Access to Dundee City Archives from Monday May 19th until July
The next phase of the Caird Hall Improvements will mean that building work will close access to the Archives via 14 City Square from Monday 19th May until sometime in July.
Information on alternative access arrangements can be found on the Archives website. .
Further Deceased Online coverage for North East Scotland
Deceased Online’s project to digitise records for all burial sites managed by Aberdeenshire Council continues and there are over 50 sites available at www.deceasedonline.com. The latest sites include: Alford, Corgarff, Echt, Ellon, Gartly and Keithall with records dating back to 1866.
In North East Scotland, Deceased Online already includes all of Angus Council’s records and half of Aberdeen City.
General Register Office Northern Ireland (GRONI) records
BMD records for Northern Ireland can now be viewed online. It operates on a similar basis as ScotlandsPeople in that credits can be purchased and spent to view records.
Before you search the records you need to register for an account and buy some credits. You can buy a minimum of one credit, up to a maximum of 200. A credit costs £0.40.
After purchasing the initial credit to allow searching, basic search results are free, but give a significant amount of information, e.g. for a birth - registration number, date of birth, child's surname, child's first forename, sex of child, mother's maiden name, registration district.
Enhanced results give additional information and are charged at one credit. For a birth - birth date, child's second forename, district of birth, father's forename and surname, mother's forename and surname.
Images of the register entry can be viewed for 5 credits.
Credits are more expensive than on ScotlandsPeople, but more information is obtained for a single credit.
Online register records are births from 1st January 1864 until 100 years ago, marriages from 1st April 1845 (Roman Catholic marriages from 1st January 1864) until 75 years ago, deaths from 1st January 1864 until 50 years ago, There is a separate World War II death register.
For full details, go to Searching GRONI records and use the menu on the right hand side of the page.
Census and other records for all Ireland have been available free online for some time and can be viewed at The National Archives of Ireland.
GRO records are not online
While statutory BMD registers are now available online for Scotland and Northern Ireland, this is not the case for England and Wales. An e-petition has been set up to request the UK Government to rectify this position. Any UK resident can “sign” it. 100,000 signatures are required for the matter to be debated in Parliament. So far there are just over 5,000 signatures and the petition closes at 09:15 on 25th March 2015. If you live in the UK and have any English or Welsh relatives, it will be worth while signing on.
The Imperial War Museum, in association with DC Thomson Family History, has set up the Lives of the First World War website to commemorate people who served in that war. It is free to become a "Member" to search for a name and add information about that person. However, there is an option to “Search Official Records” relating to the person, but to see the records you have to become a “Friend”, i.e.. pay a subscription. The records available appear to be from databases on findmypast, which is also operated by DC Thomson.
There are threads on Tay Valley Bridges relating to the last two items.