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Our MasterSearch can help you quickly find the infor­mation you’re looking for by narrowing down your search to a part­icular type of data, and further filtering the results to only include certain record sets, years or spellings.

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Our exclusive Map Explorer adds a rich functionality to our ever-growing collection of map-based records. This great tool uses georeferenced historic maps that overlay several modern background maps including Ordnance Survey, Open Street Map or Bing road and satellite views.

The tools panel allows you to search for Modern and Historic Places, County and Parish Boundary Indicators, and offers the ability to manipulate the map layers, making it easier to pin-point the information you require.

Map Layers

The maps are divided into three types of layer that can be viewed on top of each other like sheets of paper. You can then change the transparency of a layer to view the layers below, allowing you to see how the area changed over time.

The Base Layer

This is the modern layer, which can be used to select a modern OS Map, Open Street Map or a Bing Satellite Image.

The Historic Layer

The historic layer can be used to select a range of Ordnance Survey maps from the 1890s to the 1960s.

The Record Set Layer

This layer provides access to the map-based record sets such as the 1910 Lloyd George Domesday Survey, or our georeferenced Tithe Maps. The map markers link directly to records for the individual prop­erties beneath, so you can see who was living there when the record was taken.


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Ancestors who served in the forces may be hard to find. We have many military lists ranging from 1661–1944.

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See where your ancestors lived in 1861 on MapExplorer™

23rd February 2024

For the first time, you can explore 1861 census records for England, Scotland and Wales seamlessly connected to contemporary maps with pins revealing the parish, thoroughfare, or even the very building where your ancestor lived. This enhancement adds a fascinating layer to your research and …

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New Records added to MapExplorer™

9th February 2024

We have just added over 142,000 new individuals to our War Memorial collection, bringing the total number of fully searchable War Memorial Records on TheGenealogist to over 1,688,000. These fully searchable records have been transcribed with their location plotted on Map Explorer? so you can find the names of …

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Over 5 Million Residential and Trade Records Released

26th January 2024

We have just added over 5 million individuals to our Residential and Trade Directories collection, helping you discover your ancestors, their addresses, and their occupations back to 1744.

The new records cover England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Channel Islands, along with some from as far …

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Over 389,600 new records added to the 1939 Register

12th January 2024

More than 389,600 new individuals have been added after being opened in accordance with the 100-year rule and open requests submitted by the public, including actor and director Richard Attenborough. This now means we can search for even more of our ancestors from this period and see where they …

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Where The Dickens Are They?

23rd February 2024

Charles Dickens had written twelve other novels before he penned Great Expectations and this was to be his penultimate completed novel. The story portrays the education of the main character Pip, an orphan in a coming-of-age-story. Set in early to mid-19th century Kent and London, it is written in the first person as Dickens had previously chosen to do in one of his other great novels, David Copperfield.

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