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Public Health and the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic
Free National Archives Talk - Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 14:00 GMT

One hundred years ago, the 1918 influenza pandemic wrought havoc across the globe. The first wave of the ‘flu appeared in the spring of 1918, followed by a more virulent second wave in the autumn, and a third wave in the spring of 1919. In total, it is estimated that the epidemic claimed 225,000 lives in Britain. While the end of the First World War has overshadowed the pandemic in history books, and within collective memory, recent scholarship has sought to uncover the impact of the pandemic on a war-torn society.

This talk will dive into the government’s response to the pandemic, at a time when the cause of influenza was unknown and there was no consensus on treatment. Alongside a look at commentary within national newspapers, this talk will take a look at what records can be found within the state archive: from the response of military institutions and the impact on soldiers to the public health response and concern for citizens.

This talk will be delivered by Laura Robson-Mainwaring, Health Records Specialist, lasting approximately 30 minutes followed by a 15 minute Q&A.

This online talk will be presented on Microsoft Teams. You will be emailed an access link 24 hours in advance. 

Please note you do not need a Teams account to join this event. Instead you can select the ‘Join anonymously’ option if preferred.


Link to register -

Reminder of RootsTech Online Conference
Explore your family history for free at RootsTech as the family history conference goes online for 2021
Over the past ten years, RootsTech has brought exciting elements of the genealogy and technology worlds together, transforming the genealogy show-going scene, and celebrating new IT based developments that we, the end users, benefit from when doing our family histories at home, online.
Since 2001 RootsTech has been held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; November 2019 saw the first-ever UK-based RootsTech, and now, in the light of the implications of Covid-19 the RootsTech team have decided to take their event global – providing the whole show online as a free and virtual event for people anywhere on Earth (with an internet connection!) to enjoy.
To find out more and register visit the show page at the link below

FHSC has had to embrace the change in taxation rules brought about by Brexit.

This only impacts those who live in the European Union:

- if you are a member then tax will be added to your membership fees paid from the 1 January 2021 onwards. These are automatically calculated if you pay by card or PayPal via the website. Other payment methods for EU or ROW memberships have been removed.

- if you purchase products from the shop then tax appropriate to your country of residence will be added to the costs if you live in the EU

FHSC will have to forward this tax to the EU on a quarterly basis


We apologise  for the increase in costs for those of you still in the EU. This was deemed preferable to the alternative which was to prevent EU based members and prevent shop sales into the EU.


Alan Bennett


British History Online makes all research content free to individual users until 30 April 2021

British History Online [BHO] offers enhanced access to online material 

BHO is a digital collection of key printed primary and secondary sources for the history of Britain and Ireland, with a special focus on the period 1300 to 1800.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic the BHO decided to make all transcribed content freely available to individual users

They have now added 200 volumes of the Premium Content from 2020. This material will remain available until 30 April 2021 in the first instance.


The link to the blog post below [first published for the 2020 offer and now updated] describes what’s included in this latest move.

Advance notice of the FHF REALLY USEFUL Family History Show
Deatils of the next FHF REALLY USEFUL Family History Show: 
When: Saturday 10th April 2021
Where: Online Event 
Guest speakers will be announced soon, watch this space BUT in the meantime, the EARLY BIRD ticket offer is available BUT ONLY until 31st January 2021
£7.50 EARLY BIRD TICKET available from