Since 2011, KBSonline has facilitated a series of computer classes for those a little frightened or bewildered by modern technology. Many have felt separated from their younger friends and relations and complained of being ‘out of the loop’. The first two years’ sessions were hosted in John Blandy School because of their profusion of laptops. Getting the assembled company out of the little people’s chairs after 2 hours was a challenge and, as members acquired their own laptops and tablets, we changed the format and the venue. We now meet in the Village Hall soon after Christmas each year. For the past two years instead of ‘teaching’ computer skills we have established clinic format where anyone can come with their individual problems and get advice. These problems have ranged from safe banking and selling on the Internet to disaster recovery following the loss of passwords. We’ve not been stumped yet!
Look out for announcements about the 2017 series.
Links for the Computer Group.
Use these links to help keep up your interest and recall things you have been taught in the Computer Group.
Wish to know what to do next or problems with your computer ?
Click on the link Martha's Web and view what my friend Martha says: 'I am still learning and I am proof that you never get too old to learn. I hope that you will find the answers you are looking for on my site, I made it for all of my friends that are computer newbies (and confused) and I hope you will use the information provided here to keep your computer running smooth as new, to become better informed about scams and be safe while surfing'!
The links shown below are some that we use most frequently, and some that I recommend that you try if you are new to Family History. The Federation of Family History Societies [FFHS] has details on how to begin your Family History. There are a loads of questions and answers on this Federation website.
Also on the same site you will find "Tips for using a Record Office".
The web is now so full of genealogy sites, that it can often be a daunting experience to determine what to do next to discover the past lives of our ancestors. I have arranged these links below in an order which I hope will help you if you are researching your family history or if you are simply browsing these pages and wish to journey via photography to Wales, Derbyshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire.
Subscription and Free services
- National Statistics Birth Marriage Death Official information on births, marriages and deaths.
- Ancestry.co.uk - all England and Wales Census - one of the best things to happen in family history research.
- Family Search (IGI) and much more. This an LDS Site which is free. Not everything is covered but what is often has a link to FindmyPast.
- FindmyPast - Bring your past to life by tracing your ancestors and building your family tree.
- Free Census Free UK Census
- Free BMD - Free search of the General Register Office Indexes - not yet fully complete. Need volunteers.
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- The War Graves Photographic Project
- War Graves Photos in conjunction with CWGC
The War Graves Photographic Project, are a group of dedicated volunteers who have undertaken the immense task of recording, archiving and making available to the descendants, images of the graves or memorial listings of every service casualty since the outbreak of the First World War.
So far they have been able to photograph and record over 1.6 million named graves and memorials. To learn more about the project, search the online database or request a photograph please visit www.twgpp.org .
- The Parish Chest ~ online Family History Fair An Aladdin's Cave bursting with parish registers, family trees, census records, directories, etc.
- What day was it on ...? To find out what the day of the week was or will be on a given date.
- Leftover 1901 census - a Rootsweb Chat room regarding leftover census.
- ONS Names Database of a million surnames
Archives, Museums and Libraries
- World War 1 Photos Thousands of identified photos of First World War officers, soldiers, sailors, nurses, airmen and civilian workers available
- Brett Payne's Derbyshire photos + dating photographs
- Roger Vaughan's' site - help to date your photos
- John Ball's Welsh Archive Listen and learn Welsh place names and see superb photographs.
- Welsh Folk Museum - a wonderful museum, more than a day's visit.
- Llanciach Fawr Museum - Llancaiach Fawr Manor stands proudly, as it has done since c1550, overlooking the Glamorgan Uplands. Step inside the Manor House restored and furnished as it would have been in 1645. All the furnishings in the rooms are accurate reproductions of items from the time of the Prichards. Well worth a visit. Good resturant.
- Geograph ~ Search for any photo of the British Isles - and see if it is covered. Some spectacular images.
- Darkness & Light - Oxford, Cambridge
- Views of Oxford
- Headington History - some great photos of Oxford.
- Faringdon online - take the tour!
- Village Site ~ Kingston Bagpuize - A Village Snapshot. A sister site to Muir Family Genealogy.
- Village Community Site ~ Kingston Bagpuize Online.
- Alan Jefferies website ~ history of Jeffries ancestors who lived in Kingston Bagpuize, much newspaper information on this site re this village.
Design a website
- Genealogy web design - Pat's truly helpful website for building genealogy and other webpages.
- Rootsweb Freepages unlimited webspace for free. You will be automatically subscribed to Freehelp Mailing List.The list purpose is for Family and Local history and no adverts.
- Rootsweb World Connect - submit your family tree to World connect. More than 460 million names on file.
- Questions? You know where I am, Jill