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ROYAL NAVY - Key Dates 1847 - 1945


1854 - 1856

Crimean War


Indian Mutiny


Occupation of Beijing


Invasion of Afghanistan



Fleet sent to Istanbul

Read More » - Royal Navy Lists are like a catalogue of history

Royal Navy Lists

 The Royal Navy Lists are like a catalogue of history - The Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, the occupation of Beijing and Egypt all of which involved the supply of troops and the protection of troop transports and much later conflicts such as the Boer War and the forcing of the Dardanelles in the First World War.

The Navy Lists contain the details of all Royal Navy and Royal Marine commissioned officers on the Active List of those serving at the time of publication. It was said that every Captain in the Navy had a copy of the list as he was always anxious to know the exact status and seniority of other officers he met.

Read More » - TRACING WILLS AFTER 1858


 You will find it very easy to trace English and Welsh wills and administrations made since January 1858; the Principal Registry in London holds records since that date.

Over the years, most copies of wills held by families, executors or administrators have been lost. However, the originals are preserved in official court records. The Probate Act of 1857 required that all applications for probate or administration be made to the newly established civil Court of Probate with Probate Registries across England and Wales. The Principal Registry in London holds copies of all the wills proved, or administrations granted, in these registries. It also has calendars (alphabetical lists of wills proved and administrations granted) since 1858. Microfilms of the calendars for 1858-1935 can be seen at the Society of Genealogists and other major archives. Copies of Welsh wills (except Montgomeryshire) are also held at the National Library of Wales.

Read More » - Parish Records

Starting your search

 Old parish records provide vital evidence of your ancestors' baptisms, marriages and burials. Detailed indexes and guides can help you to track them down

The Phillimore Parish Marriage registers are fully transcribed although the images are not available.

Parish registers - the Church's records of baptisms, marriages and burials-date from the 16th century and are key to finding out about your family's past before the introduction of civil records. If your ancestors stayed in one place for centuries you may be able to find generations of your family among the records of just one church.

Read More » - Britons Abroad

Most people can find relatives who in the past were forced or chose to go overseas. A wealth of material in British and foreign archives can help you to track them down

Britons abroad - A roaming nation

 At some stage you will probably discover family members who emigrated from the British Isles, for reasons ranging from religious persecution to transportation or just the search for a better life.
Hundreds of thousands of people left for the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries. Around 10 million Britons emigrated in the 19th century, to the United States and all parts of the British Empire. Searching for overseas links with your past is exciting. But it is crucial to do your homework before undertaking research abroad.

Read More » NEWS

November 11, 2012

New Military Records released online

Military Records and Newsletter




October 10, 2012

Who do you think you are? 

Tonight BBC1 9.00 PM Featuring Actress Celia Imrie.

Read More » New Record Collections

NEW Records now online...

NEW - November 2012

British Officers Prisoners of War 1914-1918

Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

The Bond of Sacrifice - A Biographical Record of British Officers Who Fell in the Great War


Read More » Military POW Newsletter November 2012 remembers the fallen with New Military Records releases three new military datasets for the first time containing lists of more than 35,000 British and Dominion Officers who were killed or captured during the Great War. We are proud to have added the following to our website:

British Officers Prisoners of War 1914-1918

Officers Died in the Great War 1914-1919

The Bond of Sacrifice - A Biographical Record of British Officers Who Fell in the Great War


Read More » 2012 Oct Discovering Nuggets of Gold
Familyrelatives ring new changes with the release of Telephone Directories from Africa and the Caribbean. Rest of the World Records



Discovering Nuggets of Gold

 Are telephone directories just about numbers or are they a window into the past?  If we take a closer look they reveal so much that is interesting from a historical aspect.

Familyrelatives is delighted to add some truly unique records to our expanding collection and existing 850 million records. We have added over 200,000 records in a number of directories which are from our Rest of the World Collection providing some fascinating insights.


Read More » Who do you think you are? BBC

Wednesday August 22, 2012

Who do you think you are? Episode 2

Featuring Gregg Wallace, if you missed this episode its available on BBC iplayer 

Celebrity genealogy series. Gregg Wallace sets out to solve a long-standing mystery: what happened to his great-grandfather, who abandoned his family?


