Genealogy

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Are you related to Royalty or were your ancestors just a load of Ag. Labs?

Did you realise that if you could trace your family back to William the Conqueror you'd have a giga-ancestors?
It's now easier to trace your family than ever before. With many records accessible through the Internet tracing your family history is the second most popular use of the world wide web.

The club's genealogy group have between them quite a lot of experience. We have recently acquired a microfiche reader and subscribe to a family history magazine to keep us up to date with happenings in the world of genealogy.

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We also have a subscription to a popular ancestry website so we can access the English/Welsh censuses plus many other useful indices so vital for this hobby.
Come and join us. We're always willing to help you in your quest.

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Group Leader- Diane Wynne

LINKS TO GENEALOGY SITES
Below are the main sites of use to the genealogist. There are obviously many more.

ORDERING BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH CERTIFICATES
Certificates (http://www.statistics.gov.uk)

Civil Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths began in 1837.
In order to obtain these certificates you need to find the following references:
- Quarter and Year of registration
-District
-Volume and Page numbers
These references are held in indexes but all those prior to 1903 are being transcribed onto the web (see Free BMD entry below)
Once you have the references you can download the application form from this site and send for the relevant certificates.

The NATIONAL ARCHIVES, KEW
TNA (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/familyhistory/?homelink=main_family)

This is the home of the English Public Records (previously known as the Public Records Office).
A wealth of information for the genealogist and a site well worth revisiting as information is being added all the time

WILLS - All PCC (Prerogative Court of Canterbury) wills from 1384 to 1858 are available as downloads from this site. Just enter the names and any keywords and a list of wills answering that description will be shown. Select any that you want and pay as detailed (£3.50 a will) and a PDF copy will be immediately downloaded. These copies are made from the originals and it sometimes takes a while to decipher the old handwriting. The wills often tell you things about your family you were previously unaware of and can give an insight into what the testator thought of different family members - you've been warned!

INTERNATIONAL GENEALOGY INDEX and 1881 CENSUS
IGI (http://www.familysearch.org)

Most of the IGI records date before the middle of the 19th century and not all parishes are represented. The indexes are mainly transcribed from parish registers or Bishops Transcripts. The majority of the indexes are for christenings, which is what the parish priest was required to note. There are also a substantial number of marriages but very few burial records. It is important to remember that there are errors and omissions since this is a transcribed index. Recently much information has been added to the IGI which is not from parish records. However the source of the information is noted.
The IGI is only a search tool. You must check that the information you get is correct by going to the original document.

Click on Search then International Genealogical Index
Insert name, event i.e. baptism, marriage etc. and region i.e. British Isles.
You may also insert county and a year to narrow down the search.
Having clicked on the Search button you will get a list of the entered name, event, date and region.
To obtain details of a specific entry click on the name.
Make a note of the Batch Number (this is the specific parish/church reference). Batch numbers for parishes begin with a B for baptisms or an M for marriages
If you enter a surname only and the Batch number you will get a list of all the corresponding events which occurred in that parish.
If you can gain access to a Family History Centre run by the LDS, you can order films of the original records against which the transcription was compiled or failing this, visit the relevant County Record Office in the UK.

BIRTH, MARRIAGE and DEATH CERTIFICATE INDEXES
These enable you to apply for certificates from the GRO
Free BMD (http://FreeBMD.rootsweb.com)
The indexes to Births, Marriages and Deaths held at the GRO are currently being transcribed by volunteers onto the Internet. By visiting the site you can see what years and events are currently available on-line and you can make a search for the name(s) you are interested in.

ALSO On-line images of the English & Welsh BMD indexes - Pay per view
Pay per view BMD indexes (http://www.findmypast.com/home.jsp)

ROOTSWEB
Rootsweb (http://www.rootsweb.com)
A large resource for information. Rootsweb hosts many genealogical sites and lists by country and county, which are free to join. The listers are very helpful.

CYNDI'S LIST OF GENEALOGY SITES
Cyndi (http://www.CyndisList.com/)

The UK & IRELAND GENEALOGICAL INFORMATION SERVICE (GENUKI)
Genuki-Contents (http://www.genuki.org.uk/mindex.html) for contents
Genuki-Search Engine (http://www.genuki.org.uk/search.html) for the search engine.

The COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
British and Commonwealth servicemen, and some civilians, killed in the 2 World Wars
War Graves (http://www.cwgc.org/)

UK PARISH LOCATOR
Parishes (http://www.dmbennett.freeserve.co.uk/ParLoc.htm)

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