Monthly Archives: June 2014

Yorkshire Family History Fair 2014

This forthcoming weekend, Saturday 28th June, sees one of the major family history shows in the North of England, the Yorkshire Family History Fair. It is one of the largest family history shows in the UK , now in its 19th year and there are over 70 exhibitors expected on three floors.

There is plenty of parking, refreshments are available all day and lifts to take visitors to all three floors.  The fair is open from 10am to 4.30pm and features a number of free talks including Mark Bayley from TheGenealogist.

If you’ve not been before, the fair is at The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, York YO23 1EX. Admission is £4.50 for adults and children under 14 have free admission.

There’s more information available on the Yorkshire Family History Fair website.

It promises to be a great fair. Hopefully see you there!

Yorkshire Family History Fair
Mark Bayley will be talking at the Yorkshire Family History Fair this Saturday

 

 

 

 

New venue confirmed for Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015

Following rumours circulating for a while, it has now been officially confirmed that Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 will be relocated at the NEC in Birmingham.  With the shortage of major exhibition venues following the closure of Earls Court in London, show organisers have taken the decision to base the show in a more central location.

The WDYTYA Live offical website remarks that “Bringing the show to the world-class NEC allows us to offer visitors a central location, opening it up to more exhibitors and visitors from across the whole country, giving even more people the chance to unravel their family history.”

What do you think of the venue change for 2015? Will you be going? Let us know.

Who Do You Think You Are? Live fair
Who Do You Think You Are? Live moves to Birmingham

The Friends of The National Archives reaches membership milestone

Founded in 1988, the Friends of The National Archives has recently reached its 2014 target of achieving over 1,000 members.

The Friends of the National Archives is a voluntary organisation and registered charity, dedicated to supporting the TNA’s role in preserving and providing access to the nations records. The Friends also get involved in voluntary project work to assist The National Archives.

If you’d like to know more or are interested in becoming a member, more information can be found on The National Archives website.

Family Tree reaches 1,000,000 DNA tests

Family Tree DNA, the genetic genealogy company and established market leader in the field of DNA testing, has announced they have now processed more than 1,000,000 DNA tests, many for family history research purposes.

The family finder test finds relatives within 5 generations and gives a detailed geographic breakdown of where your ancestors originate from, by comparing a person’s DNA to the DNA of other users in the Family Tree DNA’s huge database.

Here in the UK, TheGenealogist.co.uk offers DNA testing through Family Tree DNA. The range of DNA tests available can be found by clicking here on TheGenealogist website.

DNA genealogy testing
Family Tree DNA tests pass one million mark

New military CD released by S&N Genealogy

If you’re looking for information on on a certain regiment or have a general interest in military history, the latest data CD from S&N may be of interest.

Newly released is ‘The History of the Northumberland Fusiliers 1674-1902’. With over 220 years covered and including some of the major campaigns the regiment fought in, such as the American Revolution and the Anglo-Spanish War, it’s a fascinating CD resource.

Each chapter of the regiment’s history is described in detail and also contains maps and illustrations. More information can be found on the S&N Genealogy website.

The History of the Northumberland Fusiliers-1674-1902
New military CD released by S&N Genealogy

 

Public lottery of used microfilm at The National Archives

Today, Monday 9th June 2014, sees the opportunity for the general public to apply for free used microfilm from The National Archives. The redundant microfilm is being disposed of due to increasing online access in the reading rooms at Kew.

The offer opens today and closes on Sunday 27 June at 5pm. The films will be allocated by lottery, a draw will be carried out using numbered balls, with a separate draw for each batch. Requests are only accepted for whole batches. The films are free but successful applicants must arrange removal and meet the costs of removal from The National Archives.

There’s more details, including how to apply to join the lottery at The National Archives website.