Family History Archives


The SoG has been asked to pass on this call for anyone interested in history and
genealogy to act as participants for a web usability study. The study take
place in central London on Tuesday the 22nd and in central Manchester on
Thursday 24th November. The SoG can’t disclose full details of the research but
we can assure you that it’s bona fide.

The study will be exploring an online service for searching an extensive collection
of records held across a range of archives. People often find taking part in
such usability studies interesting and rewarding. By taking part in this study
you will not only get a chance to explore a developing online search facility,
but will be able to actively help improve the service for researchers like
yourself.

You don’t need to be an experienced researcher to take part and if you know anyone
else who might be interested please pass the message on.

The session will last for one hour and there will be a cash incentive for taking
part.

If you are interested, please answer a few questions about yourself here:

http://www.surveymk.com/s/5KRGLXL

For more information about the study, please contact Dr Andrea Fallas, andreaf@cogapp.com

For more information about the organisation carrying out the research, please
visit www.cogapp.com

Else Churchill

SoG Genealogist

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Society of Genealogists publishes its first ebook…

The Society of Genealogists is delighted to make My Ancestor was a Royal Marine by Ken Divall available as our first ebook. The ebook is now available to download for Kindle users through Amazon, price £5.69, or $9.14 if you are in the USA. There will be further Society of Genealogists ebooks made available in the coming months, and we’ll keep you informed as and when these become available.

Anyone who is already registered on the British Newspaper Archives website will have just received an update about acces to the beta test site for the weekend as shown below.

Update: BNA [beta] Access

As you registered early on britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk, we would like to thank
you for your interest and offer you an exclusive preview and the opportunity to
influence the final site when it is released later this year.

The website itself is now close to completion, and we are inviting you to a preview
of the ’beta‘ site (the test version of the site). This will also help us to
identify any problems and make improvements before the full public launch.

There are over 1.6 million fully searchable pages available and we are offering you a
special package of £6.95 for use in the beta period. Please note, searching is
free, however, you will need to register and purchase credits to view images in
our fantastic deep-zoom viewer.

The beta version of the site is available from now, until 10:00am on
Monday, 14th November, so please don‘t forget to make use of your opportunity to
preview the site! Please note, you will not be able to print or download images
during the beta period. You will be able to freely view the articles that you
have purchased for an additional 2 months when the site goes live.

The beta site is available NOW at: http://beta.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk

 

There then follows information about personal login to the site. So its all systems go for access to newspapers.

 

Paying for the beta test is a bit cheeky but I suspect it will stop the site falling over and text the payment mechanisms.

Guess what I shall be doing over the weekend. Good hunting everyone

 

Else

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10 million Cheshire Records published on Findmypast and free at SoG

 

Just a quick note to let you know that Findmypast have released 10 million new Cheshire records today.

The Cheshire Collection is an extraordinarily rich and comprehensive set of records provided by Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.

These records are essential to anyone with Cheshire roots or connections, as they cover not just the Church of England but also Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist registers, and, moreover, extend well beyond these core records of baptism, marriage and burial to a variety of other records giving biographical details for the residents of the county.

These records span the period 1538-1910. These records contain:

Find more information about these records here

 

Findmypast is available free at the Library of the Society of Genealogists and members of the Society received discounts on subscriptions to the site

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D-Day invasion of Normandy featured in latest Find My Past family history TV show

This week’s episode takes three people on a journey to uncover details about their ancestors who were all involved in the D-Day invasion in Normandy. The trailer can be seen on Youtube


The episode airs on Yesterday on Thursday 10th November at 9pm and is repeated daily throughout the following week. Yesterday can be found at Sky channel 537, Virgin TV channel 203 and Freeview channel 12. There is also more information on the Yesterday Facebook page

The episode focuses on the incredible story of HMS Swift which landed British troops at D-Day on the beach-head – and in doing so gained a new insight into the complexity that lay behind the feat of landing troops on the heavily defended shores of Normandy.

CONTRIBUTORS:

Robin Clarke is 25-years-old, engaged, has a baby boy, Jack, and is a Medical Secretary. She and her family live in the cottage next to her mother in rural Cheshire. Robin was taken to Normandy once when she was a young child and knows that her family were involved in the first Normandy landings, but doesn’t know the details. Since having a child of her own, she is passionate about passing on information about her family’s history to the next generation.

Kerry Wood, is a 33-year-old police officer in London and has a four-year-old daughter who is a quarter-French. She knows nothing about her ancestors’ involvement in D Day. Kerry knows a little about her grandparents and their involvement in the war and is keen to find out more.

Frances O Reilly, is in her mid-thirties. A graphic designer by trade she has two small children and lives in Epsom. She knows a little about her family history, she knows that her paternal grandfather was a doctor, as was her great-uncle ‘Johnny’ (on her paternal grandmother’s side) who lived close to his sister in Devon. Johnny had led ‘quite an exciting life’ and that he wrote a book but she has never read it.

 

Having missed the last couple of episode as I’ve been teaching the SoG’s Thursday evening class, I’m going to make sure  I take this opportunity to curl up and watch on Thursday night. Follow me on Twitter @SoGGenealogist and we can discuss what we think of the show.

 

Else Churchill

SoG Genealogist

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