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May 19 19

Merchant Navy Apprentices added online

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

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TheGenealogist is expanding its occupational records with over 300,000 records of Masters and Apprentices included in a nautical set of apprenticeship records.

 

These BT 150 records from The National Archives comprise of an index that had been compiled by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen and its predecessor. It consists of apprentices indentured in the Merchant Navy between 1824-1910.

 

Family historians can use these records to:

  • Find ancestors who had learned the trade of a professional merchant seaman
  • Discover the age of an ancestor at the time that he went to sea and his year of birth
  • Find the name of the company and the port that he was registered as an apprentice
  • In some cases also learn the name of the ship that your ancestor sailed on

 

 

The index was begun as a result of an Act of the UK parliament in 1823 which introduced a law that required the Masters of British merchant ships of over 80 tons to carry a given number of indentured apprentices on their vessels. The law required that these apprentice seamen’s names were to be enrolled with the local Customs Officer.

 

By the middle of the 1830s, however, these provisions were extended by the Merchant Seamen Act 1835 which now made it necessary that the indentures were officially registered. In London, this was done with the General Register and Record Office of Seamen; while in “outports” (other ports around the country), the registration was made with the local Customs officers who were under orders to submit quarterly lists to the Registrar General.

 

Compulsory apprenticeship was abolished in 1849, though the system of registration was maintained by the authorities and the index continued to be kept. The books have now been transcribed by TheGenealogist and include colour images of the original registers to add a fascinating resource to their broad range of records which can be used to build an ancestor’s story.

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article for tales of apprentices who rose to take command of the Cutty Sark, some more successfully than others

 

 

 

About TheGenealogist

 TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 

About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/

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May 12 19

And some new Family History Records were created

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Registering a death in my family

My dad, one-time Merchant Navy Purser John Bryan Thorne, and myself last year on a visit to the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

I have been mourning the loss of my father for the last month. He was very dear to me and the rest of our family and we were sad to have lost him on the 12th of April 2019.

Immediately there was much to do in arranging the winding up of his affairs – but some of these made me realise that we were in the process of laying down some new breadcrumbs for future genealogists to follow.

Amongst the duties I had to perform was to make sure that the registering of the death got the details completely correct including the spelling of his names and place of birth. As the death certificate was produced in the registrar’s office, and printed off there and then, I realised that my name and details were now forever recorded as the person registering my father’s death. Being a family historian, I couldn’t help but wondered if sometime in the future others would use the document to trace our family line back.

Then there was the matter of placing the family notice in the local newspapers. The funeral director asked for the wording we wanted to use. I felt strongly that it should definitely include our first names when listing the near family. Again, I wanted to make sure that it was easy for future generations to determine if they were researching the correct person and to easily find out the names of his children and his granddaughter.

 

The surprise in the neighbourhood

When sorting through his meticulous filing cabinet to find his birth certificate, bank accounts and utility details I was moved to discover that he had a personal file that included my own birth certificate from 60 years ago and his Second World War service in the Merchant Navy.

 

JBT Merchant Seaman ID

John Thorne Merchant Seaman ID (National Archives)

 

There was also his 1962 marriage certificate to my stepmother in Mosley, Birmingham as well as his 1951 wedding certificate to my late mother, that had taken place in St Andrew’s Cathedral in Singapore. This last document I had never seen before and it is very precious to me as I have no idea how I would go about ordering a copy from the former British Colony and now Republic of Singapore.

 

Wedding photograph from Singapore 1951

To my utter surprise the Cathedral’s bells, that he would have heard ring out on his wedding day to my mum, were back in Loughborough at this very time for re-tuning and the addition of two extra bells to the peel. My sister had just taken a tour of John Taylor & Co. Bell Foundry and had seen them in the works just 11 or so miles away from Dad’s house. Naturally I paid them a visit with the kind help of the staff at John Taylor & Co. and was able to touch the bells that were a little part of my own family history.

