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Sep 23 18

Review of The Family History Show London 2018

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

 

I’m writing this after a fabulous day at The Family History Show, London that took place at Sandown Park in Esher yesterday. It was really well attended by people searching for family history answers or to listen to a talk or take advantage of the Ask the Experts. What was immediately apparent was how the event has grown significantly since its first appearance on the calendar last year. For 2018 the show moved into the larger Surrey Hall making space for more exhibitors ranging from Family History Societies to genealogical suppliers and boasting two lecture theatres this year.

While some people on social media have pedantically pointed out that Sandown Park, where this took place, is not strictly in London I did hear that the race course themselves consider that they are a London Venue and market themselves accordingly. Certainly it was extremely good value for the area with tickets on the day only £7 and with some great online for early birds meaning you could have picked up a ticket for £5 or TWO tickets for £7.50. Whatever your standpoint on the argument, I don’t think those who came in their droves were disappointed.

Some of the highlights:

  • Dick Eastman, the highly respected international genealogical blogger gave the keynote speech.
  • Tips & Tricks for Online Research talk was delivered by Professional Researcher & Social Historian, Keith Gregson and as always went down well
  • Tracing Your Military Ancestors talk was another popular part of the show with Military Expert & Professional Researcher, Chris Baker
  • Photo Dating with Jayne Shrimpton, Photo Expert and Fashion Historian I noticed to be well attended
  • Mark Bayley from TheGenealogist packed out the theatre with his well received Breaking Down Brick Walls
  • MyHeritage gave a talk on using DNA to Trace Your Ancestry
  • And Graham Walter spoke on the 5 Killer Apps for Mobile Genealogy

Finding help from a family history society and being able to buy some of their publications, or talking to the MOD medals experts were more reasons that this show worked well, not to mention being able to pick up all sorts of other reading material from Discover Your Ancestors Magazine or Family Tree Magazine. If you bought one or two of these then you may even find one or two of my articles in them.

I was very interested to see several authors of genealogical books taking table stands this year including some that I follow and read avidly.

This event was well organised and I am so pleased to hear them announce that it will be back in 2019. I will come back without hesitation!

 

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Sep 15 18

The 1910 Valuation Office Survey of Brent, released online with annotated maps

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Disclosure: Please note this post contains affiliate links.*

 

Latest news:

TheGenealogist is releasing the third part of its unique online record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This major resource based on records created for the Valuation Office survey can now be used to find where an ancestor lived in 1910 in the area around Brent. This useful combination of maps and residential data from The National Archives is being digitised by TheGenealogist to bring it online for the first time. These records precisely locate an ancestor’s house on a large scale and extraordinarily detailed hand annotated map so pinpointing the exact property.

An IR121 map shows Dollis Hill House in a rural Brent in 1910 and surrounded by suburban development in 1936

 

Family historians are often confused by modern maps when looking for where ancestors lived as the road names may have changed over time or been rerouted or extinguished. Wartime bombing saw areas razed to the ground. In the 1960s and onwards, developers changed areas of the country out of all resemblance from what our ancestors would have been used to. The passing of time means that searching for where an ancestor lived using websites linked to modern maps can be discouraging when they fail to identify where the old properties had once been. The area released today was still the location of farms and countryside at the time of the Lloyd George Domesday survey – but with the ever encroaching urbanisation of Brent the council moved to buy land to create a park for the future suburb of London.

 

 

  • TheGenealogist’s Lloyd George Domesday Survey provides links to individual properties on particularly detailed ordnance survey maps used in 1910

 

  • Linked to digitised pages from the original Field book often giving a detailed description of the property

 

  • Allows users to find an address discovered in a census or street directory down to a specific house on the map

 

  • Fully searchable by name, parish and street.

 

  • Maps will zoom down to show the individual properties as they existed in 1910

 

Image of an IR58 Field Book

 

Augmenting the street maps on TheGenealogist are images of the pages from the accompanying Field Books. These can give the researcher detailed information about the property, including the valuation assessment number, map reference, owner, occupier, situation, description and extent.

