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Welcome to the March 2012 Edition of the FFHS Ezine                                                        No 31

Society Spotlight:
Powys Family History Society

National Library of Wales

Welsh WW1 History to go Online

Your Family History's April Issue

National Archives - Titanic Webpage

Titanic Records at PRONI

FFHS Thanks Roger Lewry

Could you be an FFHS Trustee?

This Month's Book Giveaway

E-Petition to Lower Certificate Cost

Increase in Certificate Cost

FFHS Award Winners

New Competition

Quebec FHS Website

Finding Ancestors in Canada Podcast

Guild of One-Name Studies Seminar

Census of the Catholic Congregation of Preston 1810 and 1820

More Unwanted Certificates


Book Reviews

Diary Dates

Advertise with us

Competition Winners

Society Spotlight

POWYS Family History Society

This Society was formed in 1980 to gather genealogical and historical information about the three ancient counties of Brecknock, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire. Powys FHS now has a membership of approximately 800 members worldwide with a thrice yearly award-winning journal “Cronicl Powys” available free to all members. In the intervening thirty years the society has gathered and transcribed a huge amount of information which is available to members in the three county libraries.

Powys FHS

The society has also published several hundred publications in booklet form as well as microfiche and CD-roms; transcribed the censuses 1841 to 1901 and is currently working on the 1891: the 1881 census was issued by the Genealogical Society of Utah with society members transcribing part of it. Society members have also completed the National Burial Index for Radnorshire and are presently inputting parishes of Breconshire and Montgomeryshire as well as many Monumental Inscriptions and Parish Registers. Members new and old are made very welcome at all of the meetings and the Society has a core of dedicated Officers forming the guiding Executive Committee. Please visit their website for further information.

National Flower of Wales - Daffodil

The National Library of Wales
The National Library of Wales has a vast amount of information for those researching their Welsh ancestry.  Their holdings include the Church in Wales Archive which includes parish registers, archives of non-conformist denominations and the archive of the Great Court Sessions.  This court was responsible for trying all types of crimes, from petty theft to high treason, between 1543 and 1830.  The library also offers an instant chat service between 11-12 on Tuesdays and 2-3 on Thursdays members of the enquiry team can assist you with your enquiries.

Welsh History of WW1 to go online
The National Library of Wales has also teamed up with the libraries, special collections, and archives of Wales to digitise primary sources relating to World War One.  The aim of the project is to give a deeper understanding of the effects of World War One on Wales.  “The online resource will provide an invaluable resource for teaching, research, and commemoration in time for the 100th anniversary of the start of the War,” said Andrew Green, Librarian of the National Library of Wales. The digitisation will bring together materials which are currently fragmented, sometimes inaccessible and make them available to researchers, students and the general public and will be launched in June 2013.

Your Family History’s April issue features:

100th anniversary of the sinking of the most famous ship in history is fast approaching.  We look at survivors’ personal recollections kept at the National Maritime Museum as its state-of-the-arts research library opens.

Foundling Children
A reader shares her experience of piecing together her grandmother’s lost childhood.  This is sad but compelling reading.

Our feature booklet is Women’s Lives.  This tells of the harrowing work undertaken by our ancestors.  

Subscribe with this issue and receive a copy Women’s Lives Free.  From as little as £22.00 by direct debit for 6 issues.  Visit Your Family History or call 01226 734689

The winner of the FFHS competion is also included in this month's edition. The winning entry was My Fair Lady by Tony Martin.

Your FAmily History April 2012

National Archives

Titanic 1912 – 2012
This year is the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  The ill-fated voyage began on 10 April 1912 from Southampton, calling at Cherbourg, France and Queenstown, Ireland, before setting off across the Atlantic to New York with over 2,000 passengers and crew on board.  The ship sank on 15 April 1912 after hitting an iceberg and 1,517 lives were lost.  To commemorate the centenary The National Archives has created a new web page where you can search passenger and crew lists from the Titanic, Olympia and Carpathia. It also has biographical accounts of some of the individuals on board, including Margaret ‘Mollie’ Brown and the Dean family. 

