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Useful sources to help with genealogy. Please do not post any links to commercial sites.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: National Archives Podcasts

    This is rather hidden away on the National Archives website so I thought I'd bring it to the attention of anyone who hadn't found it. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/rss/podcasts.xml?homepage=fom-podcasts Some of the National Archives' series of talks, including several on family history...

    Started by Peter Goodey‎, 30-10-2007 9:08 PM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: The National Archives: Discovery search

    The National Archives (TNA) has updated its online search facility, which is called Discovery. The key point is that results can now include holdings in local record offices (but you can uncheck that, if you want TNA only). This can make searching more productive, because previously you had to get...

    Started by thewideeyedowl‎, 25-08-2014 12:09 AM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Maps, Gazetteers and Parish Locators

    This thread is designed to help you locate and find information on the places where your ancestors lived. Maps Modern maps can be found at http://maps.google.co.uk/maps, http://www.streetmap.co.uk/ or http://www.multimap.com/ The following free sites are also well worth a look: ...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 02-04-2009 11:48 AM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: London, Middlesex & Surrey pre 1837 coverage

    Two new Research Aids detailing the online coverage of baptisms and marriages in London and Middlesex parishes before 1837 can be downloaded free from the West Surrey Family History Society publications page. Scroll down to RA 49 & 50. Details of online coverage for Surrey and south London...

    Started by Kerrywood‎, 11-06-2009 12:33 PM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Historic Hospital Admission Records Project

    The Historic Hospital Admission Records Project (HHARP) has been expanded to cover "the early years of three hospitals for sick children: the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond Street, the Evelina Hospital and the Alexandra Hospital for Children with Hip Disease. In HHARP family historians...

    Started by Peter Goodey‎, 09-06-2010 10:21 AM
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  6. Sticky Thread Sticky: Using The National Archives web-site

    The National Archives web-site is a useful resource for locating records; but many seem to find it difficult to navigate. This thread is not comprehensive - it is just to give a few ideas. Research guides From the home page above, look at the horizontal bar near the top of the screen....

    Started by Geoffers‎, 15-02-2009 4:34 PM
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  7. Exclamation Sticky Thread Sticky: New free resource for Wiltshire -Swindon area

    Dear all, Greetings from the Local Studies and Family History collection, in Swindon Central Library. We have a pilot scheme using Flickr - a free online photo sharing website. We are using to create an online gallery of photographs, postcards, maps, directories, posters, notices, and...

    Started by SwindonLibrary‎, 08-08-2009 3:14 PM
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  8. Sticky Thread Sticky: Church Images

    If anyone is looking for a particular church in Herefordshire, then try this http://www.herefordshirechurches.co.uk It's my own site (set up after a suggestion by someone on B-G) and will be added to on a regular basis.

    Started by bitkin‎, 14-07-2009 10:35 PM
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  9. Sticky Thread Sticky: A variety of useful links

    This information was originally in a post by Brianb. It has been turned into a sticky due to the useful content. Hi: Newspapers, Books etc This site, read the journal about streets where ancestors lived in London. http://booth.lse.ac.uk/ Also, there are ecclesiastical parishes and civil...

    Started by Procat‎, 24-11-2008 10:54 AM
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  10. Sticky Thread Sticky: Ireland 1911 Census - Free online access!

    You might like to know that the National Archives in Ireland have started to publish the 1911 Census of Ireland data, complete with scanned copies of the original census returns! However, currently only Dublin data is available. Website is http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/ Administrator...

    Started by EricS‎, 29-01-2008 8:00 PM
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  11. Sticky Thread Sticky: Searchable Database - The Gloucestershire Regiment

    The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is a registered charity. Their web site http://www.glosters.org.uk/has a free searchable database of over 40,000 names of soldiers who fought in the 24 Battalions of the Regiment during the First World War. The archives of soldiers where applicable are also...

    Started by Stephen_J‎, 05-01-2008 7:26 PM
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  12. Sticky Thread Sticky: My list of 'essentials'

    http://www.genuki.org.uk/ Probably the best source of information for the UK and Ireland. If you want to go straight to the country/county, then click on 'United Kingdom and Ireland' in the top left corner. Be aware that this site can be very addictive and lead you to all sorts of places far...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 01-09-2007 3:37 PM
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  1. Missing Data? (Asplin and Cottrell sites)

    Since the apparent demise of Aol Hometown, does anyone know what has happened to Kevin Asplin's military resources site? Or for that matter Rob Cottrell's site for Thamesside/Medway parishes and watermen/lightermen (Trueflare)? All this data is very much missed. Kerrywood

    Started by Kerrywood‎, 12-11-2008 12:42 PM
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  2. World War One in Wales digital archive launch

    The article on BBC may be of interest to those with Welsh ancestry: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25126781 There is a link in the article that will take you to the new site. I just been experimenting with it and have found the announcement of my great uncle's death in the Dardanelles,...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 28-11-2013 10:08 PM
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  3. Ancestral Atlas

    Ancestral Atlas is an interactive genealogical mapping facility that has links to A Vision Of Britain Through Time (that fascinating University of Portsmouth site). It is free to use, though paid (superior?) membership is also available. Basically, it enables you to plot the lives and movements...

