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Deceased Online Sponsor Conference

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

As the first national online database dedicated to burial and cremation records, Deceased Online is delighted to be a sponsor and exhibitor at Open the Door and Here are the People. Following our launch at London Olympia s Who Do You Think You Are Live in February, we ve been on the road meeting family historians and genealogists around the country and we re delighted to have received such a big thumbs-up for the new website, www.deceasedonline.com.

Deceased Online obtains burial and cremation data going back to the early 1800s from burial and cremation authorities, and we will shorty have records from over 10 councils around the UK. We will be building the database over the next few years, adding millions of records from hundreds of councils and other sources.

A whole range of records and images is available, including: Computerised burial and cremation records; transcripts of burial and cremation registers, containing a variety of information. All records kept since computerisation will be available in this form; some authorities have also transcribed some or all of their historical records.

High quality digital scans of burial and cremation registers; these vary by local authority and the type of information recorded in addition to statutory requirements. The most comprehensive hold great detail, including name, age, address and, sometimes, occupation of deceased; spouse s name; grave location reference and type (paupers, private etc); date of death; details of undertaker; details of clergy, religion and church or venue of bereavement service.

Scans are held on the website for most burials and cremations up to within three or four years of the present day. Jm barrie gravestone Details of all occupants of a grave; individual graves may have a number of interments (we ve seen as many as 15) and here you can see all the names of other people interred in the same grave as the sought-after person. This can be extremely useful in discovering relatives and other family links ..and often provides some real surprises!

Deceased Online is one of the few resources where you can get this information. Digital scans of books of remembrance; these crematorium memorial books contain decorative commemorative entries, sometimes with useful dates and informative emblems, such as regimental or professional insignia.

Deceased Online is aiming to be able to display digital scans held by the calligraphy companies who maintain these books. Photographs of grave headstones and memorials; these have started to be introduced to the website, and local authorities are keen to supply where they can. Older headstones can provide a range of information, even entire genealogies for several generations within a family.

Cemetery maps showing exact grave locations; these include a cemetery overview, an intermediate map indicating grave location and a detailed close-up indicating the exact location of the grave plot. This is extremely useful in locating a grave in larger cemeteries even if it has no headstone. The high quality images are presented using a flexible viewer, allowing maps, scans and photographs to be manipulated, printed and downloaded. Images and transcripts are accessed by spending credits bought on the website. The photographs cost £2 each and the cemetery maps cost between £5 and £10, depending on whether they are subject to Ordnance Survey royalties. All other data available costs £1.50 to access. Users search on names, dates and locations free of charge, and only purchase what they need. The revenue generated is shared with the contributor supplying the data.

burial register

You can find out more about burial and cremation records in conference F-09, Burial records for family historians presented by Alec Tritton on Friday 28 August just before lunch. We look forward to meeting you at the conference.

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Ask the Experts – The Society of Genealogists at the Conference

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The Society of Genealogists, the National Library and Education Centre for Family History in the United Kingdom will be giving a series of lectures under the theme "Ask the Experts" at the conference to help your research beyond the first steps. Lecturers will include Else Churchill, the Society’s Genealogy Officer and cover a diverse range of subjects from Surname Searching through Online Birth, Marriage and Death Records to the roll of DNA in family history.

Founded in 1911 the Society of Genealogists is Britain’s premier family history society. The Society maintains a splendid genealogical library and education centre in Clerkenwell in London.

The Society’s collections are particularly valuable for research before the start of civil registration of births marriages and deaths in 1837 but there is plenty for the beginner too, including the Free Family HIstory Access area where beginners can get a taste of some of the online sources that will help them start their research.

The Society has many unique unpublished manuscript notes and printed and unpublished family histories. Its library contains Britain’s largest collection of parish register copies and many nonconformist registers. Along with registers, the library holds local histories, copies of churchyard gravestone inscriptions, poll books, trade directories, census indexes and a wealth of information about the parishes where our ancestors lived.

