As Society Liaison Officer and long term family historian, I have been involved in the facilitation of family history research for 20 years as a trustee of Family History Society of Cheshire.
Having been a trustee at FFHS for over three years, I have seen a tremendous change in the family history world during that time. My role on the executive committee is primarily to listen to what is being said by our member societies, to take those messages back to executive committee and ensure that I represent those views in all decisions that are made. The traditional method of liaison has been to attend fairs and meetings and to share, that is now complemented by electronic communication. The Think Tank of 2005 was a significant influence on my perception of the way forward. I still believe that regional cooperation is an opportunity to share best practices, to understand trends and apply strength in numbers. There are many challenges ahead.
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UKBMD started life as a spin-off from the various BMD web sites, set up to place indexes to the original register office registers on-line. Initially with just links to Cheshire BMD and the other local based sites it soon became apparent that there were a lot more web sites out there with BMD and census data on-line. Over the years the number of links has grown regularly and continues to do so. Now there are over 1,000 links on the site, all categorised to help you find the right type of web site for your current task. So if you are unable to locate that elusive birth in the GRO indexes then check out
Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO) is petitioning the Irish government to open the 1926 census of Ireland after 75 years rather than the current tariff of 100 years. As those of us with Irish ancestry are very aware the only fully surviving census for Ireland are for 1901 and 1911
The Ministry of Defence has launched a public consultation process regarding the transfer of historic Armed Forces Service Personnel records to The National Archives (TNA).
Members of the public are being asked for their views on the process the Ministry of Defence has developed to transfer to The National Archives records of soldiers, sailors and airmen who served in the Armed Forces between the two World Wars and for those who were members of the Home Guard during the Second World War.
Holby City star Patsy Kensit is the first of eight celebrities to
embark on an emotional personal journey to investigate her family
history, as Who Do You Think You Are? returns to BBC One
Wednesday 13 August for a new series. If you miss an episode of this
new series you can view it online via the BBC iPlayer, which allows
you to catch up on BBC TV & Radio.
The series continues with Boris Johnson, Jerry Springer, Esther Rantzen, David Suchet, Ainsley Harriott, Jodie Kidd and Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. For the inside story on the series and celebrities involved visit www.bbcwhodoyouthinkyouare.com
A new FamilySearch project is available for public use. The FamilySearch Research Wiki is a tool where family historians can quickly find and share answers on a variety of research questions and topics. The information is growing from contributions shared by researchers around the world.
FamilySearch invites you to help make the wiki pages more useful for
family historians. Now is an excellent time to influence development
of the country and county pages.
Anyone can add information after registering on the site, but
suggestions on how to make the country and county pages work better
for family history societies is especially needed.
This database of Over 123,000 out of the estimated 160,000 convicts transported to Australia has been compiled from British Home Office HO 11 Criminal - Convict Transportation Registers series by The State Library of Queensland. These include prisoners sent to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Moreton Bay (Brisbane), Western Australia and Norfolk Island. Also recorded are some ships which were bound for Gibraltar. The records cover the period of 1787 to 1867.
in the FFHS Ezine
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The FFHS will be attending the following event:
Chilterns Craft Show
next FFHS General Meeting is being held on Saturday
30 August 2008, hosted by Essex SFH and
Suffolk FHS as part of their
National Family History Conference “The Way We Were?” at
the University of Essex, Colchester on
Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts
Dr Brenda Callaghan is currently engaged in a study of emigration of British people to British Columbia, Canada, between 1880-1914.So far, very little is known of the thousands of people who left their homeland to settle in this western most and isolated province of Canada. British Columbia attracted a high number of English people, relative to other provinces.
If, you come across any family members who emigrated to Canada during this time period, Dr. Callaghan would very much like to hear from you. Email 19centBChistorian@gmail.com or via snail mail 4994 Ogilvy Road, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada VOB ILI.
If you are stuck with your research, or want to know more
about the fascinating hobby of family history,
you considered taking a course to improve your skills? There are
now a variety of genealogy courses to suit every budget, from
post-graduate courses at university, to one-off lectures.
2010 will be the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the Artist’s Rifles.
Mike Powell would like details of any Artists in your family and any anecdotes being passed down or titles of stories written by them. As Artists served in almost every Unit of the British Army and in almost every campaign between 1914 and 1919.
A suitable prize will be given to the person who sends in the most interesting entry.
Lutterworth LE17 9BJ
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