 

St Andrew’s Cathedral, Singapore (Wikipedia Someformofhuman. [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)])

In 1889, St Andrew’s Cathedral had received a peal of eight bells from the family of Captain J. S. H. Fraser, H.E.I.C.S. These bronze bells were cast at the John Taylor & Co. Foundry in Loughborough, England, the same bell foundry that cast the bells of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, England and then sent out to Singapore. These eight bells have been rung every Sunday for services, weddings, funerals, Easter and Christmas. You can read more on the foundry’s website here: http://taylorbells.co.uk/project/st-andrews-cathedral/

 

With life inevitably carrying on for those of us left behind, a holiday that I had booked well before he had become ill came around on my calendar. As an Architect and a Watercolour artist he had told me of the beauty of Florence and the wonder of Brunelleschi’s Dome and had been excited to hear that I was to visit it this year.

I have, therefore, just returned from a few days holiday in Florence Italy. After climbing the 463 steps to the dome I then went into the body of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and lit a candle to remember the life of my very dear dad.

 

Votive Candle holder in Florence Cathedral, Italy (Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore)

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May 5 19

New Criminal Records online: Ancestors Imprisoned for Debt

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Disclosure: Please note this post contains affiliate links.*

 

 

Latest News –

 

Press Release: New Records Reveal Those Imprisoned for Debt

The Genealogist is expanding its Criminal Records collection with the release of over 146,000 individuals who were listed in prison records. Sourced from the PRIS 10 & PRIS 11 collections held at The National Archives, these documents contain records from 1697 to 1862 and reveal those jailed for debt or bankruptcy. 

These records will give family historians details of those imprisoned in debtors prisons including the King’s Bench Prison, Queen’s Prison, Fleet Prison and Marshalsea Prison. They contain commitment and discharge records, giving details of names of the debtor, creditor and attorney, along with the amount of debt.

 

Use these records to:

  • Find ancestors who were imprisoned for debts and bankruptcy
  • Discover to who debts were owed
  • See when individuals were discharged

 

Within these records, we find John Dickens, father of the famous author Charles Dickens, who was in debt to baker James Karr by the sum of 40 pounds. John was brought in to custody on 20th February 1824 and was later discharged on 26th May 1824 when his mother died leaving him enough money to pay off his debts.

Marshalsea Prison as featured in new record at TheGenealogist

 

Charles Dickens had to earn a wage from a young age and his childhood experiences affected him greatly. He used his experiences as background for the story of Little Dorrit.

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article here

 

About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 

 

 

​About The National Archives

 

The National Archives ​ is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK’s most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. ​ The National Archives ​ brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/http://www.legislation.gov.uk/  

 

 

 

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May 1 19

Writing Your Family History

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Writing Your Family History

E-Course Module One

 

www.writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

 

 

If you went to the Family Tree Live show at Alexandra Palace last week you may have heard Gill Blanchard speaking.

She is a respected professional family historian and author. I now see that her latest course on Writing Your Family History is about to run in a few days time. Best sign up now if you want to learn how to bring your forebears to life in words.

 

Starts Friday 10 May 2019

Ends Week ending Friday 2 August 2019

12 Weeks. 5 Lessons. Weekly Discussions.

Cost £150

 

Tutor: Gill Blanchard

Author and Professional Family Historian

 

 

 

  1. Biography and Creative Non Fiction (UEA)

This is a practical writing course spread over a twelve week period that guides participants through the process of bringing their ancestors to life. The aim is on producing an entertaining family history that other people want to read. The lessons will focus on enabling students to choose the most suitable format for them, decide what to include and how, and find and add relevant context. The tutor will provide personalised and in-depth feedback throughout the course.

 

Students are encouraged to move beyond a basic ‘John begat William and Jane begat Mary’ chronicle; learn how to integrate relevant social and local history materials and to deal with repetitions, missing pieces and anomalies in their writing.

 

The course lasts for twelve weeks and is comprised of five lessons. The first four lessons are posted online at fortnightly intervals, with an extra week after lessons four and five to allow additional time for reading, writing, critiquing and feedback.

 

The lessons include writing exercises, focussed guidance, useful tips, writing examples, links to useful resources and background reading. There will be regular live online discussions with the tutor and other students. A dedicated learning hub can be used at any time throughout the course to share work, ask questions and post news.

 

This course is aimed at those who have completed a body of research into their family history and are ready to start writing.

