The Family History Show, Online is returning this February (2021)

Family History Show Online 20 Feb 2021
Family History Show Online 20 Feb 2021

The Family History Show is coming back next month!

After two extremely successful virtual events held online last year, The Family History Show, Online is returning in February so that once more you can enjoy all the features of a physical family history show, but from the comfort and safety of your own home.

The Family History Show, Online, organised by Discover Your Ancestors magazine, is gearing up for its return on Saturday 20th February 2021.

You’ll have the opportunity to put your research questions to an expert, watch free talks and to speak to over 100 family history societies, archives and genealogical suppliers by text, audio, video chat or email from the comfort of your own home.

You will also be able to submit your questions to their Ask the Experts panel before the show and you have a choice to either book a free 1-to-1 session or to watch the live stream question panel at 15:30 where you can ask your questions live!

Make a date in your diary and snap up an early bird ticket now for only £6! You’ll also get a downloadable goody bag worth over £10.

New partners and features to be announced shortly, watch for more news!

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/online/tickets/

Featuring All New Talks

Professionally presented and recorded lectures, not just streamed screen shares, and each talk will be available for 72 hours, so don’t worry if you’re in another time zone. These presentations will cover a wide variety of family history topics from multiple speakers and will be available throughout the day.

Occupations
Dr Simon Wills – Genealogist, Writer, and Author
Country Bumpkins: Tracing Rural Ancestors
Else Churchill, The Society of Genealogists
Maps for Family Historians
Gill Blanchard, House Historian and Professional Genealogist
Tracing your Ancestors’ lives through online resources
Amelia Bennett, Expert Researcher, Census Detective with the SOG
Working with your Autosomal DNA Test
Donna Rutherford, DNA Expert
Ask the Experts Live Q&A Panel
with Amelia Bennett, Gill Blanchard and Donna Rutherford

Ask the Experts

Submit your questions to their panel of experts before the show. Either book a free 1-to-1 session or watch the live stream question panel at 15:30 where you can ask your questions live!

Societies, Archives and Companies

Visit exhibitors, societies, archives and companies in the virtual exhibition hall. Here there will be the opportunity to talk to some of the stallholders by text, audio or video from the comfort of your own home.

 

All the features of a physical show

As well as over 100 virtual exhibitor stalls to visit, you will be able to enjoy online talks throughout the day and put questions forward to specialists in the popular ‘Ask the Experts’ area.

What do visitors to the show think?

“The Exhibitor Hall, with the video chat and Question Feed, and details and links to their products, etc. Your show is a very close, and in some ways better, reproduction of the live event, and I’m looking forward to attending next year’s event.” – Scott Barker

“I just wanted to say that Saturday’s event was great. I had three people beam into my work room – one from New Zealand, one from America and one from Scotland! I also had a chat enquiry from Australia. I had no idea this event would be global!” – Maddy Mills from The Crafty Genealogist

“I know the actual shows are great, but for us not able to get there, these online days are ideal. I put aside time to listen and it felt like a ‘day away’ from the usual routine. Well done and thank you.” – Ruth Owen

Early Bird Ticket Offer

Buy your tickets in advance and save – tickets to attend The Family History Show Online are available from the website at just £6.00 each. You will also get a FREE virtual goody bag on the day worth over £10.

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/online/tickets/

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TheGenealogist adds more than 55,000 new Headstone records

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NEWS: Press Release from TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist has added to its expanding International Headstone Collection with some interesting and useful new searchable images of gravestones.

These enable family historians to see details that have been recorded about their ancestors by the monumental masons in various churches and cemeteries. All the records are fully searchable with transcripts of the inscriptions that help to decipher some of the more weathered memorials.

The headstone records released cover 174 new churchyards or cemeteries and include submissions from their many prolific volunteers. The International Headstone Collection is an ongoing project where every headstone photographed or transcribed earns credits for volunteers.

The credits are used by volunteers to help support their hobby spending them on subscriptions at TheGenealogist.co.uk or products from GenealogySupplies.com. If you would like to join them, you can find out more about the scheme at: https://ukindexer.co.uk/headstone/

The Penruddockes buried in St Michael's Compton Chamberlayne
The unusual, but informative, plaque on the Penruddocke family tomb at St Michael’s, Compton Chamberlayne

These new records are all available as part of the Diamond Subscription at TheGenealogist.

