December 10, 2010

On the Internet – March 2007

Emigration was a fact of life for many families in the nineteenth century. I have ancestors on both my mother’s and father’s side who emigrated leaving children behind in England. If you cannot find a family member in the census, or the registration of their death, then emigration should be one of your first thoughts.

December 10, 2010

On the Internet – December 2006

Do you have ancestors who were Church of England priests, or do you want to check who was the incumbent at a particular church? If so, a new website about Church of England clergy 1540-1835 at http://eagle.cch.kcl.ac.uk:8080/cce/index.html will be of great use to you.

December 10, 2010

On the Internet – September 2006

Reviewing books is much easier than writing about the Internet. A published book is a finished item and is unchangeable. Websites, however, change all the time, and although a major redesign can mean a re-launch with lots of publicity, sometimes the changes are more subtle and incremental. Changes can also mean the addition of new information, a way of making it easier to retrieve or understand information, or a new charging system. Unfortunately, it is sometimes difficult to recognise changes, and to remember what something was like previously, but here are two examples that I found recently.

December 10, 2010

On the Internet – June 2006

In a very short space of time, Ancestry.co.uk seems to have become accepted as the principal online source of census information. The big news from Ancestry is that they now have the 1841 census available to complete their collection of census material for England & Wales.

December 10, 2010

On the Internet – March 2006

Most family historians know how useful wills can be, as they often detail relationships and confirm useful facts like the surnames of married daughters. A secondary source of probate information are the Death Duty Registers, which were compiled when death duty was payable on an estate.

December 10, 2010

On the Internet – December 2005

The end of year brings with it a further crop of new websites of interest and value to the family historian, as well as further developments at some established sites.

December 10, 2010

On the Internet – September 2005

In the June issue of the Journal, I suggested that this would be a bumper year for family historians who use the Internet. Some recent developments have proved this to be the case.

December 10, 2010

On the Internet – June 2005

A number of recent developments mean that this is proving to be a bumper year for family historians who use the Internet.

For people with interests in the Bristol area, the best news is the latest news from British Origins.

December 10, 2010

On the Internet – March 2005

It is only three years since the first appearance of the 1901 census, and although there were substantial teething problems, it is now established as one of the prime sources for British family history.