 

Find out more at:

www.writingyourfamilyhistory.co.uk

 

Stoneywell typewriter

 

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Apr 14 19

TheGenealogist Enhances the Map Explorer

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Powerful new map tool helps trace ancestors’ Headstones and War Memorials 

PRESS RELEASE FROM THEGENEALOGIST

(Disclosure: Please note this blog post contains affiliate links that help me pay for this website.*)

TheGenealogist’s latest innovation, launched at the end of last month to help you find an ancestor’s property and watch the landscape change over time, has now had its first powerful new features added. This is only the beginning, with several other enhancements coming soon.

 

Joining the georeferenced Lloyd George Data Layer are Headstones and War Memorials.

Map Explorer locates various War Memorials in an area

 

  • TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer displays maps for historical periods up to the modern day.
  • Cemeteries have now been added to the maps – enabling researchers to locate burial grounds and view Headstone images, transcripts and cemetery views.
  • War Memorial site locations are shown, with links to see photographs, transcripts and setting.

 

Once you have found an ancestor’s grave or memorial, you will now not only be able to see an image of it and read a transcript, but also understand exactly where it is in relation to towns, villages or cities on the historic or modern maps. This should make it easier for family historians to plan a visit to see where an ancestor is buried or commemorated.

 

TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer has been developed to view these georeferenced historic maps overlaid on top of modern background maps including those from Ordnance Survey and Bing Street maps, as well as a satellite view. With the Map Explorer you can search for an ancestor’s property, discovering its site, even if the road has changed or is no longer there.

 

Alternatively, using the Master Search on TheGenealogist, having found your forebear listed on a War Memorial or graveyard, clicking through to the Map Explorer will show the War Memorial’s or the cemetery’s whereabouts on the various maps.

 

See our article Using the latest features of the Map Explorer, where we find T.E. Lawrence’s headstone and the whereabouts of the Graveyard in which he is buried, plus Wilfred Owen’s War Memorial in his local church. (Disclosure: Please note this blog post contains affiliate links that help me pay for this website.*)

 

 

 

About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

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Apr 6 19

Looking forward to BBC’s

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

 

I am really looking forward to Monday’s new series of A House Through Time on BBC 2 here in the UK, IOM and Channel Isles (Monday 6 April 2019 at 9 pm).

 

 

As a family historian I am fascinated by the homes of my ancestors as well as those similar to theirs that have a story to tell. Where a house has stood for a couple of centuries or more, then many people will have lived out their lives within its walls. Relating the stories of these people can often help us to understand the times that the occupants and our own ancestors lived through. Sometimes we may even recognise parallels to our forebears lives in the stories told.

The first series of A House Through Time, based around a Grade II-listed Georgian town-house in Liverpool, captured the public imagination early last year. Local archives reported an increase in footfall in the wake of the series as people wanted to research the history of their own houses.

It is very welcome that, built on the success of the first, a second series is now to be broadcast. This time it is centred on 5 Ravensworth Terrace in Newcastle upon Tyne and the format remains the same even if the location has moved.

Historian David Olusoga (of Black and British: A Forgotten History and Civilisations) returns as the series’ presenter and the home, which has grand fireplaces and generous proportions for a house in the city centre, dates back to the Georgian era.

As with the ever popular Who Do You Think You Are? show, the programme required a great deal of research – not on a celebrity’s ancestors but concentrating on the house’s history traced through deeds and land registry documents, maps, newspaper archives and wills. There in input into the show from experts such as Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan of the University of Portsmouth, who specialises in historical interiors.

Of course it is going to be the personal stories of the inhabitants that will make this show gripping and the BBC publicity tells us that we are set to meet such figures as a lawyer bent on vengeance, a doctor caught up in a workhouse scandal and a noted marine biologist.

As with so many inner-city addresses, the desirability of Ravensworth Terrace has seen it move up and down the social scale over the years, with one time period seeing it as a street of lodging houses rather than a place for the professional classes of lawyers and doctors.

 

If you don’t live in the UK, IOM or the Channel Isles then to be able to watch on iPlayer if you will need a VPN. Google how to watch iPlayer from abroad to find out more.

 

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Mar 31 19

Announcing Map Explorer a powerful new map tool to trace ancestors’ properties

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

TheGenealogist announces its Map Explorer a powerful new map tool designed to help trace ancestors’ properties through time.

(Disclosure: Please note this blog post contains affiliate links that help me pay for this website.*)

 

TheGenealogist’s latest innovation helps you find an ancestor’s property and watch the landscape change over time. The team have georeferenced their Lloyd George Maps for Greater London which are available at launch, with further exciting developments planned for the coming months.