Normally the Society of Genealogists has a joining fee but as an exclusive special offer for the conference, if you are not a member already, the Society will waive the one off joining fee should you join during the conference.

This stream of lectures is just one of the choices available to delegates at the forthcoming genealogy conference and with an all inclusive price of just £329 (under 500 US dollars) to include the conference, accommodation, all meals and the banquet there will never be a better time to attend a family history conference in England. Why not come along, enjoy the conference , join the Society of Genealogists and spend a week in London discovering your heritage.

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Ancestry.com: The Best Website to Learn About Your Genealogy

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

At the forthcoming genealogical conference in Nottingham there will be a lecture stream by the Society of Genealogists on starting your family hsitory research. One of these lectures is entitled "The Top Ten Genealogy Sites". Ancestry.com with their otehr websites such as Ancestry.co.uk have made a place amongst this top ten with their wealth of  useful data. The Society of Genealogists has free access to anyone in their library in London.

Many people try and trace their ancestry for a lot of reasons. Some do it for medical reasons to find out about a mysterious disease that their family is suffering from, others do it for honoring their dead relatives, and there are people who find it as an interesting hobby and find it fun to do so. It is a fact that it’s always interesting to know about facts about your family’s past. You never know, maybe your great-great-great-great-great grandfather was a famous person back in the old days.

  

These are some of the reasons why you should learn about your genealogy. Maybe if you find out enough about your family, there might be an illegitimate child that gave birth to the great-great-great grandfather of the President of the United States which makes you and the president very distant relatives. It is always fun and also a bit surprising finding out about your past.

However, you have to consider that as time progresses, some pasts are forgotten in the mists of time. It is very important that you should consider that finding out about one’s past is very difficult especially if you don’t know about your great grandfather for some reasons. You also have to consider past historical events, such as war, the Great Depression and migration. In the United States, you have to consider that this country is composed of different races. There are people living here who have different traces of ancestry. There are Germans, Africans, Russians, Latin, and others. Some people don’t even know that they had foreign ancestry and you also have to consider that some last names have been Americanized.

These are some of the reasons why it can be difficult to trace your genealogy or your ancestry. However, technology can make it easier for you to find out about your past. There are available websites today that specializes in genealogy. One of these websites that are considered to be reputable and can definitely help you find long lost relatives is the Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com is a genealogy website that can help you find out about your family’s past.

There are professionals here that can help you gather documents, such as birth, immigration, death, marriage documents, medical records, and other vital documents about your family. You need to realize that these documents are very hard to find and will require you to pay a fee for the professionals working with Ancestry.com to find it for you. Today, there are more than four billion names in Ancestry.com database. If you know the complete name of your grandparents or great-great grandparents, you can start your search for your ancestors from here.

Ancestry.com offers the best services at a very reasonable cost. You have to consider that knowing about your family’s past is priceless. Who knows, maybe you are the great-great-great-great-great grandchild of a famous Native American or a famous European who migrated in the United States.

So, if you want to know about your genealogy the easy way, you should get the services of Ancestry.com. Here, you can start your very own family tree and show it to the members of your family and friends about your proud past.

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George Redmonds

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

George Redmonds to speak at Genealogical Conference

George Redmonds is the author of numerous books on name topics including Surnames and Genealogy, Christian Names in Local and Family History and Names and History. In 2001 he presented the BBC Radio 4 series Surnames, Genes and Genealogy.

George is considered by many family historians to be one of the foremost experts on Yorkshire surnames and has often spoken at family history conferences particularly on one-name studies.

Names of course are everywhere and not just as surnames. George has investigated how our names are acquired and how through time they have changed. Names are a part of our personal histories, defining who we are today and just who our ancestors were and often where they lived or what they did. To understand them we need to look beyond etymologies and examine the name in its historic and chronological context.

