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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. Historical Directories of England & Wales

    This collection of digitised trade directories covers England and Wales from the 1760s to the 1910s. The URL is: http://http://specialcollections.le.ac.uk/digital/collection/p16445coll4 It is part of the online special collections hosted by the University of Leicester. I've found it...

    Started by History_Hunter‎, 24-12-2018 9:39 PM
    directories, directory
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  2. City Of London cemetery registers 1856-1955

    Once again, thanks are due to Peter Calver of Lost Cousins. https://www.lostcousins.com/newsletters2/midsep18news.htm#CityofLondon The registers for the City of London cemetery are now online and are currently free to view. https://col-burialregisters.uk/ Not indexed, but considering how...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 02-10-2018 4:20 AM
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  3. Denbigh assizes records

    Hi all, my first post. I am after any information that could help me access assizes records. I have a convict ancestor who was transported to Tasmania. He was sentenced on 27th July 1833. Any ideas on where I start?

    Started by joytuc52‎, 26-04-2018 12:15 PM
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  4. Evidentree - where family historians meet

    Apologies if this has already been mentioned, but a new website called Evidentree is beginning to take shape as a place where family historians can find out each others surname and place interests by uploading their GEDCOM files. You can also set up your own groups if there is a particular area of...

    Started by swendeperle82‎, 14-08-2018 1:17 PM
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  5. Public trees on Ancestry

    Apologies if this isn't in the right forum. I use Find My Past for my research and find it good and I have built quite a large tree of my great granddads brothers and sisters families. However I have found on Ancestry (from my limited access on a free weekend with no subscription) a couple of...

    Started by anniebea‎, 31-12-2016 9:02 AM
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  6. Permanently free records on Findmypast

    Thanks to a prompt from Peter Calver in one of his Lost Cousins newsletters, in addition to the Irish Roman Catholic PRs I was going to advise you of, there's some other records that are free. https://www. findmypast.co.uk/free-ancestry-records Ireland Roman Catholic Parish Records 1881...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 23-06-2018 5:57 PM
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  7. Free access to Fold 3

    I've just had an email from Ancestry offering free access to Fold 3 between now and Saturday. Fold 3 is their sister site which has the actual National Archives military documents that Ancestry has access to. It's one of my bug bears that when you seemingly find a military record on...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 24-05-2018 4:00 PM
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  8. Dusty Docs

    I am not quite certain how to describe this web site, other to recommend that it is well worth an explore. I think its a little bit like a catalogue of other web sites, or a directory, and although the apparent heading is English Parish Registers that's very misleading. http://dustydocs.com/

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 06-12-2017 3:51 PM
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  9. Ireland Reaching OUt

    I don't remember quite how I stumbled on this site. You have to sign up and you need to know the parish your Irish relative came from. Just by chance I did. Within months I connected with a cousin and expanded my Irish tree by leaps and bounds. I have photos and names and things I never thought I'd...

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 14-08-2017 7:01 PM
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  10. GENUKI - Gazetteer

    I was looking for some options for a location that I was struggling to decipher from a old document and was checking what parishes etc., GENUKI had to offer and stumbled across their gazetteer complete with mapping tool and have been very impressed with it, so I thought I would share it with you in...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 12-06-2017 5:16 PM
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    Who Do You Think You Are? Live, is the world’s largest family history show will be returning to the NEC in Birmingham next weekend from Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 April. There is only one week left to book your tickets and we have a fantastic BETTER THAN HALF PRICE offer for you to SAVE £26 on tickets...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 30-03-2017 3:33 PM
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  12. National Archives Free Webinars

    I just thought I would post about the great free Webinars coming up on the National Archives Site - Census records on Apr 3rd, Searching the Discovery Catalogue Apr 4th, Criminal Ancestors on Apr 5th, Emigration Apr 6th and First World War Army Ancestors on Apr 7th. They are from 1 o clock to 2...

    Started by MrsPoppy‎, 22-03-2017 10:04 PM
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  13. Do YOU need help with your Irish Ancestry ???

    THE National Archives of Ireland has launched a new website dedicated to helping people with Irish ancestry discover their family history. The online genealogy toolkit is aimed primarily at students but will also be useful to members of the general public interested in learning how to explore...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 08-02-2017 9:15 AM
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  14. Alien Registration Cards

    Did your family come to London between 1918 and 1957? Find out in the National Archives online records http://socsi.in/vqy0h PS this includes British born spouses of aliens

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 28-12-2016 8:16 PM
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  15. Parish Registers online

    I have made great use of the Lincolnshire Parish Record images on the Lincs to the Past. I wondered if there are any other websites for other counties which have similar excellent resources. I am particularly interested in Swavesey (Cambs)and Wistow (Hunts/Cambs).

    Started by Clarinetguy‎, 23-12-2016 4:56 PM
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  16. Tracing your Irish roots.. free webinar


    Started by dedken‎, 23-11-2016 1:25 PM
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  17. Smile Best site for online searchable records

    Hi All Can anyone recommend the best online site for searching records, especially parish records? I currently use ancestry.com and am also using the Essex Records office online. Counties I may have to search include Suffolk, Cambs, Sussex, Wiltshire, Somerset and Kent. Cheers Fraserb

    Started by fraserb‎, 14-10-2016 11:06 PM
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  18. 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 8:29 AM
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  19. 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 11:34 AM
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  20. 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 1:47 PM
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