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New Obituaries from 1600s to 1800s

18th June 2024

We have just added over 20,000 obituary records from the Index Society, Musgrave?s Obituaries and the Society of Friends to our record collection, with obituaries dating back to the 1600s.

You can now access a set of intriguing records covering three important publications from the Stuart Era in the 17th Century to …

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Free Military Records Released to Commemorate D-Day

5th June 2024

In time to commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day on 6th June, we have added United States WWII Army Enlistment Records (1938-1946) to our Free Records Collection. In these records, we can find the names and particulars of American soldiers who joined up to serve their country and fight for …

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1.8 Million New Military Records Now Online

24th May 2024

We have just added 1.8 million individuals to our Military Collection with our latest release of Army Lists from 1837 to 1959.

Family history research often requires scouring military records to uncover the career details of ancestors who had served in the British Army. A key resource for such research are …

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Where were they in 1851? Mapping Your Ancestors’ in the Census

10th May 2024

The 1851 census now joins the ranks of other key censuses (1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911, and the 1939 Register) already integrated with our innovative Map Explorer?.

This latest release makes it easy to locate an ancestor geographically in the 1851 census. With a choice of …

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Dead but not forgotten

18th June 2024

Obituaries can provide us with the dates not only of the deaths of individuals included but usually their birth dates or ages. Some obituary records may tell us even more about the individual providing us with useful occupation details and who their family was. Obituaries often cite their sources, for example a newspaper page, edition etc., all of which can be helpful for the family historian in carrying out further research into their ancestor.

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