   

George will be speaking on the final day of the International Family History Conference on "Your Surname is Unique" and will be a fascinating insight into the world of surname studies.  Surname studies are of course vital to one-name studies as well as to family historians and genealogists. The conference will be an ideal opportunity to listen to George and other celebrity speakers for what is an incredible price. For a list of all the speakers at the  International Family History Conference 

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The Historic Heraldic Dering Roll

Friday, January 16th, 2009

This week I have been fortunate enough to attend a private view of the heraldic Dering Roll. This valuable document  was until recently in private hands when it was sold to an overseas buyer at auction for £192,500. But under current legislation export was held up to see if the British Library could raise the money to keep the historic roll in England. The Halsted Trust along with many other organisations and individuals offered a contribution and the auction price was raised.

The Dering Roll is a very important document in heraldry. It is the oldest surviving roll of arms dating from around 1275 and a vital document for students of the knighthood of medieval England. It contains the heraldic coats of arms of 324 shields which represents about a quarter of the English baronage during the reign of King Edward 1.

Each shield has the name of the knight that it represents except for five shields wh ere the name was either omitted or erased.

The document is no doubt the work of a specialist herald and as it mainly shows the heraldry of knights from Sussex and Kent was probably made in the south east of England. Those that have studied the document have determined that it is a list of the knights owing feudal service to the Constable of Dover Castle and was most likely therefore commissioned by Stephen of Penchester who was the Constable at that time.

The roll is called the Dering Roll after Sir Edward Dering of Pluckley in Kent who acquired it during the early part of the 17th Century and then proceeded to alter the document for his own purposes! The sixty-first shield on the roll bore the heraldic coat of arms of Nicholas de Crioll and this has been carefully changed and the arms of a fictitious Richard fitz Dering inserted! Fortunately a number of copies had been made before this date showing the original.

The Roll was in the estate of Sir Anthony Wagner,Garter Principal King of Arms (died 1995) and was sold at Sotheby’s in 2007 and subsequently saved for the nation by public donation.

It was quite fascinating to see this ancient document close up without glass and to be able to study it first hand and once again reiterates the importance of Heraldry to genealogists in family history.

Coat of arms

There will be a workshop on Heraldry at the forthcoming 2009 International Family History Conference in Nottingham, England.

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Why attend a family history conference?

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Ever since I can remember, I have always had an interest in family history and like most people, a life event over twenty years ago acted as the catalyst for me to research my genealogy. Not having any experience as a genealogist, I started by reading a book and joining a family history society. My interest in Kent meant that although living in Sussex, I joined KFHS. It wasn’t long before I realised that there was very few Kent resources available locally and subsequently I joined the Society of Genealogists. Of course by now I thought I knew it all and it wasn’t long after that I attended my first family history conference to find out how much I didn’t know! That genealogical conference was in fact  organised by the Guild of One-Name Studies at the Florence Boot Hall at Nottingham. Since then I have been to virtually every conference I can, as I believe family history conferences are far the best source of learning about new resources and listening to great family and local history lectures by expert lectures and speakers. It is also a great way of meeting new friends interested in the same hobby, in fact it has been known for my bar bill to be more than the cost of the conference!

Every two to three years in England, there is held an International Family History Conference and this is happening in 2009. Instead of just a weekend it is to be held over four complete days and has as its theme “Open the Door and Here are the People” which makes it worthwhile for those whose ancestors emigrated from the British Isles to attend. Not only is it financially viable but it will also have many lectures talking about the people of the British Isles from many venerable Institutions as well as lectures and workshops on Heraldry and Palaeography. See the conference program at www.openthedoor.org.uk

Financially viable? In England we do conferences different than in most other English speaking conferences and this International Family History Conference will be no different! It is a full residential course with a single fee inclusive of all lectures and workshops, three nights accommodation in en-suite accommodation, all meals from lunch on the Friday up to and inclusive of lunch on the Monday as well as all non-alcoholic refreshments. ALL this for the early bird rate of £329 and with the dollar being so strong it means this will cost UNDER $500 inclusive of tax. There has never been a better time to attend a conference. So book your flights this week!!