Summer Offer 2012 This page has now moved please click here 

Read More » The Name Game

Nominative determinism - the name game

"Nominative determinism is a comparatively recent term for the theory that a person's name can have a significant role in determining key aspects of their job, profession or even character. It was a commonly held notion in the ancient world." source wikipedia

The concept of nominative determinism although relatively new in name has been around for hundreds of years. If you are looking for a name to research or for a child's first name, has over 750 million names to choose from. But have a look at some of the first names and surnames we have found below in the GRO indexes. If you have found a name that should be listed please let us know.

Read More » - 70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

70th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor remembers those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor.

 December the 7th 2011 marks the 70th anniversary of the "Day of Infamy" when Japanese Imperial forces launched an unprovoked attack on the United States Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii causing the biggest single loss in US maritime history.

"At dawn on Sunday December 7, 1941, more than half the United States Pacific Fleet, approximately 150 vessels and service craft, lay at anchor or alongside piers in Pearl Harbor. All but one of the Pacific fleet's battleships were in port that morning, most of them moored to quays flanking Ford Island.     By 10:00 a.m., the tranquil Sunday calm had been shattered. Twenty-one vessels lay sunk or damaged, the fighting backbone of the fleet apparently broken. Smoke from burning planes and hangars filled the sky, while oil from sinking ships clogged the harbor. Death was everywhere."

Read More » Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame Hall of Fame for Births using the General Register Office Birth indexes we have tracked down the births of well known celebrity names.

Here is an example of the information you will find in the BMD indexes, by searching for Christian Bale the famous Hollywood actor enter his details in the search page his entry appears in the second quarter.

The following will usually appear, the year, the quarter, the name of the child - surname and forenames (and initial for third forename) the mother’s maiden name, the district and volume and page number of the reference required for ordering a birth certificate.

Read More » Events - Courses & Talks


The Heritage Family History e-Course:

Researching Your Family History

In this new e-course Celia Heritage will guide you through the pitfalls of tracing your family tree and give you tips to overcome any problems, while also taking a detailed look at the records and resources you will need in order to help you get the most from them. This in-depth course is aimed at those who are really serious about their family history and wish to learn all they can about the records they are using and develop a sound research technique to ensure they are tracing the correct family every step of the way. It also highlights the ways in which you can find out all you can about your ancestors rather than having just a list of names and dates.


Read More » 2011 November 20,000,000 Military Records remembers
fallen with 20 Million Records

Armistice Day also known as Remembrance Day is on November 11 and commemorates the armistice signed between the Allied Forces and Germany for the cessation of hostilities on the western Front which took place at eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

It was said at the time that World War I was the war to end all wars, sadly every decade of the 20th century has seen conflicts since.

Read More » New Early 19th Century Records Added

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How are Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and the Regent Bridge connected? adds Scottish Trade Directories dating back 185 years.
Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
Read More » Who's Who & National Biography Newsletter

 Who's Who & National Biography collection February 2011 Newsletter
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We thought you would like to know that is one of the fastest growing Family History websites for amateur genealogists and professional family historians alike where 750 million records are available to search.

At £30 for a 12 month subscription is also one of the most cost effective ways of researching you family history. Why not have a look at what you can search:
Read More » BerkshireParish Registers

BerkshireParish Registers, Volume 1

BerkshireParish Registers, Volume 1. These registers contain the Marriage records from the following parishes: Wantage 1538-1837, West Woodhay 1653-1812

Edited by: W.P.W. Phillimore, M.A., B.C.L.
Issued to the Subscribers by Phillimore & Co., 124 Chancery Lane

BerkshireParish Registers, Volume 2

BerkshireParish Registers, Volume 2. These registers contain the Marriage records from the following parishes: Bradfield 1559-1812, Buscot 1676-1812, Harwell 1559-1837, Kingston Lisle 1560-1837, Purley 1662-1837, Sparsholt 1559-1812, Sulham 1723-1836, West Hanney 1561-1837, 

Read More » Buckinghamshire (9 vols)

Buckinghamshire Parish Registers, Volume 1

Buckinghamshire Parish Registers, Volume 1. These registers contain the Marriage records from the following parishes: Cheddington 1552-1812, Cholesbury 1576-1810, Edlesborough 1568-1812, Hawridge 1600-1812, Masworth 1591-1812, Mentmore 1575-1812, Pitstone 1576-1812, Slapton 1653-1812, Soulbury 1575-1812

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