Over 1.3 million new Portsmouth records available to search this Findmypast Friday

Over 1.3 million new Portsmouth records available to search this Findmypast Friday
Findmypast publishes the archives of the Portsmouth History Centre online for the first time
Findmypast has today, 27th October 2017, published online for the first time more than 1.3 million historical records in partnership with the Portsmouth History Centre. The publication marks the first phase of Findmypast’s new Portsmouth collection, a rich archive spanning the years 1538 to 1917 comprising beautifully scanned images of original handwritten documents. When complete, the collection will be the largest repository of Portsmouth family history records available online.
Made up of a variety of fascinating documents including parish baptisms, marriages, burials and Workhouse records, the collection will continue to grow as additional Portsmouth records including electoral rolls, rate books, crew lists and World War One military exemption records are added in later phases.
The records are full of fascinating details of Portsmouth life through the ages and will provide researchers from all over the world with the opportunity to uncover the stories of the inhabitants of the UK’s only island city for the very first time. Fully searchable transcripts of each original document are also included, enabling anyone to go online and search for their Portsmouth ancestors by name, location and date.
Councillor Richard Blunt, the county council’s cabinet member for heritage, said: “We are delighted that so much of our county’s rich history and many of its people’s stories will be better known through our partnership with Findmypast. For the first time, records will be readily accessible, in full colour, throughout the world.”
Paul Nixon, Content Licensing Manager at Findmypast, said: “The Romans were arguably the first to recognise Portsmouth’s strategic importance, and Findmypast is honoured to have been chosen as Portsmouth City Council’s family history partner. We very much look forward to sharing our discoveries with a worldwide audience as we bring these important records to life.”

The parish registers held at Portsmouth History Centre pertain to Church of England parishes in the deaneries of Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, and Havant. Workhouse records consists of admission and discharge (Creed) registers spanning the years 1879 to 1953. Due to privacy concerns there is a 100-year closure period for all records.

Search over 555,000 original Portsmouth Parish Baptisms to find out. Each result will include both a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will reveal your ancestor’s birth date, baptism date, baptism place, residence and the names of both parents, including mother’s maiden name. You may be able to glean additional details from the original register entry so be sure to view the image attached to each transcript.
Add another branch to your family tree by uncovering the details of your Portsmouth ancestor’s spouse with over 379,000 parish marriage records. Search transcripts of these original parish registers to discover when your ancestor married, where they were married and the name of their spouse. Records will also reveal the couples’ birth years, residences, occupations, marital statuses, marriage type (banns or license), the names of both their and fathers and their father’s occupations. Images of the original register are also included with each result and may reveal additional information such as the names of any witnesses or the minister who performed the ceremony.
Discover the final resting place of your Portsmouth ancestors with over 312,000 brand new parish burials. Each record includes both a transcript and an image of the original document. Transcripts will list your ancestor’s death date, residence, occupation, burial date and burial location. Most will also reveal their residence, occupation and religious denominate as well as the names of their parent’s, spouse or next of kin.
Browse through 873 volumes of original parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials. The majority of these registers pertain to Anglican records, but there are a few that relate to other denominations: Congregational, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Unitarian, United Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist. All denominations were required to register life events with the established church until 1837.
Were your ancestors admitted to the workhouse on Portsea Island? Explore over 60,000 admission and discharge registers spanning the years 1879 to 1953 and uncover details of the relief they received. Each record includes both an image and a transcript of the original document. Transcripts will reveal when your ancestor was admitted, when they were discharged and their home address. Images may be able to offer you additional details such as religious denomination, informant’s name, and any additional written notes.


Call for Presentations-2018 APG PMC


Call for Presentations – 2018 APG PMC – Deadline 30 November 2017

The Association of Professional Genealogists will hold the 20th annual APG Professional Management Conference on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 4 through 6 October 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

APG is now accepting proposals for the following categories of presentations for the 2018 APG Professional Management Conference:

Classes presented by an individual or panel, 75 minutes in length (including time for questions)

Workshops, 2 ? hours in length

Discussion groups led by one or more individuals, 1 hour in length

Poster sessions (informal discussions of a topic aided by a 30 by 40 inch poster), 1 hour in length

Webinars to be presented before the conference on Kansas City and its repositories, 1 hour in length

PMC presentations will be somewhat longer in 2018 to allow in-depth exploration of a topic. Topics should challenge professional genealogists to increase their genealogical research skills, evaluate and improve their current businesses, and meet the demands of the 21st Century client.

