What I subscribe to…..

Following on from my previous posting about the How To sites I thought I would just outline which sites I use.

I subscribe to Ancestry www.ancestry.co.uk if you click on the link and then decide to susbcribe I get a small payment that helps with the expenses of this site. However even if I didn’t get a commission I would still be recommending Ancestry.

I also use free BMD for the Civil registration indexes. I know they have them on Ancestry, but I find the Free BMD site easier to use. http://www.freebmd.org.uk/

The Familysearch site belonging to the LDS Church is essential to my research. I use it mainly for access to the IGI and then I always check the originals if I can. http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp Exciting things are happening with the records in the Granite Mountain in Utah, they are digitising them and putting them online and the first fruits of this project can be found here. http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#start

I have used various computer programmes to store my data; Family Tree Maker (got fed up with all the updates), Master Genealogist (I’m told it is a great programme …. once you have learnt how to use it…………decided I rather spend my time on research!) and a few other odd ball ones. I then went back to one I had tried early one and that is PAF, it’s free to download, does what I want it to and I don’t need to spend forever reading a manual!! The link to it is one the main Family Search page at the lower right hand side. http://www.familysearch.org/eng/default.asp

I subscribe to the magazine Ancestors. I find it very readable, has a good mix of articles and keeps me up with all that is going on in the Genealogy scene. http://www.ancestorsmagazine.co.uk/

I belong to the Society of Genealogists in London. What bliss to spend time in the library there on my rare visits to London. They are slowly putting some of their holdings online which will be great once they start on anything that is on the Berkshire shelves!! http://www.sog.org.uk/index.shtml

I can recommend the Oxfordshire Family History Society transcript CD’s and also the Berkshire Family History Society ones as well. http://www.ofhs.org.uk/ and http://www.berksfhs.org.uk/

The National Archives site is wonderful for it’s catalogue, tutorials, documents online and podcasts. I am sure they are pages in their with wonderful info on them that I haven’t discovered yet !! http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/

And last but not least I rather like browsing on the BBC Family History site http://www.bbc.co.uk/familyhistory/

Well that’s it for now, hope you find it helpful.


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See Where Your Ancestors lived, worked & played



400,000 images dating from the 1850’s of everything from Churches to cottages to phone boxes to barns. Great site for getting a feel where your ancestors lived, worked, played and perhaps ended up resting forever!!






Genealogy Conference 2009

2009 FFHS ConferenceOpen The Door & Here Are The People is the title of the major UK genealogical conference for 2009.

I attended a similar conference in Northampton a couple of years ago and it was great. Total immersion genealogy for 4 days. The venue, speakers, food and atmosphere was wonderful. I shall try and attend this years conference, depending on the state of the piggy bank nearer the time. If you have the opportunity to attend do go, it will be a worthwhile experience.

The latest press release announces another 2 speakers.

“We are excited to announce two further eminent speakers for the OPEN THE DOOR … conference.

Professor Richard Holmes, the noted military historian, is particularly well-known through his many television presentations, including the Battlefields series and Wellington, the Iron Duke. He the author of many best-selling books including Tommy: The British Soldier on the Western Front and Sahib: The British Soldier in India.

Dr Nick Barratt is a prolific reviewer and commentator on all aspects of history, notably family history. He is best known as a presenter on Who Do You Think You Are? and Hidden House Histories. Nick is also the author of many books including Tracing the history of your house and The family detective.”

Take a look at the website and start saving those pennies !



Keeping on Track with your Family History

KeepingIf you are like me you can quite easily find yourself side-tracked when doing your research. For example you start looking for Army Records for an ancestor, you go onto Ancestry.co.uk and then find a likely entry, start looking at those record only to find it isn’t your chap. BUT you see that this soldier served in India, you begin to wonder how he coped with all that heat after coming from the low lying Fens and before you know it you have done searches on the British Army in India, the history of the Fens, Malaria and it’s effects on the Victorian Soldier and become what my friend Val calls a "5 minute expert" on the the Raj and it’s consequences down to the present day!!

A 5 minute expert is someone who becomes knowledgeable about a subject after intensive research, but ask them a question about it a few weeks later and they can’t tell you a thing!! According to Val genealogists are very prone to this malady!!

Anyway I came across this link which might help you keep on track.


Having said all of the above I must say I rather like getting side-tracked sometimes 🙂


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