Wednesday 21 March 2012

Friends Reunited to 'Relaunch'

The latest genealogy-related story to make the national headlines is the imminent relaunch of 'Friends Reunited' by brightsolid. Seems like it's going to be aimed at 'memory sharing' and should appeal to family historians. The story made the BBC website and one or two of the national newspapers - including The Telegraph. Interesting!

I have been contacted by Joanna Grant of the East Surrey FHS about the organisation's forthcoming 'Archives: Use Them or Lose Them' event. It takes place on Saturday 28th April in Croydon - see here for further details. Note that ALL are welcome to attend this free event.

TheGenealogist has been busy uploading a host of new parish records for several English counties - see here.

A sort of 'mini-census' for England & Wales from 1798 has appeared at Ancestry - see their updates page ('Land Tax Redemption').

Glamorgan Archives' new website is up and running at

FindMyPast Ireland has part 2 in their series of articles entitled 'The Quagmire of Administrative Districts' - see here.

A couple of short 'seminar reports' have appeared on the Archives for London website ('Medieval Records of the City of London' and 'Oral History at the British Library').

'Getting to Grips with The Master Genealogist - Introduction' is the title of a helpful post by Nicola Elsom.

'Counteracting the decline of genealogical societies' may be of interest to those of you involved in the running of a FHS or similar. It's a Canadian piece, but still has plenty of relevance to UK/Irish organisations, of course. There's another (kind of) related piece on the same blog, here.

From Twitter:

Remember, the best way to keep tabs on all my juicy genealogy Twitter items is to sign up to Twitter (dead easy), and to then 'follow' me at @HistoryMick. And if you do, then see the message at the top of the right-hand column of this blog!

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