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Welcome to the March 2013 Edition of the FFHS Ezine                                                        No 38

Society Spotlight: Lincolnshire Family History Society

Family History Societies

East Anglian Film Archive

WDYTYA & Competition Winners

Discover your Ancestors & New Competition

Database of British Slave Owners

Old Photos, Denne & Son, Kent

This Month's Book Giveaways

Ireland Genealogy

Irish Lives Remembered

Ireland Maps

Florence Nightingale Museum Workhouse - Segregated Lives

CWGC Search for Relatives

Web Updates

Trade Union, Freemasonry & Friendly Society Records Seminar


Book Reviews

Family History Events and Diary Dates

Advertise with us

Competition Winners

Society Spotlight

Lincolnshire Family History Society

The Lincolnshire Family History Society was formed in 1990 and covers Holland, Kesteven and Lindsey;Lincolnshire Family History Society Logo the three parts of the historic County of Lincolnshire. The Society has approximately 3,000 members worldwide and has branches that meet monthly in Lincoln, Boston, Bourne, Grantham, Grimsby, Horncastle and Louth.  There is also a London branch that meets at the Society of Genealogists on a quarterly basis.  Members of the Society receive 4 journals a year full of information and can also obtain contact details for other members researching the same surnames.  They also have the benefit of a postal Library where items can be borrowed. The society has its own Research Centre in Lincoln with a large library of resources to aid research in Lincolnshire as well as internet access and offer free access to Find My Past.  The society has an extensive collection of Publications covering a wide range of areas including Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, Wills and Death Duties, Poor Law records, Nonconformist records, Military records and much more.  These can be bought by post or through Genfair, Parish Chest or from the Society’s Bookstall which regularly attends Family History Fairs and events.  If you have ancestors from Lincolnshire please get in touch!  More details can be found on the Lincolnshire Family History Society’s website.

Family History Societies
Many family history societies have been in existence for much longer than we perhaps realise.  This year, Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry is celebrating its 50th anniversary whilst both Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society and Sussex Family History Group are celebrating 40 years. As well as further celebrations, Birmingham is hosting a Local History Day; Lancashire has just launched a new website and Sussex is running a number of competitions.  Next year the FFHS will also celebrate its 40th year and in 2011 the Society of Genealogists hit 100. Most family history societies, through their volunteers, have contributed to the many valuable records and resources we have available today to use for our research.  Without new and continuing members and new volunteers, family history societies will not be able to continue publishing records or offering help. Societies still have the expertise of local knowledge and history of an area which may not be found online and most hold meetings locally so there is likely to be one near to where you live, where you can go along, join in and meet fellow researchers.  To find a society near to you or which covers you area of interest, please go to our website.

East Anglian Film Archive
The East Anglian Film Archive was established in 1976 as an educational resource.  Since 1984 the Archive has been owned and operated by the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UEA), as a not for profit research and public access resource. In 2003 the Archive moved to Archive Centre at County Hall, Norwich. The Archive Centre is also the home of the Norfolk Record Office.  The collection comprises about 12,000 hours of film and up to 30,000 hours of videotape. The content mainly relates to the East of England region (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk) and you can view 200 hours of film from the East Anglian Film Archive on the website

WDYTYA 2013 and Competition Winners
We would like to thank everyone who came to visit us on the FFHS stand at this year’s WDYTYA.  We Rosie Burgess, winner of the FFHS 2012 Competitionwould also like to thank all of the volunteers who helped, giving their time and sharing their expertise to answer enquiries.  We launched an updated version of our really useful information leaflet which is full of advice and tips to help with family history research and you can download the updated version from the FFHS website.  Congratulations to Rachel Joy who won the competition jointly sponsored by the FFHS and Pharos Teaching & Tutoring. Rachel wins a prize of £100 worth of online courses with Pharos.  We also announced the winners of our “Do you have a sportsman or sportswoman in your family tree?” competition.

