Book review: Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell

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Book review: Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell

Our reader gives his thoughts on the historical novelist’s first work of non-fiction  The master storyteller of Sharpe and Uhtred will probably receive some derision from ‘proper historians’ for this latest publication, which deviates from the historical fiction he is rightly praised for. Well, they can think again, as Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three […]See all stories on this topic

The First World War Uncovered – IWM Duxford event

From the Imperial War Museum at Duxford (http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford):The First World War UncoveredSaturday 27 September 10am to 4.30pmMarshall Auditorium, AirSpaceDiscovering Douglas Haig, the origins of the First World War, the career of Phillipe Petain and medicine in the Great War The First World War Uncovered looks at different aspects of the Great War with authoritative and engaging speakers.Professor Gary Sheffield presents two fascinating lectures. In Douglas Haig ReassesseSee all stories on this topic

The history of Halloween

Discover how your ancestors welcomed this time of year with a feature from the YFT vaults  If you’re anything like our editor Adam, you may think Halloween is a silly custom that’s recently found its way to British shores in order for people to spend extortionate amounts of much money on costumes and eat too […]See all stories on this topic

Devon Family History Society AGM

A quick note from Devon Family History Society:Annual Conference – In which they served: finding your family in wartimeProgramme details, Speakers and Exhibitors, plus online booking available viawww.devonfhs.org.uk/agm.htm Drop-in sessions to speak to Exhibitors, but excluding talks, are available from 2pm.(With thanks to Maureen Selley) ChrisNow available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, See all stories on this topic

Newry and Mourne branch of NIFHS gets under way

From the Facebook page of the North of Ireland Family History Society (www.nifhs.org):Well they’ve done it! Our fledgling new Branch not only have a Facebook page at Newry & Mourne Family History Group (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Newry-Mourne-Family-History-Group/540717932606866), but have also arranged their first meeting for this week. If you have family interests in the area please like their page & if you live near Newry, please go along to the meeting to support them. The meeting is bSee all stories on this topic

Johnson of Gracemere Photo Archive

I have done some re-organisation and changes to the Johnson Story and Photo ASrchive.

 

Basically re-structured to store the data for security and delivery on the cloud. This does

offer long term security for the information rather than being on my blog, which is not

as stable as I would like and gives concern the data could just evaporate – this does happen

and can involve significant effort to recover or restore.

 

So the data is all delivered from the cloud (Box) The format and appearance is a little different

The Johnson Story, Elmar’s Diaries and Ted’s Boer War letters are now all consolidated into

there PDF documents.  Which is rather more convenient to access and can be downloaded and

printed (maybe).

 

The photos are mow presented as a gallery to be browsed – plus an index from my blog.

 

I hope this way I am delivering greater value and security for this significant archive,

 

The paywall access price has been boosted so that payment can be made via PayPal as well as

Bitcoin – or the info is still available at no cost via my Members Site (YOBSN)

 

Let me know what you think.

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – July 2014

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – July 2014

In this July edition of Inspiring Blogs we cover everything from genealogy-related activities to do in Summer, books every genealogy library should have, name variants, copyright on microfilm, querying goals vs strategies, killing off your ancestors and a bunch more. See all stories on this topic

Findmypast Goes Shopping

Over the past few years, the genealogy world has seen a number of buyouts, as well as partnerships, and the past few weeks have seen two more. The latest buyouts both involve findmypast who just seem to keep going from strength to strength.See all stories on this topic

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – June 2014

July is here and during June I read a bunch of fascinating blog posts. Ones about marking cemeteries on Google maps, do you need a desktop genealogy program?, dust in archives, what was said to the census taker, and using Evernote for audio recordings, to mention just a few … See all stories on this topic

RootsMagic Wants Your Feedback to Improve It

If you are a RootsMagic user, please take a moment to read this, as it is especially for you. The creators of RootsMagic have asked for feedback from users on how they can improve the program – so they need your input.See all stories on this topic

R.I.P. Diane Cummings

Last week saw the passing of another great name in the Australian genealogy world. Diane Cummings (generally known as Di), who was well-known around both South Australia and Victoria had been ill for some time, and passed away last Tuesday, 24th June 2014.See all stories on this topic

A Social Entrepreneur is a change agent combining the business and non-profit worlds to bring social change.

