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A day at The Family History Show, London

 

 

The Family History Show, London has now released a video of interviews with some of the many happy exhibitors. Comments from the stall holders included just how busy they had been throughout the day and what a friendly environment the venue had been. Other exhibitors mentioned what an excellent fair it had been with a good turn out and many interesting stalls that had engaged and impressed those visiting the event.

 

You can see the video on their website (or on YouTube) along with another recorded with international genealogical blogger Dick Eastman who shares his views on the event: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/

 

The large crowds of show visitors testified to the public’s willingness to support this event, now double the size from last years show. Perhaps made more popular by its low cost entry, free car parking and free mini-bus to and from the rail station. The various free talks held in the two good sized lecture theatres were well attended throughout the day as was the new free ‘Ask the Experts’ zone.

 

 

The Family History Show, London is destined to return next year for its third outing on 24th August 2019. To book a table or stand go to: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/booking-form/

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Talk at the Society of Genealogists in October on Public Servant Ancestors

Public Servants: Excise Officers, Customs Officers and Postmen - A One-hour Lecture on 10 October

The Society of Genealogists (SoG) has announced a one-hour lecture for those of us that have ancestors who were civil servants. If you are in the London area and want to know how to trace the likes of Excise Officers, Customs Officers and Postmen or central government officials then this event could be of use to you. The SoG say in thier publicity that sometimes you can find details of your public servants' families as well.

In this talk, Alan Ruston will be describing:

- The nature of the records;

- The unique and original staff records held at the Society of Genealogists on Customs and Excise staff for the 19th and 20th centuries.

This one-hour talk is on Wednesday, 10 October (2pm) with Alan Ruston.

Cost £8.00/£6.40 SoG members. Places should be pre-booked, through the SoG website or by telephone: 020 7553 3290 (Tue-Thu & Sat). 

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The Family History Show - London Saturday 22nd September

Headline sponsor: TheGenealogist

The UK's Biggest Family History Show of 2018 is almost upon us. After last year’s hugely successful event we are back and twice the size! With even more free talks, societies and exhibitors. Come along to discover ways to delve deeper into your family tree and add more detail to your research. Dick Eastman will be giving the keynote speech on 'The Future of Genealogy' and there is a full programme of free talks to help you on your way back to the past. With free car parking and a free minibus from the train station, you won't want to miss this!

Saturday 22nd September 2018 10am to 4.30pm

Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher

You will find plenty to explore on the day:

  • Double the talks - Two Large Lecture Theatres with Free Talks all day
  • New This Year - Free Ask the Experts Area
  • Announcing The National Archives as a new exhibitor this year
  • Local Archives and Ministry of Defence stands
  • Gain knowledge from the societies and organisations attending
  • Advanced tickets are just 2 for £7.50

 

Announcing our DNA Sponsor - MyHeritage DNA

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We're pleased that MyHeritage will be joining us as our DNA sponsor! They will be available throughout the day and will also be giving a talk in one of our free lecture theatres.

Free Talks throughout the day

There will be free talks throughout the day in our two large lecture theatres.

Keynote - The Future of Genealogy with Dick Eastman

Breaking down brick walls in your family history research with Mark Bayley, Online Expert

Mark describes how to resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using innovative search strategies and unique record sets to find those missing relatives.

Tips & Tricks for Online Research with Keith Gregson, Professional Researcher & Social Historian

Keith shares top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies.

Tracing Your Military Ancestors with Chris Baker, Military Expert & Professional Researcher

Chris draws on his experience from researching thousands of soldiers to explore what can be found when looking for a military ancestor.

Photo Dating with Jayne Shrimpton, Photo Expert and Fashion Historian

Using DNA to Trace Your Ancestry with MyHeritage

5 Killer Apps for Mobile Genealogy with Graham Walter

Many of us have a smart phone with us when we are out doing our genealogy research. What are the apps that will best aid us in our pursuit?

Ask the Experts

New this year will be the Free 'Ask the Experts' section, with Jayne Shrimpton on hand to date photographs, Chris Baker to answer questions regarding Medals and Military Research and Social and Sporting Historian Keith Gregson to help break down your brick walls.