This International Family History Conference is being held this year (2009) from Friday 28th August till Monday 31st August (a holiday weekend in England) in Nottingham  at the East Midlands Conference Centre.

Don’t forget you can always extend your stay both in Nottingham where we can offer en-suite bed and breakfast accommodation at £35 per night and there are plenty of family historians who offer similar facilities close to most record offices. You could of course spend time in London at the Society of Genealogists or any of the other London Archives, so why not make it a once in a lifetime vacation.

With between 4 and 5 lectures to chose from each session, I find the idea of this genealogical conference quite exciting and am looking forward to it with great expectations -  not least the concept of meeting old and making new friends – so “See you there!”

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Genealogy Research: Unveiling the Past

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

The term genealogy is rooted from the Greek word "genealogia" which refers to the tracing of family. The term genealogia is likewise rooted from genea, referring to a generation or descent.

Genealogy research basically refers to the identification of the lineage, significant information regarding the history of the family. 

What is then the importance of tracing the history of your family? Why is it significant to search for your ancestors who are long dead and buried?

The very reason includes a very basic logic. If your ancestors never existed, you will not exist either. Hence, you and your ancestors are interlinked.

Meaning, you still behold a lot of similarity to your ancestors. Those people who have long been forgotten. Those people who have led a very different life before.
 
Tracing you family’s ancestors is a way of giving honor to them. Not that alone, the process of genealogy research is very fascinating too.

Aside from that, you will be able to learn lots of things. For instance, you would realize why you as well as the rest of your relatives dwell in a place when your race in fact belongs to some other country.

There are many circumstances relating to this occasion. An example of this is the early Hessian soldiers. Historically, British used them to battle the American colonization.

After these Hessian soldiers fought the Americans, many of them deserted Britain. Their descendants are believed to have transferred to Ohio later.

Another thing you can learn about the genealogy of your family is the medical conditions. What are these medical conditions that are running in your family’s blood? You need to be aware of them for they may be transmitted genetically. 

It is important to know whether your ancestor died of diabetes or other diseases. Did they suffer from a heart disease or asthma? This knowledge will give you the idea regarding the habits or types of food you need to avoid. 

Now, you might be wondering how to trace the medical conditions of your ancestors when in fact all of them are gone already.

finding your family history 

You might learn this from the stories of your parents told by you grandparents, which were shared before by your grand grandparents and so on.

But if ever there is no existing stories about your family’s medical conditions. You can easily refer to the old papers of death notices. Most often, the reason of death is detailed here.

  images from family history

Upon knowing the reason of the death of our ancestors you will be more careful on your health, and to your family too definitely.

So, how are you going to begin your research on your family’s genealogy? Fortunately, there are several ways to do it nowadays.

You can conduct your research on a genealogy library in your community or maybe in others. You may also opt to join a genealogy association. These associations usually have numbers of research tool to help you in your research. 

open the door and here are the people

Of course, you can also get your needed information by simply accessing the information through the Internet. Here, you can join genealogy forums, which could help you connect with your distant relatives.

Attending a family history conference will be of great benefit to you, so why not think about attending the International Family History Conference in Nottingham, England in 2009

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German Genealogy: Finding Your German Ancestors

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The United States of America is a country with diverse races and is considered to be the melting pot of cultures in the world. In this country, you will find different races and mixed culture. The United States is composed of Native Americans, Americans, British, Irish, Asian, and even German races. You have to consider that there are about 300 million people living in the United States today.

Today, the largest self-reported ethnic group living in the United States is German Americans. In fact, there is an estimated 47 million German Americans according to the year 2000 census of the United States. As you can see, there is a great possibility that you have German blood running through your veins. If you do, and if you are interested with your German ancestry, you can consider retracing it by hiring a genealogist.

