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Welcome to the May 2012 Edition of the FFHS Ezine                                                        No 32

Society Spotlight:
Northamptonshire Family History Society

GennyGeo

Household Cavalry Records

Heraldry

New Committee Member

Could you be an FFHS Trustee?

Documents Online moves to Discovery

This Month’s Competition

This Month's Book Giveaway

Female Convicts Research Centre

Lost Family Heirlooms

British Association for Local History

Perth Historical Society (Canada)

Old Photos of India Found

Blog

Book Reviews

Diary Dates

Advertise with us

Competition Winners

Society Spotlight

Northamptonshire Family History Society

The Society was formed in 1976 and now has around 1,000 members.  Membership costs £12 per annum and our year runs from 1 July. Members receive a quarterly journal, ‘Footprints’, which is full of interesting articles from members together with Society news and updates from the family history world.  We also send out a monthly newsletter by email to around 500 of our members which fills the gap between journals and reminds members of upcoming meetings and events.

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We hold four meetings a month – at Kettering, Northampton, Rushden and Oundle. New members and visitors are always welcome.  One of our main projects is the transcribing of parish registers (this is ongoing – there are approximately 340 parishes in the county so we’ve still a way to go!). Searches can be made of our databases and all of the transcribed marriages and burials (including those submitted to the National Burial Index) are available on findmypast as is the Northamptonshire Probate Index (1450-1858). We also have two groups recording memorial inscriptions in the county’s churchyards and so far, over 150 parishes have now been published as small booklets. These are available from our bookstall or online at Genfair. We work closely with our Record Office and Local Studies: for more details on what records they hold please see their website. Membership forms and details of all our activities, search services, publications and contact details can be found on our website.


 

GennyGeo

GennyGeo
Genny Geo is a simple, ad free messaging system to help family history researchers unlock those deep mysteries and is for anyone researching family history, genealogy and local history – contact and be contacted by relatives and fellow researchers across the world. Post your queries free or search using keywords for places and people. Free Search or membership costs just £5.00 per year.


Household Cavalry Records

The Household Cavalry will play an important part in the pomp and ceremony celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this year.  Formed in 1661 by Charles II they have protected Kings and Queens for over 350 years.  The Household Cavalry Museum is located in Horse Guards, Whitehall, London and is a living museum where you can see the original 18th century working stables.  There is also an exhibition this year to commemorate members of the Household Cavalry at the Olympic Games since 1908.  The Household Cavalry Museum Archive is located in Windsor and holds extensive records of individual soldiers who served in the 1st Life Guards, 2nd Life Guards, The Life Guards, Royal Horse Guards (Blues) and The Household Battalion.  They also hold more related material such as diaries, casualty books and regimental returns etc.  A research service is available for a fee and is carried out by volunteers.  Visits to the archive are by appointment only.

 

London Lifeguards Ceremony


Heraldry
Heraldry is the system by which Coats of Arms are devised and regulated.  It is thought to have begun as a means of identification on the battlefield before evolving into more complex images to identify a family’s lineage.  In the early twelfth century Henry I presented a shield to his son in law Geoffrey of Anjou when he married Henry’s daughter Matilda but it wasn’t until 1484 that Richard III founded the College of Arms.  Many of us would have come across these images on tombs or stained glass windows in churches perhaps some researchers have found their own connections to a Coat of Arms during their research. 

Coat of Arms of Elizabeth II

However, Heraldry is not just limited to titled families.  Many counties, towns and institutions, such as universities, also use Coats of Arms.  The Heraldry Society has an excellent information sheet and more information on its website.  If you would like to see if the place you live in has a Coat of Arms, visit the Civic Heraldry website.


Festival of Living History 14-15 July 2012, Kelmarsh, Northants
The English Heritage "Festival of Living History" brings the story of England to life with over 2000 historical re-enactors, performers and costumed interpreters.  Live shows this year include the battle of 1066 and the last pitched battle of the War of the Roses.  There will also be a historic market place, Victorian beach and stands from a variety of exhibitors.  The FFHS hopes to be represented once again at this popular event.


 

 

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New Committee Member
Francis HOWCUTT has joined the FFHS Executive Committee and will be working with Beryl Evans as Archives Liaison Officer. Francis can be contacted by email at archives.liaison@ffhs.org.uk.  As well as items of general interest to family historians, the Archives team have been helping to highlight any news of record office closures through the FFHS News List.  To keep up to date with the latest announcements, join the FFHS News mailing list.


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 a background in Education and/or skills in Social Networking/Media. 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.


Documents Online moves to Discovery
Francis Howcutt recently attended a meeting at the National Archives in his role as FFHS Archives Liaison Officer.  It was reported that Documents Online has now been integrated into the National Archives new Discovery catalogue.  After a short delay the new Discovery catalogue went online on 8 May 2012. Initially, both the old and new catalogues will be available but the old one will be discontinued in the near future.  Prices for catering are to increase by an average of 5% in June 2012. There will not be a further change for at least 12 months.

