Genealogy news roundup: Over £1,000 worth of prizes available in WDYTYA? Magazine anniversary competition

By Rosemary Collins, 21 September 2017 - 9:38am

Plus: TheGenealogist adds Sussex records; £785,000 granted for first social history of the NHS; Findmypast adds Herefordshire records

One of the prizes is an all-access subscription to Ancestry

October 2017 marks 10 years since Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine first hit newsstands.

To celebrate an incredible 131 issues and say thank you to our wonderful readers, we’re launching our 10th anniversary competition, with prizes worth over £1,000 in total.

The prizes include an all-access subscription to Ancestry, 12 months membership of Findmypast, and two Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine bumper packs. To win, you just need to answer one trivia question for each prize.

Full details of all the competitions are available on Unfortunately, the web address in our new issue is not correct. We apologise for the mistake.


TheGenealogist adds Sussex records

Family history website TheGenealogist has added over 1.1 million records to its Sussex Parish Record Collection.

The records were transcribed by The Parish Record Transcription Society, which has chosen to release them digitally through TheGenealogist and FHS-Online.

The new collection consists of indexes of 717,000 baptism records, 213,000 marriages and 208,000 burials.

The records include some dramatic stories, such as Richard Hawkins, buried in Parham on 22 April 1748, whose cause of death is recorded as ‘Murdered By Smugglers & Thrown Into Sir Cecil Bisshopps Pond’.


£785,000 granted for first social history of the NHS

The memories of the first National Health Service workers and patients will be recorded in a new shared social history project.

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine at the University of Manchester has received a £785,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to carry out the project.

160 volunteers, including 70 young people, will be trained to gather stories and artefacts concerning the history of the NHS in their local area and interview those who remember the birth of the NHS in 1948.

The project will involve creating an innovative new website allowing the public to submit their stories of the NHS, as well as a touring exhibition, a programme of events and a 40-minute film.


Findmypast adds Herefordshire records

Thousands of Herefordshire records are now available on family history website Findmypast.

The website has indexed over 229,000 parish baptism records, 49,000 marriage records and a large number of burial records.

Many of the records, which date as far back as the 16th century, are also available on Ancestry, and for free on FamilySearch.

In addition, Findmypast added images of a handwritten index of 49,000 Herefordshire wills from between 1515 and 1700, produced by the British Record Society.


When is Ruby Wax’s episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on TV?

The delayed final episode of Who Do You Think You Are?, series 14, is now set to air on Wednesday 4 October at 8pm on BBC One.

Fans of the TV series were left confused when the series seemed to finish after actor Lisa Hammond's episode on 7 September.

Many went onto Twitter to try and find out what had happened to Ruby Wax's episode.

But the episode is set to be well worth the wait as Illinois-born Ruby investigates her Jewish roots.

When is Ruby Wax's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on TV?


Millicent Fawcett to be celebrated with Parliament Square statue

Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is to be the first woman to have a statue in Parliament Square.

“Proud feminist” London mayor Sadiq Khan announced that his planning application for the statue, undertaken following a campaign by Caroline Criado-Perez, has been approved.

The statue, which will be cast in bronze by Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing, is expected to be unveiled in time for the centenary of the first introduction of women’s suffrage in February 1918.

Millicent Fawcett (1847-1929) co-founded the women only Newnham College at Cambridge University and was president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.


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