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

  1. 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 11:09 PM
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  2. 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 8:08 PM
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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 10:48 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 11:33 AM
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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 9:21 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 2:14 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 9:35 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 2:37 PM
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  1. 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 11:59 AM
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  2. 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 10:32 PM
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  3. 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 HERE.

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 20-05-2015 12:21 AM
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  4. 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 4:07 PM
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  5. 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 1:11 PM
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  6. 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 11:30 AM
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  7. 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 12:49 PM
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  8. 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 8:18 PM
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  9. 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 4:32 PM
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  10. Burial Records

    Deceased on line is a pay to view, but free to search site for burials and cremations. deceasedonline.com

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 07-11-2014 11:14 PM
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  11. Which online site is best?

    I have been using Ancestry for a while now but some of the responses that I've had from fellow forum members make me think that I might find more if I use another site. At the moment, I've hit a bit of a brick wall which even BG members haven't been able to crack so I'm thinking of changing...

    Started by Grandy‎, 09-11-2014 4:08 PM
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  12. WW1 Medal Rolls

    Ancestry have added WW1 Service Medal and Award Rolls (National Archives; WO329) This will be a valuable source for people with access to Ancestry for medal roll information. In many cases this series is the only source to possibly identify a man's battalion and hence to obtain the appropriate...

    Started by Peter Goodey‎, 06-11-2014 9:50 AM
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  13. Geograph, for photographs of ancestral places

    Geograph aims to collect and display representative photographs for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland. And that makes it a wonderful place to try to find photographs of places that were once important in the lives of your forebears, e.g. the churches where they were baptised, the...

    Started by thewideeyedowl‎, 15-10-2014 4:51 PM
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  14. Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland

    Peter Calver of Lost Cousins in his latest newsletter has identified that John Burke, who is best known for Burke's Peerage, also produced between 1834-38 a 4-volume work entitled A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland Enjoying Territorial Possessions or...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 17-10-2014 12:10 PM
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  15. Online maps

    The National Library of Scotland now has old lots of maps online. Not just for Scotland, but also England, Wales, and Ireland. As well as Ordnance Survey maps there are also early maps (1580!) for Scotland, as well as Scottish town plans. maps.nls.uk/index.html It also has some maps for...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 01-09-2014 1:11 AM
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  16. Talking Useful free information

    One site I swear by and use prior to any research is www.genuki.co.uk for any info in the British Isles. It is a treasure trove.

    Started by trixibel‎, 25-08-2014 8:15 PM
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  17. Lost Cousins

    Has anyone used Lost Cousins? It's a website with a different approach to genealogy - it finds links between people who share the same relatives in a named census, e.g. UK 1881. They are your 'lost cousins'. You have to enter the data exactly as it has been transcribed (even if you know that there...

    Started by thewideeyedowl‎, 04-12-2013 11:47 PM
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  18. UK Government legislation 1267 to present day

    I've found the perfect thing for (a) if you ever have a night when you can't sleep and (b) any nerdy people that might be hanging around BG. :smile5: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ Although it says 'title' in the search box you can enter just a single word such as marriage or...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 26-06-2014 5:19 AM
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  19. Where has it gone

    Hi all I haven't been doing much Family search for a few years as I've been doing something else. Just come back to do some research and can't find Hugh Wallis IGI web site and I'm sure (I'm not having another Blonde moment) I was on it a couple of weeks ago But now I Just can't connect to...

    Started by Sandyhall‎, 23-06-2014 12:31 PM
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  20. Old Maps

    I have just come across this site, which although it has some broken links, is one of the best single places I have found for old maps - all free! http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~genmaps/index.html

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 12-06-2014 4:15 PM
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