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Welcome to the January 2012 Edition of the FFHS Ezine                                                        No 30

Society Spotlight:
Chandler FA

Change of Editor



Cheshire Records

Did You Know?

1911 Census

National Federation of Women's Institute

All Work and No Play

Relocation of the Wiener Library

This Month's Book Giveaways

Unwanted Certificates

Yorkshire Church records

GRO Number Change

Dorset FHS Open Day

MyHeritage Phone App

Living the Poor Life

Book Reviews

Diary Dates

Advertise with us

Competition Winners

Society Spotlight
Chandler Family Association

The FFHS welcomes The Chandler Family Association as its newest Associate Member.

Chandler Family Association

Anyone with an interest in Chandler matters anywhere, anytime is welcome to join the Chandler Family Association (CFA).  Membership is well over 500.

The CFA has an informative website and blog and an award-winning newsletter published three times annually and a Genealogy Panel which provides great help to members and others researching their family trees.  The Panel’s work is supported by the CFA Lineages Database of nearly 100,000 entries, as well as a multitude of records compiled by the global Chandler One-Name Study.

The CFA co-sponsors the very successful Chandler DNA Project which has so far identified more than 60 genetically-distinct Chandler families (Chandler being an occupational surname and hence having multiple origins).  The CFA website contains the stories of some of those genetic Chandler families which make very interesting reading and may be of substantial help to researchers.

Change of Ezine Editor

The Executive Committee would like to thank Di Maskell for the considerable time and effort she has put into producing a high quality Ezine for us all over the last five years since its inception. Di has decided to stand down due to other commitments.  Our new Ezine Editor is Samantha Bourne who will also be continuing in her existing role as Assistant Administrator of the Federation.

Due to a change in the way the Ezine is to be distributed and also the FFHS AGM, the March Ezine will be sent out later than usual, towards the end of the month.



WDYTYA? Live! is almost here.  The show runs from 24th – 26th February 2012 at Olympia in London.  At this year’s show you’ll find leading genealogy experts, one to one sessions, informative workshops and over 150 exhibitors specialising in researching your family tree all under one roof.  The Celebrity Theatre will once again play host to stars from BBC1’s television series Who Do Think You Are? with Larry Lamb, Richard Madeley and Emilia Fox being confirmed to appear.  Come and see us on Stand 615 where we will be happy to help with any family history queries!

Special offer
A single ticket will cost just £15 in advance but the FFHS can offer you two tickets for just £25, a saving of £19* when you quote code FFHS2425.
*£2 transaction fee applies. Standard on door price is £22. Offer ends 10th February 2012.


The FFHS has teamed up with WDYTYA? Live! And Pharos Teaching & Tutoring to offer the chance to win a fabulous online course worth £100 with Pharos to help you become an even better genealogist.  Go to the WDYTYA? Live! Website to enter the competition but hurry as entries must be received by noon on 26th January 2012.

For a full list of online courses being offered by Pharos Teaching & Tutoring visit their website.

Pharos Teaching & Tutoring

Cheshire Records on findmypast.co.uk


Over 10 million records for Cheshire can be found on findmypast.co.uk.  The records include Parish Registers 1576-1905, Bishop’s Transcripts1538-1910, Electoral Registers 1842-1900, Marriage License Bonds and Allegations 1663-1905, Workhouse Registers 1781-1910 and also some Non-Conformist and Catholic Registers 1671-1901.  If you have ancestors from the Northwich area then the registers will delight you with being similar to the Dade Registers found mainly in Yorkshire.  For example, a baptism entry will show the name, the parents’ name and also both sets of grandparents’ names and the area they lived, when known. Not all of the registers are like this but you may be lucky. Go to our website to find societies which cover Cheshire. 

Did You Know That:-

During 2011 over 7 million records were uploaded onto the findmypast.co.uk website after being submitted by Family History Societies. Most of this data comprised baptisms, marriages and burials, but it also included monumental inscriptions, some birth, marriage and death records, plus other one-off datasets.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of submitting transcribed data to Findmypast, send an email to: Rob White, FFHS Online Data Co-ordinator

1911 census

The infirmity column on the 1911 census is now available following the end of its 100 year embargo.  The final column in the census details an individual’s infirmity.  In the days before political correctness terms such as lunatic and imbecile were often used but there are also some amusing entries for example, stubborn, vain, greedy or perfect. 

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The National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI)

If you are interested in researching the lives of your female ancestors, it is possible that they belonged to the WI.
The NFWI is the largest voluntary organisation for women in the UK, the first meeting was held in 1915 and today, it has approximately 208,000 members. A new book 'A Force to be Reckoned with A History of the Women's Institute', by Jane Robinson has recently been published by Virago Press and you can read a review of the book on our Books Page

The archive of the NFWI is held by The Women’s Library based at London Metropolitan University. The Library houses the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK. The collections include books, pamphlets, periodicals, zines, artist books, audio-visuals, personal and organisational papers, objects, textiles and visual materials.  For information on visiting the library and to search the library’s online catalogues visit the website. An invaluable guide to researching family history at the Women's Library 'Sources for Family History' can be downloaded here. It is always worth checking with the County Record Office in a particular area to see if they have any archive material relating to a branch of the WI you are interested in.

All Work and Low Pay - The Story of Women and Work

Most women have always worked, in paid jobs or in the home, but their work has consistently been unrecognised and undervalued. This exhibition shows the extraordinary range of jobs done by women over the past 150 years, from forging iron chains to assembling fine electrical components. It highlights the campaigns for equal pay and fair working conditions led by pioneering activists and supported by trade unions. This exhibition presents London Metropolitan University’s Special Collections from The Women’s Library and TUC Library Collections, and will include unseen documents, images, films and artefacts. The exhibition will run until April 4th 2012. For further details of this exhibition as well as a range of tours, guided walks, workshops and talks over the forthcoming months please visit the website.

