Tuesday 10 May 2011

Forthcoming Events


As we encounter a slight lull in family history news, it seems as good a time as any to remind you all of forthcoming events on the calendar.  So here are the ones of which I am aware:-

  • Saturday 14th May - Local & Family History Fair, Edzell, Angus - see here & here;
  • Saturday 14th May - Darlington Book Fair - see here;
  • Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May - 'Bygone Borderlands' , Berwick-upon-Tweed, (Local & Family History Weekend) - see here;
  • Sunday 15th May - Family & Local History Day, Padworth, Berks - see here;
  • Sunday 15th May - Cirencester Book Fair - see here;
  • Saturday 21st May - GOONS Mining Seminar, Woodhorn, Northumberland - see here (I mentioned this some time ago, and if you haven't booked by now then it is too late!).

TNA have released another of their podcasts, here.  This one is, shall we say, somewhat specialist, being entitled The Second World War and Roche's expansion to the West: a Swiss pharmaceutical company in the UK. But I shouldn't knock it, as I haven't listened to it yet!


A couple of short ones for you to look at.  The first, from The Family Recorder blog, offers an alternative look at possible 'commoner' royal connections, here; and the Anglo-Celtic Connections blog ponders the influence of accents on the lives of our ancestors, here.


An astonishingly busy day in 1940 in WWII...
Churchill becomes Prime Minister, the first bombs land on British soil, the Home Guard is formed, Germany invades the Low Countries, and the UK invades Iceland. Phew!

And before you go...

Yesterday (9th May) was Liberation Day in the Channel Islands.  One reader was somewhat tickled by the fact that I chose the day to publish my 'Happy Families' blog entry.  I shall let James McLaren take up the story...

It seems apt to mention this on Liberation Day (66 years ago the Union Jack went back up over St Helier).

During the Occupation the vicar of St Mark's church in St Helier went by the name of Reverend Francis Killer. His son (Frank) went off to join the RAF, got into the medical branch, and became a surgeon - whereupon he changed his surname to Keiller.

(Frank wrote a book called
Prison Without Bars detailing his experiences during the German Occupation).

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