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Places still available for SOG Course

The excellent courses available from the Society of Genealogists in London are well worth taking a look at and there's a free course coming up on Wednesday the 23 October. There's only a few places left for the short course on 'Getting the most from the Society Catalogue'. It's from 10.30 to 11.30 and features guidance from the society's librarian, Tim Lawrence. Learn how to get the best from the Society 'Library catalogue'. The course is free, but must be pre-booked. There's more information from the Society website at http://www.sog.org.uk/books-courses/events-courses/getting-the-most-from-sogcat/ To contact the Society please contact their events department on 020 7553 3290 or by email at events@sog.org.uk
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Presenters announced for 5th Unlock the Past Cruise Programme

Latest news from 'Unlock the Past' cruises is the announcement of the family history speakers that will provide the talks on board the cruise around the British Isles. On board the Marco Polo cruise ship will be a selection of experts including Paul Blake, Jackie Depelle, Marie Dougan, Jayne Shrimpton, Lisa Louise Cooke, Rosemary Kopittle, Mike Murray, Lesley Silvester and Helen Smith. The initial itinerary is for there to be about 40 topics discussed in 25 sessions. More details will no doubt be announced closer to the event in July next year. For more details and to book you can go to the Unlock the Past website at http://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/cruises/5th-unlock-the-past-cruise-british-isles-discovery/

New family history cruise

New family history cruise announced

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New Email News available from S&N Genealogy Supplies

The latest email newsletter from S&N Genealogy Supplies is now available to download and view. With details on the new release of Family Tree Maker 2014 and a special offer of free sleeves if you buy two binders, it's well worth a read. There's also information on the forthcoming family history fairs at Glamorgan and Surrey and the brand new event 'Echoes of the Past' in Lincolnshire at the end of the month. With details on the latest record releases on TheGenealogist and some interesting family history articles, it's a packed issue this month! To see the newsletter go to http://www.genealogysupplies.com/email_news.htm#article

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Details on the new release of Family Tree Maker 2014 in the S&N Email News

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New competition on TheGenealogist

If you are confident with your geography and particularly places from yesteryear, you may want to take part in the weekly  competition on TheGenealogist Facebook page. There's 100  'Discover Your Ancestors' periodical subscriptions (12 issues) up for grabs, the new highly rated online magazine for family historians. If you'd like to find out more and enter go to https://www.facebook.com/thegenealogist

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Win a Discover Your Ancestors periodical subscription

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New education resources at The National Archives

The National Archives has just announced a new range of online resources for teachers and students for the new school year to further develop an interest and knowledge of the past.  There are five new collections of digitised documents and images now available including 'Life on board convict prison ships' and 'attitudes to crime and punishment' as well as looking at pictures, news and documents to explore 'life in Victorian Britain'. If you'd like to know more or want to see the other digitised collections available, there's more information from The National Archives website at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/878.htm
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'Discover Your Ancestors' free 12 issue subscription competition

The Facebook page of TheGenealogist is running a competition with a great prize of a free 12 issue subscription to the online periodical for family historians - 'Discover Your Ancestors'. This week' s picture quiz features a market place. Simply name the place and like the page to be in with a chance to win one of 100 subscriptions up for grabs. The competition can be found here at https://www.facebook.com/thegenealogist

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Win a Discover Your Ancestors periodical subscription

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New website from The National Archives now live

The National Archives have recently announced their new website is now live and fully operational. With a significant change in design, according to their publicity, The National Archives have styled their new website to cater for the increase in visitors accessing their site from mobile devices. 20% of their visitor traffic in particular is now using the website from mobile devices.

The National Archives official statement is "The new design represents a shift in our thinking and a shift in the changing needs of our audience."

If you haven't seen the new look website it can be found at http://nationalarchives.gov.uk

Let us know what you think.

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5th 'Unlock the Past' Cruise now taking bookings

Latest news from 'Unlock the Past' Cruises is that they are now taking bookings for their new cruise holiday- 'British Isles Discovery' in July next year. It's a 10 night cruise around the British Isles on the Marco Polo cruise ship. Presenters for this family history cruise are to be announced shortly but if you want to get your booking in early you can from their website at http://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/cruises/5th-unlock-the-past-cruise-british-isles-discovery/

New family history cruise

New family history cruise announced

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Great online course to break down those brick walls!

English or Welsh family tree brick walls? Why not get some help? There's a well received beginners level course, delivered weekly to your computer to study when you want, which offers information packed, step-by-step tutorials. Provided by Nick Thorne (a.k.a. The Nosey Genealogist), it's great for those people new to family history who would like some expert guidance on how to find their way around those potential difficulties and pitfalls that we all stumble across when researching our family history. Also of great  benefit to those who are a bit more advanced, this course quickly takes the student on to look at the many different record sets and archives that you may not have thought to look. Places that your ancestors may be hiding in full sight. Nick Thorne is a leading family historian (with a number of years of researching family histories behind him) and in the course there are also some contributions from Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content from TheGenealogist.co.uk Topics covered in the 12 months include: The census collections; The Parish records; The Parish Chest; Dade Registers; County Record offices; Nonconformist; Religious records; Clandestine marriages; City and Town Directories; Census substitutes; Apprentices; Professionals; Army ancestors; Royal Navy ancestors; RAF forebears; Merchant Navy ancestors; Illegitimacy; The Workhouse; Poor Law; Death records; Burial; Wills; Rural ancestors; Bankrupts; Black sheep; Genetics and DNA; Occupations; Maps and Charts; The National Archives; Family Search Centres; Passports; Manorial records; Old Newspapers and much more! It costs £9.95 a month but there's currently a special trial offer available. It's well worth checking out at http://familyhistoryresearcher.com/trialoffer/

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New online family history training course

Here are some of the things people are saying about this course: "You communicate in an understandable way! Thank you for the modules that I have had so far." P. Martin. "I have enjoyed the time as a FHR member and thank you for your helping hand in trying to solve a problem printing out the guides." T. M.   U.K. "I would like to thank you for the resources, which I have received weekly, they are very interesting and informative, also a big thank you for thebrilliant customer service." P. Beilby. "I am finding the course very useful, even though I have been doing family history for many years." Kind Regards, H. Stephens.  
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Who Do You Think You Are? series 10 reaches its conclusion with a wild west theme!

The final episode of the Who Do You Think You Are? series concluded last night and it was a good episode full of dramatic events and surprises. Although focusing on just a few members of John Simpson's family, it highlighted the surprises and difficulties in family history research. The programme helped John Simpson discover more about  his great grandmother leaving her husband to run off with American wildwest showman and aviation pioneer, Samuel Cody and the fabrication of details they used to disguise the fact they weren't legally married. The 1911 census document illustrated in great detail that our ancestors did not always tell the truth! The episode had its fair share of tragedies including the death of Cody and the poisoning of his great great grandfather and also highlighted the often complicated nature of family life. As the finale of the series, it certainly had its share of twists and turns. What did you think of the programme?  

John Simpson Who Do You think You Are?

John Simpson's episode on Who Do You Think You Are? was full of drama with a family history that often made the newspapers!

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