Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group
FFHS welcomes a new member.
The aim of the group is primarily to promote the study of family
history in East Suffolk but also to provide help and support to those
wishing to trace their family outside of the area. Last month the group
officially launched the St. Mary’s Church, Benhall Monumental Inscriptions
Project. The project is the culmination of over 18 months dedicated
voluntary work not only by members of the group but also by volunteers
from the church, the parish council and the wider local community. The
Group run an informal family history Drop-in Centre in Leiston where
members of the public are able to access a variety of reference material
and receive free family history advice.
Ezine Book Giveaway
If you are planning to get out and about this summer and wander in your
ancestor's footsteps , why not enter our Ezine draw?
In this issue of the Ezine we are giving away one copy from the
Drive & Stroll series, kindly donated by Countryside Books.
To enter the draw for this book giveaway, send an email with Drive &
Stroll in the subject line by 15th August 2011 to:
The winner will be able to select from Suffolk, West Yorkshire,
Oxfordshire, Leicestershire & Rutland or Cambridgeshire.
For details of other books published by Countryside Books
Looking for a day out with a
Why not visit the
the Heritage Railway Association and view details of the many events
being held up and down the country this summer.
Travel in splendour in
beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages on the Isle of
Wight. Experience country branch line travel 1930’s style on the Dean
Forest Railway. Relive Britain during a 1940’s weekend with Peak Rail or
simply enjoy a fun, family day out at one of the many themes events.
The Railway Ancestors Family History Group is a member of the FFHS.
Visit their website
In this issue of the FFHS Ezine we are giving away a copy of Tracing Your
Railway Ancestors by Di Drummond, kindly donated by Pen & Sword Books.
To enter the draw for this book giveaway, send an email with Tracing Your
Railway Ancestors in the subject line by 15th Aug 2011 to:
Do you have Birmingham ancestors
buried at Key Hill?
The Jewellery Quarter Research Group (JQRG) has put over 11,000
existing memorial inscriptions for Key Hill Cemetery online.
The search engine is easy to use and free and some entries have potted
histories of the people mentioned. The Birmingham cemetery was opened in
1837 by a group of non-conformist businessmen and contains over 20,000
graves and over 62,000 burials. The website will be invaluable for people
studying local or family history and interested in Birmingham's Jewellery
Quarter. The JQRG plan to add the memorial inscriptions for Warstone Lane
to the website soon. Visit the JQRG website
WDYTYA Celebreties revealed
The 10 celebrities who will be taking part in the next series of Who Do
You Think You Are have been revealed. The series which is due to begin later this
year will be featuring JK Rowling, June Brown, Alan Carr, Sebastian Coe,
Larry Lamb, Emilia Fox, Richard Madeley, Len Goodman, Tracy Emin and Robin
Who is the most interesting person in your family tree?
The FFHS is currently running 2 competitions, one for adults and one for
those under 21, to find the most interesting ancestors in your trees. We
are looking for a story about your chosen ancestor in under 1,000 words
and you could be in with chance to win a fabulous prize of a subscription
to either findmypast.co.uk, thegenealogist.co.uk or ancestry.co.uk. If you
are entering the Under 21 category, you could win a laptop. Perhaps you
have discovered a famous explorer, inventor, politician, activist,
merchant or labourer? On the darker side, a convict, murderer or one of
the Pendle witches? Maybe someone who struggled to bring up a family
against all odds? Let us know your stories whether tragic, funny or
heart-warming. Please see our website
and Young Persons
Competition Page for further details and conditions of entry.
Museums around the UK will be holding exhibitions
throughout the summer. The Museum of London has a display of hand
drawn maps and also an exhibition of Street Photography until
September. Visit the
A new multi million pound museum has opened in Bristol. The museum has
around 3,000 exhibits on display telling the story of the people of
Bristol. The exhibits include film, photographs and moving personal
stories. You can also add your own personal memories through the
interactive displays. The museum is housed in restored 1950s transit sheds
– hence its name MShed - on Bristol’s historic dockside and also has on
show working dockside cranes, steam locomotives and harbour boats.
Entrance to the museum is free.
Visit the website
The Manchester Regional Group of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great
Britain is holding an exhibition “from Auschwitz to Ambleside”. It tells
the story of the Jewish children who survived the holocaust and were sent
to the Lake District in 1945.
Visit the website
Lloyd George Domesday Survey
This survey, carried out just before the First World War, although
primarily concerned with property and land ownership, also includes
the names of a large number of householders, and so can be used
alongside the 1911 census.