TheGenealogist’s digitisation of the Lloyd George Domesday Survey is a huge ongoing project with over 94,500 Field Books, each having hundreds of pages to scan with their associated large scale IR121 annotated OS maps. This latest release from TheGenealogist includes these detailed IR58 Field Books that contains a great deal of information about the properties that had been surveyed.

The release this month, covers Brent and joins Barnet, Edgware, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Hendon and Totteridge, plus the City of London and Paddington Index and maps that have previously been released by the company. More areas will be released soon for other London Boroughs and the county of Buckinghamshire.

 

Find out more at: TheGenealogist.co.uk/1910Survey/

 

You can also read my article about how the Lloyd George Domesday Survey reveals a rural idyll that disappeared into suburbia by clicking on the link here: thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles

 

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/

For the latest stories, follow the Media Team on Twitter @TNAmediaofficer

 

 

 

 

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Sep 9 18

The Family History Show – London Saturday 22nd September

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

I’m getting my bags packed for a visit to this great family history event in the south of London run by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine. Not long to go now as the countdown is well and truly on!

Here is what the organisers have to say:

 

The Family History Show – London Saturday 22nd September

Headline sponsor:TheGenealogist logo
The UK’s Biggest Family History Show of 2018 is almost upon us. After last year’s hugely successful event we are back and twice the size! With even more free talks, societies and exhibitors. Come along to discover ways to delve deeper into your family tree and add more detail to your research. Dick Eastman will be giving the keynote speech on ‘The Future of Genealogy’ and there is a full programme of free talks to help you on your way back to the past. With free car parking and a free minibus from the train station, you won’t want to miss this!

Saturday 22nd September 2018 10am to 4.30pm

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

 

You will find plenty to explore on the day:

  • Double the talks – Two Large Lecture Theatres with Free Talks all day
  • New This Year – Free Ask the Experts Area
  • Announcing The National Archives as a new exhibitor this year
  • Local Archives and Ministry of Defence stands
  • Gain knowledge from the societies and organisations attending
  • Advanced tickets are just 2 for £7.50

 

Announcing our DNA Sponsor – MyHeritage DNA

We’re pleased that MyHeritage will be joining us as our DNA sponsor! They will be available throughout the day and will also be giving a talk in one of our free lecture theatres.

Free Talks throughout the day

There will be free talks throughout the day in our two large lecture theatres.

Keynote – The Future of Genealogy with Dick Eastman

Breaking down brick walls in your family history research with Mark Bayley, Online Expert

Mark describes how to resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using innovative search strategies and unique record sets to find those missing relatives.

Tips & Tricks for Online Research with Keith Gregson, Professional Researcher & Social Historian

Keith shares top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies.

Tracing Your Military Ancestors with Chris Baker, Military Expert & Professional Researcher

Chris draws on his experience from researching thousands of soldiers to explore what can be found when looking for a military ancestor.

Photo Dating with Jayne Shrimpton, Photo Expert and Fashion Historian

Using DNA to Trace Your Ancestry with MyHeritage

5 Killer Apps for Mobile Genealogy with Graham Walter

Many of us have a smart phone with us when we are out doing our genealogy research. What are the apps that will best aid us in our pursuit?

Ask the Experts

New this year will be the Free ‘Ask the Experts’ section, with Jayne Shrimpton on hand to date photographs, Chris Baker to answer questions regarding Medals and Military Research and Social and Sporting Historian Keith Gregson to help break down your brick walls.

  • Bring along copies of your photographs and have them dated by our expert
  • Have those military queries answered
  • Learn more about the social history of your family

Two Tickets for £7.50!

Buy One Get One Half Price on Tickets! Buy your tickets in advance for £5 a person or buy two for £7.50 (Price on the door will be £7 each). HURRY, this offer ends Midday 19th September!

