November 10, 2020

Anyone who has tried to research Merchant Navy ancestors knows how tricky it can be, particularly if the name/s of the ships on which they served are unknown.  The UK National Maritime Museum’s online database of individuals serving on Merchant Navy ships is therefore...

November 8, 2020

Did you know you can search the enlistment books of the Irish regiments in the British Army that were disbanded in 1922 and also view the associated images?  Better yet, access is online and free.

                      Above: An Irish recruitment poster. Copyright the I...

November 5, 2020

To mark Remembrance Day 2020, FindMyPast has launched a new campaign to encourage our community to discover the stories behind the names etched on war memorials. 

In order to keep the legacies of these fallen heroes alive, Findmypast is asking t...

September 2, 2020

The biggest news in genealogy this week is the announcement that RootsTech 2021 will be held totally online and FREE.


Hosted by FamilySearch, RootsTech is the world's biggest genealogy conference and is held every year in February in the mecca for family history, S...

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...

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 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,  is giving free access to 13 collections aimed at resear...

April 30, 2020

If you don't usually think of the Sydney City Council as a useful genealogical record repository then think again. Given the importance of Sydney as Australia's first European settlement, the Sydney City Council is a great resource to explore.

Here are ten good reasons...

April 23, 2020

The UK National Archives has come good on their promise to provide free access to their digital records which usually incur a charge to view and download. The free access period will last until they are open again to the public in Kew.  

                      Above:  Th...

April 11, 2020

The latest commercial database to provide free access during these trying days is The Genealogist. The company is giving  three months free access to some of its collections. 

The Genealogist's home page states access to their selected databases involves No card details...

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