And the Winner is……..
Rosie Burgess is the winner of the 2012 FFHS competition for her account of the special sportsman in her family tree and was presented with her prize by Debra Chatfield of findmypast.co.uk.  Rosie receives a one year full subscription to findmypast.co.uk and her winning story will be published in Issue 39 of Your Family History magazine on sale 21 March 2013. Rosie also receives £150 from Your Family History.

The other winners were Kevin Brown who wins a one year Premium Membership to Ancestry.co.uk and Ruth Cook who wins a one year’s Diamond Premium Subscription to TheGenealogist.co.uk  and Frances Owen, who wins a one year PremiumPlus account from MyHeritage.com. More photos and a list of the prize draw winners can be found on the FFHS website

Discover Your Ancestors 2Discover Your Ancestors
The long awaited second issue of Discover Your Ancestors magazine is now available at newsagents in the UK. Overseas copies will begin to be available shortly. Or you can buy direct from the publishers at £5.99 plus £2.00 p&p (or £9.00 p&p for overseas).  Please email editorial@discoveryourancestors.co.uk for further information. Discover Your Ancestors Periodical, a monthly e-zine is to be launched in April 2013.  This will be a subscription service and cost £1.00 per month. Subscribers will receive social history features, case studies, family history research tips and much more every month, by email, in digital magazine format. For more information please visit the website. To promote the launch, the publishers have kindly offered the FFHS 20 competition prizes:

  • 10 x Discover Your Ancestors issue 2 print copy, delivered to your home
  • 10 x subscriptions to Discover Your Ancestors Periodical (12 months from April 2013), delivered to your email address

To enter the competition answer the following question:

To whom is the Duchess of Cambridge known to be related? Hint: This story was covered in issue 1 of Discover Your Ancestors magazine.

A. Jane Austen or B. Posh Spice (Victoria Beckham) or C. Julie Andrews

Please send your answer (A, B or C) by email to editorial@discoveryourancestors.co.uk along with your postal address and telephone number. The first 10 winners drawn at random will receive a copy of the latest issue of Discover Your Ancestors in the post and the second 10 winners will receive membership to an annual subscription to Discover Your Ancestors Periodical (online). No purchase necessary. 20 (Twenty) winners will be selected at random from all entries received. Your information will never be passed to any third party, and will be used only to fulfil the competition prizes and to keep you up to date on the Discover Your Ancestors publishing program. But hurry!  The draw takes place on 5 April 2013. All winners will be notified by 9 April 2013.

Database of British Slave Owners
A new database has been launched of British Slave Owners containing information about every slave-owner in the British Caribbean, Mauritius or the Cape at the moment of the abolition of slavery in 1833. Researchers at University College London (UCL) spent three years compiling a searchable database of thousands of people who received compensation when slavery was abolished.  The Slave Compensation Commission was set up to manage the distribution of £20 million compensation to the slave owners and it is these records which form the starting point of the database providing information about the 46,000 individual claims and awards made to those who either owned slaves or benefited indirectly from ownership.  The database does not contain details of the slaves however registers are available at the National Archives and you can find some accounts of slavery on the Moving Here website.   There is also a large amount of information about the enslaved in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database.

Old Photos – Denne and Son, Tailor, Kent
Man and GirlOne of our readers has found some old glass negatives and would like help in identifying the people and photographer.  There are 16 negatives in total and show three individuals in good detail.  The negatives are 3.25 x 4.25 inches and he believes there may be a connection with the Surrey/Sussex area.  The only definite data for these pictures is the name Denne and Son (Tailor) in one of the pictures. Searching for that name, as a Tailor, brings up a mention of London and there are a few Dennes mentioned in the Kent area.  Ideally he would like to pass the negatives on to either a descendant or someone who can make some use of them.  You can view some of the photographs on the Photobucket website and if you can help in anyway please email the Ezine Editor, who will pass on your details.