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/tickets/

 

 

 

‘Discover Your Ancestors is both a critically acclaimed annual high quality print magazine and a monthly digital periodical. Launched in 2011 and well received by readers it is aimed at both those starting out in family history research as well as those more experienced family historians. Featuring case studies, social history articles and research advice, it is an informative and educational guide to help break down brick walls.

In 2017 it created the ‘Discover Your Ancestors’ Family History Show  at York and London, these events have grown rapidly in size and a third show for the South West is planned for 2019.’

 

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Sep 2 18

Parish Records for Warwickshire with images

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Disclosure: Please note this post contains affiliate links.*

 

Latest news:
 

Leamington All Saints

 

TheGenealogist has added over 1.5 million individuals to their Warwickshire Parish Record Collection and so increases the coverage of this Midland county for family researchers to find their ancestors baptisms, marriages and burials.

 

These records are released in association with Warwickshire County Record Office and have the benefit of high quality images to complement the transcripts, making them a valuable resource for those with ancestors from this area.

 

These new fully searchable records can be used to find ancestors from the parishes of: Alveston, Arley, Baddesley Ensor, Barcheston, Bulkington, Burton Dassett, Butlers Marston, Castle Bromwich, Charlecote, Cherrington, Chilvers Coton, Church Lawford, Claverdon, Clifton-Upon-Dunsmore, Coleshill, Corley, Coughton, Coventry St Michael, Coventry St John the Baptist, Coventry St Mark, Curdworth, Ettington, Exhall with Wixford (Alcester), Farnborough, Fenny Compton, Foleshill St Laurence, Great Alne, Great Packington, Grendon, Hampton Lucy, Harborough Magna, Hartshill, Haselor, Henley-in-Arden, Honington, Ladbroke, Lea Marston, Leamington Spa All Saints, Leamington Spa St John the Baptist, Mancetter, Milverton, Over Whitacre, Pillerton Hersey, Ratley, Sherbourne, Shipston-on-Stour, Shotteswell, Solihull  St Alphege, Sutton Coldfield Holy Trinity, Warwick St Mary, Warwick St Nicholas, Wasperton, Wellesbourne, and Whitchurch.

 

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

 

All Saints Parish Records

An 1808 Warwickshire Parish Register for All Saints, Leamington Priors.

 

Read my article written for TheGenealogist that finds the 1732 baptism and 1810 burial of one of the “founders” of Leamington’s first Spa.

 

 

 

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Aug 19 18

Central Criminal Court Records reveal thieves, forgers and serial killers

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Disclosure: Please note this post contains affiliate links.*

 

Latest news:

TheGenealogist is adding to its Court and Crimianal Records collection with the release of over 160,000 records of prisoners at the bar and their victims from the CRIM 9 records held by The National Archives. These documents were created by the Central Criminal Court and document the After Trial Calendar of Prisoners

 

Central Criminal Court - TheGenealogist Image Archive

Central Criminal Court – TheGenealogist Image Archive

 

After Trial Calendars give family history researchers details of ancestors who were up before the Old Bailey, revealing the names of prisoners that had appeared before the court, the committing magistrates, offences the prisoner had been indicted for, the date of their trial and who they were tried before. The records give the verdict of the jury, previous convictions and the sentence or order of the court. Other information in these records are the names of the victim and the level of education or ‘Degree of Instruction’ as well as false names that the criminals may have used to try and hide their tracks from the authorities.

 

Use the After Trial Calendar of Prisoners records to

  • Find ancestors accused of crimes ranging from stealing a matchbox to murder
  • Discover people standing trial as forgers, baby farmers, German spies and more
  • Uncover some of the aliases adopted by criminal ancestors
  • See the occupation or trade of the offender
  • Research records covering the period 1855-1915

 

 

Read my article written especially for TheGenealogist about the cycle thief who became a serial wife killer: New Criminal Records reveal Ancestors’ Crimes from Petty theft to Murder

 

 

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/

 

For the latest stories, follow the Media Team on Twitter @TNAmediaofficer

 

 

 

*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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Aug 12 18

A Murder in the Rookeries see the Discover Your Ancestors Periodical

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

The latest online periodical from Discover Your Ancestors has been released and this month I have contributed an article about a terrible Victorian murder that took place in St Giles-in-the-Fields, London.

