July 17, 2020

A little known and seldom used record repository for genealogists is the Pathé News video library which also includes the Reuters historical video collection.

Pathé News aka British Pathé

Originally known as Pathé News, the organisation is now called British Pathé (alth...

July 13, 2020

I've just watched an excellent free webinar by Carol Baxter titled "Turning dry facts into exciting narrative".  Lasting 90 minutes, I easily found it the most interesting and useful webinar on the topic I have seen to date (and I don't mind admitting that I have looke...

July 10, 2020

My Heritage is offering free access to all its birth records from 10-16 July 2020. 

Births are, of course, vital records and they frequently contain additional information beyond the parents' names.  Details could include their dates and places of birth, religion, occup...

July 8, 2020

My Heritage has done it again.  This time releasing another photographic tool which, in one step, takes our old, out of focus, family photos and drastically improves them.  The tool is called simply, Photo Enhancer, and the results can be startling.

Above : Before...

May 22, 2020

Ancestry has released a new collection of World War 2 records which contains index cards for German military personnel killed-in-action.


This is a very welcome addition to German military personnel records and complements Ancestry's World War 1 military record...

May 21, 2020

To commemorate Memorial Day in the USA, two of the  genealogy database giants are providing free access to their military records.

They are:

  1. Fold3;  and

  2. My Heritage.

Fold3 is owned by Ancestry however, an additional subscription is usually required to acces...

May 5, 2020

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of World War 2 ending in Europe (VE Day) on 8 May, Ancestry.co.uk is giving free access to its UK records from today until 10.59 pm London time on 10 May 2020. 

As usual, you will need to register and provide an email address if you h...

May 4, 2020

We all know how difficult it is researching our female ancestors given they rarely left an historical footprint in the same way as their menfolk. So I'm pleased to see that until 11.59 pm, 10 May, Ancestry.com.au  is giving free access to 13 collections aimed at resear...

May 2, 2020

The National Library of Australia (NLA) is the latest public library to provide free remote access to the commercial genealogy database giant Ancestry. The access period will last while the NLA is closed to the public.

The remote access is open to people who have a curr...

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