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VE Day Help the BBC with your stories

My name is Rav Dehele and I'm researcher with BBC. We are currently working on some programming in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day. 


As a part of this programming we are currently working on making a short film that involves family members of veterans sending in a short video message to say thank you, and to say how proud they are of their family members' contribution and sacrifice during the Second World War. 


I was wondering if you would be able to share the official BBC flyer (see attached) with your members, or on your social media channels? We would love to try and as many video messages as possible.


The flyer directs people to an email address. Once they have sent an email to that address, they will receive instructions on what we would like to them film, how they need to film it - and will also provide a link for them to upload their videos.


Whether their family member was a solider, a Wren, an engineer, a pilot etc. - we think this short film would be the perfect way to honour and preserve their legacy. 


If you need any more information please do let me know - I am reachable by phone/email at any time.

Alternatively, if you have any direct contacts of those who served during the war - even in munitions factories etc - we would absolutely love to get in touch :)


Kind Regards,


Rav Dehele

Researcher - BBC VE Day 75

mob: 07931 475 028

Free access to digital records


We are making digital records available on our website free of charge for as long as our Kew site is closed to visitors.

Registered users will be able to order and download up to 10 items at no cost, to a maximum of 50 items over 30 days. The limits are there to try and help manage the demand for content and ensure the availability of our digital services for everyone.

To access the service and download for free, users will be required to:

  • Register/sign in to their Discovery account before adding items to their basket (maximum ten items per basket)
  • Abide by the terms of our fair use policy
  • Complete the order process to receive a download link, which will remain active for 30 days. (The link will also be saved in ‘Your orders’ in your account for 30 days)

Our usual terms of use still apply – digital copies can be downloaded for non-commercial private use and educational purposes only, and bulk downloads and web crawlers are not permitted.

How can I download documents for free?

You will be required to register for a free account on our website and be logged in to be able to download documents.

To find records that are available to download for free, filter your search results in Discovery to include records that are ‘available for download only’.

What sort of documents can I download?

You will be able to download records digitised by The National Archives and published through Discovery, our online catalogue. These include:

  • First and Second World War records, including medal index cards
  • Military records, including unit war diaries
  • Royal and Merchant Navy records, including Royal Marine service records
  • Wills from the jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury
  • Migration records, including aliens’ registration cards and naturalisation case papers
  • 20th century Cabinet Papers and Security Service files
  • Domesday Book

For more details click here:

Important News re Online Access to Find My Past through Cheshire Libraries

Find My Past’s fair usage policy means that they apply a limit on how many records can be accessed from each account.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of FMP during the current situation, we’ve reached these limits extremely fast which has led to access being limited for many people.

We’ve been in touch with Find My Past to try and find the best resolution for this issue- our current solution is to limit access and give out the log in details on request, which will help us manage access more closely.

This will begin at the start of next month as we’ve already reached our access limit for April.

I hope this information helps, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you require any further information.

Kind regards,

Daniel Jones

Systems and Information Librarian
Cheshire Libraries Shared Services

Scottish Family History Virtual Conference

Free Scottish Family History Virtual Conference - 1 May 2020


The Scottish Indexes Conference will start at 7 am (BST) on Friday 1 May 2020 and finish after 10 pm (BST). The virtual event will be live-streamed to the Scottish Indexes Facebook group ( and will be available on Zoom. The interactive programme will feature the presentations “DNA Testing for Family History” by Michelle Leonard, “Tracing the Irish in Scotland” by Chris Paton, “Sources in Scotland for Tracing Scottish Emigrants” by Kirsty Wilkinson, among others. George MacKenzie, former Keeper of the Records of Scotland, will deliver an intriguing presentation, “...bread & cheese & kisses is not enough…”. There will be opportunities to ask the expert panellists questions throughout the day.

Speaking about the last conference, professional genealogist Cinda Baxter said, “A huge and hearty thanks again to Emma and Graham for providing the virtual conference. What a labor of love (and terrific gift) during these crazy times.”

Attendee Lyn Fogarty said, “Thanks to your guest speakers. Informative, funny and interesting.”

To register simply join the Scottish Indexes group on Facebook (, or to register on Zoom follow the directions on

About is run by husband and wife team Graham and Emma Maxwell, both experienced Scottish genealogists. As well as helping clients with their family history, Graham and Emma also index historical Scottish records and make them available for free on their website. 


We are attaching an image for your use. If you would like to know more about this event, please email Emma Maxwell - 

Migration Talk


Online talk

What's On-Line is a series of free, pre-recorded online talks delivered by our experts, here at The National Archives.


Using examples of records and case studies relating to both immigrants and emigrants held in our collection, this talk will explain how to search for and interpret records such as passenger lists, passports, registration and naturalisation records.

This talk will be delivered by Roger Kershaw, Migration Records Specialist at The National Archives.


Date And Time

Fri, 24 April 2020

14:00 – 15:00 BST


Register with Eventbrite

Find My Past offer

Findmypast announce Easter offer

20% discount on all 12 month subscriptions

·         Limited time offer available until April 15th

·         Open to anyone without an active 12 month sub

·         Findmypast invite new and existing users to join their online community  

Leading family history website, Findmypast, are offering a 20% discount on all 12-month subscriptions in their Easter 2020 sale.

This limited time offer is open to all new and existing customers as well as all active 1, 3 or 6 month subscribers who wish to upgrade, from now until midnight (BST) April 15th.

Simply visit and enter the offer code EEASTER20UK to claim 20% of any of the following subscription options;

·         Starter - All the crucial records for starting a family tree and tracing your roots back five generations. The Starter package also enables you to benefit from the research of other members by matching common ancestors to the names stored in your family tree

·         Plus – Billions of family records that will enable you to take your research further and tell a more detailed story. Search for your ancestors across all birth, marriage, death, census, work, education, military, travel and social history records

·         Pro – Explore everything Findmypast has to offer. Pro covers access to all 13 billion UK, Irish and world records as well as Findmypast’s exclusive newspaper archive spanning more three centuries of British and world history.

Online family history research is the perfect stay-at-home activity and building a family tree on Findmypast is the first step towards exploring your family’s story in vivid detail.

Findmypast’s unrivalled collections to continue to grow by an average of 4 million names a day and cover a wide range of resources, many of which can’t be found anywhere else online.

Findmypast to help isolated users stay connected

With most of us now remaining at home and limiting contact with loved ones, Findmypast is inviting anyone with an interest in family history to join their online community.

Findmypast has been working hard to ensure their online community can provide support to all those who need it and a way of staying connected to others through their popular Facebook page.

To keep members busy and encourage discussion, Findmypast will be running a programme of interactive activities including “Ask Me Anything” sessions with in-house experts, masterclasses on a variety of topics, live discussions, fun research activities and more.

Simply follow Findmypast on Facebook to keep up to date with the latest online events and activaties, chat to other community members, share knowledge, and stay connected.