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What’s Coming in 2020?

In 2020 TheGenealogist will be releasing millions of new records to its Diamond subscription which aims to increase its coverage of a broad variety of records that are essential resources for family history researchers. The Map Explorer™ will have additional Datasets and Features added in this next year.

We will be partnering with The National Archives on various projects including adding detailed maps down to street level as part of Lloyd George Domesday Survey records.

Our new releases will also include new Parish Records; Criminal Records; Prisoner of War, Military, Navy and Air Force Records, plus Colour Tithe Maps for more counties which will augment the already published greyscale maps. There will be various new areas released for the Lloyd George Domesday Survey to include Hackney, Greenwich and a number of others within the year.

TheGenealogist will also be releasing Naturalisation Records; Change of Names Records; Catholic Records; Northern Ireland Records; the Times Newspapers and Historic Photographs and Portraits Database Indexed by Name.

TreeView® Online has been re-written with brand new functionality and will emulate the look and feel of the software, so you’ll have access to your family tree wherever you are.

This update to will utilise the powerful features of the new version of TreeView® Software for Windows and Mac, TreeView 3 will be released in 2020. This new version will be easier to use and is many times faster to load, import and sync family trees.

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Diamond content New Pre-Census Trade and Residential Directories
14th March 2020

We have just released a collection of searchable Early Trade and Residential Directories that cover the years 1816-1839 to help find ancestors in the period before the usable census records begin.

Prior to 1841 all of the U.K. censuses were generally statistical: that is, mainly headcounts, with virtually no personal information such as names recorded and so family history researchers need to turn to a substitute to find out the address where their ancestors had lived. Trade and Residential Directories list names of tradespeople, prominent citizens and in some cases other residents of a town as well.

Many of these directories will also give a good description of the town or area which can give family historians an interesting insight into the social history of their ancestors' locality at the time. This information usually includes the main industry, topographical details, communication links with the surrounding towns by stage coach or railway, and details of local administration offices, post offices, the clergy, charities, hospitals and schools.

The early Trade and Residential Directories being released include volumes that cover the areas of Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, Derby, Devonshire, Dorsetshire, Durham, Essex, Glasgow, Hampshire, London, Liverpool, Middlesex, Northumberland, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk.

Find out more about this interesting resource with our intro here:

Diamond content New Property Records for Greenwich
28th February 2020

TheGenealogist's Map Explorer™ showing how Greenwich has changed over time

We have just released over 57,700 individuals from the Greenwich area into our Lloyd George Domesday Survey Records on the Map Explorer™. These fully searchable property records enable researchers to find where ancestors from Greenwich lived in the 1910-1915 period. This release now brings the total coverage of Lloyd George Domesday Survey Records to over half a million individuals.

By using our powerful Map Explorer™, family history researchers searching for where their ancestors lived in the period before the First World War are able to see the actual plots for buildings and explore the district as it was in that period on large scale OS maps linked to the field books containing descriptions of the properties.

You can find out more by reading Nick Thorne's article Greenwich property records reveal the lost past.

Diamond content New RAF Operations Book Records
6th February 2020

Pilots of 111 Squadron taking part in the 1935 Air Exercises (Credit: MoD/Crown copyright 1935) MAJOR NEW RELEASE:

In a release of over half a million records, this is the first batch of RAF Operations Records Books (ORBs) to join our ever-expanding military records collection. This is the first time that these RAF records are fully searchable by name, aircraft, location and many other fields, making it easier to find your aviation ancestors.

These documents tell the stories of these brave aircrew who battled against the odds and give insights into their everyday lives. You can use the collection to follow an airman's war time experiences from these fully searchable Air Ministry operations record books which cover various Royal Air Force, dominion and Allied Air Force squadrons that came under British Command. They allow the family history researcher a fascinating insight into their relatives serving in a number of wartime air force units.

The records provide summaries of events and can reveal the death of aviators, crashes, as well as less traumatic details such as weather and places patrolled by the planes and where the squadrons were based as the war wore on. As aircrew personnel are named in these reports, those wanting to follow where an ancestor had been posted to and what may have happened to them will find these records extremely informative.

Use these records to:

  • Add colour to an aircrewman's story
  • Read the war movements of personnel in air force units
  • Discover if a pilot, navigator, radio operator or gunner is mentioned in the action
  • Find if an airman is listed for receiving an Honour or an Award
  • Note the names of squadron members wounded, killed, or did not return
  • Easily search these National Archives records and images

To find out more about these records, you can read Nick Thorne's article "RAF Operations books build a picture of WWII aircrew ancestors' action".

Diamond content New Norfolk Parish Records
20th January 2020

We have just added over 500,000 individuals in a new release of Norfolk Parish Records with images of the original records in association with the Norfolk Record Office. We have transcribed them so that they are fully searchable by name and place.

These East Anglian records feature the registers of baptisms, marriages and burials covering various parishes in Norfolk, allowing family history researchers from all over the world to search for their Norfolk ancestors online. This release, accessible with our Diamond subscription, includes 330,000 individuals from baptisms, 100,000 from marriages and 95,000 from burial records.

  • Search by name the transcripts linked to the original images
  • Uncover the dates for baptisms, marriages and burial events
  • Discover names of family members and in some cases occupations
  • Some of the surviving records stretch back into the 1500s

This release has been added to millions of existing parish records for this area and tens of millions of parish records for other counties.

To find out more about this release, you can read Nick Thorne's article, The Millers at Docking Windmill.

Diamond content Colour Tithe Maps added to Map Explorer™
6th January 2020


Our latest innovation to help you find an ancestor's property and watch the landscape change over time has now been enhanced by the addition of georeferenced Colour Tithe Maps. So now you can view exactly where your ancestor lived or worked on a modern day map. We're also releasing colour tithe maps for Cumberland - you can search these as normal or browse them on Map Explorer™.

The colour maps now available on MapExplorer™ cover the counties of Warwickshire, Rutland, Huntingdonshire, Buckinghamshire, Middlesex, Northumberland, Surrey, Westmorland, York City, North and East Ridings of Yorkshire along with the newly launched Cumberland.

Joining the georeferenced Lloyd George Data Layer, Headstones and War Memorials, the Colour Tithe Maps are a significant addition to the ever-expanding Map Explorer™. Our Diamond subscribers have access to all layers within Map Explorer™.

To find out more about the release, you can read Nick Thorne's article Exploring the Island at Twickenham.

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