Useful Information & Help


How to search the Censuses 1841-1901

Category - Census 1841-1901

Learn how to get started with the Censuses in 5 easy Steps

Censuses are invaluable in researching your family history and they are available for you to search as part of the Census Subscription


Search All Datasets with NEW general search feature

Category - NEW Searching

Search All Datasets with NEW general search feature

Familyrelatives has recently introduced a NEW Search feature that allows you to search ALL the USA records at once. This feature is also available with the Australia and Canada datasets.


Search Features - Parish & Trade

Category - Search Features

How to search the Parish and Trade records includes Search features;

The records have been scanned in order to give high quality images of the original.  These have been made word searchable using OCR (Optical Character Recognition) which is the recognition of printed or written text characters by a computer.

As several typefaces, characters and different fonts were used in producing the Parish registers and Trade Directories, OCR will not always recognise letters and words and finding a name may not be as straightforward as using a simple Search as used in other databases where all the names are indexed and only what you enter is found as an exact match.


Search Features & Benefits BMDs

Search Features & Benefits for BMD Indexes

New Search feature - Age at Death GRO Deaths includes an "about Birth date" have introduced a new search aid when searching the GRO (General Register Office) Deaths Indexes from 1866 - 1920 and now includes an "about Birth date" for easier searching and matching.

Many of you asked for enhanced search features at the Family History Show 2008 and we are already working on these. One of them is the "About Birth date" for the GRO death results from 1866 - 1920. The records already provide the Age at Death however it is no longer necessary to try and calculate the approximate Birth date, we have done this for you.



Browsing Overseas Records

Browsing GRO Overseas Records 1761-1994 for FREE

The Overseas Records are available online for FREE where you can browse the images. The First Name on the page and the Last Name on the page have been transcribed. Therefore the name you are searching may appear between the two.

Select Search on the menu then select the FREE records tab. Then select a dataset you wish to browse.