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FHSC Advent Calendar

FHSC Advent Calendar

Once again I'm featuring an Advent Calendar on our social media platforms



During this series of WDYTYA, one of the main themes that came through for me was to ask questions of your relatives, there will come a day when you wish you had and the people won't be there to ask - so with that in mind this year's FHSC advent calendar is going to take the form of:


24 Questions to ask your Loved Ones this Christmas 


with a different question everyday, hopefuly this will also encourage younger generations to get involved.


For those that don't follow our social media accounts I will post a full list of all the questions as a downloadable PDF on the website under the Public Documents section - perhaps if you do hav a go you can let me know how you get on


If you would like to join us on Facebook or Twitter then I would be more than happy to help you sign in and show you how to keep your profile safe - just email me at  


Regional hubs to offer free online access to 1921 Census of England and Wales

Regional hubs to offer free online access to 1921 Census of England and Wales

News from the National Archives re 1921 Census 

Two regional hubs that will provide free online access to the 1921 Census of England and Wales from 6 January 2022.

The census will be available online via our commercial partner Findmypast and will be free to access in this way at The National Archives, in Kew.

In addition, visitors to the Manchester Central Library and the National Library of Wales will be able to access the 1921 Census of England and Wales via the Findmypast website for free following its publication next year.

Access at the Manchester Central Library, on St Peterโ€™s Square, Manchester, will be supported by the Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society helpdesk and the Archives+ Team.

The publication of the 1921 Census of England and Wales is the culmination of almost three yearsโ€™ work by Findmypastโ€™s highly skilled team of conservators, technicians and transcribers.

It is the largest project ever completed by The National Archives and Findmypast, consisting of more than 30,000 bound volumes of original documents stored on 1.6 linear kilometres of shelving, as outlined in two special guest blogs exploring the vast digitisation and conservation project.

Dr Valerie Johnson, Director of Research and Collections at The National Archives, said: โ€˜I am pleased to announce these regional hubs for the north of England and for Wales which, along with our own hub at Kew, will offer free online access to the 1921 Census via the Findmypast website.

โ€˜We understand the excitement and anticipation of this release and, by making the census available online, we are hugely increasing its accessibility. These hubs will offer an important alternative to those not able to log on from home. Without commercial partnerships of this kind, and the associated charges, the alternative for everyone would be to work through the papers themselves at The National Archives.

โ€˜As with other historical census data for England and Wales, we are also hopeful that the existing I-CeM database used by many academics will be expanded to include the 1921 Census data, and we are working to facilitate this as far as we can.โ€™

To mark the publication of the 1921 Census of England and Wales, the National Archives have launched an exciting programme of events and activities, 20sPeople, connecting our lives in the 2020s with those of people living in the 1920s. The keystone of the season will be the exhibition, The 1920s: Beyond the Roar, opening on 21 January 2022.

Latest Really Useful Podcast

Latest Really Useful Podcast
Latest Family History Federation podcast, Epiosde 3 - Online Events - is now available
Joe Saunders from the FHF is joined by Kelly Cornwell, Jane Hough [FHSC member] and our own Social Media and Publicity Officer Margaret Roberts
During the pandemic of 2020-1 many events in the family history world moved online and it looks as though many meetings, talks and conferences will have an online element ongoing.
The discussion centred around the excitement and variety of online family history events and how attendees and organisers can get the most out of them. A very intersting 'chat'

ScotlandsPeople website adds more maps and plans

ScotlandsPeople website adds more maps and plans
ScotlandsPeople, the ancestry research service of the National Library of Scotland, have added over 4,000 post-war agricultural planning maps and +400 heritorsโ€™ plans
The Department of Agriculture for Scotland plans of farm boundaries and types of farming are a snapshot of Scotland from 1944-54, showing land used for farming, hill grazing, market gardening, forestry and more. The plans were created to help safeguard food production during and after World War II.
The new heritor's plans now available mostly show architectural drawings of churches and manses around Scotland.
Direct link to the Maps & Plans page ๐Ÿ‘‰

Your country needs you!

Your country needs you!

Find My Past are calling for centenarians to be part of the 1921 Census launch


Ahead of the highly anticipated launch of the 1921 Census, FMP are inviting centenarians born in 1921 or before to come forward and be a part of the campaign to bring this piece of history to life. 


Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to dive into their own family history and learn the secrets of their ancestors, with the help of an expert genealogy team โ€“ capturing moments from the 1920s and assisting in the preservation of this period of time for future generations by sharing their own stories and memories.


Helen Kaye,  head of brand, content and PR for Find My Past says: :


"This is a once in a lifetime moment and what better way to celebrate than to hear from those who actually lived through this time. 

Thatโ€™s why we are calling for all centenarians across England and Wales to come forward and tell us about their earliest memories. We are so excited to be able to unveil the census and to bring this project to life."


