Latest developments from TheGenealogist have seen the introduction of a new 'Image Archive' addition to the family history website. TheGenealogist is the first family history website to launch a dedicated 'Image Archive' that allows you to view both 3D and standard images.
The images are free for everyone to search and view and cover the period from 1850 to 1940. See www.TheGenealogist.co.uk/ImageArchive
These historical pictures allow you to relive the past through the eyes of your ancestors. The Image Archive allows anyone to search and view images of towns, landmarks, churches, resorts, occupations and military campaigns. They also include images of social interest showing how your ancestors could have led their lives. You may even be able to find the church where your ancestor was baptised or married.
Diamond subscribers to TheGenealogist will be able to view and download the images in a high resolution format for extra clarity. Find our more at www.TheGenealogist.co.uk/ImageArchive
If you haven't yet seen the online periodical for family historians, 'Discover Your Ancestors', it's well worth taking a look with its useful articles of interest to experienced family historians and beginners alike. For the past couple of weeks on Facebook, TheGenealogist has been giving away 100 free 12 issue subscriptions of 'Discover Your Ancestors' to winners of its 'name the place' competition. There's another competition this week so if you'd like to enter go to https://www.facebook.com/thegenealogist?ref=hl
This Saturday, the 26th October, (in what promises to be a busy weekend for family history fairs) sees the West Surrey Family History Society Open Day in Woking. After a popular fair last year, it promises to be a good one again this year.
Open from 10am to 4pm, there's a number of family history societies, suppliers and specialist help desks available. With a number of 'taster talks' on offer including looking at the information you can find from a photograph, local war memorials and the topic of DNA in family history, there's a talk of interest for everyone!There's also free parking available. More information is available from the West Surrey Family History Society website at http://www.wsfhs.org/pages/openday.php
If you live in Ireland or have an interest in Irish family history, you may wish to make it along to the Irish genealogy event this weekend in Dublin. It's called 'Back to our Past' and is at the RDS Industries Hall in Dublin. From Friday the 18th October to Sunday 20th October the event is on, with doors open from 11am to 7pm.
There's a number of exhibitors and also The Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (APGI) will be offering a free advisory service, so if you have any queries the experts are on hand!
If you'd like more information, please go to the organisers official website at http://www.backtoourpast.com/mysitecaddy/site3/index.htm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For those family history researchers who love a challenge, there's another 'name the place' competition running on TheGenealogist Facebook page this week. All you have to do is name the location and like the page to be in with a chance of winning access to free 12 online issues of the popular new periodical 'Discover Your Ancestors'. It's well worth entering, the competition can be found here at https://www.facebook.com/thegenealogist
The National Archives are currently seeking four new delegates for their 'User Advisory Group' . The User Advisory Group was set up in early 2011 to give users of The National Archives the opportunity to have a say in the planning and decision-making processes.
Meetings are held at The National Archives in Kew, four times a year, and delegates are expected to make every effort to attend. In addition, prospective delegates are asked to commit to a minimum term of one year's service.
They are after delegates representing different sections of the research user community, so if you use the services at Kew, you may wish to get involved and have your say. For more information go to the National Archives website at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/881.htm
This Saturday (12th October) sees the annual Glamorgan Family History Society Fair. It promises to be another popular fair held in South Wales at Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre, Merthyr Tydfil from 10am to 4pm.
Both admisssion and car parking are free and there's also a number of free talks available to attend. If you'd like to make it along and need more details visit the Glamorgan Family History Society website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wlsglfhs/openday2013.htm
For those people who like to download their data rather than buying a copy on CD and having to wait for the postal delivery, you may be interested in the two latest parish record downloads available from S&N Genealogy Supplies. There are 2 Parish Registers from the county of Cheshire now available to download- registers of Stockport and Prestbury. The Stockport download covers the years from 1584 to 1619 and the Prestbury data is from 1560 to 1636.
To find out more or if you wish to order either of the data sets, go to the 'Latest Downloads' section of S&N Genealogy Supplies at http://www.genealogysupplies.com/whatsnew.php
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/