Monday, 4 January 2010

The National Archives

Here is a link to a site that I think is very useful. It provides downloadable files (at a fee unfortunately) and general information on Family History as well as other various bits:

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

This next link is the page of The National Archives where you can download files (such as Wills, WW1 Campaign Medals, Domesday Book (Land Tax), WW2 Seamen's Medals & War Diaries):

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

If you after the Irish National Archives, here is the link:

http://www.nationalarchives.ie/

The next link is for the 1911 Irish Census as provided by Irelands National Archives:

http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/

Saturday, 2 January 2010

Free Ancestry.com at Libraries

For those of you living in England (I don't know if any other Countries offer this type of thing as I've never had to look), if you want to use Ancestry.com for FREE then check with your local Library as some (but not all) offer Library members the chance to use it for free. If your local Library doesn't offer it then try another Library nearby (maybe in the City/City Centre area where you live). If the library has a Local Studies and/or Family History section then chances are they might have it. If they do have it, it'll be called Ancestry.com Library Edition but it's near enough the same as the Ancestry.com that People can use at home.

If you live in other countries then it still might be worth checking out whether your Local Library, Record Office/Archives or Family History Society offers this service. But, unfortunately, I can't guarantee it.
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