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The National Archives Event – Using Migration Records

Talk and document display

Using examples of records and case studies relating to both immigrants and emigrants held in The National Archives collection, this talk will explain how to search for and interpret records such as passenger lists, passports, registration and naturalisation records.

This talk will be delivered by Roger Kershaw, Migration Records Specialist at The National Archives.

Friday 24 April 2020 14:00 – 15:30

To book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/using-migration-records-tickets-93922152687

Timings are indicative. Talk expected to last one hour, including 15 mins for audience Q&A.

TNA runs a range of events and exhibitions on a wide variety of topics. For more details, visit nationalarchives.gov.uk/whatson.

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New Property Records for Greenwich

TheGenealogist has just released over 57,700 individuals from the Greenwich area into its 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.


Lloyd George Domesday Survey of Greenwich from TheGenealogist


By using TheGenealogist’s 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.


Researchers often have difficulty discovering where ancestors lived as road names can change over time. World War II Blitz bombing saw areas destroyed and these sites were altered during redevelopment, making them unrecognizable from what had been there before. Lanes and roads were often lost to build estates and office blocks. The changes over the years can mean that searching for where an ancestor lived using modern maps can be a frustrating experience, as they won’t pinpoint where old properties had once stood.


The Map Explorer™ benefits from a number of georeferenced historic map overlays and modern base maps, allowing users to see how the topography has changed over the years by simply sliding the opacity controls. 


The Lloyd George Domesday Survey records are sourced from The National Archives and are being digitised by TheGenealogist.


  • TheGenealogist’s Lloyd George Domesday records link individual properties to extremely detailed maps used in 1910-1915 
  • Full descriptions of each property with its valuation recorded in field books
  • Locate an address previously found in a census or street directory down to a specific house
  • Fully searchable by name, county, parish and street
  • The maps will zoom in to show the individual properties as they were in 1910-1915
  • Transparency sliders enable you to compare and contrast modern and historic street maps,change the base map displayed to satellite or hybrid to more clearly understand what the area looks like to day 
  • Overlay with a range of old maps to see the wider area as it had once been
  • Allows you to display county or parish boundaries
  • Searching for an ancestor identifies their property with a green pin
  • Check neighbouring properties by clicking the red pins and selecting ‘View Transcript’ 

Read the article: Greenwich property records reveal the lost past much changed by the blitz, bombs and the building of a historic landmark


About TheGenealogist


TheGenealogist is an award-winning online family history website, who put a wealth of information at the fingertips of family historians. Their approach is to bring hard to use physical records to life online with easy to use interfaces such as their Tithe and newly released Lloyd George Domesday collections. 


TheGenealogist’s innovative SmartSearch technology links records together to help you find your ancestors more easily. TheGenealogist is one of the leading providers of online family history records. Along with the standard Birth, Marriage, Death and Census records, they also have significant collections of Parish and Nonconformist records, PCC Will Records, Irish Records, Military records, Occupations, Newspaper record collections amongst many others.


TheGenealogist uses the latest technology to help you bring your family history to life. Use TheGenealogist to find your ancestors today!

 About The National Archives

The National Archives is one of the world’s most valuable resources for research and an independent research organisation in its own right. As the official archive and publisher for the UK government, and England and Wales they are the guardians of some of the UK's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years. Their role is to collect and secure the future of the government record, both digital and physical, to preserve it for generations to come, and to make it as accessible and available as possible. The National Archives brings together the skills and specialisms needed to conserve some of the oldest historic documents as well as leading digital archive practices to manage and preserve government information past, present and future.

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/  http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ 


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Geneanet DNA launched as a beta test service

Geneanet has just launched Geneanet DNA, a new beta test service which allows people to upload the raw data of a DNA test kit taken with any company, to compare it to other Geneanet members’ DNA data, and to find members whith whom they share DNA segments. 

The company, based in France, says you only have to download your raw DNA data from the site of your provider and to upload it to their database. They aim to make it very easy and Geneanet has some help tutorials to aid people who want to take advantage of this European service no matter if you have taken a DNA test kit at AncestryDNA, 23andMe, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA or Living DNA.

Geneanet claims to deal with the rest of it thanks to powerful matching tools.

On thier website they say:

"At Geneanet, we do genealogy, only genealogy. We think that DNA tests are an additional tool for finding new relatives.

Of course, this new service does not replace genealogy research as we do it for years but it’s an additional way of finding new branches and relatives."

See more at: https://en.geneanet.org/genealogyblog/post/2020/02/geneanet-launches-geneanet-dna

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Discover Your Ancestors with issue 9 of the bookazine available now!

For anyone who is looking for a good read then you could do no better than picking up a copy of the new Discover Your Ancestors Issue 9 which has just come off the press and is available now! With articles on tracing your house history, the family history of the cast and the castle of Downton Abbey and items covering criminal gangs to criminal lunatics, it’s a magazine that’s hard to put down.