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This Saturday Online - Society of Genealogist's new home


This Saturday 1st July 2023 !

The new home of the Society of Genealogists will be Unit 2, 40 Wharf Road, London, N1 7GS. Plans are currently underway for its refurbishment as a wonderful library, archive and social venue for genealogists, and local and family historians.

The Society building is expected to re-open in Summer 2023. The SoG's newsletter editor, Emma Jolly, will be sharing with us the fascinating history of the area close to the Regent’s Canal which is steeped in industrial waterside history in this online event.

About this event:

    1-hour talk by Emma Jolly

    Cost: £5 / £3.25 for SoG members

    Recorded and available for 2 weeks

    Aimed at anyone with an interest in SoG and the history of our new building


    On Zoom



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Windrush Day 2023

Today is Windrush Day, marking 75 years since the arrival of the Empire Windrush to the UK.

The National Archives records can help you to understand the significant impact the Windrush generation has had on British society, the challenges they faced, and the global context of these migration stories.

Read their blog to find out how TNA is continuing to mark the anniversary.



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The Family History Show, York on June 24th, 2023

Join us for a captivating day of genealogy exploration. Watch free talks, ask the experts, and browse exhibitors, family history societies and genealogy companies from across the country. With free talks, convenient parking, and refreshments available, this event is a must for all Family history enthusiasts. Uncover more about your heritage and unravel the mysteries of your past. Get your tickets now and save on our two for the price of one offer.


Get your tickets now, it's just 10 days till The Family History Show – York.



Make a Day of it

Book an expert session and watch a talk in the morning, then have lunch in our restaurant before finishing the day with a bit of retail therapy, chat with societies and catch another talk before you go.

The Family History Show – York features:

  • Free talks held throughout the day in two large lecture areas
  • Book a free personal 1-2-1 session with an expert
  • Free goody bag on entry worth over £10
  • Free Parking and Local Train Station
  • All Day Refreshments
  • Wheelchair Friendly Venue

Early-bird Ticket Offer

Get your tickets now and save, Two tickets for £10 (£10 each on the day) and you’ll also get a goody bag on entry worth over £10


Save 50% by getting two tickets for £10 for the York show here: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/york/tickets/ 

Talks you can look forward to at the York show include:

10:30 The Genetic Detective - tips and tricks to solving unknown DNA matches


Donna Rutherford - DNA Expert


Delve into genetic genealogy and explore effective strategies to unravel unidentified DNA connections. How to discover identifying information on key matches that will further your research and help you solve brick-walls. This talk will enhance your genetic genealogy journey and help you become a skilled genetic detective.

11:30 Pinpointing Your Ancestors

Mark Bayley - Online Genealogy Expert

Unleash the power of historical records and maps to reveal the art of pinpointing your ancestors. Join us for an illuminating talk that brings your family’s past to life through geographic connections.


Tracing The Ancestral Home

Nick Barratt - Historian, Author and Professional Genealogist

A talk exploring the sources that enable you to research the history of the houses where your ancestors lived.


Breaking Down Brick Walls

Mark Bayley - Online Genealogy Expert

Uncover the secrets to overcoming stumbling blocks in your family history research! Discover new and innovative search strategies to locate those elusive relatives. Explore unique record collections that can tell you more about your ancestors' lives.


Tips & Tricks for Online Research

Keith Gregson - Professional Researcher & Social Historian

Keith shares top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies. He is both a popular and academic historian with a range of publications stretching over the past 40 years.


Talk times may be subject to change, please check the timetable at the venue on the day of the show for any changes.


Early-bird Ticket Offer

Get two tickets for £10 for the York show here: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/york/tickets/ 

Check out Family History TV on YouTube with their free short videos. These how-to-guides are by leading experts covering a variety of topics. Their speakers specialise in subjects from the world of British Genealogy, Military History, DNA, House History and Social History and many of them are past and present speakers from The Family History Show. Watch a short video now at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMnBEpCg-QwVzkq-zU4GDGg

Find Out More at: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/ 

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New Records for Guilds, Societies and People of Note released by TheGenealogist

Family history website TheGenealogist has just released a new collection of name rich records of interest to English, Scottish and Welsh family historians.




