Findmypast Goes Shopping

Over the past few years, the genealogy world has seen a number of buyouts, as well as partnerships, and the past few weeks have seen two more. The latest buyouts both involve findmypast who just seem to keep going from strength to strength.

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ScotlandsPeople Adds Wills, BDMs and Property Records

Anyone who is researching their Scottish roots will have heard of ScotlandsPeople. With 90 million records it’s a website that you’ll use in your Scottish research. The official government website for Scottish family history, it’s used by millions of people all around the world. The past few months have seen some big additions to ScotlandsPeople, and it’s these that I wanted to …

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4 Million Devon Records Go Online at findmypast

If you have Devon ancestors, get ready for some serious research as findmypast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has just uploaded over 4 million Devon parish records. These include baptisms, banns, marriages and burials and range from 1538 through to 1915. These records added to those already on findmypast, make findmypast the place for largest collection of Devon records online.

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British Pathé Releases 85,000 Historic Films on YouTube

The British Pathé collection of historic films spans the years from 1896 to 1976, and includes footage from not only from Britain, but from around the globe. Amongst the 90,000 films that British Pathé have put online (of which 85,000 are newly uploaded) you’ll find sports, fashion, interviews, the Royal family, the Titanic, the destruction of the Hindenburg, gardens, military, parades, travel, and 1000s more.

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Find-A-Record Helps you Find Records

Let me tell you about a new website I’ve been playing with recently. It’s called ‘Find-A-Record’. 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.

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findmypast Launches their “100 in 100″ Campaign

Findmypast have just launched their “100 in 100 campaign”. What does this mean? Well they say that “over the next 100 days we will release new records every week with millions of new names and showcasing some of our recently added collections. You will find record sets from all around the world, including BDM records, parish records, military records and many others besides.”

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Britain’s 1941 Census Substitute to be Digitised

The big news late last week that has the genealogy social media world a’buzz was the announcement from findmypast, who announced that they will be digitising the “1939 Register”, which gives details of 40 million English and Welsh during war time, and is the most anticipated family history project since the 1911 census.

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World War 1 Centenary Projects #2

After putting the call out for information on World War 1 Projects that people were doing, I posted the World War 1 Centenary Projects #1 post. But there were simply too many projects to include in a single post, so here is list #2.

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Historic Graves Project Helps Get Irish Gravestone Photos Online

The Historic Graves Project is an Irish-based community-focused heritage project, that aims to work with indivduals and groups around the whole of Ireland to record by photographing and transcribing the details from over 3600 graveyards around the country.

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Ancestry, PCC and 1 Million Wills

The big news to hit the genealogy world recently is that Ancestry.co.uk have added over 1 million English and Welsh wills from the Perogative Court of Canterbury (PCC). Not everyone left a will, but those that did can be a goldmine of information, so it’s ALWAYS worth checking just in case there is one for your family ancestors.

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FamilySearch Adds More Than 145 Million New Records

FamilySearch continue to add to their vast collection of images and indexed records. And for January’s update they have added a whopping 145 million new records online. Of these 145 million records, there’s about 140 million new UK BDM records they’ve added! So it’s worth checking out.

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The British Library Uploads a Million Images on Flickr

Created in 1973, the British Library is not only the national library of the UK, but it is now one of the largest libraries in the world. And they’ve now ventured on to Flickr, having just uploaded over a million images to the photo sharing website for “anyone to use, remix and repurpose”.

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World War 1 Centenary Projects #1

There’s no doubt that 2014 is the year military historians have been working towards for years as it marks the 100 year anniversary of the start of World War 1. The Great War. The “war to end all wars”. As you can imagine there are literally thousands of World War 1 projects going on right around the world. Some big, some small. All important in recording history. And it’s going to be hard keep up with them all, but through a series of “World War 1 Projects” posts I shall share at least some of them with you.

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