This Month's Book Giveaways

This month we have ‘Easy Family History (Second Edition )’ by David Annal, kindly donated by Bloomsbury Publishing, to give away.  This updated edition guides readers through the most important information sources for family historians in the UK   and takes you through the basics. You can read a review on our ‘New Books’ page. To go with this book and help record your research from the beginning, we have a collection of 21 A4 master research record sheets from the Family History Partnership. Also included in the pack is a CD containing all the 21 record sheets allowing the purchaser to print off further copies at will for his or her research.

To win a copy of this book and the record sheets, send an email with ‘beginner’ in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk before the end of 19 April 2013.

Easy Family History by David Annal

Cadbury & Fry Through Time by Paul Chrystal

Our second book for this month’s giveaway is ‘Cadbury & Fry Through Time’ by Paul Chrystal, kindly donated by Amberley Publishing.  Between them these two British companies did much to pioneer the chocolate industry. Their fascinating histories are recounted in this book through a detailed and intriguing text and 200 colour and black and white images. The Quaker influences which resulted in their progressive factories, working conditions and Bournville model village are also detailed. This is a fascinating and unique book which will appeal to social and industrial historians, local historians and those interested in the Quaker movement. 

To win a copy of this book send an email with ‘Easter’ in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk before the end of 19 April 2013.

Ireland GenealogyIreland Genealogy Logo
Ireland Genealogy is a website for anyone doing Irish family history research and has hit a brick wall due to the lack of census records.  One alternative source of data and census substitute, is the Old Age Pension Claim Forms held in the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (P.R.O.N.I) and the Census Search Forms held by the National Archives in Dublin. These give essential information from the 1841 & 1851 censuses for all of Ireland. Researchers have spent many years transcribing these hand-written pension claim/census search forms from microfilm and recorded the results on a searchable database. Full details of how to search are provided on the website. The cost is only £2 per record and you can order as much or as little as you want. As a Family History Society (or member) you can apply for a discount on the website.

Irish Lives Remembered
Irish Lives Remembered is a free to join digital Genealogy Community, providing two free resources for those tracing their Irish ancestors.  There is a free monthly digital magazine, ‘Irish Lives Remembered Genealogy’, dedicated to Irish genealogy.  You can either view the magazines online or download them.  Also, you can sign up to join the ‘Tracing Your Ancestors’ forum.  There are genealogy forums for each county in Ireland which allows people to upload questions about their individual searches and communicate with others who may be able to help with their research.  New volunteers are welcome to join and contribute.

Irish maps c.1558-c.1610
The National Archives website has more than 60 different maps depicting plantations, fortifications and townships in Ireland during the 16th and 17th centuries which can be downloaded for a small charge. These maps are among the earliest cartographic representations of Ireland.  Most of the maps show areas of Ireland from provinces and baronies to towns and forts, whilst there are also several maps showing the whole of Ireland.  These maps were drawn at a time when the English were colonising or 'planting' Ireland and as such show information which would have been used for defensive purposes. To get an idea of what these maps look like, you can download a map of Tullyhaw, County Cavan, free of charge.

Florence Nightingale Museum, Workhouse-Segregated LivesFlorence Nightingal Museum
The Florence Nightingale Museum, London, is holding an exhibition which explores the experience of inmates within workhouses during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The workhouse will be brought to life by examining the design of the buildings and the inmate’s diet, their work and their health. Real life stories will be drawn upon to counterbalance the often sentimentalized and sensationalist portrayal in the press and literature of the time. Combining rare workhouse artefacts, documentary firsthand accounts, pictorial representations and publications, the world of the workhouse will be vividly brought to life. The Florence Nightingale Museum is also running a season of public events in tandem with the exhibition, including lectures by historians Ruth Richardson and Peter Higginbotham, among others. Themes covered include food served in the workhouse, how to trace ancestors who were workhouse inmates and the workhouse’s role in medical care. Full events programme can be found here.

