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Family History Research Techniques.

BBC Television UK is transmitting a series of ten programmes, every Tuesday, about researching family history.

The hour long programme on BBC2 uses different, well known UK television personalities as the weekly example.

The half hour programme on BBC4 uses the cases of interesting members of the public. That on Tuesday, October 19th, whilst not using Buntings, has an American family, the Bailey's of Ohio, who travel to Scotland in search of their roots.

As many video recorders are now multi standard there is a good reason for overseas members to persuade their UK cousins to make a tape or DVD for them as the techniques demonstrated do have a general application. The BBC in my day used to sell its programmes to companies abroad so an alternative may be to suggest to your local TV Service that they should buy the series!

See the "Calendar" for the latest programme detail.

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Family History Research Techniques.
Authored by: Michael Bunting FSG on 11:36AM BST - Wednesday, 20 October 2004

Watching the programme on BBC4 about the Bailey family of Ohio returning to Scotland to find their roots I was most disappointed about the lack of information about how they had achieved their conclusion on the origins of their family. The Scottish researcher, whilst giving them a good tour, including showing the suffering you can experience with the Scottish midges, was far from convincing. Perhaps the later programmes will be better.
Amanda Redman's story on BBC2 was a much better constructed tale. It showed the need for persistent questioning of relatives, the use of English, Irish, Protestant and Catholic records to discover the current family of an estranged Uncle.

Family History Research Techniques.
Authored by: Barbara Eade on 06:56PM BST - Wednesday, 27 October 2004

It never fails to amaze me at the amount of information you can gleen on the Internet. I am aware that it is not necessarily acurate but it does give you food for thought. I am one of the few people in this country that doesn't have a television and therefore, rely on sites such as the Bunting Society and similar sites for information about our ancestors. I welcome, with open arms, any information on the history of our Buntings and their decendants, no matter how distantly they maybe related.

Family History Research Techniques.
Authored by: Michael Bunting FSG on 06:42PM GMT - Monday, 01 November 2004

Sue Johnston's in researching her Grandfather's railway roots mentioned that the Railway Union Records are now held by Warwick University. I have yet to establish if these are both the Drivers' Union, ASLEF and those for the general railway workers, NUR.
I hadn't used the option mentioned at the end of each programme, for those using the digital, interactive channels, of "pressing the red button". On Oct. 26th this action allowed one to view a tape loop describing how to obtain birth certificates in the UK and was followed by several members of the public telling briefly of their family history searching experiences. I found the tape loop a worthwhile extra to the "glamour" of the main programmes.

Family History Research Techniques.
Authored by: Michael Bunting FSG on 11:56PM GMT - Monday, 20 December 2004

I have just seen in the UK, BBC Radio Times that the programme, "Who Do You Think You Are" is being repeated from December 20th until December 31st in the mornings on BBC2 circa 10.50am. There is a gap on the public holiday days and a 10min time shift to 11.00am from December 27th.

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