A Report of the Society’s Visit to Trinity House - 9 February 2015

A group of our members was lucky enough to visit Trinity House (at Tower Hill), London on 9 February and enjoy a very informative tour by Geoff Boyd. Trinity House is now celebrating its 500th anniversary, having been given a grant of the Royal Charter by Henry VIII in 1514.

The present building, which is Grade II listed, was designed and constructed in the 1790’s. The interior was destroyed during World War II. It was reconstructed by using a number of photographs of the rooms, taken by Country Life Magazine in 1919, to reconstitute almost exactly the interior in its original form.  In contrast to the Livery Halls more commonly associated with the City of London, Trinity House has the look and feel of an elegant private residence.

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GRO information on Births, Marriages and Death doesn’t have to be on expensive certificates

The Society of Genealogists is delighted to announce that the Government has accepted an amendment to the Deregulation Bill currently going before the House of Lords that allows for the publication of information from Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates in England and Wales to be issued otherwise than in the form of a certified copy. This is something the SoG has long campaigned for and is grateful to Baroness Scott of Needham Market, herself an enthusiastic genealogist, who suggested to Government that this deregulation is possible

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