Relocation of The Wiener Library

The Wiener Library has recently moved to a new location in Russell Square, London. The Library began in 1933 when Alfred Wiener fled from Germany to Amsterdam.  Together with Professor David Cohen he collected information about the events happening in Germany under the Nazi regime.  The Library now has a unique collection of over one million items and is the oldest Holocaust memorial institution.  There are approximately 65,000 records which are available to search online and the records range from books and pamphlets, unpublished memoirs, periodicals and photographs. Visit The Wiener Library website.

Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors

This Months Book Giveaways

In this issue we have two book giveaways. Remember, you can enter as many of our giveaways and competitions as you like.

Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors by Rosemary Wenzerul donated by Pen & Sword

If you would like to enter this month’s book giveaway, simply send an email with ‘Wiener’ in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk before 10th February 2012

If you are interested in tracing your Jewish ancestry visit the website of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain www.jgsgb.org.uk who will be exhibiting at WDYTYA?LIVE.

The Florence Nightingale Museum

The Florence Nightingale Museum is home to the Register of Nurses in the East - a list of the 229 women who went in an official capacity to nurse at the British Military Hospital during the Crimean War, 1854-1856. The Register has been digitised and every page can be seen in the museum through an interactive book. If you can’t visit the museum, contact the Collections Manager who will be able to help.

To win a copy of The Passion of Florence Nightingale by Hugh Small donated by Amberley Publishing, send an email with ‘Florence’ in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk before 10th February 2012

Unwanted Certificates

Most of us have purchased certificates hoping they will relate to our family history research and inevitably we end up with mistakes.  Have you ever wondered what to do with them?  The BMD Certificate Exchange website lists those unwanted certificates looking for a new home.  It is easy to use whether you’re searching for a certificate or inputting the details of any you have.  It currently has over 4,350 certificates listed.  There is also a sister site – Will Transcriptions Online - which has over 3,000 transcribed wills.  Again, it is easy to use and you can search by surname or county.  There are also a growing number of miscellaneous documents such as newspaper reports and apprenticeship indentures.  Both of these websites are free to use and welcome more contributions.

York Minster

Over 14,000 Church Records Go Online

Church records from the Church Courts of the diocese of York can now be searched online.  The records range from the 14th century to 1858 and include over 13,000 individual cause papers and record cases concerning marriage, slander, Church proceedings and probate etc.  The original records are held at the Borthwick Institute and are amongst the most extensive in the United Kingdom.  It is a rich collection recording the lives of people from Yorkshire and further afield and will be a great resource for family and local historians. Visit the website

GRO Number Change

The main public facing telephone number for the General Register Office (GRO) changed on 5 January 2012. Customers who previously contacted GRO via the 0845 603 7788 number will be asked to contact +44 (0) 300 123 1837. Telephone numbers beginning with 0300 are specially designated for use by public bodies and not-for-profit organisations. Calls to 0300 numbers are not free and should not be confused with 0800 numbers.  It is hoped the number will be memorable for customers as civil registration was introduced in England and Wales in the year 1837.

Dorset Family History Open Day

Nick Barratt will be giving 2 talks at the Dorset Family History Open Day to be held on 31st March 2012.  The day is part of the society’s Silver Jubilee celebrating 25 years since it began.  Amongst the exhibitors there will be organisations involved with family history and family history societies from around the country.  There will also be a Help Desk to help with any of your family history research queries.  For further details visit the Dorset FHS website.

Nick Barratt

MyHeritage Phone App

MyHeritage has released a new app for the iPhone, iPad and Android phones.  The app is designed so you can access and update your family tree on the go and also uses face recognition technology to enable users to share their family photos.  MyHeritage has recently acquired FamilyLink.com which includes WorldVitalRecords.com and now has over 3 billion historical records including birth, marriage and death records. The subscription based website has 21 million family trees and contains 900 million profiles.  The majority of these relate to the US but there is also extensive UK content.

Women's mealtime at St Pancras Workhouse

Living the Poor Life: a guide to the Poor Law Union Correspondence c. 1834-1871 held at the National Archives

Was your ancestor an inmate or officer of a Union Workhouse under the New Poor Law which was introduced in 1834? This new guide by Paul Carter and Natalie Whistance, for local and family historians to a set of records available to download from the National Archives website. The correspondence between Poor Law Unions, Boards of Guardians and the Poor Law Board opens up the lives of thousands of individuals. It shows how this correspondence

vastly extends our knowledge of life in the workhouse and the attitudes of wider society to poverty in the mid-nineteenth century. The records of 22 selected Poor Law Unions have been catalogued and digitised providing 4.6 million words which are searchable on place, person and subject. The guide is only available from the British Association for Local History by emailing Dr Gill Draper on development.balh@btinternet.com

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The FFHS Ezine has a current readership of approximately 13,500 worldwide. To discuss sponsorship or advertising, please e-mail the Ezine Editor Samantha Bourne

Book Reviews

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

Diary Dates

The FFHS will be attending the following events:

The Creative Craft Show, Five Lakes, Maldon, Essex 16-18 February 2012

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 24-26 February 2012 Olympia, London

The Creative Craft Show, The Malvern Showground 1 - 3 March 2012

Hobbycrafts, NEC Birmingham 22 - 25 March 2012

The Creative Craft Show, Kings Hall, Belfast 19-21 April 2012

For further events visit our Events Page on our website and GENEVA which lists further events around the country.