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Welcome to the July 2013 Edition of the FFHS Ezine                                                        No 40

Society Spotlight: The Society of Australian Genealogists

our Australasian really useful information leaflet

National Family History Month

Anzac War Memorial Project

1960s Cinema Project

Have you Lost an Antique Teddy Bear?

Buying Certificates Direct Saves You Money

Family History Society Open Days and Fairs

This Month's Giveaway

Last Hurrah for Railway Museum in Gloucestershire

Battlefield Tour

First World War Centenary

“Latest News” - only one click Away

WDYTYA? Returns

Irish BMDs to go Online

1921 Canada Census

Art of One-Name Studies Seminar

City of Gangs – Glasgow and the Rise of the British Gangster

Queensland BMDs now Online


Book Reviews

Diary Dates

Advertise with us

Competition Winners

Society Spotlight

The Society of Australian Genealogists

SAG LogoThe Society of Australian Genealogists was formed in 1932 and is the oldest society of its kind in Australasia.  Based in the Sydney CBD, it has been collecting resources and helping people trace their family history for over eighty years.  The Society issues a quarterly journal Descent to members (either in print or electronically) and has a free monthly electronic newsletter SAGe to which anyone can subscribe – a great way to keep up to date with what is happening in genealogy and at the SAG.  Our research library is located at 2/379 Kent Street Sydney where we can help with both Australian and overseas research and is open four days per week.  Highlights include over 4,000 family histories, thousands of cemetery transcriptions and microfilmed church registers for many parts of New South Wales as well as excellent print resources, especially for England and Ireland.  Our library catalogue is online here.   At our headquarters at Richmond Villa, 120 Kent Street, Sydney, we have a wonderful manuscript and image collection, much of which is unique.  You can search an online interim catalogue here to see if we hold anything of interest on the names you are researching.  A regular program of lectures, events and webinars is held for both members and the public and more details about these, our research services and contact details will be found on our website.

COMING SOON! ‘our Australasian really useful information leaflet’FFHS Logo
Following the continued success of ‘our really useful information leaflet’, the FFHS is delighted to announce that working in association with the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) and the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG) we will shortly be launching a new leaflet aimed at family historians in Australasia. Representatives of any Australasian society or family/local/community groups who would like further information or who would like to arrange to receive a supply of the leaflets should contact the FFHS Administrator at admin@ffhs.org.uk

National Family History Month
For the first time National Family History Week is being trialled as National Family History Month in Australia & New Zealand during August 2013.  This is an initiative of the Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations (AFFHO) and has received broad support from some of  Australia's leading government and non government organisations and is being  sponsored by a number of commercial organisations, some of which you will be  familiar with such as Ancestry.com.au and findmypast.com.au.  During the month events will be conducted across the countries that focus on genealogy, family history, heraldry and related subjects and the FFHS would  like to take the opportunity to congratulate AFFHO  and wish them every success with the new initiative.

Anzac War Memorial Project
The Australian War Memorial Museum is undertaking a project to create a comprehensive digital archive of the Anzacs and their deeds and of the wider Australian experience of war. The collections selected for this project will reflect the experiences of Australian servicemen, nurses and civilians during the First World War, not just well known personalities. The Memorial is keen to make contact with relatives of the men listed on the website. Contact details are available on the website.

1960s Cinema Project  1960s Cinema Going Project Stand
University College London has just launched a project looking at people's memories of going to the cinema in 1960s Britain.  They are interested in the ways in which people remember cinema-going, films and the decade more generally.  If you would like to participate, you can fill out an online questionnaire. This can be completed online, but it can also be downloaded, printed and returned by post.  If you would prefer a printed copy (with freepost envelope) please email or telephone 020 7679 7960.

Glyn the Teddy Photograph of two childrenand teddy Reverse of photograph

Have you Lost an Antique Teddy Bear?
Bristol Airport is trying to trace the owner of an antique teddy bear which was left in the departure lounge over a year ago.  The bear, thought to be called Glyn, was found in a carrier bag along with an old photograph. The photograph is of two children with the teddy bear and written on the back is ‘With dearest love & xs to our darling Daddie from your loving little daughter Sonnie, Dora & Glyn’; ‘Taken on Baby’s birthday March 4th 1918. One year and 5 months old.’  Airport staff have been trying to trace the owner for fourteen months and would like to reunite Glyn and the photograph with the owner.  Airport spokeswoman Jacqui Mills said, "We have not been successful in this search and have drawn a blank, we would be delighted if anyone can help solve the mystery of Glyn."  Someone must be missing a much loved family heirloom and beautiful photograph.  If anyone can help, please email Bristol Airport. You can read more on the BBC website.

Buying Certificates Direct Saves You Money
Like many good things in life, family history costs money. For instance, when exploring events from 1837 onwards you may need to buy a birth, marriage or death certificate.
There are two ways to do so:

  • Order direct from the General Register Office, which charges £9.25 for each certificate    OR
  • Pay considerably more to one of the businesses which takes your order, passes it on to the General Register Office, asks the certificate to be sent to the business and then forwards the certificate to you.