The Guilds, Societies and People of Note collection includes records that reveal names, dates and information about ancestors who were Freemen, Liverymen, Aldermen, members of the Masons and Oddfellows, or people classed as Worthies.

The various records in this collection have been gathered together under TheGenealogist’s extensive Occupational Records and adds 65,000 names from fourteen new resources to this collection. Fully searchable by name or keyword from TheGenealogist’s Master Search. The new additions include records from a variety of sources, including:

  • Freemen Registers: These records list the names of people who were granted the freedom of a particular town or city. The freedom of a town or city gave its holder certain privileges, such as the right to trade within the town or city walls.
  • Liverymen Lists: These records catalogue the names of people who were members of a particular guild. Guilds were organisations of craftsmen or merchants who banded together to protect their interests.
  • Aldermen Rolls: These records list the names of citizens who served as aldermen in a particular town or city. Aldermen were elected officials who served on the town or city council.
  • Masons and Oddfellows Records: These records list the names of people who were members of the Freemasons or the Oddfellows. The Freemasons and the Oddfellows are two fraternal organisations that have been around for centuries.
  • Worthies Records: These records list the names of people who were considered to be “worthies” of their community. Worthies could be anyone from prominent politicians or successful businessmen to renowned military personalities.

Use these records to reveal names, dates and information about ancestors who were Freemen of various towns and cities, Liverymen, Aldermen, members of the Masons and the Oddfellows, or who were Worthies in their circle. Gathered together under the Guilds, Societies and People of Note section of TheGenealogist’s Occupational Records, this diverse collection can reveal fascinating research clues to work with.


This release includes the following resources:

– A Calendar of the Freemen of Great Yarmouth 1429-1800

– The Aldermen of Cripplegate Ward 1276-1900

– Yorkshire, History of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, Volume I [1905]

– Yorkshire, History of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, Volume II [1906]

– London Worthies by William Kent [1939]

– Freemen of Lynn 1292-1836

– Record Of Unitarian Worthies

– Rules and Regulations Office-Bearers and Members Weavers' Society of Anderston 1901

– Register of Freemen of the City of London

– Cornish Worthies, Vol. I, 1884

– Cornish Worthies, Vol. II, 1884

– A List of The Wardens Members of The Court of Assistants and Liverymen of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths since 1688

– The Masonic Directory and Cyclopedia of History 1885

– Directory of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, 1908-1909

To learn more about how this collection of records helped us in the research of Captain Bligh read TheGenealogist’s article: A veritable Bounty of information found in the Occupational records.



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June edition of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical

In the June 2023 issue of Discover Your Ancestors periodical you can read the following excellent articles:

- What do we think they’ll discover? Who Do You Think You Are? is back on TV this month. Andrew Chapman introduces the new series
- The fasting girl: Stephen Wade looks at the phenomenon of the Welsh fasting girl, Sarah Jacob, whose story dominated the press for much of 1869
- Meet Kitch: unflappable Spitfire pilot: In 1980 Nick Thorne met a man on a yacht in the English Channel. Thanks to online RAF records, here is his story
- On the trail of George Orwell: Richard Willis follows the life and adventures of this giant of letters, born 120 years ago
- Making the censuses crystal clear: We explore how the latest technology can improve your research
- The forgotten rural martyrs: 150 years ago this month, 16 women – two of them with babies – were imprisoned. Keith Laybourn commemorates the Ascott Martyrs
- History in the details: Picturing fashion c.1710

Sign up today for only £24.99 and receive the following:

  • 12 monthly issues of the Periodical
  • Access to 500,000,000 birth, marriage and death records
  • Free data: Titanic passenger list
  • Free ebook: Liverpool Street Map c.1890



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National Archives blog that "the gloves are still off"

Back in 2013 The National Archives in the UK decided that it no longer required the wearing of white gloves during document handling. Now, in an update ten years on, they have set out their rational as to why the gloves are still off at Kew.

