Family History Centre-Portsmouth Stake

Family History Centre-Portsmouth Stake This centre is for members and non-members of the Church to research their family history free of charge, with help available from centre workers.

Opening Hours: Wed: 10am-1pm Thurs: 10am-1pm Sat: 10am-1pm

Irish parish records: should be permanently free for LDS church members...
02/03/2016
Findmypast

Irish parish records: should be permanently free for LDS church members...

Discover your Irish roots with FREE access to Irish records on Findmypast

23/02/2016

FamilySearch have advised me that members CAN access the 1939 Household Register on FindMyPast FREE via the portal at Family History Centres although not via members' free subscriptions to FmP, for commercial reasons (the company are trying to make money on their investment for the foreseeable future)...

20/11/2015

The Centre is currently closed on Wednesdays but remains open on Thursdays and Saturdays 10am-2pm. Opening hours will be reviewed in the New Year...

Some useful improvements here...
31/10/2015
What’s New on FamilySearch—October, 2015

Some useful improvements here...

Each month, FamilySearch publishes a list of new changes and updates to the FamilySearch.org website. This list includes changes to Family Tree as well as other parts of FamilySearch.org. In some c...

YWe tried this and can confirm that you can access all of this, including images of the original records as well as tran...
23/07/2015
Criminals In Historic Newspapers | News | findmypast.co.uk

YWe tried this and can confirm that you can access all of this, including images of the original records as well as transcriptions, with your free LDS Findmypast account...

Our recently released England & Wales, Crime, Prisons and Punishment records can reveal incredible levels of detail about your criminal ancestors.

14/06/2015
How to Date Old Photographs

Worth a try...

When photographs have no date indicated, it can be difficult to pinpoint when the photo was taken. Learn a few tips that can help.

This applies to names which have been neither printed nor shared with the temples...
05/05/2015
Reserved Temple Names to be Automatically Released After Two Years of Inactivity

This applies to names which have been neither printed nor shared with the temples...

Within the next few months, the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will start releasing reserved temple names if no progress has been made in the last two years. If the most recent …

FamilySearch Makes 200,000 Historic Books Available for Free Online
28/04/2015
FamilySearch Makes 200,000 Historic Books Available for Free Online

FamilySearch Makes 200,000 Historic Books Available for Free Online

FamilySearch International announced that they have now published 200,000 historic books online, a significant milestone. The online collection is free for viewers to browse and is continually growing. The collection includes telephone and postal directories as well as …

FamilySearch Indexing
25/04/2015

FamilySearch Indexing

One more week until the Worldwide Arbitration Event! To put the arbitration backlog in perspective, imagine that each document represents about three people. That would mean about 16.8 million people are waiting to be discovered! Join us next week to help millions of ancestors be found. http://goo.gl/ebwLeu

If you have ancestry in Derbyshire you will pleased to learn that over 50,000 images of parish records there have just b...
23/04/2015
FamilySearch Newsletter

If you have ancestry in Derbyshire you will pleased to learn that over 50,000 images of parish records there have just been added to FamilySearch. Not to mention numerous foreign locations also described in this newsletter...

Forwarded from FamilySearch.org

02/04/2015

Now that we have taken over from Dave and Carol Cottrell after their 5 1/2 years of valuable service, we invite you to view and "like" the Facebook site "London Temple District (LDS) Area Family History Adviser". You will then have the benefit of the monthly newsletters produced by the Cottrells and in future by us, containing many spiritual and practical tips to enhance your family history. All the best, Andy and Francine Andrews.

01/04/2015

Please note that the Centre will be closed on Easter Saturday. Keep up the good work at home!

Thank you Nora Lush for sharing this with us.
27/02/2015
50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today

Thank you Nora Lush for sharing this with us.

Looking for a list of free genealogy sites to search? Here are 50 no-cost family history resources where you will find birth, marriage and death records, o

Any of these names in your trees? Free accounts with MyHeritage.com for church members via FamilySearch...
25/02/2015
9 Last Names on the Brink of Extinction - MyHeritage

Any of these names in your trees? Free accounts with MyHeritage.com for church members via FamilySearch...

Is your last name Miracle, Tumbler or Villan? If so, you’re a dying breed! Just be happy you’re not a Bread or Spinster, otherwise you’d be presumed extinct! Unusual names have lingered for centuries, but did you know that they can become extinct? Any last name with under 200 “bearers” is endanger…

Original seamen's cards can be viewed and copied at Southampton City Archives at the Civic Centre, now open only a coupl...
01/02/2015

Original seamen's cards can be viewed and copied at Southampton City Archives at the Civic Centre, now open only a couple of days a week owing to council funding cuts.

seamans cards give useful information and sometimes also a photo

At least one of our members has romany ancestry...
27/01/2015

At least one of our members has romany ancestry...

