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Welcome to the November 2014 Edition of the FFHS Ezine                                                         No 49

Society Spotlight: Liverpool and South West Lancashire FHS

Marketing Assistant Wanted

Reflecting on Liverpool’s Home Front

North West Film Archive

Life on the Home Front in North West England

First World War Centenary Quilt Project

This Month's Book Giveaways

The Chinese Labour Corps in WW1

The Colonial Nursing Association

The BBC Genome Project

FIBIS Workshop

Hawkinge: WW1 Centenary

Hobbycrafts Show

Christmas Ezine

Blog

Book Reviews

Diary Dates

Advertise with us

Competition Winners

Red PoppySociety Spotlight

Liverpool and South West Lancashire Family History Society

 

Liverpool & South Lancashire FHS LogoThe Liverpool & South West Lancashire Family History Society (L&SWLFHS) was originally founded as the Liverpool Family History Society at Liverpool Central Library in May 1976. The meeting was attended by 30 people with a common interest in tracing their own ancestry through personal research.  As membership grew so did the need for different groups in a wider geographically area. The Society now covers the whole of the West Derby Hundred and presently has six groups. These are in Liverpool, Widnes, Warrington, Southport, Leigh and Skelmersdale. At the present time the Society has around 1500 members who live all over the world. All members receive our Journal, Liverpool Family Historian, four times a year.

The aims of the society are:

To encourage the public in the study of Family History and Genealogy.
To provide educational facilities for the study of Family History.
To produce a journal at regular intervals.
To arrange a programme of lectures, visits and other activities connected with subjects of interest to the Society.
To transcribe, index, and whenever possible publish material relevant to the interests of the Society.
To provide members with links to other societies of a similar nature. 

Regular help desks, which are open to all, are held in libraries in Liverpool, Crosby, Southport, Formby, Leigh and Warrington. The society has a very helpful forum on our website and the society is also on facebook and Twitter

We attend local Family History Fairs and other Local and Family History events and work with local providers in our area. We welcome like minded researchers to join us in discovering our ancestors and enjoy our Meetings, Journal and Help Desks.  For more information about us, our publications and projects, please visit the website.


Marketing AssistantFFHS 40th Anniversary Logo
The FFHS is looking for help from an independent contractor to provide services relating to its activities as an educational charity which exists to represent, advise and support its membership of family history societies and other genealogical organisations worldwide.

As a self-employed person you will be expected to work from your own premises. We anticipate that you will have to devote a minimum of 10 hours of your time per week to fulfil your contract with us. You will not be an employee of FFHS and will have the status of an independent self-employed person. We will pay a market rate consultancy fee commensurate with your experience.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, enthusiastic and committed individual who possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills, good organisational skills and is able to perform their services on their own initiative and under pressure to tight deadlines.  If you have what it takes and are keen to find out more, please email the Administrator, admin@ffhs.org.uk. Closing date 1 December 2014.


Reflecting on Liverpool’s Home Front
An exhibition opened at the Museum of Liverpool in July of this year and continues until 12 July 2015. It explores some of the lesser-known stories of the First World War and asks the questions: Did everyone rush to support the war effort? Was every woman empowered by her war-time experience? Just how generous were Liverpool citizens? There is also a special display featuring the experience of black servicemen and their families. To find out more about this free to enter exhibition visit the website


North West Film Archive
If you are able to visit the Manchester Central Library you can gain free access to over 400 titles from the North West Film Archive collections by booking time in one of the new Viewing Pods located on the Ground Floor. Bookings can be made on site.  The film archive contains a diverse range of material from cinema newsreels and documentaries to home movies. A wide range of subject matter is covered including themes such as work and local industry, leisure, holiday-making, sport and entertainment and wartime experiences. If you have an interest in the region why not find out more about the North West Film Archive.


The First World War – Life on the Home Front in North West England
The North West Film Archives has released a unique DVD to mark the centenary of the First World War and it contains compelling footage of life on the home front in North West England. The DVD which is priced at £12 can be purchased from a variety of outlets as well as online. For a list of stockists please visit the website. For other regional film archives visit: North East Film Archive; Lincolnshire Film Archives; Media Archive For Central England; South West Film and Television Archive and Scottish Screen Archives.


First World War Centenary Quilt ProjectTyne Cot Cemetery
Time is running out!  If you would like to take part in the First World War Centenary Quilt Project please order your pack now. Packs will not be sent out after 31 December 2014. Each pack contains fabric, thread and full instructions for you to commemorate an ancestor or someone in your community who lost their life in the First World War and who is commemorated on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website.  There is a minimum donation of £3.50 and all profits go to Help For Heroes and Quilts 4 Injured Servicemen.  For further details and an order form, please visit the website.  You can also follow us on facebook.


