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Free German Records for 'Ahnenfest'

Free German Records for 'Ahnenfest'

Ahnenfest: Free access to German records for a week at Geneanet!


October 3 is Unity Day in Germany and October 6 is German-American Day.

To celebrate, Geneanet are celebrating โ€œAhnenfestโ€ โ€“ Ancestor Festival โ€“ with free access to their Premium German records from Oct. 1-6 inclusive


Link to learn more, please ensure you read the T&Cs ๐Ÿ‘‰


Various Free Online Events for October

Various Free Online Events for October
A selection of Free online events for October that members may be interested in ... 
Mon, 3 October 2022, 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ˆ๐๐ž๐š - ๐‹๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐’๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐’๐ก๐š๐ฐ๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ง๐ค ๐‘๐ž๐๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง
Discussion led by publisher Katie Isbester
Hosted by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
Tue, 4 October 2022, 12:30 โ€“ 13:00 BST
๐‹๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฏ๐ž
Part of the Magnificent Maps of London collection
Hosted by the London Metropolitan Archives
Tue, 4 October 2022, 19:00 โ€“ 20:45 BST
๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ ๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐œ๐ซ๐ž
by Jeff Childs
Hosted by Glamorgan FHS
Wed, 5 October 2022, 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
๐ˆ๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐ž๐ง ๐€๐š๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐จ๐ฏ๐ข๐ญ๐œ๐ก
Hosted by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
Wed, 5 Oct 2022, 12:30 โ€“ Thu, 6 Oct 2022, 19:00 BST
๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆ: ๐๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž (๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ)๐”๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐Œ๐ž๐๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐š๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ฌ๐ญ
Online Conference hosted by Euan McCartney Robson and Simon John
Wed, 5 Oct 2022, 19:30 BST
๐๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค ๐€๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐†๐ฎ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐“๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐‘๐จ๐จ๐ญ๐ฌ
Hosted by the National Archives [Donation suggested]
Fri, 7 Oct 2022, 14:00 BST
๐€ ๐’๐ก๐จ๐ซ๐ญ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ž๐ซ ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง: ๐ˆ๐ง ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐Š๐ข๐ซ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‹๐จ๐ž๐ก๐ซ
Hosted by the National Archives
Mon, 10 October 2022, 17:30 โ€“ 19:00 BST
๐ˆ๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ž๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ: ๐Œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ฅ ๐‡๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ก
Hosted by Royal College of Nursing
Tue, 11 October 2022, 16:00 โ€“ 17:50 BST
๐†๐ž๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐ž๐ฒ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ฎ๐œ๐ž๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ข๐ ๐ง๐ž: ๐ซ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ซ๐
Hosted by the National Archives
Link for more information/registration๐Ÿ‘‰
Thu, 13 October 2022, 17:00 โ€“ 19:00 BST
โ€˜๐๐ž๐ฐ ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐๐ž๐จ-๐‹๐ข๐›๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฆโ€™
A panel discussion
Hosted by Royal Historical Society
Thu, 13 October 2022, 19:30 โ€“ 20:45 BST
๐€๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ƒ๐๐€ ๐๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ
by Jonny Perl
Hosted by Glamorgan FHS
Fri, 14 October 2022, 11:00 โ€“ 11:45 BST
๐๐ซ๐ข๐œ๐ค๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐•๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐‹๐จ๐ง๐๐จ๐ง
Hosted by London Metropolitan Archives
Fri, 14 Oct 2022, 14:00 BST
๐•๐จ๐ข๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐•๐ข๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐š๐ง ๐ฉ๐จ๐จ๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐–๐š๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ
Hosted by the National Archives
14 October - 16 October
๐€๐ง๐ง๐ž ๐‹๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐’๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ
Link for more information/registration๐Ÿ‘‰
Tue, 18 October 2022, 14:00 โ€“ 15:00 BST
๐–๐ž๐ข๐ซ๐ ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐‹๐จ๐ง๐๐จ๐ง: ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐Œ๐ž๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ
Hosted by the Guildhall Library
Link for more information/registration๐Ÿ‘‰
Wed, 19 Oct 2022, 19:30 BST
๐ƒ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ฅ-๐‹๐š๐ง๐: ๐ƒ๐ฒ๐ง๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐œ๐ฒ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•๐ญ๐ก ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐
Hosted by the National Archives [Donation suggested]
Thu, 20 October 2022, 19:00 โ€“ 20:00 BST
๐‚๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐ก๐š๐ญ: ๐–๐ž๐ฅ๐ฌ๐ก ๐๐จ๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ
Hosted by Glamorgan FHS
Fri, 21 October 2022, 19:00 โ€“ 20:00 BST
๐’๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ-๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ช๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ ๐–๐ก๐ข๐ญ๐›๐ฒ
by Dr Michael Carter
Hosted by The Society for Church Archaeology
Tue, 25 October 2022, 13:00 โ€“ 14:00 BST
๐„๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐š๐ฉ๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‹๐จ๐ง๐๐จ๐ง
Hosted by London Metropolitan Archives
Thu, 27 October 2022, 18:30 โ€“ 19:30 BST
"๐’๐ญ๐ฒ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Œ๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐๐€"
with Lorna Holder
Hosted by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Libraries
Fri, 28 Oct 2022, 14:00 BST
๐“๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐จ๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ“: ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐ฆ๐ข๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‘๐ข๐œ๐ก๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ˆ๐ˆ๐ˆ
Hosted by the National Archives [Donation suggested]

