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News from MyHeritage UK – 27 September 2011

Who Do You Think You Are?

The BBC’s current run – the eighth series - of Who Do You Think You Are is slowly drawing to a close. Celebrity participants so far have included June Brown, J.K. Rowling, Sebastian Coe, Larry Lamb, Emilia Fox, Alan Carr and Robin Gibb. This Wednesday, Richard Madeley- of “This Morning” and “Richard & Judy” fame- will investigate the Canadian side of his family with some surprising connections to some of the earliest Canadian pioneers. In Rhode Island, Richard discovers that his eighth great-grandfather was privy to one of the bloodiest ever massacres on American soil. Len Goodman and Tracey Emin will complete the current series of the ratings juggernaught.

London Metropolitan Archives to open late on Wednesdays

In addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays, the London Metropolitan Archives (the largest of all local authority archives in the UK) is to remain open on Wednesdays until 7.30pm. This is welcome news to many amateur genealogists who can’t visit during the normal opening hours of 9.30am to 4.45pm, due to work schedules.

Imperial War Museum hosts program on Conscientious Objectors

Jane Furlong, Trustee of the Imperial War Museum and memorial expert, will provide an excellent introduction to the life of the Conscientious Objector during the world wars and the role of the Quakers in both war efforts. Starting at 2pm on 12 October, it’s guaranteed to be eye-opening. Places must be pre-booked on the Society of Genealogists’ website.

UK government to consider a Public Data Corporation

It seems the UK government is trying to cash in on the vast amount of data that its various bodies hold.

State-owned data has been sold in various formats for many years; however, mass monetisation of this data has mostly been the reserve of private enterprise. The idea of a Public Data Corporation is now the subject of a Cabinet Office consultation.

According to the Telegraph, the PDC would take over the trading activities of the Land Registry, The Met Office and The Ordnance Survey. Critics say this could have implications for other state-owned data, such as genealogy-related  information.

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