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Useful Websites part one.

There are many resources available to research your family history; I have discovered many websites over the last 5 years that have enabled me to trace some of my family lines further than the beginning of Civil Registration. This will be an ongoing project over the coming weeks.  Here are the first four:   FreeREG  FreeREG is a free resource from the people behind FreeBMD and FreeCEN. Parish records are continuously being added to the database including baptisms, marriages and […]

Searching the BMD Indexes

Searching for your ancestor’s records in the birth, marriage and death indexes is, in the most part, straightforward.  However, occasionally the entry can prove elusive.  The elusive entry could be down to something as simple as a misspelled surname.  Other explanations could be, when searching further back, errors on census records, whether they are deliberate or accidental.  After 4.5 years of searching for my ancestors within the indexes, I’ve learned a few things that make searching so much easier. Remain […]

BMD’s (Births, Marriages & Deaths)

Researching your Family History is rewarding and exciting, discovering where your family originate from provides a feeling like nothing else. Civil Registration in England and Wales for births, marriages and deaths began on 1st July 1837, although this was not rigorously enforced until 1875 and it has been estimated that up to 10% of births between 1837 and 1875 were not registered. The birth of Civil Registration meant that almost everyone left a basic paper trail from birth.  However, the […]