You can read TheGenealogist’s article: Headstones and Church Memorial plaques a fantastic resource for family historians

 

 

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Family Historian 7 released!

News:

Family Historian Version 7

Just in time for the Christmas presents market there has come a welcome announcement about some family history software. The highly anticipated new version of the deluxe genealogy application written by a leading UK software designer for the UK market is now out!

Family Historian 7
Family Historian 7 genealogy software

Family Historian version 7 is said to be a new concept in genealogy programs that allows you to enter your family by drawing a tree. Full support is given for sources, notes, facts and linked multimedia elements. For researchers it provides support for Queries and Reports. 

This powerful, award-winning genealogy program has a range of new and improved features designed to meet the needs of the beginner and expert alike.

 

I have found it offered online in a tantalising package from S&N Genealogy Supplies who have put together everything that you need to Research, Record and Report your Family History!

Family Historian 7 package from S&N Genealogy Supplies

Their offer is just £69.95 (Saving you 46%) and this includes:

– The newly released Family Historian V7

– Quick Start Guide

– 3 Months Gold Subscription to TheGenealogist, giving you access to Census, BMDs, Parish Records and more

– A Regional Research Guidebook

 

Take advantage now of this special offer: Buy Family Historian 7 from S&N Genealogy Supplies today!

 

What’s New in this version of the software?

Version 7 brings a wealth of new features and improvements, including:

Integrated Word Processing – including font and text styles, tables, embedded source citations, record links, website links, and hash tags.

New Note Window – a new floating window designed for viewing and editing notes and supporting all the new word processing features

New and Improved Diagrams – a new Everyone diagram; new All Relatives + Indirect Relatives diagram showing everyone that a person or couple are related to; new Pedigree diagram; new Waterfall diagram; and four new DNA diagrams

New Reports – Calendar, File statistics, Individual Scrapbook, Individual Timeline, Note Records, Place Report, Research Notes, Sources and Citations, Tagged Notes

Improved Report Window

Improved Website and Family Tree CD/DVD Generation

Historical Maps

Fact Flags – facts can now be marked as Private, Preferred, Tentative and/or Rejected

Research Notes

Source Templates

Source-driven Data Entry

Source Transcription Tools

New Citation Window

and much more!

 

Find out more here: https://genealogysupplies.com/product/Windows-Genealogy-Software/Family-Historian-V7

 

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University, College and School Registers released online by TheGenealogist

 

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Latest news:

TheGenealogist releases more College and University registers into its expanding Educational Records adding a quarter of a million additional individuals. This release includes records from England, Scotland, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand and even a college from Portugal.

The records can be used to discover a student’s achievements and are fantastic for identifying where next to apply your research for an ancestor. Educational records will confirm birth dates and sometimes the place of birth. Usually they give a father’s name and address, which is useful when the parent is missing from the census, and they can give details of the student’s occupation and a great deal more useful information.

Fettes College, Edinburgh from The Illustrated London News
Fettes College, Edinburgh

Researchers can use this new data to find ancestors who attended or taught at a variety of Educational establishments in a wide range of years up to the mid 1930s. The earliest record in this release is dated 1566 in the Christ’s Hospital Exhibitioners to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 1566-1923. In contrast the latest record is 1936, taken from the List of Occupants of Rooms in St John’s College 1895-1936.

These records can also be used to identify those who held high office in the institutions, so that University patrons, deans, visitors, professors and masters and the principals and governors of schools are usually included.

Also in this release we have some fascinating Irish Examination Board records from 1889, 1891 and 1892. These reveal the candidates’ names, addresses and grades in all their subjects, including some rather unusual ones. If you can find an ancestor, within these records, it will certainly be an eyeopener as they disclose what subjects your forebear had been a good or a bad student of.

The registers released on TheGenealogist today are:

Aberdeenshire

 

  • Aberdeen Education Authority Members’ Directory, 1920-1921
  • Aberdeen University Roll of Graduates, 1860-1900
Cambridgeshire

 

  • Christ’s Hospital Exhibitioners to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, 1566-1923
  • List of Occupants of Rooms in St John’s College, 1895-1936
  • Gonville and Caius College Vol. II, 1713-1897
  • Register of Admissions to King’s College, 1850-1900
  • Admissions to Peterhouse or S. Peter’s College in the University of Cambridge, 1615-1911
  • Girton College Register, 1869-1946
Devon
  • Kelly College Register, 1877-1927
Dublin
  • Alumni Dublineneses, 1593-1846
Edinburgh

