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FHEvent review – better late than never …

FHEvent, Barbican, 3rd May 2009On 3rd May 2009, I attended a family history event at the Barbican in London. It was imaginatively titled “The FHEvent”.

Smaller and more personal than WDYTYALive, it consisted mainly of family history societies and was established as a more affordable exhibition than the latter for the exhibitors. However, the presence of FindMyPast (and the 1911 Census) added an official air to this breakaway event.

The Kent FHS stallI personally found the event worthwhile, having managed to visit the Kent FHS stall and obtain some CDs and microfiche, and talk to some experts. The tour of The Society of Genealogists was very well executed and informative, and revealed what a vast array of resources are available to us as genealogists at their nearby repository.

Let’s hope it was considered worthwhile by the organisers.

I look forward to visiting the event again next year.

Published in: Genealogy | on May 9th, 2009 | No Comments »

1911 census … bring it on!

Finally, it’s up! The website for the 1911 census ( is available, and very much surprised me by having many counties available (although of course, I couldn’t say how complete!). Suffice it to say that the areas of Kent I am interested in have come up trumps – and highlighted a stupid mistake I had made regarding the birth year of my father’s auntie – who had the same name as here mother!
Unfortunately, (who run the site) are only making data available on a Pay-As-You-Go basis at the moment (although searches are free). There is no date as yet as to when we may all be able to use our subscriptions to to access the data for no extra charge (I’ve already contacted them!). And now I’ve used up what few credits I had left after upgrading to subscription at Xmas!
I suspect that demand may bring their plans forward. Let’s all do our bit to achieve this – although I guess flooding them with emails is not such a good idea! Demand has seen the census released early, and I suspect us subscribers will benefit further soon …
Bring it on!

Published in: Genealogy | on January 14th, 2009 | No Comments »