Join us at our meeting tomorrow

Please join us at our meeting tomorrow Saturday 27th June 2020 at 14.00 hrs BST.

We will firstly have our AGM and this will be followed by a discussion on:

‘Identifying, seeking and Talking to Elders – Now!’

Membership

For those whose membership is due, please pay by bank transfer.

We generally charge £5 per session for our guests/non members and this includes any assistance/advice , our zoom meetings have so far been free of charge but we have decided to re-instate the fee from July .

We hope to see you tomorrow and bring your ‘talking to elders’ experiences with you! Please email cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com with your name and we will send you the link.

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Surname Interests

Are you researching any family of the names listed below? If so please email us on cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com and let our members know. We would be pleased to hear from anyone researching the same families in order to exchange information and knowledge.

     
Island Parish/townSurnames 
     
Jamaica  Comrie, Comerie, Comery 
     
Grenada  Weir/Ware/Wear, La Grenade, Mitchell 
     
Trinidad  Mitchell/La Grenade 
     
Jamaica Hanover/Lucea Bean 
Jamaica Westmoreland/WaterworksJames/McKenzie 
     
Nevis  Walters, Daniel, Pinney, Huggins 
     
Barbados  Cozier 
     
Anguilla  Lake 
     
St Martin  Lawrence/Laurence 
     
     

Our next meeting Saturday 27th June

Do let us know if you will be able to join us this Saturday for our next meeting – due to start with our AGM.

Next Meeting incl AGM – Saturday 27th JUNE, 2020 at 2pm (14.00HRS BST)on Zoom.

Once the business of the AGM is completed we are looking to follow it by a focus on the topic of:

Identifying, Seeking and talking to/Interviewing our Elders – Now! (Sooner rather than later ;-).  We will look to consider immediate or extended family and more distant or local contacts connected with them/who lived along with them

If this interests you then do confirm your attendance cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com so that the link to the meeting can be sent to you before the day.  

We look forward to meeting you on Saturday.

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Empire Windrush anniversary

The voyage of the Empire Windrush is remembered in the following BBC link:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p00h8xkq?xtor=ES-211-%5B33240_PANUK_NLT_25_ENG_TheLuminaries_RET_O35%5D-20200622-%5Bbbcsounds_worldservicewitnesshistorywindrushday2020thevoyageoftheempirewindrush_factualhistory%5D

The Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in Essex on 22 June, carrying around 500 settlers from Jamaica. It was the first of many ships bringing migrants from Caribbean countries to the UK between 1948 and 1971, known as the Windrush generation. They were answering calls from the British government to help rebuild the UK economy after World War II, migrants from the Caribbean Commonwealth began arriving on British shores in 1948.

Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors

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Our next virtual meeting

We hope you can join us at our next virtual meeting on Saturday 27th June at 14.00hrs BST

We will start with our AGM which should not take too long, followed by our normal research meeting. Please email us at the following link and we will send you log in details for the meeting: cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com

If there are any topics you would like us to cover, let us know and we will do our best to include them.

We look forward to meeting you.

Thank you for joining us at our last virtual meeting on 30th May

Thank you for joining us at our last virtual meeting on 30th May. We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new visitors. We hope you will join us again.

We discussed how we store our documents at home and how we can obtain copies of birth, death and marriage certificates for the UK. You will need to set up an account with the General Register Office

The link to the General Register office or GRO is

https://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates/login.asp

We also were shown ways of using the search boxes on the Family Search website which would give us better results

www.familysearch.org

We then discussed the merits and pitfalls of using information on other member’s trees on Ancestry.co.uk. Always ensure you check the information you have found yourself to verify it is correct.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 27th June. This will include our AGM followed by our research meeting. If there are any points you would particularly like us to cover, please cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com

We hope you can join us on the 27th June.

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Join a Paul Crooks Masterclass

Eventbrite are offering another talk by the author and genealogist Paul Crooks. On 31st July you can join one of his Masterclasses: ‘Tracing Black Ancestry; Secrets of the 1817 slave registers uncovered’

Click on the following link which will take you to the booking page. Small fee payable.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tracing-black-ancestry-secrets-of-the-1817-slave-registers-uncovered-tickets-107419129508?aff=ebdssbeac

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Join us on Saturday 30th May

Our next virtual meeting is on Saturday 30th May at 2.00pm (14.00hrs BST) via Zoom.

Please email us on : cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com to let us know you would like to join us. We will then email you the joining details.

Our plan for the meeting is as follows:

a. Organising family history on your computer

b. Pushing to ensure results are accurate – finding unverified information on other Ancestry trees

c. Newly discovered French/Dutch Caribbean records

d. Research approaches on www.familysearch.org

Should you have any research queries or brick walls , bring them to the meeting and we will do our best to assist you and point you in the right direction.

Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday!

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African/Jamaican roots – Who do you think you are?

Paul Crooks, author and family historian has traced his roots back 200 years. He embarked on a journey of discovery that led from suburban North London to Jamaica and ultimately back to the Gold Coast of Africa; an effort that has brought him international recognition for his breakthroughs in Tracing black ancestry.

Learn more about tracing your African & Jamaican Roots.

Join Paul, and listen to his unique account of how he traced his roots.

Click on the link below to book your place:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/african-jamaican-roots-who-do-you-think-you-are-tickets-106028917346

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Free National Archives Event

Tracing Your Caribbean Ancestors

On 19th June Guy Grannum is giving an introduction to the history and primary sources for researching Caribbean migration to the UK. Click on the link below to access the information.

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/visit-us/whats-on/events/

Guy Grannum has been writing and speaking about Caribbean Heritage for the last 25 years.

Follow the instructions and book your place on this interesting and informative course.

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Free download from National Archives

Start searching the Discovery catalogue now for details of your ancestors

The National Archives are offering free downloads of their digital records whilst their Kew site is closed. Click here for details of how to access the records:

https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/digital-downloads/

Start searching the National Archives Discovery catalogue now for details of your ancestor’s in ship’s crews, on passenger lists and you may even find their will! Access via the link below:

https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

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Find My Past discount code

FindMyPast Special Discount

In order to make family history accessible to as many people as possible during these difficult times, FindMyPast have created a discount code for all Societies and Data Partners . We are happy to pass this code on to you.

This code will give the user 20% off any 12 month subscriptions taken out by the 30th June 2020. 

Code: SOCIETIES20

http://www.findmypast.co.uk

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Our last meeting….

We had a very successful and informative meeting of the Caribbean Family History Group on Saturday.

Following introductions, we shared Family names/islands that we are researching which resulted in further sharing of information.

We then discussed the benefits and pitfalls of using Thrulines on Ancestry DNA.

Finally we were shown the use of French websites in order to search for births/deaths on islands that were former French colonies. If you are searching for ancestors on for example Grenada, Nevis, Tobago

check out this site:

anom.archivesnationales.culture.gouv.fr/nominatifs/

It will translate into English too!

To find out more, please join us at our next virtual meeting on

Saturday 30th May at 14.00hrs

Please email cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com and we will be happy to send you the log in information.

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Our Next Meeting – A Virtual meeting!

Please join us on Saturday 25th April 2020 for our first virtual meeting on Zoom

This will commence at 2.00pm

Please email cfhg.sol.birm@gmail.com , let us know you wish to join us and we will send you access information.

Looking forward to meeting you and assisting you with your research!

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