Welcome to the July 2010 Edition of the FFHS Ezine
Society Spotlights Sussex Family History Group  >

Do You Have Ancestors Who Went to South Africa? >
New Book Release >

70th Anniversary of Two Key Events in WW 2 History >

This months competition >

Was Your Relative Involved in ‘Operation Dynamo’ or the Battle of Britain?  >


Books From the ‘Tracing Your’ series to give away >

Things To Do Over The Summer>

Garden Cemeteries >

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Diary Dates >

National Burial Index  >

Records Office Update >

FHS New Releases >

Do You Have Ancestors From London? >

Have You Visited Geneva? >

Cambridge FHS >

Digitisation of Newspapers >

Here Come The Girls. 100  Years of Guiding in London >

Charity Commission News >


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Society Spotlights

The Sussex Family
History Group



The Sussex Family History Group, which covers all of Sussex, was founded in 1972.  It has about four thousand members worldwide.  There are six meeting centres in the County at Bognor Regis, Chichester, Crawley, Brighton & Hove, Uckfield and Worthing.  If you live in Sussex you are likely to find one fairly near by.  We hold our Annual Conference in the spring and also attend many Family History and local events.

All members receive our quarterly journal, The Sussex Family Historian, which is full of articles, pictures and information about Sussex.  There is also a quarterly e-newsletter, Sussex Link, distributed via email and available on our website.  The Group has its own Family History Library in Lewes which is open to members.

Our comprehensive website www.sfhg.org.uk has won the FFHS "Best Website Award" twice and our Journal has also been commended.  There is an E-Mail List Forum where members can request help or discuss matters relating to Sussex genealogical research.

The SFHG continues to expand its databases of Sussex Information, Monumental Inscriptions, Marriage Indexes, Census Returns, Parish Records, Strays, Members Interests, Wills, Sussex People Index and other genealogical information.  Much of this data is being added to our online Data Archive, with free access for members.  The Sussex Marriage Index (all known marriages in Sussex up to 1837), many Monumental Inscriptions and Parish Record transcripts are available on our CDs.  There is also an extensive list of other records and items for purchase - see our website.

Membership starts at only  £11 (£13 joint) and you can join by post or via our website.

Why not visit us at one of our Meeting Centres?

You can find out more about us and even listen to "Sussex by the Sea" at www.sfhg.org.uk >

Do You Have Ancestors or Relatives Who Went to South Africa?

 The Genealogical Society of South Africa promotes and facilitates interest and research in genealogy and family history in that country.

Their website has a link to photographs of over 170,000 headstones.

The library section of their site has links to books and documents held in various repositories as well as images of a number of family bibles from the collection of the National Cultural History Museum  

The society is currently undertaking over 20 projects related to history and genealogy. 

more information about the Society >



   New Book Release 

'Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History Research'


New Book release - 'Pitfalls and Possibilities in Family History Research' - by Pauline Litton - Vice President FFHS. 

If you agree with any of the statements below, you need this book
-- She was born in 1939 so she must be registered at the GRO.
- Of course they were married.
- He was 80 when he died so he was born in ...
- I knew her as Auntie Gladys; she must be my mother's or father's sister.
- My great grandfather left his only son one shilling in his will; they must have fallen out.

 more information >

  This Year Marks the 70th 
  Anniversary of Two Key
  Events  in  WW2 History:

The Evacuation of Dunkirk

Between 26 May and 4th June 1940 about 338,000 soldiers were rescued from the beaches of Dunkirk and earlier this year 34 ships set off from Ramsgate to France to mark the 70th anniversary of ‘Operation Dynamo’.
The operation involved around 900 naval and civilian craft.   However at least 5,000 soldiers were killed as the Luftwaffe attacked the beach and ships and roughly 40,000 were captured as Prisoners of War.  Still, Operation Dynamo not only boosted the morale of the nation but also bought valuable time at a critical moment in the war.

Never was so Much Owed by so Many to so Few

Another crucial event of WW2 celebrating its 70th anniversary this year is the Battle of Britain. During the summer of 1940, the Luftwaffe began bombing British shipping lanes and followed this by bombing factories, radar stations and airfields in Britain. 
The climax of the Battle of Britain was on the 30th - 31st August when the British lost 50 aircraft and Germans lost 41.  The Germans then changed tactics and began bombing civilian targets; the beginning of the Blitz.  On 7th September the Germans began to bomb London continuously.  The failure of Germany to annihilate Britain’s air defences and dominate airspace is considered to be a crucial turning point in the war.

Battle of Britain day at Duxford Air Museum 4th September to 5th September. 

visit the website for more details >

         This Months Competition



To enter this month’s competition and win one of 5 copies of The Second World War 1939-1945 by Phil Tomaselli simply answer the following question:

Q. How many British aircraft were lost between 30th-31st August 1940 during the climax of the Battle of Britain?

To enter send your answer in the Subject Line of an email to competition@ffhs.org.uk by 15th August 2010

Was Your Relative Involved In ‘Operation Dynamo’ or the Battle of Britain?