Check out their new blog post here: https://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/handling-historic-collections-the-gloves-are-still-off/

Key points are that the "wearing gloves reduces sensitivity in your fingers, which can be problematic when handling fragile or already-damaged documents. Cotton gloves in particular can catch easily on torn or uneven edges, can transfer dirt between surfaces and do not provide a moisture-proof barrier, all of which can lead to further damage. Additionally, poorly-fitting gloves can make it difficult to handle large or heavy items safely, increasing the risk of accidental damage."


Online event

While on the subject of The National Archives, you may be interested in their online event:

Webinar ┃From Strangers to Citizens: Immigration and citizenship records

Join the TNA online for a fascinating webinar introducing you to and explaining records relating to UK immigration and naturalisation from the 1800s to the 1970s. This informative talk will give you vital tools to take away and apply to your own research.

This webinar is presented by Roger Kershaw, Head of Strategic Operations and Volunteers at The National Archives.

Tuesday 13 June at 14:00 - tickets from Eventbrite:



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Have you seen this month's Discover Your Ancestors Periodical?

The May 2023 edition of Discover Your Ancestors Periodical is out!

In this issue:

A roof over one's head: Denise Bates unpacks the world of property rentals, tenants' rights and moving house in the past
For the love of God: Caroline Roope explores the work and adventures of 19th century missionaries
The duties of a Victorian registrar: As family historians we rely on the work of past registrars of marriages, births and deaths, but we know little of their work. Daniel Hewitt tells their story
'Murderer' in the margins: Nick Thorne uses the latest enhanced census images to help trace the Eltham Murder victim and the accused, both recorded under the same roof
Hats off to Harold! In February Keith Gregson wrote about a chest full of surprises. An ancient piano stool also caught his eye...
History in the details: Picturing fashion c.1700

Sign up today for only £24.99 and receive the following:

  • 12 monthly issues of the Periodical
  • Access to 500,000,000 birth, marriage and death records
  • Free data: Titanic passenger list
  • Free ebook: Devon 1844 Pigot's Directory



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Over 125,000 records of GRO Removal of Graves and Tombstones released online


TheGenealogist has added to its Headstone Collection copies of records from certain local authorities and the Church Commissioners that relate to the removal of graves and tombstones in burial grounds. These records are held by The National Archives.



They detail former cemeteries from all over England and Wales and cover the years 1619 to 2003. A number contain a plan of the original place of burial while some will reveal the place of reinterment also.

An example of transcription of a headstone removed in TheGenealogist’s RG 37 records

Headstones are an extremely useful record for the family historian as they can give the researcher information that has not been recorded elsewhere.

They are mostly accurate in revealing dates and names and often other family members are on the same tombstone or are buried close by.

When a grave or headstone has been removed then a record of the inscription may have been recorded in this particular recordset.


The Removal of Graves and Tombstones records on TheGenealogist are part of their Death & Burials – Headstone Collection and are searchable by: 

  • the deceased’s name
  • year of death
  • place of original burial
  • any keyword that may have been included


Details from a search of TheGenealogist’s Death & Burials records


The origin of these RG 37 official records of burial ground removals can be traced back to 1911 and a recommendation was made by the Attorney General that such records be made and deposited with the local registrar of births and deaths. The Registrar General suggested to the Home Secretary of the time that the records should be deposited with the miscellaneous records held by the General Register Office instead of at the local registrar. 


If your ancestor was buried in one of the burial grounds to have been recorded in this release then, despite the headstone no longer standing, you will be able to discover details about your ancestor recorded on their tombstone at the time it had been originally erected.


Read TheGenealogist’s article: A not so final resting place


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TheGenealogist adds new War Memorial records and property records for Hitchen

TheGenealogist has added 56,924 new individuals to their War Memorial collection, bringing the total number of fully searchable War Memorial Records on TheGenealogist to over 665,000.


These fully searchable records have been transcribed and their location plotted to allow subscribers to find the names of ancestors that paid the ultimate sacrifice.