Family History Federation: Really Useful Podcast , Series 2

Family History Federation: Really Useful Podcast , Series 2

 Episode 1: Beginning Your Family History 


Joe Saunders is joined by:

Mish Holman, professional genealogist who is particularly interested in theatre ancestors and census enumerators []

Kelly Cornwell, professional family historian, blogger and speaker []

Jane Hough, amateur genealogist, blogger & FHSC member []

Andrew Martin, family historian, author, digital archivist and host of The Family Histories Podcast []


Every family historian has a story about how they got into family history. We share our experiences of starting out with this great hobby and share tips for others who are just beginning.


Link to listen and also catch up with Series one if you have not done so already ๐Ÿ‘‰

Cheshire Connection to Queen's Funeral

Cheshire Connection to Queen's Funeral
An interesting Cheshire connection to the Queen's funeral on Mondsay 19th September.
Thanks to Crewe in the Past facebook member Michael Walker for posting this orginally -
John Ellerton was a clergyman and prolific Hymn writer. In 1860, he became chaplain for Lord Crewe and Vicar of Crewe Green.
As chairman of the education committee at the Mechanics Institute he reorganised and made it arguably the best in the country. he also taught there himself.
His best known Hymn is "The day hou gavest Lord is ended."
He is purported to have composed the Hymn in his head while walking from Crewe Green Vicarage down Hungerford Road as the sun went down.
Link to learn more about John Ellerton ๐Ÿ‘‰
๐Ÿ“ท c/o Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons & FHSC

Trade Union Journals Free Online

Trade Union Journals Free Online

The Modern Records Centre [MRC] at Warwick University has digitised 100,000 pages of union journals. 


Since shifting its approach on digitisation to make as many union journals as possible available online, the MRC has managed to scan a vast quantity of material and make it available free of charge to researchers Link to a blog from the Society for the Study of Labout History



Direct link to the MRC database ๐Ÿ‘‰

FHF - Really Useful Show 2022

FHF - Really Useful Show 2022

Bringing you up-to-date with the 2022 FHF REALLY USEFUL Family History Show

Keynote Speakers- 


Diahan Southard with 
Connecting Your DNA Matches



Paul Nixon with 
British Army Detective โ€“ Piecing Together the Jigsaw



Talks and Presenters - 

David Turner
Forgotten Staff: Victorian and Edwardian Railwaywomen

Sophie Kay
Just a Job? Revitalise your family history with occupational research

Janet Pennington
Shops and Shopping:
The Small Shop through the Ages

John Titterton
Making the Most of a Will

Gill Thomas
Migration and Wales

Julie Goucher
Researching European Ancestors

Helen Baggott
Posted in the Past

Wayne Shepheard
Impacts on Families during the Industrious Revolution

Linda Hammond
The Hidden Secrets of the 1939 National Register of England and Wales

Penny Walters
Turning your Tree into a Talk


Tickets!   Donโ€™t delay!  Buy today only at:



Just ยฃ12 gets you FULL access to:
Booking of practical workshops
All talks until 11.59pm 19th November
Opportunity to visit booths in the Exhibition Hall and talk to local experts when show is live online




Webtember is back for 2022

Webtember is back for 2022
Webtember from Legacy Family Tree is back for 2022:
All Genealogy: All September Long.

