FFHS - supporting family historians for over 40 years

FFHS 'Beyond the Census Conference 2'
Saturday 30th September, Wesley's Chapel, London

This is a public event (cost £12), run by FFHS for the benefit of all family historians. For more information and to book your place.

Open House at Kew


Saturday 16 September marks unique opportunities, free of charge, to discover what goes on inside The National Archives.  "Behind the scenes" tours are among the events planned for that day. Specialist talks, treasure trails and displays will chart the history of the Public Record Office when it was at Chancery Lane, as well as in its current home at Kew.

Some events are pre-booked, so do visit the TNA website for more details and sign up if necessary.

Northamptonshire archives - safe for now

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Red-hot lobbying by family historians and others has halted a plan by Northamptonshire County Council to cut free afternoon access to its record office and impose sky-high charges for much of the week. But there may be more trouble ahead.

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Staffordshire Monumental Inscriptions

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Thanks to diligent work by members of the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry, over 127,000 monumental inscriptions are now listed on the FindMyPast site.

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Stories from Syria and Beyond

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"Qisetna: Talking Syria", a well-presented collection of stories by Syrians and people closely connected with the country, has received awards from the Community Archives & Heritage Group. It came first in the "Most Innovative" category and is also the overall "CAHG Group of the Year". "Talking Syria" has much to offer us, including those without personal links to that part of the world.

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Northants Manorial Documents Register

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With the help of funding from FFHS, the National Archives has updated the Manorial Documents Register for Northamptonshire. The Register for this and most other counties in England & Wales is now easy to search online. It reveals the contents and locations of a vast range of sources that can help us find out more about our forebears. An overview of the documents involved can be seen on the TNA website.

The Northamptonshire Family History Society also has much to offer those interested in research in that county.

FamilySearch moves on from microfilm

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Many of us have made discoveries in microfilms at a FamilySearch Centre. The microfilm service will come to an end on 31 August, as most of the images are now available online with more to be added soon. The Centres will remain open, offering free access to the online images and to other resources, as well as advice from the volunteer staff.

You can read more on the FamilySearch website.

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Archives Unlocked

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The National Archives has launched a vision and action plan to help archives secure their future through digital transformation, investing in new workforce skills, and encouraging innovation.

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