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Estate of War: Doncaster’s Country Houses 1914-1918
From 16 Jul 2016. 10:00am Cusworth Hall Museum & Park, Back Lane, Cusworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7TU. A special new exhibition going behind-the-scenes of the area’s country houses, to discover how life changed for families and those below-stairs during the First World War. Find out how life changed for families, and those below stairs. Details from
Family History Visit to London
17 Oct for 4 days. Stay B&B at Ibis Hotel, Earls Court, Visit National Archives and Society of Genealogists (admission extra). Optional visit to Kew Gardens (admission extra). £259 (Single room supplement £108). Information at
Federation of Family History Societies' Newsletter
The GRO has launched a further Pilot Test of certificate data in pdf format effective from today 12th October 2017. The announcement appears on their website at - but details are included below - General Register Office (GRO) - PDF Extended Pilot The GRO is piloting a service from 12 October 2017 to provide portable document format (PDF) copies of digitised historical birth and death records. The pilot will run for a minimum of 3 months to enable GRO to assess the demand for this service over a prolonged period. Applications for each PDF cost £6, must be made online, and include a GRO index reference. England and Wales records which are available as PDFs in this extended pilot include: Births: 1837 –1916 Deaths: 1837 –1957 Note: A PDF is not a certificate and has no “evidential” value, and therefore a certificate is required for official purposes, e.g. applying for a passport, driving licence or giving notice of marriage.
The Halls at Bretton
14 Oct. 2pm. Meet the team to hear about the early halls that were built on the estate and how they link to Henry VIII, Temple Newsam & the current mansion house. Explore the influences on the design of the present hall and, if you are luck, hear from someone who used to live there. Free. Booking advised.
A brief history of Wakefield
27 Nov.7.30pm Trinity Centre, Church St Ossett. Talk by Kevin Trickett to Ossett History Society. The architectural history & development of Wakefield from medieval town to modern city. Non-members £2.

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