If you are interested or know someone who would be interested in getting involved, we would love to hear from you. Please contact: 

Podcast with Nathan Dylan Thomas

Podcast with Nathan Dylan Thomas
The lastest in the Family Histories Podcast series is with the author of the Moreton Farrier books - Nathan Dylan Goodwin
Nathan talks about how he lives with a real family history and a fantasy family history - as well as going on to tell the story of his 'naughty' 3x G Grandfather Silas Thomas

National Archives Events for December

National Archives Events for  December
Whats on in December from the National Archives
Note: All the following online events can be booked for free but a donation can also be added 
Dec 1st 19:30 GMT
๐€ ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ ๐†๐ก๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ƒ๐š๐ง ๐‰๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ
Link for more information & booking
Dec 3rd 14:00 GMT
๐€๐ญ ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐–๐ž ๐…๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐ก๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฆ๐š๐ฌ ๐๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐€๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ž ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ฒ
Link for more information & booking
Dec 8th 19:30 GMT
๐€๐ฌ๐ค ๐š ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง: ๐ˆ๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐†๐ซ๐ž๐  ๐‰๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ
Link for more information & booking

New: The Irish Great War Dead Archive

New: The Irish Great War Dead Archive
This will be of interest to members with Irish ancestry
Tipperary Studies have launched a new website - a database of servicemen and servicewomen who died in the Great War.
There are 31,384 entries in the database, which is the work of military historian Tom Burnell.
Tom has spent almost 20 years researching the Great War dead from Ireland and some added features of Tomโ€™s research is that he also includes contemporary press reports and death certificate information, where such was available to him.

Free Access to Military Records

Free Access to Military Records
Find My Past are offering all military records on the site as free to view between 11-15 November
T&Cs from the site are - 

From 11 November until 15 November  2021 we will be giving free access to our Military records collection for Remembrance Day.

To use Findmypast during a free access period, you simply need to sign up or log in if you've already got an account. Then, log in during the free period and youโ€™ll be able to access all Military records that would normally be included in a paid subscription. For more information, including our fair usage policy, read our free access terms and conditions


Free Access to Ancestry Wartime Records*

Free Access to Ancestry Wartime Records*
Ancestry are offering free access to all Wartime related records UNTIL 12 NOV*
[*Free access ends 12 Nov 2021 at 11:59pm Registration required. Terms apply.}
Records include:
  • WW1 War Diaries
  • WWI Medal Cards
  • WWI British Army Service & Pension Records 
  • D-Day War Diaries & Photos
  • WWI Pension Ledgers & Index Cards
  • Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services
  • WWII Allied Prisoners of War
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission Casualty Records
  • Military Campaign Medals and Award Rolls 
Full details and T&Cs at the following link ๐Ÿ‘‰

Free online talks for Disability History Month

Free online talks for Disability History Month
A series of free online talks from ManMetUni: Research and Knowledge Exchange for Disability History Month
You will need to register for each talk - the dates, times, and links for each talk are set out below
Talk 1
Wed, 3 November 2021 - 18:00 โ€“ 19:30 GMT
๐‡๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‡๐š๐ฉ๐ฉ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ: ๐ƒ๐ž๐š๐Ÿ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ
๐ƒ๐ซ ๐‰๐š๐ข๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ญ ๐•๐ข๐ซ๐๐ข explores the experience of hearing loss, and attempts to โ€˜cureโ€™ deafness in Anglo-American culture in the 19th and 20th centuries. She shows that deafness was a widespread experience, and examines the evolution of hearing technologies โ€“ particularly hearing aids โ€“ as objects of desire as well as assistive technology.
Talk 2
Wed, 10 November 2021 - 18:00 โ€“ 19:30 GMT
๐Œ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ซ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Œ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ
๐ƒ๐ซ ๐Š๐š๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐ฒ๐ง ๐‡๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐ค examines the practice of pilgrimage in Manchester and the North-West in the 18th and 19th centuries, showing how people sought miracle cures for a range of illnesses and impairments.
Talk 3
Wed, 17 November 2021 - 18:00 โ€“ 19:30 GMT
๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐€๐ง๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐‘๐จ๐ฆ๐ž
๐ƒ๐ซ ๐„๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š-๐‰๐š๐ฒ๐ง๐ž ๐†๐ซ๐š๐ก๐š๐ฆ uses archaeological evidence from Ancient Rome to explore disability in the classical world. She uses votives โ€“ models of the human body made as offerings to the gods โ€“ to ask what it was like to have a physical impairment in Roman Italy. This is a joint paper with the Manchester Classical Association and Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage.
Talk 4
Wed, 24 November 2021 - 18:00 โ€“ 19:30 GMT
๐ˆ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐š๐›๐ข๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐, ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ“๐ŸŽ-๐Ÿ๐Ÿ—๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ
๐ƒ๐ซ ๐’๐ข๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐‰๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ traces the little-known lives of people with learning disabilities from the communities of eighteenth-century England to the nineteenth-century asylum and care in todayโ€™s society. Using evidence from civil and criminal court-rooms, joke books, slang dictionaries, novels, art and caricature, this talk brings into sharp focus the lives of people often seen as the most marginalized in society.

