Genealogy news roundup: Findmypast digitises Norfolk records

By Rosemary Collins, 11 May 2018 - 9:01am

Plus: Who Do You Think You Are? 2018 celebrities revealed; Ancestry adds 1939 Register to its collections; Two major family history events announced for 2019

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The collection includes parish registers

Findmypast has digitised over 436,000 records from Norfolk Record Office.

The new collections are parish registers dating from the 16th century to the 19th; parish chest records from 1300 to 1990; land tax assessments from 1665-1837; borough records from 1317 to 1981; and archdeacon's transcripts from 1600 to 1812.

They have not been indexed or transcribed, but users can search for a year and parish and browse them.

 

Who Do You Think You Are? 2018 celebrities revealed

Stars from the worlds of music, comedy, sport, television and film are set to discover their families' stories as BBC One's hit show Who Do You Think You Are? returns for its 15th series. 

WDYTYA? production company Wall to Wall revealed today that the show's latest celebrity line-up will consist of eight stars: multi-awarding winning actor Olivia Colman, musician, DJ, fashion designer and British icon Boy George, Strictly Come Dancing's head judge Shirley Ballas, comedian and Not Going Out actor Lee Mack, presenter and former JLS member Marvin Humes, barrister and television personality Robert 'Judge' Rinder, Coronation Street and Our Girl star Michelle Keegan and gold medal winning Paralympian Jonnie Peacock.

The series will start with a standalone episode in early June as Michelle Keegan discovers a suffragette ancestor with connections to Emmeline Pankhurst in an episode aired as part of the BBC's 'Hear Her' season celebrating the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote.

The other episodes will air later over the summer.

Who Do You Think You Are? 2018 - new celebrities revealed!

 

Ancestry adds 1939 Register to its collections

Ancestry users can now trace family members on the eve of the Second World War after the website digitised the England and Wales 1939 Register.

The Register, which has already been released on Findmypast and MyHeritage, is free to access on Ancestry until 13 May.

It was compiled in September 1939 after war was declared in order to have an accurate record of Britain's civilian population to enable issuing of ration books and ID cards, the direction of labour and conscription into the armed forces.

The Register contains the names of over 45 million people, listed by address, along with their date of birth, their job and in some cases details of their voluntary war work.

Ancestry adds 1939 Register to its collections

 

Two major family history events announced for 2019

Family historians can look forward to two new major national family history shows in the spring and summer of 2019.

Family Tree Live, which was announced this week, will take place on 26 and 27 April in Alexandra Palace, London.

It will be followed by The Genealogy Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham on 7 and 8 June.

Visitors to both events can expect lectures and workshops on all aspects of family history, as well as stalls run by family history societies and companies and the chance to put their queries to experts.

 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission to open visitor centre

Visitors to the First World War battlefields of France will able to learn more about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) at a new visitor centre, due to open in spring 2019.

The centre will be located in Beaurains, south of Arras, and will offer the chance to see CWGC craftsmen craft the headstones of fallen soldiers.

CWGC's team of blacksmiths, stonemasons, carpenters and horticulturists will offer demonstrations of the restoration and conservation work they carry out at CWGC's 23,000 sites around the world.

Victoria Wallace, CWGC's director general, said: "As any visitor to one of our beautifully kept cemeteries will see, the artisan skills of our team are extraordinary, and the attention to detail, the scale of what we do, and the fascinating story of the recovery of men from the area for reburial today will make a real addition to any visit to the Western Front."

 

Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office appeals for help identifying postcards

Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office has launched The Postcard Orphanage, a new project to help identify historic postcards.

The group posted pictures of the cache of postcards, which were recently donated to the record office, on its Facebook page, asking for help identifying the people and places they depict.

This will in turn allow archivists to identify whether the images are duplicates of ones they already hold.

If not, they will be added to the record office's collection.

 

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