Genealogy news roundup: Victorian Slum stars to appear at WDYTYA? LIVE

By Jon Bauckham, 23 February 2017 - 4:37pm

Plus: Marriage registers could be "replaced"; Findmypast adds Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts; Conwy Culture Centre gets green light; Genealogist seeks families of County Durham soldiers

Mandy Howarth (second from left) from and Heather Potter (fifth from left) will be sharing their Victorian Slum stories at Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE 2017 (Credit: BBC/Wall To Wall/Joe Sarah)

Two participants from hit BBC series The Victorian Slum will be sharing their stories at the next Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE show in Birmingham.

Appearing on the second day of the event (Friday 7 April), Mandy Howarth and Heather Potter will discuss their motivations for taking part in the programme, and what it really means to explore the day-to-day lives of your ancestors.

For additional historical context, they’ll be joined by Professor Carl Chinn, who also appeared in the series.

To book tickets to the Victorian Slum talk, click here. Until Monday 3 April, visitors can also purchase two general admission day tickets to Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE for just £26 (plus £2.25 transaction fee) by using the offer code WD26.

Marriage registers could be "replaced"

The historic tradition of signing a marriage register could become a thing of the past if new legislation goes ahead later this year.

Conservative MP Edward Argar has put forward a bill to amend the Marriage Act of 1949, which would replace traditional paper registers with a new electronic system.

Crucially, the database would also enable the names and occupations of the couple's mothers to be recorded in England and Wales for the first time – an issue that has previously been the subject of an online petition.

According to the BBC, Mr Agar is hopeful that the bill will receive Royal Assent and become law by this summer.

Findmypast adds Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts

A large collection of Norfolk Bishop’s Transcripts has been made available to explore on Findmypast.

Fully searchable, the dataset provides details of baptisms, marriages and burials recorded across the county between 1685 and 1941.

Although the Bishop’s Transcripts were created as copies of local parish registers – sent to bishop of the relevant diocese once a year – they can help plug gaps in cases where the original records have gone missing.

To search the collection, click here (requires credits or subscription). The same records can also be accessed via Ancestry and completely free of charge on FamilySearch.

Conwy Culture Centre gets green light

Plans for a £2.5 million ‘culture centre’ in North Wales have been given the green light by local officials.

The facility, due to be built on the site of a former youth centre in Conwy, will house a library, archive and range of services for people undertaking genealogical research. It will also feature an ‘arts and heritage hub’, with historic artefacts on display to the public.

Find out more here.

Genealogist seeks families of County Durham soldiers

A genealogist from County Durham is hoping to get in touch with the descendants of men and boys commemorated on a local war memorial.

Andy Denholm, an Army veteran, wants relatives of the 41 soldiers listed on the Tursdale First World War Memorial to be present when it is unveiled following refurbishment later this year.

The restored stone base and plaque will be topped with a new work by acclaimed sculptor Ray Lonsdale, entitled Not Much To Ask – a 6ft steel statue of a soldier longing to return home from war.

For the full story and list of soldiers' names, click here.

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