• UK Records-BMD

    Jan 1

    For those researchers with ancestors in the United Kingdom (England-Wales-Scotland and Northern Ireland) remember to check the databases of the FreeBMD online. It contains some 221 million records and it is free access. The records are of the civil registration index for births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales and new ones are continuing ...


  • Google Newspapers Around the Globe

    Dec 20

    The search engine on the Internet is a valuable tool. One of the most well-known and innovated search engines is Google. It can be extremely useful for family history research. Their newspaper collections are outstanding. Since newspaper, big and small circulation are the window to a community, the use of newspaper articles for family research has ...


  • United Kingdom Postcards

    Dec 10

    The sending and receiving of postcards became a very popular activity for people around the globe beginning in the 1870s and especially by the late 1880s and into the 1910s. The postcards were not just sent while one was traveling, visiting other places, but also just as a method to share scenes of what their own hometown or region looked like. Ph...


  • Families in British India Society

    Dec 4

    'The sun never set on the British Empire' was a saying referring to all the British colonies across the globe that the United Kingdom once held, so many that the sun was shining somewhere on British property at any given time. One of the biggest and most important British colony was that of India in the continent of Asia. Not just the British milit...


  • Old English Occupations

    Nov 19

    So many of us do have some English heritage in our family tree. Besides finding English ancestors, we need to learn about their occupations. The terms for certain occupations has changed over the years. So when you look an records of the United Kingdom – census- marriage- death certificates from England and there is an occupation listed for a p...


  • Europeana 1914-1918 Collections

    Nov 11

    With this being the 11th  month of the 11th day, it is important to note the work being done to preserve material related to the thousands of ancestors who were involved during the 'Great War' what would eventually be called World War One. There is a special project in Europe for the last couple of years to collect memorabilia and stories from t...


  • Finding All Our Ancestors?

    Oct 24

    It is said that genealogy is one project you can never finish, because you can never locate all your ancestors. Yes, we all have trouble locating a great uncle, a second cousin or a great grand aunt. Those individuals would be your extended family, not your direct lineage. If you look solely at those ancestors who were your parents—grandparents--...


  • 1906–Photos of Everyday People

    Oct 14

    How things can change and others events remain the same after one hundred years. Viewing photos can really help put us back in another time and place, providing us today with a sense of how our ancestors lived. Generally we only see photos from the turn of the 20th century as formal portraits, staged images in a conventional studio. However, ther...


  • Life in 1901 England

    Sep 22

    That date was some 111 years ago which seems quite a long time ago, but very possibility you have close relatives on the family tree who lived during that time. My father was born in England in 1905, so certainly his parents would have been a part of that year. The online site, 'Living At The Time of the Census' refers to the United Kingdom officia...


  • An Ancestor and a Ship

    Sep 5

    Mark this date, Sept. 6, 1620, when the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower ship from Plymouth, England for a new life and an unknown future in the New World. This date may well tie into your own family lineage. It is figured that millions of people are direct descendants of passengers (not all on board were Pilgrims) who came to the new settlement....