To find out more about how your relative was involved in the war, you can obtain their service record from the Ministry of Defence.   The process is different depending on whether you are applying for your own records , those of a spouse, child or other relative.  Currently it costs £30.00 (with some exemptions) for a copy of the records and there can sometimes be a lengthy waiting period. 

for more information about how to apply go to >



We have 3 books from the ‘Tracing Your’ series to give away

Tracing Your Air Force Ancestors
Tracing Your Royal Marine Ancestors
Tracing Your Army Ancestors

To win a copy of your favourite title, put Air Force or Marine or Army in the subject line of your email and send it to info@ffhs.org.uk by 15th Aug 2010       

Things To Do Over The Summer

By the time you receive this copy of the Ezine the summer holidays will be upon us here in the UK and for many our research will be suspended until September.  However there are still ways to further your research and involve the family too. 

If you would like to know what it was like living as one of your ancestors a good place to go and experience the past is a Living or Open Air Museum.  There are many around the country and a look on the internet will find one near to where you live.  A few to consider:

West Stow Anglo SaxonVillage >
Black Country Folk Living Museum
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
St Fagans
Ulster Folk Transport Museum
Highland Folk

Garden Cemeteries

Is one of your ancestors buried in a Garden Cemetery?  During the Industrial Revolution when the population boomed the churchyards soon became full to capacity. Cemeteries were established to cope with the extra demand.  Some of these have been severely neglected over the years and whilst this has had a detrimental effect on some of the headstones, these places have become fantastic wildlife habitats.  Tower Hamlets (known locally as Bow Cemetery) is now a nature reserve; Arnos Vale, Bristol has become a wildlife, heritage and education centre; the Friends of Key Hill and Warstone Cemeteries has just achieved Grade II* listing on the National Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Interest and Abney Park is a Woodland Memorial Park and Local Nature Reserve.  These Victorian Garden Cemeteries can make fascinating places to visit – not only for family historians but also for wildlife enthusiasts. 

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 Ezine Competition Winners

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

view competition winners >


Diary Dates  

FFHS GM & Bristol & Avon
Open Day. 18th September

further details >

The FFHS will be attending the Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts 23rd - 26th September. Westpoint Exeter

National Burial Index

Do you have the National Burial Index 2?  Do you know that you can now purchase an upgrade for edition 3 at a cost of £15.00 including postage and packaging?  The full price version is available at £30.00. 

For an order form and further information >

Record Office Update

If you are planning a visit to a Record Office over the summer, it is essential to either telephone the record office or look at their website to check for any closures before you set off!  Somerset, Manchester and Liverpool Record Offices are all closed or in temporary locations as part of re-fits or moves.  Somerset Record Office is moving to a new Somerset Heritage Centre in September 2010.  From 28 June 2010 the Local Studies Library and Microfilm Unit of Manchester Archives has a temporary base at Eliot House, Deansgate, Manchester and due to limited space not all records will be available.  Liverpool Record Office closed on 3rd May for upto 3 years as part of a 50 million redevelopment; a research service will still be available.  For some tips on how to get the best from your visit to a Record Office,

visit our website >

FHS New Releases

Family history societies work hard transcribing their local parish records and other records relating to their areas. Bedfordshire FHS has released their 1st batch of parish registers on CD; if you have ancestors in Lancashire or Huddersfield look at the websites of the Lancashire Parish Register Society and Huddersfield Family History Society who have also released more records.  Remember societies are constantly updating their publications so always re-visit their websites to check for new releases.  For a full list of member societies and links to their websites visit:

more information >

Do you have Ancestors
From London?

If so a new website has just been launched that may help with you London research.  London Lives has a wide range of primary source material for 18th Century London.  It includes 240,000 manuscript and printed pages from 8 London Archives, including the Old Bailey Proceedings.  It is free to use or you can choose to register.

visit the website >  

Cambridge FHS

Congratulations to the Cambridgeshire Family History Society who have transcribed all of the parish registers for the old counties of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely.  Working with the staff from Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies all 202 parishes have been transcribed and are available on CD.  The occasion was marked by a ceremony at the Shire Hall, Cambridge on 22nd May. See the Cambridgeshire FHS website to purchase any of the CDs.

 www.cfhs.org.uk >

Digitisation of Newspapers

"On the 19th May the British Library's Chief Executive, Dame Lynne Brindley, announced a major new partnership between the Library and online publisher brightsolid, owner of online brands including findmypast.co.uk and Friends Reunited. The ten-year agreement will deliver the most significant mass digitisation of newspapers the UK has ever seen: up to 40 million historic pages from the national newspaper collection will be digitised, making large parts of this unparalleled resource available online for the first time.”

more info >

Have You Visited GENEVA?


GENEVA - is the online calendar of GENealogicalEVents and Activities, which contains a full listing of known Family History Fairs, events and activities and can be found at http://geneva.weald.org.uk/
This is part of the GENUKI pages but is maintained on behalf of the FFHS as well, and 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 history society event.

to find out more or list your event >

Here Come The Girls: 100 Years of Guiding in London

Following on from an article in our last Ezine about the Girl Guides centenary, The Museum of London Docklands is holding an exhibition to celebrate 100 years of the role Girl Guides have played in the lives of girls and women.  Here Come The Girl Guides: 100 Years of Guiding in London runs from 26th June 2010 until 31st October 2010 at the Museum of London Docklands and best of all entry is free! 

more details >

Charity Commission News

The Charity Commission now plans to review a small number of sports and recreation charities. This will complete its programme of public benefit assessments.

find out more >




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