Wednesday 26 January 2011

Be a TV Star


FindMyPast have announced the following:-

We’re on the lookout for anyone who wants to tell their family history story on TV.
Have you researched your family tree using Did you make any interesting discoveries along the way? If so, and you’d be happy to tell your story on TV, we want to hear from you. Your story would feature on a community TV family history programme and you’d need to be available to come to London for filming on one day between 7 and 18 February. Travel expenses within the UK will be reimbursed.
If you’re interested, please tell us about your family history stories in 500 words or fewer. Email your story to with ‘Family history research’ in the subject line and we’ll get in touch with anyone whose story is suitable. Please remember to include a daytime telephone number in your email.
The closing date for entries is Monday 31 January 2011.  We look forward to reading your experiences of researching your family tree with
The link to the blog entry is here.

Fancy a free historical map of Edinburgh?  Well, you can get one if you buy a copy of The Scotsman on Saturday 29th January (Edinburgh, Fife & Borders editions only).  See here.


The Family Recorder blog has an interesting piece about levels of registration of births in the English/Welsh GRO Index before and after the famous law change of 1874 which dispels an old myth.

And totally and utterly not family history, but topical none the less, is this investigation into the history of the Hollywood Oscars! (


1788: The British First Fleet sails into what would become Sydney Harbour to establish the first permanent European settlement on the continent.  Now celebrated as 'Australia Day'.

1998: President Bill Clinton denies having "sexual relations with that woman" (aka Monica Lewinsky).

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