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The National Archives Annual Digital Lecture
~ Diary Note ~
The National Archives Annual Digital Lecture
This FREE event will take place online: 

Wed, 4 November 2020

16:00 – 17:00 GMT


In her lecture ‘The death of anonymity in the age of identity’ speaker Carly Kind [Director of the Ada Lovelace Institute] will discuss what the loss of anonymity in our digitised age means for our future.
To read more and book tickets for this FREE online event click on the following link -                                                                                       
Great News for Nantwich Museum
Congratulations to Nantwich Museum from all at FHSC
The Museum has been picked as one of the 60 diverse organisations participating in 'The Lab' project.
It is part of the Digital Heritage Lab which is providing digital mentoring support helping organisations develop their digital capabilities.
It is a free programme for small to medium sized heritage organisations and is project managed by the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) in partnership with Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy, One Further and the Collections Trust.
It is funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of the Digital Skills for Heritage initiative.
Remembering the Parish

The Royal Historical Society ~ Eighteenth Warwick Symposium on Parish Records

This year takes the form of a webinar

To be held on Saturday 7th November 2020 - 10.00am-6.00pm GMT


This year the theme of remembrance is addressed and very broadly defined.

In five panels dedicated to ‘Buildings’, ‘Communities’, ‘Records’, ‘Revolution’ and ‘Environments’, speakers from four countries explore aspects of material culture and natural settings, local commemorative cultures, various types of primary evidence and the long-term repercussions of moments of change from the Middle Ages to the present.


Keynote address:  Nicola Whyte (Exeter), ‘Remembering the Parish Landscape’


Confirmed contributions:

  • Ian Atherton (Keele), ‘Remembering the English Civil Wars in parish registers’
  • Mary Carrick (Independent), ‘A very peculiar parish: Wawne, also Waghen in Holderness, East Yorkshire’
  • John Craig (Simon Fraser), ‘Record keeping and remembrance in early modern London parishes’
  • Lydia Fisher (Exeter), ‘Removed and rearranged: Recovering medieval stained glass from 19thC accounts’
  • Alexander Hutton (King’s, London), ‘Remembering and forgetting the English historic county since 1945’
  • Fiona McCall (Portsmouth), ‘The wickedly wicked times: loyalist memories of the interregnum parish’
  • Imogen Peck (Warwick), ‘Veterans, commemorations and the politics of the parish in early modern England’
  • Hannah Reeve (Newcastle), ‘Perambulation in Yorkshire: Boundary beating in the long eighteenth century’
  • Michael Roth (Heidelberg), ‘Church foundation stones as time capsules in early modern European perspective’
  • Michael Sewell (Essex), ‘Use of siege ruins in Colchester in the long nineteenth century’
  • Hàìghlèàgh Winslade (Winchester), ‘Parish churches in the downland and their connections to the landscape’
  • Stanisław Witecki (Kraków), ‘Recollections of 18thC everyday life in egodocuments of Polish-Lithuanian priests’


The Warwick Network for Parish Research warmly invites anyone with an active research interest in parishes to join the event as a discussant.

This virtual gathering will be facilitated by the Blackboard software – all you need is a device with an internet connection. For organizational reasons, however, advance registration is required.

All registered participants will receive access details shortly before the Symposium.

On the day, the hosts will strive to run everything as simply and smoothly as possible but please bear with us in case of any practical issues.



Please send your name, email and a brief description of related research interests to:   – registrations will close on 31 October 2020.

