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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

Don't forget the first in the FHSC Seminar Series

Don't forget the first in the FHSC Seminar Series

Wednesday 20th October sees the first in the new series of monthly seminars hosted by FHSC and open to all members 


This series, which will be a permanent feature in the FHSC diary, will take place on the 3rd Wednesday of the month via Zoom 


The October talk will be fashioned 'The Dorothy Flude Memorial Lecture', after the late former Mayor of Cheshire East and Councillor.                                                                    This year's talk is called Crewe and Nantwich Remembers and is delivered by Mark Potts. 


Mark is a well-known local author and together with Tony Marks has published titles including 'Crewe and Nantwich The Great War Years', 'Where the Fallen Live Forever', and 'The Villiers Russell twins: Creweโ€™s Most Commemorated Great War Casualties'. He was also the co-creator of the More than a Name/Lest We Forget Roll of Honour which is housed in the Municipal Building at Crewe and of which Dorothy was an instrumental and significant supporter. Markโ€™s presentation will encompass many of the stories he has uncovered during his research into not just the fallen of Crewe and Nantwich but across Cheshire as a whole.  This talk will be of great interest to anyone with a passion for WW1, not to be missed. 


This Event is for Members only and you will need to register - to do so please log into the FHSC website using your user name and passwork, then click on Events at the top left, scroll down to find the title of this Seminar, then click โ€˜Joinโ€™, followed by โ€˜Saveโ€™ โ€“ You will receive 2 emails: a confirmation of your request to attend the talk, followed by an approval of that request. Zoom links and meeting protocols will be sent out before Wedesday morning. If you have already registered you will have recieved a newsletter with the joining instructions.  However, if not, or you run into any difficulties with the registration process then please contact us on  -  


NOT A MEMBER of FHSC? Why not join, for ยฃ18 a year you will be able to attend all 12 seminars as well as all the other benefits that being an FHSC member includes.


Family History Research Survey

Family History Research Survey
When you have a few minutes to spare please fill in the survey [link below] from the The Family History Federation, Free UK Genealogy, and The Society of Genealogists
The survey has been commissioned to better understand the Family History research space.
Everyone's thoughts are appreciated

New Virtual Aerial Map Allows Everyone to Explore England's Archaeology from the Air

New Virtual Aerial Map Allows Everyone to Explore England's Archaeology from the Air

From Roman settlements near Rotherham in South Yorkshire to Second World War defences in Southampton in Hampshire, to secret Cold War military installations across England, for the first time, Historic England has made the results of over 30 years of aerial photograph mapping projects freely available online. Like a huge archaeological jigsaw puzzle, the map pieces together archaeological landscapes recorded during analysis of over 500,000 aerial photographs. More than half of England is covered by the map.

The map contains thousands of archaeological sites that have been identified on aerial photographs and from imagery derived from airborne laser scanning, also known as lidar data. Lidar uses laser light to create a 3D representation of the Earth's surface and is a newer technology that can be applied to the work of an aerial archaeologist.


Link to read the rest of this article and to the site from Historic England

Register of Qualified Genealogists - Make their Conference talks available to watch

Register of Qualified Genealogists - Make their Conference talks available to watch
Great news
The Register of Qualified Genealogists recently held their annual conference and until the end of October all the videos of the presentations are available to watch, see list below for details 
Titles and speakers -
What genealogists and social historians can learn from each other.
Caroline Gurney
Finding your ancestors at home: researching the history of houses.
Melanie Backe-Hansen
Business histories putting our ancestors into their commercial communities.
Elizabeth Walne
Who was Kastian Richardson? From family story to theatrical social history.
Diana Nicoll
Researching criminal ancestors.
Prof. Helen Johnston and Prof. Heather Shore
Dusting and Digging: The work of women, 1796-1829.
Valerie Brenton
Life of the Early Victorian Deaf and Dumb (A Yorkshire Study).
Anne Sherman
Hidden history: Tales of everyday life in Newspaper Advertisements.
Audrey Collins
Jilted! Or the insights offered in a breach of contract of marriage cases.
Kate Keter
Lying Bastards: the impact of illegitimacy on family history research.
Dave Annal

Thomas Cook Archives onine

Thomas Cook Archives onine

The first part of the Thomas Cook archive is available on the Leicestershire Archives online catalogue 


The Thomas Cook collection features travel brochures from as early as 1858, a selection of staff uniforms and some 60,000 photographs. Leicestershire County Council said if all the boxes of diaries, letters and other records were laid out, it would make a line 250m (820ft) long.The project, funded by a ยฃ40,000 grant, will continue until April. The entire Thomas Cook archive was acquired by the county council in 2019, following a nationwide bidding process to find a new permanent home for the collection.

Thanks to the project funded by the National Archives, items which can already be searched online include staff magazines, volumes of contracts and agreements and historic travel brochures. The oldest brochure dates back to 1858 with the first continental brochures appearing from 1865. Most of the collection dates from around 1890, with samples from nearly every year being kept.

The wider archive from the company's 178-year history includes minute books and staff records, posters, travel guides, timetables, glass and china and even a model of a Nile steamer. 

Project Archivist Jennifer Roach said: "The Thomas Cook archive is internationally significant, as it provides a detailed historical record of the man and company which created international package travel as we know it today."It is a great honour for us to have been chosen as the permanent home of the Thomas Cook archive and we believe it is vital that we can make the material as accessible as possible."

The collection can be viewed at the following link>