Find Your Ancestors
Find your ancestors: you can research your ancestors at quite a number of places, for example you could go to your local records office, or to the appropriate churches in the relevant parishes where your ancestors were born, or you could even go to the main library in your locality. Many main libraries hold quite a lot of records now, especially in their local history section, but by far the easiest way to research your family history these days is to do it online. There are quite a number of subscription-based genealogy websites that hold many many database records including births, deaths, marriages, baptism / christening, census, military, city and county directories, passenger lists, wills and probate etc.
Ancestry.com and Ancestry.co.uk contain all the database records mentioned above and many more, but there are also a number of other websites that hold quite a lot of genealogy database records including Find My Past and Genes Reunited. Most genealogy websites add new records to their databases regularly. The nice thing about researching your family tree online is that you can do it on your own mobile/tablet/laptop/desktop at your own convenience. If you have subscriptions to more than one genealogy website you can cross reference the information to get a more three dimensional profile of your ancestors. Sometimes you can uncover more information about an ancestor simply by searching through another genealogy website database.
Find My Past genealogy website holds quite a large number of databases that can be searched, including the England Scotland and Wales census collection, land and surveys, the national register of 1939, the index of births marriages and deaths from 1837 to 2006, banns, parish records dating from 1538, migration records including passenger lists, military records, education and work records, institutions and organisations records and many more.
A national register was taken in 1939, which documented the details of every civilian in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, totalling 41 million people, and access to this database is included with a ‘World’ subscription to Find My Past. The 1939 register is so important to those who want to research their family tree, because it gives a wealth of information about the civilian population at that time. Find My Past also have an index of UK Merchant Seamen Records (index cards) for the period between WW1 and WW2, and some of these records have photographs!
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