FFHS - supporting family historians for over 40 years
New App for FamilySearch Tree
The FamilySearch Tree helps us find records about our forebears and work with others to add and improve information there. It has is a strong emphasis on quoting sources for the data that you submit.
A recently launched mobile app makes it much easier to take part, even with limited time available. You can find more in a special article in the FamilySearch blog.
Cheaper than certificates
Details of births and deaths in England and Wales from July 1837 onwards are normally available as certificates which cost £9.25 each. However, the General Register Office has launched an offer that lets us buy the same information online as a PDF for only £6.00. You can find further details, including the periods covered, at the GRO site.
The PDF service will continue until 12 January 2018 or, maybe, for longer.
Portsmouth Records online
Many images of parish registers from the Portsmouth area, along with indexes of the subjects' names, have recently been added to the FindMyPast site. More than 550,000 baptisms, 379,000 brides & grooms and 312,000 burials recorded there have been indexed.
If you are researching families at Portsmouth and elsewhere in Hampshire, it is well worth exploring what the Hampshire Genealogical Society has to offer.
Family History Research Wiki
This free website has over 86,000 articles and is well-stocked with relevant maps, videos and illustrations. You can search it for topics such as particular places, types of sources and research methods.
Users are encouraged to share their knowledge with others by writing fresh articles and augmenting ones that are already online.
Tracing Pre-Victorian Ancestors
Accurate research involves understanding and analysing information, not just copying "hints" or other peoples' family trees. A recently published book focuses on methods for reaching reliable conclusions about our family history before the Victorian era.
The author sets out how to use various avenues of research, with case studies and examples plus a good bibliography and index.