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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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Interesting events to attend at The National Archives

There's a number of both free and ticketed events scheduled at The National Archives  this week. On Thursday the 27th March, there's a free talk entitled 'We may lie and die in a land of plenty..'- the Victorian poor in their own words. This talk looks at pauper letters, statements and petitions highlighting the concerns, thoughts and feelings of the poor in their own words. On the Friday, television broadcaster Jeremy Paxman explores what life was like for the British during the First World War, from politicians to newspapermen, Tommies, factory-workers, nurses, wives and children. Cost for this talk is £5. For more details and to see the other talks and workshops available, go to The National Archives website.

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Latest events at The National Archives

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Another successful Who Do You Think You Are? Live Show

In a flash the major family history show of 2014 has been and gone. Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014 at London Olympia (and its new opening days of Thursday to Saturday) seemed to generate a healthy number of visitors. Attendees were steady although it was felt not exceeding the levels of previous years. However, there was a healthy number of exhibitors and as expected a focus on the commemorations of the start of The Great War, with the Imperial War Museum present. All the usual main family history websites were present in what was as ever, a very enjoyable family history exhibition. Did you attend or exhibit, let us know what you thought of Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014!

Talks at Who Do You Think You Are?

Mark Bayley of TheGenealogist delivers one of his popular talks

 

Another busy Who Do You Think You Are? fair

Another busy Who Do You Think You Are? fair

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Special Military History Exhibition at Who Do You Think You Are? Live

With 2014 marking the centenary of the  start of The First World War, the premier family history exhibition 'Who Do You Think You Are Live? has announced a special 'Military History' area on the Gallery Level of the show hall at London Olympia. The confirmed exhibitors include The National Archives, the RAF Museum, Belgian Tourist Board, BBC History and the National Army Museum. The event starts on Thursday 20th February 2014 at 9.30am and more details can be found at the Who Do You Think You Are? website  
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New event at The National Archives

The National Archives have an interesting free talk scheduled for Thursday 13 February, entitled 'Spies like us: the secret life of Ernest Oldham'. Presented by Dr Nick Barratt, author and TV presenter, the talk is of interest to anyone keen to find out about the past work of the security services and the files stored on their work at The National Archives. The security service files are held in 'series KV 2' and include fascinating details on many ordinary people, such as Foreign Office clerk, Ernest Oldham, who entered the world of espionage in the 1920s and 1930s, often with tragic consequences. There's more details available on the free talk from The National Archives website.

Ernest Oldham

The story of Ernest Oldham and the world of espionage

     
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