Tuesday, November 09, 2004

FreeUKGEN: "FreeUKGen is an initiative to help make more high quality primary (or near-primary) records of relevance to UK genealogy conveniently available online, preferably for free, in a coherent, easy to access and search, facility or set of facilities "

Monday, November 08, 2004

Society of Genealogists Homepage
from my email

What Did Your Ancestors Do For A Living

running all next week (beginning Monday 8 November) at 3.45pm.
It features interviews with many voices from the Genealogical Community
looking at our ancestors' trades and occupations.

Monday - Sheffield and the Midlands - cutlery, pottery button and
gunmaking (featuring Doreen Hopwood, David Hey, Miranda Goodby,
Mark Pearsall)

Tuesday - The North - heavy industries , mills , ship building and mines
(Featuring David Tonks, David Hey, Harold Spencer, Liz de Mercardo,
Muriel Bland, Joyce Culling)

Wednesday - London - artisans, domestic service, army relatives and
crooks (featuring David Hey , Michael Gandy, Else Churchill, Mark Pearsall,
Dorothy Hills, George Smith , Frances Brotsall, Joyce Culling)

Thursday - East Anglia - farming and the workhouse (Frances Collinson,
Stephen Pope, Richard Dalton, David Hey)

Friday - Wales and the West Country - mining, the docks, cigarettes and
chocolate ( featuring Ceri Thompson, Andy King, Robert Blatchford)

Else Churchill
Genealogy Officer
Society of Genealogists, 14 Charterhouse Buildings, London, EC1M 7BA
Tel +44 (0)20 7702 5488 Fax +44 (0)20 7250 1800.

BBC - bbc.co.uk homepage - Home of the BBC on the Internet

BBC - Radio 4 - Home Listen Live

BBC - Radio 4 - Home: "
15:45What Did your Ancestors Do for a Living?
Nick Hancock presents a five-part series about the jobs of yesteryear that have long since disappeared.

The Midlands

Ever wondered how your ancestors earned a living a hundred years ago?

Throughout this five part series, Nick Hancock and assorted experts will help to flesh out the jobs of yesteryear that have long since disappeared, and tell us what your ancestors career opportunities would have been like.

The five programmes will look at five geographical areas of the UK. The first of which looks at the Midlands.

The Staffordshire potteries were proud of their traditional skills and regarded mechanisation as unnecessary, and provide a wealth of fascinating job names. We also find out about the jobs provided by mineral quarrying and mining in the area through members of the local family history society, and take a look at the hosiery industry of the East Midlands, that took it out of the local parishes and home workers and into the factory."