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Welcome To the August Edition of the FFHS Ezine >

Petition to Open 1926 Irish Census >

Ministry of Defence asks for views on transfer of records to TNA >   

WDYTYA? - New Series >

Family Search - Research Wiki >

  August  2008  No 10

This Months Competition >

FFHS Diary Dates >

Calling all Family Historians >

FFHS Mailing List >

Family History Courses >

Artists Rifles >

Convict Transportation

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This Months Competition

To win one of five colour photographic map / plan prints of your choice  size 24" x 16" 
from Mapseeker  (worth £24 each)
view prints >
simply answer the following question.

The Reform Bill led to the redistribution of parliamentary seats, disenfranchising the antiquated system of pocket and rotten boroughs and recognising the emergence of the new urban towns.  What year was this?
a) 1754
b) 1832
c) 1910

Welcome to the August edition of  the FFHS Ezine


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.

David Smetham, Society Liaison Officer                          Top of page



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 

visit the website >  

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

for more information and to sign the petition visit >                                                                                      Top of page

Ministry of Defence asks for views
on transfer of historic records to TNA


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.  

more information >    

 New Series of Who
Do You Think You Are?

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 9.00-10.00pm 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.

BBC iPlayer >  

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

more information on the BBC’s TV and radio history programs  >                                                                 


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.
view the pages for the countries of the British Isles
view the pages for Wales

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.
give feedback online >  


Convict Transportation Registers

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.


for more information or to search the database >

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To discuss sponsorship or advertising, please e-mail
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Mapseeker  offers one of the most comprehensive collections of British Maps
online. As well as maps, plans and surveys, special features of the Mapseekers site includes the ability to undertake a detailed search for a specific street or place.

Send your competition answer
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to arrive no later than 15  September  2008.


FFHS Diary Dates   

The FFHS will be attending the following event:

Chilterns Craft Show
Stonor Park, Henly-on-Thames, 22nd - 25th August 2008

more details >  

The 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
29 - 31 August 2008.

more details

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts 
Westpoint Centre, Exeter
25 - 28 September 2008

more details >

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 or via snail mail  4994 Ogilvy Road, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada VOB ILI.

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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If you are stuck with your research,  or want to know more about the fascinating hobby of family history, have 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.
view the list

Many family history societies organise courses. For more information visit our website.
member societies

You can find out if there is a course in your area by visiting the listings on GENEVA  
visit Geneva >   

Artist's Rifles

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.

more details about The Artists Rifles Association >

Competition Winners

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

view competition winners >



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