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Sunday, 1 May 2011

Missing Baptisms for St Alfege, Greenwich now published. Writing your Family History and access to Open Data.

NWKFHS has produced a new CD (CD 38) containing Transcriptions and an Alphabetical Index of the Baptisms registers for 1813-38 that contains over 15000 entries. 

The importance of this index and the transcriptions is that they include several pages of Baptisms that were omitted when the registers were filmed many years ago. These missing pages are not available on the Ancestry database or any pay per view site.

The NWKFHS publications details will soon be updated on the website to include the full details. The CD will also be available from Parish Chest in the near future. NWKFHS publications available at Parish Chest can be seen here NWKFHS Publications via Parish Chest and can be paid for by Credit Card.

In the meantime the CD can be ordered by post. To download an order form go to  NWKFHS Publication The Ref. for the CD is CD38 St. Alfege, Greenwich Index and Transcriptions 1813 - 38. Price GBP £8 plus postage of GBP £1 for the UK and GBP £2 for elsewhere.

Writing Family History. U3A

Some 1/4 million people belong to the University of the 3rd Age and benefit from the many courses on offer. "Membership is not related to a specific age but to a period in one’s life (the third age) after the second age of full-time employment and parental responsibility.  Anybody in their third age can join U3A and this includes people who are working part time.  There is no lower age for membership". If you live in   Australia it is available through a partnership between Third Age Trust (the UK national U3A organisation) and the U3A Online Inc.(based in Australia).
If you are interested in writing your family History or just starting to do so  you might be interested in this course for beginners that aims to help develop or improve information gathering and writing skills using a computer. Topics covered include "planning your history, collecting information, storing and collating it  then using that material to bring your history to life by writing the stories of the people concerned in a way that will be interesting to the reader".

No entry qualifications are required. They are designed purely for personal interest and enjoyment. They offer no credit on completion.  The courses have been written by volunteers who are experienced tutors or course leaders in their fields.  The courses are aimed at U3A members, ex-U3A members who are no longer able to attend a U3A, and those unable to access conventional courses for one reason or another (e.g. restricted mobility, disability, etc).  The U3A website is at U3A


There is an interesting project at worldnames.  It is an outcome of various academic research projects at University College London and there is no charge for the service provided. It  helps  to further  research into the geography of family names.

Open Genealogy Alliance: historic and genealogical data.

FreeBMD and ORG are building a broad Alliance to campaign for Open Data in the genealogy sector.  Historic data such as births, marriages and deaths, or censuses has been collected for public benefit, and is available to companies through purchasing agreements, but is frequently hard or expensive for individuals to access. Restrictive licensing is also reducing the impact of voluntary transcribers who want to republish historic archives. More details can be found at Open Rights Group and the Manifesto also supported by FreeBMD is at Right to Culture in the Digital Age 

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