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Welcome to the March 2011 Edition of the FFHS Ezine
The Society exists to encourage the study of family history within the
old counties of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. It not only provides a
friendly point of contact for people world-wide who are interested in the
same surname and families, but also offers a wide range of facilities to
support their researches into genealogy and the local area.
The FFHS would like to thank everyone who visited Stand 602 at WDYTYA? Live 25-27 February 2011 also all the volunteers from our member societies who willingly gave their time and shared their knowledge and expertise to answer enquiries, your help was greatly appreciated.
More photo's and a list of the prize draw winners can be found on the FFHS website
If you didn't make it to WDYTYA? - Live 2011 catch up with
some of the goings on via Scottish based, Family Historian, Chris Paton's
video interviews on
The FFHS is proud to announce its very own page on Facebook, we look forward to welcoming you there.
Useful Twitter hints and tips can be found in the March issue of Family Tree Magazine.
The RUL introduces a new FFHS competition, inviting readers to write about their most interesting ancestor. Details of how to enter the competition along with a list of prizes and sponsors can be found in the Really Useful Leaflet and on the FFHS website.
The Families In British India Society (FIBIS) is an organisation devoted to members with an interest in researching their ancestors and the background against which they led their lives in ‘British India’.
On its website along with a wealth of information FIBIS has a free searchable database of more than 710,000 individual names (fibis database) and the Fibiwiki where you can find out more about the lives your ancestors lived.
For more information visit the Fibis website or connect via
The first census which can be completed online!
Car parking charges on hold find out more
New TNA iPhone App
Old Money is a new phone app which converts old money prices into new modern equivalents. Using historic price data the currency converter will tell you what sums of money from the past are worth today and you can see what your ancestor’s wages would have bought. You can also find out more about what life was like at the time find out more
Africa Through a Lens
The National Archives has launched the ‘Africa Through a Lens’ collection. Thousands of striking images taken from 1860 to 1980s are now available to view free of charge. The photographs are from the Colonial Office photographic collection, cover over 20 African countries and illustrate stories from the ‘Scramble for Africa’ through to independence for its nations. The National Archives want your help by identifying people, places and events in the collection. Visit the TNA website for more details.
What Happened when you needed medical care at Sea in the Royal Navy?
Surgeons at Sea - Royal Navy medical officers journals - find out more
Sources for tracing agricultural labourers - find out more
A new website documenting the history of P&O has been
launched. The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company was founded
in 1837 and by 1866 employed more than 12,000 people across 10 countries.
The P&O archives include some crew records, personnel files and details of
2,500 ships with images where available.
find out more
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry has completed a survey of the whereabouts and types records held by record offices, masonic lodges and chapters throughout England and Wales. The survey lists records created by lodges and chapters in the course of their activities: minute books, financial records and membership records etc. It also includes the surviving lists of members of masonic lodges submitted to the county magistrates and held among quarter sessions records under the 1799 Unlawful Societies Act. If you know the name of the lodge or chapter your ancestor joined then you can search the online catalogue to see if a lodge or chapter history survives. The content of such histories varies but may include a list of members and occasionally, photographs. Visit the website for further information, leaflets and to search the online catalogue.
The Cleveland Street workhouse was originally built in 1775 and it is the best preserved Georgian era workhouse in Central London, one of only three remaining in the Capital. find out more
Nick Barratt worries about the long term effects of
releasing government papers after just 20 years
The Guild organises a number of seminars and conferences every year as part of its remit to advance the education of the public in both one-name studies specifically and in the wider subject of genealogy generally.
For a full listing of the Guild's 2011 seminars visit the website or connect via
This year, for the first time, the Caribbean Family History Group was represented at WhoDoYouThinkYou Are? by Fathia, Carlston and Sharon.
The Caribbean Family History Gruop hold regular meetings in Solihull library (West Midlands) and Sharon teaches Researching Jamaican Family History at the London Family History Center more information
This course is not about collecting genealogical data but about how to use memories and word of mouth stories passed on through generations in order to paint word pictures of each of the characters who have and those that are currently part of the make up your family.
The topics covered range from planning your history,
collecting information, storing and collating it then using that
Findmypast are working on a very exciting new project with
the British Library! Read all about it.
The SOG publishes its history.
The Registrar General for Scotland has announced that the
1911 census for Scotland will be released on Tuesday 5th April 2011. The
General Register Office for Scotland will release the details of more than
4.7 million Scots and for the first time the images will be presented in
full colour rather than black and white. Images of the original summary
books which include the name, address, age occupation, birthplace and
marital status, will be available to view on the Scotlands People
To win a copy of one of the following books,
especially written for the Over 50's, by Jim Gatenby send an
email with the title of your choice in the Subject line to
by 15th April 2011
2) An Introduction to the Internet for the Older Generation
3) Getting Started in Computing for the Older Generation Windows 7 Edition
This month Merly Impressions, specialists in Kaisercraft scrapbooking products are offering readers an opportunity to win one of their Kaisercraft Family Tree kits.
To be in with a chance simply answer the following
To enter the competition send your answer in the
Subject Line of an email to
email@example.com by 15th April 2011
New Book reviews have been added to our Book Review Page
Ezine Competition Winners
A full list of Ezine competition winners can be seen on the FFHS website.
The FFHS will be attending the following events:
Federation Of Family History Societies