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Round up the black sheep
A new selection of criminal register records available online may help shed light on a family relative who broke the law and paid the consequences... READ FULL ARTICLE...
How to research your ancestor's occupation
Whether your forebear was a dareman, docker or doctor, you can search occupational records and directories on TheGenealogist to find out more about them... READ FULL ARTICLE...
Need help finding those elusive ancestors?
Today there are huge volumes of birth, marriage and death records on the web, and Mark Bayley, online genealogy expert, looks at how effective website searching can solve your family history mysteries using these sources - with the help of a Hollywood actress. READ FULL REVIEW...
Find Ships' Crews Online
If you have ancestors
who set sail with the
Navy or merchant fleets
in the 19th century, a
new resource could help
you follow their career... READ FULL ARTICLE...
Get your research on track
From the mid-19th century onwards the railways employed many people in a wide
variety of roles - now many of their work records are going online. READ
A large and eclectic collection of name-based data has gone online – is your ancestor in there? READ FULL ARTICLE...
A Dam Busters Crew
To mark the recent 70th anniversary, records of the famous Dam Busters raids are now available online. READ FULL ARTICLE...
The Great Showman
The first British pilots' certificates were awarded just over a century ago - here we pay tribute to the pioneers of aviation and reveal a new way to learn more about them online. READ FULL ARTICLE...
Find Naturalised British Citizens
If your ancestors came to Britain from abroad, they may have settled and sought British citizenship, which will have left useful records. READ FULL ARTICLE...
Research World War 1 Deaths
Those who sadly lost their lives in WWI can be traced in Rolls of Honour and casualty lists. READ FULL ARTICLE...
Find War Memorials
There are increasing numbers of resources online for tracking down people names on war memorials. READ FULL ARTICLE...
Discover More at TheGenealogist
The accurate, user-friendly nature of TheGenealogist allows family historians to dive straight into the records you wish to find, quickly and easily. Our first part of this review looks at the powerful census search tools. READ FULL ARTICLE...
New All-in-One Search Tool
TheGenealogist’s innovative smarter, context aware All-in-One search tool scans entire collections of records in one go to return specific results about your ancestors. See your family tree quickly take shape with this exciting new development in the world of online research... READ FULL REVIEW...
UK Census Online
Laura Berry takes a look at a new census website that might just help you to locate those hard-to-find names... READ MORE...
Take a Look Inside The Genealogist
Richard Wentk investigates what goes on behind the scenes at one of the UK's Leading genealogy websites. READ FULL REVIEW...
TheGenealogist ticks the boxes
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine reviewed the top websites for online research, and TheGenealogist has come out on top... READ MORE...
More Australian convict and transportation records go online as TheGenealogist.co.uk joins the digitisation race... READ FULL REVIEW...
Getting the 1911 Census online
The wealth of historical records online have made family history much more popular and easier too. Here Family Tree talks to Mark Bayley, senior web developer at TheGenealogist.co.uk, about the feats of technology and teamwork needed to make online genealogy possible. READ FULL REVIEW...
Advanced 1911 Census search from TheGenealogist
Find occupations and view higher quality images of census returns with TheGenealogist's powerful new search facilities. It will soon be available to all its Diamond Subscription members, offering fantastic quality of imagery and unparalleled search powers. READ FULL REVIEW...
Top Family History Resources
Includes a selections of websites, software and data CDs. READ FULL REVIEW...
Search further with a Diamond subscription
Discover how The Genealogist can bridge research between Australia, New Zealand and the UK through early Census records, directories, electoral rolls and telephone directories. Through a Diamond subscription package, you can access occupational records, new census releases, parish records and directories, electoral roll and poll book information, as well as regimental records and post office and telephone directories. READ FULL REVIEW...
Find Parish Records on The Genealogist
Find your ancestors in parish and nonconformist records on TheGenealogist. TheGenealogist.co.uk has the widest range of information available online that's been extracted from parish and nonconformist records. These cover births, baptisms, Bishops' Transcripts, banns, marriages, burials and deaths. READ FULL REVIEW...
Centuries of Soldiers & Sailors
Through the centuries many of our ancestors have served in the armed forces, fighting in wars and policing the British Empire. Mike Ratcliff explores the military records that are available on TheGenealogist.co.uk, which will help you learn more about the soldiers and sailors on your family tree. READ FULL REVIEW...
Use TheGenealogist.co.uk - Part 4
Mary Evans explains how to research your forebears using parish records in the final part of her step-by-step series on getting the best out of TheGenealogist.co.uk. READ FULL REVIEW...
Something old, something new...
As your ancestors walked down the aisle or stepped into registry offices to plight their troth, little did they know that the records these events generated would be so essential to their family historian descendants decades later. TheGenealogist.co.uk has the most comprehensive set of marriage records to help you uncover the daily lives of your forebears. READ FULL REVIEW...
Use TheGenealogist.co.uk - Part 3
Mary Evans explains how to find wills - a valuable source for family historians - in the third part of her step-by-step series on getting the best out of TheGenealogist.co.uk. READ FULL REVIEW...
If you are looking for a handy way to record your family tree online, the new and improved TreeView, freely available on TheGenealogist website (www.thegenealogist.co.uk/tree), may be just the ticket. You won't often come across the words 'free' and 'excellent' in the same sentence - but as this is free and excellent, why waste your money on buying a program? READ FULL REVIEW...
Ancestors at work and school
In pursuit of his more elusive ancestors, Mike Ratcliff sought new approaches and new sources, and explored the directories and school registers available on TheGenealogist.co.uk. "The ideal ancestors for family historians lived at the same address for many years, had an unusual surname and gave accurate information to the census enumerators. Unfortunately, some of my relatives failed to meet these criteria, which meant taking another approach to locate them..." READ
Use TheGenealogist.co.uk - Part 2
In the second instalment of her step-by-step series on how to get the best out of online provider TheGenealogist.co.uk, Mary Evans looks at searching the website's census data online. READ FULL REVIEW...
Finding further BMDs online
Search online for further records at BMDRegisters with Mike Ratcliff. READ
Use TheGenealogist.co.uk - Part 1
In a new step-by-step series, Mary Evans explains how to get the best out of online records provider TheGenealogist.co.uk, starting with its databases of births, marriages and deaths 1600-2005. READ FULL REVIEW...
15 reasons to join TheGenealogist.co.uk
This leading, family-run site has a host of unique features and millions of records to explore. In the cut-and-thrust world of genealogy websites, one stands out for its friendly ethos and impressively broad range of content: The Genealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk). READ FULL ARTICLE
Subscription Websites Subscriptions Compared
TheGenealogist.co.uk popular for value, content and ease
of navigation, as well as its impressive range of functions and
features. "Data for my membership level was very good" Mike, "Transcripts were better than some other sites" Raymond, "An excellent selection - Channel Isles,
Census, Non Conformist BMDs, quality transcripts and a facility
to report errors, I liked the census search by county and year,
I found several ancestors. But the Genealogist.co.uk's more advanced
content - particularly the huge number of databases made it top
of the class. Within 30 minutes I had found 1,2 and 3 x grandparents
using the master search of all databases" Marjorie. READ FULL REVIEW...
Search Smarter with The Genealogist
When it comes to searching census and BMD records, it's easy to assume that all the family history websites are the same. In reality, as well as having BMD indexes from 1837 to 2005 and complete census images and transcripts from 1841 to 1901. The Genealogist offers a range of tools and features that you won't find on any other site. READ FULL REVIEW
Online Subscriptions Compared
Which subscription to go for depends on a lot of factors: which
data sets do you get, how much it costs and what features the
site has... READ FULL REVIEW...
Website Tour - Find your way round TheGenealogist.co.uk
Mike Ratcliff takes you on a tour of this invaluable website, to show you just which records are available, and how its search facilities will help you to find your ancestors. READ
Website of the Month: TheGenealogist.co.uk
Part of the S&N Genealogy Supplies' empire, TheGenealogist is an online records-searching website offering access to genealogical data. Its current collections - new material is being added monthly - include UK censuses, births (including pre-1837) marriages, deaths, land records, military records, directories, parish records, and non-conformist records. READ FULL
TheGenealogist - Census and BMD Website of the Year
Most of the major family history websites have comprehensive census and BMD coverage these days. So, in this category we're looking for something out of the ordinary that sets a site out from the crowd. READ FULL REVIEW
S&N Genealogy Supplies - Online Store of the Year
It's a second award for S&N, which also runs The Genealogist. It's difficult to argue with the vast range of products offered at this excellent online store, dedicated solely to family history. READ FULL REVIEW
The Genealogist Website
TheGenealogist - Using this website is like opening Pandora's box to the past... READ FULL REVIEW
Website of the Month
This new website - a database utilising sources from before compulsary
civil registration and potentially featuring six million names -
was launched on 14th September as a joint effort by S&N Genealogy
Supplies and The National Archives (TNA). It is a great resource
for those looking to take their research back before the days of
compulsory civil registration, especially if your ancestors non-conformists.
Its index can be searched for free. READ
ONLINE! Key records
pre-1837 - Nonconformist church records
Searching for ancestors before 1837 - the date that the civil registration
of births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales was introduced
- is set to become much easier. These Non-parochial Nonconformist
records are coming online and often provide unique information about
the events that they record: the births, baptisms, marriages, deaths
and burials of our Nonconformist ancestors. READ
- Website Review by David Frost
The Genealogist website www.thegenealogist.co.uk is run by S&N
Genealogy and provides some interesting new ways in which to research
your family history. David Frost has been having a look and here
is what he found. READ FULL REVIEW...
Reviews of TheGenealogist.co.uk
It took just a few minutes of using the free
trial offer to persuade me to take out a full year's
In next to no time has it not only been possible to find invaluable
leads to a Derbyshire branch of my wife's side of our tree, but
also to sort out details of ancestors with a very common surname.
