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Latest news from the FHSC
A New Website for Exploring Historical Newspapers - by MyHeritage
Existing MyHeritage users can log in to with their MyHeritage account credentials, and new users registering via can use the same login credentials to access MyHeritage.
Watch out for the T&Cs as always
Free Online Events for March
First of the month and my usual list of free online events that members may be interested in.
I have added a few for the beginning of April as I had a few comments from members that they had missed booking talks for the start of the month as they were already fully booked by the time I had advertised them 
Full details in the link under each talk heading 
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Records of the British Home Children now available on family history website Findmypast

Findmypast has announced a new collection of nearly 39,000 records of the ‘Home Children’ who were sent from Britain to Canada, launched in partnership with organisations including The National Archives, the British Library, Library and Archives Canada and Home Children Canada.

These records are free to search although users will need to register for a Findmypast account.

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Press release from MyHeritage
This Week Only: Upload Your DNA Data and Get Free Access to All DNA Features
Note - this offer is valid for new DNA files that are uploaded to MyHeritage for the first time. It does not apply to DNA files uploaded in the past.
Watch the T&Cs
Ancestry and Enhanced Images

Whether you are a new user of Ancestry or someone who has been using their record collections for a number of years, you might not have noticed a feature when viewing images that may have been actually getting in your way - the "Enhanced images" feature.

This interesting blog from the Family Tree Knots blog site penned by Ken McKinlay is worth a read 

Link 👉

FindMyPast improve their 1871 census trancriptions

I thought members may be interested in the improvements that FindMyPast have made to the 1871 census transcriptions. 

Previously untranscribed, FindMyPast have added occupation and place of birth to over 22 million records, so not only will you see this information on the transcriptions, you can now search by these fields using the advanced search page.


Response to the Ministry of Justice regarding the storage and retention of post-1858 wills documents

The Family History Federation have produced a response to the Ministry of Justice regarding the storage and retention of post-1858 wills documents.

A coiy has been uploaded to the Members Documents area of the website, under the Library tab - or click HERE for a direct link 

Halton, Runcorn, and Widnes Records now available on Deceased Online

Members who subscribe to Deceased Online may be interested to know that records for three cemeteries in the Borough of Halton are now available to view on Deceased Online - 

The records are from Halton Cemetery, Widnes Cemetery, and Runcorn Cemetery, and cover from 1860-2020

For more details click on the following link 👉


Ancestry DNA Plus Membership

Ancestry are now rolling out the AncestryDNA Plus membership (£14.99 for six months).

AncestryDNA Plus™ is a low-priced membership that provides access to current and upcoming DNA features, making it easier than ever to discover new details about your family’s origins. Access to paid records or family trees not included.

 Note: if you already have an Ancestry subscription you won't need this membership

Link to Ancestry page with full information 👉

Celebrate Australia Day with Free Access to Over 108 Million Records

In celebration of Australia’s rich and diverse heritage, MyHeritage are offering free access to their extensive collection of Australian records. This incredible opportunity runs from January 24–28, 2024. 

You willhave to create a free account to access the records and please read the Terms and Conditions 

Link to find out more 👉

Ancestry update Terms and Conditions

Ancestry have updated their terms and conditions and privacy policy.- as of 17thJanuary 2024 

It appears that they will soon be allowing DNA uploads from other testing services. 

The Terms and Conditions now expressly prohibit “allowing unauthorized third parties to access Services using your credentials” — meaning no sharing of log-in information


See full terms and conditions 👉

Also see The Legal Genealogist post 👉


British Library begins restoring digital services after cyber-attack

A statement from the Briitsh Library yesterday [15th Jan 2024] reads


Today we’ve released a searchable online version of our main catalogue, which contains records of the majority of our printed collections as well as some freely available online resources. We have also expanded the range of items that can be accessed in our Reading Rooms at St Pancras, including the majority of our special collections. Advance online ordering is not currently available so you will need to come onsite to order the items you need via a manual process in the Reading Rooms. If you need to confirm the availability of a particular item in advance of your visit you can email our Reference Services team. To find out more about searching for and ordering collection items at the moment, please visit our website 👉

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Are you receiving our newsletters and emails?

Lets start the new year by ensuring all the FHSC communications are reaching your inbox.

I have noted a large number of newsletters that arent getting through to our members. 

There are a number of reasons this happens and here are the steps to sort them out:

- ensure you have a valid email address configured on your profile by clicking on the large Profile button followed by the My Profile link. Check your details and update where necessary (NB If you cant login then contact  )

- follow the guidance at Missing Newsletters FAQ

- follow the guidance at Missing Emails



The Pilot’s Grave

The pilot who diverted his WW2 plane away from Nantwich before crashing into a field, is to be honoured with the Freedom of Nantwich. Sunday January 14 2024 will mark the 80th anniversary of Lieutenant Arthur Lesley Brown’s act of bravery. Read all about him in this blog by FHSC member Paul Chiddicks on his website Chiddicks Family Tree 👉