Monthly Archives: January 2012

Farm Subsidy in Europe – using this site for family history research

The European Union spends around €55 billion a year on farm subsidies. This website helps people find out who gets what, and why.    http://farmsubsidy.org/ is searchable by country and is a really useful tool for family and local historians – not … Continue reading

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What’s New at Durham (UK) Records Online

The Records Office has been busy making changes to the underlying structure of the database, making it easier to add new types of data, such as monumental inscriptions, and adding a new spouse filter for burial searches. The new code should … Continue reading

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The Ships List

http://www.theshipslist.com/ TheShipsList website, online since August 1999, will help you find your ancestors on ships’ passenger lists. It also has immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists … Continue reading

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Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has relaunched its website at http://www.cwgc.org. As part of the new site the interface for the Search for War Dead page has been expanded – in addition to previous search parameters you can now also search … Continue reading

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QR codes – are you using them yet?

A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside of the industry due to its fast readability.  The … Continue reading

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2011 census scam – please read

Else Churchill from the Society of Genealogists has news from the Office of National Statistics about a 2011 census scam email doing the rounds. The full story is at http://www.societyofgenealogists.com/census-email-scam/ but here is the nub of the message: We are … Continue reading

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Using the FamilySearch Record Collections

You will know that there have been some problems finding a way around the new familysearch site.Their  team has offered useful helps at  https://www.familysearch.org/node/1545 They say ‘We’ve received many comments from FamilySearch <https://www.familysearch.org/&gt; users telling us that they find the … Continue reading

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Europeana Collections 1914-1918: Remembering the First World War

Europeana Collections 1914-1918 will create by 2014 – the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War – a substantial digital collection of material from national libraries and other partners from eight countries that found themselves on different sides of … Continue reading

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Old English made easy

When reading or transcribing old documents I have found these sites quite useful: http://home.comcast.net/~modean52/oeme_dictionaries.htm the New Dictionaries website.  From here you can find both Old to Modern and Modern to Old English Dictionaries.  Finished Dictionaries are colored green/blue, and those cross-referenced with … Continue reading

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The Family Deeds Project

I had forgotten about this web site, it is worth keeping an eye on it.   http://www.familydeeds.org/index.php The Family Deeds Project provides a large amount of FREE online information to help you with your family history using information contained in the collection of … Continue reading

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