The extra steps make the second option slower as well as more expensive than buying direct.  Remember:  Even if you found the reference at a website that offers to obtain the certificate for you, there is no need to pay more than £9.25. Just use the reference when you order direct from the General Register Office.

Family History Society Open Days and Fairs
Family History Society Open Days and Fairs are a great way to be inspired, learn more and meet other people researching their ancestors.  Most will also have useful local publications for sale and Help Desks for those needing some advice about their research. 


Eastbourne Family History Day - Family Roots, Eastbourne & District Family History Society is holding the Eastbourne Family History Day on 21 July 2013 at Eastbourne; with talks by Michael Gandy and Geoff Swinfield with family history & other stands, “help desk” and light refreshments.

Buckinghamshire Family History Society Open Day at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury on Saturday 27 July 2013, from 10am to 4pm. “As always, this free event will have something for everyone - whether beginner or experienced researcher - and wherever your ancestors came from.”  Details can be found on the website.

Ryedale Family History Fair on Saturday 17 August 2013 at Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering 10am to 4pm with family history societies, the County Record Office and more!  Further details can be found on the Ryedale Family History Group website.

As part of their 40th Anniversary celebrations, Lancashire Family History & Heraldry Society and North West Group of Family History Societies are holding a joint Family History Fair on Saturday 14 September at King George’s Hall, Northgate, Blackburn BB2 1AA from 10am to 4pm.  Talks by Mark Bayley, Michael Singleton, Ian Hartas, Geraldine Charles, Brenda Hustler and Bill Taylor as well as family history societies, GRO, libraries, record offices and more!  Please see the website for further details.

The Yorkshire Group of Family History Societies is holding a Family & Local History Extravaganza on Saturday 21 September 2013 at the Doncaster College for the Deaf, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6AY from 10am to 4pm.  There will be family and local history societies on hand to offer help as well as other exhibitors and talks by Audrey Collins, Ian Marson and Chris Pomery.  See the website for further details.

Fenland Family History Day on 28 September 2013 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, from 10am to 4pm.  Please see the Fenland Family History Society website.

Hampshire Genealogical Society Open Day to be held at Horndean Technical College, Horndean Hants on 29 September 2013 from10.00 am.  Free admission, guest speakers, bookstalls, family history societies, Help Desk and more are on offer.  Please see the website for further details.


Please see our Diary Dates below or GENEVA for events in October. there will be more information about these in the September Ezine.

This Month’s Giveaway

Scrapbooking images from Merly

Our giveaway this month is likely to appeal to crafters and scrapbookers. The "Remember Me" Collection Pack, Rubber Stamp set & collectables is a lovely family remembrance collection kindly donated by Merly Impressions.  You can view the collection here.

Merly Impressions are a Kaisercraft Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Specialist in the UK and inside their online store you'll find a huge range of scrapbooking and cardmaking materials from the Australian manufacturer Kaisercraft. Possibly the best selection of Kaisercraft products in the UK.

Masses of gorgeous products which will provide you with everything you'll need to create fabulous scrapbooking, cardmaking and crafting projects - all in one place.

To win this selection of products, please send an email with ‘Merly' in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk before 23 August 2013.

If you are interested in learning about Scrapbooking or want to know more about display techniques, My Fair Ladies is holding Scrapbooking sessions. The sessions are based in Leeds and run over five dates and the first is on 31 July 2013. For more details please visit the My Fair Ladies website.

Last Hurrah for Railway Museum in Gloucestershire Winchcombe Railway Museum Logo
After 45 years The Winchcombe Railway Museum which contains a unique collection of UK railway memorabilia is finally closing to the general public at the end of this season. If you have a father or grandfather who worked for one of the former railway companies you can see the type of equipment that they would have used. The museum also has some items recalling the names of those railway employees who died in the first and second world wars - including a large illuminated scroll containing the names of all the GWR employees who died while serving in the Forces - plus personal items such as medals awarded to railwaymen for acts of bravery. If you wanted to visit the museum in the past but didn’t quite manage it there are only a few weeks left to build up enough steam to get there before the doors close and the whistle blows for the last time on 29 September 2013. Check out the website to see which days the museum will be open.

Battlefield Tour
Battlefield Tour The FFHS is delighted to announce that we have joined forces with Leicestershire & Rutland FHS to commemorate the centenary of the start of WW1 by offering a WW1 100th Anniversary Battlefield Tour in 2014. The 5 day (4 night) tour 19th-23rd May 2014 has been arranged as part of the FFHS and Leicestershire & Rutland FHS's 40th Anniversary celebrations in 2014.  Daily excursions to Battlefield, Cemetery and Memorial sites accompanied by a professional guide are included and both the FFHS and Leicestershire & Rutland FHS will be taking part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. Personal visits to cemeteries/ memorials can also be arranged within a 10 mile radius of the areas we will be visiting.  Why not take this opportunity to join like minded people and perhaps visit the grave of an ancestor or memorial where their name is recorded and ensures that they will be 'Remembered in Perpetuity'.

