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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. Hansard 1803-2005

    Access to Hansard 1803-2005 is available at http://hansard.millbanksystems.com However, the search facility appears to have "disappeared". Any attempt to search produces a nil/zero response. Wondering if anyone else has used this site recently - with success?

    Started by helachau‎, 21-09-2016 9:29 AM
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  2. Free 6 week online genealogy course

    I have just been e-mailed by a friend about a six week free genealogy course online, 4 hours per week, for anyone and you can drop out if it does not suit. - join now for a 14 March start date. It looks like it is run by the University of Strathclyde Glasgow. I am not sure if I am allowed to...

    Started by MrsPoppy‎, 21-12-2015 12:34 PM
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  3. Illinois Digital Newspapers Collection

    This free newspaper site from the University of Illinois might be useful to anyone researching relatives who migrated to Chicago, or elsewhere in Illinois. (So far none of mine appear, unfortunately). It's similar to the Australian digital newspaper site at Trove.

    Started by essbee‎, 26-03-2016 2:47 PM
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  4. Newspapers

    Do not underestimate the possibilities of the family notices in newspapers, especially before BMDs and the census... For example, the following is from "Saunder's Newsletter" of 1804. Not the man I was looking for, but too good an entry to miss! "MARRIED. St. John's church. Wakefield, Mr....

    Started by Lesley Robertson‎, 29-02-2016 10:10 PM
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  5. regressive calendar??

    Is there a web site that can tell what day it was on a particular date say: april 5th 1896? Would just like to add a little depth to my notes. Cheers Jo

    Started by Jo from Australia‎, 22-09-2007 12:44 PM
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  6. Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

    Hi all, A bit off topic I know but I thought I would spread the word. Some years ago I was a member of a web-based group with the above title. The leader of the group died and so did the group but it has now been revitalised (if you will excuse the pun). The group consists of ...

    Started by IvorClucas‎, 15-01-2016 6:01 PM
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  7. FREE ACCESS

    FMP grant from 7am Friday 22nd until 7am on Monday 25st world records will be available for anyone to view, completely free of charge. :party: Happy hunting. Malcolm

    Started by macwil‎, 21-01-2016 9:17 AM
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  8. The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

    I've just had this site recommended to me, its a little goldmine! I do hope its ok to post this link & apologies if it's been posted before. www. forest-of-dean.net

    Started by olive_oyl‎, 11-08-2010 5:17 PM
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  9. 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 11:24 AM
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  10. 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 10:29 PM
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  11. 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 7:25 AM
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  12. 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 11:52 PM
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  13. 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 6:39 PM
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  14. 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 12:00 PM
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  15. 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 1:04 AM
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  16. 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: http://leaftwigandstem. blogspot.com/2015/07/a-new-resource-for-irish-genealogy.html

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 01-08-2015 3:46 PM
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  17. 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 3:26 PM
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  18. 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 7:05 PM
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  19. 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 4:14 AM
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  20. 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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