What had drawn me to this research was the scene of the crime – a big house in what was by this time a very poor area. Built for a Richard Dyott before 1665, the house had one been a large respectable dwelling of three stories. By the 1800s, however, it had descended the social scale and was now part of a private landlord’s portfolio of accommodation for the poor and where a bed could be rented for the night in exchange for 3d.

 

Image from The Illustrated London News October 16, 1858 retrieved from TheGenealogist Newspaper and Magazine records

 

I had not intended to write about the murder that took place there, and the records I found that could identify some of the characters in the trail of the accused. Initially I was fascinated by how an area where an ancestor lived can rise and fall in fortunes and was investigating this. Soon, though, the murder at Dyott’s House took over my attention!

 

 

 

The August edition of Discover Your Ancestors is available now and features the following:

Life and work at the beach: Jayne Shrimpton dips a toe into the history of bathing machines, changing tents and beach huts
Murder in the rookeries: Nick Thorne investigates a gruesome death in St Giles, London
Sniffing out the past: Ruth A Symes considers some olfactory routes into family history
Going for gold: The 19th century saw gold discovered in America and Canada – and people flocked from Britain to find their fortune in the goldfields. Nell Darby digs deeper
The two clairvoyants who failed to tell their own fortunes: An Edwardian trial used legislation from larceny to witchcraft to prosecute a husband and wife palm-reading team, writes Nell Darby
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on watches

 

https://discoveryourancestors.co.uk/

 

 

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Aug 4 18

North London 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Records with annotated maps

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Disclosure: Please note this post contains affiliate links.*

 

Latest news:

TheGenealogist is releasing the second part of its exciting new record set, The Lloyd George Domesday Survey. This major new release can be used to find where an ancestor lived in 1910 in the area around Barnet, Edgware, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Hendon and Totteridge. This unique combination of maps and residential data, held by The National Archives and being digitised by TheGenealogist, can precisely locate your ancestor’s house on large scale and exceptionally detailed hand annotated maps that indicates the exact property.

CLICK TO ENLARGE1910 Valuation Office Maps

1910 Barnet and George Harriott was landlord of the Star Hotel in the High Street.

 

Researchers often can’t find where ancestors lived as road names changed over time, the Blitz saw areas bombed to destruction, developers changed sites out of all resemblance from what had stood there before and lanes and roads were extinguished to build estates and office blocks. All this means that searching for where an ancestor lived using a website linked to modern maps can be frustrating when they fail to pinpoint where the old properties had once been.

 

 

  • TheGenealogist’s new release will link individual properties to extremely detailed ordnance survey maps used in 1910
  • Shows the original Field book often giving a detailed description of the property
  • Locate an address found in a census or street directory down to a specific house on the map
  • Fully searchable by name, parish and street
  • The maps will zoom down to show the individual properties as they existed in 1910

 

 

 

 

Field Book from the Lloyd George Domesday Survey

Image of an IR58 Field Book

 

The Star Barnet

The Star Inn at Barnet

Complementing the maps on TheGenealogist are the accompanying Field Books that will also provide researchers with detailed information relative to the valuation of each property, including the valuation assessment number, map reference, owner, occupier, situation, description and extent.

 

This mammoth project is ongoing with over 94,500 Field Books, each having hundreds of pages to digitise with associated large scale IR121 annotated OS maps. This second release from TheGenealogist includes these more detailed IR58 Field Books which feature more information about the properties that have been surveyed.

 

The release this month, covers Barnet, Edgware, Finchley, Friern Barnet, Hendon and Totteridge, just to the south of Hertfordshire. These join the City of London and Paddington Index and maps already released. More areas are coming soon for other London Boroughs and the county of Buckinghamshire.

