At last week’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live in among the talks, family history societies, genealogy suppliers and data providers were a delegation from a town council from Surrey that obviously values its history and genealogy.
It would seem that the town of Godalming has launched its own ancestry website at www.godalmingancestry.co.uk and representatives of the town spoke to our writer and handed us a leaflet that interested us so much that we have decided to mention it here.
Perhaps other towns may like to take a leaf from their book and do something similar?
Godalming Ancestry seeks to help you find the right path back to your ancestors, to walk where they walked and see the sights they may have seen. It features a surname check where you can find a selection of common Godhelmian names (our favourite at Family History Social is most definitely: Enticknapp).
If you have Godhelmian ancestry then it is worth a look.
With a records search request form online and a downloadable burial records, this Town Council is to be applauded for drawing together this portal that also links to the Godalming Museum, the Library, parish church of St Peter and St Paul, Surrey History Centre, Exploring Surrey’s Past and the West Surrey Family History Society.
This video has just gone up online after the fantastic Who Do You Think You Are? Live show last week at the NEC.
It gives a great flavour of the event from vendors of genealogy supplies, the talks that took place, new records from data sites and includes Mark Bayley, from TheGenealogist, talking about the new releases that his research site had launched for the event.
Three days of brilliant family history talks, expert advice, new records and resources to explore have just finished for this year’s Who Do You Think You Are? Live.
Held at the new venue for the show at the NEC, Birmingham there was so much more space with wider aisles and the airiness of a more modern venue compared to its old home of Olympia in London.
Many of the visitors to the show seemed happy with the mixture of Genealogical Supplies vendors and Family History Societies on hand, though a few were disappointed to find some FHS from the south-east and also Scotland hadn’t managed to make it to the show this year.
The main data subscription sites, however, were there to showcase their various online offerings as was the National Archives, GRO and many more.
Feedback from those visiting seemed to be very positive overall and next year’s dates have now been announced as April 7th-9th 2016 back at the NEC.
If you want to unearth those difficult to find ancestors and break down your brick walls, then one way to become more skilled is to read around the subject and learn where to look for your past family and how to use the records that they may be hidden within.
A growing number of in-the-know family historians are turning to the online magazine: Discover Your Ancestors Periodicaland this month there is so much packed inside its digital pages:
Horatio’s last words: Explore Nelson’s last will and testament The Welsh at Work: Emma Jolly follows occupational migrations in and out of Wales in the 18th and 19th centuries Ancient roots: New DNA research sheds light on our origins Lost in the war, found in the records: WW1 case study The jester vs Jerry: How cartoonist Heath Robinson helped with the propaganda war against Germany in WW1 Message to the masses: Jill Morris follows the many journeys of John Wesley as he took Methodism to the people History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on umbrellas Toughs in cuffs: Angela Buckley reveals how you can track down your criminal ancestors – assuming they were caught Regulars: news + events / Books / Place in focus: Bristol / Classifieds
Even the most “respectable” families may have skeletons in the closet. Finding criminals in your family tree can be exciting and certainly add some colour so if you would like to read a full length Free Sample Article“Toughs in cuffs” taken from this month’s Discover Your Ancestors Periodical head over to their website here: http://www.discoveryourancestors.co.uk/toughs-in-cuffs/
In a new study from Oxford University and published in Nature, researchers have found genetic signatures among people from Britain that give away their historical roots in particular areas of the UK. It has enabled them to create the finest-scale map of genetic variation yet.
The analysis gives us a snapshot of clusters of genetic variation in the late 1800s, when people were less likely to migrate far from their region of birth and so they believe this reflects the historical waves of migration by different populations into the island that is Britain.
“The patterns we see are extraordinary,” says Peter Donnelly, director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford, UK, who co-led the study published 18 March in Nature. “The genetic effects we’re looking at are the result of, probably, thousands of years of history.”
Few people from the British Isles would today have ancestors from just one region of the country, but the researchers were able to find 2,039 Britons of European ancestry who lived in rural areas and also knew that their four grandparents were all born within a short distance of each other.
Their findings are that
Modern Britain can be divided into 17 distinct genetic groupings
The English genomes are 40 percent French, about 26 per cent shared with the Germans, 11 per cent with the Danes and in the region of nine per cent with the Belgians
The Northern Welsh have the most DNA from the the original settlers of Briton and differ from the Southern Welsh
A clear genetic division between the people of Cornwall and Devon that still persists along the county boundary of the River Tamar which shows for the first time what had been thought for a long time
Notwithstanding the long held belief that the Vikings raped as they conquered they have left very little of their DNA behind
I was intrigued to read on TheGenelaogist’s website, that their researchers have discovered the real story of James Freeman, as played by Russell Tovey in the BBC TV series Banished. As they say in their article “Freeman’s real story is fascinating, if a bit gruesome.”
I won’t spoil it for you, as you can read it all by heading over to their featured articles on their website here:
What I can tell you is that the Transportation records to be found on TheGenealogist website is a fabulous resource for discovering convict ancestors that this country wanted to send away “to parts beyond the seas”.
Horatio Nelson was Britain’s greatest naval hero and this programme shows us how he was also a prolific letter writer. The correspondence reveals that Nelson was a very different and more complex man than the hero that Britain created after his death. Using Nelson’s letters this drama documentary exposes Nelson’s skilful and manipulative use of PR to advance his career, and shows how he was careful in his praise of his rivals – in case they threatened his own prospects. And the letters reveal how his passionate love affair with Lady Emma Hamilton changed his life forever. The programme stars the highly regarded RSC actor Jonathan Slinger as Nelson.
In a twist, TheGenealogist have a fascinating article on their website that reveals more of Nelsons words but this time as featured in his last will and testament that can be found using their resources. Of particular interest is the codicil that Nelson wrote just before the Battle of Trafalgar “in sight of the combined fleets of France and Spain” that asked the King and Government to provide for his mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton. With the great victory that Nelson delivered, but losing his life in the process, the authorities heaped money and titles on his family while ignoring his very last wishes in the codicil he had written on the day of his death!
The March issue of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical is now available.
This month this genealogical magazine features articles on:
Lost and found: Sharon Brookshaw explores the history of child abandonment and the rise of foundling institutions The Marine boys (and girls): Nell Darby on the history of a unique society which helps poor children find work at sea Plotting the past: Tithe maps are coming online A nation of gardeners: Margaret Powling digs into the history of gardening as a popular pastime The First Fleeters: Laura Berry follows the experiences of people in the first penal colony to be founded in Australia Before the trains came: Horse-drawn transport in Leeds The great survey: Jill Morris delves into Griffith’s Valuation History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on wellies Regulars: News + events / Books / Place in focus: Devon / Classifieds
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