 

  • TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer displays maps for different historical periods up to the modern day
  • Maps are fully searchable by county, parish, street and even postcode
  • Zoom down to show the individual properties as they were at the time
  • Use the transparency slider to reveal a modern street map underneath
  • Change the modern base map displayed to more clearly understand what the area looks like today
  • Georeferenced pins link to the records for each property
  • Display county or parish boundaries
  • Find out more and watch the video at TheGenealogist.co.uk/maps/

 

The powerful Map Explorer has been developed to view these georeferenced historic maps overlaid on top of modern background maps including those from Ordnance Survey and Bing Street maps, as well as a satellite view, letting you see where your ancestor’s house is today.

 

To complement the launch of the new Map Explorer, TheGenealogist has also released historic Ordnance Survey maps covering England, Scotland and Wales between the 1890’s and 1960’s. These have also been georeferenced, allowing you to see how the landscape changed over time.

 

These maps have been divided up into 3 types of layer that can be viewed on top of each other like sheets of paper –  you can then change the transparency of a layer to view the layers below.

 

The Base Layer

This is the modern layer, which can be used to select a modern OS Map, Open Street Map or a Bing Satellite Image.

 

The Historic Layer

The historic layer can be used to select a range of OS maps from the 1890’s to the 1960’s

 

Record Set Layer

This layer provides access to map record sets such as the Lloyd George Domesday, or the soon to be launched Georeferenced Tithe Maps. Keep an eye out as further record sets are added to this layer in the future. This layer also has the ability to show “Pins”, these are map markers that link directly to the records so you can see who was living in a particular property.

[The new Map Explorer from TheGenealogist, going from a historic map to satellite view]

 

 

The new Map Explorer has several tools to aid researchers, such as the “Place Search”.  This allows you to enter a postcode or address (either Modern or Historic) and jump to that location on the maps.

 

Further tools let you see county and parish boundaries and even historic “Wards”, which were the areas that the Lloyd George Domesday Survey were divided into.

[Map showing coverage now available for Lloyd George Domesday Maps]

 

Researchers are now able to view Lloyd George Domesday Maps for the Greater London Area (Survey books for this area are being released ward by ward over the coming months).

 

Now you can pinpoint properties old and new with TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer.

 

Find out more and watch the video at TheGenealogist.co.uk/maps/

 

About TheGenealogist

 

TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections.

 

TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.

 

TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 

 

 

*Disclosure: Please note this post contains affiliate links. This does not mean that you pay more just that I make a percentage on the sales from my links. The payments help me pay for the cost of running the site. You may like to read this explanation here:

http://paidforadvertising.co.uk/

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Mar 24 19

How did our ancestors cope when they were apart in a family crisis?

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

I’ve just been out of circulation for a couple of weeks. An elderly parent of mine has been very sick with a diagnosis that holds out little hope and so I did what any concerned son would do, I packed a bag and travelled home to be with them.

These days we have the luxury of fast travel – in my case it was a 50 minute flight from Jersey in the Channel Islands to East Midlands Airport, close to my parent’s place in North West Leicestershire.

But this got me thinking about how my ancestors would have coped in the circumstances. Some of them lived in Britain while their offspring had fled the coup to try their hand “Out East”, in Singapore, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and India.

It would have been a mammoth journey to get back to England by ship from these parts before air-travel had made it less time consuming. Even in the 1950s, when I am told my Dad flew back to Europe from Singapore, it was a long drawn out affair with several hotel stops on the way.

But what would the Victorians and Georgians have done? Well there was little alternative to booking a passage on a ship – and then it could be months to return to “Blighty”.  This doesn’t even take into account the length of time for the sick message to have got out to them in the first place. In our modern world of communication and travel we just don’t realise how cut off some of our ancestors must have felt when their grownup children were off in another part of the world.

 

I’ve been looking at the passenger lists online this week and wondering what the stories were behind some of the reasons to travel that these folk had. There are several decades of outgoing passenger lists to be found on several websites including that of TheGenealogist, whom I write articles for on a paid for basis and so that is why I include a link to them. You may, of course, search other sources to find your forebears in the Board of Trade Passenger Lists and marvel at just how long it took the past generations to travel anywhere!

