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Beyond the Census III

Your chance to enjoy this FFHS public conference in Central London is on Saturday 29 September 2018.

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Save the Dates - 26 & 27 April 2019

"Family Tree Live" is a brand new event at London's Alexandra Palace.

Supported by FFHS and Family Tree magazine, the show will provide two full days of family history fun for all.

Look here for further details. Download a poster.

Member societies wishing to participate should use the application form in our Members Area.

Buckinghamshire Open Day

If you live within reach of Aylesbury or have forebears from Buckinghamshire, Saturday 28 July is a date for your diary.

Buckinghamshire Family History Society's Open Day offers visitors a wealth of information plus the company of numerous fellow enthusiasts. A wide range of relevant organisations will also be present. So, whether you are an expert, curious or somewhere in between, there is something for you.

Visit the BFHS website for further details.

Heathrow threat to Quaker burials


The former Longford Meeting House, just north of Heathrow airport, is one of the many historical properties that will be destroyed if plans for a third runway go ahead. The building dates back to 1676, when it was opened by the Longford Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Many people from Longford and further afield are still at rest in the grounds of this picturesque timber-framed property. Details of their identity can be found on the Ancestry site. Are your ancestors' remains about to be disturbed?

Suffolk Triumph

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With strong backing from Suffolk Family History Society and FFHS, Suffolk Record Office has been awarded £10.3 million to create a flagship heritage centre at Ipswich Waterfront and transform access to its archives.

You can read more on the Record Office website about the project and how it will be completed by the end of 2019.

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Launched

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Splendid new facilities have arrived for Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucestershire Family History Society. Known as "Gloucestershire Heritage Hub", they are situated in the heart of Gloucester, providing a fine home for historical records and excellent facilities for those who use them.

More pictures can be seen on the Gloucestershire FHS website.

RootsTech 2018

FamilySearch Library

RootsTech is an annual event held in Salt Lake City, home of the largest family history library in the World (pictured). This year, over 17,000 enthusiasts took part. The Federation's stand there showcased our member societies and explained what they have to offer their global membership.

Why not check out the free videos of RootsTech sessions that are available online?

Machine-reading handwriting

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Most of the records that we use as family historians are handwritten.

Writing in The National Archives blog, Dr Richard Dunley discusses progress in developing technology to search and transcribe the text of such documents.

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FamilySearch moves on

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The microfilm service at Family History Centres has been replaced by access to digital images of numerous original records. Some of FamilySearch's vast collection can now even be viewed at home.

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