WDYTYA?LIVE 2014 has announced that there has been a change to the dates for next year's show. The new Dates will be from Thursday 20th February to Saturday 22nd February 2014.
It is hoped that the change to a Thursday instead of a Friday and making the last day Saturday instead of Sunday will make the show more accessible to visitors. Research has clearly identified that visitors would prefer a weekday to a Sunday and this, coupled to better public transport during the week, means that we can expect a significant increase in footfall.
Findmypast now has over a million Kent records on line.
The records on Findmypast (subscription payable) include those from North West Kent FHS, Kent FHS and those from the Canterbury Archives.
Along with with the Medway Archives which has Parish registers of the Rochester Archdeaconry area, extending from Dartford and Gravesend in the west to Rainham in the east and focusing on the Medway Towns (Which is available free to all at City Arc ) this means that a large part of the parish registers for Kent are now available to search.
The Canterbury Parish registers and those on the Medway Archives site City Arc are copies of the original parish registers. Many of the others are indexes and transcriptions provided by Family History Societies. Copies of many of the original parish register for North West Kent are available to purchase at NWKFHS Publications
If you look round there are also other indexes for Kent parish registers on the Web that are free, such as the Marden History Archives and the Mid-Kent Marriage Index 1754-1911 which has transcriptions of the marriage records of seven registration districts in the mid Kent area: East Ashford, West Ashford, Cranbrook, Elham, Hollingbourne, Romney Marsh and Tenterden. Also included are marriages at Maidstone (All Saints).
Chartist. William Lovett, from The London Working Men’s Association and five ‘working men’ plus six members of Parliament published the People’s Charter in 1838 seeking the vote for all men. In 1842 a petition of some three million signatures was presented to the government, which was rejected. In the early 1840s, economic depression and dissatisfaction lead to strikes and several Chartist leaders being arrested. Chartist activity culminated in 1848 when a mass meeting on Kennington Common was organised.
There is a good chance that one of your ancestors signed the petition and or belonged to the Chartists.
The website ‘Chartists Ancestors’ has a list of some 5,000 subscribers from all over the Country to the Chartists Movement