Genealogy news, Family History links for your English Family Tree
London, Freedom of the City Admission Papers, 1681-1925
So entered your family names and see if anyone familiar to you pops up !
I think Ancestry is about to launch another dataset. There is an advert up on the site that says “Search for Freemen of the City of London”, but when you click on it you get taken to the London parish registers.
I’ve noticed that Ancestry often puts up the advert and then follows a few hours later with a working link. So if you think you have Freemen on your family tree keep an eye out for the advert and try your luck by clicking it.
Sure it won’t be long before they get it up and working
I’ve been sent the new Family Tree Maker 2012 by Ancestry to review – lucky me . I’ve been using FTM for quite some years now so am familiar with the look and feel of the programme, I find it intuitive and I have been happy to recommend it to friends and my genealogy students.
So what does the 2012 edition have that is different, what do I like, is there anything I don’t like? Here goes ….
Installation was easy, no hitches, just put the CD into your computer and follow instructions. Then you open up your FTM file which is easy enough as long as you have stored it where you know where it is ! Luckily I did, I have helped a friend recently who has his genealogy files hidden away here and there on his hard drive– NOT a good idea! A warning comes up saying that your data file will be adapted so that you can run it on FTM 2012 and recommends you do a back up first. You can opt to not do a back-up, but believe me if they suggest it do it!
Once you are up and running the first page you get to see and this page will come up every time until you do it, is one that asks if you want to link your Family Tree Maker tree with one on Ancestry. I haven’t done that yet as I have my tree split up into 5 trees on Ancestry – one for each grandparent and one for a one name project. It seemed a good idea at the time to do this, but now that FTM has the ability to update the online tree I wish I had put them all in together as one. Hey ho, hindsight is a wonderful thing!!
Once you have got past this page the look is identical to the previous editions except this time I have tones of green not blue. It really doesn’t matter to me what the colour is so I haven’t investigated if I can change the colour tone.
Everything seemed about the same until I discovered Smart Story. You get to this via the Person Pane and click on Media then New, then Smart Story from the drop down box. You can opt for a blank page or decide that FTM can work something out for you which you can then edit. I did this and got a page similar to one that the programme generates when you do a FTM book. The great feature with Smart Story is that you can generate one of these pages and it is attached to the individual and also that it automatically updates when you add something to the individuals file. Great for printing out and sending to someone who wants particulars of that person. Mind you if the tree is on Ancestry then you could just direct them to the tree.
So far these are the only two new features that I have come across, if I find more and I suspect there is a lot, lot more I’ll report on them.
Bottom line is would I still recommend Family Tree Maker 2012 to everyone? = definitely. Do I think it is good value for money? = yes I do. I think the feature of being able to sync your Family Tree Maker with your online tree on Ancestry is great and this alone would make the purchase or upgrade to FTM 2012 worth it.
Ancestry.co.uk have added another dataset to their Military Records Collection. This time it is documents recording the awarding of the Silver War Badge. The Ancestry website gives details of the badge …..
The Silver War Badge was one of World War I’s most distinguished awards. It was given to servicemen who were discharged with a serious wound or illness – they wore it at home so they wouldn’t be accused of not doing their duty.
Our records reveal over 800,000 injured soldiers, sailors and pilots. Find an ancestor among them, and you’ll discover their rank, when they started and finished in the Forces, the unit they left and why they were discharged.
History, particularly Family History is my passion. I have worked in libraries & archives, I teach family history, conduct workshops and give genealogy presentations. It seemed a shame to have all this knowledge & experience and not share it with others, so this website was born.