The Echo: Revealed: how YOUR ancestors could have been convicts transported to Australia. “A new website will allow genealogists and family historians to discover the fate of ancestors convicted of crimes and transported overseas. The free-to-use website draws on over 4m court records and uncovers how punishment affected the lives of tens of thousands of people convicted of crimes at the Old Bailey between 1780 and 1925. The project to create the website was led by academics at The University of Liverpool. The records reveal a vast amount of information, such as the names, year and place of birth, previous offences, height, eye colour and whether the convict could read or write.”
Telangana Today: Nizam-era archives to go online. “A dream repository of archival material comprising 50 million odd historical documents and spanning centuries is all set to be available at the click of a mouse. The Telangana State Archives and Research Institute has come up with a proposal for a digital library placing online all its documents that include ‘farmans’ and gazettes issued by erstwhile rulers and also a rich collection of manuscripts. The proposal has already been submitted to the State government for approval.”
Antislavery Usable Past Project: Remembering 1807, Archiving 2007 . “At the Wilberforce Institute we are in the final stages of collecting materials for ‘Remembering 1807’, a digital archive of materials from UK projects which in 2007 commemorated the bicentenary of the abolition of the British transatlantic slave trade. The archive will go live this September, and will be one of the major resources in the Antislavery Usable Past’s online portal, providing primary source materials to be used in future antislavery scholarship, teaching and learning.” The launch party for the new archive is September 20.
Jewish Journal: Art, history converge in Grunwald archive. “The archive, one of several digital initiatives to be funded with the help of a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, includes in-depth essays about [Fred] Grunwald, official documents and some 1,500 images from his collection at UCLA. Many of the images are of 19th and 20th century French, German and American prints, as well as Japanese woodblock prints.”
GeneaPress: Launching new FreeCEN website (PRESS RELEASE). “FreeCEN offers a free-to-search online database of the 19th century UK censuses. Transcribed entirely by volunteers, we have more than 32 million individuals available on our website that anyone can search without having to create an account. The new ‘FreeCEN2’ website (https://freecen2.freecen.org.uk) will launch on Monday 31st July 2017 with all of the records that the current website holds, but with a fresh new look and feel in-line with Free UK Genealogy and FreeREG.”
China Daily: Archive to shed light on Briton’s Chinese adventure. “A collection of more than 400 letters and documents written two centuries ago will be digitized and made available to the public by the end of the year, something that is likely to shed light on Britain’s intellectual engagement with China in the 19th century. The papers, produced by Thomas Manning, who lived from 1772 to 1840 and who was one of Britain’s first scholars of Chinese language and culture, will be made available by the London-based Royal Asiatic Society.”
From the Daughters of the American Revolution, with a big hat to to Melissa B: Searching the Museum Collection Database Online . “The DAR Museum has been working on a project to enable the public to use the DAR website to find information about objects in the DAR Museum collection. This is a big task since the museum collection contains over 30,000 objects. We use a database to keep track of all the information that we know about the paintings, furniture, clothing, textiles and items made of ceramics, glass and silver that are in the collection. In the database there are fields for an object’s name, materials, place made, donor, maker, size, storage or display location and any history that we know about the object. Now everyone is able to search this database from their own computer!”