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24 September 2014
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The BBC wants to inspire and help people to find out more about their family's past and to think about how they are personally connected to the great themes of Britain's history.

BBC Learning is providing easy to use resources and lots of events to inspire and help people begin their quest.

There is a new simple BBC guide to researching family history, providing starting points for everyone.

It will be distributed free via the Who Do You Think You Are? helpline and is available in libraries and at all events linked to Who Do You Think You Are?

BBC Learning is also giving away a booklet, Family History, The Basics and Beyond, produced with The National Archives, which will only be available at family history events.

On 4 and 5 December, the BBC is holding the first ever national family history weekend, hosted and broadcast live by all BBC Local Radio stations in England and in the Nations.

The BBC is also working in partnership with The National Archives and Archive Awareness Campaign (AAC) to welcome new people into archives.

This autumn there are over 300 family history events held in archives all over the UK.

The Archive Awareness Campaign aims to raise awareness of the 2,000 archives throughout the UK and encourage people to use them.

The public will be able to discover how archives can be used for family history and learn exciting new skills like how to take care of family photographs and read old handwriting.

To find an event near you or to find out more about Archive Awareness Campaign visit

AAC is led by the National Council on Archives, The National Archives and the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

The National Archives - - in Kew, London, has one of the largest archival collections in the world, spanning 1,000 years of British history.

It offers the public free access to vast collections of family history sources including military service records, ships' passenger lists, slave registers and tax records.

The Family Records Centre, in Islington, holds census information from 1841, wills and birth, death and marriage certificates.

The research rooms at The National Archives and at the Family Records Centre are open to the public Monday to Saturday.

Events listings can be found via and from the helpline.

There is a dedicated Who Do You Think You Are? telephone helpline: 08700 100 150.

Lines are open from 7.30am until midnight every day until 17 December with calls charged at the national rate.

Callers can request free leaflets, get detailed information on BBC Local Radio events and local archive events and find out about the BBC People's War project - an online archive of World War Two stories.


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