December 11, 2010

On the Internet – June 2009

The 1991 census at www.1911census.co.uk seems to have settled down well and avoided the problem of the 1901 census release. All of England is now available, but we are still waiting for Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and some naval and military records.

December 11, 2010

On the Internet – March 2009

Most of you will know by now about the release of the 1911 census. There was a limited release (a beta test) over Christmas which was ostensibly by invitation only, although the invitations were spread quite widely. The general release was on Tuesday 13th January.

December 11, 2010

On the Internet – December 2008

Ancestry have recently changed their subscription options, and increased their prices. For the U.K. researcher, “Essentials” membership now costs £83.40 annually and includes birth marriage and death records as well as the census records. “Premium” membership costs £107.40 and includes various other databases, including Irish records. Monthly payment options are available, and you can still do “pay as you go”.

December 11, 2010

On the Internet – September 2008

Recent announcements about websites have brought both good and bad news for the family historian. While most developments bring better search features and bigger databases, sometimes things just don’t work out as we would like.

December 11, 2010

On the Internet – June 2008

Several people have asked recently if there is any news about progress on the project to scan and transcribe the 1911 census. This work was contracted to the company Scotland Online, which now owns Findmypast.

December 11, 2010

On the Internet – March 2008

We start this quarter with a website about the history of Bristol.

December 11, 2010

On the Internet – December 2007

One of the gaps in the resources for English family history has been the records of those who were not members of the Church of England. Thanks to an agreement between The National Archives and S & N Genealogy, some of these records are now available online at www.bmdregisters.co.uk.

December 11, 2010

On the Internet – September 2007

Some recent additions to the Ancestry website will be invaluable to many of us, and a useful reminder that things are not always what they seem. The first are some documents about transportees to Australia.

December 11, 2010

On the Internet – June 2007

Genes Reunited began as a contact site, similar to its sister site Friends Reunited which connects people who went to the same school. For family historians, the connection is one’s ancestors and you list the people in your family tree and look for others who share those names.