 

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This Month’s Competition

Photographs Forever
Many of us come across old family photographs during our family history research but sadly some are damaged. We met Richard, who runs Photographs Forever, at this year's WDYTYA. Photographs Forever provides a quality Photo Restoration, Photo Retouching Service and Photo Editing Service that will restore the life to your photographs. They will scan or (re-photograph) your photographs in high resolution, restore and provide digital files and/or fresh new prints of your old photographs to give them a new lease of life and help them to last. 

For your chance to win a fabulous photograph restoration prize worth £50.00, answer the following question - Name the four photograph restoration services offered by Photographs Forever and email your answer with "Photos Forever" in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk by 8 June 2012.

This Month's Book Giveaway

Selling Sparrows”, by Judy Davies, is the true story of three men who were arrested for a crime which at the time could have resulted in a sentence of transportation to Australia. The book details their trial but also looks into the life of labourers and their families in Victorian Britain and their struggles to survive in a system weighted heavily in favour of the rich.  Judy has an ongoing project where she has so far researched over 700 prisoners under sentence of transportation from Bedford Courts and further details can be found on her website. Judy is also listed in the FFHS Directory of Speakers. Bedford Records Office also has a comprehensive online convict database and Bedfordshire Family History Society has information for the Bedfordshire area. To win a copy of “Selling Sparrows” send an email with “Sparrows” in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk no later than 8 June 2012. 

 

Selling Sparrows


Female Convicts Research Centre
The Female Convicts Research Centre is a not for profit organisation which conducts research into female convicts who lived in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania).  The website has a wealth of information regarding transportation including a freely searchable database of female convicts.  The database which contains information on any female who was transported directly to Tasmania, those who were transported via New South Wales and those who came free and were later convicted.  If you are a descendent of one of those listed you can register as a descendent/researcher and where possible be put in touch with others researching the same name. Currently there are over 13,700 women in the database and 2,825 have at least one associated descendent/researcher.  Membership is free. 


Lost Family Heirlooms
A new website reunitems.com has just been launched which hopes to reunite lost or forgotten family heirlooms.  There are 4 parts to the website but of most interest to family historians will be the “Genealogical” and “Lost and Found” sections.  Items can be bid on or gifted.  Although in its early stage as more items are listed the chances of coming across a lost family item will increase.


British Association for Local History
The British Association for Local History (BALH) is holding a local history day on Saturday 16 June 2012 in Manchester.  The morning session will include a talk given by Dr Paul Carter on 'Records of the Victorian Poor - Poor Law Union Correspondence: an underused source for local historians'.  Following the BALH AGM, and presentation of the Awards for 2012, the annual lecture will be 'The Local and the Everyday: inter-war women's politics' by Prof Karen Hunt of the Department of History, Keele University.  See the website for further information and how to book.

 

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Perth Historical Society (Canada)
In 2016 the township of Perth, Ontario, Canada celebrates the 200th anniversary of its settlement by Scottish, Irish and English settlers.  In early 1815 the British Government offered land to immigrant families and over 600 initially made the journey, eventually arriving in 1816.  At the start it was very difficult but the settlers persevered and their numbers were added to by military settlers (mainly soldiers from the war of 1812), and later by others from Scotland, Ireland, the United States and other countries, including Switzerland.  The Perth Historical Society website has information on the history of the town, including maps showing the settlement area and also some lists of the military settlers of the veterans of 1812. 


Old Photos of India Found in a Shoebox
A collection of 178 negatives have been found in a shoebox in the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland’s (RCAHMS) archive.  It is believed the photographs have been there since 1914, the date of the newspaper in which they were wrapped.  The fascinating images include Kolkata’s buildings lit up at night in celebration of King George V and Queen Mary’s visit in 1912, bathers by the river at Chandal Ghat and others depicting life in India in the early twentieth century.  The images have been digitised and can be viewed on the RCAHMS website.  RCAHMS are trying to discover who the photographer was and the origins of the collection.  If you have any information please email Clare Sorensen.


Pubs in Preston Blog
Family historians with connections to Preston may find the Pubs in Preston blog of interest.  Steve Halliwell has spent the last 10 years accumulating information about the inns, taverns, beer houses and hotels in Preston and the result is a blog with a wealth of information about the social history of Preston.  If you have any images of any old pubs in Preston and would like to share them please contact Steve.


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Diary Dates

The FFHS will be attending the following events:

History Festival & Fair, University of Central Lancashire 23rd June 2012

Yorkshire Family History Fair, The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York 30th June 2012

Festival of History, Kelmarsh, Northants 14-15 July 2012 (TBC)

 

For further events visit our Events Page on our website and GENEVA