Titanic 2012: Commemorating RMS Titanic at her birthplace
The story of the Titanic began in 1907 when the White Star Line decided to build 3 new ships (Olympic, Titanic and Belfast) and in 1908 The White Star Line awarded the contract to the Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff. Work began in 1909 and on 31 May 1911 the Titanic was launched watched by over 100,000 Belfast inhabitants.  If your ancestor worked for Harland and Wolff, PRONI holds records from the shipbuilding firm including accounts and wages books. 

RMS Titanic

The collection is one of the most extensive business archives held at the record office.  PRONI is holding an exhibition about the Titanic which will include talks and the original Harland & Wolff minute book will also be on display.  The North of Ireland Family History Society covers Northern Ireland.

Roger and Carol Lewry

FFHS says farewell and thank you to Roger Lewry
Roger Lewry Archives Liaison Officer, Legislation Monitoring Officer, and Chairman of the Archives Liaison Committee stood down at the FFHS Annual General Meeting held on 24th March after serving for seven years on the FFHS Executive Committee. David Holman, Chairman thanked Roger for his commitment and dedication and wished him well in his retirement. Beryl Evans will take over as Chairman of the Archives Liaison Committee.

Could you be the Trustee we are looking for?
The FFHS is managed by a small group of trustees with part-time administrative assistance provided by contractors. The trustees meet five times per year, usually in London and in addition are expected to attend two further meetings one of which is the Annual General Meeting. The trustees are ‘working’ trustees and are expected to take an active ‘hands on’ role within the organisation. Trustees are unpaid but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses are paid where appropriate. The Board is seeking additional trustees and welcomes enquiries from individuals with skills in Project Management, Social Networking/Media and from a Financial and HR background. It is expected that applicants will have an interest in family history. Deadline for expressions of interest and to request further information by 31st May 2012,to:  David Lambert, Company Secretary legal@ffhs.org.uk or by post to FFHS Registered Office, Artillery House, 15 Byrom Street, Manchester M3 4PF. Interviews will be held during June.

Titanic Book

This Month’s Book Giveaways
We are giving away 2 books in this issue, both courtesy of Amberley Publishing. To win a copy of Titanic 9 Hours to Hell, the Survivors' Story by W. B. Bartlett, send an email to competitions@ffhs.org.uk with ‘9 hours’ in the subject line before 20 April 2012.

Our second book giveaway is for The Truth About The Titanic - A Survivor's Story by Archibald Gracie and to win a copy of this send an email to competitions@ffhs.org.uk with ‘survivor’ in the subject line before 20 April 2012.  This book is signed by the author of the introduction, Campbell McCutcheon.

E-Petition to Lower the Cost of Certificates for Genealogical Research Purposes
There is an e-petition to lower the costs of certificates for family history purposes. 
Currently the General Record Index can only release information by means of a paper copy.  The petition is calling for legislation to allow “uncertified” information to be issued via email.  It is proposed the cost of this would be much lower than the current £9.25 cost of a paper certificate.  The Republic of Ireland allows uncertified copies to be produced for a cost of €4.
To read the full proposal and sign the petition (if you agree!) visit the Government e petition website. Thanks to the Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society for bringing this to our attention.

Certificates Price to Increase
UKBMD has reported that the General Record Office intends to raise the price of certificates issued by local record offices.  The price will increase from £9.00 to £10.00 on 1st April 2012. 

Award Winners
At the General Meeting of the FFHS held on Saturday 24th March at Wesley's Chapel in London, the winners of the Elizabeth Simpson Award for the journals making the best contribution to family history were announced. The overall winner of 2011 is The Genealogical Society of Victoria Inc. for their journal Ancestors. David Holman, Chairman FFHS is attending the 13th Australasian Congress on Genealogy & Heraldry taking place 28th-31st March 2012 in Adelaide and is hoping to present the winning society during his visit to Australia.
The winners of the Best Website were also announced. Congratulations to the overall winner which is the New Zealand Society of Genealogists. It is hoped David Holman will be able to make a presentation to a representative of the society attending the Congress. A full list of winners of both awards can be found on our website.

