Blogging for family history

Blogging for family history

In the August issue of Family Tree, we have a fantastic article all about how to grow a bigger, better family tree, with genealogist and family history blogger Chris Paton exploring how collateral lines and cousin collaboration can boost our own research. In the article Chris reveals how a blog can be an excellent way to connect with cousins worldwide, ‘If there is one way to really foster links with others, it is to place the research that we have already established onto a website to act as “cousin bait”. The theory is that when others trawl the net to find

FT July

Family Tree magazine July 2015

Family Tree July 2015 is on sale now! Discover how to tell your ancestors’ stories with our essential guide to writing your family history – it’s easier than you think! Also inside this issue… 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain; genealogy & identity; sailors’ wills; ‘women’s issues’; the Hanseatic League; Lord Lyon King of Arms; the great British seaside; your stories; & much, much more… Plus, free access to selected records at TheGenealogist! You can download the digital edition right now – click here! Glimpses of the past Begin writing your family history by following these four easy steps. Identifying

FT June 2015

Family Tree magazine June 2015

Family Tree June 2015 is on sale now! With major anniversaries for Waterloo and Magna Carta this year, now is an inspiring time for a new family history research challenge and we have all the expert guidance you need. For the adventurous among us we have possible sources to help track down your medieval ancestors; and if you think you might have a soldier forebear involved in the Battle of Waterloo now’s the time to find out for sure. Also this issue… UKBMD updates; lost records; archive volunteers; heraldry; Salvation Army records; medieval fashions; WW1 music; lion queens; your stories;

FT & Diane Lindsay

Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 in pictures

Wow, what a fabulous event Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2015 was! We had a great time – the highlight being meeting lots of our wonderful readers – and we hope you enjoyed it too if you were able to make it. The NEC proved to be a fabulous new venue for the show, and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, so we’re pleased to know the event will be in Birmingham again next year. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our stand! Click on the images below to view them larger.

FT May 2015

Family Tree magazine May 2015

Family Tree May 2015 is on sale now, bursting with an extravagant mix of helpful articles and research stories. We reflect on the sinking of the Lusitania, an event that had a deep impact on families far beyond those directly connected to the tragedy, plus we remember 70 years since VE day. Also inside this issue… electoral records; heraldry; Birmingham research; post-1837 marriage records; post-feudal ‘gang’ wars; American pioneers; spiritualism between the wars; your stories; & much, much more… Plus, free access to selected records at TheGenealogist! You can download the digital edition right now – click here! The final voyage of

Finchley lives

Bishop of London talking to organist Gordon Kirkwood, December 2011, at the rededication of the Willis Organ.

Bishop of London talking to organist Gordon Kirkwood, December 2011, at the rededication of the Willis Organ.

A large-scale oral history project that involved more than a hundred people has been completed in Finchley, in the London Borough of Barnet.

It began in September 2010 with the training of 50 volunteer interviewers who then conducted 64 interviews, gathering more than 25 hours of personal reminiscences of the parish over the last 90 years. An illustrated booklet, Listening to Finchley: Eyewitness accounts of 90 years of change in church and people, has been produced containing oral history reminiscences. With gems of personal detail and social trends, this 32-page booklet will be of great interest both locally and nationally as an example of how oral history records the experience of a community.

The ancient church of St Mary-at-Finchley is at the centre of the community of Finchley. St Mary’s has recently completed a £136,000 restoration of its Willis pipe organ, which dates from 1878. A major boost came with the donation of £50,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The oral history project was one of several community projects associated with the HLF funding.

A CD of the restored organ has been made, featuring organists Peter Wright, Simon Williams and Gordon Kirkwood. Also available is the newly installed Listening Post (a wall-mounted player for audio recordings) with themed extracts from the interviews.

Both the oral history booklet and the CD are available from 30 June 2012 from the church office. Prices (including post and packaging) are £5 (booklet) and £12 (CD).

Please send full name and postal address, and details of how many copies of the booklet and/or CD you are ordering, and enclosing your cheque payable to ‘St Mary-at-Finchley’, to: The Parish Administrator, St Mary-at-Finchley Parish Church, 26 Hendon Lane, London N3 1TR. For more information call 020 8 248 3818 or email administrator@stmaryatfinchley.org.uk.