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      ... From: Federation Of Family History Societies Subject: FFHS Ezine - December 2008 To: childrenofsancho@yahoo.com Date: Thursday,
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      From: Federation Of Family History Societies <ezine@...>
      Subject: FFHS Ezine - December 2008
      To: childrenofsancho@...
      Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008, 4:08 PM

      Dear ReaderIn This Issue..  

      Welcome to the December Edition of the FFHS Ezine >
      Momentous decisions of the 20th century available at the touch of a button >

      Open The Door Here Are The People >

      Making History >   

      WDYTYA? - 2009 >

      NBI - Special Offer >

      New Data Releases >

        December  2008  No 12

      This Months Competition >

      FFHS Diary Dates >

      'Talk to us' >

      UK BMD - Over 26 Million BMD index entries on-line >

      Family History News - Our Mailing List >

      Talks and Tours at the
      Galleries of Justice

      Guildhall Library 

      Having problems viewing this Ezine? Click Here

      Find the ideal gift from The National Archives

      Be quick! Order books from our exciting range of books, ideal for all history lovers and family historians, by 12 December 2008 to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

      Free postage and packing on all orders until 11 January

      start your Christmas shopping now. >  

      Welcome to the December edition of 
      the FFHS
      supported by
      The National Archives



      Following the foundation of the FFHS in 1974, there was a  need to arrange formal business meetings on a regular basis to keep members fully informed.  Such meetings needed to be held at convenient venues throughout the United Kingdom in order to involve as many representatives as possible.  Selecting venues was undertaken in conjunction with member societies, which had local knowledge of the premises available in their area.

      Often, overnight accommodation was arranged, frequently in the homes of society members living in the vicinity. Many societies began to introduce lectures and visits to supplement the Federation business meetings and these usually attracted additional participants and transformed the weekend into a major event.  With increasing numbers, the organisers made use of university and college campuses, hotels and conference centres, which proved remarkably satisfactory. Furthermore they created greater opportunities for social interaction enabling participants to confer on a personal basis thereby making new friends.

      for more information on the next national conference >  

      Derek Palgrave, Vice President                                                 Top of page

      Goodbye Maggie
      Ezine co-founder to leave the FFHS

      A familiar face to many of you, Maggie Loughran, FFHS  joint administrator and co-founder of this Ezine will be leaving the FFHS in early 2009.
      It has been a pleasure to work with Maggie during my time as Ezine editor, she will be greatly missed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Maggie for her help and hard work with the Ezine and to wish her well for the future.

      Di Maskell - FFHS Ezine Editor

      Momentous decisions of the 20th century available at the touch of a button

      From fuel crises to World Wars – find out how the Government dealt with it all behind the scenes

      Thanks to this groundbreaking website from The National Archives, people from around the country, and the rest of the world, can read how British Governments of the past took some of the seminal decisions of the 20th century. From the Somme to Suez, via Black Wednesday and Dunkirk, the ‘Cabinet papers, 1915 -1977’ project,  provides a fascinating opportunity to delve into Government discussions that shaped the country we live in today.

      Users will be able to key-word search the entire collection, making these documents more accessible than ever before, and opening up a vast amount of information to people all over the world.

      As part of the website, a host of innovative teaching aids support the papers, helping users to understand and interpret the documents on screen. These include interactive maps and images, which support the content of the records. The website is an especially rich resource for students, covering more than 100 topics which form an integral part of the A-level examination syllabuses and university programmes.

      Log on and explore the workings of Government >       Top of page

      The website for the next national Family & Local History conference Open the Door & Here are the People is now live. The conference hosted by the Halsted Trust is being held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, 28 to 31 August 2009 Covering  a broad spectrum of subjects of interest to the family, local and social historian with experts and celebrity speakers on subjects from buildings to immigration and the military to industrial Britain.  

      The conference will see expert speakers from The Galleries of Justice, King's College, London, The Library & Museum of Freemasonry, The Media Archive for Central England, National Maritime Museum, National Monuments Record, Parliamentary Archives, Royal Geographical Society, The National Archives  and  The Women’s Library.

      Top speakers from the family history world include Paul Blake, Else Churchill, John Hanson, Sharon Hintze, Maggie Loughran, Derek Palgrave,  Geoff Riggs,  Mary Teviot and  Alec Tritton.

      more information or to book a place visit >  

      more information about the Halsted Trust 



      Making History

      Making History is the product of a one-year Institute of Historical Research (IHR) project. The aim of the project was to develop a major online resource tracing the ‘Making of History’ in the past century and more, including audio recordings of interviews with historians, statistical material, an image gallery, and newly-commissioned contextual essays and studies.

