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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: FREE Military Genealogy tutorials

    ‘FREE Military Genealogy tutorials from Forces War Records’ Start your search today! http://bit.ly/2kiQif7 Okay, so you’ve just started researching your ancestor’s military history and there’s so much information out there that it can be hard to know where to start and to find exactly what...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 25-08-2017 12:17 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, 24-08-2014 10:09 PM
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  3. 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 7:08 PM
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  4. 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 9:48 AM
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  5. 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 10:33 AM
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  6. 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 8:21 AM
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  7. 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 3:34 PM
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  8. 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 1:14 PM
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  9. 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 8:35 PM
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  10. 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 9:54 AM
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  11. 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 7:00 PM
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  12. 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 6:26 PM
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  13. 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 1:37 PM
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  1. Freemasonry Records

    Having been alerted to it by an article in this morning's Telegraph, Ancestry now have original records of Freemasonry. The blurb says: I can confirm the last line, as I have found a record relating to a twig on my tree in Capetown!

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 23-11-2015 10:24 AM
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  2. Best Geneology Website

    For the past 7 years I have been a member of Ancestry for my family history research and have let my membership lapse. I have read reports from previous members complaining about the huge membership rise for renewing members. Can anyone recommend any good geneology websites please? I am sure in...

    Started by robsnicta‎, 19-11-2015 9:29 PM
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  3. Scotland National Probate Index 1876-1936

    I've just noticed the Scotland National Probate Index (calendar of confirmation and inventories) 1876-1936 have recently been added to Ancestry.co.uk. I'm not sure if they were already on Scotland's people. The first person I looked up died in 1866 intestate but confirmation wasn't granted to...

    Started by Wilkes_ml‎, 06-11-2015 6:25 AM
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  4. New Ancestry Site

    I sure that most people will know that Ancestry have been rejigging their site and how we see things, and many may have tried it out. Until today I had tried it, did not like and so reverted to the old view. Then today I found a new potential record for one of my tree twigs, so went and had a...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 31-10-2015 10:52 PM
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  5. Free online Ordnance Survey maps

    I couldn't see this mentioned in another thread, or in the locked thread " Maps, Gazetteers and Parish Locators".... whilst looking for my new edition of WDYTYA magazine there is a mention of free online ordnance survey maps at The National Library of Scotland website bit.ly/1Rsdgqs with...

    Started by Wilkes_ml‎, 25-10-2015 5:39 PM
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  6. Electoral Registers

    At long last and without much publicity the collection "England & Wales, Electoral Registers 1832-1932" has gone live on Findmypast. The search experience is pretty awful. I'm not clear how far FMP have got with the job although we do know that the British Library collection itself is not...

    Started by Peter Goodey‎, 07-10-2015 11:00 AM
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  7. 1800s Tailors info

    Those with tailor ancestors in the early to mid 1800s might find this interesting: http://www.archive.org/stream/selectdocumentsi00galtiala It describes the problems and economy of the journeymen tailors and the way they were treated by their employers in London. My research tells me that the...

    Started by Spangle‎, 09-04-2009 12:04 AM
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  8. Smile Irish National Library

    If you have Irish ancestors, there have been some new additions to the online resources at the Irish National Library. Read about this and my fabulous find in my new blog post: leaftwigandstem. blogspot.com/2015/07/a-new-resource-for-irish-genealogy.html

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 01-08-2015 2:46 PM
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  9. New Online Records

    Ancestry have announced that almost 300 years of Irish parish registers have been put online today. http://registers.nli.ie

    Started by Pamelawagster‎, 08-07-2015 2:26 PM
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  10. Welsh Newspapers Online

    Most of these newspapers were published in English, only a minority were in Welsh; and they did not cover only Welsh news, but all Britain and beyond. Many papers had the useful habit of reprinting articles from English newspapers - sometimes acknowledged, sometimes not; sometimes abbreviated,...

    Started by Allan F Sparrow‎, 10-02-2015 6:05 PM
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  11. Genealogy search engine

    This is a site I came across today and not heard of before. Haven't checked it's usefulness out yet but thought I'd better post before I lose it! http://www.genealogyintime.com/tools/genealogy-search-engine.html Well, just found a marriage for a female with my exact maiden name (unusual name)...

    Started by christanel‎, 26-06-2015 3:14 AM
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  12. Criminals

    FMP have expanded their crime and punishment record collection, and issued the press release below, which recounts some odd cases including the one about a chap damaging 100 turnips ... or the chap who got 7 months for damaging his neighbours trees - gives a new dimension to neighbourly disputes ...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 29-06-2015 10:59 AM
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  13. Mortuary Records

    FMP have just added to their records "Surrey, Southwark, St George the Martyr Mortuary Register 1880-1891". Each record includes a transcript of the information found in the original mortuary register. The detail in each transcript can vary but most will include: •Name •Age – this field is...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 22-05-2015 9:32 PM
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  14. British Pathe

    Some of you may be familiar with the old British Pathe newsreels, but it was new to me and the whole archive is now on YouTube. I blogged about it leaftwigandstem. blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/a-new-resource-on-youtube-british-pathe.html

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 19-05-2015 11:21 PM
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  15. The National Archives: new 'Research Guides'

    The National Archives (TNA) have launched a new version of their Research Guides, which they have renamed 'Help with your research'; this is still in 'beta', i.e. might need a bit of tweaking by the techies, but these pages are fully usable and, in my view, a great improvement. Everything is...

    Started by thewideeyedowl‎, 17-04-2015 3:07 PM
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  16. National Archives - Discovery Search

    I have just sat in on a "webinar" from the NA explaining how to get the most out of the Discovery search. It was illuminating, although at time a little frustrating as there was the odd technical issue. A few of the points that I picked up were: The results page will included other...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 07-04-2015 12:11 PM
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  17. Updated / New Death Indexes

    Another researcher let me know that Ancestry have extended the GRO death index to 2013. So I went to have a look. It took me a while to find it, but they appear to have launched a separate death index 2007-2013, and this shows the exact date of death, and if it’s been given by informants, the...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 26-01-2015 10:30 AM
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  18. Ancestry Free 14 days access all areas

    Just been on Ancestry and thought that this might be of interest to listers.

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 19-01-2015 11:49 AM
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  19. British Library e-Resources

    If you have a British Library Readers' Pass you can access some very useful resources on-line at https://eresources.remote.bl.uk:2443/login by entering your user name and password. This includes a searchable World Newspaper Archive which so far has original images of newspapers from...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 12-01-2015 7:18 PM
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  20. Blog: "Who owns what in the genealogy world?"

    Gould Genealogy and History News, which is based in Australia - as all you Down Under will know! - is a very useful site for everyone. I have just come across the latest blog there, entitled: "Who owns what in the genealogy world?" Quite an eye-opener! To find it, just convert this into an...

    Started by thewideeyedowl‎, 06-01-2015 3:32 PM
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