Royal Marines Museum (in passing)

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Is it becoming a catchphrase to say that it’s been a busy week again? Probably… but then, those who know me will realise that every week is busy until I’ve finished the book on Greater London, completed the last of the course preparation for the University of Dundee (I’m writing a module on House History as part of the MA syllabus) and worked on various projects relating to education, ancestral tourism, and digitization – let alone the work I do for the FreeBMD group and the associated Open Genealogy Alliance

However, this week – aside from the above – I went to the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea. It was a fantastic experience; thanks to Claire Chapman for setting this up, and even bigger thanks Matt Little for giving me such an overview of the work they do to bring the rich history of the Marines to life. I did not realise how much archival material they had at their disposal, linking directly into the service papers at The National Archives and allowing researchers to really put ‘flesh on the bones’. They are working on a three stage project to bring their catalogue to a wider audience, and part of their strategy involves an exhibition, currently on display in the museum until April, relating to family history research. You can find out more about the museum in a forthcoming issue of Your Family History, and Matt has kindly invited me back to film a vodcast there in the New Year. Watch this space for dates, but if you have any queries relating to your ancestors who were with the Royal Marines, send them in to us and we’ll try to use them as a case study in that episode.

I hope you’ve been watching Find My Past on the Yesterday channel; it’s been a refreshing spin on family history and the link to historical events, and it was great to work on the show from both a research and onscreen perspective.

News just in: My Heritage has acquired FamilyLink Inc, including the familylink.com and worldvitalrecords.com websites that, combined, contain over 3 billion historical records. This is a major entry into the US dataset market, and it will be interesting to see how this strategy develops when linked to their existing social network sites.

Finally, how about a radical suggestion on which it would be great to get some comments and feedback from you? It struck me that there are several institutions that operate in the genealogy sector – the Federation of Family History Societies, the Society of Genealogists, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives – as well as the British Association for Local History whose work overlap in certain areas. Would it be an idea to have a Council for Genealogy and Local History where representatives meet up four times a year to discuss the potential for collaborative work in three or four specified areas, such as education or digitization for example? Let me know what you think.

More next week (and hopefully some news about developments in the ancestral tourism sector), in the meantime please do drop us a line via facebook or twitter.

Cheers

Nick

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