This Month's Book Giveaways

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Our first giveaway is ‘It Runs in the Family – Understanding More About Your Ancestors’ by Ruth A Symes. Ruth draws on evidence from social history, women’s history, and the histories of photography, art and fashion and uses examples from the lowly as well as the famous to explore many aspects of ordinary life in the past. The book aims to help family historians to get to know their elusive ancestors by deciphering the wealth of personal and historical clues contained in photographs, documents and artefacts. To enter the draw for this book, kindly donated by The History Press, please send an email with ‘Family’ in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk before 6 December 2014. 


 

Our second giveaway is ‘In Spite of Oceans: Migrant Voices’ by Humi Qureshi. The author explores the individual journeys of generations in transition from the South Asian subcontinent to England. Poignantly written, and based on real events and interviews, what emerges is the story of lives between cultures, of families reconciling customs and traditions away from their ancestral roots, and of the tensions this necessarily creates. To enter the draw for this book, kindly donated by The History Press, please send an email with ‘Oceans’ in the subject line to competitions@ffhs.org.uk before 6 December 2014. 

 

In Spite of Oceans book cover


The Chinese Labour Corps in WW1
The Chinese Community in Liverpool remains the oldest in Europe with the first presence of Chinese people dating back to the early 19th century when the first trade ship direct from China arrived in Liverpool’s docks.  During the First World War Chinese soldiers from Liverpool fought alongside British Troops in the Chinese Labour Corps.  In Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool, there are three graves for Chinese soldiers who are believed to have been passing through the city when they became ill. Their graves are among 445 Commonwealth War Graves from World War One. The Chinese Labour Corps formed the largest contingent of overseas labour deployed by the British during the First World War. In August of this year, a video was launched to mark the 97th Anniversary of China declaring war on Germany and to introduce the ‘Ensuring We Remember’ campaign which aims to establish Britain’s first memorial to the 96,000 volunteers of the Chinese Labour Corps. To view the video click here.


The Colonial Nursing Association
In 1896 The Colonial Nursing Association was formed and was later known as the Overseas Nursing Association (ONA). The inspiration for the Association stemmed from an idea of Lady (Francis) Piggot whilst she was living in Mauritius as the wife of a government official.  At the time of its formation, skilled nursing was unknown in isolated places and British officials, settlers and their families were severely disadvantaged when they were ill. There were doctors but they were handicapped by the lack of trained nurses to assist them. The Association provided trained Private Nurses in Crown Colonies and small English Communities in foreign countries. The nurses were recruited from recognised training schools for nurses in the UK and a committee based in London undertook the recruitment; a Scottish branch of the Association existed between 1909-1956. The ONA ceased to exist in 1966 and the archives were handed over to the Bodleian Library to form part of its African and Commonwealth collections. If you had a relative who you believe may have served with the ONA and you are interested in consulting the Overseas Nursing Association papers contact the Archivist Lucy McCann lucy.mccann@bodleian.ox.ac.uk.


The BBC Genome Project
This website might give a new additional dimension to your family history or just provide the means to while away time with a trip down memory lane! Containing BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009, you can search for BBC programmes, people, dates and Radio Times editions. TV broadcasts began in 1937 but closed for the duration of the Second World War. Search by issue or by decade. You can also join in and become part of the community that is improving this resource. Please see the website for details.

 


FIBIS Workshop
The Families in British India Society (FIBIS) along with APAC Reference Services are holding a free workshop at the British Library, London, on Thursday 27 November 2014.  Entitled ‘Researching Ancestors in the Indian Armies’ the workshop will look at biographical sources for military personnel in India.  Please visit the FIBIS website for further information.


Hawkinge: WW1 Centenary
The Folkestone & District Family History Society launches ‘Hawkinge: First World War Centenary’ on 29 November 2014.  This is the result by the society into the families of all those who are commemorated on the First World War Memorials in Shepway District.  Please visit the website for more information.


Hobbycrafts Show
Hobbycrafts LogoIf you are a keen hobbyist and crafter perhaps you are planning a visit to the Hobbycrafts, ExCel show in London, which is being held between 28-30 November 2014.

The FFHS will be represented at the show and we would love to meet you!  Please stop by our stand and meet representatives from our member societies who will be happy to assist you with your family history enquiries.


Christmas Ezine
Don’t forget to look out for our fabulous Christmas special in your inboxes early next month.  It will be full of giveaways, special offers and ideas to add to your Christmas list! 


Blog
For this issue we have ‘Spitalfields Life’ by the Gentle Author and one of my favourite blogs.  The Gentle Author aims to write at least ten thousand stories about Spitalfields, exploring its rich heritage, diverse history and modern life.  Recently, the Gentle Author has been entrusted by the grandson of Horace Warner to publish previously unpublished photographs of children in the East End taken over a century ago.  These are beautiful, evocative photographs and some have brief biographies of the subjects.  You can find out more about the book, ‘Spitalfields Nippers’ and view a video here.


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Book Reviews

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Ezine Competitions and Winners

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Diary Dates

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