Commission Searches for Relatives of War Dead
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission intends to carry out work on a number of the War Graves in the UK and they wish to make contact with any family members of the casualties concerned.

C. CASSIDY Private d.15/2/1919 Royal Defence Corps Camus Cemetery

Stephen Cyril DIMES Sapper d.12/4/1918 Royal Engineers Shobrooke (St Swithin) Churchyard

Thomas FINDLAY Private d.29/11/1915 The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Liverpool Ford Cemetery

If you are a relative of any of these casualties please contact the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Web Updates
findmypast.co.uk has published online the parish records held by the City of Westminster Archives Centre. The Westminster Collection comprises fully searchable transcripts and scanned images of the parish registers. There are 3 million records covering between 1538 and 1945.  The records come from over 50 Westminster churches including St Anne, Soho, St Clement Danes, St George Hanover Square, St James Westminster, St Margaret Westminster, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Mary-le-Strand and St Paul Covent Garden.  Findmypast.co.uk has also announced a new project which will lead to the publication online for the very first time of millions of historic records from archives across the whole of Yorkshire.

TheGenealogist has launched a major new military collection to help you find more out about your ancestors that fought in The Great War.  There are over 600,000 records which will grow to cover the entirety of World War One.  They have also added a name searchable collection of War Memorial Photographs and British Citizenship records.

MyHeritage has released a new version of the free MyHeritage app that lets you "edit on the go".  This makes it easy for users to add information and photos at family reunions and libraries, and helps them to enhance their family tree wherever they are.

Ancestry.co.uk has added the Morpeth Roll to its website.  The 1841 date of the roll is particularly significant because it predates the beginning of the Great Famine in 1845 and because most 19th-century Irish census records have been destroyed.


Guild of One Name Studies

Trade Union, Freemasonry and Friendly Society Records
Could the people within your study have been members of the Trades Union movement, Freemasonry, or a Friendly Society? Do you have any items relating to these bodies and would like to know more about them? This seminar gives a rare opportunity for you to learn why your people might have joined these organisations, what records survive, where you might find them, and of course what value they can have - all presented by experts in the field. There will also be an opportunity to see examples of the records held at the Modern Records Centre (MRC) and tour behind the scenes. Saturday 18 May 2013, Coventry.

Blog Jane Austen by her sister Cassandra c.1810

2013 is the 200th year anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice.  First published by Thomas Egerton in 1813, it was Jane Austen's second novel and she described it as her "own darling child".  As part of the anniversary celebrations, the BBC will be recreating a Regency-era ball in Pride and Prejudice, “Having a Ball”, which will be shown on BBC Two at Easter. The programme will examine the social history of Austen's world and show how such social events helped women find a husband.  There are two blogs to while away any spare time you might have!  First, “Jane Austens World” is full of information about Jane Austen, her novels, social customs and the Regency era.  The second blog is “Regency Assembly Press” which helps explain some of the lexicon used during the Regency period and more.

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Ezine Competition Winners

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Family History Events and Diary Dates

Hobbycrafts, NEC, Birmingham, 21-24 March 2013
Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, 50th Anniversary Family History Day, Birmingham, 23 March 2013
Southport Family History Day, Southport, 23 March 2013
Wakefield & West Riding Family History Fair, Wakefield, 23 March 2013
City of York & District FHS Annual Fair, York, 13 April 2013
Gloucestershire Family History Society Open Day, Gloucester, 4 May 2013
SFHG Local and Family History Fair, Clair Hall, Haywards Heath, Sussex, 11 May 2013
24th Scottish Association of Family History Societies Conference, Scottish Border's Campus, Galashiels, 11 May 2013
Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society, One Day Conference & AGM - Heraldry, Cotton Mills and Medals, Preston,18 May 2013
The Kent Family History Fair, Maidstone, Kent,19 May 2013


For a list of events visit our Events Page on our website and GENEVA