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Latest news from the FHSC

Suspension of Lift Access at Municipal Buildings Crewe

The lift at the Municipal Building will be out of action for 3 weeks [8th-27th April] meaning that access to FHSC facilities will be by use of the stairs only.

We apologise for this; the issue is beyond our control.

In the meantime - please email if you require any lookups or help in the meantime.

Find your postal worker ancestors for free

The Addressing Health Data Mapper is a tool to present and share data generated by the Addressing Health project. The project examines the health of UK postal workers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. It uses information about sickness-related absences and retirement derived from pension records and other sources of evidence.

Find out more and access the data base at this link 👉https://data.addressinghealth.org.uk/

British Placename Mapper

Members may be interested in this new little webapp -  British Placename Mapper - created by Robin Wilson, It allows you to search for place names that match various criteria (starts with 'great', ends with 'burgh' etc) and plot them on an interactive map

Link to try it out 👉https://placenames.rtwilson.com/

Image is of placename search I did for places ending in 'wich' 

 

British History Online website

Some news from the British History Online which you may like to take advantage of - 

On February 29 2024, we upgraded our website to Drupal 10, and moved server. In the process, there have been a number of problems with subscriptions, logging in, and searching the content. We are working to fix these problems, and appreciate your patience whilst this is accomplished. In the meantime, we have lowered the paywall, and are allowing access to all our material to all visitors.

Link 👉https://www.british-history.ac.uk/

 

Wirral History and Heritage Fair 2024

 The Wirral History and Heritage Association annual Fair takes place this Saturday 23rd March at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight between 10am - 4pm

 

FHSC along with other Historical Societies will be in attendance

 

Admission is free, as is the parking and the site is level access with a cafe - a good day out in other words! 

The venue postcode is CH62 5DH, [Bolton Road, Bebington] just off the A41, 5 minutes walk from Port Sunlight Station

Any queries to                             

 

New feature on National Library of Scotland Map Images

The National Library of Scotland Map Collections have just added a new feature to their Map Images Website

You can now search by postcode in the Map Finder or Georeferenced Viewers.

Find out more here 👉https://maps.nls.uk/geo/explore/help.html#ngr

Watch out also for our May Seminar, when Chris Fleet from the National Libraries of Scotland is coming to talk to us about the map images collection, how to use it and get the best out of this wonderful free resource. Full details will be out soon but keep 15th May free! 

The National Archives seeks bidders to digitise Home Guard records

The National Archives (TNA) has announced a contract to digitise, transcribe and publish the four million records of the Home Guard in the Second World War and 1950s.

The records are among 14 million records of personnel who served in all branches of the armed forces between 1920 and 1963 which are currently being transferred from the Ministry of Defence to TNA.

Reaad more 👉https://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/the-national-archives-contract-digitise-home-guard-records

Guinness employee records go online

Over 1.6 million historic records of employees at Dublin’s famous Guinness Storehouse have been published online in time for St Patrick’s Day.

The records were digitised by family history website Ancestry in partnership with the Guinness Storehouse Archives.

Ancestry has added two sets of records – ‘Guinness Trade Ledgers, 1860-1960’ (consisting of 1,452,426 records) and ‘Guinness Employee Records, 1799-1939’ (consisting of 204,605 records).

Carry on reading 👉https://www.whodoyouthinkyouaremagazine.com/news/guinness-employee-records-ancestry

OldNews.com
 
A New Website for Exploring Historical Newspapers - by MyHeritage
 
Existing MyHeritage users can log in to OldNews.com with their MyHeritage account credentials, and new users registering via OldNews.com 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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