An e-petition has been started on the Government website to the Home Office requesting that Parliament enacts legislation to allow the General Register Office of England and Wales the ability to issue "uncertified" research copies of birth, marriage and death certs - with a notice on the copies that they are uncertified, and have no legal authority - and that these may be obtained at a much lower cost than the current £9.25 per cert (eg £2) when ordered on-line and the GRO Index Ref is Provided, and that these may be issued in a electronic (email) format or a plain paper in the same way as The Rep of Ireland; this would enable family historians to buy many certs for their research at a lower cost" In the Republic of Ireland you can ask for an uncertified copy from Roscommon (their version of GRO) for €4.
If you would like to support this petition you can sign it at Research Copies for B,M,D Certificates for Genealogical Research This is a much needed change and would benefit all genealogists and family historians.
Guild of One-Name Studies - Railway Records Seminar: Steam Museum, Swindon, Saturday 19th November 2011, doors open at 09:30 for 10:00 start.
Have you a Railway Worker in your Family? The GOONS are holding a Seminar held at: The Sir Daniel Gooch Theatre at the Steam Museum in Swindon on Saturday 19th November 2011, doors open at 09:30 for 10:00 start.
An excellent team of specialists will be present for this seminar which will be covering many aspects of the criminal and religious justice systems. We lead off with Chris and Judy Rouse, local specialists. Chris and Judy are followed by three well known speakers, Martin Sanders, Senior Assistant Archivist, Modern Records Centre; David Hawkings, Author of 'Railway Ancestors - A Guide to Staff Records' and George Yalden, Education Officer, Railway Ancestors Family History Society.
Everyone is invited to bring along details of their studies for display and sharing. We shall have pin boards available and the seminar coordinator will liaise with you beforehand.
Applications are welcome from Guild members, family historians, genealogists and members of the general public with an interest in the subject matter. Further details and to book can be found at GOONS Seminar. Cost for the day is £18, includes refreshments.
(Information from the Editor, NWKFHS Journal)
North West Kent Family History Society Exhibition of pictures telling the history of Parkwood Hall, Beechenlea Lane, Swanley, Kent.
Dates: 8th September 2011 at our Sevenoaks Branch: Sevenoaks Community Centre, Otford Road. 7.15pm. There is also a talk by Judith Kinnison-Bourke An Oxford Canal Family 1792 - 1945
1st October, at the Dartford Branch, Dartford Technical College, Heath Lane, Dartford. 9.45am. There is a talk by John Usmar The History of The Royal Arsenal Woolwich.
12th October at the Society Library, KCC Library, Summerhouse Drive, Bexley, Kent DA5 2EE. 10.00am to 4.0pm
19th November at the Bromley Branch meeting, Bromley Methodist Church, College Road, Bromley BR1 3NS 9.45am. Plus a talk by Audrey Collins Using the National Archives for Family History research.
An Exhibition of pictures telling the history of Parkwood Hall, Beechenlea Lane, Swanley from its beginnings as a Convalescent Home, to a Fire Brigade Training Centre then to a School in 1971. Visitors are welcome.
In 1890 Peter Reid wrote to the Times with an idea to build a Hospital Convalescent Home to care for patients that were released from Hospital. He funded the purchase of the land at Swanley in the Parish of Horton Kirby. The Architect E. B. L'Anson that designed the building that has survived and is now a school set in 72 acres of land in Beechenlea Lane, Swanley.
Parkwood Hall School, took over the site in 1971 Prior to this it had been the London Fire Brigade Training Centre for young recruits 1968-1970.
During the world wars it was used as a military hospital. In 1917 when the ammunitions factory at Silvertown exploded 287 homeless children and their teachers were housed at Parkwood for 5 months, all at the expense of the Founders.
Visitors are welcome. Please feel free to drop in to any of these occasions to see the pictures of people that lived and worked in these wonderful buildings and to listen to some of the excellent talks. If you know of any people that worked, trained or regained their health at this establishment please let us know and come and tell us their stories.
Presented by North West Kent Family History Society. www.nwkfhs.org.uk