    Started by thewideeyedowl‎, 18-11-2013 5:45 PM
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  4. For research in New Zealand

    I came across the following national database listed in amagazine titled “New Zealand SuperPower” ----- http://thecommunityarchive.org.nz While browsing I discovered a second link to the Te Ara siteon which there are many biographies. So if you have ancestors in New Zealand itmay be worthwhile...

    Started by David Tuson‎, 12-11-2013 4:34 AM
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  5. Fly through 17th century London

    This is an interesting animation of what London around the time of the Great Fire could have looked like if there weren't any people. I liked it and thought I should share it http://www.openculture.com/2013/11/fly-through-17th-century-london.html I didn't see any advertising of stuff for...

    Started by Ladkyis‎, 04-11-2013 10:06 AM
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  6. New Index to Bishop's Transcripts

    Familysearch have now indexed the England, Norfolk Bishop's Transcripts, 1685-1941 so you now no longer have to search individual registers a page at a time. They are available at: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1823613 To view images attached to an entry simply click on their...

    Started by Mitch in Notts‎, 24-10-2013 8:59 PM
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  7. online search for demolished churches

    I'm having trouble locating St Matthews CofE church in Hanley, Staffordshire (1915) and I'm presuming the reason is because it no longer exists. Does anyone know of a website which says where these churches were, photographs, or any other information about it?

    Started by awalters46103‎, 21-10-2013 3:29 PM
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  8. Ancestry Old Search to vanish

    According to Peter Calvert at Lost Cousins Ancestry are planning to scrap the "Old Search", which many of us use all the time and far prefer. You can read about it in his latest news letter which also has a link to a survey about the "old search" from Ancestry. http://www....

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 01-07-2013 1:28 AM
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  9. The meaning of names

    I have found this website very handy when i have come across confusing sources of information http://www.behindthename.com As an example a person is named as Jehu He was found in one census as Jehu and in the next census is named as John. Now at first I thought 2 different people but in...

    Started by KRGardner‎, 23-08-2013 1:57 PM
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  10. Online newspapers free

    Not sure if has been mentioned but Google has a Newspaper Archive which covers many newspapers from many countries..of course for various years.. Listed alphabetically here by name of newspaper http://news.google.com/newspapers Nannas

    Started by Nannas‎, 24-07-2013 5:58 AM
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  11. Pettifer and Eayrs of Kettering

    I have 6 children born between 1761 and 1774. They are Thomas, Joseph, Mary, Charlotte, James and James. They were all christened at the Great Meeting Independent in Kettering and their parents are recorded as Joseph Pettifer and Sarah. I would assume by the childrens ages that they probably...

    Started by DaveLoy‎, 18-07-2013 1:41 PM
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  12. Generous Genealogists

    Just want to let you all know there is a new website that follows the idea of Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness that ceased to exist after the death of the founder http:// generousgenealogists.com/ Offers free research help to researchers and has already 200 international volunteers...

    Started by Annemarie-Healy‎, 21-09-2012 11:49 AM
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  13. Local Newspapers

    Local newspapers can really help paint a picture of our ancestors, and life in general, whether or not it directly relates to our ancestors, that no amount of censuses, or BMDs will do. In the wonderfully entitled “Potter’s Electric News” on 31 Jan 1866, the following article appeared about a...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 05-05-2013 3:46 PM
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  14. Cool Free Military Records this week

    To commemorate Anzac Day on Thursday 25 April, findmypast.com.au is offering FREE access to all military records from Monday 22 April to Friday 26 April Covers their military record holdings world wide. Note it is the Australia Site that is offering this.

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 22-04-2013 2:18 PM
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  15. Australian Online Help

    If you get stuck searching for lost ancestors who went to Australia, then may I suggest this forum. (copy the link to your address bar and take a look) They just may be able to help. australiansurnamesgroup.yuku.com/directory#.UV5faFdMfIB If you copy and paste the link below to your...

    Started by terrysfamily‎, 05-04-2013 7:40 AM
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  16. Find My Past Free Credits

    I've just bagged 90 free credits by following instructions on the moneysavingexpert website. There were 2 separate links, 1 for 50 credits and 1 for 40. You have till 31st December to get them.

    Started by loobylou‎, 28-12-2012 2:56 PM
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  17. Links to free UK websites & Parish Records et

    This I happened on by chance having 'saved' it to read later then forgot. Came upon again while visiting Shropshire areas. If previously posted, pardon. I've found it fun & helpful. Hope others can as well. I don't think there are any 'no-no' bits in it.(donations etc) http:// dustydocs.com/

    Started by Waitabit‎, 02-03-2013 3:03 AM
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  18. Legacies of British Slave Ownership

    A new database has gone live, part of the Legacies of British Slave Ownership projects based at University College, London. http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/

    Started by Peter Goodey‎, 27-02-2013 10:35 AM
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  19. Who gets my money?

    I'm looking at FindMyPast, Ancestry, Genes Reunited etc to get more branches and twigs on my tree, but which one should I go with? I think it is a choice between FMP and Ancestry but which is best? Cost wise there isn't much between them, but FMP pay as you go seems better value than Ancestry's...

    Started by oxtaff‎, 01-02-2013 11:18 AM
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  20. Boyd's Marriage Index

    According to a press release on the Society of Genealogists web site, SoG data that was previously available on the Origins web site is moving to Findmypast. The first batch includes - Boyd's Marriage Index containing over 7 million names from 1538 to 1840 Boyd's London Burials 1538-1872...

    Started by Peter Goodey‎, 07-01-2011 3:47 PM
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