If you're keen to find out what's happening at The National Archives and to have your say, next Saturday sees one of the eight User Forum meetings at The National Archives. The Forums take place at The National Archives at Kew and last for approximately one to one and a half hours.
There's more information available (including a full meeting agenda) at The National Archives website or for more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Future meeting dates are:
There's a number of both free and ticketed events scheduled at The National Archives this week. On Thursday the 27th March, there's a free talk entitled 'We may lie and die in a land of plenty..'- the Victorian poor in their own words. This talk looks at pauper letters, statements and petitions highlighting the concerns, thoughts and feelings of the poor in their own words.
On the Friday, television broadcaster Jeremy Paxman explores what life was like for the British during the First World War, from politicians to newspapermen, Tommies, factory-workers, nurses, wives and children. Cost for this talk is £5.
For more details and to see the other talks and workshops available, go to The National Archives website.
This Saturday (15th March), sees the Dorset (Family History Society) Family History Day. It's being held at Parkstone Grammar School, Sopers Lane, Poole from 10am to 4pm.
This family history fair has free admission and free parking and a number of exhibitors, including TheGenealogist and S&N Genealogy Supplies will be present. There's also a seleciotn of quality talks including one from Peter Hart of the Imperial War Museum, who will be presenting a talk on "Life in the Trenches on the Western Front".
It promises to be a great event. Will you be going? There's more details on the Dorset Family History Society website.
The latest news from the organisers at Who Do You Think You Are? Live is that due to work commitments, John Simpson has unfortunately had to cancel his scheduled appearance as a celebrity guest speaker and has been replaced by newsreader and TV personality, Natasha Kaplinsky, who appeared in the Who Do You Think You Are? series in 2007.
Whilst a disappointment at the withdrawal of John Simpson with his links to the flamboyant showman and early aircraft pioneer Samuel Cody, Natasha's family history story was just as fascinating and very tragic in parts. Natasha Kaplinsky will be celebrity guest speaker on Thursday 20th February at 10.15 and 11.15am at London Olympia.
Another celebrity appearing is former athlete and now sports commentator, Colin Jackson CBE. Colin appeared in a previous series of Who Do You Think You Are? with an international tale of family originating from Jamaica and Panama. Colin will be celebrity guest speaker on Saturday 22nd February. If you'd like more information, visit http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com
The first family history fair of the New Year is shortly upon us. The popular Bracknell Family History Fair is on Sunday 26th January at Bracknell Sport & Leisure Centre. Admission is £3 and doors open from 10am to 5pm. There is free parking available and a cafeteria for drinks and snacks.
The Bracknell Family History Fair has been voted Number 3 in the country by Your Family Tree Magazine and is widely regarded as a family history fair well worth attending. This year, the Society of Genealogists will be attending, there'll also be a military history advice desk, specialist groups and a number of family history societies present. S&N Genealogy Supplies and TheGenealogist will also be present, providing talks on family history research.
There's more information at http://www.familyhistoryfairs.org/dateloc.html#wirr
The Society of Genealogists have now announced their programme of events for next year. It promises to be a busy year with a number of lectures, talks and other events planned. The events cover a wide range of subjects of interest to most family historians. There is also a strong military theme to coincide with the anniversary of the start of the First World War happening next year.
If you'd like to improve your family history knowledge or keep up to date with latest developments, there's full details on The Society of Genealogists website.
If you live in or are visiting the South Devon area, you may want to take advantage of a free local family history event In Newton Abbot, Devon this weekend. It's a 2 day event, starting today and continues on Saturday 16th November from 9am to 3.30pm.
It's run by the South Devon Family History Club, along with Devon Family History Society, and is the sixth Family History Weekend they have organised.
The event will be held at the Passmore Edwards Centre in Newton Abbot.
It should be of interest to family historians of all levels. There will be researchers on hand to help with all those frustrating genealogy queries we all come across!
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
This Saturday (29th June) sees the start of the Yorkshire Family History Fair at The Knavesmire Exhibition Centre, York Racecourse. It's on from 10.00-4.30pm. With over 100 exhibitors expected from all over the UK and Ireland, this is probably the largest local event of its kind in England.
Many family history societies, and family history websites such as TheGenealogist will be there as well as other family history suppliers. Lots of local history from the York area too. Entry is £4.50 for adults and children under 14 are free. There is plenty of parking and refreshments are available all day.
It's the 18th annual fair and there's more information available from their website.
The dates for Who Do You Think You Are? Live at London Olympia have been announced for 2014. The show will run next year from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 February, a change from the usual Friday to Sunday schedule. It'll be interesting to see if the change in show days has any effect on attendances, we'll find out next February. If you want to sign up to the official newsletter to keep up with the latest news, there's more details on the official site.