       more information >    

       history of genealogy / family history  >                    Top of page

      New Data Releases

      Eneclann have released  'World War 1 Irish Soldiers, Their Final Testament' (An Index to the Wills of Irish Soldiers who died 1914-1918) compiled and edited by Kiara Gregory. The index lists over 9,000 of the surviving wills including copious personal details as well as their place and date of death, but also details beneficiaries and relatives.
      more information

      The Artists Rifles Roll of Honour, the Anzac Roll of Honour and the New Zealand Roll of Honour as well as the Waterloo Roll call, Commissioned Sea Officers of the Royal Navy 1660-1815 and the British Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849, all form part of a new collection released by familyrelatives.com 
      find out more

      Ancestry.co.uk has launched online the UK Medical Registers, 1859-1959. This database contains annually published books listing all of the names of doctors who were licensed to practise in the United Kingdom and abroad from 1859-1959. 
      more details

      Findmypast.com have launched the 1851 census online plus additional data for: 1901 census and Parish Registers. For
      more information

      WWW.BMDregisters.co.uk The official National Archives site for Non Parochial and Non Conformist records has just added over 600,000 records of birth, baptism, marriage and burial. These have not previously been searchable online and again contain images of  birth and baptismal records. The records were previously viewable on microfilm as part of the  RG8 series.
      more information >   

      For the latest on the indexing projects being undertaken by familysearch.org vist the website >  

      To search the completed Record Search Pilot site >  

         Who Do You Think You Are? 2009

      The live event format of the hugely popular BBC TV series, Who Do You Think You Are? takes place for a third consecutive year at London’s Olympia on the brand new show dates of  27 February – 1 March 09.

      Dick Eastman author of "Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter." interviewed a number of people at WDYTYA-Live 2008 for the internet based TV station 'Roots TV' These and many other interviews can be seen by visiting Roots TV >  

      The Federation of Family History Societies is giving you the chance to buy two tickets for £20* – that’s a saving of £20! To claim this special offer, simply call 0844 412 4629 or visit
      www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.co.uk and quote FFHS241
      If you wish to book for a group of 10 people or more, you can buy two adult tickets for £16* - just quote FFHSGROUPS

      £2 transaction fee applies. 2 for 1 offer ends 20 February 09

      more information >                                                      Top of page


      This Months Competition

      3 prizes to be won this month

      Each prize will consist of a choice of 2 of the following books, provided by Pen &
      Sword Books.

      Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors
      Tracing Your Army Ancestors
      Tracing Your Royal Marine Ancestors
      Your Irish Ancestors
      Tracing Your Air Forces Ancestors
      Tracing your Northern Ancestors

      Q: Who is the author of Tracing your Northern Ancestors?

      a) Keith Chegwin
      b) Keith Gregson
      c) Keith Harris

      Hint; go to the website >  

      To enter send your answer in the Subject Line of an email to competition@... by
      15 January 2009

      ‘Talk to us’

      Whenever we look at how we can improve our lives, our work and our hobbies we hear this cry.  In a world full of technology there are so many ways to communicate but so little real communication and much mis-communication.  FFHS Ezine, FFHS News, FFHS Members List, FFHS Forum. 

      find out more

      Over 26 Million BMD index entries on-line. 

      It started in Cheshire back in 2000 with a small batch of marriage register entries and has now spread across 8 regions of the country until we now have over 26 million index entries on-line on the web sites that use the UKBMD software. All searchable for free.

      Several new counties have BMD index web sites in development but there are many who may not have heard of the UKBMD project yet. The software initially developed for the Cheshire BMD web site is available free for any society and register office that wishes to use it to create an on-line BMD index.

      Contact UKBMD via the link on the web site

      more information >  



      FFHS NEWS -
      Our own mailing list

      FFHS-NEWS is a 'one-way' Mailing List which is used to make announcements from the Federation and to publish information of general interest, as and when it occurs.

      to subscribe

      Talks and Tours
      at the
      Galleries of Justice

      The Nottingham based Galleries of Justice have a new series of talks with Senior Curator and Archivist, Bev Baker followed by a tour of the Galleries of Justice.
      more information
      on this plus details of other activities

      Looking for the ideal gift for the family historian this christmas?

      NBI 2nd Edition Now Only £35.24  RRP £45

      buy online at Genfair.com >

      Guildhall Library  Renovations

      The Manuscripts Section's reading room of the Guildhall Library will be temporarily closed for approximately six months from March 2009 as part of an extensive refurbishment programme at the Guildhall Library. Access will be at the reading room of London Metropolitan Archives.

      A regular newsletter dedicated to the refurbishment will appear shortly, and meetings are being planned for early in 2009 at which you can find out more about the Guildhall Library refurbishment and other exciting developments such as digitisation.

      more information about the refurbishment >  

      Diary Dates   

      More details of events to be attended by the FFHS can be found on our website.

      events >  

      Competition Winners

      A full list of Ezine competition winners can be seen on the FFHS website.

      view competition winners >



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