Contents of newsletters published in 2012-2014



25th December 2014


Half-price subscriptions at Findmypast ENDS NEW YEAR'S DAY

Win a FREE one year subscription to Deceased Online EXCLUSIVE

New Year Competition: WIN UP TO £150 IN CASH!!

Your My Referrals page

Free access to Ancestry's UK records ENDED

Save £50 on Ancestry Premium membership ENDS NEW YEAR'S EVE

Reconstructing your ancestors' DNA

Last chance to save on DNA tests ENDS NEW YEAR'S EVE

Do you have Viking ancestry?

Finding 'missing' children

Masterclass: Extending your tree beyond 1911

Finding living relatives in the Electoral Roll

Half-price subscriptions to British Newspaper Archive

Search Valuation Rolls free at ScotlandsPeople

England & Wales wills after 1858: latest news

House of Lords discuss electronic BMD certificates

How Kathie knocked down a 'brick wall'


1871 Worldwide British Army Index

Football and World War 1

The 'Deaf and Dumb Wedding' of 1940

Charles Dickens had his own postbox

Your Family Tree taken over - but by whom?

Peter's Tips

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12th December 2014


Family Historian version 6 JUST RELEASED

Win a Findmypast World subscription! EXCLUSIVE

LostCousins Christmas Competition

How to be a winner

Do you know your A.R.S. from your L.O.? Army abbreviations revealed

The Five Mile Act of 1665 - non-conformists in the late 17th century

Napoleon's burial now online

South African parish registers

Jamaica birth registrations at Ancestry

New Zealand cemetery records

Findmypast add 31 million marriages from FamilySearch

How do you read this newsletter?

Save 20% on photo restoration EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Fascinating photos taken by first lady press photographer

Fatal road accident on Friday 13th becomes picture postcard

World's fattest man dies at 44

Calculating cousins

Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1925

Irish Petty Sessions records now complete

Do you live in the European Union?

Kindle books may go up in price on 1st January

Peter's Tips

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5th December 2014


Irish registers will be free online

Trade Union records at Findmypast OUT TODAY

Findmypast add 60 million FamilySearch baptisms

Countdown to Christmas

Half-price subscriptions at Genes Reunited ENDS FRIDAY

Richard III DNA poses new mystery

Whose DNA should you test?

Family Tree DNA offer continues, whilst 23andme launch in UK

Are you descended from Edward III?

Graham's Dad meets the King & Queen

Where there's a will....

How to find pre-1858 wills for England & Wales

Probate Service changes will help most of us

Save on WDYTYA? Live tickets

Review: The Orange Lilies

Peter's Tips

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27th November 2014


National Archives misfiles census EXCLUSIVE

Save 50% at Genes Reunited EXCLUSIVE

An amazing weekend!

When 'brick walls' are a good thing

Extra information in parish registers

Advanced search techniques: surnames

Surnames and By-names

Poor law records newly indexed

My Ancestor was.....

Was that 1913 picture 'Photoshopped'?

Adopted ancestors: latest news

Decision time? Big discounts on DNA tests

My AncestorsBETA

Bad news - FamilySearch to discontinue copy images

Mental health records to go online

Ancestry launches Lunacy Patients Admission Registers

Google belatedly follow our example

What a coincidence - or was it?

Sketchbook Mystery

Peter's Tips

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15th November 2014


LATEST NEWS: Devon parish registers go online

Illegitimate soldier finally honoured after a century

Military Service Tribunals

Save 90% on a 1 month Findmypast Local subscription ENDS WEDNESDAY

Getting the most out of Ancestry & Findmypast

How to search a website using Google

Essex Ancestors doubles online wills

Check your Irish entries with My AncestorsBETA

Britain From Above completes historic collection

One member's success story

Surname Society launches

The origins of surnames

Was this photograph faked?

Save 20% on photo restoration/repair

Genealogy in the Sunshine - March 2015

Peter's Tips

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6th November 2014


Free weekend at Findmypast ENDS NOON MONDAY

Irish certificate scam – don’t be fooled

Where are your family Bibles?

LostCousins is FREE this weekend ENDS TUESDAY

Census reference checking gadget proves popular

What lies beneath London?

Read all about it! Half price newspapers at British Newspaper Archive

Empress of Ireland - your stories

When truth can be stranger than fiction

Don't rely on transcriptions

3 days free OR 73 days free – you choose ENDS TODAY

Peter's Tips

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29th October 2014


Get a £50 John Lewis voucher with a World subscription ENDS MONDAY

The history of the John Lewis Partnership

Findmypast First: follow-up

Online wills from 1858 onwards?

Home Office comes in for more criticism

Transferring your DNA results

Fishing in a larger pool

What are piece numbers and folio numbers?

My AncestorsBETA

British Newspapers Archive reaches 9 million mark

£1 for 1 month at the British Newspaper Archive ENDS FRIDAY

The Improbable Life & Times of Eliza Fairchild

Save 20% on photo restoration/repair

Mediaeval soldier database

New home for ANZAC database

Review: Dickens's Victorian London

Review: Killers of the King

Peter's Tips

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16th October 2014


Create your own Who Do You Think You Are? story

Last chance to book your place in the sun?

Liverpool crew lists dock at Ancestry

Apprentices sign up at Findmypast

Probate Service online: follow-up

Will Passport Office shake-up affect GRO?

Finding locations in early 19th century London

Britain from Above adds to aerial photo collection

Historic Radio Times listings from 1923-2009

DNA - Eve's closest relative turns up in Africa

Testing mtDNA

Did the Bayeux Tapestry get it wrong?

Remembering the 'forgotten Belgians'

Is there a doctor in your tree?

Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland

Cohabitation and Non-Marital Births 1600-2012

The Empress of Ireland - a forgotten disaster

Historic newspapers from 1914

French soldier's room unchanged after 96 years

Watch out for online errors

Keep fit and live longer?

Peter's Tips

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2nd October 2014


Findmypast First promises exclusive benefits

Yorkshire records start arriving at findmypast

Half-price Genes Reunited subscriptions ENDS MONDAY

Ancestry discover Dickens in debtors prison

Probate index for 1996 onwards goes online

1875 Valuation Rolls at Scotlandspeople

Bank of England offers mortgages - in 1824

Unusual 19th century views of London

Shooting the past

School records go online

Birmingham Rate Books launch at Ancestry

German parish registers to go online?

Marriage law

Change in intestacy rules could help genealogists

Relatives of adopted adults now able to trace family tree

What's in a name?

More 't', vicar?

A generous helping of genealogical mysteries

Help yourself to a LostCousins leaflet

Windows 9 goes missing

Genealogy in the Sunshine 2015

Peter's Tips

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16th September 2014


Half-price Genes Reunited subscriptions EXCLUSIVE


Understanding the 1841 census

Insight into the 1851 Census

WW1 PoW records: continued

The forgotten Belgians

Genealogy in the Sunshine - March 2015

Thank findmypast it's Friday

Letter to an ancestor

Can you read this? What about this?

Another browser tip

Do you have any dead certs?

Your cousins are dying to hear from you

Has Jack the Ripper really been identified using DNA?

British Newspaper Archive offer subscriptions for under £50

Scotland's leap of faith

Amazing English & Welsh maps at the National Library of Scotland

Peter's Tips

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2nd September 2014


Big savings on Y-DNA tests ENDS WEDNESDAY

What an amazing discovery can tell us about the censuses

Lost manuscript found after 45 years

Dorset couple celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary!

WW1 PoW records: further information

Some of the more unusual pictures from the Great War

WW1 officers' records now searchable online

Medway casualty index goes live

Do you have an Anderson shelter in your garden?

The history of the United Kingdom

Searching for Scottish cousins

What's your Match Potential?

Have you been invited to join the forum?

Yahoo make you wait

The Lost Ancestor - and other genealogical mysteries

Professional Genealogists put to the Test

Peter's Tips

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21st August 2014


FREE THIS WEEKEND: Ancestry & LostCousins

£1 offer continues at findmypast ENDS 31ST AUGUST

Do you have Scottish ancestors?

'Equality' decision makes mockery of the GRO

Royal Marines marriage registers go online

Gretna Green still attracting lovers

Are two wives one too many?

Driving at 100

Neanderthals DID get on with humans after all

Common misconceptions

British Newspaper Archive offer 40% off ENDS TUESDAY

Letter to an ancestor

WW1 PoW records: follow-up

Was your relative a WW1 hero?

Do you use an ad-blocker?

Summer savings on genealogy magazines ENDING SOON

Is Britain a Christian country?

Peter's Tips

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11th August 2014


The Great War: "What did you do in the war, mummy?"

Women in World War 2

Can you spare a pound?

Red Cross WW1 Prisoner-of-War records go online

Military Medals at The Genealogist

WW1 film clips online at the Imperial War Museum

'Mons Mary' - a war horse comes home

WW1 mystery: Who killed Private John Parr?

Dorset Quarter Sessions Order Books now at Ancestry

2021 Census to go ahead: government finally agree

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

What do all those symbols mean?

Do you live in the US? Save 20% with AncestryDNA

DNA project to make UK world leader?

Save 20% on Genes Reunited subscriptions

Peter's Tips

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30th July 2014


12 months for under £50 - the amazing Findmypast offer ENDS THURSDAY

Finding your way around the new site

WW1 remembrance database goes live

How one man's vision led to the creation of WWI's War Graves

Lives of the First World War: update

Did your WW1 hero wear a helmet?

The Wipers Times

Last chance to save 20% on photo restoration ENDS TUESDAY

British Newspaper Archive adds 1 million pages

Liverpool burials go missing

Letter to an ancestor

Did your ancestor work for Guinness? offer free DNA tests to new US subscribers

Peter's Tips

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Newsletter - 23rd July 2014



Get a 12 month findmypast subscription for under £50! ENDS SOON

Irish BMD indexes - too good to be true

Naturalization records at Ancestry

Staffordshire parish registers online: 2.8 million entries

Masterclass: searching parish registers at findmypast

55,000 Wiltshire baptisms go online today

Reconstructing families

Writing to your ancestors

Online trees - not such a bad thing?

Do your cousins seem like friends (and what about your spouse)?

Save 20% on photo restoration EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Save an extra 30% on Your Family Tree subscriptions


The Victorian ladies who limped

Peter's Tips

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12th July 2014


Read all about it - for just £1

Was this boy cricketer really an orphan?

Are BMD certificates going up again?

Ireland offers enhanced GRO indexes

Will your MP support BMD changes?

City of London buries graveyard information

Ancestry add parish maps

What would you say to your ancestor?

Interpreting old handwriting

Instant success of Y-DNA matching

'The Times' offers free findmypast access

Pictures of D-Day - then and now

WW1 campaign medal rolls transcribed for the first time

Great War medals saved for family

Calculating relationships

National Archives seeks feedback on new Discovery

Do NHS numbers reveal all?

The dangers of online trees: follow-up

Genealogy in the Sunshine - 2015

Peter's Tips

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28th June 2014


Findmypast offer alternative to football

Ancestry index millions of extra names from WW1 records

WW1 paintings online

Electoral register dispute settled

Who Do You Think You Are? Live moves in 2015

Origins & Mocavo bought by findmypast

The dangers of online trees

Genes Reunited introduce 1 month subscription

French "Sherlock Holmes" anticipated LostCousins system

Interesting events at the Society of Genealogists

Millions more Lancashire records online

Icelanders hang on to their genes

Irish petty sessions collection continues to grow

Findmypast well on the way to target

Late registration of deaths prompts letter to PM

Corrections on certificates

Do you collect rubbish?

Peter's Tips

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18th June 2014


Ancestry offer: 4 months for just £20 ENDS SUNDAY

Key resources: a quick guide to Ancestry's main record collections

Using Ancestry to find 'lost cousins'

LostCousins member solves dustbin baby mystery with DNA test

Using DNA to knock down 'brick walls' #2

Have you ever browsed your chromosomes?

Missing from the Queen's Speech?

If I don't come home - letters from D-Day

Death and destruction

"Do not resuscitate"

Peter's Tips

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11th June 2014


How are passport delays and the GRO connected?

Corrections on BMD certificates

Masterclass: Extending your tree beyond 1911

Children's Homes website goes live

Making records accessible - and preventing their destruction

(In)Action for Children

Western Front Association overwhelmed by lookup requests

Was your ancestor a PoW in WW1?

Red Cross to make WW1 records available from August

Tony Robinson's WDYTYA presentation

Can we visualize our ancestors from their DNA?

The cheapest ever Family Finder test

Using DNA to knock down 'brick walls'

Marriage: fact and fiction

98 children - but still unmarried

Over 4 million Devon records go online

My ancestor was a licensed victualler

Memories, memories.....

Peter's Tips

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29th May 2014


Findmypast find thousands of missing WW1 army records

Masterclass: how to find a missing spouse between 1837-1911

How are you reading this newsletter?

Surrey Land Tax records go online

Manorial Documents Register

Merchant Seamen & Royal Naval Reserve

Soldiers' wills at Scotlandspeople

Vaccination and disease

Books that may be of interest....

British Newspaper Archive now has over 8 million pages

Convict pardons added to New South Wales database

Instant success!

Charles Booth's London poverty survey

The curious case of Mrs Peckett

Peter's Tips

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7th May 2014


10th Birthday celebrated in style

Is GPS DNA tracking too good to be true?

DNA riddle - dead woman commits murder

Who did Lewis Lister Peckett marry?

Findmypast apologise - again!

Ancestry adds West Yorkshire criminal records

Surviving Irish census records available free

Irish Registrar General's reports from 1864 onwards are now online

Britain's oldest town dates back 10,000 years!

Hunter-gathers and farmers didn't mix

Pre-1858 Gloucestershire wills at Ancestry

Longest-separated twins meet after 78 years

Lives of First World War to introduce subscriptions

Planning to visit the National Archives in Kew?

Save £11 on family history e-course

Causes of death

How do you know what to believe?

What am I reading?

Jubilee names: follow-up

Would you like a title, my Lord?

Peter's Tips

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29th April 2014


It's our 10th Birthday - so LostCousins is completely FREE! ENDS 6TH MAY

New Getting Started guides now online

Restore your expired ScotlandsPeople credits ENDS WEDNESDAY

Have you been invited to join the LostCousins Forum?

Using the findmypast feedback forum

Findmypast tips: update

Shropshire registers arrive - and they're in colour!

Norfolk Poor Law records online at Ancestry

Vaccination registers - hidden gems

New TV documentary examines the East India Company WEDNESDAY

The German Kings Who Made Britain THURSDAY

Why was it called the Domesday Book?

Distinguishing marks: follow-up

Retouching and repairing photographs

Worried about the Heartbleed bug?

Britain from Above adds more historic aerial photos

British Pathé joins the YouTube generation

Are you related to Edward Diamond Jubilee Day?

Peter's Tips

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17th April 2014


Easter offer: save £5 at Genes Reunited ENDS MONDAY offer free access to 1901 & 1911 Censuses ENDS MONDAY

2021 Census still under threat?

Post-1858 wills to cost 66% more

Budget could lead to Ancestry price hike

Ancestry add Manchester non-conformist records

Top genealogist backs BMD petition

London Gazette site update causes problems

Findmypast's new site - mismanaged or misunderstood?

How to get the best from findmypast

Shropshire parish registers online soon

Land Registry publishes 1862 registers

Preserving property deeds

1841: when minors were miners

My ancestors were... not on the census!

Historical directories free online

Message in a bottle

Why did people fear the Victorian workhouse?

British Library's extensive World War 1 resources

Did your military ancestor have "distinguishing marks"?

British Newspaper Archive slashes cost of monthly subscription

Peter's Tips

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5th April 2014


Genealogy in the Sunshine - the first of many?

2021 Census will go ahead!

Settlement examinations and removal orders


LDS members to get free access to Ancestry & findmypast

Tithe records online at The Genealogist

Save £20 on a Diamond subscription to The Genealogist

1939 National Register to be published

Historic BMD registers petition strikes the right note

Northern Ireland BMD records now available online

Refuse collector saves WW1 photos from oblivion

WW1 soldiers identified

Canadian WW1 service records to go online

Forewarned about forenames

Last chance to get a free photo repair

Try before you tie

Vehicle licensing records

Review: A Habit of Dying

Peter's Tips

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12th March 2014


National Archives reduce online charges again

Could Australian records help you trace your English ancestors?

Migration and cousins

Ancestry finally kill off Old Search

ScotlandsPlaces add Inhabited House Tax Rolls 1778-98

More Irish Will Calendars online THURSDAY

Ancestry add Irish Catholic registers

Another Register surprise

Railway employees and the Great War

WW1 on TV this week THURSDAY & FRIDAY

Rationing: readers' stories

Car tax discs to be abolished

Modern times: three-parent children on the horizon

Mother gives birth using false identity

Resurgence of scarlet fever hits the headlines

What am I reading?

Peter's Tips

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27 February 2014


Who Do You Think You Are? Live photos now online

Registers surprise

What are 'collateral lines'?

There IS such a thing as a free lunch ENDS TUESDAY

When at first you don't succeed....

Newspaper articles turn up in the strangest places

More members, more cousins

What's a direct ancestor?

Using the Freedom of Information Act

Better information means better care

Whole genome sequencing for $1000?

London photos and musicals about maps

Rationing in the UK

English expressions from the Great War

War memorials

Peter's Tips

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17th February 2014


Your chance to meet a real-life Princess

Findmypast slash prices, introduce monthly subs

1859: drug overdose kills 9 month-old child

The Great Flood of London

Fire at the National Archives in Kew

200,000 pages added at Welsh Newspapers Online

ScotlandsPeople release 1885 Valuation Rolls

West Yorkshire 1910 Tax Valuation online

Northern Ireland BMD registers online very soon

What's in a name?

Recycling in the 1940s

Lives of the First World War

"A Family in the Great War"

Help yourself - please!

Richard III's DNA to be sequenced

Human footprints from 800,000 years ago washed up

Modern BMD announcements

Peter's Tips

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3rd February 2014


Key target reached - well done!

Myths of the Great War

Was your ancestor a war hero?

How did 12 million letters a week reach WW1 soldiers?

Do you have Scottish ancestors?

Are half the Stewarts in Britain really descended from royalty?

Documentary: "Births, Deaths and Marriages" STARTS TUESDAY

Missing infants: follow-up

British India: findmypast put 2.5 million records online

Polish records free online

Society of Genealogists to waive joining fee at WDYTYA? Live

Repairing damaged photos

Did you take the Ancestry Challenge?

London: more interesting pictures

Traffic accidents in 19th century London

These are a few of my favourite things...

Question of the week: "Can a minor be an executor?"

Review: "The Westbrook Affair"

Email hijackers are more than a nuisance

Peter's Tips

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22 January 2014


Ancestry Challenge: your starter for £20 ENDS MONDAY

More Ancestry tips

The Lost Boys: tracking down sons (and daughters) who died as infants

Over 100,000 historic images now available free online

When did National Service end?

Netherlands newspapers free online

London on film: 1927 vs 2013

Should the 1921 Census be released early?

Peter's Tips

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15th January 2014


The history of the census

Animals in the 1911 census

Getting the most from Ancestry

Findmypast keeping quiet about Staffordshire records?

Ancestry adds pre-1858 wills

Choosing between Ancestry and findmypast

Which are the correct census references?

All change at record offices as 2014 begins

Red Cross to digitize Great War volunteer records

Composite photos of San Francisco span a century

Interview: Michael Sharpe EXCLUSIVE

Peter's Tips

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1st January 2014 v.2



Ancestry UK offer 25% discount to new subscribers ENDS TUESDAY

2021 Census responses support our case

Irish probate records free online

Ireland-Australia transportation database

Irish court records online

Scotlandspeople release new BMD registers

Last chance to save on findmypast subscriptions ENDS MONDAY

Forum to be officially launched in 2014

Has a new human species been found? offers discounted DNA tests ENDS SUNDAY

Do you fancy being buried at sea?

Morton Farrier will be back!

1842 Commission reveals child hardships

Win a free subscription

Peter's Tips

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17th December 2013


A personal note

Save 15% on subscriptions ENDS SOON

"This is London calling...."

Home Office minister hints at GRO changes?

Adoption law to change - thanks to LostCousins member

A child is born

Book review: Hiding the Past

Rate books go online at findmypast

Surrey and West Yorkshire Electoral Registers at Ancestry

Norfolk Register of Electors at FamilySearch

Victorian household hazards

Wartime memories

Roman scrolls outlast 1931 Census

How much do we really know about the census?

Save on WDYTYA tickets with Ancestry

Jamaican genealogy site is now completely free

Last chance to save on DNA tests

Can your actions affect your descendants' behaviour?

Peter's Tips

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23 November 2013


Christmas arrives early - thanks to findmypast EXCLUSIVE

World War 1 love letters

Personal accounts of World War 1 to be digitised

A story of sacrifices and coincidences

Health records for London from 1848-1973 online

3.7m photographs of the UK online

Scottish burial grounds

Will Richard III get a mediæval reburial?

DNA pioneer dies aged 95

DNA tests reduced for Christmas

Tales of the unexpected

Novel solutions

What am I reading?

Scottish records on view in Kilmarnock

Time to give your verdict on the 2021 Census

Peter's Tips

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10 November 2013


Online will service coming soon?

Competition results: did you win an Ancestry Premium subscription?

Free military records at Ancestry ENDS TUESDAY

Australian BMD records free at findmypast

Royal Statistical Society slams death registration procedure

Is the GRO taking the mickey?

It's not just cricket.... COMPETITION

All-star line-up for Genealogy in the Sunshine

Genealogy magazine launches forum app

Tickets for WDYTYA Live go on sale

Amazing 3D reconstruction of 17th century London

Will you share your DNA?

School records to be digitised

Scottish Valuation Rolls for 1920 go online

Entering Scottish relatives

2 million Irish petty sessions records added

Index to British and Irish newspapers

British Newspaper Archive passes 7 million mark

Are you researching your spouse's ancestors?

Abandoned baby named after dog

Would you like some leaflets?

Peter's Tips

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24th October 2013


Your chance to win a FREE Ancestry Premium membership

Electoral Register changes cause confusion EXCLUSIVE

Searching the electoral register

View Scottish BMD registers free - in London!

Place-Names of Wales project launches

Was King Charles I really buried in Hertfordshire?

Calendar conundrums continue to confuse

South African records back online soon

1921 Canada census "nearly indexed"

Older fathers project: have you joined yet?

Deceased Online adds records from disused cemeteries

Marriage licences, allegations, and bonds

"This is your captain speaking....."

Interview: Stephen Molyneux EXCLUSIVE

Genealogy in the Sunshine: latest

Peter's Tips

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11 October 2013


GRO planned to destroy 1861 Census

Birmingham parish registers: clarification

What exactly is happening to Ancestry's prices?

Free 1911 Census ends on Monday

Suffragettes and the census: follow-up

Living Ohio man is legally dead

Canada immigration records at FamilySearch

Calendar conundrum: the solution

Don't expect instant results from DNA tests

New location for GRO Ireland research centre

Transcription errors

Disappearing email addresses

Amateur films online

Review: The Marriage Certificate

Genealogy in the Sunshine: update

Could a power failure cut down your family tree?

Peter's Tips

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24th September 2013 - shock price increases BREAKING NEWS

2021 Census consultation launches

Did your ancestor work in the Royal Household?

GRO: Royal Commission agrees with us

Why won't the GRO update their indexes?

Suffragettes and the 1911 Census

Last chance to save at findmypast ENDS MONDAY

Ancestry add Birmingham parish registers

Irish newspapers online - nearly 2 million articles

You won’t find Fido at findmypast

Interview: Gordon Honeycombe EXCLUSIVE

Genealogy in the Sunshine: latest news

Can you solve a calendar conundrum?

Unusual surnames

Crazy family trees

Peter's Tips

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11th September 2013


GRO intransigence is nothing new

The early years of civil registration

Sussex parish records at FamilySearch

Ancestry update New Search to include Old Search features

Findmypast discount offer continues EXCLUSIVE

Society for One-Place Studies

"Britain on Film" series restarts

Would you Adam and Eve it?

Scots picking up Cockney accent!

Verbal DNA

The groom was a Lemmon, the witness an Almond

There's one born every minute.....

TNA and FMP lose their heads

Ancestry borrows from Peter to pay Paul

Calendar conundrum

Helen's aunt is the 3rd oldest person in Britain

How many living relatives do you have?

My Match Potential just went up

Local hero makes good!

Peter's Tips

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30 August 2013


"I have a dream"

Take a slice of your tree....

Free migration records ENDS MONDAY

Soldiers' wills and last letters home

Good news: findmypast discount offer extended

A life of grime

Disappearing inventor - the mystery deepens

Did your ancestor help to found the Football Association?

Lost Dambusters faces revealed

Britain from the air: 1919-1953 aerial photos

Have you downloaded Family Tree Analyzer?

Contact details

Peter's Tips

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22 August 2013


LostCousins is totally FREE for the holiday weekend

Staying in touch with your cousins

Family Tree Analyzer works wonders

The mystery of the missing inventor

Problem-solving in genealogy

Missing marriages

Millions of school records coming to findmypast

Save 10% at ENDS SOON

Heir hunters guilty of fraud

Good news and bad news at Ancestry

Essex Record Office Open Day

County Archives Record Network

More information about the 1921 Census of Canada

Canadian books online

Unusual census entries

Write your own obituary!

Maritime memorials

Peter's Tips

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8 August 2013


125 million newspaper articles go online

Save 10% on subscriptions EXCLUSIVE

Clandestine marriages revealed at Ancestry

Prince George's birth certificate surprise

Did your ancestors have more sons than daughters?

Japanese quake boosts the number of female births

Britain on Film reveals gender imbalance

Derek - the British Genghis Khan

Wool you find ancestors in the Sheep Returns?

More crew lists online

Canada 1921 Census goes online

Society of Genealogists has 12 million names online

1790 Survey of the High Roads from London

Is there a difference between Ancestry and Starbucks?

Hidden Lives Revealed

Peter's Tips

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30th July 2013


Barnardo's to scrap priceless photo archive?

Free access to England & Wales 1911 census

Last chance to save at Genes Reunited ENDS THURSDAY

Irish certificates: clarification

Australia: National Family History Month

Royal Australian Air Force casualty database

Crew Lists at The Genealogist

Can an error be a good thing?

Name variants at findmypast - pitfalls and pluses

God helps those who help themselves

Your Match Potential has gone up!

Reading between the lines

Do you have an Ancestry tree?

Old dads have more daughters

2012/13 death rates higher than expected

Church closures coming to an end

Peter's Tips

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17th July 2013


The future of the UK Census

World War 1 flying records to be digitised

2 million more Hertfordshire records online

Irish 'certificates' now available over email

West Yorkshire burials and cremations online

New Zealand Family History Fair

Want to know what's new at Ancestry?

Errors in online trees: continued

12 months for the price of 6 at Genes Reunited EXCLUSIVE

Does researching your tree make you happier?

June 1837 baptisms

Dumb software

Book Sale at the National Archives - save up to 70%

Where are all the 90 year-olds?

Peter's Tips

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1 July 2013


Is the UK Census going - or simply changing?

How to keep the census

Missing baptism? Try June 1837

Errors in online trees

Ancestry to kill off Old Search

1.2 million more Welsh records at findmypast

Correction: ScotlandsPlaces

Can the EU stop us researching our ancestors?

False rumours spook Canadian genealogists

Does Prince William really have Indian ancestry?

Social class is inherited from grandparents say researchers

Recycling of graves in London cemeteries

Danger is my middle name

Genealogy in the Sunshine: update

Peter's Tips

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20th June 2013


Last chance to save 10% on findmypast subscriptions ENDS SOON

Lives of the First World War

Ancestry add Surrey parish registers

Lincolnshire parish registers online at findmypast

Problems with online trees - have you been affected?

New South Wales wills to go online

Canada: is the 1921 Census about to be released?

Ireland: hopes of early release of 1926 Census dashed

Tracing Your Irish History on the Internet

Scottish tax records online

Can you claim an Arctic Star medal or Bomber Command clasp?

Debate over the future of the UK census continues

Ancestry errors - the saga continues

Findmypast advert embarrassment

Could you be replaced by a computer?

Perfidious ancestors

New TV series: Secrets from the Workhouse

Nearly 7 million newspaper pages at findmypast

Privacy in the news

Genealogy in the sunshine

Peter's Tips

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1st June 2013


The future of the UK Census EXCLUSIVE

How would you improve the National Archives website?

1895 Valuation Rolls live at Scotlandspeople

Good news! Findmypast offer extended EXCLUSIVE

450,000 new parish records at findmypast

The bells are ringing....

Who did your relative marry?

Ancestry errors: latest

Early colour movie shows London in 1927

Reprobate relative reportedly rides round recklessly

Austerity and our ancestors

Researching your military ancestors GUEST AUTHOR

Childhood memories

Knocking down 'brick walls'

Using logic to solve puzzles

Peter's Tips

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23rd May 2013


Ancestry fix 733,809 errors EXCLUSIVE

Is FamilySearch any more reliable?

Where to look for wills

What's your 'Match Potential'?

Life on Mars

Ashes to Ashes

LostCousins member witnesses fire

Brain training for genealogists

etaoin shrdlu

The inventive Rector of Runwell

Findmypast offer ENDS 31ST MAY

Hackers continue to cause distress

Peter's Tips

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12th May 2013


Save 10% on all subscriptions

Twin studies reveal connections between Europeans

Have you ever met your 'lost cousins'?

Aberystwyth Crew Lists

Fire at the National Library of Wales

Ashes remain unclaimed

City of London Cemetery: grave risks for ancestors

Brighton burial records disappearing

Correcting errors on certificates

Ancestry data problems cause confusion

Curiouser and curiouser....

Have you seen this message?

Up to 1 million Facebook accounts at risk

Peter's Tips

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25th April 2013


Come to our 9th Birthday party

Bring your friends and relatives

Save on DNA tests ENDS TUESDAY

GRO - the next step?

Books online - a new source

London Gardens Online

Cradle to grave

Tracing your ancestors through death records

Who will inherit your online accounts?

Online archives of the Imperial War Museum

War memorial to be corrected after nearly a century

Saving $$$ at Ancestry

Searching for living relatives

Door to door challenge: solution

Statistics and genealogy

Peter's Tips

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8 April 2013


Last chance to save at findmypast ENDS THURSDAY

GRO still stuck in the 19th century

Have you claimed your free LostCousins subscription?

Coming soon: a new way to make breakthroughs

Facebook clues can reveal your secrets

Policeman's helmet bears 1897 bloodstain

DNA discovery rewrites human history

Want to know more about DNA?

Railway uncovers 14th century burial ground

Emigration to a new world

Speeches that were never made

Door to Door challenge

Peter's Tips

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29 March 2013


Completely free for Easter!

Save 10% on findmypast subscriptions

Free access to the 1901 and 1911 Censuses ENDS MONDAY

2 million East Kent parish records officially released

500,000 Wiltshire marriages online

New Irish records

6.5 million newspaper pages now online

How to find more cousins

Cousins as DNA donors

Have they found King Alfred?

Manor Park cemetery records complete

Confusion as Kent newspaper goes online

Get copies of register entries - free!

One member's guide to self-publishing

Scanning documents on the move

Forum takes shape

Protecting your email account

Peter's Tips

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13 March 2013


Is DNA testing of any value to genealogists?

When to use DNA tests

Search for living relatives at findmypast

Were you in the WRVS?

Reserved occupations in World War 2

Mystery man unmasked

Era editor was member's ancestor

Welsh newspapers free online

Do you have ancestors from Kent?

2 million more Westminster records online now

Finding your London ancestors in workhouse records

Did your ancestors own slaves?

Problems with Ancestry's New Search

Email scams hit family historians

Peter's Tips

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3 March 2013


The numbers are looking good

New Zealand census finally goes ahead

Kent registers indexed at findmypast

Irish records online

A million more London Poor Law records at Ancestry

Find your way around London

London wills

Hillingdon Archives closing for 9 months (at least)

More details on Yorkshire records

Devon quarter sessions

Digging into the crime records

You DON'T want to find your ancestors here....

Were you at the Show last week?

Highlights from past newsletters: April 2005

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum

The Beginner's Guide to Forums

Nicknames - follow-up

Don't be a chump!

Peter's Tips

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23 February 2013


Show report: Who Do You Think You Are? Live

Crime records online now at findmypast

DNA tests for £30!

Genes Reunited offers 15% discount

National Library of Wales to digitise newspapers

Yorkshire records to be digitised

Hertfordshire parish registers online at last

Visiting the graves of my ancestors

Manor Park Cemetery over-run by brambles

Wild boy Peter commemorated

Were your ancestors miners?

Second source for information on entertainers

Birthday Book challenge goes online

Car crash reveals time capsule

Palaeography: the study of old handwriting

Forum launch getting closer

Ancestry change cancellation procedure



8 February 2013


Coming soon.... the LostCousins forum!

Ancestry add Manchester registers

Scotland Valuation Rolls for 1905 now online

Millions more Irish court records online

Hertfordshire register delays frustrate researchers

Not going to the Who Do You Think You Are show?

Was that marriage illegal, criminal, or both?

Facebook spoof highlights concerns

Undercover cops "used identities of dead children"

DNA chip could help detectives

King Richard III - what does the discovery mean for you and me?

Could graveyard destruction be a good thing?

Giant genes sought in Northern Ireland

I've danced with a man, who's danced with a girl...

Deceased Online add East London records

Birthday Book challenge still unsolved

Last chance to download guide to South African research

100 year-old man is still working

Trying to find an article? Now it's easy....

Peter's Tips


25 Jan 2013


Offers expiring in the next few days

Ireland DOUBLES certificate prices

Storing information as DNA

Divorce records online at Ancestry

Findmypast add Irish BMD indexes

Book review: Birth, Marriage & Death Records

How to complete a census form

Top South African site to close

English wills from US sources?

Scottish cemetery inscriptions

Your cousins are dying to hear from you

Birthday Book - the final clues

Peter's Tips


12 January 2013


Child migration scandal on film

Ancestry add passenger lists 1890-1960

Tube is 150 years old

Are you sitting comfortably?

New online resources for 2013

Have you claimed your free credits?

Last chance to get a free upgrade

Do you believe what's in the newspapers?

Birthday Book - the final chapter

Genealogists for Families

Local BMD records offer more

GRO indexes after 2005

Tracking down WW1 soldiers

Technology has its uses

Peter's Tips


1st January 2013


New Year resolutions for family historians

Good news - findmypast offer extended

Free credits offer also extended

Three days left to save at Family Tree DNA

Birthday Book mystery deepens

Who was Mary Ann Thompson?

Was Queen Victoria a good mother?

Earl of Essex's legacy lives on

Preserving your family's history

Peter's Tips


25th December 2012


A present for EVERY reader

Remember to claim your free LostCousins subscription

Finding a Box of Family Letters

Christmas Challenge

Co-habiting couples conundrum

Woman to marry twin sister's murderer

Register of Services

Scottish site offers scanned images

High speed scanner - a book a minute!

A Christmas Carol?

Northern Ireland BMD prices rise

Essex completes online register collection

Last chance to save on DNA tests

Peter's Tips


19 December 2012


Findmypast Christmas offer

Find a cousin for Christmas!

We all have hundreds of DNA flaws

Pre-1837 birth certificates

Radio Times from 1923-2009 digitised

London bomb map goes online

Wartime posters

World War 2 Christmas cards delivered after 70 years

Deeds Registries

Somerset parish records

Ancestry launch US newspaper site

More army pension records online

Choosing a World subscription

Kate's family tree controversy

Peter's Tips


28 November 2012


Warwickshire Quarter Sessions Records online

Masterclass: follow-up

Make the most of the IGI

Shirley it's a mistake?

Life and death of a servant girl

Newspaper issues resolved

Book review: Welsh Genealogy

Irish Army Census of 1922

British Columbia BMDs online

Ancestry's new Privacy Policy

Stairway to Heaven?

Peter's Tips


18 November 2012


World War 1 records saved

Did findmypast jump the gun?

'Dead' man celebrates 106th birthday

MASTERCLASS: Tracking down pre-1837 baptisms and marriage

How to be accurate - and why it matters!

Last chance to search 1911 free

Ireland - National Archives launches new website

Scottish wills from 1902-25 now online

Adoption in England & Wales before 1927

Non-Anglican religious marriages

Birmingham electoral rolls online

Birmingham parish registers offline

Essex Record Office expands online register collection

National Archives to open up Community

Last chance to save on Who Do You Think You Are? tickets

How to find your British ancestors in the newspapers

Searching Australian newspapers

Did your migrant ancestors change their name?

Write about your sporting relative and win a prize!

Peter's Tips


5 November 2012


Fireworks at the General Register Office?

World War One records free at

Confusion over World subscriptions

Kent records at FamilySearch - but are they available?

Project traces the lives of Tasmanian convicts

The last woman hanged in Edinburgh

School records to be digitised?

20th century school records

Dad's Army records for Durham online

Members sought for TNA Advisory Group

What constitutes proof?

Unreliable information

Modern British Childhood exhibition

Family traits part 3

Find your ancestors using Google

Beware the whingers

Competition results

Peter's Tips


25 October 2012


Ancestry sell out (again)

Findmypast offer World subscription at UK site

Search the 1911 Census free

Family traits - follow up

Do you have traces of other peoples' DNA in your body?

Taking a DNA test

British Newspaper Archive heading for findmypast?

Marriage myths debunked in new book

Should young lovers be Frank and Earnest...

When time of birth appears on the certificate

Open Sesame!

Adoption records

56 million new Australian & New Zealand records online

Jefferson Tayte will be back in December!

What's new at FamilySearch?

Peter's Tips


2 October 2012


Save $$$s on an Ancestry subscription

Nearly 6 million newspaper pages online

Life on the edge

Find your DNA partners NEW FEATURE

Who should I be looking for?

When the paper-trail runs out....

It's not all good news

Would you want a jailbird in your tree?

Choosing a testing company

Inheriting family traits

Findmypast adds 175,000 Middlesex records

Ancestry lets schedule numbers slip

Should you believe what you read on the Internet?

2012 Jam Competition

Peter's Tips


22 September 2012


DNA - what's it all about?

How DNA is inherited

How can a Y-DNA test help?

What will an mtDNA test tell you?

Are autosomal DNA tests the future?

Reconstructing the DNA of your ancestors

Genes for face shape identified

DNA may identify remains of King Richard III

Could a child have THREE parents?

MPs warn about scrapping census

Volunteers to share BMD data - watch out GRO!

National Archives - website changes

Blast from the past

Steve Robinson interview  EXCLUSIVE

Genes Reunited offer 15% discount

Peter's Tips


9 September 2012


GRO responds to Freedom of Information request

A new strategy for the GRO

Meanwhile in Ireland....

Would you believe it?

More errors on marriage certificates

Errors on marriage certificates - an insider's view

Corrections in the marriage register

Parish registers - the inside story

Ancestry expand Dorset collection and start work on Surrey to offer worldwide subscription?

Removing living people from your family tree

Time to research your Scotch ancestry?

Message in bottle sets world record

Lloyd's Captains Registers

Brick wall #3: Mary Pike (continued)

A Boy named Sue (continued)

Hampshire Open Day is free

Dad's Army records may stay closed

Where will it end?

Peter's Tips


24 August 2012


LostCousins is TOTALLY free over the holiday weekend

1911 Census free at Ancestry

GRO vs local registrars

Errors on marriage certificates (continued)

A Boy Named Sue?

Is the answer staring you in the face?

Brick wall #3: Mary Pike

Brick wall #4: Peter Lawden

Are you up against a 'brick wall' of your own?

Find your US cousins now!

British Library electoral registers delayed to 2013

Pinpointing parishes in 1851

The oldest family on the planet

Using case studies and challenges to train others

How to get in touch

Peter's Tips


11 August 2012


LostCousins honours gold medallists

TNA to charge £80 per hour for research

GRO shelve digitisation project

Errors on marriage certificates: follow-up

Breaking through the 'brick walls'

Techniques for breaking down 'brick walls'

Brick wall #1: William Fletcher

Brick wall #2: Adolphus Carpenter

Genes Reunited tree problems

Ancestry's Lancashire registers disappoint launches with early-bird discount

Ancestry offer free access to the complete 1940 Census

Members still saving $$$ at Ancestry

Peter's Tips


27 July 2012


My cousin held the Olympic flag!

Findmypast offer

GRO article strikes chord

Even more Scottish directories online

Ancestry release Lancashire registers

More Probate Office trouble

Did you sign up as an organ donor?

Fathers on marriage certificates

Applying quantum theory to family history

Genes Reunited tree changes prove controversial

The elusive Gifford Few

Do you have a challenge for LostCousins members?


14 July 2012


Canterbury Cathedral Archives now online

Ancestry updates Jewish burial index

Lancashire registers imminent?

New FamilySearch worth a closer look

Plastic surgery for victims of the Great War

Welsh photographs online

Scottish directory collection exceeds target

Northern Ireland BMD registers to go online

GRO certificate sales fall again

Twins born in different countries!

Save 10% on ALL subscriptions

Did you try my 'brick wall' challenge?

How to knock down a 'brick wall'

Another challenge to solve

Will your newsletters stop arriving?

"Digging Up Your Roots" in 2013

Probate office fiasco

Is there such a thing as a free will?

How you can save lives

Peter's Tips


29 June 2012


Old FamilySearch - gone for good?

Canadian records free until Monday at Ancestry

Canada 1881 census - free at FamilySearch

Celebrate Canada Day at LostCousins

Independence Week for US cousins

Another chance to knock down a Long brick wall

Millions more Welsh records at findmypast

British Telecom archives will be free online

50,000 graves in path of new rail line

How Booth's map has changed

Foundlings: from the 18th to the 21st century

World War 2 service records affected by delays

BMD certificates - petition fiasco

Would you allow your family tree to be sold?

Vicki saves $230 on Ancestry subscription!

You're never too old

Peter's Tips


16 June 2012


Breaking down 'brick walls'

CHALLENGE: can you break down this 'brick wall'?

Index to newsletters from 2009-2010

WW1 and WW2 PoW records go online

Occupations in the censuses

Save real money on your Ancestry subscription

Facebook to release personal details

Will Ancestry be bought by Facebook?

How to switch back to the 'old' Ancestry search

FamilySearch begins to close down its old site

Yes! You can still use the old FamilySearch site

Are older people really more resistant to change?

English sisters are the world's oldest siblings

Online information at the National Archives

We are all world experts!

Findmypast adds 'My saved records'

Do your cousins a favour

Maximise the usefulness of your My Cousins page

The Princess letters

Peter's Tips


1 June 2012


Did your relative work in the Royal Household?

National Archives reprise Victoria's jubilees

Queen Victoria's journals go online

The challenges and benefits of longevity

Why you should organise your research

It's never too late.... or is it?

Who is your cousin?

Using the Historical Research category

Ancestry extends probate coverage to 1966

Genes Reunited upgrades search

Plymouth & West Devon records finally online

Essex registers delayed

Ancestry Library Edition

Would you like a reminder?

Genealogists for Families hits milestone

London is the 6th most populous French city

Dickens exhibition ends June 10th

DNA analysis may reveal yeti secrets

Peter's Tips


18 May 2012


Who Do You Think You Are? cancelled in US


Belfast cemetery records online

Old FamilySearch

Introducing the new look findmypast

Smart census searches

Searching by occupation

Scotland: good news and bad news

Ancestry vs findmypast

Reminder: exclusive offer ENDS MONDAY

How humans got to be so brainy - the answer's in your DNA

Is this a coincidence?

Marry in haste, repent at leisure

Make it easy for your cousins to reply

What's in a name?

Peter's Tips


5 May 2012


Save on findmypast subscriptions

Is the cost of your hobby going up?

Ancestry terms & conditions revised

FamilySearch - old site on the way out?

Dorset crew lists online at Ancestry

Massive DNA project offers hopes for better health

When is a nephew not a nephew?

Remembering my 'uncle'

The results your cousins deserve

British woman registers 161 word name!

Irish births, marriages, and deaths

GRO obstinacy holds back research

Unnamed birth registrations - follow up

What is a 'nurse child'?

An unusual cause of death?

Missing wills discovered in boxes

Naturalisations - follow up

Documentaries of the 1940s go online

Peter's Tips


16 April 2012


End of the line for Birmingham graveyard?

Voices of Titanic survivors

Naturalisation records at the National Archives

They shall remain nameless

Finding children who died as infants

Analysing baptism register entries

OAP mothers on the way?

DNA - taking the plunge!

Browsing parish registers at findmypast

Will you live longer if you make a will?

Forged wills in the 1840s

How to avoid your cousins

Ancestry adds Surrey marriages

Findmypast adds more parish records

More census anomalies

Whingeing poms?

Overseas members make big Ancestry savings

Peter's tips


6 April 2012


Ancestry offer free access to US records

Westminster records fill London gap

Scotlandspeople adds 1915 Valuation

Summer was dangerous in Tudor times

New maritime BMD records at findmypast

Titanic myths

The Great Lafayette

Are you researching your spouse's ancestors?

Beware of scams

BMD certificates - the saga continues

Half of my ancestors were women

Oral History Society offers introductory course

Double-counting in the census

Army record delays

Where are the Canterbury Cathedral records?

Peter's Tips


17 March 2012


Success! GRO holds BMD certificate prices

Last chance to save on findmypast subscriptions

Use the right button to speed up your online research

The rarest search in the world

Are official records ever wrong?

St Patrick's Day savings

"A Lion Tamer in the Family"

The possibilities of DNA

Were single mothers better off in the 19th Century?

Findmypast heads for Westminster

Peter's Tips


6 March 2012


How to win the lottery

LostCousins members win 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes!

Welsh parish records arrive at findmypast

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: All findmypast subscriptions under £99

Finding births and marriages in the death indexes

Searching for US deaths

Ancestry add London school records

Why I took up genealogy – a reader writes

Using DNA to knock down 'brick walls'

Who was Carl Marx?

Titanic errors

Peter's Tips


26 February 2012


LostCousins members scoop top prizes!

Irish court records now online

More merchant seamen records at findmypast

Bill saves $250 on his Ancestry subscription!

Old FamilySearch link bounces back

Hertfordshire registers to be digitised

Pictures from an exhibition

Doing things the old way....

The simple way to check or update an entry

Titanic stories

Interviewing older relatives - useful guidelines

Wearable camera jogs failing memories

How to get the most from this newsletter

Finding the answers through DNA

Can you succeed where MI5 failed?

Peter's Tips


12 February 2012


How to save $$$ on an Ancestry subscription

Ancestry reach 1.7 million subscribers!

Brightsolid opens up in the US

Save 10% on ALL Genes Reunited subscriptions

A Titanic discovery

Knocking down more 'brick walls'

Don't believe everything you read on the Internet

Story competition - results due soon

Advertising Standards Authority bans certificate scams

Did you spot the fake website?

What should you do if you're contacted by an heir hunter?

How to find the OLD FamilySearch site

Thank goodness for transcription errors!

Do the dead outnumber the living?

Peter's tips


29 January 2012


MASTERCLASS: finding birth certificates

1911 abduction fears exaggerated

Census hoax email prompts ONS warning

Could you spot a fake heir hunter?

Your life in their hands

British Newspaper Archive proves too popular!

Electoral Rolls disappoint

Using the Address Search at findmypast

"On the Street Where You Live"

More clues from newspapers

Do you have ancestors from Kent?

When was your grandfather born?

Don't leave it too late!

Peter's Tips


15 January 2012


The future of certificates

Memo to the Registrar General

Have you been approached by an 'Heir Hunter'?

FamilySearch add index to Norfolk registers

East Anglian Film Archive

London electoral rolls at Ancestry

Genes Reunited offers new route to newspaper archive

Did you miss out on a free subscription?

Getting more information from the 1911 Census

Still celebrating New Year's Eve on 13 January!

Save on printed family trees

BBC radio programme solves mystery for member

A right Royal round-robin

Predictions come true a century later

Do you have Viking DNA?

Family Tree Maker warning


2 January 2012


LostCousins member honoured by the Queen

Good news! Christmas offer extended

EXCLUSIVE findmypast discount

What's coming to Ancestry & findmypast in 2012?

When Christmas was cancelled

Putting a face to your 'lost cousins'

Is your online information a security risk?

Wedding ring found on carrot

Don't overpay for certificates!

When is a 25% discount not a bargain?

Free searches of the US 1940 census are promised

Which subscription site is the best?

How long does it take to find a 'lost cousin'?

Peter's Tips