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London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section are delighted to announce a new partnership with Ancestry™ to digitise genealogical sources.

The Times
now has an online searchable archive which "can be used to search for family history through the births, deaths, and obituaries pages; by searching references to family names; or to see what events happened on the day that family members were born". Every issue of The Times published between 1785 and 1985 has been digitally scanned.


The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913
A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court.

Findmypast.com, in association with The National Archives, is proud to present ancestorsonboard, a new database featuring BT27 Outward Passenger Lists for long-distance voyages leaving the British Isles from 1960 right back to 1890.

"90 years ago a whole generation had their lives, loves, hopes and dreams annihilated on the battlefields of the First World War." Lost Generation offers a search.

 Search A2A (Access to Archives) The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.
Letters from the past from the Victorian Web
FAMILYHISTORYONLINE, the Federation of Family History Societies pay-per-view databases, are at http://www.familyhistoryonline.net
Somerset & Dorset FHS
Somerset Record & Archive Service.                                        .
UK Genealogy Interests Directory (Somerset).
Louise Rose's Yeovil St John Marriage Register Transcripts
Colin Rayner's Somerset Parish Register Transcripts
Paul Mansfield's Taunton, Bridgwater and Sherborne newspaper indexes
Bath and North East Somerset Register Office, England, holds on-line records of local Births, Marriages and Deaths back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

DORSET parish records index.

UK BMD transcriptions of UK births, marriages, deaths and censuses

The UK 1881 census is now on-line at Family Search
(You can choose the 1880 United States, 1881 British Isles, or the 1881 Canadian Census. You also can search all censuses at once. Enter at least your deceased ancestor's first or last name, and then click Search).
List of men of the 8th and 9th Battalions buried in the Devonshire Cemetery - all killed on July 1, 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

ELLIS ISLAND : from 1892 to 1924, more than 22 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members entered the U.S.A. through Ellis Island and the Port of New York. The ship companies that transported these passengers kept detailed passenger lists, called "ship manifests." Thanks to the generous efforts of volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, these manifests have been transcribed into a vast electronic archive, which you can be searched for an individual passenger.

Microsoft Excel and dates prior to 1900

Many users are surprised to discover that Excel cannot work with dates prior to the year 1900. The Extended Date Functions add-in (XDate) corrects this deficiency, and allows you to work with dates in the years 0100 through 9999.
When the XDate add-in is installed, you can use any of the following new worksheet functions in your formulas:
  • XDATE(y,m,d,fmt): Returns a date for a given year, month, and day. As an option, you can provide a date formatting string.
  • XDATEADD(xdate1,days,fmt): Adds a specified number of days to a date. As an option, you can provide a date formatting string.
  • XDATEDIF(xdate1,xdate2): Returns the number of days between two dates.
  • XDATEYEARDIF(xdate1,xdate2): Returns the number of full years between two dates (useful for calculating ages).
  • XDATEYEAR(xdate1): Returns the year of a date.
  • XDATEMONTH(xdate1): Returns the  month of a date.
  • XDATEDAY(xdate1): returns the day of a date.
  • XDATEDOW(xdate1): Returns the day of the week of a date (as an integer between 1 and 7).

Free access to old maps at Your Maps Online

Four maps in one – a unique way to discover the landscapes of the past
Each CASSINI Past & Present map is centred on a city or town and covers an area of 15km x 15km using four Ordnance Survey mapping series to cover four different periods: the mid 19th century, the late 19th century, the1920s and the present-day. All four maps cover exactly the same area.

Personal Family History Web Sites

David and Carol Belcher's family tree including
Bernard Welchman (Somerset, Dorset, Devon)
John Lerwill's Web Site
Paul Mansfield (West Country newspaper indexes)
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

On what day of the week
 were you born?
You can calculate it.

Ambra Books
(Antiquarian and Secondhand Books)

Problem Using Sierra Generations EasyTree?

Disappearing Data Syndrome: If you have the family history program,  EasyTree, and  are having a problem where the symptoms are that the data disappears from fields when entering data, do not despair, help is available. It involves identifying the program or driver that is interacting with EasyTree and uninstalling it. In my case, the culprits were the driver for the Wacom Graphics Tablet and also a program called PopUp Stopper; after uninstalling both, EasyTree performed OK again.

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