Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Big News Day!

I don't suppose any of you have missed it, but for the benefit of anyone who did, well, yesterday saw the relaunch of the FriendsReunited website. The focus of the new site is 'memories' - both on the family/friends scale and from the wider world. A browse of the website itself will give you an idea of the new set-up - and keep an eye on feedback from blogs and commentators in the next few days. One interesting point to note is the availability on the new site of existing copyrighted images from The Press Association and the Francis Frith Collection. Be interesting to see how it takes off.

FindMyPast have published 1.3 million new parish records pertaining to Westminster in a truly massive new release - see the announcement here. The records cover more than 400 years and are drawn from the registers of over 50 churches. Blimey!

Researchers with an interest in Cheshire will want to digest the contents of DeceasedOnline's latest news release, with the most recent update taking the total number of records now available from this part of the world over the 200,000 mark. See their homepage, then click on the option at bottom right.

The Public Libraries News blog features a really quite important item concerning the Arts Council's consultation into the future of our libraries - see here.

News of the re-opening of the Marks & Spencer Archive in Leeds can be found here (direct link here).

Users of the 'Family Historian' software package may wish to take a look at the announcement re. the release of Version 5.

I see MyHeritage have jumped on the Pinterest bandwaggon.

Nicola Elsom has the latest instalment in her series of articles entitled 'Getting to Grips With the Master Genealogist'.

The usual weekly round-up of history links from the 2 Nerdy History Girls.

From Twitter:

Motherhood quotations:

My mother could make anybody feel guilty - she used to get letters of apology from people she didn't even know.
[Joan Rivers, US comedian]

Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy - the mother.
[Claudette Colbert, French actress]

Sometimes when I look at all my children, I say to myself, 'Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.' 
[Lillian Carter, at the 1980 Democratic Convention, where her son was nominated for a second term as US President]

A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when their absolute rule shall cease.
[Elizabeth Gaskell, English novelist]

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother.

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