Showing posts with label Contest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Contest. Show all posts

May 1, 2014

Victorian Reform School & Prison Records Online - A Contest!

Victorian Reform School & Prison Records Online
John Wormald age 11
Reform School 1892, and have recently published some fascinating reformatory school and prison records from West Yorkshire. The West Yorkshire Collection 1779-1914 details the crimes of thousands of boys admitted to Calder Farm Reformatory, East Moor Community Home School and The Shadwell Children’s Centre.
The records are available using these links:  
I spent a very enjoyable afternoon searching these records for my son's Yorkshire ancestors on his father's side.  They are full of details! For example I found the Reform School Record for the 11 year brother of his great-grandmother Kate Wormald. Little John Wormald was sent to Calder Farm Reform School in 1892 after a series of thefts. His records included his photo and details of his misdeeds and the punishment meted out by his parents (6 lashes of a birch rod each time he stole something). Young John was noted as having red hair, blue eyes and freckles.

The records indicate that John was hanging with a bad crowd and so in desperation his parents sent him to live with an uncle. John then stole a substantial sum of money from his uncle's coat pocket and ran off with one of his friends. It was then he was arrested and sent to Reform School for 5 years.

What I also found fascinating was that the Reform School records also had followups of the children after they were discharged. I noted that several of the boys went into the Army after discharge and appeared to have changed their lives. Young John Wormald went into the Army and there are notes for several years about his life after discharge. It seems that England was at that time trending towards actual reform and not punishment of young offenders.

If you would like to participate in a contest being offered by Olive Tree Genealogy, I am able to offer a 3 month subscription to as the prize. 

Entry Details

1. Search through either the West Yorkshire England Reformatory School Records 1856-1914 or the
West Yorkshire, England, Prison Records, 1801-1914 and choose an interesting case.

2. Post a brief summary of the case you found interesting as a comment on this blog post. Be sure to include the name of the individual and the date of his or her committment and whether the person was in the Reform School Records or the Prison Records. Also include your full name.

3. Share the URL for this blog post. You may share it using Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ etc, or on your own blog or newsletter.

Contest Rules:
1. No purchase necessary.
2. The  most interesting entry wins. One winner will be chosen from entries received. See details above for entry requirements
3. The contest ends at midnight EDT Monday May 5, 2014
4. You are responsible for anything in regards to the legality of entering a contest in the area in which you live.
5. The winner's name will be posted here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog on Wednesday May 7, 2014. Winner must then contact me at to claim their prize.
Please note that if you do not already have a subscription to you will be required to create a free account in order to view the records.

January 29, 2013

And the Winner is......

Congratulations to Margie Stein Beldin, who won the Olive Tree Genealogy 3-day Conference Pass to the 3rd annual RootsTech conference on March 21-23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Margie told me that
   The ONE, amongst several, class that I would like to attend at RootsTech 2013 is:

  Can a Complex Research Problem Be Solved Solely Online? presented by  Thomas W. Jones

I will do almost anything to hear him talk. Dr. Jones makes genealogy fascinating, complex and yet understandable and doable. He is a great presenter and one person who really makes me think!
Enjoy RootsTech, Margie!

Credits: Thanks goes to  RootsTech who provided the 3-Day Conference Pass for Olive Tree Genealogy to award in a Giveaway Contest

October 16, 2012

Win a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner & Carry Case!

Great news! Olive Tree Genealogy is pleased to offer a contest giveaway of a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner and carry case for one lucky winner.

For your chance to win one of these fabulous scanners you must do two things:

1. Share this blog post on a social media site such as Twitter, Facebook or Google+. You may provide a link to the blog post on your own blog as an alternate method of sharing the news. 

2. a} Send an email to telling me in 3 sentences or less, how you will use the scanner.  
    b) You must also tell me where you shared the news of the contest. 
    c) Be sure to put FLIP-PAL MOBILE SCANNER GIVEAWAY as the subject of your email

The most creative or compelling or original entry wins. Since I will probably know some of you who enter, I will not judge the winning entry. An independent person who does not own a computer and therefore is not online will choose the entry she finds most creative, compelling or original.

Contest will starts at 1 am EDT Oct. 16 and ends at midnight EDT Oct. 18, 2012

The winner will be announced here on Olive Tree Genealogy blog

Contest Rules:

1. No purchase necessary.
2. Winner will be chosen from entries received. See details above for entry requirements
3. One winner will be chosen to receive the giveaway.
4. The contest  ends at midnight EDT Thursday October 18, 2012
5. You are responsible for anything in regards to the legality of entering a contest in the area in which you live.
6. The winner will be notified via your provided contact information one day after the end of the contest, and the winner's name will be posted on Olive Tree Genealogy blog.
7.  Flip-Pal will ship the scanner and carry bag directly to the winner

Please note that only entries received at can be accepted.
Disclaimer: Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner & carry case provided courtesy of Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner