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Glamorgan Family History Society
Cymdeithas Hanes Teuluol Morgannwg
March Newsletter    Cylchlythyr Mis Mawrth

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Dear Member
Welcome to our March 2022 Newsletter!  

Some of our Branches have now returned to face to face meetings where space and size of the venue permits but there is also a full programme of online events planned until the end of July. 

An Online Branch is also being considered so that meetings via Zoom can become part of the Society - if you are interested in helping us to set up such a branch please get in touch.    The first Committee meeting will be held shortly - more information will be provided in the next newsletter.    

Bridgend Branch are hosting some help sessions in local libraries.  The next session is on Saturday 19 March - see advert below.  Book by contacting the Branch or the local libraries: Bridgend Branch - Library Help Sessions.   

Historic walks: Other branches are organising historic walks during the Spring and Summer months so keep checking back to the Events section of our website for further details.  

Following on from Michelle Leonard's excellent talk 'Using DNA for Family History' our Coffee and Chat session this week will provide an opportunity to discuss using DNA and ask other members questions.   Book via Eventbrite:  Thursday 17 March at 7 pm - Coffee and Chat 

Our Annual General Meeting is being held online on Saturday 26 March at 2pm followed by a talk at 3 pm by Graham Owen on the 'History and Work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission' - hope to see you there!   AGM documentation has now been uploaded to the website:  AGM Documentation.

We are all horrified by the war in Ukraine - see below information about a 'Live' 24 hour event on 26/27 March organised by historians in aid of 
DEC Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.  

So you are now getting even more for your membership subscription - a reminder from our Membership Team that the membership year for most ends on 31 March so make sure to renew by that date to ensure you continue to have access to our 'members only' resources on the website and receive your monthly Newsletter and quarterly journal.  We are also need to recruit a volunteer to take over the administration of the Membership Database (Access) as from July 2022 - training will be provided.  

Cardiff & Vale Branch Members please note information below about proposed Branch Trustee.  

Sue Hamer
Vice Chairman 
on behalf of Executive Committee
Glamorgan Family History Society 
Annual General Meeting
Saturday 26 March at 2 pm

Register for the AGM & Talk on Eventbrite

Nominations have been received as follows:
Chairman:  Sue Hamer
Vice Chair: Nancy Thomas
Secretary:  Jane Jones
Executive Committee:  Ian Black, Jean Fowlds, Meic Jones and Steve Reis 

Branch Trustees having been elected at Branch AGMs will be confirmed at the AGM.

AGM documentation has now been uploaded to our website.  AGM Documentation

to be followed at 3 pm by talk
The History and Work of the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Graham Owen


Proposed Branch Trustee - Jeremy Konsbruck

At the Cardiff Committee Meeting on Tuesday 15 March it was proposed and agreed by the nine Committee Members present that Jeremy Konsbruck be elected as Cardiff & Vale Branch Trustee.   

Could Cardiff & Vale Branch members therefore confirm by Friday 25th March whether they are in agreement with this proposal so that Jeremy can be confirmed as the Branch Trustee at the Society AGM the following day.

Colin Bishop #10609

We have recently received the news of the death of one of our Cardiff & Vale Branch members, Colin Bishop, who regularly attended our meetings at Insole Court until the start of the pandemic.  His funeral is being held at 11.45 am on Friday 1 April at Thornhill Crematorium in Cardiff.  We send our condolences to his wife and family at this sad time.  

"Think of a combination of Live Aid and Red Nose Day run by Historians" says organiser genealogist Natalie Pithers - 26/27 March 
24 hour online history marathon being live streamed on You Tube and other Social Media.   
Presenters so far include Dr Jamina Ramirez, Professor Kate Williams, Earl Spencer......
in aid of DEC Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
from 12 noon UK time on Saturday 26 March History4Ukraine.  
Follow on Twitter @History4Ukraine or @HistoryForUkraine
More information on Nuffield Genealogy Blog
History4Ukraine website
Online Events: April - July 2022
Book via Eventbrite - spaces limited 
Tuesday 5 April at 7.30 pm
Was your Ancestor a Criminal?
An investigation of 18th and 19th century Criminal - Colin Chapman

Thursday 21 April at 7 pm
This month's Coffee and Chat session will allow participants to send in their research queries beforehand - see Eventbrite for details and closing date for submissions.  
Brickwall Session 

Tuesday 10 May at 7.30 pm
The Workhouses of Wales - Peter Higginbotham

Tuesday 7 June at 7.30 pm
An introduction to Irish family history research - Natalie Brodie

Tuesday July at 7.30 pm
Divorced, bigamist, bereaved - second and subsequent marriages - Rebecca Probert

Register on Eventbrite to receive notification as soon as new events are added.  

Some events are now possible face to face others remain online.

1st - 3rd April - The Genealogy Show - Online Spring Event
Discounts available when booking more than one event.

7 May East Surrey FHS - Online Fair via Zoom 

Links to other 2022 Events are available on the GENEVA section of the Genuki website. 
GENEVA events listing.

Also the Family History Federation website has up to date listings of both online and face to face meetings.
Family History Federation

FREE WORKSHOP:  Learn the Meaning of Monuments and How to Record Them -
The Beautiful Burial Ground Project.  Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust.

Saturday 23 April 10.30-16.00, Babell Graveyard, Middle Road, Gendros, Cwmbwrla, Swansea, SA5. 

Register on Eventbrite:   Learn the Meaning of Monuments and How to Record Them


TALK: The Insole's Contribution to Llandaff Cathedral   Friday 15 July 10.30.  Tickets go on sale 19 April on Eventbrite.  Part of Llandaff Cathedral Festival.
Saturday 7 May - The Future of Genealogy - Young Genealogists at the Helm 
Online Conference for 18-35 age group by the Family History Federation supported by the Society of Genealogists.  
Vacancy - Data Manager/Membership Secretary

We currently need a volunteer to administer the Society Membership Database and/or become Membership Secretary.  The ability to use Access and Excel are essential requirements for this role.

For further information contact:
Handouts from Our Online Talks are Available on our Website: 
Members need to log in to view.
Attending Online Meetings 
1.  Free Tickets for our Online Meetings are made available via the Eventbrite Website. 
2.  Links to each individual event are provided on our website - AND
3.  In our monthly Newsletters.
4.  Click on the link on the website/newsletter to go to the event on Eventbrite.  
5.  On the Event Page click on the green 'Register' button and follow the instructions to book a free ticket.  
6.  You will be emailed a registration confirmation.
7.  A few days before the event you will be emailed a 'reminder email' about the event.
8.  A day or so before the event you will be emailed a Zoom link. 

You cannot access the event without this Zoom link so keep a look out for an email from Eventbrite in your inbox and spam folder.   

It is a good idea to check you have received the Zoom link a few hours before the meeting as the meeting administrators are not usually able to check their emails once preparation for the event commences ie within 20-30 minutes before the event start time.    

Using Zoom to join the Online Meeting
 1.  Download the Zoom program/App:  It is a good idea to download the Zoom program beforehand from the Zoom website.
2.  Alternatively you will receive instructions when you click on the Zoom link in your email (however this takes time if you do this just as the meeting is about to start) 

3.  Click on the Zoom LInk in your Eventbrite email: If you have already downloaded the Zoom program - Click on the Zoom link in the Eventbrite email.
4.  Check your camera and microphone: You will be asked to check your microphone and camera are working.
5.  Waiting Room: You will be placed in a Waiting Room until the Administrators are ready to start the event.  Some events have a large number of attendees so it may take a while to let everyone in.  

6.  Turning off microphones/cameras:  We will ask you to mute your microphones once you have joined the meeting.  Also turning off your camera once the event starts can save bandwidth and help if you have an intermittent internet signal or are using Wifi.  

We hope to see you at our Online Meetings - Enjoy! 

If you have any useful tips and/or resources to share with other members - let us know and we will include in the next Newsletter and/or quarterly journal.
Reopening Dates - Booking Required

Check relevant organisations' websites for up to date information about opening hours, COVID-19 procedures in place, access to documents, how to book, readers tickets etc.  

National Library of Wales

National Archives (Kew) 

Glamorgan Archives 

West Glamorgan Archives
Register for tickets for up and coming events on Eventbrite

Our online events are open to ALL current members near and far
and are an opportunity for members not local to South Wales to take part Society events. 
If you have any thoughts on further events or are able to help
or provide a talk or research guidance etc please let us know.

Dont forget to check out the free members resources on our website:  
Master Indexes: 
Baptisms, Marriages, Burials and Memorial Inscriptions
Exchange Journals
Final Resting Places

The most convenient way for us to receive your membership subscription is via the Website.  You can pay via Pay Pal, debit or credit card but you do not need to have a Pay Pal Account to do so. 

We now offer membership to commence four times a year in 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October with the first paper journal being received the quarter after joining in March, June, September and December.  Past journals are available on the website in our Journal Archive.   

Membership and access to the website is automatic if you pay via the website.  If you pay or renew by any other method eg Genfair, Standing Order or cheque then administration may take up to a week for the transaction to be processed and the website updated especially at busy times of the year.  So where possible please pay via the website as it cuts down our admin considerably.

We still have a few members that have not updated their Standing Order to the current membership rates.  These members will only receive the number of paper journals for the amount that they have paid and their access to the website will also cease at that date.  . 

The date that membership expires is shown on the envelope of each quarterly journal and also when logging in to the website.   If you have let us know your email address you will also be sent an automatic reminder just before and after your membership expires. 
 For more information contact the Membership Team:
Gift Aid

UK members can now Gift Aid their subscription when paying online.  Please put a tick in the box on the form when completing your details to confirm that you are a UK tax payer and accept the conditions shown.

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