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Millions of new Parish Records for more counties, Detailed Colour County and Tithe Maps with tags to show where your ancestors lived, Transcripts of Directories and Electoral registers, New Passenger Lists and more Emigration Records, More Prisoner of War records, including those from the Second World War. New software for PC and Mac. Read more....

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Diamond content Colour Tithe Maps
9th April 2016 in conjunction with the Surrey Heritage Centre, is launching the Surrey Colour Tithe Maps.

Westmorland Colour Tithe Maps are published in partnership with The National Archives and is just one of the many counties to be conserved and digitised by TheGenealogist. Many more will be published in the forthcoming months.

These releases bring the addition of wonderfully detailed colour tithe maps to complement the online collection of tithe schedules and greyscale maps that have already been so well received by family historians researching where their ancestors lived.

This rich store of land occupation and usage records were created in a massive survey of England and Wales from between 1836 and the early 1850s.

In these early years of the Victorian period, at a time when people were moving from the countryside to the towns, many of the urban areas that we see today as part of cities and towns can be found mapped out as tithable plots. This includes some parts of London and other big cities where cottages and gardens are plotted in the same way as fields and woods are in the countryside.

These records are made available online by TheGenealogist in a partnership with The National Archives and several County Record Offices.

Brief History of Tithes
Tithes were an amount of produce given to the church, originally a tenth, then finally it became a tax on the income from the land. This was paid to the Church of England and to some lay people who owned the rights that had previously been due to the dissolved monasteries. In 1866 the majority of England and Wales was still paying what the government recognised was a discredited tax. Before they could legislate, however, they first had to collect details of what people paid - and so all the owners and occupiers of land subject to tithes were recorded and thus this fantastic resource was created.

Diamond content Essex Parish Records
8th April 2016

With over 2.5 million Essex Parish Records our latest release makes TheGenealogist the place to go for Essex Research.

The launch of 900,000 new Essex Parish Records transcripts brings the total coverage for that county to over 2.5 million individuals. Spanning the period from 1512 to 2005

These records with our BMDs and Census allow family historians to research ancestors from this eastern part of England with ease.

Worcestershire Parish Record Transcripts
7th April 2016

Worcestershire Parish Records

We have added over 158,000 individuals to our Baptism Transcripts for Worcestershire in partnership with Malvern Family History Society, expanding our coverage and bringing the total to over 2 million individuals. With years ranging from 1544-1891


Click Here to view the coverage of our Parish Record Transcripts

WW2 Prisoner of War Records Released
1st March 2016

TheGenealogist has added over 150,000 World War II Prisoner of War records to its already significant military records collection. These new records detail Officers and other ranks from the British Army, Royal Navy, RAF and those members of the British Empire land forces that were held as Prisoners of War in Germany and German Occupied territories.

This release will allow researchers to discover servicemen held by the Germans between 1939-1945 and includes many of the brave escapees whose stories of breaking out and dashing to freedom have captured the imagination for decades.

These records allow us to:

  • Research POWs who served in Armies and other land forces of Britain and the Empire 1939-45 along with the Naval and Air Forces of Great Britain and the Empire 1939-1945

  • Find names and details of men who were captured and incarcerated in German POW camps in Europe

  • Check the details such as names, service numbers, and regiments of ancestors that were German POWs

  • Search for daring escapees from within the camp lists

  • Research where your military ancestors were held, revealing their camp number and location

  • Discover the ranks, POW numbers, Service numbers and Regiments of those held

Covering the Nazi German camps in Europe, these lists are taken from official alphabetical nominal registers and reveal names and other particulars of:

  • 94,608 British POWs in Germany, including Officers and other ranks

  • 39,805 POWs from Empire Land Forces

  • 19,250 Naval & Air Force POWs from Britain & its Empire

Joining an already comprehensive range of military records on TheGenealogist that span from 1661 to the 1940s, these lists are a useful addition for researchers. TheGenealogist’s military collections already include Army, Navy and Air Force Lists, Dambuster records, First World War POWs, plus many other records.

Announcing TreeView for Windows and Mac
17th February 2016


Market leaders in the family history retail sector S&N Genealogy Supplies have just announced the release of TreeView - a new family history software package designed for Windows and Mac. TreeView is the only software available that supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android, with access to premium genealogical records and all for just £39.95!

TreeView has been designed by family historians to fill the gap for a powerful, intuitive and feature packed family tree program that is easy to use from the outset. TreeView stores your family tree on your computer with the option to easily sync your tree with and There is also a free iOS and Android app allowing you to keep your family history at your fingertips! Privacy options for your online tree allows you to retain complete control over your research.

Powerful Features

  • Access your data wherever you are by syncing your tree between the software and all of your mobile devices at the click of a button.

  • Navigate your family tree using a variety of different views including pedigree, family, ancestors, descendants, hourglass, fan and even a full tree view.

  • Create beautiful charts and detailed reports in seconds

  • Easily add details of your ancestors by attaching facts, notes, images, addresses, sources and citations.

  • View your entire tree on screen, or zoom in to a single ancestor.

  • Quickly discover how different people in your family tree are related using the relationship calculator.

  • Identify anomalies in your data with the problem finder.

  • Map out your ancestors lives - use the map view to track your ancestors life events across the world.

  • Import or export your family tree using the GEDCOM standard.

TreeView has received praise from both genealogy reviewers and users:


  • Chris Paton, professional genealogist, writer and blogger:

    • “One of the most versatile family history software products now available”

    • “Navigating around TreeView is extremely straightforward”

  • Nick Peers, genealogy writer and blogger:

    • “It keeps your research file in sync with the web via TheGenealogist hosted tree, as well as your iPad, iPhone or Android device”


  • “I am so impressed with Treeview, I will be using it for my own research, it is so easy and user friendly, and has all the facilities  you could wish for.”

  • “A comprehensive multi-platform package that keeps your tree backed up online with  stunningly versatile charts and reports.”

  • “It’s quick to load and speedy in use”

  • “I particularly like the mapping facility”

There are three versions of TreeView available:
  • Free Edition - Includes essential features, with no limits on the number of individuals or the amount of data you can add

  • Basic Edition (Download only, £24.95) - Adds support for:

    • Charting

    • Reporting

  • Premium Edition (CD & DVD, £39.95) - Includes all features of TreeView Basic, plus:

    • 4 Month Diamond Subscription to (Worth £59.95!)

    • Printed Quick Start Guide

    • Cassell's Gazetteer of Great Britain & Ireland 1893 (Worth £16.95!)

    • Imperial Dictionary of Universal Biography (Worth £16.95!)

    • English, Welsh & Scottish Landowners 1873 (Worth £36.90!)

    • Irish Landowners 1876 (Worth £12.95!)

Go to today and find out more.

Diamond content 3.6 Million Norfolk Parish Records Released!
1st January 2016


This release features the registers of baptisms, marriages, burials and banns of marriage covering the majority of parishes in Norfolk.

With access to over 3.6 million individuals, you can search transcripts linked to the original images!

Some of the surviving records are from the early 1500s. These vital records will allow family history researchers from all over the world to search for their Norfolk ancestors online for the first time.

You can read more here.

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