The Schedule

Friday, September 2, 2022

10:15 am

10 Best Self-Publishing Tips for Family Historians

Lisa Alzo


Changing Places, Changing Borders: Overcoming geographic challenges

Dave Obee


Tracing migrating ancestors: Who, what, where, when, why and how

Myko Clelland


Descendants of the Enslaved and Enslavers โ€“ Working Together to Discover Family

Sharon Batiste Gillins and Cheri Hudson Passey


What You Can Learn from Lineage Societiesโ€ฆWithout Being a Member!

Elizabeth M. Oโ€™Neal


Italian Civil Marriage Supplements

Suzanne Russo Adams, AG

Friday, September 9, 2022

10:15 am

Delivering the Mail: Records of the United States Post Office

Michael L. Strauss, AG


Whatโ€™s Next When You Are Told Those Records Were โ€œBurnt Upโ€?

J. Mark Lowe, FUGA


An introduction to Filae: the largest source of French archives

Emmanuel Condamine


Understanding and Using Scottish Kirk Session Records

Paul Milner, FUGA, MDiv


Settlers in Californiaโ€™s Sacramento Delta โ€“ History and Resources

Grant Din


Entering the Old Northwest Territory

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG

Friday, September 16, 2022

10:15 am

Germany to Pennsylvania: 18th Century Odyssey

James M. Beidler


Using Google Books to Find the Law

Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL


The Pros and Cons of Collaboration on

E. Randol Schoenberg


Essential Immigration Records for Researching Your Mexican Ancestors

Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS


Famine and Family History

Wayne Shepheard


Can Americans get a legal Coat of Arms from Scotland?

Dr. Bruce Durie

Friday, September 23, 2022

10:15 am

Strategies to Jumpstart Your Research

Teri E. Flack


A Deep Dive into the Map Collection of the Library of Congress

Rick Sayre, CG, CGL, FUGA


Documenting Cemeteries with BillionGraves

Cathy Wallace


Mastering Digital Filing for Genealogists

Cyndi Ingle


Swedish-American Church Books โ€“ Great Genealogical Source!

Kathy Meade


Documenting Jewish Families in America: The Early Years 1654-1880

Ellen S. Kowitt


Fruit of the Earth: Using Deeds to Uncover Your Ancestors

Robyn Smith

Friday, September 30, 2022

10:15 am

The Top Ten DNA Doโ€™s and Donโ€™ts!

Michelle Leonard


Separate Even in Death โ€“ Black Funerals and Cemeteries

Janice Lovelace, PhD


Indirect Evidence, A Case Study: The Parents of Elizabeth Wingate in Maryland (1795โ€“1860)

Rebecca Koford, CG, CGL


50 Mostly โ€œHot off the Pressโ€ Net Sites You Want to Check Out!

Diane L. Richard


Four Keys to Creating Complete and Accurate Transcriptions (and Why You Should)

Shannon Green, CG


The Tennessee State Library and Archives: A Mega Archives for Your Tennessee Ancestors

Melissa Barker


Scottish Indexes Conference

 Scottish Indexes Conference
Donโ€™t miss the Scottish Indexes Conference on 3 September 2022 - Itโ€™s free and timezone friendly!
Here are the presentations you can look forward to:
โ€˜Scottish Research Resources Before 1800โ€™ by Chris Paton
โ€˜Traquair's Tenants, Cottars and Workersโ€™ by Margaret Fox
โ€˜The Society for One-Place Studiesโ€™ by Jane Harris
โ€˜A Better Class of Lunatic?โ€™ by Catriona Haine
โ€˜Ich bin ein Berliner: (re)uniting 5 half-siblings from 4 different mothersโ€™ by Michael Tobias
โ€˜Making Sense of the Scottish Censusโ€™ by Emma Maxwell
โ€˜Tracing a Building Through Timeโ€™ by Graham Maxwell
This is a free and time-zone friendly event, all presentations will be shown between 7 am UK time and 3 pm UK time, then start again between 3 pm and 11 pm.
This means that if you are in New Zealand or Australia you can join us on your evening of Saturday 3 September. If you are on the east coast of America the 3 pm session begins at 10 am your time. A full schedule will be posted in a variety of time zones so that you can plan your day.

You're Dead To Me

You're Dead To Me

A new series of the popular BBC Rdaio 4 series You're Dead To Me has begun

The first episode is an very interesting one on the History of Timekeeping - Greg Jenner is joined by Dr David Rooney and Desiree Burch at the literal beginning of time to explore the history of timekeeping.

