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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Change to Borders Family History Society's Speaker for tomorrow, Sunday, 30 November at Melrose

Borders Family History Society have changed their speaker for tomorrow, Sunday, 30 November at Melrose.
Unfortunately, Mary Craig, who was to have spoken about Beggars, Thieves and Whores - the ultimate medieval outsiders, has suddenly fallen ill.

Instead, they will have two speakers:
  • Enid Cruickshank: Walter and Andrew Haddon, solicitors, of Hawick
  • Gregory Lauder–Frost: Earlier records including privy council records, exchequer rolls and regality records

It's at the same venue, the Corn Exchange & Ormiston Institute, Market Square, Melrose, TD6 9PN.  See this map for directions.
The talk is open to the public.

More information.

We wish Mary a speedy recovery.

Friday, 7 November 2014

FindMyPast Free Family History Live Broadcast or Webinar on Saturday 8 November

To celebrate Remembrance Weekend, FindMyPast is running a live broadcast or free webinar on Saturday 8 November between 3pm (GMT) and 5.30pm.

The programme includes 6 speakers and covers: getting started, researching your family history, censuses,  British newspapers, military records, tracing ancestors from Ireland, international records.

More details of the programme and speakers.

The webinar is expected to be available later on their blog.

The webinar is followed by a live question and answer session on FindMyPast's Facebook page between 5.30pm (GMT) and 6.30pm.

Please add a comment below, if you learn something useful or get a question answered.

Free Access to FindMyPast This Weekend (7-10 November)

To celebrate Remembrance Weekend, FindMyPast is offering free access to most of their records from noon (GMT) on Friday, 7 November to 11:59am (GMT) on Monday, 10 November.

Use the time to explore their collections of UK parish records, historical newspaper pages, military records and passenger lists.

I used FindMyPast to research much of the information about John Hamilton Hall  and his family, including census records and military records relating to his service in the East India Company's Bengal Infantry from 1819 to 1838.

You'll need to register and log in.

In some respects, FindMyPast is easier to search than Ancestry so give the FindMyPast Free Weekend a whirl and add a comment below if you find something interesting.