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Welcome to the July 2012 Edition of the FFHS Ezine                                                        No 33

Society Spotlight:
London Westminster & Middlesex FHS

A Fantastic Offer from MyHeritage

Missing Millions Website

The Olympic Record

Cadbury Research Library

Do you have a Sportsman or Sportswoman in your Family Tree?

Festival of British Archaeology

Family History Society Open Days and Fairs

This Month's Book Giveaways

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Prices Changes at the National Archives

Bow Back Rivers

Canal & River Trust Launches


Bancroft Library

Look-alike Meter


Book Reviews

Diary Dates

Advertise with us

Competition Winners





Society Spotlight


The London Westminster & Middlesex FHS is a result of an amalgamation in 2001 between London & North Middlesex FHS and Westminster & Central Middlesex FHS, both of which had been in existence since 1978. The new name was adopted in 2004 to reflect the coverage of the enlarged Society, which now comprises the City of London, the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow and Islington, together with parts of Ealing and Hillingdon.

The Society has approximately 750 members worldwide and publishes a quarterly journal, Metropolitan, which contains news, articles, and correspondence and a 'Help!' section with research requests. The current journal has an article by a member who was present on all eight days of the athletics events at the 1948 Olympics in Wembley.

Over the years the Society has been involved in transcribing and indexing records, especially Monumental Inscriptions, and producing booklets of Parish guides which facilitate family history research. Details of all our publications, a map of our area, some parish descriptions and photographs of churches are available on the website. Monthly meetings are held at five branches, with talks of genealogical, historical or local interest. Some branches have resource collections or a bookstall. Non-members are always welcome. Full details are on our website.


MyHeritage Super Search

A Fantastic Offer from MyHeritage

To celebrate the launch of SuperSearch, MyHeritage and the FFHS are delighted to announce a special offer of a massive 46% discount on an annual MyHeritage data subscription.  Members of societies that belong to the FFHS and also any reader of the FFHS Ezine may purchase an annual subscription (with unlimited credits) to the MyHeritage global record collection for just £3.39 (+VAT) per month (billed annually).  Alternatively, if anyone would prefer to try SuperSearch by purchasing a one-off package of data credits then a “large package” of 5,600 credits (valid for up to 180 days) can be obtained at a special discount price of £21.21 (+ VAT). 

MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the Web with more than 63 million members, has just launched SuperSearch,a powerful new family history

search engine to help users discover historical records and long-lost relatives.Packed with the industry’s most international source of historical content and family trees, SuperSearch accesses more than 4 billion records.  Users can find birth, marriage, death, burial, census, military, immigration, yearbooks and other types of records, and view scans of original documents. SuperSearch also includes the world’s largest historical newspaper collection. To take advantage of these special offers just go to www.myheritage.com/search-offer/FFHS.  This offer runs from 15 July 2012 until 15 September 2012.  For support email: support@myheritage.com with FFHS in the subject line.

A one minute introductory video about SuperSearch can be viewed on youtube and you can also find out more by reading the blog.

Missing Millions

In the UK alone many billions of pounds lie unclaimed in banks and other finance organisations as the owners of these financial assets cannot be traced. The Missing Millions secured website sets out to list these assets and provide a method by which people may be reunited with these assets. "Missing Millions reunites unclaimed financial assets with their rightful owners in a simple, efficient and economical way".



Missing Millions

1908 Olympic Medal

The Olympic Record
The National Archives has launched the Olympic Record. This provides access to a selection of the Olympic and Paralympic related records via a Timeline, begining at the start of the modern Olympics in 1896 through to the present 30th Summer Games of 2012. The site has copies of original records and is full of interesting facts about the games. Also, as part of the Olympics and Cultural Olympiad, the National Archives hopes to create an historical legacy by encouraging as many London 2012 contributors and participants as possible to collect and preserve untold histories.

Cadbury Research Library launches Olympic exhibition

The Cadbury Research Library has launched an exhibition to commemorate the Olympic Games.  ‘Olympic Memories’ draws on original photographs and collection from the extensive Sports and Athletics Collection held at the University of Birmingham and begins with the first London Olympic Games in 1908.  The archive also includes the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the second London Olympics in 1948, known as the ‘Austerity Games’.  The exhibition is part of the Archives Awareness Campaign and you can also view an extended version, containing unseen material, on the Cadbury Research Library’s Flickr page.

Do you have a Sportsman or Sportswoman in your Family Tree?


FFHS Competition
The London 2012 Olympics are almost here but have you discovered someone in your family tree who participated in an Olympic games? Perhaps someone who represented their county or country at other notable events?  Maybe they won a trophy or medal which you still have in your family today?  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.

To be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize, write an account of the special sportsman or sportswoman in your family tree in no more than 1,000 words.

Entries may be submitted electronically to admin@ffhs.org.uk or by post to The Administrator, FFHS, PO Box 8857, Lutterworth LE17 9BJ by December 31 2012. Any entries received after the closing date will not be judged. The winners will be announced in February 2013.  Please see our website for more details and Terms and Conditions.

Festival of British Archaeology
This summer, the Festival of British Archaeology is presenting over 750 special events around the UK to showcase the best of British archaeology.  There are events being held around the country by museums, heritage organisations, national and countryside parks, universities, local societies and community archaeologists. The events range from excavation open days and workshops to historical theme days such as Civil War, Georgian or Victorian and gives everyone a chance to ‘see archaeology in action and get hands on with history’.  See the Festival of British Archaeology website to find out what’s going on in your area.

Family History Society Open Days and Fairs
Family History Society Open Days and Fairs are a great way to learn more and be inspired to dig deeper into your family history research.  Most societies will also have useful local publications for sale and Help Desks for those needing some advice about their research.  Some Open Days are listed below or go to GENEVA to see if there are any near you.

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Buckinghamshire Family History Society's annual Open Day will take place on Saturday 28 July 2012, 10am - 4pm at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury, HP21 7NH. This free event is open to all, and will have something for everyone - whether beginner or experienced researcher, and wherever your ancestors came from.  Free entry and free parking at the venue. By bus from Aylesbury bus station. For full details check out the website.

The Queensland Family History Society will be holding its annual Open Day from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 4th August 2012 at our Library and Resource Centre, 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne, Brisbane, Australia. A showcase of the resources available to help you trace your family history awaits you.  See the website for further information.

The Midlands Family History Fair, Saturday 25 August 2012 at the Warriors Rugby Club, Sixways Stadium, Worcester, WR3 8ZE.  From 10am to 4pm.  There is plenty of free parking or a shuttle service from Croft Road Car Park and Foregate Street Railway Station. Talks by Mark Bayley, Nick Barratt and Frank Townsend.  See the website for further details.


Bristol & Avon Family History Society, Saturday 15 September 2012, at the Thornbury Leisure Centre, South Gloucestershire, BS35 3JB. From 10am to 4pm.  Free Admission and ample free parking. Talk and Presentations by the National Archives and Dr Nick Barratt; Help and Advice from 25 Family History Societies and local Record Offices. Easy access as Thornbury is just off the M5 and M4 motorways.  See the website for more information.

This Month's

Book Giveaways

To continue with this issue's Olympic theme we have 2 books to give away.

Firstly, we have ‘The Story of the Olympic Torch’ by Philip Barker, kindly donated by Amberley Publishing

To enter this draw send an email to competitions@ffhs.org.uk with ‘Torch’ in the subject line by 20 August 2012.


The Olympic Torch

Tracing your Sporting Ancestor


The second book we have is ‘Sporting Ancestors: Tracing your Family’s Athletic Past’ by Keith Gregson and kindly donated by the History Press

To enter the draw for this book, send an email to competitions@ffhs.org.uk with ‘Sporting Ancestor’ in the subject line by 20 August 2012.

Why not use this book to help you find your sporting ancestor and enter our 2012 competition?


Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
If you have ancestors who lived around the East End of London, they may be buried in Tower Hamlets Cemetery. The cemetery was opened in 1841 and by 1889 around 250,000 people had been interred.  In the first 2 years approximately 60% of the burials were in public graves, perhaps reflecting the poverty of the East End, the area which the cemetery mainly served.  The cemetery was closed to burials in 1966 and fell in to disrepair. The Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Charity was set up in 1990 and every year the Friends organise public events to encourage people to enjoy the park which is now a beautiful wildlife sanctuary in the East End of London. 

Graves in Tower Hamlets Cemetery

Records for the cemetery have been deposited with the London Metropolitan Archives.  The East London History Society and the Friends record the graves within the cemetery park every 2nd Sunday of the month.


NAtional Archives

Price Changes at the National Archives
The National Archives has recently reviewed its price structure and has announced some changes.  The prices were last reviewed in 2005 so some costs have risen but due to advances and changes to the way they work some have been frozen and in some cases reduced.  The price structure has also been simplified.  The full list of prices, which will take effect as of 30 July 2012, is available on the National Archives website.

Bow Back Rivers
Not far from the Olympic area in East London is a little known network of rivers called the Bow Back Rivers which connect the River Lea to the Thames with wonderful names such as Three Mills Island. You can explore the fascinating industrial history of the area at Three Mills Island with its cobbled streets, 18th-century buildings and watermills.  Mills were recorded on Three Mills Island as far back as the Domesday Book and they are thought to be the earliest known tide mills.  In 1728 Three Mills was bought by Peter Lefevre, a Huguenot and House Mill was built by his partner Daniel Bisson in 1776.  House Mill still stands today and is a Grade I listed building. If you have millers or millwrights in your family the Mills Archive website has a lot of information about Mills, Millers and Millwrights and also includes a ‘Mill People Database’. House Mill is owned and managed by The River Lea Tidal Mill Trust, one of the partners of the new Canal and River Trust.

Canal & River Trust Launches
The new Canal and River Trust was launched on 12 July 2012.  The charity will be responsible for looking after 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, reservoirs and docks. “The move, part of the Public Bodies Reform programme, is the largest single transfer of a public body into the charitable sector and will give communities the opportunity to get involved with the running of their local canal or river”. Visit their website to find out about the waterways and projects near you. The Waterways Archive held at the Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, has records of boat owners and registered boatmen.  The Virtual Waterways Archive catalogue has an index to over 70,000 records related to the waterways.

Bancroft Library Building
From Monday 10 September 2012, the 151 year old Bancroft Library building, home of Tower Hamlets Local History and Archive Library, will close for building work.  It is expected to re-open just after Christmas. There will be a limited remote enquiry service by phone and email during the period of closure.

Look-alike Meter
For a bit of fun with (or without) the children or grandchildren, you could try the Look-alike meter from MyHeritage. Just upload photos of a baby or child and its parents and the Look-alike Meter uses face recognition technology to determine who the child looks more like. ‘The MyHeritage.com Look-alike Meter settles the debate once and for all!’  If you liked the Look-alike Meter, you can ‘grow’ the results into an online tree on MyHeritage. Also, see the fantastic offer at the begining of this Ezine!

Look-alike Meter from MyHeritage

The East London History blog has some interesting articles on the history of the area and on the notorious Kray Twins.  There are also links to museums and some information for getting around the area.

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Book Reviews

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visit our Book Review Page

Ezine Competition Winners

A full list of Ezine competition winners can be seen on the FFHS website.

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Diary Dates

The FFHS will be attending the following events:

The National Family History Fair, Tyne Suite, Newcastle Central Premier Inn, Newcastle Upon Tyne 8th September 2012

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts, Glow, Bluewater Events Venue, Kent 6-9 September 2012

Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts, Westpoint Centre, Exeter 27-30 September 2012


Family History Open Days:

Doncaster and District Family History Society Fair, Doncaster College for the Deaf, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6AY, Saturday 22 September 2012

North Meols Family History Society, St Cuthberts Parochial Church Hall, Churchtown, Saturday 29 September 2012

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