Genealogy Blog

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  • Family Historian Software for Beginners

    Posted: 26/11/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), Saturday, 6 December 2014; 10:30 - 17:00

    An overview of this popular and useful software, the only major genealogical software package designed and written specifically for UK users. Bring your questions along! This course is suitable for Beginners & Refreshers. A laptop is not required.

    A full-day course at the Society of Genealogists (SoG) with John Hanson.

    Places are limited so book your place now...for details and how to book, follow this link:

  • How to get the Most from Family Pictures

    Posted: 26/11/14

    Course to be held at the Society of Genealogists (SoG), Saturday, 13 December 2014; 10:30 - 17:00

    This full-day course is a visual Power Point presentation that provides an in-depth guide to dating, analysing and understanding all types of family portraits, from inherited paintings, drawings and silhouettes, to Victorian studio photographs and 20th century snapshots. Accurate dating is essential when trying to identify and discover more about unlabelled family pictures and the course demonstrates how to establish an accurate time frame, using a variety of techniques and research tools. It also discusses the portrait tradition and considers the historical context in which artworks and, later, photographs were commissioned: what did these special pictures mean to our ancestors and how should we interpret them?

    A full-day course at the Society of Genealogists (SoG) with Jayne Shrimpton, author of the book of the same title. Copies available through the Society of Genealogists Bookshop

    Please note this course has been re-scheduled from its original date of 13 September.

    Booking details can be viewed at:

  • Oxford History Centre - Temporary Closure

    Posted: 31/10/14

    Temporary closure of Oxfordshire History Centre - 25 November to 13 December.

    For those hoping to visit the Oxfordshire History Centre before Christmas, their website has the following notice:

    "Oxfordshire History Centre will be closed to visitors for 3 weeks for the refurbishment of its Reception area and for the essential replacement of air-conditioning units. We will use this opportunity to carry out our annual stock-take, which usually takes place in January and February.

    During this time Oxford History Centre staff will be on duty at Oxford Central Library on Tuesdays 10:30 am to 4pm and Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am to 4pm

    We will continue to answer telephone calls via our usual telephone number and to answer letters and e-mail enquiries.

    We apologise for any inconvenience this building work causes."

  • Portsmouth History Centre - Temporary Closure

    Posted: 31/10/14

    The Portsmouth History Centre will be closed from Monday 17 November to Saturday 29 November 2014.

    This is to enable the relocation of the City Archive store. No items can be booked for viewing during this time period.

    The Portsmouth History Centre will re-open at 1.30pm, Monday, 1 December.

    We will not be able to produce any original documents held off site during November. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 2 December.

  • Suffolk Record Office - New Opening Hours

    Posted: 20/09/14

    Message received via The Federation of Family History Societies:

    Dear Colleagues,

    We would be grateful if you could advise anyone planning a visit to any of the three Suffolk Record Office branches that we will be introducing new opening hours from Wednesday 1st October 2014. These are:- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9.30-16.30.

    We will be closed to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays but offering a full archive production service on Saturdays.

    Emails and telephone enquiries will not be answered on Wednesdays as staff will be working on improving catalogue information and digitising material prior to the development of a new website in 2015 which will improve access to online information and archival content. Further details about the background to these changes can be found on: under the paragraph entitled Digitisation of Suffolk's heritage collections.

    Thank you for your help.

    Kate Chantry

    Suffolk Record Office Manager

    Suffolk Record Office

    Culture, Sport, Libraries and Communities Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Record Office, Gatacre Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2LQ

    Tel: 01473 263913


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