Have been researching these for weeks without any success on a
certain other site (no prizes for guessing which one). My subscription
there expires in the next few days, and most certainly will not
Many many thanks to them for a quite outstanding service.
M D Eccleston
TheGenealogist Team have been a great help.
Words can not thank them enough on helping reunite my family.
I thought I'd drop a line to thank TheGenealogist for a fantastic
service over the
past few months. I use The Genealogist all the time for my family
and have never had a problem getting onto the site; nor has there
been a delay in loading the pages. It's been a great help. Thanks!
I have joined TheGenealogist with unlimited access for
The website is fantastic.
How to Become a
More and more websites enable home computer users to contribute
towards the accuracy of genealogical data. UK Indexer (www.ukindexer.co.uk)
is a project that uses volunteers to corroborate the census indexes
and transcripts that are produced by the family-run business S&N
Genealogy and published on its website TheGenealogist (www.thegenealogist.co.uk).
READ FULL REVIEW...
Surname Mapping at
Update with Helen Tovey - Subscribers to www.TheGenealogist.co.uk
can view census maps for their surnames online, to help see when
and where their family names originated and spread... READ
New Features at TheGenealogist
TheGenealogist now has the largest collection of genuine census
transcripts available online. There are complete transcripts of
the 1841, 51, 61, 71, 91, and 1901 censuses for England and Wales,
with more images uploaded and linked to these transcripts every
day. READ FULL ARTICLE...
Find the Records you
need online with The Genealogist
Search census records, birth, marriage, death and parish record
indexes, London directories, plus four specialist indexes at The
Genealogist website. READ FULL
The Genealogist News
This site has recently added a new Wills and Testaments Index Viewer,
and as their census transcription project draws to a close, TheGenealogist
is switching focus to the transcription of parish record material.
READ FULL ARTICLE...
How to Use RootsUK.com
- by David Fowle
With a host of top records, the new pay-per-view website at RootsUK.com
is ideal if you're keen to test the genealogical waters. READ
1901 Census at TheGenealogist
In order to expand their range of census data, TheGenealogist has
recently licensed the 1901 census. READ
UKindexer.co.uk and TheGenealogist.co.uk
S&N Genealogy Supplies’ online genealogy data service
has taken off, and they are striving to make their indexes as accurate
as possible, largely helped by the UKIndexer project www.ukindexer.co.uk.
This is part of a vigorous, many layered, checking system to ensure
a high degree of accuracy... READ
The Genealogist is the rapidly growing online data subscription
service... READ FULL REVIEW...
Subsequent to my piece on www.bmdindex.co.uk in the September issue
(Connect, page 48), a major change to charging for data
has occurred... READ FULL REVIEW...
BMDindex Awarded Best
Your Family Tree September 2005 issue compares
all the BMD sites and rates www.BMDindex.co.uk
as the best value! It was awarded 5 stars in every category - first time/light user, general
researcher and heavy user - no other site achieved 5 stars in any
category. Only £5 for 3 months! READ
Questions with Eric
This site has the complete range of birth, marriage and death records
from 1837-2003, indexed by surname, forename and initial, where
required. READ FULL REVIEW...
The Genealogist - New
Completely new pricing structure to their BMD index and The
Genealogist web services giving access to a wide variety of
material with a single subscription instead of just a single database...
READ FULL ARTICLE...
All the Birth Marriage and Death Indexes from 1837 through to
2003 have now been completed... READ
Online census news - The
have added much improved search facilities to their online index
to the London 1861 census... READ
Website of the Month:
The Genealogist website contains a wide variety of subscription
databases. With the exception of the excellent BMD index section,
much of the other material available on the website is census related,
and as these two sources are of paramount importance to your family
history research after the mid-19th century, this is a useful service
to explore... READ FULL REVIEW...
BMDindex Awarded Top
was awarded the top score in an independent comparative
test in the June 2005 issue of Family History Monthly. It was given
95% declared 'best for value, features and general usability'...
READ FULL REVIEW...
Longstanding researchers knew the birth, marriage and death (BMD)
records as the St. Catherine's House Indexes and spent many hours
winding microfilm or navigating microfiche to search just a couple
of years... READ FULL REVIEW...
Update - 1861 Census
Still on the topic of the 1861 Census, The Genealogist now has
a fully searchable online index... READ
BMDindex New Features
Their indexing of the post-1984 data is considerably better than
the 1837online version... READ
Find certificates at
Website Guide: Search for birth, marriage and deaths certificates,
and discover some unique additional features too. READ
It's a neat site and the searchable indexes are clear and well
presented, offering you potential leads for further research.
Full Review in The A to Z of Genealogy Websites,
Your Family Tree Magazine, Feb 05
Full name indexes to birth, marriage and death registers for England
and Wales... READ FULL REVIEW...
As anyone with ancestors in the London area knows, research there
can be a nightmare. There are different records offices for the
City of London, Westminster, Greater London, parishes in the pre-1888
counties of Surrey and Kent, as well as a multitude of local history
libraries... READ FULL REVIEW...