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Various bits of information, covering lots of different topics and places which could help with your family history research.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Forces War Records - 4 million WW2 records

    By far the most common problem that people researching their family trees come across is a shortage of accessible records relating to the Second World War. The Public Records Act governs which materials created by the government can be released over what timescales. To begin with the rule was that...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 26-01-2018 12:38 PM
    army, navy, raf, world war 2
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Guide to researching your military ancestor

    Forces War Records have put together a unique set of research hints and tips, please take a look via the link, it really is packed with all the information you'll need to help you make new and exciting discoveries about your family. And if you hit a brick wall - don't forget you can always ask out...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 05-01-2017 9:57 AM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Tips for Google Searching

    Many newbies to family history are also fairly new to computers, and don't really know how to get the best out of search engines like Google. Some of these tips might help, and hopefully others can add more: Learn to use Inverted Commas. For example, if you type in John Davies you will get...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 28-08-2007 4:40 PM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Counties, England, Wales and Scotland

    It is often confusing when searching for your ancestors to know the places they came from and the counties to search in. http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Britain.html has a wonderful map that leads you to information on each of the counties. Click on them (their Chapman Codes) and enjoy exploring...

    Started by Mutley‎, 20-03-2012 12:37 AM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Who's Who in Methodism 1933 - Index of Lay Officers

    'Who's Who in Methodsism 1933' contains details of ministers and lay office holders who were active a year after the Weslyan, United, Primitive & Irish Methodist Churches united to form The Methodist Church in 1932. It was published by the Methodist Times & Leader (Methodist Publications Ltd). ...

    Started by mary elms‎, 29-09-2005 11:31 PM
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Personalising your Forum

    Did you know that .... if you have favourite forums.... you don't need to view the whole list of forums from the front page. You can have your own personalised list of favourite forums. Go to your favourite forum, and click on the tools menu above it. Then on the drop down list, select to...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 15-10-2008 6:58 PM
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  1. Go back and check

    This is such an obvious thing to do, but I wonder how many people do it. Some of you may have started your family history more than twenty years ago, some only two or three years ago, but either way you may well have gaps or brickwalls. Even the last two years have seen so much extra...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 19-09-2018 11:11 AM
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    20-09-2018, 7:23 AM Go to last post
  2. Who Do You Think You Are? Feat Shirley Ballas

    Shirley Ballas (formerly Stopford; born 1960) is an English ballroom dancer, dance teacher, and dance adjudicator from Wallasey, Merseyside who specialises in the International Latin division, where she won several championship titles which earned her the nickname The Queen of Latin. In 2017,...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 30-07-2018 9:31 AM
    bbc, wdytya, who do you think you are
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    30-07-2018, 11:17 PM Go to last post
  3. Who Do You Think You Are-Featuring Boy George

    Boy George (born George Alan O'Dowd; 14 June 1961) is an English singer, songwriter, DJ and fashion designer. He is the lead singer of the pop band Culture Club. At the height of the band's fame, during the 1980s, they recorded global hit songs such as "Karma Chameleon", "Do You Really Want to Hurt...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 25-07-2018 8:46 AM
    bbc, genealogy, irish, television, who do you think you are
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  4. BBC History Weekends 2018

    Tickets for the 2018 BBC History Magazine History Weekend events are now on sale. The festival will be returning this autumn to Winchester on 5 -7 October and York on 19 – 21 October. The full programme of events is at www.historyweekend.com With over 60 speakers taking part across both...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 29-05-2018 9:37 AM
    bbc, event, exhibition
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  5. Death Index 2007-2016

    Peter Calver from Lost Cousins has helpfully pointed out that Findmypast last week added an index to UK deaths in this period which covers about 2.5 million deaths, which is about 50% of all deaths in that period. He found his father's death in 2011 but with errors in the index. My father who...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 25-05-2018 3:52 PM
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    26-05-2018, 5:40 AM Go to last post
  6. New UK Family History Show: Family Tree Live

    The following announcement was written by the organizers of the (new) Family Tree Live: Family Tree Live is coming! Grab your diaries! ‘Family Tree’ are delighted to announce a brand-new family history show – Family Tree Live – taking place on 26th & 27th April 2019, at London’s Alexandra...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 15-05-2018 9:03 AM
    event, exhibition, family history
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  7. New UK Genealogy Show in 2019

    The demise of the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show has left a hole in the genealogy calendar of UK-based events with many attendees commenting on the loss of a ‘big’ annual gathering. An international group of genealogists, led by Kirsty Gray and Sylvia Valentine (Show Directors), have been...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 15-05-2018 7:49 AM
    event, exhibition, genealogy
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  8. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? New BBC Series

    WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE’ IS TO RETURN TO BBC ONE SCREENS FOR ITS 15TH SERIES. The 15th BBC series of the BAFTA wining programme Who Do You Think You Are? will feature top celebs from the worlds of film, TV, sport, music and comedy, it has been revealed. The genealogy show returns to the BBC...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 11-05-2018 2:16 PM
    ancestry, genealogy, military genealogy, who do you think you are
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    11-05-2018, 9:45 PM Go to last post
  9. Forces War Records Discount Offer

    Forces War Records lowest ever price, 12 months full access for just £20 to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The Dambusters. The 16th May 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid, also known as Operation Chastise. An attack on the major dams of western Germany using the...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 11-05-2018 9:03 AM
    discount, genealogy, military, military genealogy, offer, world war 1, world war 2
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  10. Family history at Sutton Coldfield Library

    Who Do You Think You Are? Find Out At The New Family History Help Desk. The popular BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are? led to a massive increase in people researching their family tree but many others were put off by what seems a complicated process. Yet others have started only to hit a...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 20-04-2018 11:06 AM
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  11. Trace your family history at Durham

    Discover your family tree at Durham County Record Office, when its popular family history courses return this spring. Led by an archivist, the course introduces people not only to family history, but to the Record Office and the resources available. The course aims to provide beginners with the...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 12-04-2018 9:11 AM
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  12. Talking FREE ACCESS to Ancestry UK & Ireland records

    Access to the records in the featured collections will be free from 00:01 BST on 25 August 2017 to 23:59 BST on 28 August 2017. Happy Hunting, Malcolm.

    Started by macwil‎, 21-08-2017 8:38 AM
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    27-03-2018, 8:18 PM Go to last post
  13. ‘HERALDRY FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS’ – 19th March

    ‘HERALDRY FOR FAMILY HISTORIANS’ – MONDAY 19 MARCH IN THE UNITED REFORMED CHURCH, LEISTON For the March meeting of the Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group, they return to Leiston, where Chris Broom will give a talk on ‘Heraldry for Family Historians’. Chris is a graduate of the Institute...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 06-03-2018 10:03 AM
    event, family history, family history society, heraldry, historians
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  14. Dorset FHS - Family History Day

    Dorset Family History Society will once again be hosting a ‘Family History Day’, this time to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Society. The hugely popular event will take place at: Parkstone Grammar School, Soper’s Lane, Poole, BH17 7EP Saturday 24th March 2018 from 10am to 4pm. ...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 28-02-2018 12:34 PM
    event, family history, family history society, fhs
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  15. Free access to UK and Ireland records

    Don't get too carried away :smile5: - it's only until midnight (UK time) on Sunday 26 February. Information courtesy of Peter Calver of Lost Cousins. https://www. lostcousins.com/newsletters2/latefeb18news.htm There's also news of other free stuff/reduced prices. And just past them a link...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 23-02-2018 9:03 AM
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  16. 'Your Family History' is saying farewell.

    Your Family History Magazine has been a printed magazine produced in the U.K. for the past 15 years. Sadly, it is no more. According to the magazine’s website HERE “After 15 years at the forefront of genealogy advice, Your Family History is saying farewell. Issue 192 (out in mid-February) will...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 19-02-2018 2:09 PM
    advise, genealogy, magazines
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  17. Free access BMD & census records on FMP

    Information courtesy of Peter Calver of Lost Cousins. https://www. lostcousins.com/newsletters2/feb18news.htm Findmypast are offering free access to BMD and census records until Thursday 8 February 2018. In addition FMP are offering free access to 3000 Suffragette records until 8 March...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 02-02-2018 9:44 PM
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    03-02-2018, 7:00 AM Go to last post
  18. Learn to trace your family history in Swindon

    Swindonians who are interested in tracing their family history can pick up tips and advice at a special workshop next week. Claire Skinner, an archivist from the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, will give a talk and workshop on Tuesday, 30 January at the Central Library in Regent Circus,...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 29-01-2018 3:07 PM
    family history, how to, swindon
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  19. Explore the archive week

    With explore your archive week almost here, is it time to look at utilising this wonderful resource more before its too late and falls victim to government cut backs "Use it or Lose it" https:// chiddicksfamilytree.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/use-it-or-lose-it/

    Started by chiddicks‎, 09-11-2017 9:19 PM
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  20. free Records online ends this sunday

    Military records free online for Remembrance Day weekend ENDS SUNDAY From 9am on Wednesday 8th November until midnight (London time) on Sunday 12th November all UK, Ireland, Australia, US and Canada military records are free at Findmypast's UK and US sites. Whilst at this time of the year the...

    Started by Sandyhall‎, 09-11-2017 11:36 AM
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