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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: 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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    13-07-2011, 8:31 PM Go to last post
  5. 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. Who Do You Think You Are? returns this summer

    New Series this Summer 2020 Award-winning family history show Who Do You Think You Are? will return to BBC One this summer – with an impressive star-studded line-up of famous faces. A-lister Kate Winslet, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, international media personality and music mogul...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 11-06-2019 9:56 AM
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    bbc, family history, genealogy, television, wdytya
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    13-06-2019, 12:58 AM Go to last post
  2. Family History Handbook 2019.

    This year’s handbook – the Family History Handbook 2019 – is packed with essential information and inspiration for today’s family history enthusiast: Discover key documents – explore family history records, learn how to use them, where to find them online Get DNA know-how – from choosing a...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 24-01-2019 8:22 AM
    archives, dna, family history, family history society, genealogy, guide, handbook, research info, researcher
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  3. National Archives Kew to Make Changes to Fees

    Starting 1 February 2019, there will be changes to some of the fees charged by The National Archives. Quoting from the announcement HERE “As a government department providing a public service, we are able to charge for some statutory services (as defined by the Public Records Act ) on a cost...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 21-12-2018 9:47 AM
    archives, family history, genealogy, library, national archives, research, researcher
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  4. There But Not There 15% Tommy Discount

    Bring Tommy Home for Christmas Armistice did not end The First World War for everyone. In fact, 18,355 British and Commonwealth soldiers died between the end of the First World War and New Year’s Eve 1918. There But Not There is working with Forces War Records to ensure this often forgotten...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 10-12-2018 10:51 AM
    discount, forces war records, military, military genealogy, offer, there but not there, tommy, world war 1, ww1
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  5. Census searching with Wildcards

    I have been transcribing census returns for FreeCEN for almost two years. Our instructions are to transcribe everything exactly as recorded apart for Place of Birth where corrections can be made. If an enumerator has recorded a forename, for example Margret we should not assume Margaret. ...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 26-11-2018 3:47 AM
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  6. The Golden Egg Genealogist

    I stumbled across this site while reading a post on the Family Tree Maker Facebook page. There are some very informative blogs on the site - the one that appealed to myself was a procedure to attach source information to images posted to 'public' trees on sites such as Ancestry. The site...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 25-10-2018 3:54 AM
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  7. Over 20 Million Military Records available

    Forces War Records, the website to visit for anyone researching their family’s military history or searching for ancestors through military data are excited to announce we have now reached the milestone of Over 20 Million individuals records transcribed and available to search by name. That’s...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 18-10-2018 9:22 AM
    army records, military, military genealogy, navy, raf, wwi, wwii
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  8. 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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    17-10-2018, 10:14 AM Go to last post
  9. Witnesses to marriages is vital.

    Genealogy does get harder as we venture before census era etc, so wills, poor law records, tax/poll registers can help in addition to parish registers. But one of the most vital things I find helpful is the names of the witnesses to marriages from 1754 onwards. You may find they were nothing more...

    Started by benny1982‎, 09-10-2018 7:53 PM
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  10. 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
  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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
  15. 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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  16. 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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    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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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