New Competition
Thank you to all of those who visited our stand at this year's WDYTYA?Live! At the show we announced the winners of our competition "Who is the Most Interesting Person in your Family Tree". For pictures of WDYTYA and the winners please see our website. We have a new competition which was launched with the updated edition of our really useful information leaflet at WDYTYA. Do you have a Sportsman or sportswoman in your family tree?  Have you discovered someone in your family tree who participated in an Olympic games? Were they the unsung hero of a local club or simply someone with a passion for sport who is remembered for their contribution to the game? Whatever their achievement we would like to hear about it.  For further details of how to enter and the prizes to be won please visit our website.

Quebec Family History Society
The Quebec Family History Society (QFHS) has launched a new website.  It has several new sections including research tips, surname interests and Gary’s Genealogical Picks.  QFHS members will benefit from the Jacques Gagné Church Compilations in the members’ section.  Jacques Gagné is a long standing member of the society and has compiled information about more than 1,000 English and French protestant churches, from 1759 to 1899, across Quebec.


Finding your Ancestors in Canada
Researching your ancestors in Canada can be different than researching in England and Wales, especially in the areas originally settled by the French. The National Archives has a podcast which gives an overview of record keeping in Canada, how the records are organised, and where to find them.  For other family history societies in Canada visit our website.

Census of the Catholic Congregation of Preston 1810 and 1820
Freedom to worship as a Catholic did not come until 1829. Lancashire was one of the main ‘Catholic’ areas where people practised their faith in secret. As it was a condition of Lord Hardwicke’s Marriage Act (1754) to marry in the Church of England, it may be difficult to identify whether an ancestor was a Catholic.  The Census of the Catholic Congregation of Preston 1810 and 1820 by Rev Joseph Dunn and transcribed by Margaret Purcell was first published in 1993.  This book lists Catholics living in Preston in 1810 and 1820.  The 1810 Census contains names, some ages and some relationships.  The 1820 Census contains names, ages and addresses.  The book has 185 pages and costs £5.00 plus postage.  If you would like to purchase a copy please contact LFHHS Sales Officer, 2 Straits, Oswaldtwistle, Lancs, BB5 3LU. For further information on Catholic Ancestors visit the Catholic Family History Society website.

Guild of One-Name Studies

The Guild of One-Name Studies
The Guild of One-Name Studies recently reached a milestone when its 6,000th member joined the Guild.  This follows a very successful year for the Guild of One-Name Studies in 2010-11 when the Guild achieved its highest number of new members ever.  The Guild is holding a seminar on the Industrial Revolution on Saturday 19 May 2012 in Coalbrookdale, Shropshire.  The speakers include John Powell, Ironbridge, Rhys Griffith, Sources for Industrial Change, Peter Park, The Piecer's Twopence and Anne Cole, on Population Movement (Settlement and Removal).  Non-members are also welcome; please visit the website for more details.  Anne Cole and Peter Park are listed in our recently updated Directory of Speakers.

More Unwanted Certificates!
In the last issue of our Ezine we mentioned where to find unwanted certificates but did you know many family history societies have unwanted certificates?   Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry currently have over 16,000 certificates in their Unwanted Certificate Index.   You can download the birth index at no cost from the BMSGH shop.  For other enquiries contact Jackie Cotterill.


Swindon in the Past Lane
If you have ancestors from Swindon, you may be interested in Swindon in the Past Lane.  The blog is run by Frances Bevan and has interesting articles about the history of Swindon.

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Book Reviews

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Ezine Competition Winners

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Diary Dates

The FFHS will be attending the following events:

The Creative Craft Show, Kings Hall, Belfast 19-21 April 2012
Hobbycrafts, Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool 26-28 April 2012

Many Family History Societies are holding Open Days and Fairs at this time of the year:

Gloucestershire Open Day, Gloucester, 14 April 2012
Huntingdonshire Family History Fair, St Ives, Hunts, 21st April 2012
Oxford & Bucks Family History Fair, 29 April 2012


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