Discover german genealogy at the family history conference

You have to consider that a series of world events have made it possible for people to migrate to the United States. The first German Americans migrated to the United States during the years 1680s to 1760s. From there on, the Germans was the largest group of immigrants in the United States of America. Because of the worsening opportunities of owning farm lands in Germany, conscription to the military, and persecution of religious groups, Germans made a choice to migrate to the United States.

Because of the opportunity to own farm lands in the United States, the freedom it offers to practice religion, non-existent military conscription, and better economy, Germans have made the United States of America as the prime country to migrate in.

During the World War II where Adolf Hitler came to power and started persecuting and killing German Jews, many of Germans migrated to the United States of America seeking refuge.

As you can see, series of world events made Germans to migrate to the United States. If you have an Aryan surname or if your grandparents or great-grandparents have Aryan surnames, you can be sure that you have German ancestry. You have to consider that finding out your own ancestry can be quite a task to accomplish. This is why you should try and seek the help of a genealogist who specializes in American German ancestry. Who knows? Maybe you can even trace your ancestry and may find that you are related to some of the worlds famous Germans, such as Oskar Schindler who is known to save thousands or even millions of Jews from Adolf Hitler’s gas chambers. Or, it is also possible that you may even be related to Albert Einstein or the former American President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

There are hundreds more of prominent German Americans who contributed a lot to society. In fact, even Elvis Presley has German blood.

So, if you have German ancestry and you want to know about your family’s history or you want to know your long lost relatives, you can consider hiring a genealogist to trace your German ancestry. With the available technology today, they may even find your distant relatives living in Germany today.

At the 2009 International family history conference there will be many experts in attendance who are of German descent and will be more than willing to share their genealogical expertise. See the family history conference web site Open the Door and Here are the People

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Ireland Genealogy: Finding the Irish inside You

Saturday, December 13th, 2008

The Irish are known to be hot blooded and pleasant people. They are also known to be hardworking people and have that distinct tight English accent. The Irish has a very rich culture and history where sometimes it was pleasant and some history have been quite bad for the Irish.

irish speakers at the family history conference

Today, the Irish population in America is considered to be the second largest in the United States. Making up 34 million in the year 2000 United States Census, the only larger self-reported ethnic group is German Americans.

Because of the Protestant persecution of Catholics, many Irish Catholics migrated to the United States. Even before the revolution, the American Irish populations were quite large in the United States. Most Irish served as domestic servants and most Irish American males worked in canal building and civil construction jobs in the Northeast of the United States.

In fact, there are so many Irish Americans in the United States that many people in New York who claimed to have Irish heritage have larger population than Dublin, the capital of Ireland. Most Irish Americans settled in the United States largest cities, namely, New York, Boston, as well as Chicago and San Francisco. You will also find small but tight Irish communities all over the United States. So, if you have Irish blood and is interested about your Irish heritage, you should try and hire a genealogist that specializes in family cultural history, specifically the Irish culture to help you on your quest to find who you really are.

picture of irish family history

Finding your genealogy is a fun activity for your family. Who knows, maybe you are related to some of the famous Irish American in the United States. With the large numbers of famous Irish Americans, there is a large chance that you may find your Irish culture. In some cases and if you are lucky enough, there may be a chance that you may find your distant relatives still living in Ireland today.

The Irish are proud people and Irish Americans today are taking part of politics in the United States. Most Irish Americans also serve in the military, police, and as firefighters. In fact, John F. Kennedy is one of the most famous Irish Americans.

