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2018 FFHS Public Conferences Announced

Bristol 13-15 April 2018 - Every Ancestor Matters
London 29 September 2018 - Beyond the Census III

For more information or to register an interest please contact

Wiltshire baptisms online


Over 613,000 records of baptisms in Wiltshire have recently been added to the FindMyPast site.

Congratulations to the members of Wiltshire Family History Society, who have made this possible. If your forebears come from the Wiltshire area, do visit their website and discover more about what this very active society has to offer.

Brompton Burials Online

Brompton Cemetery

Brompton Cemetery in west London opened in 1840 and has taken in a substantial proportion of those who have died in the area since.

FindMyPast has recently launched scanned and indexed images of more than 645,000 of the original cemetery records. The number of unique individuals covered is around 205,000 as most appear in two separate records.

18 Writing Tips for 2018


Many of us are better at harvesting information from records than writing up memories and stories to share with others now and after we have gone. This does not have to be so.

FamilySearch Blog unfolds a host of ideas for creating the sort of accounts that people will look forward to hearing - some for the moment and some for permanent preservation.

Children's Homes

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Few family histories lack a child who, at some stage or another, was placed in institutional care.

This book covers a long historical perspective, with much detail about the background and operation of the institutions that catered for orphaned, abandoned and other children needing a home and education.

Use this link to read a review of this new book.

Chester & Crewe history centres

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Sites at Chester and Crewe have been reserved for new history centres to house the local Archives and Local Studies service. Do read the "Relocation Special Edition" report for more about the plans and how you can take part in the consultation process.

Cheshire Family History Society has much to offer those who live or have ancestry in the area.

The picture by Louise Rayner shows Watergate Street, Chester in the late-19th century.

New App for FamilySearch Tree

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The FamilySearch Tree helps us find records about our forebears and work with others to add and improve information there. It has is a strong emphasis on quoting sources for the data that you submit.

A recently launched mobile app makes it much easier to take part, even with limited time available. You can find more in a special article in the FamilySearch blog.

Find A Family History Society


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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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