Archive for August, 2009

News for Family Historians on Proposed Changes at The National Archives

Natalie Ceeney Chief Exec of TNA and Jeff James Head of Operations faced a second packed public meeting on Thursday 20 August at The National Archives Kew, Richmond, Surrey EnglandNational Archives. During this meeting Jeff outlined in more detail the proposal for charges to be made for using the car park from January 2010.  TNA is suggesting a daily charge of £5  for all users of the public car park with discounted season tickets being made available for regular visitors. The rationale behind this proposal is that the car park costs something over £80,000 per year to run and maintain  when overheads such as security, CCTV, building and maintenance etc are allocated.  Introducing charges could possibly bring in something over £90,000 towards overall  proposed savings of £4.2 million if the estimates of the future number of visitors who will use the car park and how much they are likely to spend come to pass.

Additionally Natalie and Jeff spent more time explaining their rationale behind someof the proposals and how their budgets work. In addition to the cuts made in operations and services attendees were told of some of the decisions that have had to be made on capital expenditure such as the  postponment of a new cooling plant to update the aging building and archives. Unless any alternative  suggestions about potential savings come  out of the consultation period it looks like the proposals  made in June will become finalised and acted upon. We will hear the final decisions at the next  public users’ forum to be held in Spetember. Minutes of the meeting and the dates of future meeting will be available on TNA website shortly.

Many genealogists and family historians use  the vast number of records  relating to family history held at The National Archives.


Else Churchill, Genealogist, Society of Genealogists

Family History Skills Course for Beginners at the Society of Genealogists – 15 weeks starting 3 September

The Society’s successful evening family history skills course begins again with the first fifteen-week series of classes for those who are new to genealogy and family history or who have had a little experience and want to learn more. The team of lecturers will introduce the records and illustrate how they should best be used for the study of family history.

This course provides plenty of opportunity to use genealogical sources in practical sessions in the classroom and as exercises at home. The lectures cover sources in all the major repositories but emphasis is also placed on the extensive collections held in the Library of the Society of Genealogists that can be of help to the beginner. We will look at using birth, marriage and death records, census,  parish registers, wills, the armed forces, how to lay out a pedigree and more.

Thursday evenings 6-8pm,  3 September-10 December. £180.00 (non-SoG members), £144.00 for SoG members.  For more information or booking, contact the events co-ordinator, tel: 020 7553 3290, email:

You can also view a copy of the leaflet







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