f you have ever looked at an old document and been unable to read the old script then you may be interested in a fascinating post on The National Archive’s blog about software that is being developed to read old handwritten documents.
A 1496 Prerogative Court of Canterbury Will from TNA retrieved from TheGenealogist’s online collection of Will documents
The National Archives (TNA) points out the revolution that optical character recognition (OCR) technology has made reading printed words written in books, newspapers and some archival documents. But OCR does not work on handwritten documents. It is for this reason that TNA say that they are excited by the new platform called Transkribus, developed by the EU funded READ Project. It will offer, for the first time, the potential to use computers to ‘read’ handwritten documents.
This Sunday, 24th September 2017 sees the first Family History Show - London
Organised by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine, the same people behind the ever successful event called TheFamily History Show, York it is being held at Sandown Park Racecourse between 10 am and 4:30
Watch this video of this year's York event to get a taster of what is to come...
Free Talks throughout the day
10:00 Show Openingwith Caliban's Dream, Medieval Musicians11:00 Breaking Down Brick Walls In Your Family History ResearchMark Bayley, Online Expert
Resolve stumbling blocks in your family history research using innovative search strategies and unique record sets to find those missing relatives.
12:00 Tracing Your Military AncestorsChris 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.
13:00 Breaking Down Brick Walls In Your Family History ResearchMark Bayley, Online Expert14:00 Tips & Tricks for Online ResearchKeith Gregson, Professional Researcher & Social Historian
Keith shares top tips & techniques for finding elusive ancestors, illustrated by some fascinating case studies.
15:00 Breaking Down Brick Walls In Your Family History ResearchMark Bayley, Online Expert
Read more at: http://thefamilyhistoryshow.com/
The Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical was launched in May 2013 and has been providing a terrific mix of family history stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice. This regular and affordable service is a must have for anyone starting out in family history research or for those with more experience but who have reached brick walls. The high quality monthly digital magazine is delivered to your own personalised online account every month as a beautifully designed 30+ page online magazine. This regular and affordable service is highly recommended for anyone who is beginning to research their family tree as well as for those researchers who have more experience but may have reached brick walls in tracing their ancestors.
With exhibitors from all over the UK and Ireland, this 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.
You don't have to have Yorkshire Ancestors to come to this fair - they can be from anywhere at all! Everyone is very welcome and there is lots to see. There is plenty of parking and refreshments are available all day. There are several lifts to take you to the upper levels, and the whole place is wheelchair friendly.
There will be FREE talks from a number of experts, to discover more see the talks page on their website: http://yorkshirefamilyhistoryfair.com/free-talks.php
The Yorkshire Family History Fair is run by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine and sponsored by TheGenealogist
Do you really know who you are? Come and find out - you may be surprised!
Saturday 24th June 2017
10am to 4.30pm
The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX
Admission: Adults £4.80, Children under 14 FREE
To get your tickets go to: http://yorkshirefamilyhistoryfair.com/
Here is some great news - the wonderful Discover Your Ancestors Bookazine Issue 6 is now available from S&N Genealogy Supplies
This 196 page bookazine contains new in-depth articles, research advice, social history, 'how to' features, case studies, places in focus, and much more! It is ideal for both experienced researchers and those just starting out.
Fascinating features about life in the past
Different types of records explored
Jane Austen: 200th Anniversary
Milestones of past lives: Follow key moments in your ancestors' journeys from birth to death
Celebrity genealogies: Tom Hiddleston & Benedict Cumberbatch
and much more!
Also included is a FREE Cover DVD with over £170 worth of resources! Including:
1 Month Diamond Subscription to TheGenealogist
3 Month Subscription to Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical
Who Do You Think You Are? Live will run at the NEC from 7 to 9 April. Anita Rani is due to appear on Saturday April 9 at 10.15 to 11:00 and 12.15 to 13:00. To book tickets go to here.
The 38 year-old Countryfile presenter, who is of Punjabi descent but raised in Bradford, was reduced to tears on the WDYTYA? TV programme earlier this year when she heard about the horrific circumstances in which her maternal grandfather, Sant Singh lost his first wife and children during the Partition of India.
Discover Your Ancestors Online Periodical has published their March 2016 edition.
The Discover Your Ancestors Periodical is a high quality monthly digital magazine that is delivered to the subscriber's own personalised online account every month. The 30+ page online magazine is packed full of stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice and is great for anyone starting out in family history research, or even for those with more experience but who have reached brick walls in their family history.
This months articles include:Heavy work: Sue Wilkes digs into the lives and work of Britain’s lead miners
Criminally insane or cold-blooded murderer?: Nick Thorne researches a 19th century cause célèbre using TheGenealogist’s record collections
The privilege of the feu…: Chris Paton explores the ownership records for Scottish land and property
The ancestral laptop: Ruth A Symes explores the history of family writing desks, and what family historians can learn from them
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on trousers
Meaning business: Jill Morris investigates the history of limited companies
Regular features: This month's region: Cheshire / News / Events / Books / Classifieds
Read Discover Your Ancestors Today: http://www.discoveryourancestors.co.uk/current-issue/
Discover Your Ancestors Periodical is a high quality monthly digital magazine delivered to your own personalised online account every month and there is a new one just out!
If you haven't seen this publication yet then what you are missing out on is a well designed 30+ page online magazine that is packed full of stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice. This regular and affordable online magazine is highly recommended for anyone starting out in family history research, or for those with more experience but who have reached brick walls.
This month we have been reading in our copy the following great articles...
The best of times: Daniel Hewitt explores the history of horology through his Clerkenwell clockmaker ancestry
The quartermaster’s tale: Anthony Boulton presents a unique memoir of his grandfather’s WW1 experiences
From Longleat to the Tower of London: Nick Thorne delves into the history of Longleat and its illustrious inhabitants
Decoding Victorian jewellery: Victorian jewellery was rich in symbolism, as Kim Fleet explains
Woven into history: Caroline Taylor explores carpet-making in Kidderminster and resources in the town’s carpet museum
A fair hearing?: Jill Morris explains the Court of Chancery
History in the details: Jayne Shrimpton on boots
Regulars: News / Events / Books / Place in focus: Somerset / Classifieds
The Society of Genealogists has added the evidence records of those candidates taking the Civil Service examinations, between 1855 and 1939, to their SoG Data Online. Members of the Society will be able to view the original documents, after logging in, while non-members can search for a name in the collection, but are not able to view the documents.
The records were originally created when candidates for the examinations had to provide proof that they were at least 21 years old. The evidence, which they submitted, very often would have been their birth certificate or sometimes a certified extract from a baptismal register. In some cases these documents were simply not available and so all manner of alternative evidence was produced, such as Indian horoscopes drawn up at a child’s birth.
The SoG says that the geographical spread of the collection is extremely wide with many births recorded from Ireland, the Channel Islands, Malta and Gibraltar plus others for British people who were born all over the world and especially in India.
The surviving documents only include evidence of birth for a small proportion of Civil Servants, some 60,000 people in all. However the collection may provide vital evidence of an ancestor’s birth date that would be difficult or impossible to prove otherwise and so break down a brick wall.