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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