News

Changes to Members Interests

Following a review of how we are complying with the latest Data Protection regulations the committee have concluded that it is no longer appropriate to display email addresses for members who have provided their research interests without first seeking permission.

Instead, if after a search you would be interested in making contact please provide details of the surname of interest, the membership number you would like to contact, your name and telephone number to our secretary,

Dave Morris at   secretary @ sfhs.org.uk (remove spaces to use). 

Where we hold up to date contact information Dave will seek permission before sharing it or will notify that up to date details aren’t available.  

GOONS - widening horizons webinar series

The Guild of One Name Studies has recently collaborated with the Local Population Studies Society to produce a series of webinars which can be found at 

https://one-name.org/widening-horizons-webinar-series/

The talk titles are:

Mortality and Morbidity: a study of National Registration death certificates for two families 1837 to 2009 – Elizabeth E Green
One-Place Studies – thinking laterally:  how a one-place study can support surname and population studies – Paul Carter and Pam Smith (Co-founders of ‘Name and Place’)
Creating a publicly-available common format database of parish register data on baptisms, marriages and burials! – Dr Andy Hinde (University of Southampton)
The Ruby One-Name Collaborative Study: how it worked and what I learned – Dr Nikki Brown
Looking at single trees and whole orchards: how genealogists and demographers can work together – Dr Eilidh Garrett (University of Cambridge)
Identifying business proprietors from the census: and using the online Atlas on entrepreneurship – Professor Bob Bennett (University of Cambridge)

The first webinar, Mortality and Morbidity, will only be available to non-members for a short time, but the other five are on the GOONS YouTube channel for non-Guild members to watch.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCerkZnqUnlvqKdd45oveVgw

Family history project in Australia – invitation to participate

The research team at the University of Newcastle in Australia (Drs Shaw, Donnelly, Burke and Parkes from the School of Education) are conducting research into family history and DNA testing and its impacts on people’s understanding of themselves and their place in history as well as some general demographic information. To this end, they are conducting an online survey which is expected to take about 20 minutes. This study is an Australian first and provides individuals with an exciting opportunity to be involved in a new worldwide project about exploring the past. Further information about the survey and access to the survey itself can be found at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2DDTC2L

SFHS Annual General Meeting postponed

Although the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Shropshire Family History Society is normally held in January at The Chapel Community Centre, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury, it has been decided, in the present circumstances, that it cannot be carried out in the usual manner.

The Committee have decided therefore to defer the AGM to a later date, yet to be determined.

When it has been possible to determine how we can proceed with the AGM further information will be given on this website and in the March 2021 journal.   

 

Shropshire Archives closes again

In light of the recent government announcement advising of another national lockdown, Shropshire Archives has closed from Thursday 5 November 2020. Provisionally it will re-open on Thursday 3 December 2020, but their website and social media will be updated with confirmation of this nearer that date.  Staff will be working at home with some onsite visits with the aim to keep remote enquiries and the copying service going.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Survey

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm offers an insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th Century. It was founded by Thomas Acton, who sought to keep alive the farming practices and traditions he grew up with. Shropshire Council would like to find out more about people’s experiences of visiting Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, which today offers demonstrations of period skills and visits from the wheelwright, farrier and blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate. The 19th Century Old School offers café facilities for visitors, there is a gift shop on site and regular special events. Shropshire Council would like to gather feedback and learn more about the type of experience visitors would like to have when spending time at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in the future.

Please support this work by completing the survey below before 2ndOctober 2020.

http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/get-involved/acton-scott-historic-working-farm-august-2020-survey/

Friends and colleagues remember Andrew Bennett

Colleagues of our last Chairman, Andrew Bennett are going to great lengths in his memory. A team is 'virtually' travelling across the globe to remember their and our much missed friend and colleague. 

Members of Shropshire Council's ICT department have completed 25,000 km of their around the world trip to raise money for Cancer Research UK in memory of Andrew. 

The challenge #km4cancer has seen the team covering the distance by foot, bike, rowing boat, exercise bike or anything that requires physical effort . They set out on their 53 day attempt on July 1 and have been racking up the kilometres. 

The head of the council technology team said "We wanted to do something for charity after losing our friend and colleague Andrew Bennett to cancer".

Online visit fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/km4cancer 

 

Monthly talks for 2020 are to be virtual using Zoom

Given the continuing uncertainty about when face to face meetings will be possible again and the registration of a significant interest in attending virtual talks using Zoom the SFHS committee have decided that talks for the remainder of 2020 will switch to Zoom. 

Details of the talks now planned for October, November and December can be found under ‘Events’ 

Members interested in registering for the talks or in finding out further information about how to join the talks can do so by contacting our Secretary as follows - Email: secretary @ sfhs.org.uk (remove spaces to use)

Possible virtual talks for SFHS members

Although the rules regarding lockdown and social distancing are beginning to relax the committee have thought long and hard about re-introducing our monthly meetings at Cross Houses. 

We feel at this present time our meeting venue is not conducive to holding meetings as we could not have our usual stalls etc. and the facilities are not helpful in putting in place social distancing. 

As an alternative we are looking at whether it would be possible to hold a virtual meeting to replace the monthly talk via the zoom platform which is an easy way to watch the talk on a computer.

You do not need a webcam just the ability to have sound.  Access to a talk, if we proceed, will be by a link that will be sent by email.  

It would be most helpful if you could let the Society know if you would be interested in joining this type of event in order that the committee can decide if it would be worthwhile. 

Attendance would be free to members only.

We hope this approach will give those members who are unable to travel to Cross Houses the opportunity to be involved in a meeting. 

Depending on the uptake a further email will be sent nearer the time with full details of the date time and speaker. 

If you are interested please send an email (including your membership number if possible) to

secretary @ sfhs.org.uk (remove spaces to use)

as soon as you can in order that we can take this forward. If you do have any questions regarding the above then of course please do not hesitate to contact the Secretary at the above email address. 

 

Shropshire Archives is re-opening to the public

Shropshire Archives is pleased to announce it will be re-opening to the public on Wednesday 29 July.
 
For full details of opening hours and current plans here is a link to their press release
 
A phased approach is being taken, opening two days a week to start with. All access will be by appointment only and documents will have to be ordered a week in advance.
 
There is also more information on the Shropshire Archives website at https://www.shropshirearchives.org.uk/visit-us/plan-your-visit/
 
Do get in touch if you have any queries. For booking enquiries contact archives@Shropshire.gov.uk