Latest FHF Really Useful Podcast

Latest FHF Really Useful Podcast
The second episode of the Really Useful Podcast is now available and is all about Young People and how to encourage them into Family History 
Joe Saunders is joined by Dr Janet Few historical researcher, writer, speaker and President of the Family History Federation, Daniel Loftus Gen-Z Genealogist and founding member of The Hidden Branch group for young family historians and FHSC's very own Margaret Roberts, our Publicity/Social Media Officer and founder/editor of the Sport History Research website Playing Pasts. 
Young people arenโ€™t just the future of family history but the present. We discuss some of the problems young people face and how older genealogists and organisations can best interact with them for the massive benefit of all. Also we need to think how everyone one can learn from each other, no matter what your age.  i'd be interested in your thoughts - email me on
You can listen through the Federation website, Apple or Spotify:

Book Offer

An ideal Christmas present.

A book with A 10% discount offer Until the end of 2021

โ€˜Hoddlesden and its Satellite Villagesโ€™, describes the experiences of upland rural communities during the 18 and 19C



Domestic industry, Small-scale farming, Extractive industries, Other employment, migration, Early industrial urbanisation, Early mechanised industrialisation, Workers housing and characteristics of the people.

Book properties

The book is attractively presented in hardback with stitched binding and has 240 high quality pages containing around 170 illustrations mostly in colour. Included is an extensive bibliography and all sources are referenced, some little known.

The author, Roy Parker, has compiled the book from his PhD research, which explored over 60 rural communities and was identified by the British Library as โ€˜of high scholarly valueโ€™, although with a โ€˜highly readable styleโ€™.

Order details

Direct from author (Retail price ยฃ14.99). OFFER ยฃ13.50 + ยฃ3.50 p&p or two copies for ยฃ24 and postage free. Further details: Email: or Tel: 01204 64424 (only 5 digits). Order by post: Ash House, 11 Ashbank Ave, Bolton. BL3 4PX

Signed copies available at no extra charge.


Although specifically about Hoddleston and surronding area this book wil have themes in common with most Lancashire and Cheshire cotton towns.

1921 Census Release Date Announced

1921 Census Release Date Announced
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐ข๐ญ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐€๐‹๐Œ๐Ž๐’๐“ ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ
The 1921Census arrives online at Findmypast on 6 January 2022, in partnership with NatArchives
Of course, you'll have to pay extra at first and the main details are below.
๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ?
ยฃ2.50 for every record transcript and ยฃ3.50 for every original record image.
This will cover the cost of digitising and transcribing the 18,235,242 images created from the records supplied exclusively to us by The National Archives. It means these precious records are accessible, commitment-free, for everyone.
For all 12-month Pro subscribers, there will be a 10% discount on any 1921 Census purchases.
Link for more details
UPDATE: I contacted FMP and they have said that the results pages will show (with no charge) names, birth year & birthplace and parish & registration district in the census records. And a preview hover-over will also indicate the names of a couple of other members of the same household.

Family History Federation: Really Useful Show 2021

Family History Federation: Really Useful Show 2021

This show takes place online - Friday 12 November 6:00pm - 10:00pm and Saturday 13 November 10:00am - 6:00pm


As always FHSC will be there so pop along to our virtual stall and say hello 


A huge number of talks as well as workshops and expert advice sessions


The Federation bulletin regarding the show can be downloaded from the Public Documents section of the website 



Tickets cost ยฃ10 for the day and full details can be found at the link below


Titter Ye Not!!

Titter Ye Not!!
Frankie Howerd comes home

The Uni of York, Borthwich Archives are delighted to be the new home of the Frankie Howerd archive.


The Frankie Howerd archive is a previously unknown collection of scripts, agency correspondence and contracts, as well as correspondence documenting the management of his estate following his untimely death in 1992.

The scripts and typescripts span his whole career, from his first appearance on BBC Variety Bandbox in 1946, to his sixties revival and his later period as one the elder statesmen of British standup comedy. Many are annotated and marked by him to indicate edits, revisions and performance style. There are scripts for his early radio performances, as well as film and television roles including in the Carry On franchise and for Up Pompeii. In some cases, the scripts are believed to relate to roles Howerd was offered but did not accept. Some of the scripts were stored in Howerdโ€™s original travelling suitcase bearing his name.

The agency correspondence, contracts and agreements cover the period from 1959 to 2010, and are from his management by Beryl Vertue and later, Tessa le Bars, through to the posthumous management of Frankie Howerdโ€™s estate. Contracts include those for roles which were never seen on screen โ€“ such as his appearance in the Beatlesโ€™ movie Help (1965), which was cut from the final edit โ€“ and for roles where unfortunately no scripts exist in the archive โ€“ such as The Great St Trinianโ€™s Train Robbery (1966).

The archive is a brilliant addition to the 20th century British comedy and performance collections and Borthwick already hold the archives of writers Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Marks and Gran and Barry Took, with each of those archives containing material relating to Frankie Howerd in the form of scripts or correspondence

Link below to the dedicated website below

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