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Beyond the Census III

Your chance to enjoy this FFHS public conference in Central London is on Saturday 29 September 2018.

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Save the Dates - 26 & 27 April 2019

"Family Tree Live" is a brand new event at London's Alexandra Palace.

Supported by FFHS and Family Tree magazine, the show will provide two full days of family history fun for all.

Look here for further details.

Sheffield Family History Fair

view of Hillsborough Stadium
Image By Niallzi [CC BY-SA 3.0],
from Wikimedia Commons

Saturday 9 June is a key date if you live in the Sheffield area or your forebears come from that part of the country.

Hillsborough Stadium is the venue for the family history fair, organised by Sheffield & District Family History Society, which will take place on that day.

Why not visit the Sheffield & District FHS site to see more about this event and what the Society has to offer?

Suffolk Triumph

view of proposal

With strong backing from Suffolk Family History Society and FFHS, Suffolk Record Office has been awarded £10.3 million to create a flagship heritage centre at Ipswich Waterfront and transform access to its archives.

You can read more on the Record Office website about the project and how it will be completed by the end of 2019.

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Launched

view of Gloucester Hub

Splendid new facilities have arrived for Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucestershire Family History Society. Known as "Gloucestershire Heritage Hub", they are situated in the heart of Gloucester, providing a fine home for historical records and excellent facilities for those who use them.

More pictures can be seen on the Gloucestershire FHS website.

RootsTech 2018

FamilySearch Library

RootsTech is an annual event held in Salt Lake City, home of the largest family history library in the World (pictured). This year, over 17,000 enthusiasts took part. The Federation's stand there showcased our member societies and explained what they have to offer their global membership.

Why not check out the free videos of RootsTech sessions that are available online?

Machine-reading handwriting

pcc will

Most of the records that we use as family historians are handwritten.

Writing in The National Archives blog, Dr Richard Dunley discusses progress in developing technology to search and transcribe the text of such documents.

Birth & Death Bargains Continue


During the past few months, almost 80,000 orders have been placed for cut-price birth and death records for England & Wales. Instead of paying £9.25 for a certificate, the same information is available as a PDF for only £6.00. This pilot service has been extended, so it is not too late to place your order. You can find further details, including the periods covered, at the General Register Office site.

A longer report appears in WDYTYA magazine.

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FamilySearch moves on

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The microfilm service at Family History Centres has been replaced by access to digital images of numerous original records. Some of FamilySearch's vast collection can now even be viewed at home.

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