Covering everything from the origins of timekeeping to time in space, we even learn how you can smell the time! Above all, we finally find out who you can blame for daylight savings and the real reason it was invented. Link to listen ๐Ÿ‘‰  

Link to listen to previous episodes ๐Ÿ‘‰

Cathedral exhibition offers second chance to experience medieval Chester

Cathedral exhibition offers second chance to experience medieval Chester

A free exhibition winding the clock back to the Middle Ages with the help of todayโ€™s technology is opening at Chester Cathedral after captivating Museum visitors.


Featuring new virtual reconstructions of landmark Chester buildings in the 14th Century and bringing medieval and early modern artefacts rarely displayed to light, Medieval Chester Retold moves to Chester Cathedral from Monday, August 22 to Sunday, September 18, 2022.

Organised by the University of Chester and partners, the exhibition provides another chance to discover a new perspective of the cityโ€™s past, following a successful two-month run at the Grosvenor Museum. Visitors are again invited to step back in time and experience the medieval city with stunning digital recreations on screen of the cityโ€™s Water Tower and St John the Baptist Church, accompanied by specially-built backdrops.


Find out more ๐Ÿ‘‰

Cheshire History Day 2022

Cheshire History Day 2022
The Cheshire Local History Association - ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ž ๐‡๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ƒ๐š๐ฒ this year is on 29th October 2022 at The Grange Theatre, Bradburns Lane, Hartford, Cheshire CW8 1LU
9.45am โ€“ 4.30pm
The theme of the day will be:
"๐’๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฅ๐๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐‚๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ซ๐ž"
Details of speakers and how to book, although those details are not available as yet  ๐Ÿ‘‰

"Crewe Do You Think You Are"

"Crewe Do You Think You Are"
On August 9th volunteers from our Crewe Family History Unit [FHU] will be at Crewe Library, together with Cheshire Archives and Crewe Library staff - there will be a drop-in from 11am-3pm.
You can find out how to research your family tree, house history, and your local area. 
Pop in and have a chat, the FHU will also be open and staffed so if you want to pop across and have a more detailed look at what we hold then you are welcome 

Railway Work, Life & Death Project's Q&A

Railway Work, Life & Death Project's Q&A

Notice from the Railway, Work, Life & Death Project 


The Railway Work, Life & Death project (RWLD) is proud to announce the recent update to its FREE open access online database with the addition of a further c.16,000 new cases of railway worker accidents. This recent extension of the project adds numerous opportunities for research by family historians and genealogists, academic researchers and students, heritage groups and societies, local historians and more!

This FREE online event is designed to help you understand what is included within the database and in its new case materials. The RWLD project's co-lead Dr Mike Esbester will host this Q&A - discussing opportunities or interests you might have and how the RWLD database may be insightful to your research and help with any queries you may have.

There are two sessions being run:

  • Wednesday 27 July, Lunchtime12.30pm
  • Thursday 28 July, evening 7.30pm

Tickets are free and can be ordered up to 10 minutes before each of the events. These are held online only and over video call via ZOOM.

Link to register  ๐Ÿ‘‰

We would be really grateful if you could also complete the following short form (c.5 min) so we can gauge participants previous interaction with the project and database:

RWLD New Data - What will you discover?

About the RWLD project:

the RWLD project is an collaboration between the University of Portsmouth, the National Railway Museum and the Modern Records Centre at the University of Warwick. The project also works with other institutions including The National Archives of the UK.

Weโ€™re making it easier to find out about railway worker accidents in Britain and Ireland from the late 1880s to 1939. Weโ€™re providing data about who was involved, what they were doing on the railways, what happened to them and why. Although today most people donโ€™t realise it, working on the railways 100 years ago was incredibly dangerous, with hundreds killed and tens of thousands injured each year.

For more information about the project and to access the FREE database please visit: https:/

For any further questions or to contact us please email:

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BBC Reminiscence Archive

BBC Reminiscence Archive

The BBC Reminiscence Archive [RemArc] is an online archive of BBC video clips, audio clips and images which provides access to a selection of content from the BBC Archives, designed to support reminiscence work with people with dementia,their carers and families. 

The pictures and clips are organised in to Theme, such as family,childhood, sport; and Decade, ranging from the 1930s to the 2000s.


This archive of clips will also be of interest to both family and social historians 

Link ๐Ÿ‘‰



The also BBC have a great film archive and members may be interested in the Rewind service which contains over 31,000 newclips, which are searchable by keyword 

Link ๐Ÿ‘‰