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New RTFHS publication – the story of a woman from a Romany family who married a British aristocrat Posted Aug 23, 2018 By Web Master

We’re pleased to announce the publication of a new RTFHS book – The Gypsy Countess by Anne-Marie Ford. This is the first comprehensive biography that

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Celebrate the 250th anniversary of British circus in Edinburgh from 1 to 27 August 2018: Philip Astley lives! Posted Jul 28, 2018 By Web Master

Were your Romany, Traveller or Fairground ancestors also circus performers? As you may know, 2018 marks the 250th anniversary of the invention in Britain of

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Free access to Ancestry’s UK and Irish records from now until Monday 9 July 2018 Posted Jul 07, 2018 By Web Master

Ancestry.co.uk are offering free access to their UK and Irish records this weekend, from today until midnight on Monday 9 July. Their UK records now

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Leicestershire parish records now free online at FamilySearch.org Posted Jun 25, 2018 By Web Master

Did your ancestors travel in or live in Leicestershire? Now you can see transcriptions of parish register entries from that county free at FamilySearch.org The

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Meet the RTFHS team in Swindon this Saturday, 30 June 2018 Posted Jun 25, 2018 By Web Master

In or around Swindon this Saturday, 30 June 2018? Come along and say ‘hello’ to the RTFHS team at STEAM – the Museum of the

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New book about British Gypsy life – this week’s Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4 Posted Jun 04, 2018 By Web Master

A new book about British Gypsy Life called The Stopping Places by Damian Le Bas is being published on 7 June 2018. Starting today – 4 June

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Name-indexed original parish records for Devon baptisms, marriages and burials: now free online at FamilySearch.org Posted May 23, 2018 By Web Master

The free genealogy website FamilySearch has just launched name indexes for its collection of Bishop’s Transcripts for the county of Devon. Previously these records were

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Now back in print: the RTFHS guide you need to trace your ancestors’ travels Posted May 16, 2018 By Web Master

Ever wondered why your family happened to be in a particular town or village when they were caught by the census enumerator, got married or

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Come and meet the RTFHS team at the Romany Weekend, Rural Life Centre, Tilford, near Farnham, Surrey – 23 & 24 June 2018 Posted May 16, 2018 By Web Master

Meet the RTFHS team at this two-day Romany event at the Rural Life Centre in Tilford, near Farnham, Surrey. We will be attending on both

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Free talk about the life of Gypsy Esmeralda Lock, 22 May 2018, Leeds, Yorkshire Posted May 16, 2018 By Web Master

There’s a free talk by Dr Ken Lee – an academic with British Gypsy ancestry – about the life of the Gypsy Esmeralda Lock (1854–1939)

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Come and meet the RTFHS team in Dorchester, Dorset, on Saturday 2 June 2018 Posted May 16, 2018 By Web Master

If you’re in or around Dorchester on Saturday 2 June 2018, why not come along and say ‘hello’ to the RTFHS team? We’ll be at this

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The 1939 Register – now available on Ancestry.co.uk: a snapshot of England and Wales at the outbreak of the Second World War Posted May 09, 2018 By Web Master

The 1939 Register – which is a census-like record of 40 million of the inhabitants of England and Wales on 29 September 1939 – has

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