A key to the ultimate success of social entrepreneurship is the creation of an innovative new technology for helping with an existing global problem. As the lack of proper nutrition has become epidemic in both industrialized and developing countries, the supplementation of essential nutrients has become a critical strategy for protecting health.

Until recently, synthetically made vitamins and inorganic minerals have provided the only source for standardized levels of these essential nutrients. Synthetic vitamins are made from coal tar or petroleum; and due to their low cost they are the primary choice of manufacturers of both nutritional supplements and enriched foods. Inorganic minerals, either mined or by-products of a chemical process, also provide an inexpensive source for supplementation, but do not have the solubility of minerals found in food.

Mannatech has created a solution with the PhytoBlend powder.

Based on Real Food Technology solutions, PhytoBlend powder can help provide children with their daily nutritional needs and, most importantly, help combat the devastating effects of malnutrition. Since PhytoBlend powder is synthetic free and contains nutrients from natural plant sources, children can now get standardized and nutritionally effective amounts of vitamins and minerals from Real Food Technology solutions in a way that has never been possible before. Its powder form makes it flexible in use, providing a practical and easy way to make any meal nutritious. The ready-to-use powder complex can be added to virtually any meal, and with a serving size of 0.75 grams (0.23 teaspoons), children will hardly realize they are eating a nutritious meal. Now every child can get the nutrient support they deserve.

Take a minute to check out the amazing information I have sent you and let’s all be part of the solution. Please let me know your thoughts.

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Sheffield beauty showcase is a stylish success

Sheffield beauty showcase is a stylish success

Hair and beauty businesses across Sheffield joined forces at an event to showcase what the industry has to offer. The evening at Revolucion De …
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Sheffield's industrial role in World War I on display

'War Work: Sheffield Industry and the First World War' and 'Taking Life and Saving Life: Made in Sheffield and The War to End All Wars, 1914-1918' …
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Food industry in training drive

More than 100 businesses from across the food and grocery sector have pledged their support for the Feeding Britain's Future campaign to help young …
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Second Sheffield college gets go-ahead

The project is being led by Sheffield College, the city's two universities, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, employers and the city council.
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Industry reacts to northern cities' 15bn transport bid

The transport plans will improve road and rail connections between Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield, including a 125mph …
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Ancestry hosts medical records from New South Wales

Ancestry hosts medical records from New South Wales

If your ancestors migrated to New South Wales in Australia, these medical records collections on Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk) may be of interest:New South Wales, Australia, Medical Registers, 1925-1954http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8819New South Wales, Australia, Hospital & Asylum Records, 1840-1913http://search.ancestry.co.uk/search/db.aspx?dbid=8812ChrisNow available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A See all stories on this topic

National Archives at Kew – user forum dates

The National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk) will be holding public user forum meetings on the following dates:Wednesday 20 August 2014, 12:30-13:45Thursday 16 October 2014, 12:30-13:45Tuesday 18 November 2014, 17:30-18:45Thursday 22 January 2015, 12:30-13:45Tuesday 17 February 2015, 15:15-16:30Full details are available at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/get-involved/user-forum.htm.ChrisNow available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family HisSee all stories on this topic

Foundling Museum exhibition – The Generous Georgian

News of a major exhibition at the Foundling Museum in London (www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk): The Generous Georgian: Dr Richard Mead 26 September 2014 -4 January 2015The story of an eminent physician and patron of the arts who helped create the Foundling HospitalFor the last major exhibition of the Foundling Museum’s 10th anniversary year, the focus turns to the life and work of Dr Richard Mead (1673-1754), one of the most eminent physicians, patrons, collectors and philanthropists of his day, anSee all stories on this topic

UK, Naval Officer and Rating Service Records, 1802-1912 on Ancestry

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):FIRST LOOK: SEARCH THESE NEW RECORDS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE Be the first to enlist with new UK naval records Does the sea run in your blood? Find out in UK Naval Officer and Rating Service Records, a detail-rich collection compiled for Royal Marines, Coastguards, Dockyard workers, Sea Fencibles, and Convict Guards.This week’s special offer lets you search them first, before anyone else gets hold of them. This gives you a head start on your family research this See all stories on this topic

