Bill's Genealogy Blog

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

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Location: Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada

I am a retired online school teacher. I love family history. Since 2007, I have spent much of my time providing part-time support for the world's largest free family history site This is very rewarding. I have helped others with the Family Tree and related FamilySearch products.
In 2010-2018 Iserved 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

Thursday, October 07, 2010

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

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 > Library > Catalog. (For Canadians, the online ordering of films is at 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> 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 if you have access. Many additional records for the UK are accessible for free at and 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. 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. 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 and at A companion service FreeREG (Free Registers) will be very useful for certain selected locations, but most registers have not yet been transcribed. General Register Office for England and Wales 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: WorldConnect Project (Family Trees) A good source of clues but not guaranteed to be accurate. RootsWeb Message Boards – leave a query or answer someone else’s query GENUKI - Information helpful to researchers in UK and Ireland 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 Also see Census records for England and Wales can be found on these subscription sites: / /, 1881 census is free on FamilySearch. Access to Scottish records can be purchased at Searchable index to passengers leaving the UK (including many foreign nationals) Free Genealogy Look Ups in certain books 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: I wish you success in your search!


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