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Mar 10 19

Speakers Announced For 2019 Family History Shows

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

The Family History Shows 2019

York 22nd June  –  South West 6th July  –  London 24th August

NEWS:

Expert Speakers Announced! The Family History Shows have released the details of the experts giving talks at the upcoming events. In this post we take a look at some of the speakers who will be offering free talks throughout the day at selected shows.

Don’t forget to book your tickets to The Family History Show and you can save on entry price. These events are on track to be a fantastic day out for family historians this summer. Book now before the offer ends!


South West

Tickets on the day are £6
Early Bird: Two for £8!

Buy Bristol Tickets

York

Tickets on the day are £6
Early Bird: Two for £8!

Buy York Tickets

London

Tickets on the day are £8
Early Bird: Two for £10!

Buy London Tickets

Gill Blanchard

Professional genealogist, house historian, tutor and author

Gill Blanchard has an academic background in history, sociology and politics to post-graduate level. She has been a full time researcher since 1992, including six years at Norfolk Record Office. She set up her own historical research business called Past Search in 1997, qualified as an adult education tutor the following year, and is a full member of AGRA. Gill has conducted much background research for authors, journalists and academic researchers, including the BBC Who Do You Think You Are? television series.

Gill will be speaking at the York, South West and London shows.

Debbie Kennett

DNA Expert & Author

“I am a surname researcher and genetic genealogist. I am an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment at UCL. I am the author of two books published by the History Press: ‘The Surnames Handbook’ (2012) and ‘DNA and Social Networking’ (2011).”

Debbie will be speaking at the York and South West shows.

Jayne Shrimpton

Fashion historian and photo dating expert

Jayne Shrimpton MA, a trained, professional dress historian and photographs/artworks specialist has dated and interpreted numerous family pictures over a career spanning 30 years. She writes regular articles for Discover Your Ancestors and other genealogy magazines, is the author of seven books, and is a picture consultant on the TV series Who Do You Think You Are?

Jayne will be speaking at the York and London shows.

Chris Baker

Military Historian & Author

“Over the years many people have asked me for help in researching a soldier. I initially did this as a hobby, but with so many people asking and me being busy at work, something had to give. I decided to make a living out of my passion and left my old career behind on 25 April 2008. I now work full time on writing, researching and touring. My business FourteenEighteen | Research is always bursting at the seams; in all, I have completed research of well over 8000 soldiers.”

Chris will be speaking at the London and South West shows.

Keith Gregson

Sport and Social Historian & Author

Keith Gregson has been writing for over 40 years, including many family history books and contributions to popular magazines including Discover Your Ancestors. In his talk at The Family History Show, Keith shares his top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies.

Keith will be speaking at the York show.

 

This is what the organisers say:

What will be available?

Each show will have two lecture areas with Free Talks given by various expert independent speakers including Photo Dating Expert and Fashion Historian Jayne Shrimpton, DNA Expert Debbie Kennett and others we have lined up and will announce in later emails and on our Facebook page.

The extremely popular face to face Free ‘Ask the Experts’ section will be run at all of the Discover Your Ancestors Family History Shows this year. We’re also expanding this area to cover your questions on DNA, Dating Photographs, Medals, Military Service and Research Problems. So don’t forget to bring your ancestors’ medals, records and photos along!

New for the 2019 shows we are also introducing Q&A panel sessions, where you can get your family history queries answered by a group of experts. So make sure you have time to ask those family history questions when planning your day.

With over 100 tables already booked, space is filling up fast! If you or anyone you know may be interested in exhibiting you can find out more on our bookings page.

We are making The Family History Shows affordable events to attend with low-cost entry, Free Talks and Free Parking. Book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Keep up with our latest announcements for all our shows on Twitter and Facebook.

 

I hope to be at all three shows this year. Putting the dates in the diary now!

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Mar 3 19

My Top Family History Map resources

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

I’ve been looking for where some ancestors lived this week and it was to historic maps of all sorts that I have turned in my quest to understand a bit more about the area that they lived and worked within during the period that they were alive.

Some of the areas in the towns have been “extensively remodelled” by a combination of Blitz bombing and modern town planners and so the roads have disappeared.

Here is a video that I put together a couple of years ago but it is still relevant today!

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