The Workhouse – Podcast

National Archives

Thanks to Mad About Genealogy reader Jane who sent me a note to say that she had found an excellent podcast from The National Archives about Workhouses. The Podcast is titled “Our ancestors & their fear of the workhouse” and is a talk by Dr. Paul Carter.

The National Archives podcast series are an excellent resource for family historians of all levels of expertise and well worth taking the time to browse through.

Thank you Jane Smile

Ancestry Livestream

Ancestry Livestream GenealogyDo you know about Ancestry Livestream? It is the official live events channel of and offers a video library that you can use at any time or you can book in and watch a genealogy expert give a talk on some aspect of family history.

It is true that many of the videos are US based, but it is worthwhile searching out those that you think would be helpful for your UK genealogy. For example I have clicked on the RSVP box next to the lecture on “Splitting or Combining Family Trees on Ancestry” it is so much easier to hear and see how do to do these things than to work out how to do them yourself. I shall be ready and waiting with note book at hand at 1pm ET 31 July to listen to Crista Cowan explain all.

Take a look at the video archive and also the list of forthcoming lectures and take advantage of this Ancestry facility.

Who Do You Think You Are? new series

Who Do You Think You Are?It has just been announced that the new series of Who Do You Think You Are? is to air sometime next month. The list of celebrities who are climbing their family trees have been revealed.

  • Alex Kingston – actress
  • Annie Lennox – musician and activist
  • Gregg Wallace – tv presenter
  • Hugh Dennis – comedian & actor
  • William Roache – actor
  • Celia Imrie – actress
  • Patrick Stewart – actor
  • John Bishop – comedian
  • John Barnes – footballer
  • Samantha Womack –  actress

The press release promises that the series will cover the Crimean War, WW1, WW2, illegitimacy, poverty, misfortune, formidable matriarchs, aristocracy, Jamaican genealogy, estrangement and abandonment. Apart from the Jamaican connection they could have had me and my genealogy on the programme and saved themselves a lot of trouble !!

Always good to have a new series of WDYTYA? to look forward to.

WW1 Faces

clip_image002I have just come across the Imperial War Museum’s website set up to mark the centenary of World War 1. The website states …..

As part of the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Programme, photographs from the Museum’s ‘Bond of of Sacrifice’ are being uploaded to the photo-sharing site Flickr in a set called ‘Faces of the First World War’.

On Armistice Day 11.11.11, IWM made 100 previously unseen portraits of those who served in the First World War publically available for the first time on Flickr Commons.

IWM will continue to upload photographs to Flickr Commons every weekday until August 2014, the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Bond of Sacrifice is an archive of photographs collected by the IWM between 1917 and 1920. All of the photos tell a story. The men shown in them fought – and often died – for Britain and the Commonwealth during the First World War.

This is one of those websites where it would be worthwhile to set aside an evening to listen to the podcasts, read the articles and learn about the various projects that are being undertaken. There is even an interactive online family history course.

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Digging Up Your Roots–Scotland


BBC Scotland is asking for listeners who have a query or story that they wish to share to contact them so that the query/story can be considered for inclusion in the new radio series of “Digging Up Your Roots” that is starting in January.

Contact them at

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