Archive for September 2016

On-line magazine goodness

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The joy of going on-line to read, is the instant access to so many great publications via Auckland Library e-resources such as Press Reader. Press Reader, available on our digital library (but also on your own device at home if you’re a library member) is a way to look through not only hundreds of local and international current newspapers, but dozens of magazines. For those of you keen on family history, there are several of interest.
If you're all about things Scots, take a look at Scots Heritage.  It’s a quarterly publication, the ‘official magazine of the Standing Council of Scottish Clan Chiefs,” and it runs regular features on the clans, genealogy, Scottish history, and culture. The current issue has a feature on the reformer, John Knox, and a fascinating true life story about a Scots girl, shipwrecked off the Queensland coast, who was found living with an Aboriginal tribe. 
Then there’s Canada’s History (formerly titled The Beaver) which has a history just of itself.  Back in the 1990s,  the Hudson's Bay Company donated their corporate archives and museum collection to public institutions for research. The Hudson's Bay Company History Foundation was formed and provides funding for the Canada's History magazine. The latest issue includes a feature on the Ottawa Trek of the Great Depression, and takes a look at the author John Buchan, not only the author of The 39 Steps but also Governor-General to Canada.
There are a couple of British history magazines - History Revealed, with lots of pictures and trivia, and the BBC History Magazine - apparently  one of Britain's biggest selling history magazines. And of course, there's a family history title, Your Family History, a monthly UK genealogy magazine. In the August issue, there's a nice story on seaside resorts and their popularity back in the day as the "medical tourism industry," along with an article on the Lancashire famine. Lancashire had been the leading producer of cotton goods in the world but a blockade on cotton coming out of  America in 1861, saw extreme poverty and starvation strike the area as jobs dried up. Twelve months later, an estimated half a million people were starving.
You need your library membership to access Press Reader if you’re not in the library – but well worth signing up, Aucklanders, for that alone!
Joanne - Central Research

BREAKING NEWS Irish research

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 If you have Irish ancestry then you will be interested in this.  On the 8th of September 2016 (probably Northern hemisphere time, so 9th September 2016 NZ time) the historic birth, marriage and death certificates will become available to view on the website and information to hand would indicate that these will be FREE. 

They are subject to closure limitations and further information is given on the following website:
As with any launch, like this promises to be, it is possible that the site will be busy at the time of launch and we just have to hope that it is substantial enough not to crash.  I know that several of us on the Central Research Centre staff will be looking for that elusive ancestor, what about you?