11 February 2014

Is there a Methodist in your family?

  • Buy "A Methodist In The Family?" online here

The family history show - Who Do You Think You Are? - is returning to London with its annual live event and the Methodist Heritage team will be there.

The team will be selling a new genealogical guide at the London Olympia event on 20-22 February. "A Methodist in the Family?" answers the top ten most frequently asked Methodist family history questions and translates the jargon of Methodism. Its author is Philip Thornborow, the liaison officer for Methodist Archives and advisor on archiving to the Methodist Council.

"People seem to have an insatiable desire to learn about their ancestors and their daily lives," Philip said. "My book aims to help people find their way around the Methodist sources that will answer their questions. It's the first guide to cover the great wealth of resources now available via the internet, which has transformed family history. 

"I try to explain how to resolve the problems caused to family historians by Methodists disappearing from parish records and by our ministers moving around the country at very frequent intervals. Like all the other activities of Methodist Heritage, the book is also a celebration of Methodist life. In writing this guide I've been constantly reminded why Methodism is for me. I hope that it will help its readers understand why Methodism was for their ancestors."

A recently launched war memorial collection is now available on the My Methodist Heritage website, and digital versions of  key Methodist history research books, such as the "Who's Who in Methodism," can be viewed on the Methodist Heritage website.

Methodist Heritage officer Jo Hibbard will be at the Who Do You Think You Are? event selling copies of Philip Thornborow's guide priced at the special show rate of £4.00. "Finding family records for Methodists can be hard and, of course, visitors to the show want to know why," said Jo. "The questions I get asked often lead on to discussions about a person's personal faith position today." 

Last year, the Methodist Heritage team launched three community archives which allow people to share their Methodist stories online. Hundreds of pages have since been added to the archive thanks to visits from people all over the world. 




The three community archives launched last year are:

To download images of a Methodist in the Family see  here  and  here

Buy a "Methodist in the Family?" online here


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