For a full programme and future updates please visit our Symposium homepage at:


The names of the first speakers at the FHF REALLY USEFUL Family History Show [14th November 2020] have been released and they are:
STEVE MANNING: - FHF Chairman, Steve Manning, is an enthusiastic family historian who firmly believes that, wherever possible, the whole family should be part of the ‘research adventure’. His talk is called - Beginning Research
AMELIA BENNETT: - Ameila has been researching her family history for 25 years and has been a trustee of the Society of Genealogists for over five years. Her talk is entitled - Hidden in Plain Sight
GRAHAM HART: - Graham is Co-Founder and and Trustee of Free UK Genealogy. Graham has been involved in genealogy for 35 years and, as well as Free UK Genealogy, is particularly interested in DNA genealogy and tools that can help analyse the matches. In his real life Graham is an IT Director of a company based in London and lives just to the west of London. He will be presenting - Focus on Free BMD
DARRIS WILLIMAS: - Darris is presently the FamilySearch Wiki & Community Trees Manager, freelance genealogist, and family history instructor. A special area of interest has been Welsh family history. Darris's talk is called - Surnames in Genealogy
JACKIE DEPELLE: - Jackie has been teaching Family History since the days of micro-film and fiche and is now fully supporting digital initiatives. A speaker at major events such as WDYTYA-Live and RootsTech London, Jackie has also run workshops and events for Archives, Country Houses, Libraries, Museums and Universities. She will be presenting - Ideas for Researching Non-Conformist Ancestors
SUE GIBBONS: - Sue was the Librarian of the Society of Genealogists for almost 20 years. During this time she was responsible for managing a major Lottery funded project to convert the old card catalogue into computer form and make it available on the Internet. Sue's [presentation is entitled - Tracing Immigrant Ancestors up to World War II
CHRIS FLEET:- Chris has worked at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, and the National Library of Wales before joining the National Library of Scotland in 1994. His main responsibilities at NLS relate to modern and historical digital mapping, and he has overseen the development of the Library's maps website over the last two decades. Listen to his talk on - The Value of NLS Maps in Family History Research
PAUL CARTER: - Paul is a genealogist specialising in military, Kent and London records and a website developer. As a software developer, web designer and genealogist, he helps family and local historians to support their research through technology. His talk will be all about - Relating a Name to a Place
So Don't Delay - Book your £5 EARLY BIRD TICKET NOW at
With MANY more speakers and exhibitors being announced all the time keep checking back here or to the FHF Really Useful website for more updates.
FYI - the main FHF website can be accessed at the link below -
Who Do You Think You Are? returns to our screens in October
The eagerly awaited 17th series of the popular genealogy/family history programme will air in October
Only 4 episodes were completed before the coronavirus lockdown began. 
Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, comedian and author David Walliams, Gavin & Stacey’s Ruth Jones and Silent Witness actor Liz Carr will take turns uncovering the unexpected, fascinating and sometimes tragic tales in their family trees.
For more details click on the following link  -
2nd Family History Show Online
The 2nd Family History Show Online
26th September 
10am - 4:30pm 
Tickets cost £6 for the day ~ but there is also a lot of free content.
The online events have all the features of the physical shows, from the comfort of your own home!                                                                    Put your research questions to an expert, watch a free talk, speak to a local society, archive or genealogical supplier.

~ Ask the Experts ~

Submit your questions to the panel of experts before the show.

Either book a free 1-to-1 session or watch the live stream question panel at 15:30 where you can ask your questions live!

The Experts cover a wide range of topics, including Military, DNA, House Histories, Social History, Brick Walls and General Research.

There will also be Society of Genealogists' Census Detectives on hand to answer your questions.


~ Societies & Archives ~ 

Visit exhibitors, societies, archives and companies in our virtual exhibition hall.                                                                                                                                   

There will be the oppotuntiy to talk to some of the stallholders [including little old me representing the FHSC]  by text, audio or video, all from your own sofa! 