  • Bring along copies of your photographs and have them dated by our expert
  • Have those military queries answered
  • Learn more about the social history of your family

Two Tickets for £7.50!

Buy One Get One Half Price on Tickets! Buy your tickets in advance for £5 a person or buy two for £7.50 (Price on the door will be £7 each). HURRY, this offer ends Midday 19th September!

 

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/tickets/

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Not long now to The Family History Show - London!

Not long to go until Saturday 22 September and the Family History Show, London.

 

With all the interest raised in tracing family trees generated by the recent Who Do You Think You Are? TV programmes, many more people than ever are wondering where their own forbears came from. The good news for those who would like to find out more about tracing their past family is that the Discover Your Ancestors Family History Show is coming to the Surrey Hall on Saturday 22nd September at Sandown Park Racecourse.

 

Visitors to the show will be able to benefit from the on-hand expert help, talks, family history society stands, genealogical suppliers and more. With all this under one roof there is a chance to learn how to trace ancestors like the celebrities Jonnie Peacock, Boy George, Robert Rinder, Marvin Hughes, Shirley Ballas, Lee Mack, Michelle Keegan and Olivia Colman did in the recent Who Do You Think You Are? TV series.

 

 

After a very successful first show last September The Discover Your Ancestors Family History Show will be returning to Esher’s Sandown Park Racecourse. It will be a packed day with the Keynote speech being given by the International Genealogy Blogger Dick Eastman on ‘The Future of Genealogy’.

 

Other speakers include Jane Shrimpton (Dating Photographs), Graham Walter, Chris Baker (Military Ancestors), Keith Gregson (Social History), Mark Bayley (Research Techniques).

 

Along with many archives and societies attending the event this year there will also be the new ‘Ask the Experts’ panel. The ‘Census Detectives’ and Ministry of Defence will be on hand to help with research, date photographs and identify medals.

 

The event is sponsored by the award winning data website, TheGenealogist and organised by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine so that this promises to be the highlight of the genealogical year for the London and Surrey area.

 

 

Special Offer on tickets!

 

Early Bird Offer: Buy your tickest in advance for £5 a person or buy two for £7.50 (Price on the door will be £7 each)

 


See this link: https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thomas, Lord Fairfax and the Second Civil War - Talk at TNA in Kew

News from The National Archives -  Free Talk 23 August 2018

 

This talk will assess the role played by Lord Fairfax, the commander-in-chief of the New Model Army, in securing victory for Parliament in the South-East of England during the Second Civil War.

The talk will include a discussion of Fairfax’s controversial role in the bloody siege of Colchester, encompassing why parliamentarian retribution was more severe in Essex than in Kent. It will also reflect on the political consequences of this military campaign in creating conditions favourable towards placing Charles I on trial for his life. There will also be an original document display.

Dr Andrew Hopper (University of Leicester) is the author of Black Tom: Sir Thomas Fairfax and the English Revolution, and co-editor of England’s Fortress: New Perspectives on Thomas, 3rd Lord Fairfax.

 

The National Archives run an exciting range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. For more details, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson.

Please note: TNA will be introducing charges in our visitor car park later in 2018. Follow the link for further information

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The Family History Show - London Saturday 22nd September

Don’t miss The Family History Show London, the major event of the genealogical calendar.

With many new features to help with your research, free lectures, and free parking. This year it’s taking place at the larger Surrey Hall at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, with more exhibitors and an additional lecture area.

 It will be a packed day with the Keynote speech being given by the International Genealogy Blogger Dick Eastman on ‘The Future of Genealogy’.

 

Other speakers include Jane Shrimpton (Dating Photographs), Graham Walter, Chris Baker (Military), Keith Gregson (Social History), Mark Bayley (Research Techniques). Sponsored by TheGenealogist and organised by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine the show in York this June was a packed event pleasing both attendees and stallholders alike.

These events are attracting family history societies and companies from all over the UK and further afield. Including The Federation of Family History Societies, MOD, Local Record Offices, Archives, Guild of One Name Studies, Family History Book Publishers, Research Organisations, Genealogy Retailers, Online Services and more.

Our ‘Ask the Experts’ panel and the ‘Census Detectives’ will be there to help with your research, date photographs and identify medals.