Prospective presenters are encouraged to consider creative ways to educate and inspire professional genealogists.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

Advanced genealogical research skills or methodology (for example, little-known or little-used records, truly complex case studies demonstrating advanced methods, taking a client project from beginning to end)

Technology (for example, hardware and software to assist in research, writing, lecturing, and business management; platforms for podcasting or doing one’s own webinars or instructional videos; website development; genealogy’s technological future; hands-on workshops are particularly of interest)

DNA (for example, becoming a genetic genealogist, understanding DNA results, how to educate clients about DNA, when is DNA useful for a client project and when isn’t it, DNA’s future)

Business skills (for example, business organization and management, business plans and goal setting, collaborating with other genealogists on a client project; starting a genealogy business)

Marketing and branding strategies (for example, marketing with and without social media, how to establish a brand for one’s business, creative marketing strategies that have worked, discussion session in which the group reviews/critiques websites)

Speaker or lecturer training (for example, writing effective speaker proposals, effective use of visuals, crafting a dynamite presentation, overcoming fear of public speaking)

Genealogical writing and publishing (for example, report writing, editing one’s own work, writing articles for different publications, self-publishing platforms)

Client relationships and communication (for example, managing client expectations, communicating unexpected or unwelcome findings, explaining complex research, explaining DNA results to a client)

Certification and Accreditation (for example, meeting the GPS, strategies for success, educational preparation)

Organization and time management (for example, how to organize one’s office for efficiency, how to manage client projects, how to manage speaking engagements, planning efficient use of time)

Career paths for professional genealogists (for example, forensic genealogy, house histories, dual citizenship, conference planning, producing videos for clients, lineage society work, providing archiving services)

Success stories that inspire (for example, solving a difficult research case, breaking into a new line of genealogical work, taking a risk and how it worked out)

Kansas City, MO (for example, orientation to the city for first-time visitors, orientation to using NARA-Kansas City, Midwest Genealogy Center, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Research Center of the State Historical Society of Missouri, etc.)

Successful proposals will offer in=depth, innovative, unique, and out-of-the-box approaches to topics and to presentation and teaching methods. Presentations that feature case studies and practical examples, or that offer hands-on learning or discussion, are encouraged as they offer powerful learning opportunities for attendees.

Attendee Demographics from the 2017 PMC

Attendees at the 2017 PMC were divided almost evenly between those who have been professionals for six or more years and those who have been professionals for five or fewer year. 47 percent hold a master’s or doctoral degree. 69 percent are lecturers themselves, and 44 percent are genealogical authors and writers. Almost all attendees offer genealogical research services for clients, and many hold or have held leadership positions in local, state, and national genealogical societies.

Successful proposals will recognize the knowledge, professionalism, and accomplishments of attendees and will seek to take their skills to the next level.

Submission Details

Presentations must be new and original. They should not have been presented prior to the 2018 PMC other than at the local level. Individuals who submit multiple proposals will be considered for multiple presentations. Proposals from non-APG members will also be considered.

Submit proposals via email to admin@apgen.org in PDF format. Proposals are due by Thursday, 30 November 2017.

Proposals must include the following:

Name, address, phone number, and email address of the presenter(s)

Title of the presentation and category (from the “Topics of Interest” list above)

Summary of the presentation (not to exceed 100 words)

Detailed description of the presentation (not to exceed 1,000 words)

Explanation of how the presentation meets demands faced by professional genealogists (50 to 75 words)

Presenter biography highlighting qualifications and expertise in the proposed topic (75 to 100 words)

Presenter experience: list of presentations given in the last 18 months, including topic, audience, and location

Indicate whether or not you are willing to have your presentation recorded for possible broadcast and/or sale. (Granting permission does not guarantee your presentation will be recorded or broadcast.)

Submit one PDF file per proposal. Name the file with your surname and the presentation title, for example SMITH Starting a Genealogical Business.

Presenter Compensation

Presenters giving lectures or workshops will receive:
– Complimentary PMC registration and digital syllabus
– Lunch for the day of the presentation
– Reimbursement for flight or mileage at the current government rate up to $700

All-inclusive honorarium per presentation:
$400 for a 75-minute presentation by an individual or panel
$650 for a 2 1/2-hour workshop
$550 for a 1-hour keynote or opening session presentation

Presenters leading discussion groups will receive:
$75 for a one-hour discussion group led by one or more individuals

Presenters providing poster sessions will receive:
Complimentary PMC registration for a poster session

Presenters giving pre-PMC webinars will receive:
$300 for a 11hour webinar

All presentation proposals will be considered for keynote or opening session spots.

APG does not pay separate hotel costs.

Annette Burke Lyttle
PMC Coordinator

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