New Books from Unlock the Past: Baptist History and Migration to New Zealand

In between attending (and organising) numerous events, the team at Unlock the Past have finalised two new guide books. These new books cover Australian Baptist history and how you can use those records to your advantage as a researcher, and also migration to New Zealand, which many will find useful to help find and understand the records available for those who migrated there.See all stories on this topic

A Social Entrepreneur is a change agent combining the business and non-profit worlds to bring social change.

A key to the ultimate success of social entrepreneurship is the creation of an innovative new technology for helping with an existing global problem. As the lack of proper nutrition has become epidemic in both industrialized and developing countries, the supplementation of essential nutrients has become a critical strategy for protecting health.

Until recently, synthetically made vitamins and inorganic minerals have provided the only source for standardized levels of these essential nutrients. Synthetic vitamins are made from coal tar or petroleum; and due to their low cost they are the primary choice of manufacturers of both nutritional supplements and enriched foods. Inorganic minerals, either mined or by-products of a chemical process, also provide an inexpensive source for supplementation, but do not have the solubility of minerals found in food.

Mannatech has created a solution with the PhytoBlend powder.

Based on Real Food Technology solutions, PhytoBlend powder can help provide children with their daily nutritional needs and, most importantly, help combat the devastating effects of malnutrition. Since PhytoBlend powder is synthetic free and contains nutrients from natural plant sources, children can now get standardized and nutritionally effective amounts of vitamins and minerals from Real Food Technology solutions in a way that has never been possible before. Its powder form makes it flexible in use, providing a practical and easy way to make any meal nutritious. The ready-to-use powder complex can be added to virtually any meal, and with a serving size of 0.75 grams (0.23 teaspoons), children will hardly realize they are eating a nutritious meal. Now every child can get the nutrient support they deserve.

Take a minute to check out the amazing information I have sent you and let’s all be part of the solution. Please let me know your thoughts.

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You owe it to yourself to restore your youth – Uth can be a big help

Leftie, gibble fisted and dolly pawed

Leftie, gibble fisted and dolly pawed

I’m a southpaw, a leftie, gibble fisted and dolly pawed, to name just a very few of the titles bestowed on people like me. I am also possibly even a…See all stories on this topic

Meeting the Grade

Recently, I put in an Freedom of Information (FOI) request to review a couple of closed records. Both documents were from the series HO 405: Aliens Personal Files, Applications for…See all stories on this topic

Discovery – bigger, bolder and better!

In my last blog post I told you about the work we have been doing to upgrade our catalogue, Discovery. This innovative upgraded version of Discovery has been in ‘beta’ for…See all stories on this topic

Keeper’s Gallery: the Treaty of Versailles

This is a new series of blog posts on The Keeper’s Gallery, the onsite exhibition space at The National Archives. Each post will feature a document that has recently gone on…See all stories on this topic

@UnitWarDiaries: Live-tweeting the First World War

August 7 marks the anniversary of the first embarkations of ‘advanced parties’ of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914. The Expeditionary Force would constitute Britain’s military involvement in the fields of…See all stories on this topic

Free guides to finding your mining ancestors

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Free guides to finding your mining ancestors

Remembering the centenary of the UK’s worst mining disaster The worst disaster in the UK’s mining history happened at Senghenydd Colliery near Caerphilly, South Wales on 14 October 1913. An initial explosion ignited coal dust and caused a catastrophic explosion that ripped through the mine, killing 439 men and boys. To mark the centenary, you […]See all stories on this topic

The history of Halloween

Discover how your ancestors welcomed this time of year with a feature from the YFT vaults  If you’re anything like our editor Adam, you may think Halloween is a silly custom that’s recently found its way to British shores in order for people to spend extortionate amounts of much money on costumes and eat too […]See all stories on this topic

Bikers tour the country’s ‘thankful villages’

