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Latest news from the FHSC

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 👉https://familytreeknots.blogspot.com/2024/02/ancestry-and-enhanced-images.html

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 - www.deceasedonline.com 

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

For more details click on the following link 👉https://www.deceasedonline.com/emails/email_20240208_1.html

 

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 👉https://support.ancestry.com/s/article/AncestryDNA-Plus-Membership

Free Online Events for February 2024

My usual list of free online events for the month. More details and registration information can be found by clicking the link under each event  

Sat, 3 Feb 2024 10:30 BST

Family History: Using Second World War Army Records

by National Archives [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-history-using-second-world-war-army-records-tickets-753889522857

 

Tue, 6 Feb 2024 17:30 BST 

‘Masculine Discernment and 18th Century Accessories: snuffboxes, Canes, Toothpick Cases, and Fob Seals’

by Royal Historical Society

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://royalhistsoc.org/calendar/masculine-discernment-and-eighteenth-century-accessories-snuffboxes-canes-toothpick-cases-and-fob-seals-a-material-world-at-the-warburg-institute-lecture/

 

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 13:00 BST

VicVaDis: The Victorian Anti-Vaccination Discourse Corpus

by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Link with more details, no need to book just join remotely 👉 https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/events/vicvadis-victorian-anti-vaccination-discourse-corpus

 

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 15:00 BST

Women’s Lives and Writing

by National Library of Scotland

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/womens-lives-and-writings-online-resources-for-everyone-tickets-755511333737

 

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 19:30 BST 

Northerners A History: From the Ice Age to the Present Day

by Bolton Family History Society [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bolton-fhs-northerners-a-history-from-the-ice-age-to-the-present-day-tickets-717958682747

 

Sat, 10 Feb 2024 14:00 BST 

DNA and Ethnicity: What do your results prove?

by MLFHS: Oldham and District Branch

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dna-and-ethnicity-what-do-your-results-prove-our-monthly-talk-on-zoom-tickets-791236879807

 

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 16:00 BST 

Sharing Stories from the Archive

by Royal College of Nursing Library and Archives

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sharing-stories-from-the-archive-tickets-738109293767

 

Fri, 16 Feb 2024 14:00 BST

Secrets of The National Archives: The First Cabinet Minutes

by National Archives [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secrets-of-the-national-archives-the-first-cabinet-minutes-tickets-602441236957

 

Sat, 17 Feb  2024 10:00 BST

The Ghastly Find at Cheetham: Body-snatching & Manchester

by Romancing the Gothic [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ghastly-find-at-cheetham-body-snatching-manchester-w-hannah-priest-tickets-812407491677

 

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 18:00 BST

The Queen’s Silence: Tracing the British Monarchy’s Ties to Slavery in the Archives

by Royal Historical Society

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://royalhistsoc.org/calendar/the-queens-silence-tracing-the-british-monarchys-ties-to-slavery-in-the-archives-lecture/

 

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 19:00 BST

The Archaeology of Subterranean Britian

by Triskele Heritage [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-archaeology-of-subterranean-britain-tickets-810395694337

 

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 15:00 BST

Introduction to Family History 

by National Library of Scotland

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-family-history-tickets-781442033157

 

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 19:30 BST

Philippa Gregory’s Normal Women: 900 Years of Making History

by National Archives [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/philippa-gregorys-normal-women-900-years-of-making-history-tickets-753775802717

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 👉https://blog.myheritage.com/2024/01/celebrate-australia-day-with-free-access-to-over-108-million-records/

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 👉https://www.ancestry.com/c/legal/termsandconditions

Also see The Legal Genealogist post 👉https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2024/01/18/another-ancestry-tos-update/

 

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 👉 bl.uk/research

For more on this story you may like to read this article from the Guardian

👉https://www.theguardian.com/books/2024/jan/15/british-library-begins-restoring-digital-services-after-cyber-attack

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 👉https://chiddicksfamilytree.com/2023/09/17/the-pilots-grave/

Free Online Events for January 2024

Happy New Year - my usual list of free online events are below.  Details and registration instructions can be found by clicking on the link below each talk listing 

Wed, 10 Jan 2024 19:30 BST

They went to work in a Russian cotton mill and stayed for 40 years

by Bolton Family History Society [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bolton-fhs-they-went-to-work-in-a-russian-cotton-mill-and-stayed-40-years-tickets-717943376967

 

Thur, 11 Jan 2024 Starts 19:30 BST

Reserching Welsh Ancestors

by Glamorgan Family history Society

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/researching-welsh-ancestors-tickets-707891651987

 

Sat, 13 Jan 2024 10:30 BST

Family History: Using First World War Army Records 

by National Archives [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-history-using-first-world-war-army-records-tickets-753852953477

 

Sat, 13 Jan 2024 14:00 BST

Life and Work in Cotton Lancashire c1830-1914

with Dr Michael Winstanley 

by MLFHS: Oldham and District Branch

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mlfhs-oldham-district-branch-tickets-750821215467

 

Wed, 17 Jan 2024 15:00 BST

Introduction to Family History 

by National Library of Scotland

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-family-history-tickets-753477370097

 

Sat, 20 Jan 2024 10:30 BST

Family History: Using Civilian Internee Records

by National Archives [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-history-using-civilian-internee-records-tickets-753872191017

 

Wed, 24 Jan 2024 15:00 BST

Navigating the Maps Website

by National Library of Scotland

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/navigating-the-maps-website-tickets-780820153097

 

Fri, 26 Jan 2024 14:00 BST

Poverty, Language and the New Poor Law in Wales 1834-1871

by National Archives [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/poverty-language-and-the-new-poor-law-in-wales-1834-1871-tickets-753699013037

 

Sat, 27 Jan 2024 10:30 BST

Family History: Using Prisioner of War Records

by National Archives [Free to attend but donation suggested]

Link with more details and to register 👉 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-history-using-prisoner-of-war-records-tickets-753883153807