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Subject: FFHS Ezine - December 2008
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2008, 4:08 PM
Dear Reader, In This Issue..
December 2008 No 12
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THE REAL VALUE OF FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCES
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.
Derek Palgrave, Vice President Top of page
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
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.
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.>
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.
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 >
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 >
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 >
BUY 2 FOR 1 TICKETS£2 transaction fee applies. 2 for 1 offer ends 20 February 09
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
3 prizes to be won this month
Each prize will consist of a choice of 2 of the following books, provided by Pen &
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
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15 January 2009
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.
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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
FFHS NEWS -
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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.
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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 >
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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.
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