 

Find out more at: TheGenealogist.co.uk  1910Survey page where you can read about the Lloyd George Domesday Survey. Or you can read the article I wrote for TheGenealogist about the Baronet of Barnet

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/lloyd-george-domesday-survey-finds-the-baronet-of-barnet-906/

 

Mark Bayley, Head of Development at TheGenealogist says:

 

“With our English & Welsh Tithe Map collection, we’ve become known for our map based records and this new collection makes a fantastic later addition. The maps show an incredible amount of detail, allowing you to zoom right in on the hand annotated property. The records that go with these maps are just as detailed, allowing you to find out all manner of information about your ancestral home.”

 

The National Archives issued the following statement:

 

“The Lloyd George ‘Domesday Records’ form essentially a census of property for Edwardian England and Wales. The innovative linking of individually searchable property data with associated annotated Ordnance Survey maps will be of huge value to family and local historians alike.”

To find out more about these records, you can visit our informative record collection page at

TheGenealogist 1910 Survey

 

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/

For the latest stories, follow the Media Team on Twitter @TNAmediaofficer

 

 

 

*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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Aug 1 18

The Family History Show – London Saturday 22nd September

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

Don’t miss The Family History Show London, the major event of the genealogical calendar.

With many new features to help with your research, free lectures, and free parking. This year it’s taking place at the larger Surrey Hall at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, with more exhibitors and an additional lecture area.

It will be a packed day with the Keynote speech being given by the International Genealogy Blogger Dick Eastman on ‘The Future of Genealogy’.

Family History Show London

Family History Show, London

 

Other speakers include Jane Shrimpton (Dating Photographs), Graham Walter, Chris Baker (Military), Keith Gregson (Social History), Mark Bayley (Research Techniques). Sponsored by TheGenealogist and organised by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine the show in York this June was a packed event pleasing both attendees and stallholders alike.

 

These events are attracting family history societies and companies from all over the UK and further afield. Including The Federation of Family History Societies, MOD, Local Record Offices, Archives, Guild of One Name Studies, Family History Book Publishers, Research Organisations, Genealogy Retailers, Online Services and more.

 

Our ‘Ask the Experts’ panel and the ‘Census Detectives’ will be there to help with your research, date photographs and identify medals.

 

There is plenty of free parking and refreshments are available all day.

 

Last year our advanced ticket allocation sold out and the visitor numbers were exceptional, we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

 

Exhibitor numbers have increased with the keenly priced tables. If you wish to attend, space and the reasonably priced tables are rapidly running out. If you would like to book exhibitor’s space at the Family History Show London you can get the booking form here.

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/exhibit/#promo

 

Tickets – Buy One Get One Half Price!

Early Bird offer: Buy your tickets in advance for £5 a person or buy two for £7.50 door price will be £7 each, and don’t forget everyone gets a Goody Bag worth £8 on entrance!

 

To take advantage of this offer:

Go to  www.TheFamilyHistoryShow.com/london

 

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Jul 29 18

Murder, Mystery And My Family recommissioned for second BBC One series

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

This news item is written by the people at the BBC.

BBC One daytime TV hit Murder, Mystery and My Family is to return to our screens in 2019 with twenty brand new episodes.

BBC programme - Murder, Mystery and My Family

Building on the audience’s fascination with the first series, there will also be ten further follow-up episodes in Murder, Mystery and My Family: Case Closed?

The series follows relatives of those convicted of murder and hanged for their crime, as they reinvestigate the evidence using modern forensics and team up with Barristers Jeremy Dein QC and Sasha Wass QC. The first series, produced for the BBC by Chalkboard Television, was a stand-out hit for BBC One daytime, regularly bringing in over two million viewers in a 9.15am slot and striking a chord with crime fans across the country.

Lindsay Bradbury, BBC Commissioning Editor, says: “When Chalkboard Television pitched the territory of murder crimes, they were slightly cautious because it felt so different for a daytime audience. But this type of distinctive format is exactly what we are after. The audience have really got stuck into the intrigue, suspense and emotion so brilliantly brought to life by Sasha and Jeremy.”

