Bill's Genealogy Blog

Bill Buchanan is a long-time genealogy enthusiast, living at Onoway, Alberta, Canada. This blog will describe my experiences as I research my family history and help others.

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I am a retired online school teacher. During July 2007 - January 2010, and September 2011 - March 2014, I provided part-time support for https://familysearch.org This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
Since April 2010, I have served in the Edmonton Riverbend Family History Centre. I have a FHC blog at Bill's Family History Center Blog For information the Latter-day Saints and family history click http://mormon.org/

Thursday, October 07, 2010

The following links are for the lesson I will be teaching tonight at Riverbend FHC. FindMyPast.co.uk is working again!

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Researching the UK Online The Genealogical Society of Utah and FamilySearch are services of the Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. GSU has microfilmed many of the useful government and parish records for the UK. These microfilms can be borrowed for a handling cost of about $6 CDN, and viewed at your closest Family History Center. The Family History Library Catalog can be searched online at http://familysearch.org/ > Library > Catalog. (For Canadians, the online ordering of films is at http://film.familysearch.org/ and requires the use of an email address and credit card.) FamilySearch has a wealth of free resources online. To search the IGI’s extracted parish registers, click http://familysearch.org/> Advanced Search . (This does not cover all parishes, but many thousands.) Ancestral File and the Pedigree Resource File family tree databases may be a good source of clues. Also check http://new.familysearch.org/ if you have access. Many additional records for the UK are accessible for free at http://beta.familysearch.org/ and http://pilot.familysearch.org/ where the output from FamilySearch Indexing is made public. Hugh Wallis’ website provides a handy way of seeing which parish registers have been extracted by the Church, and searching those. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~hughwallis The free ParLoc software is helpful in seeing which parishes were located in the area. Maybe your ancestors were christened, married or buried in a nearby parish where family or friends lived. http://parloc.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ParLocDL.html FreeBMD (free birth, marriage and death index) is a free resource. I find it especially handy for finding the maiden name. It also saves time and effort when you wish to buy an official birth, marriage or death certificate. It is found at http://www.freebmd.org.uk/ and at http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/ A companion service FreeREG (Free Registers) will be very useful for certain selected locations, but most registers have not yet been transcribed. http://www.freereg.org.uk/ General Register Office for England and Wales http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates You can use the info from FreeBMD to buy certificates online. They cost $15-$20 depending on the exchange rate. Mailing Lists on RootsWeb can be a good resource, for example: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_country-unk-eng.html WorldConnect Project (Family Trees) A good source of clues but not guaranteed to be accurate. http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ RootsWeb Message Boards – leave a query or answer someone else’s query http://boards.rootsweb.com/?o_iid=33216&o_lid=33216 GENUKI - Information helpful to researchers in UK and Ireland http://www.genuki.org.uk/big Online Parish Clerks – various counties have these free helpers but there seems to be no single website. Do a Google search for “Online Parish Clerk” Old Maps - 1851 UK Jurisdictions http://maps.familysearch.org/ Also see http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maps.html Census records for England and Wales can be found on these subscription sites: http://ancestry.com/ / http://ancestry.co.uk/ / http://ancestryinstitution.com/, http://findmypast.co.uk/The 1881 census is free on FamilySearch. Access to Scottish records can be purchased at http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/ Searchable index to passengers leaving the UK (including many foreign nationals) http://www.findmypast.co.uk/passengerListPersonSearchStart.action?redef=0 Free Genealogy Look Ups in certain books http://www.geneasearch.com/intl/intluk.htmOther Online Resources If these resources fail to help you, remember that there are many more available. Check the Family History Library Favorites link on the desktop of the FHC computers. Also check Cyndi's List of genealogy sites: http://www.cyndislist.com/ I wish you success in your search!

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