March 7, 2015
From noon (London time) on Friday 6th March until the same time on Monday 9th March you can access ALL of the historical records and newspaper articles at Findmypast.co.uk – whether they’re British, Irish, American, Canadian, or Australasian! A great opportunity to search for information from specific sources. Access is free but you will have to register, no credit card needed.
LostCousins.com is also freely available from March 6 to midnight March 10. A good opportunity to see what this site can offer.
December 13, 2014
The new free UK Government website at:
allows year by year searching of the Index of Wills and Probate Records. Each record has the Probate date and location and the Death Date. A separate index for Soldier’s Wills has the Regimental Number and Death Date. In either search an entry with surname only brings up all records with that name for the chosen year.
December 11, 2014
Barry Ewell has an excellent series of Tutorials on using the US Census returns 1790 – 1940. Whether you are a Newbie or a more experienced researcher he has something for everyone.
Sampling the 17900 Tutorial I was intrigued at the USA map showing the location and population size of the main cities. Comparing it with the map for the 1870 Census really brought home the westward expansion.
Access these Tutorials at:
December 5, 2014
A release of the Index of Records held by the Ministry of Defence (UK) contains eight large spreadsheets listing the Name, Service Number and Birth date for each service man born before 1901. They appear to be in order of birth date, so that finding B__GOOD entries involves resorting on the name field before scrolling down.
The eight spreadsheets start with: Attachment 1: service personnel indexed data for those with a date of birth date prior to 1901 and follow with Attachment 2 – 8 at:
November 17, 2014
Until midnight (local time) on Wednesday 19th November you can buy a 1 month Local subscription for just £1, $1, or 1€ – that’s a saving of about 90% on the usual price! You don’t need a discount code – just click the appropriate link below to jump to the relevant offer page:
US & Canada
Australia & New Zealand
Each local subscription covers all the records on FindMyPast for that area.
This news by courtesy of LostCousins who have a very informative news letter.
November 4, 2014
For an example of the excellent articles that Barry Ewell has on his website view:
The whole site is well worth exploring: he has something for everyone interested in Genealogy.
October 31, 2014
Read Lorna Henderson’s excellent review of how to select a company that can carry out DNA testing and provide meaningful results.
A must read in the DNA Testing Page.
October 1, 2014
This new free site may be useful to anyone searching for recent B__GOOD data in the USA. Despite the claim on the home page a quick search did not come up with many results before the 1940 Census. Searching was quick and could be restricted to a single state. To check it out go to: