November 2019 Discounted Book of the Month - My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer (new edition)

When Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837, over half her subjects were reliant on agriculture for their livelihoods, despite the Industrial revolution making Britain one of the most prominent industrial societies in the world. It is unsurprising, then, that most of us have an “ag lab” somewhere in our family tree. But how can we learn more about them and the lives that they led?

In this highly-anticipated, much-expanded second edition of his My Ancestor was an Agricultural Labourer book, genealogist Ian Waller provides a wealth of information to help you discover your ag lab ancestors. He explains what life was like for this impoverished and now largely forgotten section of society, gives us details of all the skills they needed and describes the country calendar of events, including ploughing, sowing and harvesting. He also outlines records that tell is more about the lives of farm labourers: Quarter Sessions,  tithe schedules, manorial records, estate records and trade union records...

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SoG will attend the Migration Museum’s Family History Day on 2 November

At the Migration Museum’s Family History Day, visitors will have the chance to find out more about genealogy and archival research, experience interactive installations on British history, hear from experts and social historians, and explore their own history at a series of stalls and workshops – leaving inspired and empowered to continue their research independently.

A selection of activities taking place include:

–  Talks from a range of celebrities and experts, including Robert Rinder, TV presenter and star of a popular recent episode of Who do you think you are?; Roger Kershaw of The National Archives; and Else Churchill of the Society of Genealogists who will speak on Tracing your Twentieth Century Ancestors (15:30-16:15)...

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World Digital Preservation Day

November 7 is World Digital Preservation Day.

The aim of World Digital Preservation Day is to create greater awareness of digital preservation that will translate into a wider understanding which permeates all aspects of society – business, policy making, personal good practice.

… World Digital Preservation Day is a window into the daily activities of those involved with or contemplating digital preservation and the at-risk digital materials they are working hard to preserve.

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