Celebrating the 51 villages whose soldiers all returned after WWI This summer Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft rode Triumph Trophy motorbikes to every single one of the 51 ‘thankful villages’ in the United Kingdom. These are villages with no traditional war memorial because all who left to fight in WWI were lucky enough to return […]See all stories on this topic

How to restore Your Family Tree subscriptions in Apple newsstand

Plus other common queries We are currently in the process of updating all our Your Family Tree app and migrating all users to an upgraded delivery system.  If you’ve updated your app or operating system recently but your purchases have not synced, please use ‘Restore Purchases’ to sync your account. ‘Restore Purchases’ is located under the […]See all stories on this topic

Inspiring Genealogy Blogs – April and May 2014

Hello, hello and welcome to my latest Inspiring Genealogy Blogs post. This time we cover everything from …. how small societies etc. can survive without funding, family heirlooms, genealogy and microwaves, who owns your genealogy, browsing vs searching – what works better for you?, plagarism, vlogs and a whole heap more.See all stories on this topic

Visionaries building the Man Of Steel

Visionaries building the Man Of Steel

He turned to the very industries and entrepreneurs forging the Sheffield City … Tata Steel pledged a generous donation of steel, Sheffield Hallam …
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Laundry hoping to clean up at national awards

We opened in November with a dream of initiating a new concept in Sheffield which would be nationally recognised by the industry. We are incredibly …
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`PR and journalism are both extremely competitive fields`

… deputy head of department, Media Arts and Communication, Sheffield Hallam University tells Patricia Mascarenhas how the public relations industry …
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Health and safety probe after teen's accident

A health and safety investigation has begun after an 18-year-old was badly injured in an industrial accident at a Sheffield business yesterday.
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Exhibition celebrates city's work during war

War Work: Sheffield Industry and the First World War and Taking Life and … objects from the collection which reflect Sheffield's role in the Great War.
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Ancestry.com Cleans House and Discontinues Some Services

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Ancestry.com Cleans House and Discontinues Some Services

The latest big news to hit the genea-waves is that Ancestry.com are having a clean out in a bid to refocus their efforts, and in doing so are discontinuing a number of their services. Their MyFamily, MyCanvas, and Mundia sites will be closed down, and the Y-DNA and mtDNA tests which had been available through their DNA website have now been discontinued.See all stories on this topic

Guest blog: Who was ‘Yankee’ Jack?

My great-grandfather’s story – which has a family tree interest far beyond his amazing WWI adventure… My mother’s grandfather had always been a bit of a mystery. He spoke with, what people referred to, as an American accent, yet he had no known family or close friends and he never spoke of his family or […]See all stories on this topic

Ancestry's forthcoming English archive tour with Tony Robinson

From Ancestry (www.ancestry.co.uk):SIR TONY ROBINSON MAY BE COMING TO AN ARCHIVE NEAR YOU Sir Tony Robinson to host exclusive WWI family history events at archives around the country Sir Tony Robinson to speak and meet guests at local record officesEvents will also feature talks from local representatives and Ancestry.co.uk family history experts Free to attend but places are limited – register online from todayActor, author and historian Sir Tony Robinson is touring the country for a series oSee all stories on this topic

Obama has 44 cousins in the Senate. Now can't we all just get along?

My research shows that we're all part of one big family. … I'm working with a team of researchers who are building the biggest family tree in history.
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Well done to the Mitchell Library!

There is a God…The Family History at the Mitchell service in Glasgow (www.glasgowfamilyhistory.org.uk), located on the 5th floor of the Mitchell Library, is now a proper hub!Well done to all concerned for enabling this. I was doing some client research there yesterday, and it really did make one hell of a difference – so a HUGE public thank you!ChrisNow available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family HistorSee all stories on this topic

USS Ranger – a supercarrier at risk

USS Ranger – a supercarrier at risk

Sixty year ago, on 2 August 1954, the first truly modern aircraft carrier from the keel to the truck was laid down. The Forrestal-class supercarrier USS Ranger (CV-61) was the […]See all stories on this topic

Historic fighter plane crash lands at Cornwall airshow

An investigation has been launched after an historic Royal Navy aircraft crash landed on the runway at an airshow in Cornwall. The plane got into …
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