In the first series, half of the cases investigated were found to be unsafe by Judge David Radford. Now the team behind the show are on the hunt for new cases and relatives to re-investigate historic crimes and convictions.

The team are looking for murder and serious crime cases from 1970 and earlier, where there is a question mark over the conviction. As part of this they are looking to team up with relatives of the convicted who are keen to learn more about both their family and the safety of the original verdict.

Anyone interested in contacting the show can reach the production team on: familymystery@chalkboardtv.com

Executive Producer for Chalkboard TV, Mike Benson, says: “The response to the first series was more than we ever expected and the cases proved both fascinating and heart-breaking in equal measure. Most of the cases we featured involved capital punishment and many of the convicted went to the gallows desperately pleading their innocence. Now, decades later, the family members and barristers will be scrutinising the evidence using everything from DNA to ballistics in a bid to learn the truth.”

Bringing modern forensic techniques to historic cases is happening more frequently – with the recent arrest of the Golden State Killer in America an example of the power of modern science being applied to historic cases. However for the family members the show represents both an emotional quest to find the truth about their relatives’ guilt and learn more about their family history.

In series one, barristers Sasha Wass and Jeremy Dein investigated a Dorset murder case that tragically tore a family apart in the 1930s. When Frederick Bryant died after a mysterious illness, his wife Charlotte was convicted of murdering him using arsenic, and hanged. With both parents dead, the Bryant’s five children were separated and raised in care. As the barristers re-investigated the strange circumstances surrounding Frederick’s death, William Bryant explored his parents’ past, accompanied by his own son David. Revisiting his childhood home, and the final resting places of both his parents, William learned a great deal about his family’s story, which had been hidden from him as a child. Following the transmission of the episode, William and David were contacted by long lost relatives of both Frederick and Charlotte, reuniting a family that had been fractured for over 80 years.

Anyone wishing to get in touch to appear on the new series should email familymystery@chalkboardtv.com

Production credits for series two:

  • Executive Producer – Mike Benson
  • Series Producer – Simon Cooper
  • Producer – Lorna Hartnett
  • Commissioning Editor for the BBC – Lindsay Bradbury
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Jul 22 18

The Family History Researcher Academy’s English/Welsh Family History Course now available on USB – as well as download

by Nick Thorne, The Nosey Genealogist

 

The Family History Researcher Academy has added some new delivery options to their in-depth English & Welsh Family History Course that reveals the best records and resources for searching for your elusive English or Welsh ancestors

Following customer feedback, those who want to pay a one-off fee and receive all the modules in one package can now do so. The new delivery methods would do away with having to wait for the normal weekly scheduled lesson release – though this is still available with the monthly subscription option, for those who preferred this discipline (see below).

 

To launch the new options The Family History Researcher Academy is offering two promotions:

 

  1. Students who want the lessons mailed to them on a thumb drive will receive 20% off the full course price.
  2. Those who want to download all 52 lessons online will benefit from a 30% discount.

 

Meanwhile, for those who prefer to log in for a weekly scheduled lesson the £1 for a month’s trial continues. Whichever option you chose this accessible course gives you the knowledge to better research for your English or Welsh ancestors and has received great feedback from students.

 

“Thank you for your detailed study of English research. I have done a lot of English research, yet much of what you have sent is stuff that people don’t know, so thank you very much for your diligence in putting this together.” S Johnston

 

“Great series. Will be reading them again as I work on my English ancestors.” J. Gill

The choice you now have is:

 

  • Take a £1 Trial for a Month and then pay a monthly subscription – lessons released weekly online
  • Buy ALL the lessons on a USB stick mailed to you free – 20% off
  • Pay a one-off amount and download ALL the modules from the website – 30% off

 

Read more about the One-time payment options here:

https://familyhistoryresearcher.com/fhrmembers/one-time-payment-for-full-course-sterling/

 

And for the same but in US dollars:

https://familyhistoryresearcher.com/fhrmembers/one-time-payment-for-full-course-us-dollars/

 

Also available in Australian, Canadian and New Zealand dollars. See links on the website.

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