 

  • University of Edinburgh Graduates, 1859-88
  • The Fettes College Register, 1870-1932
Dublin

 

  • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Exhibition and Prize Lists, 1889
  • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Exhibition and Prize Lists, 1890
  • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Examinations Held in 1889 Pass Lists, Boys
  • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Examinations Held in 1892 Pass Lists, Boys
  • Intermediate Education Board for Ireland, Examinations Held in 1891 Pass Lists, Boys
London
  • Dulwich College War Record, 1939-1945
Netherlands

 

  • University of Leyden, List of English speaking Students of Medicine, 1932
New Zealand

 

  • The Early History of Wellington College, N.Z, 1867-1883
  • New Zealand University Calendar, 1925
Oxfordshire

 

  • Alumni Oxonienses (Members of the University of Oxford) 1715-1886 Vol I
  • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol II
  • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol III
  • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol IV
  • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol V
  • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol VI
  • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol VII
  • Alumni Oxonienses 1715-1886 Vol VIII
  • Oxford Men and their Colleges, 1880-1892
  • War Record of the University Press, Oxford, 1914-1919
Portugal
  • Historical Account of Lisbon College
Surrey
  • County of Surrey Endowed Institutions Volume IV
Yorkshire
  • Teachers and Officers of Ackworth School, 1779-1894

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article on researching more about an ancestor from the leads revealed in the pages of Educational Records.  A man of words, a Cricketer and Sniper?

 

 

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ScotlandsPeople website is updating mother’s maiden name in statutory records

This week ScotlandsPeople announced in an email to customers that it was making updates to the mother’s maiden name search field in the statutory register of deaths index. This is as part of their ongoing improvements to their website and in response to requests from users in a customer survey that they undertook.

scotlandspeople website

The ScotlandsPeople website is the official Scottish Government site for searching government records and archives and is used by hundreds of thousands of family history researchers each year to apply for copies of official certificates and to research their Scots family, biography, local history and social history.

Before 1974 the deceased’s mother’s maiden name was not routinely included in Scottish death index but where this information was included on the death records before this date ScotlandsPeople are retrospectively adding this to the index. The website is beginning with the years closest to the introduction of statutory registration in 1855 and they now report that they have now updated most years up to 1880, adding mother’s maiden names to more than 1 million records. Their plan is to have completed the records up to 1883 by the end of this year.

If you have Scots ancestors then you can use their site and populate the name search fields as well as choose to ‘include unrecorded mother’s maiden surname’ in your search. Of course you may find that if you enter a name in this search field and the information has not yet been added, or it was unavailable at the time of registration, that a result will not be found. For more information relating to statutory death registers and how to search them, have a look at their online guide.  https://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/guides/statutory-register-deaths

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TheGenealogist releases additional R.A.F. Operations Record Books

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NEWS:  Press Release from TheGenealogist

Additional R.A.F. Operations Record Books go online at TheGenealogist

TheGenealogist has today released additional new R.A.F. records that are fully searchable by name, aircraft, location and many other fields, making it simpler to find your air force ancestors.

In a release of over 1.8 million records, this batch of R.A.F. Operations Record Books (ORBs) joins TheGenealogist’s huge military records collection and includes entries for the famous children’s author Roald Dahl when he flew Hurricanes in WW2.

Hurricanes of No. 80 Squadron in Palestine, June 1941 as flown by Roald Dahl
Hurricanes of No. 80 Squadron in Palestine, June 1941 as flown by Roald Dahl

The Operations Record Books record the stories of day to day operations of units and so will give the researcher an idea of action that took place as well as give insights into the everyday lives on the bases. You can use this collection to follow an airman’s war time experiences by searching these fully searchable Air Ministry operations record books which cover various Royal Air Force, dominion and Allied Air Force squadrons that came under British Command. The AIR 27 records allow the family history researcher a fascinating insight into their relatives’ time while serving in a number of units of the air force. 

The ORBs give summaries of events and can reveal encounters with the enemy, pilots who went missing or were shot down, plane crashes, as well as less traumatic details such as weather and places patrolled by the aircraft and where the squadrons were based as the war wore on. As aircrew personnel are named in these Operations Record Books, researchers wanting to follow where an ancestor had been posted to and what may have happened to them will find these records extremely useful. 

