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Various bits of information, covering lots of different topics and places which could help with your family history research.

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Guide to researching your military ancestor

    Forces War Records have put together a unique set of research hints and tips, please take a look via the link, it really is packed with all the information you'll need to help you make new and exciting discoveries about your family. And if you hit a brick wall - don't forget you can always ask out...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 05-01-2017 10:57 AM
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  2. Sticky Thread Sticky: Tips for Google Searching

    Many newbies to family history are also fairly new to computers, and don't really know how to get the best out of search engines like Google. Some of these tips might help, and hopefully others can add more: Learn to use Inverted Commas. For example, if you type in John Davies you will get...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 28-08-2007 5:40 PM
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  3. Sticky Thread Sticky: Counties, England, Wales and Scotland

    It is often confusing when searching for your ancestors to know the places they came from and the counties to search in. http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/Britain.html has a wonderful map that leads you to information on each of the counties. Click on them (their Chapman Codes) and enjoy exploring...

    Started by Mutley‎, 20-03-2012 1:37 AM
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  4. Sticky Thread Sticky: Who's Who in Methodism 1933 - Index of Lay Officers

    'Who's Who in Methodsism 1933' contains details of ministers and lay office holders who were active a year after the Weslyan, United, Primitive & Irish Methodist Churches united to form The Methodist Church in 1932. It was published by the Methodist Times & Leader (Methodist Publications Ltd). ...

    Started by mary elms‎, 30-09-2005 12:31 AM
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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: Personalising your Forum

    Did you know that .... if you have favourite forums.... you don't need to view the whole list of forums from the front page. You can have your own personalised list of favourite forums. Go to your favourite forum, and click on the tools menu above it. Then on the drop down list, select to...

    Started by Sue Mackay‎, 15-10-2008 7:58 PM
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  1. Who Do You Think You Are? Live event to cease

    Sad news. We are sorry to learn from Immediate Media that the long standing show Who Do You Think You Are? Live at the NEC Birmingham will no longer take place. NOTE: This has nothing to do with the Who Do You Think You Are? television programs that appear to be very successful in a number of...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 04-05-2017 1:59 PM
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  2. 5 days of FREE tutorials..starts Sunday 19th

    Forces War Records will be giving you five FREE tutorials because we know it can be a daunting task to get started with genealogy research, or even to understand what's on a record. SEE: http://bit.ly/2kiQif7 That's why we're giving you 5 essential guides from Sunday 19th Feb onwards, each one...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 15-02-2017 11:13 AM
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  3. PCC Wills Index On Ancestry

    I just realised that Ancestry doesn't have all the wills up on the site. I was searching through Worcestershire wills trying to shake loose a brick or two in my walls, when I just couldn't find a few in the latter half of 1629. So, I decided to search through the relevant records looking for...

    Started by t@nya‎, 29-12-2016 1:22 AM
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  4. Quarter Session Records & Petitions

    Whilst searching for criminal records I have realised that these records hold a wealth of information that is useful for general family history. For instance they can hold the coroner's accounting records for the various inquests that he has held, and that might list the name of the deceased,...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 06-11-2016 10:48 AM
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  5. School Records

    Whilst writing up my grandfather's story I noticed that whoever had kept the "National School Admission Registers & Log-books" for Pembrokeshire had noted against some of the boys what had happened to them in the Great War - such as killed at Gallipoli, or prisoner of war since the battle of Gaza;...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 03-12-2016 10:51 AM
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  6. Pre-Christmas gift from Forces War Records

    Your pre-Christmas gift from Forces War Records - Original 1914 Princess Mary’s box with gift cards inside. The Princess Mary Christmas gift box was given to all members of the armed forces on Christmas day 1914. These small boxes, made from silver for Officers and brass for all others,...

    Started by WhiteFWR‎, 01-12-2016 10:43 AM
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  7. Find that Memorial Inscription

    I have started a personal website in order to collect details about UK churchyard Memorial Inscription surveys. (I think this could take some time! If it has been done already please stop me now!) Although I am listing online examples I am particularly interested in surveys which have not been...