As so often, taxation was the motive for the creation of this official
survey. In 1909 Lloyd George, Chancellor of the Exchequer, introduced the
‘People’s Budget’, intended to raise money for the new old-age pensions,
and for Dreadnought battleships being built to compete with the German
naval programme. He hoped to tax windfall gains made by owners of land and
property which increased in value.
The names of owners, addresses of their property, areas, valuations, and
usually the names of occupiers were recorded as at 30 April 1909. Four
main types of record have survived, an article containing a more detailed
description of these records is being published in the August edition of ‘Your
Family History’ magazine.
Volunteers in Gloucestershire are working to transfer the material for
their county onto a database, to be made available online, but more
volunteers are needed. If you would like to contribute, perhaps by
transcribing the material for your locality in Gloucestershire, or if you
are considering a similar project in another county, please contact Anthea
Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
or John Loosley
One way to sneak a bit of family history into the summer holiday
season is by using old maps to find out more about the area where your
ancestor lived or worked.
It can be possible to trace where your ancestors lived and this
can be compared to a modern map to see how much has changed. Visiting the
town or village where they lived can help to give a greater understanding
of your ancestors’ lives. A local family history society may help to
identify and give further information about the local area. Look at our
‘Find a Society’ page on our website to find a society for the area you
are interested in. Cassini and
Alan Godfrey both sell
copies of old maps.
News from National Archives
If it’s a rainy day and you are looking for something to do, the
National Archives website has some podcasts which are available for
Currently, there are many subjects available which will be of interest
to the family history researcher such as Naturalisation and Alien
Registration, From Crime to Punishment and Family History resources at the
National Archives, to the more general such as The Festival of Britain and
also the more off beat – UFO File Release March 2011.
Go to the podcasts
Men who served in the Militia between 1806-1915
The records of over half a million men who served in the Militia
between 1806-1915 are now available online at
association with The National Archives.
The Militia, a forerunner to the British Territorial Army, was a voluntary
part-time force made up of working men from a wide range of professions.
The Militia Attestation Papers in WO 96 were filled in at recruitment,
providing unique descriptions of the recruits' personal appearance, and
most were annotated with the date of discharge so that they form a record
For more information on finding militia records go to the TNA
research signpost and
Do you remember
the Festival of Britain?
This year is the 60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain. If you fancy
a trip down memory lane or, if you are too young to remember the original
Festival and would like to find out more, why not visit the Southbank
Centre (London) where a four month celebratory festival is currently
taking place ( 22 April – 4 September). There are many different events
providing fun for all ages.
Visit the website
The Southbank Centre is looking for personal memories of the original
Festival; perhaps you visited the Festival or one of the exhibitions or
celebrations held around the country. Did you take photographs marking the
occasion? Have you any letters or postcards describing the event? If so
they would love to hear from you.
For contact details please visit the website
Geoff Riggs 1940
It is with regret that I announce the death of Geoff Riggs, former
Chairman of the FFHS, on 12th June 2011. Geoff joined the Executive
Committee in 2001 and served as Vice Chairman, Webmaster & Chairman
before retiring in 2008.
He also served as Chairman for FFHS (Publications) Ltd from
Geoff will be remembered by many within the family history community,
not only for his roles within the FFHS but through his long association
and involvement with the Guild of One Name Studies, Halsted Trust,
Association of Family History Societies of Wales and Gwent FHS. He was a
familiar face at meetings and events around the country and his knowledge
and presence will be greatly missed. Geoff was one of the “Founding
Fathers” of the ezine and so it is quite fitting that we remember him
here. A memorial service will be held for Geoff later in the year.
David Holman - Chairman FFHS
The FFHS Ezine has a current readership of over 17,000 worldwide. To discuss sponsorship or advertising, please e-mail
Ezine Editor Di Maskell
To read reviews of recently published books of interest to family historians
visit our Book Review Page
Ezine Competition Winners
A full list of Ezine competition winners can be
seen on the FFHS website.
view competition winners
The FFHS will be attending The National Family History Fair 2011 to be
held on Saturday 10th September 10.00am- 4.00pm at The Newcastle Central
Premier Inn. For further
details about the event please visit the website Do come along and meet
FFHS GM Autumn 2011 - The Autumn General Meeting will be held on
Saturday September 17th at the Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Lane,
Liverpool L1 3BT
For more event details visit the
events page on the
GENEVA - is the online calendar of
GENealogical EVents and Activities, which contains a full listing of known
Family History Fairs, events and activities. There are many day courses
listed and also Open Days being held by societies.