Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record‘. And that’s not to be confused with ‘Find-A-Grave‘ as they are two entriely different sites. Both useful for genealogy, but both with different purposes.
So what is Find-A-Record? Well essentially is is a website that enables you to search for genealogical records by a town, region, or geographic area, and it tells you what records exist in the place and time period that your ancestors lived.
With a neat and simple homepage, you simply need to look for the SEARCH button, which then takes you to another screen. Here you simply type in a place, narrow it down by year span, choose if you want to include only free records or paid record (or both), then tick which records you wish to look for (births, marriages, deaths, census, military, miscellaneous), and hit the SEARCH button.
While you’ll never find E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G online. That will simply never happen. The records on FamilySearch, Ancestry, findmypast and WorldVitalRecords are “worldwide”, so you’re more than likely to some records for even the smallest town or village when looking for places in England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand and United States (those are the ones I’ve tried anyway).
To see how it works checkout the video below, then try it out for yourself.
Just don’t expect it to take you directly to the actual record, as it won’t. But what it will do is take you to the record set.
The Find-A-Record site is only a few months old, so is still being developed, so it shall be interesting to watch it develop further.