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Tracing English ancestors

Civil registration began in England and Wales in 1837. Before that there were parish records of baptisms, marriages and burials. Tracing your English ancestors can include more than these, as you also can look at censuses, wills and probates, apprenticeships, directories, newspapers, maps and local history - and more.

The findmypast suite - UK, Ireland, Australasia and USA

An overview of the growing suite of findmypast sites - UK, Ireland, Australasia and USA - with a look at the key records, what is new and what is coming.

Finding Pictorial Sources Online

This talk looks at the range of online resources for locating illustrations, photographs and other pictorial sources for family and local history research.

Genes Reunited: Family trees and historic records

Genes Reunited was created on Guy Fawkes Day in 2002. It was the first British website set up to connect people searching the same family lines and in 2010 was ranked the #1 family website based on market share of visits among all UK sites. Since its acquisition by brightsolid in 2009 various historic records from the findmypast collection have been added - now it includes the complete 1841-1911 census collection, BDM records, Military records, passenger lists, and recently 35 million parish records.

Ryerson Index

This presentation showcases the Ryerson Index: a fantastic resource for family historians of death notices, mainly contemporary, published in Australian newspapers.

Ancestry.com: What does it offer?

An overview of the historic records available on Ancestry for Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland with a brief peek at what is starting to come online for German research.

TheGenealogist.co.uk: What's the difference?

Apart from the English and Welsh census and BDM records, TheGenealogist.co.uk has many unique records to offer - official non-conformist registers, PCC Wills and images, electoral rolls and more. As well, it has some innovative search options which can help break down your brickwalls.

The 1911 census: What's all the fuss?

Indeed, what is all the fuss about the 1911 census for England and Wales? Take a peek at the enormous task that resulted in this wonderful resource, learn what is different about this census to the earlier ones, see your own relative’s signature on the householder’s return and much more. You might even learn the name of your family’s pet, find a deceased relative listed or find your family on one of the many quirky returns that were submitted.


Looks at what records are available, access and searching tips for the different formats.

Connecting with family lines online

We used to write letters to discover family connections but now there are many different ways we can find others searching the same family lines. This presentation has a look at Genes Reunited, MyHeritage, Ancestry and other websites to see how we can use the resources of the internet to make those family connections. What does each of them offer and which is best for you?

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