The Save our Record Office Group are not happy with the proposal as Suffolk County Council have indicated that they will not provide a new strong room at the Lowestoft Record Office and the majority of records will be taken to new Heritage Centre at Ipswich Record Office and the new building at The Hold.
Work has currently started on The Hold which is the new Record Office that is due to open in late 2019. This project which is partly funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund is to replace the current Ipswich Record Office as well as hold part of the archives that are currently held at Bury St Edmunds.
Heathrow threat to Quaker burials
The former Longford Meeting House, just north of Heathrow airport, is one of the many historical properties that will be destroyed if plans for a third runway go ahead. The building dates back to 1676, when it was opened by the Longford Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Many people from Longford and further afield are still at rest in the grounds of this picturesque timber-framed property. Details of their identity can be found on the Ancestry site. Are your ancestors' remains about to be disturbed?
With strong backing from Suffolk Family History Society and FFHS, Suffolk Record Office has been awarded £10.3 million to create a flagship heritage centre at Ipswich Waterfront and transform access to its archives.
You can read more on the Record Office website about the project and how it will be completed by the end of 2019.
Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Launched
Splendid new facilities have arrived for Gloucestershire Archives and Gloucestershire Family History Society. Known as "Gloucestershire Heritage Hub", they are situated in the heart of Gloucester, providing a fine home for historical records and excellent facilities for those who use them.
RootsTech is an annual event held in Salt Lake City, home of the largest family history library in the World (pictured). This year, over 17,000 enthusiasts took part. The Federation's stand there showcased our member societies and explained what they have to offer their global membership.
Why not check out the free videos of RootsTech sessions that are available online?
Most of the records that we use as family historians are handwritten.
Writing in The National Archives blog, Dr Richard Dunley discusses progress in developing technology to search and transcribe the text of such documents.
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