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2017 Family History Day - Steam

Dig Deep into your Family History!


Thirty organisations had stands at STEAM in Swindon when the Society's Family History Day took place in the giant Great Western Hall.

Whether visitors needed help and advice to continue research already started, or were not sure where to begin, the WFHS team and many other societies, groups and companies were only too happy to help.  Visitors were able to purchase CDs, books and equipment to enhance their research, and they were able to listen to talks.

Click here for details of the stands and links to individual web sites.

In 2018 there will be two important family history events in Wiltshire:

-  12 May: WFHS annual Family History Day at Wilton, near Salisbury

- 30 June: South West Area Group of FHSs Family History Day at STEAM

 

 

 

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Coach Trips 2017

We had a very successful trip to Who Do You Think You Are? Live show at NEC last Saturday, with 37 people - members and non-members joining our coach!

The next one is to National Archives at Kew on Saturday 3rd June -   Cost: £21 per person. 

Our set-down point at Kew is at the National Archives - but this is only a short distance from Kew Gardens or the London Water and Steam Museum (steaming their rotative engines and their railway that day) or the Mechanical Music Museum at Kew Bridge, for anyone who would prefer visiting these places rather than the Archives!

On Saturday September 9th Cy Cutler and Jenny Pope are organising a trip to Hay on Wye, mecca of "pre -loved" books, with 22 bookshops in the town.  This trip is £15 per person.  Not strictly a Society trip - but one we think would be of great interest with the opportunity to browse (and buy) books on places and people connected to family history research

The final trip in 2017 is on 7 October to the Imperial War Museum in London with galleries and displays closely related to the First World War.  Cost £22.50

For all trips, we pick up in Westbury (6.30am), Devizes (7.00am), Chippenham (7.30am) and Swindon (8.00am).

 

 

 

 

 

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2017

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2017
The WFHS team will again be at the biggest family history show in the UK (and possibly the world!).  Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2017 will be at the NEC Birmingham from 6 to 8 April.  The team will provide research advice and will be giving special emphasis to the Society's latest parish register releases and other new publications available as on CD, by download as a book.  For details see the latest Sales Leaflet available via the Publications page on our web site

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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April 2017 journal

The April 2017 journal is now on-line and is available to members, who should log on and select Journals through the Members Area. 

 

 

 

 

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New CDs and download releases - Bastardy, Vagrancy, Poor Law and Marriage Licence Bonds

We have released three new CDs, with all of them being available as downloads, and also made another CD available as a download.

This release is part of a process to make all of our publications available on CD and as downloads. We have published, in print, ten volumes of bastardy records and six volumes of  vagrancy passes records. In 2015 we also published, through Lulu, a significant book of Poor Law records. They are each now available as either a CD or a download through Genfair. You can also purchase the CD from our Resource Centre. See our Publications page for how to do this.

Each CD is priced at £12 and the download available at £11.

The Marriage Licence Bonds data has been available for some time on CD. It, too, is now available as a download.

Don't forget to check out the free to view, download and print name indexes to all of these publications. Follow the link from our Publications page.

Free Name Indexes to our Publications

We are now able to provide free name indexes to all of our 34 CMB titles and 4 of our other digital publications. All indexes are pdf files and can be viewed on screen or downloaded and copied and printed. A Wiltshire map showing the distribution of the CMB titles is also available to view and download. Access to the Free Name Indexes page is through our Publications page.

Coombe Bissett, Froxfield & Highworth PR transcripts published

The transcripts of baptism and burial parish register transcripts for Coombe Bissett, Froxfield and Highworth are now available.

Coombe Bissett - Available as a printed book, an eDownload and as part of CMB 4, all through Genfair, or the book and CD from our Resource Centre.

Froxfield - Available as a printed book, an eDownload and as part of CMB 28, all through Genfair, or the book and CD from our Resource Centre.

Highworth - Because of the large number of pages, the printed versions are available through Lulu. Both baptisms and burials are available as eDownloads and as part of CMB 37 through Genfair, or the CD from our Resource Centre.

 

Coach Trip to NEC 2017

We are running a coach to Who Do You Think You Are? Live show at Birmingham NEC for members and friends on Saturday 8th April.

 

The show is the biggest UK genealogical show with all the major commercial companies, many county-based societies (including Wiltshire!) taking part and many other special interest groups.  Our coach will pick up at Westbury at 6.30am - don't worry, time to snooze on the coach! - Devizes at 7,00am, Chippenham at 7.30 and Swindon at 8.00am.  We hope to be at NEC soon after 10am.

If you don't want to go to the Show, NEC is a short train ride from Birmingham city centre with its excellent museum and art gallery, where you can see the amazing Staffordshire Hoard of saxon gold or the world class collection of pre-raphaelite paintings - or meet friends or go shopping.

Prices: coach fare is £21 per person.  We can offer a brilliant group ticket price to the show of £12, including a show guide, if bought at the same time as the coach fare (and before March). This is at least £8-£12 cheaper than current advertised rates.

For further information, contact Jenny Pope on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or tel 01793 852662.

 

 

 

 

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The Name of the Game

The Name of the Game - Saturday 11 February 2017 near Stratford-Upon-Avon

The Guild of One-Name Studies are running a seminar “The Name of the Game”.

Location Bearley Village Hall, Snitterfield Road, Bearley, near Stratford-upon-Avon,
Warwickshire CV37 0SR
9:30 am for 10:00 am, Saturday 11 February 2017

Programme
09:30 ­ Registration and Coffee
10:00  Welcome to the Seminar - Sue Thornton-Grimes
10:10  Discovering Archives at the County Record Office – David Hodgkinson (Warwickshire Record Office)
11:20  A Walk Around the Website and Setting Up Your Profile Page – Kim Baldacchino
13:35  Social Media for One-Name Studies - Debbie Kennett
14:50  Managing a One-Name Study - Rod Clayburn
16:00  More to a One-Name Study than a List of Names - Alan Moorhouse

Seminar cost, including refreshments and buffet lunch, is £18.00.

For more information please look under the Events tab at the Guild website: www.one-name.org
or phone the Guild Help Desk Tel: 0800 011 2182

The Guild would like to ensure that any disabled delegate can participate fully in this event. Anyone with any special requirements should telephone the Guild Help Desk on 0800 011 2182 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 

 

 

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January 2017 journal

The January 2017 journal is now on-line and is available to members, who should log on and select Journals through the Members Area. 

 

 

 

 

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