Showing posts from January, 2009

Free Yorkshire Genealogy Records

The register offices in the county of Yorkshire hold records of local Births, Marriages and Deaths. These date back until the start of civil registration in 1837.
Although not complete the database will eventually cover Yorkshire records for the years 1837-1950.

The records cover Bradford, East Riding, Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Oldham and York.
Take a look

Free Cheshire Genealogy records

The Register offices in the county of Cheshire hold records of local births, marriages and deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

Although not complete the Cheshire site has an online Database of the records to browse and search.

Free lancashire Genealogy records

Lancashire BMD is a free online index to Births, Marriages and Deaths registered in the county of Lancashire, England. Copies of the register entries can be purchased from the local registers.
The indexes are not complete but are being updated all the time.
Take a look.

Free Family tree records. County Down, Ireland

This site is an old favourite with seasoned researchers and it is one that they will always come back too.
'Ros Davies' County Down, Ireland Genealogy research site. It has a huge database of names and places to research.It is a must for any one with Ancestors from County Down, Ireland. All research is free to search and view.

Free Family History, Free Genealogy Records

Family must be about the biggest resource of free family history. It is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints.

For the new researcher it is ideal.It covers online births, marriage, death and census records from resources from around the world.It is free to search and view the records.
For the Irish researcher there is something new for you. The Irish Civil Registration Indexes 1845-1958 have just been included for online search. No doubt this will be a source enjoyed by many.
Take a look

Free Genealogy records WW1 and WW2

The 'Debt of Honour Register' is at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It is free to search and free to view the results. The database contains a listing of the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars. The records can also be searched for the deaths of the 67,000 commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in the second world war.

Drumaroad and Clanvaraghan Parish County Down

This is not a new site but when you come across it, you feel like you have not been here before. I learnt some new things about the Griffiths valuation today. Take the time to read the introduction on the valuation and it will help fitting people into the puzzle.

New free online search at PRONI

Proni, the public record office of Northern Ireland.

What's new at proni?

Proni now has an E Catalogue which is available for free online searches.
It contains over a million catalogue entries, An example of what you can find there. I have a personal interest in Dunturk so i typed Dunturk into the catalogue and the search brought up land leases for Dunturk. If you have an interest in Northern Ireland then take a look.

Durham Mining Museum

I came across this site a few days ago and saved it for future reference. I think that it would be of interest to many English researchers who had ancestors living in the north of England. I have a connection too to this part of England as will many Irish researchers.

The site covers mining in the northern part of England. County Durham, Northumberland, Cumberland, Westmorland and North Yorkshire.

Mining Disasters are mentioned with details of each accident and the names of the dead listed. Rather a sad site but an important one.

Best Genealogy research site for Northern Ireland

Emerald Ancestors specialise in Northern Ireland genealogy.I first took out membership about a year ago and then again a few weeks ago. They are a must really for the Northern Ireland researcher. I found them to be greatly improved and value for money.

They have an extensive Ulster ancestry database, birth, death,,marriage and census records. They cover County Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and Tyrone.

Membership is from 10 pounds for one months viewing, they are really easy to use and offer an extra look up service for an extra payment.In all, Emerald Ancestors offer a good value for money service.

Irish Ancestry,the hunt for the Townland

This is for all you Irish researchers, or the would be Irish researcher. As we know what is available for Irish family history research online is not a lot, There are a couple of really good sites for Irish Ancestry where you have to pay to view their records. Free Irish genealogy sites are rare and its not often you come across new ones.

Take a look at this free Irish site, its fairly new and not well known yet. I like it. It is laid out well and has lots of interesting facts about Ireland. It also has a really good new link to a database of Ireland's placenames in English and Irish.

Check out this site for yourself.

New English and Irish Census

In the last couple of weeks two new census have been released onto the Internet. Irish family researchers were given an early Christmas present when the 1911 Irish Census was made available on the Internet. It is very easy to search and is available free to users of the Internet.

The English 1911 census was released a few days ago. Personally i do not find it as easy to use as the Irish census, although it has an interesting feature. You can search for a house and find out the names of the residents. If your house was standing at the time of the 1911 census,then you are able to view the residents who lived there at the time. Unlike the Irish census which is free to view,the English census will only reveal the answers to your searching when you cash in your paid credits.
See what you think for yourself, here are the links to view the Irish and English census.

Think outside the square

Thinking outside the square applies to many things, one being family research. This week i have been helping on a family tree. The person who was doing her own family research had hit a brick wall. She had spent months looking for a place of birth for her Grandmother. By spending all her time on this problem, she had not progressed very far and had not been open to new ideas.

A fresh pair of eyes on the problem, opened up a new avenue of research for her. Hopefully she should now progress farther without going round in circles.

In family history research if you come up against a problem, then put it aside for a while. Come back to it with a different outlook and you may find that it is easier to solve.