Test yourself and take the Parish Challenge!

Posted by on 24 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

Parish records are surrogate birth, marriage and death records, and constitute one of the cornerstones of family history research.  Following the launch of our additional 3.9 million parish records from Warwickshire and Dorset last week, we have formulated five questions testing your knowledge about parish records.  To help us review your answers we’re teaming up with UK… Read more

NEW Warwickshire parish records

Posted by Russell James on 24 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

Wherever you are in the old county of Warwickshire, you’re surrounded by history – from the Cathedral in Coventry, to Rugby School, to Warwick’s Tudor houses. The region has played host to some of our most important figures – William Shakespeare was born in Stratford, while it’s said that the Gunpowder Plot was hatched in… Read more

Parish fun for all to celebrate 3.9 million new Parish records!

Posted by on 20 October 2011 in Record Collections

To celebrate today’s launch of more than 3.9 million Parish records from Warwickshire and Dorset, we’ve lined up a number of exciting things for you over the coming week, including the chance to win will receive a National Trust voucher for two cream teas, the chance to interact with Historian and TV presenter Tony Robinson… Read more

FREE* today – American Obituaries

Posted by Lilian Lee on 15 October 2011 in Record Collections

Our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown reaches its climax today. As a final treat, we’ve made our United States Obituary Collection, completely free for everyone to use. Remember, this is a one-day-only offer, so get in quick! The US Obituary Collection is an ever-expanding resource collated from hundreds of online newspapers. Every day, we… Read more

BBC One wants to hear from you!

Posted by on 14 October 2011 in Record Collections

Would you and your family like to follow in your ancestors’ footsteps in a unique living history experience? BBC One’s hit living history series Turn Back Time is back! Last year we sent shopkeepers back in time on the British High Street. This year we’re looking at family life through the ages and we’re on… Read more

FREE* today – 1901 England Census

Posted by Lilian Lee on 14 October 2011 in Record Collections

  It’s the penultimate day of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our 1901 England Census , completely free for everyone to use. It’ll only stay that way until tomorrow, so don’t miss your chance. The 1901 Census provides a snapshot of Britain at the turn of the century, showing entire… Read more

Tracey Emin – the bad girl of British art

Posted by Gavin Bonthron on 13 October 2011 in General, Record Collections

Tracey Emin, the 48-year-old British artist has always courted controversy and, in her own words, was anxious that she might come from “the most loving, simple, ordinary, lovely suburban family that anyone could ever want to come from”. If we’re honest this was always going to be unlikely. Already armed with a good knowledge of… Read more

FREE* today – 1930 USA Census

Posted by on 13 October 2011 in Record Collections

We’re nearing the end of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our 1930 United States Federal Census, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. The 1930 US Census is the latest and largest census released so far. It reveals the lives of around 123 million… Read more

FREE* today – Quebec church records

Posted by on 12 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections, General, Record Collections

Are you keeping up with our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown? Remember, there are now a whopping 12 free collections for you to search! Today, we’ve made our Quebec Vital and Church Records, 1621-1967, available for everyone to use. They’ll stay that way until October 15th. Quebec is an unusual case in family history,… Read more

FREE* today – American announcements

Posted by on 11 October 2011 in 15 minutes with 15 collections, General, Record Collections

It’s day eleven of our ‘15 minutes with 15 collections’ countdown! Today, we’ve made our US Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage & Death Announcements, 1851-2003, completely free for everyone to use. It’ll stay that way until October 15th. Newspapers have been running birth, marriage and death announcements ever since they were invented. Our collection includes cuttings… Read more