Findmypast.co.uk have made available the Great Western Railway Shareholder Index, originally compiled by the Society of Genealogists. According to Findmypast the index doesn’t include every shareholder of the GWR, but amongst the 570,464 records it does include details of around "440,000 shareholders and related parties, such as executors and spouses."
The index was originally created by the Society of Genealogists and has now been linked to "full colour scanned images" of the original ledgers. The ledgers record the transfer of shares by means other than by simple sale.
Many of the records relate to a transfer of shares brought about by the death of a shareholder, so if you are lucky you might find details of the death and probate of the individual, along with the number of shares held and the new owner.
Perhaps not surprisingly it doesn’t look like any of my ancestors were shareholders of the GWR. A quick search of the collection’s index failed to find anyone who was even remotely connected to me, still it was worth checking.
From sometime in October 2009 the 1911 census will be available from findmypast.com on a yearly or six monthly subscription. Up until now it has only been available on a PayAsYouGo basis, but at last a more cost effective option is available.
The subscription will be on top of the normal findmypast Explorer subscription, although there will be a discount on the 1911 subscription for existing findmypast.com subscribers, and the 1911 census will still be available on PayAsYouGo at 1911census.co.uk.
The cost for a year will be £59.95 (without the discount) and for six months it will be £39.95. Further details can be found on findmypast.com and the 1911census.co.uk blog. The 1911 subscription can also be bought (or upgraded) along with the normal Explorer subscription.
The question now is do I need to buy a subscription, if I did there are lots of people in my family tree that I could look up, but I don’t think any of them are important to my research at the moment. I could just be generating myself a lot more work, and heaven knows I have plenty of that already, so I will probably stick with PayAsYouGo for the time being, but Christmas is not far around the corner and perhaps this might be on my wish list!
This coming Sunday, the 3rd May 2009, sees The Family History Event at the Barbican in London. I believe this is the first time this event has been held, and it certainly looks to be an interesting event.
The website looks rather unpolished compared to the big budget Who Do You Think You Are Live (WDYTYAL) earlier this year, but hopefully this will not be reflected in the event itself. There is an impressive line up of exhibitors, including a lot more genealogy societies (the website says over 80) than were at WDYTYAL (I am really looking forward to checking out some of these stands).
The family history societies seem to outnumber the commercial exhibitors, and hopefully this will give the family history societies chance to show just what they have to offer the genealogist, namely a much deeper understanding of the area covered and the needs of genealogists.
There is a series of lectures, in fact there are three separate strands catering for beginners, intermediate and advanced researchers. Also there is the opportunity to take a guided tour of the Society of Genealogists library, just around the corner from the Barbican. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the contents of their library, and one which I certainly hope to take up.
The Family History Event is organised by Fair Promotions Ltd and is sponsored by findmypast.com. The event is described as “a non profit making event organised by Family Historians for Family History Society members & anyone interested in their past”.
To find out more check the website, tickets are available on the door for just £10 and doors are open between 10am and 5pm. I will be spending several hours there, overdosing on family history and will let you know my impressions.