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Great online course to break down those brick walls!

English or Welsh family tree brick walls? Why not get some help?

There’s a well received beginners level course, delivered weekly to your computer to study when you want, which offers information packed, step-by-step tutorials. Provided by Nick Thorne (a.k.a. The Nosey Genealogist), it’s great for those people new to family history who would like some expert guidance on how to find their way around those potential difficulties and pitfalls that we all stumble across when researching our family history.

Also of great  benefit to those who are a bit more advanced, this course quickly takes the student on to look at the many different record sets and archives that you may not have thought to look. Places that your ancestors may be hiding in full sight.

Nick Thorne is a leading family historian (with a number of years of researching family histories behind him) and in the course there are also some contributions from Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content from TheGenealogist.co.uk

Topics covered in the 12 months include:

The census collections; The Parish records; The Parish Chest; Dade Registers; County Record offices; Nonconformist; Religious records; Clandestine marriages; City and Town Directories; Census substitutes; Apprentices; Professionals; Army ancestors; Royal Navy ancestors; RAF forebears; Merchant Navy ancestors; Illegitimacy; The Workhouse; Poor Law; Death records; Burial; Wills; Rural ancestors; Bankrupts; Black sheep; Genetics and DNA; Occupations; Maps and Charts; The National Archives; Family Search Centres; Passports; Manorial records; Old Newspapers and much more!

It costs £9.95 a month but there’s currently a special trial offer available. It’s well worth checking out at http://familyhistoryresearcher.com/trialoffer/

Family History researcher
New online family history training course

Here are some of the things people are saying about this course:

“You communicate in an understandable way! Thank you for the modules that I have had so far.” P. Martin.

“I have enjoyed the time as a FHR member and thank you for your helping hand in trying to solve a problem printing out the guides.” T. M.   U.K.

“I would like to thank you for the resources, which I have received weekly, they are very interesting and informative, also a big thank you for thebrilliant customer service.” P. Beilby.

“I am finding the course very useful, even though I have been doing family history for many years.” Kind Regards, H. Stephens.

 

Ordering your BMD certificates

For those new to family history research and looking to get hold of copies of birth, marriage or death certificates, it’s important to know how to go about this and to ensure you don’t fall into the trap of paying too much when ordering the certificates.

Ordering a certificate in England & Wales will cost you no more than £9.25 from the General Register Office or GRO, but there are private companies currently charging up to £25 for ordering certificates on your behalf.

Below are a selection of links of where to order birth, death or marriage certificates without paying any surcharges. If you have any other handy tips or links please do let us know!

General Register Office for England and Wales online ordering service current price £9.25

General Register Office for Scotland ordering service

General Register Office for Ireland ordering service current price €20.00 plus postage

General Register Office Northern Ireland ordering service current price £14.00

Isle of Man General Registry ordering service current price £9.50

Completion of BMD Transcription Project

TheGenealogist has now completed transcribing birth, marriage and death records for England and Wales giving a third of a billion fully searchable records. These are also linked into their unique ‘SmartSearch’ facility taking you through a person’s life events.

This release marks the completion of a hugely successful project for TheGenealogist, now providing family historians with fully transcribed BMD records dating back to the start of civil registration in 1837.

What makes this unique is the linked in ‘SmartSearch’ feature, which makes life even easier for the family historian.

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content, explains: “The transcriptions allow us to harness the full power of ‘SmartSearch’ and allow our users to swiftly jump from one record to the next. It’s now possible to move through your ancestral line with unparalleled speed. No other site makes searching for your ancestors so straightforward.”

There’s more details on the completion of this project at www.TheGenealogist.co.uk

For the first time you can go to a death record and see their whole life in just a few clicks.

Linking together the life of a relative can often be a difficult and time consuming task if you don’t have much prior information to go on… however, I’ve found with my subscription to TheGenealogist that this process can be a whole lot simpler with its unique ‘SmartSearch’ facility.  This has been further enhanced by the addition of 14 million newly transcribed death records from 1960 to 1983 to add even more power to the search feature.

With the total of 26 million death records for England and Wales from 1960 to 2005 now available on TheGenealogist, using the unique ‘SmartSearch’ feature, I’ve discovered we can now go from the death record from 1960 to 2005, to a birth record, to finding the parent’s marriage to tracing siblings in very easy steps. The team at TheGenealogist tell me by Christmas the records should stretch back to 1930 adding even more power to our fingertips!

As an example, I’ve used one of the newly transcribed death records on TheGenealogist to see a prime example of how the new records can really benefit your family research. I’ve taken the records of legendary T-Rex guitarist and vocalist, Marc Bolan, who tragically died in 1977 at the age of 29.

Marc Bolan at the height of his fame

His real name was Mark Feld which we can now use to search the death records on TheGenealogist.

Death record result for Mark Feld

 

Marc Bolan Death record
Mark Feld transcribed death record

The ‘SmartSearch’ facility allows us to jump straight to his birth record which links to his parents and potential siblings. Mark didn’t have a brother or sister but we can find full details of his parents Simeon and Phyllis (including marriage record below) which allows us to move onto the next stage of the family tree.

Marriage record details

In my opinion, the 26 million death records now transcribed on TheGenealogist really enhances the ‘SmartSearch’ feature. From a death record it’s now easy to jump to past generations with just a few mouse clicks. You can now start your research with just the basic data and still find results quickly. Searching is now quicker and easier than ever.