Family History Research Archives


Was your ancestor in the British Army?

If so the Society of Genealogists’  family history library may contain details about his time in service. Our collection includes copies of Soldiers’ documents from 1760-1900, a run of the Army Lists from 1740 onwards, many records from the First World War and a good collection of regimental histories to shed background information on what his regiment was doing.

Now the Society’s Members Area has added a new resource to help you in your family history research. Member Nicholas Newington-Irving has gone through the Society’s library collections noting references to Military people mentioned in Journals, local and family histories etc.

The resulting index only includes biographical articles relating to individual soldiers (therefore the contents of works such as the army lists are not included) but it may lead you to information you would not otherwise have found. It relates primarily, but not exclusively, to commissioned officers in the British Army and the pre 1947 Indian Army.

The shelf mark for each item is given but if a visit to the library is not possible a photocopy of the article can be ordered through the Society’s ‘Search and Copy’ service.

A free basic search in the index can be made by going to the Members’ Area and entering the surname you are interested in into the ‘Quick search’ box. To view the full reference you will need to be a member of the Society.

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CALLING ALL WORLD CUP WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS

 As someone whose not been at all interested in the forthcoming football excitement I’m delighted that Find My Past has given family historians a reason to wish England  well in the World Cup.

 


Find My Past has made the following announcement:

 

“The World Cup is now upon us and we thought it would only be fair to provide some entertainment for any non-football fans out there:

Whenever England play a match, you’ll be able to access all our records for free!* “

What you need to know about this fantastic offer:

- When England play, you don’t pay: 30 minutes before each England game kicks off, all the records on findmypast.co.uk will be free to view for 3 hours

- You can view original images and transcriptions of all our records for free including birth, marriage and death records 1538-2006, census records including the 1911 census and our Chelsea Pensioners British Army Service Records 1760-1913 – to name just a few

- Normally you would need a subscription or PayAsYouGo credits to view our records – some of which normally cost 30 credits each – so to be able to see them for free is a rare opportunity

- Keep an eye on our blog for a competition question to enter during each England match. You’ll need to answer all the questions correctly for a chance to win, so make sure you don’t miss any. The prize is a goodie bag containing a digital camera, vouchers for a year’s Full subscription plus much more

All you need to do to make use of this unique offer is register on findmypast.co.uk as you’ll need to sign in to view the records. Visit our World Cup page for more information.

If you need a helping hand with your research, take a look at our video tutorials or our Getting Started page which provide clear advice on how to use our records.

We’d love to hear about any discoveries you make while our records are free to view – post anything you’d like to share with us and our readers on our Facebook page.

Please pass this on to friends, family or anyone else you think might want to make the most of our free family history records.

*All records available using our Full subscription (including the 1911 Census) will be free: Living Relatives searches and Memorial scrolls are not included.

 

So this is the ideal oppotunity to escape from the football fuss and get done to some serious genealogy searching. Here are the times of the first three matches.  You will need to break a habit of a lifetime to follow the football results to find out when England may be playing further matches !

I am sure that you will know how your local time relates to GMT.

England  vs.  United States     -  12 Jun       7:30pm      
England  vs.  Algeria                -  18 Jun       7:30pm      
England  vs   Slovenia              -  23 Jun       3:00pm      

Remember that the free time starts 30 minutes before the kick-off and runs for three hours.   All records available using the Full subscription (including the 1911 Census) will be free: Living Relatives searches and Memorial scrolls are not included.

I guess that you can register in advance to be ready on time.

Happy hunting -

Geoff Stone and Else Churchill

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Using pay-per-view websites for Family History

Friday, 12 Nov. at 2:00
A hands-on way to learn to use internet “pay-per-view” websites at the Society of Genealogists. Use of the websites are free with course tuition. It is advisable to bring some family history research to do and a memory stick to save your work. This is a tutorial with Alec Tritton £12.00 (£9.50 SoG members). Please note the society library is closed to research this day and only those attending the tutorial will be allowed to undertake internet research as part of the course.

To book telephone 020 7553 3290, email events@sog.org.uk or book online

Family Artefacts: Gateways to the Past

wolpert%20quilt Family Artefacts: Gateways to the PastIt is undeniably true when you consider your past and what that will mean to you and your future. If you have a look at your family’s artefacts, heirlooms and photos, you may find a massive history in your own family that you weren’t conscious of formerly. This past will clue you in to a variety of things, including what your great-grandparents, grandparents and elders were like in their younger days to what kinds of fashions they wore and what they enjoyed doing. Or, studying family artefacts and records can clue you in to the history of the fitness of your folks and give you a chance to understand what kinds of diseases are common in your circle of relatives and what you should be looking out for when you visit your health practitioner. Studying family artefacts will also help you piece together the history of your folks. Where did your folks immigrate from? Most likely, artefacts that your folks still has will give understanding to the lives the family led in their old country and give an idea of why they made a decision that risking it all and coming to America was a good choice for them. You might most likely spend a few hours having a look at old records, artefacts and photographs. It takes you back to a time that you weren’t part of and never will know firsthand. bothering to take a look at the entire thing will give you an idea of what’s needed to make your future bright. If you can see examples of mistakes your folks have made during the past, you can take those mistakes and in turn find some way to keep from making those self same mistakes in your own life. You may also find some way to have potential family diseases diagnosed early and sorted before they turn into heavy issues.

So, if you haven’t already, schedule an afternoon to go to with your Grandparents about the past and ask them to relive their good memories with you.

Then, ask if you can see some of the souvenirs and artefacts that they have kept for some years. They will probably be excited to share their lives with you and be grateful that you care. You, in turn, will find out interesting facts about the past and where your folks came from and where you can help take it in the future. Understanding the past is indeed the key to understanding the future. Take your opportunity to discover more on the family artefacts in your circle of relatives while your Grandparents are still around.

They can appreciate your gesture and you may sit in amazement of the stories and events that they have lived through in their lives.

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