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Jump back in time – Image Archive pictures now pinned to maps


TheGenealogist has just added a marvellous new feature which makes its Map Explorer™ resource even more appealing for family historians.


Image Archive pictures located on georeferenced old and modern maps using the Map Explorer™ 


Already boasting georeferenced historical and modern maps, Tithe Records and Maps to look for your Victorian ancestors’ homes, Lloyd George Domesday Records and Maps for nearly one million individuals, Headstones and War memorials, the mapping interface now also allows TheGenealogist’s Diamond subscribers the ability to also see what their ancestors’ towns and areas in the U.K. once looked like. With the addition of these period photographs of street scenes and parish churches where researchers' ancestors may have been baptised, married and buried, this new feature allows subscribers to jump back in time.


This release sees the ever-multiplying collection of historical photographs from TheGenealogist’s Image Archive accessible for the first time from inside Map Explorer™ as a recordset layer. The various images for an area have their locations pinpointed on the maps allowing family historians to explore their ancestors’ hometowns and other landmarks from around their area.


When viewing an Image Archive record in TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™, the family history researcher is shown the image’s location on the map as well as from what point of view the photographer took the photo. Also included underneath the historical image is a modern map and street view (where it's available) so that the person researching their past family’s area is able to compare the picture from the past with how the area looks today. When used in conjunction with the other georeferenced maps and associated records, TheGenealogist’s Map Explorer™ is a highly valuable tool for those researching their family history. 


See the photo location, the photographer position, plus a modern map and street view (where available) enabling a comparison to be made of the image and how the area looks today


Watch this short video to learn more about this great new feature:



You can read more and see examples in the article: Images from ancestors’ hometowns on Map Explorer™ allows us to “see” where they lived through their own eyes.



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Free Genealogy Records Encourage Beginners to Stay at Home and Research Their Family Tree


Begin a lifetime of discovery with TheGenealogist’s FREE “First Steps” package


TheGenealogist is offering a package of their most useful record sets, their image archive and digital magazines for beginners to use for 3 months. No card details, no subscription, just completely free.


With so many of us staying at home, now is the perfect time to make a start on your family tree. It’s the perfect hobby; both rewarding and mentally stimulating.


You can begin your discovery now at https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/first-steps/


Your Free First Steps will include:


  • Complete Birth, Marriage & Death records index for England and Wales 1837-2005
  • English & Welsh Census Records to see where ancestors were living in 1891, 1901 and 1911
  • TreeView the online family tree builder
  • Image Archive of churches, places and people from the past 
  • A high quality monthly digital magazine packed full of stories, case studies, social history articles and research advice

TheGenealogist’s First Steps package will give those beginning their journey on the compelling road to discovering their ancestors some excellent family history resources.


You can find out more about this package at https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/first-steps/


Read the article: How to start your family history 



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!


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New church images added to TheGenealogist

Latest news from TheGenealogist is the addition of nearly 2,000 images to their special photo based 'Image Archive'. These new images show churches nationwide from 1870 - 1920, and are ideal for seeing where your ancestors may have been baptised, married, or buried.

These images are free to view, and all Diamond Personal Premium subscribers to TheGenealogist can view, save and print large high resolution images.

Parish church images

New parish church images now available on TheGenealogist

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New 'Image Archive' launched by TheGenealogist

Latest developments from TheGenealogist have seen the introduction of a new 'Image Archive' addition to the family history website. TheGenealogist is the first family history website to launch a dedicated 'Image Archive' that allows you to view both 3D and standard images. The  images are free for everyone to search and view and cover the period from 1850 to 1940.  See www.TheGenealogist.co.uk/ImageArchive These historical pictures allow you to relive the past through the eyes of your ancestors.   The Image Archive allows anyone to search and view images of towns, landmarks, churches, resorts, occupations and military campaigns. They also include images of social interest showing how your ancestors could have led their lives. You may even be able to find the church where your ancestor was baptised or married.

Crystal Palace 1860

Crystal Palace 1860 as featured in the Image Archive

Diamond subscribers to TheGenealogist will be able to view and download the images in a high resolution format for extra clarity. Find our more at www.TheGenealogist.co.uk/ImageArchive
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