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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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Genealogy Software: Tips on Finding the Right One

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Genealogy has become the hobby and the passion of a lot of people from all over the world. They give importance on finding their self identities and self pride by uncovering the legacy of their family. Genealogy research can be more fun and enjoyable andiIt can bring your entire present family member together to create a project in which everybody can contribute. Regardless of your reasons, genealogy software is still your best tool for researching your past.

Genealogy research can include numerous tools that are easy to utilize. It helps in discovering and organizing your research. One typical example is the organizational tools. It can connect people according to relationships, combine people in the family trees, locate entries in duplicates, and help in recognizing problems. Genealogy software can be used for individual or entire family research.

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Genealogy software can give you comprehensive charts and reports for organizing your research as well as for viewing the development of your genealogy research. To find the right genealogy software, you need to read genealogy articles, stories, and complete reviews. You will invest your money, so make sure that it’s worth it.

It does not matter if you are a professional genealogy researcher or a weekend genealogist as long as you choose the best genealogy software program. This can make a big difference in the course of your research. You will be more satisfied with the information you are getting. Recording, reviewing, and accessing information is easy and fun. Make sure that you know important criteria that you need to rate.

–    Easy to use. Genealogy software must be user friendly to meet the needs of both beginners and expert computer users. The programs are easy to explore and well organized.

–    Easy to setup and install. The genealogy software has simple and straightforward instruction for computer installations and setting up. As much as possible there is no confusing steps or errors. 

–    Featured set. Genealogy software is equipped with all necessary features for organizing and researching the family tree which include charts, reports, web access, searching capabilities, and other useful ways of storing data.

Various charts and reports include:

•    Ancestor charts. It contains the direct line of the person’s ancestors. In this manner, he or she can see the exact length of the line from way back then. 

•    Narrative reports of the ancestors. These reports are written in a story form similar with books beginning from a specific individual and then followed by his or her lineage. Sharing this research to your friends and family members can be fun.

•    Family charts. This shows the whole families which include the wife, husband, and children.

–    Provides help and documentation. The developer of genealogy software must provide help in various forms. It can include FAQs, phone support and email, product tutorial, and online course. This is very useful for helping anyone to learn the programs and use it. They can also access consumer support conveniently.

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Using the latest breakthrough in technology is a one great technique to find your family history in a faster and more convenient way. Try it for a new research experience.

The Society of Genealogists has many lectures and demonstations on various genealogical software programs and will be sponsoring our International Genealogical Conference  in Nottingham in 2009.

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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.

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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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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.

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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!

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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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