A £50 deposit is required to secure your booking. There is a very heavy demand for hotel rooms in the region next year particularly from overseas visitors so to avoid disappointment an early booking is advisable.

First World War CentenaryFFHS Logo
Are you involved in a project within your own community, local history society, family history society or other group or organisation which is researching the lives of local people who served in WW1 or who were left behind to keep the home fires burning? Do you know of a website which contains information that might help others further their own research into their WW1 ancestors?  If so please contact Philippa McCray the Administrator admin@ffhs.org.uk so that we can include details within our dedicated WW1 Centenary webpage.

“Latest News” - only one click Away
The FFHS website exists to help family historians, whether they have years of experience or are starting off on the voyage of discovery. It is important for us all to know about the latest developments - including fresh sources of information, opportunities to delve into background subjects and ways to present our findings to the wider world.  One of the places to discover more is the “Latest News” section of our website. Just go to the right hand column of the Home Page and follow the relevant links to read the reports that catch your eye. Once you reach a report, the “News Index” on the right hand side of that page signposts you to a treasure chest of even more information. Enjoy!

And …. please don’t keep a good news story to yourself! Do tell your friends about this way of keeping up to date with the past.

WDYTYA? Returns
WDYTYA returns to the BBC this month.  Celebrities for this series are: Minnie Driver, Nitin Ganatra, Marianne Faithfull, Nigel Havers, Nick Hewer, Gary Lineker, Sarah Millican, Lesley Sharp, John Simpson and Una Stubbs.  The first episode will feature Una Stubbs who is the great granddaughter of Garden City pioneer Ebenezer Howard and will be on BBC One on Wednesday 24 July 2013 at 9pm.

The organisers of Who Do You Think You Are? – Live 2014 have announced a change of dates for the popular family history event.  This will now take place from Thursday 20 February to Saturday 22 February 2014.

Irish BMDs to go Online
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The Irish government has announced that indexes to birth, marriage and death records (from 1845) will soon be available online.  This follows the recent news from the General Record Office of Northern Ireland (GRONI) that it will also be making its own historical records available online.  Good news for those researching Irish ancestors.  CIGO has also reported that the General Register Office’s Research Facility is set to move from well-appointed offices to a dilapidated former dole office.   Steven Smyrl, President of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) and executive liaison officer for the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations (CIGO) said that “it is an appalling proposal, one which cannot have been given any real consideration otherwise it would never have got this far." More about this can be read on the Council of Irish Genealogical Organisations website.

1921 Canadian Census
There still seems to be no sign of the 1921 Canadian census. The President of the British Columbia Genealogical Society has written to the Minister responsible James Moore requesting that the 1921 Canadian Census be released to the public.  There are a few articles about the ‘non-release’ of Canada’s 1921 census on the internet and many are urging Canadians and indeed others who are interested, to write to the Canadian Ministers involved.  You can read more on the British Columbia Genealogical Society website.

GOONS Seminar
Guild of One Name Studies LogoThe Guild of One-Name Studies is holding the “Art of One-Name Studies” Seminar at Amersham, Buckinghamshire on Saturday 10 August 2013. The seminar will not just appeal to those studying one-name as most of the subjects presented would equally apply to the methodology employed in general family history research. Also a social event where you can meet Guild members, have a chat and if interested, have a look at the one-name studies displayed. There is an online booking facility on the website and further information can be obtained by telephoning the Guild Helpdesk on 0800 011 2182 or by email.

City of Gangs – Glasgow and the Rise of the British Gangster
A new book is being launched in Glasgow on 14 August 2013.  City of Gangs by Andrew Davies is about gangs in Glasgow in the 1920s and 1930s and draws very heavily on archives from the police, courts, poor law and newspapers.  “This dramatic story, played out against the backdrop of the most volatile of Britain's cities, provides a new window into the most turbulent period in modern British history and a timely reminder of how deprivation, unemployment and religious bigotry are a toxic cocktail in any era.” For more details please visit the Glasgow Libraries website.

Queensland BMDs now Online
Queensland historical birth (1829-1914), marriage (1829-1938) and death (1829-1983) indexes can now be searched online.  It is free to search but if you find an entry this can be downloaded for a fee and you can also order printed copies

For this edition we have "A Rebel Hand: Nicholas Delaney of 1798". This blog is about Nicholas Delaney, Irish rebel, transported convict, Australian roadbuilder, innkeeper and farmer as well as other family history related news and research. The blog has recently been listed in the Inside History Magazine Top 50 Genealogy Blogs.

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Book Reviews

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Ezine Competition Winners

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Diary Dates
History Live! Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire, 20-21 July 2013

National Family History Fair, Newcastle upon Tyne, 7 September 2013

Oxfordshire FHS Open Day, Woodstock, 5 October 2013

Catholic FHS Conference, Salford, 5 October 2013

Glamorgan FHS Family History Fair, Merthyr Tydfil, 12 October 2013

Suffolk FHS Family History Fair, Needham Market, 19 October 2013

West Surrey FHS Open Day & Fair, Woking, 26 October 2013

Cambridgeshire FHS Family History Fair, Cambridge 26 October 2013


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