Exploring Surrey’s Past

clip_image002Surrey Record Office recently won the “Your Family History” magazine’s Archive of the Year award. They were judged to give outstanding commitment to customer service, opening hours, onsite advice and the running of the Exploring Surrey’s Past website.

The website is certainly up there with the best and I am sure that other record offices will be taking a look to see if they can do something similar.

I don’t have any Surrey ancestors, but if you do then this site should be bookmarked because you will be returning to it again and again.


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Familysearch Problems

I see in various blogs and magazine articles that many people are finding the new familysearch website a challenge. I must say that I don’t find it as user friendly as the old site and I like to think I am reasonable computer & website savvy.

clip_image002This is so unlike the LDS who have always seemed to me to be top players in the online genealogy field. Don’t get me wrong I am very grateful to them for allowing the public access to their resources at no charge.

One of the main problems is that not all of the data has been brought across from the old site, I am not talking about the member submitted entries, but the extracted material. Like Sue Paul who wrote a letter to Your Family History magazine recently I have found that quite a few Bedfordshire parishes are missing. Also I use the batch number facility often to search a complete parish, but this seems to be almost impossible on the new website.

The good news is that the old site is still available and hopefully it won’t disappear into the ether before all the teething troubles of the new site have been solved. My solution to this problem, which I am sure is temporary, is to search both sites.

So here are links to

The Old Familysearchhttp://www.familysearch.org/eng/search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=search_all1.asp&clear_form=true


The New Familysearchhttps://www.familysearch.org/

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Apps for Family Historians

clip_image002Genealogists have taken to computer and other technology like ducks to water! I am sure that the inventors and designers of computers, ipads, notebooks etc. did not envisage their target market as being people who spend their spare time head down in dusty archives!

Now however the spending power of the family historian is being wooed by the major brands of tech products. In the March issue of Your Family History magazine there is a good article on Apps for family historians, it reviews a range of products with price from “free” to £8.99. If you are the proud owner of an iPhone, iPod Touch or an iPad then get your hands on a copy of this magazine and see if something featured takes your fancy.

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