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.
In this very informative video, John Deeben, Archives Specialist at The National Archives in Washington DC, describes how compiled military service records can be used for genealogical research. Using some great examples of past genealogical research, John shows how even the most amateur genealogist can benefit from microfilm, textual and digital records.
This video is part of the National Archives' Know Your Records program.
If you haven't seen it already, the UK National Archives website is well worth taking a look at. The site as a whole offers a wealth of resources, but in particular there are a series of podcasts which are targeted at family history researchers.