WDYTYA Live workshops online


Great news for those who couldn’t attend Who Do You Think You Are Live Society of Genealogists workshops in February ….. they are now available online free.

They are audio only, but still very worthwhile to listen to. The talks on offer are Paul Gorry & Rosalind McCutcheon on Irish Genealogy John Hansen on English Civil Registration and Tristram Clarke on the National Records of Scotland. So something for everyone.

The website also promises more recordings will be become online soon.

Download the audio from http://www.whodoyouthinkyouarelive.com/news/listen-our-workshops-online

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The Historical Diving Society

clip_image002I subscribe to the Society of Genealogists mailing list and in an email I received from them today was an article about The Historical Diving Society.

This group of enthusiasts have compiled a Diver’s Index containing information on nearly 5,000 divers from census, newspapers etc. It is intended that this will eventually go online on their website, but at the moment you can make an enquiry via email or letter.

I am sure they would be most interested to hear from you if you have diver’s sitting on a branch of your family tree or perhaps they would be delving about in the roots !

The Historical Diving Society – Divers Index

c/o 2 St. Lawrence Way

Bricket Wood

St. Albans, Hertfordshire


Home Tel: 01923 – 400906

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.thehds.com


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1890’s Business Index


clip_image002I helped with this project so am pleased to see it now available for viewing on the Findmypast website. This is one of the datasets now online as part of the joint venture between The Society of Genealogists and Findmypast.

Here is the description of the material from the website …

This project is an index to British shopkeepers, businessmen and women, “captains of industry” and their companies. The initial source material is a series of books published in the 1890s by the London Printing and Engraving Company and the Brighton firm of Robinson, Son and Pike which later became W T Pike. They seem to have travelled to large towns and cities all over the British Isles, offering the local corporation and businesses the opportunity to appear in a book containing a history of the area, its attractions, major institutions and its commercial life. There are sometimes details of town councillors, often with vignette-sized photographs and one has a picture of the local football team! Shops, businesses and manufacturers probably had to pay for inclusion, the amount depending on the size of the entry. The proprietor or manager seems to have been visited at work and interviewed to provide the copy for the book.