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Family Tree magazine, in partnership with FFHS, is bringing a brand new two-day event to London's Alexandra Palace. Tickets are now available!

FFHS member societies can book stands at a special rate. Please see the application form in our Members Area.

Beyond the Census III

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

More information & booking form

Lowestoft Record Office decision to close to be investigated

The decision to close Lowestoft Record Office is to be looked at by a joint scrutiny committee between Waveney District Council and Suffolk County Council it was decided at a Waveney District Council's Meeting on 18th July. More information will follow in due course.

Link to petition

Heathrow threat to Quaker burials


The former Longford Meeting House, just north of Heathrow airport, is one of the many historical properties that will be destroyed if plans for a third runway go ahead. The building dates back to 1676, when it was opened by the Longford Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Many people from Longford and further afield are still at rest in the grounds of this picturesque timber-framed property. Details of their identity can be found on the Ancestry site. Are your ancestors' remains about to be disturbed?

Suffolk Triumph

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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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