Births and Deaths - Index Upgrades
The General Register Office (GRO) has launched free online indexes for birth and death registrations. These provide more details than any index of these records that was available before.
The trial service that made the information available for less than the £9.25 charge for a certificate has come to an end. It is not known whether or when the cut-price service will be reinstated.
More details appear in our special article on the subject.
FamilySearch looks ahead
FamilySearch is the world's largest free-of-charge family history website, with 5.57 billion searchable records.
A range of important improvements is planned for 2017, offering enhanced help for family historians.
Finding facts for your story
Family history is much more than just collecting names and dates. When we write up and present our discoveries, it is important to focus on the most interesting stories and put the tale in its context.
Fortunately, an array of free resources is available to help us.
Explore London in 1827
Like a picture, a map is worth a thousand words. Bath Spa University College hosts a map of early 19th-century London that shows the area built-up by 1827 as well as some of the adjoining countryside. Each street is named, along with the larger buildings and many other features.
The Spyglass File
by Nathan Dylan Goodwin
Our reviewer enjoyed this genealogical novel, the 4th in a series, and believes it would make a good Christmas present for anyone interested in genealogy.
"Morton reluctantly takes up a request to discover who the real parents were of his elderly client who had discovered she had been adopted. His client’s birth occurred during the course of World War Two....."
Plymouth History Centre starts on site
Plymouth City Council took a big step towards providing a brand new home for its archive collections when Councillor Sam Davey, the Deputy Lord Mayor, put the first spade in the ground to start construction of the Plymouth History Centre.
Find A Family History Society
Search our lists of member societies to find a family history society near you or in the area you are researching.
National Archives improvements
Work has started to construct a versatile new events space at the National Archives at Kew. This involves some temporary disruption.
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