Welcome to the July 2009 Edition of the FFHS Ezine
New Feature - Society Spotlight - Anglo-Italian
Family History Society

Find My Past,
Working with Local Family History Societies

British Postal Museum >

Festival of History 2009 >   

The National Register of Archives >

STEAM Museum of the GWR Archives Photographs >

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This Months Competition >

FFHS Diary Dates >

1911 Census for Wales Goes Online >

Surman Name Index - Online>

Have You Visited Geneva? >

London & Middlesex
Glass Slide Collection
available online

FFHS News >

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The June issue of Irish Roots Magazine is out now. 
Irish Roots magazine is an essential resource tool for anyone wishing to undertake Irish ancestral research.

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New Feature

Society Spotlight

Family History Society


Researching Italian ancestry is not always easy. Not least of the problems, of course, is dealing with the Italian civil and church authorities (there are no central records of births marriages and deaths) and reading the records in Italian and, for the church records, Latin too. Another major difficulty is that Italian surnames are all too easily and frequently corrupted beyond all reasonable recognition by English speakers. Many members of the Anglo-Italian Family History Society have considerable research experience and we aim to provide guidance to members trying to trace their Italian ancestry in the UK and particularly in Italy.

visit the society website   >  



Working with
local family
history societies


Since 2007 leading UK family history website findmypast.co.uk has been working in partnership with FFHS to bring millions of parish records transcribed by the volunteer members of local family history societies to the attention of a wider and international audience.

In May 2009 a further 59,000 parish records for the period 1633 to 1930 were added to the site from Dorset, Lancashire, Montgomeryshire and Yorkshire. Now with over 24 million baptisms, marriages and burials dating from 1538, the Parish Records Collection at findmypast.co.uk is the largest online repository of parish records for England & Wales, following the closure of FFHS’s own FamilyHistoryOnline website earlier this year.

Also last month, findmypast.co.uk added an array of unique collections transcribed by local societies, including Army Deserters (1828-1840), Dorset and Somerset Parish Apprentices and Suffolk Testator and Beneficiary Indices 1847-1857And, in association with Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS), findmypast.co.uk has published online the missing unfilmed records from the 1851 census for Lancashire.

find out more about this extraordinary project > 


   Festival of History 2009


Don’t miss the largest historical event in Europe on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th July at Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire.

This is a family friendly event with more than 50 different shows each day.

The FFHS will be there, representing our member societies and helping members of the public with their family history enquiries. We hope to see you there!

find out more >



British Postal Museum & Archive partners with Ancestry


The British Postal Museum & Archive has partnered with Ancestry.co.uk to make available the Post Office Appointment books from 1831 to 1960.

In 1831 the Post Office created centralised employment records by copying the relevant minute numbers, brief details relating to appointment, transfer, dismissal, resignation, retirement or death. Prior to 1831 appointment records were not kept uniformly over the country.

The records will be fully name searchable and when available will be of real value to all those interested in researching their family history.



The National Register of Archives


The National Register of Archives has recently passed the significant milestone of 100,000 links from its indexes to online resources. The National Register of Archives links to the major UK archive networks, over 50 repositories online catalogues, and resources like the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and Royal Historical Society online bibliography.

Linking to the National Register of Archives is a crucial means of bringing history to life for hundreds of thousands of online users, knitting together the sometimes baffling range of online information about archive resources for research into British history.

We would be very pleased to hear from you if you have an online catalogue and would like to discuss automated linking to the National Register of Archives, or to explore other potential links to online resources.

Sam Velumyl
Information Systems and Resource Discovery Manager

visit the national register of archives  >



London & Middlesex Archaeological Society
Glass Slide Collection
available online


Over 4,000 glass slides covering the social, cultural and architectural history of London compiled and collected by the London & Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) have now been digitised. The project started in 2006 has resulted in a huge and invaluable online resource of visual material of early twentieth century London. Many of the images are hugely impressive, showing detailed colouring which brings the scene to life; although some attempts were less successful, including a rather early slide of proud elderly Beefeater tinted with a bright yellow face and lurid turquoise uniform.

Street scenes, markets, events, recreational activities as well as images of all of the City’s churches are now available via the Bishopsgate library’s online catalogue. .

view the catalogue  >

STEAM Museum of the GWR Archives Photograph Collection

The STEAM Museum based in Swindon is in the throes of archiving and cataloguing a vast collection of over 10,000 photographs which includes images covering social history, country views, people and scenes relating to industrial engineering. Elaine Arthurs, Acting Curator, praised the team of dedicated volunteers, without whom this project would not be possible. If you have an interest in the Great Western Railway (GWR) and British Railways (Western Region)

visit the collection >

Ezine Competition Winners

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

view competition winners >


This Months Competition

For the chance to win one of four one year subscriptions to Ancestry 24, simply answer the following question.

Q: How many steps are there to researching your family history?' 

Hint; go to the website >  

To enter, send your answer in the Subject Line of an email to competition@ffhs.org.uk by
15 July 2009



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.

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Online access to the records of 2.4 million people living in Wales in 1911

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Any FFHS Member Society
with news items they wish to
be considered for News from Societies page on the FFHS website.
Please email details to:
Philippa McCray

The Surman Index Online

The Surman Index Online at Dr Williams’s Library. The index can now be freely searched online  

Charles Surman's extraordinary biographical card index of Congregational ministers includes the names of about 32,000 individuals, and, where known, their dates, details of their education, ministries or other employment, together with the sources used. It covers the period from the mid-seventeenth century to 1972, and though it focuses on England and Wales, it includes Congregational ministers serving abroad provided they trained or served as ministers in Britain. Although intended as an index of Congregational ministers, it also gives details of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Presbyterians. 

to search the index   >

Diary Dates  

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

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FFHS General Meeting

The next FFHS General Meeting is being held on Saturday 29 August 2009 at 1.30pm, hosted by  the Halsted Trust as part of their Conference “Open the Door & Here are the People”  at the The East Midlands Conference Centre located on the Nottingham University Park Campus. Please come along and share your views with us


4 day international Local and Family History Conference hosted by the Halsted Trust
28 - 31 August 2009

more information

Have You Visited GENEVA?

GENEVA - is the online
calendar of GENealogical EVents and Activities, which contains a full listing of known Family History Fairs, events
and activities.
Member societies are encouraged to post details of  their main events to this list. This is a free service and an ideal medium for raising the profile of any family or local history event. Many Family History Societies are holding open days and special events during the summer months

to find out more or to list your event >

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