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Families in British India Society conference 28 - 30 September

FIBIS 20th anniversary conference is to be held at Hawkwell House Hotel, Iffley, Oxford. Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September 2018. This weekend conference is for both members and non-members of the Families in British India Society with an interest in the period of British involvement in India from 1600 to 1947.

The varied lectures cover family and historical research topics. In this final year of the WWI centenary, the conference showcases the FIBIS project detailing recruits to WWI from the community of Anglo-Indians and domiciled Europeans, a view of the Gurkha Regiment over 200 years and advice on researching Indian Army records. Remembering 1947, there will be a lecture on Partition and Independence viewed through the contemporary newsreel and camera lens.

The Conference also considers different approaches to individual family research, from the science of DNA to the very subjective memories evoked by sharing a kitchen!

The actress Diana Quick also relates her typical Anglo-Indian family story and the research and journeys that it inspired.

Alongside the lecture programme there will be workshops and opportunities for one to one help, and time to network and compare notes with other delegates, buy books, meet the speakers and authors and join in social activities.

You can book for the conference at https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/ 

Here are some links for more information:

https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/20th-anniversary-conference-speakers/ 

https://www.fibis.org/events/fibis-20th-anniversary-conference/20th-anniversary-conference-sponsors/

https://www.hawkwellhouse.co.uk/

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The Genealogist releases another batch of Poll Books


TheGenealogist has just released 116,218 records into its ever growing Poll Book Database. This useful resource for family historians can be used to find ancestors residences from the period before the census collection. The newly released Poll Books range from 1705 to the 1830s, joining records covering periods between census years.

The database allows researchers to:

  • Discover ancestors who had the vote
  • Find where they were registered to cast their ballot
  • Discover the nature of their qualification to vote, such as possessing a Corn Warehouse, a Workshop, a House, or owning a Brewhouse
  • These Poll Books range from 1705 to the 1830s.

The records cover 18 different registers of people who were entitled to vote in between 1705 and the 1830s and covers constituencies situated in Abingdon, Bristol, Hampshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Maidstone, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire and York.

 

These records have been transcribed by volunteers on the UKindexer.co.uk website which brings benefits to the volunteers as well as the wider family history community.

 

They join the millions of electoral resources on TheGenealogist which include Electoral registers, Voters lists and Absentee Voters.

 

Read TheGenealogist’s article at:

https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/featuredarticles/2018/researching-poll-books-discovers-how-john-constables-family-voted-861/

 

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The Family History Show, York a great success

The Family History Show at York held on the 23rd June was a fantastic success.

The people attending the event run by Discover Your Ancestors Magazine certainly seemed to be enjoying all that was on offer from family history societies to the expert's talks. As we went around asking the exhibitors for their reaction it was universally very positive with comments about how busy it had been and how they would be back next year.

I'm now looking forward to the London show run by the same organisers at Sandown Park Racecourse on the 22nd September.

I hope to see you there!

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