The Chilterns Conservation Board has just published Our Common Heritage. It’s a free online publication about the social history of the commons in an area stretching from Berkshire and Oxfordshire to Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The publication includes an essay by RTFHS member Anne Ford called ‘On Common Ground’. This focuses on the Romany families who lived in and travelled through the region in the 19th century and made a major contribution to its rural economy and social life by working on the farms and brick kilns, providing music and fairground rides at fairs and feasts and supplying household essentials such as pegs, baskets and brooms. The families named in the study include Hearn, Loveridge, Fenner, Draper, Beldam, Leatherland, Fisher, Harris, Shaw, Buckland, Smith, Boswell and many others.

The cover photograph of the publication shows a fine portrait of the famous Gypsy Elizabeth Leatherland (nee Hearn) who claimed to be 111 years old at her death in Tring, Hertfordshire, in 1874.

http://www.chilternsaonb.org/uploads/files/AboutTheChilterns/Commons/Our_Common_Heritage.pdf

Shared in case it is of benefit to FHC patrons (thanks Beverley of Southampton).
20/01/2015
FamilySearch IGI Batch Numbers

Shared in case it is of benefit to FHC patrons (thanks Beverley of Southampton).

This website lists the Extracted batches for the British Isles that previously formed part of the IGI (International Genealogical Index), the on-line database created by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) and available at familysearch.org.

An 88-year old non-member and achieving so much!
20/01/2015
The London Family History Centre

An 88-year old non-member and achieving so much!

The London Family History Centre John Hales, 88, at the London Family History Centre Sister Kay Watt Family History missionary John Hales, now 88, has been a patron at the London Family History Centre for many years. His visits were initially to Exhibition Road, but now he comes to The National Arch…

Today we had a group visiting the Centre from the Havant area and all expanded their family trees considerably. Here's a...
14/01/2015

Today we had a group visiting the Centre from the Havant area and all expanded their family trees considerably. Here's a couple of photos to prove it... Thanks to Ron Lush for bringing them and providing the pictures.

14/01/2015

Just a reminder that, although opening days and times are unchanged at 10am-1pm on Weds, Thurs and Sats, if you want to come on a Wednesday you need to make a prior appointment by ringing or texting Ron Lush on 07547-116429. Unfortunately if you come on a Wednesday without an appointment, the chances are that you will find the centre closed.

06/01/2015

The Centre reopens tomorrow Wednesday 7 January after the Christmas and New Year Holiday. Back to the usual opening hours of 10am-1pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. All welcome.

03/01/2015

A FamilySearch manager is coming to interview people at the Centre for half an hour or so each on Sunday evening 11 January (6pm onwards) and Monday 12 January all day about their use of FamilySearch. Here's your chance to get answers about any problems you have with FamilySearch, eg those annoying times when names go missing during updates of the programme. If you can make it please post here the time slot which suits you and I'll arrange it. Thank you.

It will cost you £10 to download a will but members can still use their free Ancestry membership to look at the very use...
28/12/2014
Millions of wills available online

It will cost you £10 to download a will but members can still use their free Ancestry membership to look at the very useful probate summaries from 1858. The free summaries give you the person's full name, address, place of death if different and the full names and occupations of the persons granted probate, usually relatives. Plus how much money was left by the deceased.

Millions of wills - including those of Sir Winston Churchill, Alan Turing and Princess Diana - are now available online.

16/12/2014

This Thursday 18 December from 10am-1pm is our last day opening before the Christmas/New Year break. We reopen on Wednesday 7 January at the usual time of 10am-1pm. We wish all workers and patrons a Happy and Blessed Christmas.

Something else you can check out with your member's free Ancestry access...
27/11/2014

Something else you can check out with your member's free Ancestry access...

New Records! Lunacy Registers and Warrants, 1846-1912. The records are packed with detail about patients and criminal lunatics – the most notorious being Aaron Kosminski, the alleged Jack the Ripper. Click here http://ancstry.me/1AVs1Ni for patient admission registers. You can also search the Criminal Warrant and entry books here: http://ancstry.me/1pqxfMA

27/11/2014

We have now finalised the FHC's Christmas/New Year closure dates. Our last day open before Christmas is Thursday 18 December (10am-1pm) and we reopen on Wednesday 8 January (10am-1pm). In between you can play with your free Ancestry, FindmyPast and MyHeritage if you are an LDS church member!

I thought I'd been accessing these for years on Ancestry but anyway here's a reminder!
08/11/2014

I thought I'd been accessing these for years on Ancestry but anyway here's a reminder!

We have added more new records! 'WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls 1914-1920' - Find details on those that received The British War Medal, The Allied Victory Medal, The 1914 Star(Mons Star), The Territorial Force War Medal & The Allied Subjects Medal. In honour of Remembrance Day, Military records are free to view on Ancestry until midnight Nov 11th - here: http://ancstry.me/1uLpzXD

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Kingston Crescent
Portsmouth
PO2 8AQ

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