Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Useful free resources

I have found two brilliant resources in the past week for family history:

The British Genealogy forum, which has a "Brickwalls" section for people who have come up against a brickwall in their research.

That forum has a section to allow people to offer certificates which they have ordered in error. That's also a service on offer at the BMD Certificate exchange site, which is becoming a wonderful resource too.

For infomation about Clergy in the Church of England, I recently discovered a great free resource, the Church of England Clergy database.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

1911 census released

The government today releases the 1911 census for searching by family historians. This is thee years ahead of the normal 100 year embargo.

You can find the website here. The major problem is the cost... it costs 10 credits to access a transcript of the information for a particular census return, and 30 credits to look at the original return. 60 credits are £6.95.

This census gives a lot more information than the previous censuses... it tells you how long a couple has been married, and how many children they have had even if they are not with them: it also tells you how many children have died.

The detail on birthplaces means that the street and place are given, which will be a great help.