Saturday 8 October 2011

Genealogy Open Days


No, not the genealogy equivalent of the Heritage Open Days (hey, that would be a good idea!), but just news of two notable 'Open Day' sessions to come later this month ...

First of all there's a special day of free tours, etc., to be enjoyed at the Society of Genealogists' HQ in London on Monday 24th October - with no need to book. Sounds like a splendid opportunity for us non-members to have a nose around!

Then there's the Wakefield branch of the West Yorkshire Archive Service and their Open Day on Saturday 15th October. Please note that you have to book in advance for some of the activities on offer, and there will also be a chance to examine their redevelopment plans (you can also complete an online questionnaire re. the same). Further details on all these Yorkshire goings-on can be found here.

A truly huge get-together is in the early stages of preparation in Ireland, with the announcement of 'The Gathering' - a year long event for 2013 aimed at putting the nation on the road to financial recovery. See the official announcement here. I should think family history will play a rather large part in proceedings!

The new Family Tree Magazine news service brings us a piece on the activities of The War Graves Photographic Project and their latest newsletter.

Cheltenham Probate Abstracts 1660-1740 have popped up on the Origins website.

TheGenealogist has made some 14,000 baptismal records available for the county of Worcestershire (though the parishes in question remain a mystery).

And if you've some spare time this weekend you can always turn to the following podcasts which have popped up in the last couple of days:

  • TNA - Textile Designs 1842-1964: exploring the Board of Trade Representations and Registers and The Hong Kong Colonial Cemetery - for both, click here;
  • BBC History Magazine - The Life and Times of Queen Matilda, and The Lost Prehistoric City of Pavlopetri - see here.

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