day as it comes.

One thing I have been doing is re-reading the book by Marie Kondo, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying”  the poor recycling  chap earlier this week could barely lift the bag of paper and genealogical magazines. There is no let up as next week there will be another full and over brimming bag!

Anyway, this was just a quick post to say that I am still here and will be back on a more frequent basis. I have lots to share and I still need to categories many posts that I imported from the blogspot site.

Until next time!

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Findmypast Announces Free Weekend 22-25 January 2015

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London, UK, 20th January 2015Findmypast has announced that this weekend, they will be opening up their archives and giving unlimited free access to billions of records and newspaper pages from all over the world. From 7am on Friday, January 22nd to 7am on Monday, January 25st (EST), absolutely everyone will have access to Findmypast’s comprehensive collections of historical records and innovative research tools, including:

  •  Millions of records you won’t find anywhere else, including fascinating WW2 Prisoner of War records, millions of England & Wales Crime records and the incredible British in India collection
  • The largest online collection of England & Wales Electoral registers, containing over 220 million names
  • Birth, marriage and death records dating back to the 18th century
  • The largest online collection of UK parish records, dating back to 1538
  • Historical newspapers from across the world, including nearly 13 million British newspaper dating all…

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Happy 2016!

happy-new-year-resolutions-2016Wishing my readers and followers, near and far a happy New Year. May all our dreams come true and 2016 be full of successes and happy moments!

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