The Federation of Family History Societies is rebranding as 'Family History Federation'. This will officially launch at Family Tree Live in April 2019 along with a new-look website. The rebrand acknowledges that our membership is wider than just family history societies and how our focus is firmly on family history.
The London FamilySearch Centre, which currently operates at The National Archives, will close on Saturday 23 March 2019. However, The National Archives has agreed to become a FamilySearch Affiliate Library and will provide continued access to all the digitised records that FamilySearch makes available. These include many which for contractual reasons it is not possible to consult at home.
FamilySearch volunteers will no longer be present at Kew, but otherwise the service will be much the same as that currently provided.
Access to FamilySearch records is free of charge but visitors to its site need a free FamilySearch account, which is easy to set up at any time that suits you.
Keeping Up with Manorial Documents
Manorial documents are a valuable resource for those interested in family and local history.
The National Archives is setting up a Manorial Documents Research mailing list for everyone who would like to receive updates about:
Now is a particularly exciting time to subscribe, as the Manorial Documents Register revisions for the whole of England & Wales will be completed in the next few years. Alongside other events, a conference in 2022 will celebrate this progress and showcase a wide range of manorial research.
BFI Britain on Film Crowdsourcing Map
As part of the legacy for the BFI’s Britain on Film project they have created a bespoke crowdsourcing platform based on films within the Britain on Film map on BFI Player. Linking directly from the BFI Player http://player.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film or contribute.bfi.org.uk the crowdsourcing platform will encourage people to share their unique knowledge of local locations.