Operations Record Book for No. 80 Squadron on TheGenealogist

Family historians will find the duties recorded in these documents interesting when they reveal the assignments that a serviceman took part in. Examples include Bombing, Convoy Escort, Submarine Hunt, Fleet protection, Attacking Aerodromes and Shipping, Dive Bombing Raids and more. 

Use these records to: 

      • Add colour to an aircrewman’s story 
      • Read the war movements of personnel in air force units
      • Discover if a pilot, navigator, radio operator or gunner is mentioned in the action
      • Find if an airman is listed for receiving an Honour or an Award
      • Note the names of squadron members wounded, killed, or who did not return
      • Easily search these National Archives records and images

This expands TheGenealogist’s extensive Military records collection.

Read TheGenealogist’s feature article: R.A.F. Operations Record Books that tell a storyteller’s story 

These records and many more are available to Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist.co.uk

 

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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Lambeth Lloyd George Domesday records added to TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™

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TheGenealogist has released the records of 83,498 individuals for the Lambeth area into its Lloyd George Domesday Survey property ownership and occupancy record set. This unique online resource includes maps and field books and gives family historians the chance to discover where an ancestor lived in the period just before and as the First World War began. This is a great tool to use with the 1911 Census giving lots of additional information about your ancestors’ home, land, outbuildings and property. By making use of TheGenealogist’s powerful Map Explorer the researcher can see how the landscape where their ancestor lived or worked changed as the years have passed.

The maps are linked to field books containing descriptions of the property, as well as revealing owners and occupiers, all of which have been sourced from The National Archives and are being digitised by TheGenealogist. With this release it is possible to precisely locate where an ancestor lived on a number of large scale, hand annotated maps for this part of London. These plans include plots for the exact properties at the time of the survey and are layered over various georeferenced historical maps and modern base maps on the Map Explorer™. This resource enables the researcher to thoroughly investigate the area in which an ancestor lived even if the streets were bombed out of existence in the Blitz and the modern redevelopment does not follow the same lines as the previous roads had. 

Roads on the Lloyd George Domesday Survey have disappeared from the modern map

 

      • TheGenealogist’s Lloyd George Domesday records link individual properties to extremely detailed maps used in 1910-1915
      • Fully searchable by name, county, parish and street
      • The maps will zoom down to show the individual properties as they were in the 1910s
      • The transparency slider reveals a modern street map underlay
      • Change the base map displayed to more clearly understand what the area looks like today

Lambeth records cover the civil parishes of Bishop’s, Brixton, Brixton North, Clapham North, Clapham South, Lower Norwood, Marsh North, Marsh South, Norwood, Prince’s, Stockwell North, Stockwell South, Streatham and Vauxhall.

As we mark Remembrance Sunday this weekend read TheGenealogist’s article on Lambeth: A haven for the troops and birthplace of a V.C. hero. 

 

 

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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Thinking of a gift for a family historian?

As England goes back into lockdown and the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have imposed their own stringent measures, we can be forgiven for looking for a distraction.

How about looking for Christmas gifts for family historians?

My eye was caught by these offerings from The National Archives in England. https://shop.nationalarchives.gov.uk/collections/kitchenware?page=1

TNA gifts for family historians

 

And then there are all sorts of great gifts on the S&N Genealogy Supplies website that a family historian can’t resist: https://genealogysupplies.com/special-offers/

 

Just off to start my Christmas gift list. Now what shall I buy myself? !

 

 

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Parish Records for All of Wales Launched Online

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BREAKING  NEWS:

 

TheGenealogist are launching the complete set of all Anglican records for Wales held by the consortium of Welsh archives on Friday 23rd October. This release contains 8 million Parish Records, listing over 14.5 million individuals, with images of the original registers. 

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content at TheGenealogist said:

“We are very excited to be releasing parish records for all 13 historic Welsh counties.” He went on to say:

“We’re thankful for the input of Welsh records experts from the archives, to make sure that we have accurate parish and place names. This will make it much easier for researchers to find records that they may have experienced difficulties with trying to find elsewhere. 

“TheGenealogist’s keyword search makes it surprisingly easy to find the record you’re after and SmartSearch allows you to find families in the registers.

“These records compliment our nonconformist records for Wales which include Methodists,  Quakers and more, giving researchers the ultimate resource for finding their Welsh ancestors’ vital events.”