All details can be found at the link below -
A DAMNABLE and SINISTER REGIME: Vale Royal Abbey 1260~1538
New local history book by local historian tells the story of the medieval abbey of Vale Royal
Vale Royal Abbey 1260~1538
by Tony Bostock, an accomplished local historian and the author of a number of books and many articles on various aspects of Cheshire history, contributing regularly to the annual journal, Cheshire History. Much of his work is published on his web-site: He is a regular speaker to local history and family history societies and other organisations throughout the county.
Thiis new illustrated paperback book is available now from AMAZON BOOKS UK ( priced £14.99/Kindle £5.99 or contact the author direct:
VALE ROYAL ABBEY is a former medieval abbey and later country house at Whitegate. The original building was founded c.1265 by the Lord Edward, later King Edward I, for Cistercian monks. Edward intended the structure to be on a grand scale. Had it been completed it would have been the largest Cistercian monastery in Europe - but his ambitions were frustrated by recurring financial difficulties and the Welsh wars added to which what was eventually what was built fell down in a storm!
When work resumed in the late fourteenth century, the building was considerably smaller than originally planned. Throughout its history the abbey was mismanaged and poor relations with the local population sparked riots. These included the murder of an abbot, rape and robbery. There was internal disorder too. The abbey was described in the early sixteenth century as a ‘damnable and sinister regime', hence the title of the book. Vale Royal was closed in 1538 by Henry VIII during his Dissolution of the Monasteries. Overall a 'failed enterprise' - a failure in the monastic ideal and in never becoming the grandiose building intended.
This story of Vale Royal is written in a way as to appeal to the general reader, those who have an interest in medieval monasticism, and of course those who enjoy learning about Cheshire’s past. In addition to relating the history of the abbey there is a final chapter on the man responsible for the abbey’s destruction, Sir Thomas Holcroft, who established a home among the mediaeval cloistral buildings. Sir Thomas is an intriguing character who served three monarchs as a courtier, soldier, diplomat and spy master
Birmingham Heritage Week

Birmingham Heritage Week [10-20 September - bit of a long week!] 

Slightly out of Cheshire I know - BUT interesting for FHSC members all the same, who may have family connections 


Eleven days of varied and fascinating events, from displays, walks and talks to open days. This year yoiu are invited, for the first time, to explore Birmingham’s heritage through virtual events as well as in person visits. You can test your Birmingham knowledge with our Brummie Quiz and take the post box challenge; what do you know about your local postbox?

Enjoy discovering Birmingham’s history and heritage, in person or from the comfort of your home.


For more details follow the link below:



FamilySearch Announces RootsTech Connect 2021: A Free Global Virtual Event

FamilySearch has announced that the RootsTech 2021 conference previously planned for February 3–6, 2021, in Salt Lake City, Utah - will now be held on February 25–27, 2021, as a free, virtual event online 


.RootsTech Connect 2021 will enable attendees to participate from around the world and will feature inspiring keynote speakers, dozens of classes in multiple languages, and a virtual marketplace.

Reserve your place today at


“The pandemic is giving us the opportunity to bring RootsTech to a broader audience worldwide,” said Steve Rockwood, FamilySearch International CEO. “A virtual event also allows us to expand our planning to truly make this a global celebration of family and connection.” 

RootsTech Connect 2021 will be global in scope while offering many experiences that attendees have come to know and love from RootsTech events—including inspirational keynote speakers, dozens of classes to choose from, and an expo hall.  

Throughout the three-day online event, attendees will have the ability to interact with presenters, exhibitors, and other attendees through live chat and question and answer sessions. 

“Classes will be taught in many languages, and presenters will teach from a number of international locations,” said Rockwood. “We will celebrate cultures and traditions from around the world, with activities that the audience can participate in from home—such as homeland cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and music performances. This is one virtual event you won’t want to miss.” 

RootsTech Connect 2021 will offer a combination of both livestream and on-demand content to accommodate differences in time zone for participants. In addition, sessions will be available to view on-demand after the event concludes. 

Rockwood says that FamilySearch is looking forward to the opportunity to deliver the signature RootsTech experience and helping tens of thousands of participants worldwide to discover, gather, and connect their family story.  

RootsTech hopes to gather in-person again in the future but anticipates the RootsTech Connect virtual opportunity will become a regular addition to the event. 

Register for free at