As a current member of findmypast.com, I’m always happy to pass along any information that will help make a worthwhile project successful:

The Federation of Family History Societies is carrying out a new and exciting transcription project to help trace missing ancestors, in partnership with findmypast.co.uk: the Lost Ancestors project.

The FFHS would like to invite family history societies and any family historians to help with this project. It involves indexing information from a collection of UK strays, kindly donated to the FFHS by Dennis Pearce and many other collectors.

A stray is someone who is described in a record as being from, or connected with, a place outside the area in which they normally lived or were born. Examples of strays include a girl who went into service then married many miles away from her parish, a soldier serving in the West Indies or in India, or one killed in action, a family awaiting removal from one parish back to their original birth place and many, many more interesting records that cover all dates to the present century.

This project could help to solve the problems of disappearing ancestors for so many family historians. This is a fantastic opportunity to produce a good financial boost for your family history society and provide high quality work for any family historians searching for that elusive family or ancestor.

To transcribe and index, the information will be placed online as excellent, clear images of each original card from the UK Strays collection. Using findmypast.co.uk’s specially adapted transcription tool, volunteers can type up the entries online no matter where they live. Full instructions and help are on hand to give assistance whenever needed – no experience is necessary.

If you would like to get involved in this valuable project and can volunteer a few hours, days or even weeks to help, please contact projects@ffhs.org.uk by 28 February 2011, giving a society name, your personal name, email address and telephone number (optional).

There’s more information on the FFHS website.

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