- ROYAL NAVY - Key Dates 1847 - 1945

ROYAL NAVY - Key Dates 1847 - 1945



1854 - 1856

Crimean War



Indian Mutiny



Occupation of Beijing



Invasion of Afghanistan



Fleet sent to Istanbul


- Parish Records

Starting your search

[IMAGE-1] 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.




[IMAGE-1] 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.


- Royal Navy Lists are like a catalogue of history

Royal Navy Lists

[IMAGE-1] 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.


- 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

[IMAGE-1] 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.

11-Nov-12 NEWS

Category - In the 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.


New Record Collections

Category - In the News

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



Military POW Newsletter November 2012

Category - Newsletters 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



2012 Oct Discovering Nuggets of Gold

Category - Newsletters
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.



Who do you think you are? BBC

Category - In the News

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?