St Michael’s Church, Betws-Y-Coed
St Michael’s Church, Betws-Y-Coed as featured in the records

This release includes all historic Welsh counties:

Anglesey, Brecknockshire, Caernarfonshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Glamorgan, Merionethshire, Monmouthshire, Montgomeryshire, Pembrokeshire and Radnorshire.

 

Kim Collis, West Glamorgan County Archivist, says on behalf of all the Welsh archives contributing their parish records:

We are delighted that TheGenealogist is releasing these records to a wider audience. Being able to access them from the comfort of your own home, especially during the current situation, is of great benefit.

“For this release, we’ve painstakingly gone through the metadata, improving all the place names in this record set, recording chapels of ease, parent parishes of modern parishes, and variant spellings in the English and Welsh languages. This will mean that searches for your ancestor in the parish records, which previously might have turned up no results, will have a much greater chance of finding them for you.

“If you’ve previously struggled to find your ancestors’ Welsh Parish Records, I’d really encourage you to search these records.”

 

To find out more about Welsh Parish Records and this release, visit TheGenealogist.co.uk/welsh-parish-records/

 

This release has been made possible by the participation of the following archives:-

Anglesey Archives, Carmarthenshire Archive Service, Ceredigion Archives, Conwy Archive Services, Denbighshire Archives, Flintshire Record Office, Glamorgan Archives, Gwent Archives, Gwynedd Archives Service, Pembrokeshire Archives and Local Studies, Powys Archives and West Glamorgan Archive Service.

 

Who Do You Think You Are? S17 - Ruth Jones - (C) Wall to Wall Media Ltd - Photographer: Stephen Perry
Who Do You Think You Are? S17 – Ruth Jones – (C) Wall to Wall Media Ltd – Photographer: Stephen Perry

Ruth Jones will be searching for her Welsh roots in
Who Do You Think You Are? airing on Monday 26th October on BBC One. TheGenealogist has found her ancestors in this new collection.

Read about it here (WARNING: Contains spoilers) Featured articles: Ruth Jones Who Do You Think You Are?

 

 

 

 

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The Society of Genealogists’ Live Online Events for November to help trace your family history.

 

News:

This list, written by the Society of Genealogists, has some great Zoom talks for those with British Ancestors. I think I’ll sign up to some of them myself. Here is what they plan:

The Society of Genealogists (SoG) is pleased to offer the following Live Online Events taking place in November to help you trace your family history.  

 

Society of Genealogists website

Join the Society of Genealogists on one of their Live Zoom Events, the application is free and easy to use. If you have not attended one of the SoG’s online talks before, more information can be found on their website

 

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Saturday, 7 November 10:30 – Your Buckinghamshire Ancestors

Buckinghamshire has a varied and interesting history. It retains beautiful countryside, especially the Chiltern Hills which are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. After the Industrial Revolution, Wolverton became known for building railway carriages, while furniture and paper industries grew in the south. The county was famous for its lace industry, giving work to women and children.

Antony Marr looks at the historic County of Buckinghamshire – its history, geography and ancestry. Antony then offers advice and lots of advice to help you research your Buckinghamshire ancestors using the amazing resources available in the County and elsewhere.

A one-hour talk with Antony Marr, cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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Saturday, 7 November 16:00-17:45 – My Ancestor was in the Census – Well they should have been!

An up-to-date look at what census material is available online as well as covering the reasons that you may not find that ancestor may not be there. In this tutorial, we will have an extended Q&A session, so bring your questions along.

A tutorial with John Hanson, cost £16.00/£8.00 SoG members

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Wednesday, 11 November 14:00 – SoG Orientation:

Name Rich Sources that Supplement Parish Registers before 1837 in England and Wales

A one-hour talk with Else Churchill, cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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Saturday, 14 November 10:30 – Death and Taxes: Understanding the Death Duty Registers

One of family history’s best kept secrets – records of death duty payments.

Many of us have found our ancestors’ wills and know that they can often give us really valuable information about our family. But very few of us have thought about looking at related records for death duties. For more than 100 years, from 1796 to 1903, the Inland Revenue maintained a series of registers recording these payments. The National Archives now hold the registers, waiting for us to search them.

In this talk, Dave Annal tells us all about them. He covers what’s in the surviving records. Then he describes how to use them to uncover fascinating facts about the lives and times of our 19th century ancestors.

A one-hour talk with Dave Annal, cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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Saturday, 14 November 16:00 – Nonconformity in Wales

Are records relating to your Welsh ancestors missing from Parish Registers? The answer could lie in them being chapel members. The 1851 Religious Census in Wales revealed that almost 80% of the population worshipped as part of non-conformist congregations.