There is plenty of free parking and refreshments are available all day.

Last year our advanced ticket allocation sold out and the visitor numbers were exceptional, we advise early booking to avoid disappointment.

Exhibitor numbers have increased with the keenly priced tables. If you wish to attend, space and the reasonably priced tables are rapidly running out. If you would like to book exhibitor’s space at the Family History Show London you can get the booking form here.

https://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/london/exhibit/#promo

 

Tickets - Buy One Get One Half Price!

Early Bird offer: Buy your tickets in advance for £5 a person or buy two for £7.50 door price will be £7 each, and don’t forget everyone gets a Goody Bag worth £8 on entrance!

To take advantage of this offer:

Go to  www.TheFamilyHistoryShow.com/london

 

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Families in British India Society conference 28 - 30 September

FIBIS 20th anniversary conference is to be held at Hawkwell House Hotel, Iffley, Oxford. Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2018. This weekend conference is for both members and non-members of the Families in British India Society with an interest in the period of British involvement in India from 1600 to 1947.

The varied lectures cover family and historical research topics. In this final year of the WWI centenary, the conference showcases the FIBIS project detailing recruits to WWI from the community of Anglo-Indians and domiciled Europeans, a view of the Gurkha Regiment over 200 years and advice on researching Indian Army records. Remembering 1947, there will be a lecture on Partition and Independence viewed through the contemporary newsreel and camera lens.

The Conference also considers different approaches to individual family research, from the science of DNA to the very subjective memories evoked by sharing a kitchen!

The actress Diana Quick also relates her typical Anglo-Indian family story and the research and journeys that it inspired.

Alongside the lecture programme there will be workshops and opportunities for one to one help, and time to network and compare notes with other delegates, buy books, meet the speakers and authors and join in social activities.

You can book for the conference at https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/ 

Here are some links for more information:

https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/20th-anniversary-conference-speakers/ 

https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/20th-anniversary-conference-sponsors/

https://www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk/

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The Family History Show, York a great success

The Family History Show at York held on the 23rd June was a fantastic success.

The people attending the event run by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine certainly seemed to be enjoying all that was on offer from family history societies to the expert's talks. As we went around asking the exhibitors for their reaction it was universally very positive with comments about how busy it had been and how they would be back next year.

I'm now looking forward to the London show run by the same organisers at Sandown Park Racecourse on the 22nd September.

I hope to see you there!

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The Family History Show, York

15 June 2018

Don't forget The Family History Show York is next Saturday 23rd June 2018 - 10am to 4.30pm at The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1RX.

Pre-book your tickets for The Family History Show, York and buy one get one half price!   Hurry, as pre-booking closes at the end of Wednesday 20th June!

Saturday 23rd June 2018 - 10am to 4.30pm

The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

Admission: Adults £5.00, Children under 14 FREE

With even more exhibitors attending this year, the York Family History Fair is probably the largest event of its kind in England. Many family history societies and companies attend each year. There is lots of local history from the York area too.

Facilities include:

  • Free Talks from Expert Speakers
  • Exhibitors from all over the UK
  • Free Parking
  • Cafe with refreshments available all day
  • Fully accessible with lifts and ramps throughout
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SoG Library tours and Advice

Society of Genealogists Free Library Tours & Advice for Members and Non-Members

Society of Genealogists 14 Charterhouse Buildings Goswell Road

The Society of Genealogist's blog has announced the upcoming dates for their next tours of the library at their premises in London will be 20 January, 3 February and 17 February. The SoG Library is packed with many family history records, directories and databases and can be a great help for people searching for their ancestors. With more than 140,000 items spread over three floors it  is a treasure trove for genealogists to explore. While you can just go and explore yourself, asking the staff and volunteers for help when you need it, the SoG recommends that you take a Library Tour so that you are introduced to what they hold. The visits are free to all, last approximately 1½ hours long, and they are on nearly every second Saturday at 11.15 am. The Society is also offering free half-hour advice sessions on these Saturdays. You can book an appointment by contacting the library by email or telephone.   To see more take a look at their blog here: http://www.sog.org.uk/news/article/society-of-genealogists-free-library-tours-advice-for-members-and-non-membe
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