So, if you have that Irish blood in you and you want to rediscover who you are and where you came from, you can consider getting your genealogy traced. Who knows? You may be related to some of the most prominent Irish Americans living today.

heraldry shields on irish genealogy

By finding out about your family’s past, you will be able to know how your family lived and struggled during the hard times in the United States. Knowing about your proud history means that you are proud of being Irish. So, if you want to know more about yourself and about your family, try finding that Irish in you through various Irish American genealogy website or through professional genealogists who specializes in Irish American culture.

heraldry in Ireland

  At the forthcoming 2009 International Family History Conference to be held in August tehre will be many experts in attendance who will be more than happy to help you with research into your Irish family history. You will find many fascinating and sometimes amazing facts about your Irish decent that you can be proud of.

  

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Attending a family history conference

Friday, December 12th, 2008

From the moment I started to research my own family history I have been heavily and actively involved in the genealogy world.  I attended my first local and family history conference in 1991 and and the very next year I became involved in my local family history society as a volunteer.  In those days there were two residential conferences on family history every year as well as specialised ones on heraldry and one-name studies.  At these conferences, the Federation of Family History Societies is usually invited to hold either their AGM or General meeting as they were usually organised by member societies.  Virtually all of these were 48-hour residential weekend events and held at universities around the country.  Being residential of course meant that meals and refreshments were included making them, overall very well priced as everything was included including morning and afternoon refreshments. Normally there was also a celebratory banquet.

genealogical conference 

Even So the number of societies able or prepared to host such events has sadly declined over the last 8 years or so for a variety of reasons.   In an increasingly commercial environment, volunteers inevitably don’t necessarily have the skill sets or the time to mastermind a large residential event, thus during 2007 no national conferences were organised and only one in 2008.  To Boot, although the way that we undertake our research and access records has dramatically altered over the last few years, I don’t feel that some of the conferences of late have of necessity been able to meet the needs of the newer type investigator.

TV programs such as Who Do You Think You Are? have dramatically increased the number of people who wish to know about their ancestry’ and the ease that we can now access many records. With great enthusiasm they get together with those, who are already established on the route towards discovering their own personal heritage.  I believe that the needs and expectations of this new breed of researcher are therefore very different to the needs and expectations that I had when I began my own research.

Indeed what should you expect from attending a genealogical conference?

Attending a residential conference gives you the opportunity to meet and interact with others of yoru persuasion, who share your enthusiasm for the past.  Numerous established researchers attending such events will be more than happy to give a the benefit of their advice to those just starting their research, those who have hit a brick wall or those just wishing to add to their genealogical knowledge.

You can hear lectures given ‘live’ by invited lecturers in their chosen disipline. Each speaker will normally be an expert in family hsitory, genealogy, heraldry or loacl history..  You have the opportunity to attend a great number of lectures, seminars or workshops where you are able to get guidance and advice specific to your needs, raising your knowledge on the topics of your choice along the way. 

I thoroughly enjoy savoring in the conference ambience, sharing the vibes of the live lecture, which I can only experience by in reality being there.  I think attending a conference can be something special and a wonderful opportunity and a real experience.  Above all, don’t let the opportunity pass without having a great time meetingold and making new acquaintances! It has even been known for delegates to meet cousins they never knew existed!

family history event 

The next international  conference on genealogy  is being hosted by the Halsted Trust from 28 to 31 August 2009, and is being hosted at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham, England

Open the Door & Here are the People, the conference will be taking on board the needs of both the current generation of researcher as well as those experienced in tfamily history, the conference will cover a wide spectrum of subjects of interest to the family, local and social historian. There will be experts, information and celebrity lecturers on subjects from buildings to immigration and the military to industrial Britain.

Speakers include notable historians and authors Kate Williams and Sarah Wise plus lecturers from The Galleries of Justice, Institute for Name-Studies, King’s College, London, The Library & Museum of Freemasonry, The Media Archive for Central England, National Maritime Museum, National Monuments Record, Parliamentary Archives, Royal Geographical Society, The Women’s Library and the Society of Genealogists as well as many experienced and professional family hsitorians. 

The Trust have negotiated a great deal for attendees with an early bird rate of £329 which at today’s rate is less than $500. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend what I hope will be a "once ina lifetime" event.

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