    Started by Clarinetguy‎, 22-10-2016 9:44 PM
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  8. Gibraltar censuses online

    For anyone researching relatives in Gibraltar between 1704 and 1914, I've just discovered that the Gibraltar National Archives has the Gibraltar censuses for the following years online, searchable by surname: 1704, 1756, 1777, 1791, 1777, 1791, 1814, 1816, 1817, 1834, 1868, 1871, 1878, 1881, 1891,...

    Started by vffel2‎, 23-10-2016 6:47 PM
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  9. Thumbs up Using Data to Get a Different Perspective

    Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings posted something called the Great Grand Challenge in April. The idea was to collect data on your 16 great great grandparents to see what the data told you. This would include longevity, etc. I just now got around to trying it and found it a lot of fun. You can read...

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 01-08-2016 8:46 PM
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  10. Have an Unusual Surname?

    This post to my blog is based on a podcast by Lisa Louise Cooke on the Family Tree magazine podcast. I tried a few experiments of my own and got some interesting results. Maybe this would work for you too. Read here:leaftwigandstem. blogspot.com/2016/04/common-and-uncommon-surnames.html

    Started by fitzgerc‎, 09-04-2016 3:03 PM
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  11. 1939 Register

    Monday 2nd November 2015, the 1939 Register will be made available online for the very first time,on Findmypast

    Started by Pamelawagster‎, 27-10-2015 5:03 PM
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  12. Adobe Spark

    Hello All, I am sure that most of us have information that does not fit neatly into our family trees. Vital information, that might have changed the course of our family history, but does not fall into a birth, baptism, marriage, children, death, burial slot. I subscribe to a newsfeed from a...

    Started by Kiltpin‎, 25-05-2016 10:01 AM
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  13. Technical - Win10 related

    I have a new Win10 computer & now the font in the 'Subject' preview pop-up is very small. How do I enlarge this? The page size & font are as they were on my old Vista computer. It's just the preview font that has changed. Thanks for your help. Alan

    Started by Alan Gee‎, 21-05-2016 12:40 AM
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  14. Free Credits on ScotlandsPeople

    Scotland Now is giving us a promotional code for 20 free credits to be redeemed by by April 30, 2016. They are then valid for one year after you redeem the voucher. On the link it gives the promotional code all lower case but it didn't work for me until I started the word with a capital letter. ...

    Started by christanel‎, 03-04-2016 6:17 AM
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  15. Free online course

    I don't know where this belongs, but I am sure a mod will soon move it if necessary. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/genealogy Regards Kiltpin

    Started by Kiltpin‎, 01-03-2016 8:21 PM
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  16. Criminal Petitions - transportation

    I found a blog on the National Archives site, which I think is fascinating, as I had not realised that there were written records of people applying to join their transported family member. Can't wait until they are catalogued! ...

    Started by Megan Roberts‎, 17-02-2016 12:15 PM
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  17. Items on Ebay

    I tend to by postcards, photos and books and try to trace the recipient or sender's descendants so that I can try to reunite them with someone who would love to have, free of charge. I have just started looking on ebay, and came across a lovely photo album from Nellie & Harold MONINGTON to their...

    Started by Wilkes_ml‎, 06-09-2015 12:58 AM
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  18. FreeBMD and Post-ems

    This sounds a slightly silly tip, but every so often (say once a year) if your relative was born, married or died between 1 July 1837 and 31 Dec 1983 check their BMD registrations on FreeMD. i.e. check each registration. Someone may just have posted a 'post-em' against the entry which could give...

    Started by Pam Downes‎, 06-12-2015 5:15 AM
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  19. Stumped - 1939 register.

    I am endeavouring to find my sister on the 1939 register. FMP have given me a stock reply to my enquiry which hasn't been useful to me. Her name is Eileen Margaret Ward, born 1923 but died in 1968. She was 16 in 1939 and in a children's home, or maybe have just left. I have searched all...

    Started by WK1937‎, 12-11-2015 10:58 AM
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  20. 1939 Register - what are the chances?

    With high hopes I logged on but they were soon dashed. I found my father without too much difficulty but I cannot find: My mother; or My wife's parents; or My uncle All of whom died before 2000

    Started by David Tuson‎, 10-11-2015 4:53 AM
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