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New series of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' continues tonight

The second episode of the popular series 'Who Do You Think You Are?' continues tonight on BBC1 at 9pm. Featuring actor Nigel Havers, it promises to be another great episode after the emotional and 'coincidental' journey of Una Stubbs last week. Nigel Havers has played many upper class roles over the years and it was assumed his family history would produce a long line of aristocratic characters. However, despite his immediate family consisting of a number of high profile, successful legal professionals, it appears Nigel comes from a family of far more humble origins! TheGenealogist has looked into his background if you'd like to know more before the show tonight. The featured article can be found here.

Nigel Havers

Nigel Havers features tonight on Who Do You Think You Are? on BBC1 at 9pm

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Latest news from S&N Genealogy

Here at Family History Social, we've just received the latest e-mail news from S&N Genealogy Supplies with the latest developments. Firstly, there's news of the new release of nearly 500,000 Royal Navy and Merchant Seamen Ship Crew records on TheGenealogist, now available to view.There's also some great offers on archival products and new data CDs now available. There's an article on royal babies and the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? and a special research offer to subscribe to TheGenealogist available for a limited time. It’s all available here.


New magnifiers available from S&N Genealogy

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Ship Crew Lists at TheGenealogist.co.uk

TheGenealogist has launched a new resource for those with sea going ancestors. The new 'Ship Crew Lists' give details of over 439,000 Royal Navy and Merchant Seamen records which are searchable by name, rank, age and ship. The full crew list can be displayed for any of the ships. Covering the years 1851-1911, these include lists and agreements for those involved in merchant shipping and ship crews for those at home ports, sea and abroad. Details given may include age, place of birth, rank and ticket number, previous and current ships with ports of registration, dates and places of joining and leaving and reason for leaving. The records are taken from a variety of sources including the unique TNA ‘BT98’ records, not available online from any other source. There's more information available from TheGenealogist website.

Ship Crew Lists

TheGenealogist has now added over 439,000 Royal Navy and Merchant Seamen records

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New promotional partnership announced

Latest news from S&N Genealogy Supplies and TheGenealogist is the announcement of a new promotional partnership with 'Unlock the Past' Cruises. Offering an international programme of history and genealogy cruises, ‘Unlock the Past’ provides the perfect opportunity for a relaxing holiday and to learn more about genealogy at the same time. All the major conference cruises feature an international team of presenters and a programme with international appeal. The expanded cruise commitment follows on from the success of the first three ‘Unlock the Past’ cruises. With over 70 different topics and 38 different sessions, the next tour to Southern Australia in February 2014 is fast booking up. Nigel Bayley, Managing Director of S&N comments: “We are pleased to develop a promotional partnership with ‘Unlock the Past’ Cruises. Their previous cruises have been very highly regarded and with well- known speakers such as Chris Paton, Else Churchill and many more from around the world, it is the perfect way to combine a cruise and learn more about your family history whilst you holiday! We look forward to supporting ‘Unlock the Past’ in their future genealogy cruises.” To book on the next cruise, travelling around the coast of Southern Australia, please go to  http://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/

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'Unlock the Past' family history cruises

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Who Do You Think You Are? starts tonight

Don't forget the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? starts tonight! It's at 9pm on BBC1 with what promises to be a great first episode on Una Stubbs. The link between Una and one of the founders of two new towns in Hertfordshire promises to be one of a number of interesting family history stories. Will you be watching?

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Una Stubbs tonight at 9pm on BBC1

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New Royal baby finally arrives!

Congratulations from Family History Social to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their new baby. For those who like a competition, TheGenealogist is running a competition on facebook to guess the name of the baby. If you'd like to enter just click on this link. Good luck!

Prince William and Kate

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, now very happy parents

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Take a look at 'a year in archives'

What's been happening at The National Archives can be seen in their new communications release entitled 'a year in archives 2012-13'. To find out what's been going on in archive services all over the country over the last year and to see future plans go the National Archives website. From funding to community archive heritage projects, it's definitely an interesting read.
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Buckinghamshire Family History Society Open Day

This forthcoming Saturday (27th July), sees the Buckinghamshire Family History Society Open Day in Aylesbury. The annual Open Day, will take place from 10am to 4pm at The Grange School, Wendover Way, Aylesbury HP21 7NH. As always, this free event will have something for everyone - whether beginner or experienced researcher - and wherever your ancestors came from!  A talk aimed at those new to family history will be given by Dave Foster at 11am and 2pm. If you're in the area, it's well worth taking a look! There's more details at their website.
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First episode of Who Do You Think You Are? starts this week with Una Stubbs

The first episode starts this Wednesday on BBC1 of Who Do You Think You Are? and it's eagerly anticipated by family historians throughout the UK. The first celebrity, Una Stubbs has an emotional journey, that features both estranged families and a look at a visionary ancestor who was instrumental in designing some of the England's new towns of the early 1900s. TheGenealogist has a feature on Una Stubbs in their 'Featured Articles' section and you can view it here.

Una Stubbs and father

Una Stubbs and father Clarence pictured around 1938

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Domesday Book joins UNESCO register

Latest news from The National Archives is that eleven items have been selected from the UK's libraries, archives and museums to represent our outstanding heritage in the UK Memory of the World Register. From Domesday Book to Hitchcock's silent films, these valuable works span nearly 900 years, come from across the country and embody pivotal moments in the history of the UK. This is the third group of inscriptions to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register, an online catalogue promoting some of the UK's exceptional documentary riches across the world. The 11 items and collections being inscribed to the UK Memory of the World Register are:
  • Domesday Book - The National Archives, Kew
  • Tyne & Wear Shipyards collection - Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Newcastle
  • Aberdeen Burgh Registers - Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen
  • Hitchcock's silent films - British Film Institute National Archive, London
  • Churchill Archives - Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge
  • The Haig Papers - National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Scottish Royal National Institution archives - University of Stirling, Stirling
  • Dorothy Wordsworth's journal - Wordsworth Trust, Cumbria
  • Thomas Hardy Archive - Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
  • London bomb damage maps - London Metropolitan Archives, London
  • Robert Stephenson and Company archives - National Railway Museum, York
There's more details available from The National Archives website.
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