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Bristol & Avon Family History Open Day

This Saturday 27th September is the Bristol & Avon Family History Open Day. It's on from 10am to 4pm at The University of the West of England in Bristol.  Entry is £2 per person and young people under 16 have free entry.

There's a number of excellent talks happening throughout the day including the popular 'Breaking down brick walls' with Mark Bayley from TheGenealogist, Jacqueline Wadsworth 'The Effects of World War 1 on home life' and Clive Burton 'Bristol at the outbreak of World War 1 and the formation of Bristol's Own'.

If you have ancestors in the Somerset, Gloucestershire or Avon areas, or live nearby, why not visit the Bristol & Avon Family History Open Day? 

There's more details at the Bristol Family History Society website.

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Latest free event at The National Archives

The National Archives have announced a number of talks and events, many of them free over the coming months. With the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War,  there's a free talk  on the 5th August 2014 at 2pm entitled: "The Royal Navy and British Army Go To War:  Mobilisation and their Roads to War 1914." This talk will discuss what happened to the Royal Navy and the British Army between the end of July and the end of the first week in August 1914, how the two services were mobilised for war and what records The National Archives holds and what the records tell us. The speaker will be William Spencer, the Principal military specialist at The National Archives. More details including how to book a place on the event can be found at The National Archives website.  
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Dates announced for WDYTYA? Live Birmingham Show in 2015

After confirmation that the Who Do You Think You Are? Live show was moving from London Olympia to the NEC in Birmingham, the actual show dates have now been formally announced for the event next year. The show is now scheduled to take place between the 16th to the 18th April 2015. Falling later than the usual February show, it's a real break with tradition, with the event organisers hoping a different date and different location (with easier parking) will enable more visitors to attend than ever before. Will you be going and what do you think of the new venue for the show?

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The NEC in Birmingham to host WDYTYA? Live in 2015

 
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Yorkshire Family History Fair 2014

This forthcoming weekend, Saturday 28th June, sees one of the major family history shows in the North of England, the Yorkshire Family History Fair. It is one of the largest family history shows in the UK , now in its 19th year and there are over 70 exhibitors expected on three floors. There is plenty of parking, refreshments are available all day and lifts to take visitors to all three floors.  The fair is open from 10am to 4.30pm and features a number of free talks including Mark Bayley from TheGenealogist. If you've not been before, the fair is at The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York YO23 1EX. Admission is £4.50 for adults and children under 14 have free admission. There's more information available on the Yorkshire Family History Fair website. It promises to be a great fair. Hopefully see you there!

Yorkshire Family History Fair

Mark Bayley will be talking at the Yorkshire Family History Fair this Saturday

       
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8th Unlock the Past Cruise announced for 2015

Following the success of previous genealogy cruises, 'Unlock the Past' , the genealogy cruise specialists, have announced a new cruise for 2015. The 8th Unlock the Past Cruise will tour the Baltic and as well as visiting a number of European countries, will feature a selection of leading family history specialists giving talks on how to discover your ancestors. Bookings are now being taken for this 14 night cruise which starts  from Southampton on Saturday 11 July  and returns on Saturday 25 July. The cruise takes in Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Conference speakers for the main talks will be announced nearer the time. For more information and to place a booking please visit the Unlock the Past website.

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The new 2015 Unlock the Past cruise in the Baltic has been announced

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User Forum at The National Archives

If you're keen to find out what's happening at The National Archives and to have your say, next Saturday sees one of the eight User Forum meetings at The National Archives. The Forums take place at The National Archives at Kew and last for approximately one to one and a half hours. There's more information available (including a full meeting agenda) at The National Archives website or for more information please email user.forum@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk Future meeting dates are:

Saturday 17 May 2014, 12:30-13:45

Thursday 17 July 2014, 15:15-16:30

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 12:30-13:45

Thursday 16 October 2014, 12:30-13:45

Tuesday 18 November 2014, 17:30-18:45

Thursday 22 January 2015, 12:30-13:45

Tuesday 17 February 2015, 15:15-16:30

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'Fabulous Finchley' walk on the 17th May

If you're keen to combine your research with an energetic walk, the Society of Genealogists has organised a walk around Finchley to visit an ancient road which links two ancient villages. The walk will take in lands once owned by the Knights Templar and a former manor house  which is haunted by a suspected lover of Anne Boleyn. The walk also takes in two famous murders and two uncrowned kings connected to the area.

The walk is on Saturday, 17 May from 11:00-12:30, with Paul Baker. The cost is £10.00/£8.00 SoG members. You must pre-book to attend and more details can be found on the Society of Genealogists website.

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Final few places left for half day course at Society of Genealogists

Tomorrow, Saturday 3rd May,  sees a half day course entitled 'Poor Law Records & What it was like to be Poor'. It's presented by Celia Heritage and Michael Gandy from 2pm to 5pm at the Society of Genealogists in London and cost to attend is £20. The talk looks at the records created by the parish poor law system and the post 1834 workhouse system (and wider records) to find information about our poorer ancestors. More information and to book can be found on the Society of Genealogists website.
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Webinar places available at forthcoming TNA event

The National Archives' record specialists are presenting free webinars, focusing on different series of records and the research skills that you will need to make the most of them. It's a great free way of understanding some of the varied records available to view at The National Archives. The next webinar is on the 12th May at  4pm, entitled 'Why did people fear the Victorian workhouse?' This webinar will help you to explore records in The National Archives, showing what life was like inside the workhouse, and how it was viewed by those outside. It's presented by Paul Carter, specialist in modern domestic records. If you'd like to view the free webinar, there are places still available . Book now by emailing webinars@nationalarchives.gov.uk or there's more information at The National Archives website.

   
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Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015

Latest news as mentioned via the Who Do You Think You Are? Live twitter page is there will be an announcement on the venue for the show in 2015 before this  summer. With many rumours circulating that the show is moving out of London up to the NEC in Birmingham, confirmation is keenly anticipated by us family historians! As soon as the venue for 2015 is confirmed we'll let you know.
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