Suffolk Family History Fair – 24 September 2016

Family Folk will return to Ipswich for the Suffolk Family History Fair on 24 September.  Hold the date, and watch this space for further annoucements.  In the meantime, this image is a teaser for what Family Folk will be up to.


Talking of Maps

Last month I presented a talk entitled ‘How maps were made and why it matters to family historians’ at the Bury St Edmunds group of the Suffolk Family History Society.  Online maps are becoming ever more common as technology makes the process easier.  A map is only as good as the data it draws on, so beware.

The example discussed in Lost in 1939 – The Misleading Map contains both good and bad data in FindMyPast’s maps linked to the 1939 Register.  The difference between where roads in the QBEZ enumeration district actually are and where FindMyPast puts them is show in this Google Map:


© Sue Adams 2016


Fun at the Fair – Hero or Rogue?

Family Folk presents a bit of fun at the Suffolk Family History Fair this Saturday, the 17 October 2015 at University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ (Click here for a map).

Join the jury and vote on whether these two chaps were heroes or rogues.  Come along and examine the evidence.


What do I do next?

That is the question posed as the theme of the Suffolk Family History Fair next Saturday.

Wherever you are in your family history journey, it is a good idea to pause and assess your progress.  The fair provides an opportunity to talk to fellow family historians.  Just explaining your stumbling block can be enough for you to see the way forward.  Volunteer helpers will be on hand to answer your questions.

When you need a little more help than friends and free advice can provide, Family Folk offers professional research services.  Initial consultation is free, so come and discuss your next steps and get a no-obligation quote.

Date: 17 October 2015
Location: University Campus Suffolk, Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1QJ. Click here for a map.

Family Folk is coming to the Suffolk Family History Society Fair

On the 17 October 2015 the Suffolk Family History Society celebrates its 40th anniversary with a Family History Fair.  Family Folk is pleased to announce that we will be attending with a stand.

The venue is:

University Campus Suffolk
Waterfront Building
Neptune Quay

Watch this space for more details.  See you there!

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Dutch October

Following Gaenovium, the genealogy technology conference on 7 October 2014, I gave a brief report on Mondays with Myrt – 13 Oct 2014, at timestamp 10:00.  After some exploration of newly discovered projects, I published more detailed thoughts at Gaenovium – Keys to Open Data and Open Standards.

Ubitquitous in Leiden, the bicycle aka. fiets.

Ubitquitous in Leiden, the bicycle aka. fiets.

Travel is always stimulating, so inspired by the city of Leiden, this month’s contribution to Worldwide Genealogy examines an important group of starter records for those with Dutch ancestry in Going Dutch, starting with Civil Registration.

© Sue Adams 2014

Technical momentum – Gaenovium and FHISO

It is a busy time in the world of genealogy technology.

Gaenovium 2014

On 7 October 2104, Gaenovium, a conference “exclusively for academics, developers and visionaries at the forefront of genealogy technology” takes place in Leiden, The Netherlands.  I have been wanting to meet and exchange ideas with just such a group of people for some time.  The arrival of my renewed passport this week gives me the final green light.

The Family History Information Standards Organisation (FHISO) has also been active recently, as I reported on my regular monthly slot at Worldwide Genealogy, with FHISO is back in action. User input needed.

The role of the archival catalogue as a fundamental research tool is a theme to which I keep returning.  Efficient, accurate resource discovery whether online, in a physical archive or in my personal archive, is essential.  In Criteria for Assessing the Quality of Genealogy Websites and Online Data, I stated that the catalogue was the most important feature of genealogical websites that offer access to digital copies of original records.  In Provenance of a Personal Collection – Archival Accession, Arrangement and Description, I demonstrated the use of a prototype archival-style catalogue in support of a piece of genealogical research.

© Sue Adams 2014