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Family Tree UK September 2020

Learn how to trace your family tree! Every issue is packed with: family history research advice hands-on learning experiences to help you become an ancestor super-sleuth & step-by-step guides to show you the path to tracing the past. From vintage documents to the latest in DNA, we’re here to help you discover more! Get the latest in genealogy news, software, books, archives and expert answers. Plus enjoy those reader stories that remind what it means to trace your family story. Research & remember your roots with Family Tree!

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tracing our families in recent times

These are some pictures (above) from my family in the 1920s, 30s and 40s - all but one people that I knew or know and loved. But even with these familiar faces, there’s so much more to learn about their lives to make sure that the chapters of our family history through the 20th century are as well-treasured as those for our Victorians and before. The woman, with the specs on, in the photo top right (my great-granny) is the only one of these people I never knew. But I have the stories, handed down… Of her impetuously sailing for Brazil just after the First World War to follow her lover; of her consequent estrangement from her father and her beloved Scotland; her life in Madeira and Lisbon; and of…

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a step forward in the search for a new home for museum of london

Following two campaigns by SAVE to save the historic Smithfield Market, City of London planners have now approved plans for a £337 million transformation of the Victorian market, built between 1879 and 1883. SAVE and The Victorian Society won a public inquiry to save the buildings from demolition in 2014 and reacting to the news, Marcus Binney, executive president of SAVE Britain’s Heritage said: ‘The planning permission granted to the Museum of London comes after a 15-year battle to save Smithfield General market from destruction. SAVE fought and won two public inquiries to stop destruction and won both of them against tremendous odds. Now the way is open for the Museum of London to carry out the transformation of these splendid market halls into the biggest and best city museum in…

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scotland’s census to be moved to march 2022

The census had originally been planned for March 2021, in line with previous censuses, which are taken on a ten-yearly basis. Paul Lowe, Registrar General and Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland (NRS), said: ‘The priority and responsibility of NRS is to put in place a census that enables everyone across Scotland to participate, so that information collected can be used to produce the analyses and deliver the benefits required by the people of Scotland. ‘The census is a unique count of every household in Scotland and in the next census, for the first time, the majority of people will be encouraged to complete their questionnaire online. This will require a significant field force and face-to-face engagement in an effort to support digital participation, engage with the public and raise awareness…

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hello and goodbye at ihgs

The Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) has announced that its principal Dr Richard Baker is to retire this summer, after almost 32 years in the post. Richard joined IHGS in 1988, becoming the Institute’s Vice-Principal in 2004, and Principal in 2010. Richard will be the President of The International Congress of Heraldic and Genealogical Sciences, to be held at Cambridge in 2022. Whilst plans for honouring Richard’s time at IHGS have had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the team at IHGS report that they hope they will go ahead in due course. Richard is to be succeeded by Dr David Wright, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Society of Genealogists. He is well known to genealogists for his East Kent Probate Index as well…

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play your part in the 2021 census

New, paid opportunities for work on the next England and Wales census have been announced, with some roles now accepting applications and others opening soon. The Office for National Statistics has posted details of temporary field roles on its website and states that it is hiring thousands of people, to help make the 2021 Census a success. Current opportunities include supervisory and management roles, as well as community engagement work, all of which will ensure that as many people as possible are able to complete the census. You can search the current vacancies at https://familytr.ee/censusjobs…

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newly digitised catholic records include forfeited jacobite estates

The records, published online for the first time, include Sacramental registers from the Archdiocese of Southwark, covering more than 70 Catholic Parishes across Kent and Surrey and spanning the years 1781 to 1910. You can explore these within FindMyPast’s Catholic Records pages at www.findmypast.co.uk/page/catholic-records The new England and Wales, Roman Catholics, 1717 collection was created by digitising 211 pieces from the UK National Archives’ FEC1 series covering the Forfeited Estates Commission, abstracts of estates of Popish recusants. The Commission, appointed in 1715 by an Act of Parliament, had the power to seize all ‘real estates and interests vested in the crown’ belonging to ‘persons so convicted or attainted of high treason’. The archive covers a range of assorted documents such as abstracts of estates that incorporate alphabetical lists of convicted recusants registered…