We will examine online and offline resources available in researching Welsh non-conformity, be it Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Unitarian, Congregationalist or Society of Friends. Non-conformist worship in Wales has been a feature of Welsh culture for hundreds of years – open-air revival meetings; song and culture celebrated at Gymanfa Ganu and the Eisteddfod – the chapel has been the core of many communities in a uniquely Welsh way.

Understanding how our Welsh ancestors worshipped is an essential key to our family histories.

A one-hour talk with Gill Thomas, cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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Wednesday, 18 November 14:00 – Getting the Most from the Society Library Catalogue (SOGCAT)

Join Else Churchill for an interesting talk on SoGCAT, the Society of Genealogists’ online library catalogue. The SoG Library holds about 135,000 items. Where do you start to find information on your ancestors? SoGCAT lists what we hold. So learning how to use it gives you a huge getting started benefit. In this talk, Else will provide you with lots of information on how to use SOGCAT and what it holds to further your research.

A one-hour talk with Else Churchill, the Genealogist at the Society. Places are free and go very quickly, so please book your place in advance.

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Saturday, 21 November 10:30 – The Parish Chest

Discover the importance of the parish – the unit of local government into the 19th century in the lives of our ancestors. Find out how the parish worked, what records were generated and where to find them. Learn how to use such records in family history, local history and house history research.

A one-hour talk with Gill Blanchard, cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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Saturday, 21 November 14:00- Online Resources for Property and Taxation

A look at the wide variety of records available online for ownership or occupation of land or a house.

Beyond civil registration, parish and census records there are few genealogical sources that cover a significant percentage of the population. But property and property-based taxation and electoral records name all those who own, or even just rent, property over a certain value. These sources can not only provide information on wealth and social status but even point to specific buildings or pieces of land owned or occupied by an ancestor.

This talk will look at the range of property-related records available online, to help you discover more about your ancestors from the Middle Ages to 1918, and to unearth the information they can provide for your family history.

A one-hour talk with Peter Christian, cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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Wednesday, 25 November 14:00 – Tracing Brewery & Publican Ancestors

Until fairly recently the public house in its various guises was a centre of the community and innkeepers were often respected figures locally. In addition most towns and villages had a brewery or two providing beer to slake the throats of everybody from princes to paupers.

In this talk Simon Fowler discusses the major sources you need to use if you have a publican or brewer on your family tree. Simon also looks at the changing nature of the tavern from the simple beer house to gaudy gin palace.

Bring your own Beer!

A one-hour talk with Simon Fowler, cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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Thursday, 26 November 14:00- Making your Genealogy more Credible & Useful to Others

Genealogy needs to be shared. It serves no point otherwise.

For those who want to use your work, you offer a huge benefit if you can give some assurance that it is of sound quality. The facts you include need to be seen as coming from reliable sources that can be checked. So assurance depends on you stating where your facts have come from and providing a reference to where you found them.

In this one-hour talk, Ian Waller explains that referencing is critical. Cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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Saturday, 28 November 10:30 – My Ancestor Came from Birmingham

Has your family history taken you to Birmingham? Maybe your ancestors were ‘Brummies born and bred’ or maybe they only spent some of their lives in Birmingham.

Join Doreen Hopwood as she explores and explains the numerous family history sources available so that you can discover how your ancestors lived, worked and played in ‘The City of a Thousand Trades’.

A one-hour talk with Doreen Hopwood. Cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

 

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Saturday, 28 November 14:00 – Madness, Mania and Melancholia: the Mental Health of our Ancestors

The history of mental ill-health is poorly understood and many of those who were labelled as ‘idiots’, ‘imbeciles’ or ‘lunatics’ in the past would have a very different diagnosis today.

This presentation looks at the history of reactions to and the treatment of those who we would now recognise as being mentally ill, or as having a learning disability. It also investigates the institutions where sufferers might be held and the sources we can use to find out more about these, often forgotten, members of our family.

A one-hour talk with Dr Janet Few, cost £10.00/£5.00 SoG members

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All events must be pre-booked through the Society of Genealogists website and SoG members should remember to login first, to receive the member’s discounted price.

Join the SoG at one of their Live Zoom Events, the application is free and easy to use. If you have not attended one of their online talks before, more information can be found on their website

 

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