Archives for January 2009

British Telecom Archive Catalogue now online

BTThe BT Archive has now put their catalogue online. You can search through the catalogued entries for documents, books, objects, images and films on subjects spanning the development of telecommunications, from the birth of the electric telegraph in the 1830s to the explosion of the internet and the rise of competition. The catalogue will be updated regularly with descriptions of additional material.




Irish Civil Registration Indexes 1864 – 1958 now online


Irish Civil Registration Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes1864 – 1958 are now available online at the pilot Family Search web site. Note that the Irish Republic indexes are only from 1922 and non-Catholic marriages are from 1845 – 1864.

It pays to read the description, coverage and content notes before you jump in and start searching. Clicking on the more >> link on the bottom left of the search box will expand the options for searching.;p=2;t=search

Visit the main Pilot Family Search web site for more interesting online documents


Price of DNA testing reduced

It’s not something that I think would help me in my research, but perhaps I don’t know enough about it. Anyway has reduced the price of it’s DNA testing to $79US. Their press release states….

Provo, Utah, January 27, 2009 —, the world’s largest online resource for family history, has reduced the prices of its genetic genealogy DNA tests, allowing consumers more affordable access to the family history information provided by these tests.
Effectively immediately, the 33-marker paternal lineage test is now only $79 (down from $149). The paternal lineage test analyzes DNA in the Y chromosome, which is passed virtually unchanged from father to son. Advanced paternal lineage tests, maternal lineage tests (which looks at mitochondrial DNA passed from a mother to her children), and combination paternal and maternal lineage testing options are also part of the product suite.

So if you think it would help, then it’s just got cheaper !!!

Historic Hampshire Maps

old hampshire mapsThe University of Portsmouth has made some old Hampshire maps available online. Also are extracts from William Cobbetts Rural Rides, Daniel Defoes guidebook of 1726 plus other authors. A useful web site for those of us with Hampshire families.



More online books for Genealogists !

Internet Archive Books OnlineHere is another web site that makes online books available free of charge. Many will of be of interest to genealogists.