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Oral History Gathering And Your Family History

The research into your family will have caused you to accumulate a vast personal archive of primary source and secondary source material. Much of the research will consist of names, dates and locations. This is primarily the Genealogy of our ancestors, forming the basis of our individual family history.The essential in...12:15 Mon 28th Mar 2011

Where were you on Census night

It's that time of decade again, the National Census, data collecting on a grand scale.  Where will you be Where were you last time What will be different In a hundred and one years time, your descendants will have access to the 2011 census, they will have probably already found you on earlier returns, they will...15:15 Mon 28th Feb 2011

Monumental Inscriptions as a Family History Research Source

Monumental Inscriptions as a Family History Research SourceChurch graveyards can be lonely, isolated places where contemplation and memories are your only thoughts. How many of you have had cause to wander the rows and rows of stones during a visit to a church and felt sorrow at the names and ages of small children Or...15:45 Tue 25th Jan 2011

Family History: Surname Research in Online Transcriptions

 The subject of surnames origins is extensively covered on various Internet sites, simply googling a surname can bring up dozens of links that will lead you to many varied sources. These sites can help discover the meaning of a name, the type of name it is and from which Country, region or ethnic background it ori...14:32 Mon 12th Jul 2010

Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum in London tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first home for abandoned children. The museum houses the nationally important Foundling Hospital Art Collection as well as the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, the world's greatest privately amassed collection of Handel memorabilia. The ...16:37 Mon 24th May 2010

Beginning Your Family History: Part 1

Beginning Your Family History:  Part 1. The desire to delve into the History of your family can be triggered by various events, a marriage and the joining of 2 families, a new baby bringing a new generation and new grandparents, retirement and the need to fill your leisure time, or the more challenging discoveries...16:37 Mon 24th May 2010

Farewell to a genuine history-maker

Cornelius Whalen died peacefully in hopsital on September 14, 2003 at the age of 93. Q: How was he a history-maker A: He was the last survivor of the Jarrow March. Q: Which did what A:01:00 Mon 22nd Sep 2003

Who was CB Fry and what did he do

It's easier to say what he didn't do: invent the Internet, split the atom, discover the source of the Nile, appear on Celebrity Big Brother, hitch-hike round South America, DJ at the Ministry of01:00 Thu 03rd Oct 2002

Abraham Lincoln - how unlucky can one President be

Let's start at the beginning. Lincoln was born on 12 February 1809 born in a one room log cabin on Sinking Spring Farm near Hodgenville, Kentucky to Thomas Lincoln and his wife Nancy. Little Abe's01:00 Wed 07th Aug 2002

Independence Day USA

July 4th - that's Independence Day in the USA It certainly is: the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. On that day in 1776 the 'United Colonies' declared their resolve to break away once01:00 Tue 02nd Apr 2002

A Monster's What

Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry in Monster's Ball Halle Berry won her Best Actress Oscar for her role in Monster's Ball, recently released to widespread acclaim in the UK. It is a dark01:00 Fri 07th Jun 2002

Everything you ever wanted to know about Paraguay

All I know about Paraguay is that they've qualified for the World Cup Don't worry, you're not alone. If Paraguay gets mentioned at all in the UK, it's usually because of their football team and in01:00 Tue 28th May 2002

The Battle of Kohima

The Battle of Kohima has been compared to the siege of Stalingrad and, from another war, to the Somme. It stands as one of the great turning-points of the Second World War, and as testament to the01:00 Mon 29th Apr 2002

I've got a rare £2 coin where the Queen is wearing a necklet. How much is it worth

A. 2. And it's not rare. Q. Don't believe you. A. Try going to see a coin dealer, then. You're likely to emerge with a black eye, too, for wasting their time. It's an urban myth that seems to01:00 Mon 29th Apr 2002

Bubonic plague didn't cause the Black Death

A. No. The Black Death - the pandemic that killed more than a quarter of the population of 14th-Century Europe, was not bubonic plague, according to new research from America. It was previously01:00 Mon 22nd Apr 2002

So the true King of England is alive after all

A. Steady on - we don't want that sort of treasonous talk on the Answerbank. I think you must be referring to claims in a book that a direct descendant of Bonnie Prince Charlie have been discovered01:00 Mon 22nd Apr 2002

I'm interested in this new gold cup that's been found.

A. I think you mean old gold cup. The Bronze Age vessel, dating from the same time as Stonehenge, was been unearthed in a cornfield at Woodnesborough, near Sandwich, in Kent. That makes it between01:00 Mon 15th Apr 2002

American authorities know there's alien life because there's a law against contacting extra-terrestrial beings. So how come they don't tell us about it

A. Sorry. You've been taken in by an urban myth - but rather a good one. The story says that Title 14 (Section 1211) of the Code of Federal Regulations, implemented on 16 July, 1969, made it01:00 Mon 15th Apr 2002

Where can I buy this newly discovered perfume of the pharaohs

A. I regret you can't - there are no plans to put it on sale. But I expect you'd like to hear a bit more about it Q. Oh yes. A. An Egyptian perfume used by the pharaohs has been rediscovered01:00 Mon 15th Apr 2002

There's a new theory over the Turin Shroud

A. Yes. Two academics believe that the face upon it is not of Jesus but of Jacques de Molay. Q. Who's he A. Leader of the Knights Templar, a religious military order established at the time of01:00 Mon 08th Apr 2002

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